Ever since the iPhone came out I wanted to make a Blythe app. A few weeks ago Sven (aka. Mr. *jaszmade) came up with a cute idea: Why not creating a free app for the Blythe Community on flickr to tell each other where and how we are!? You know something like I am quirky today (orange) because I just got a new Blythe or I am mad (green) because my photos are too dark… or… [whatever] you can think of…
We did!!! We built it!!! Look, here is the idea:
1. After the App is loaded you have the chance to login with your flickr account. You need to be logged in to share your thoughts with the community or you just can post the mood without your own input.
2. Choose one of the Blythe moods/colours (left) and tell your friends on the next screen (right) what you are up to (obviously you would choose “click me” to get to the the input field) and show the map with all our thoughts and moods (you can click on the little faces to see what your friends are writing):
Some time ago I got a mail from a Blythe lover living in Berlin! YAY! It was Taan/ supertaan on flickr and we met at Starbuck’s yesterday. So exciting! It was a pleasure to meet a Blythe person in Berlin. Now I am *SO* looking forward to BlytheCon EU
The sweet Kenner girl is Taan’s Brooklyn who is now at the Jasz house for a little spa.
YAY! I made it! As one of the many many peeps all over the world who took part in Zoe’s Me-Made-May-Challenge 2012, I mastered a full month of wearing one self-made bit everyday. At the beginning I thought I could never make it but after a while I got inventive and tried to wear at least a pin which I made myself if not a full outfit. These were my little helpers in case I just couldn’t wear a piece of self-made clothing:
These three skirts as well as some black pants (which I forgot to photograph) were the perfect everyday wear and could be combined with a lot of matching tops. Especially the black skirt and trousers helped lot to master the month. I wore them pretty often and that gave me an idea on what I should focus my sewing-goals in future: I need much more separates to wear and I should start making tops instead of only dresses or skirts.
Some of my all-time-favourite dresses. While I have the dotted one in the middle for years now, the striped sailor dresses on the left and right are new additions to my wardrobe. I made them at the beginning of MMM’12 and I love especially the navy-white one with the ring on the left – that’s so my dress! It is made out of jersey knit. I thought I would be loathing sewing knits but found out that I actually loved working with them. If you are still unsure but want to try knits you can find a lot of inspiring thoughts and help on sewing knits on Lladybirds blog: Conquering Knits: A Self-Help Guide and on Sewaholic’s: A Big List of Tips for Sewing Knits!
So what’s my resumé after a full month of me-made-treasures?
I love working with knits!
I feel happy wearing something selfmade everyday – even when it is just a bag or a necklace. Somehow I feel more special about myself knowing there is something I made just for me to express my own style. I want to feel like this more often in future!
I really need much more separates, especially trousers in more than one basic colour which is always black for me. Sure, I have some from H&M, Mexx and so on but I hate that most of them are not as fitted as they could be. Same with denims and tops. Somehow I’m always too lazy to make a blouse or shirt because there are loads of them in stores. Why would I sit down and sew a T-shirt? Well, after MMM ’12 I know why: Because I feel better doing my thing!
I learned (again) that I do not like to wearing most of my me made dresses in public because they are much too overstyled for everyday needs. Look at the first pic e.g., I mean, I love the dress on the left – a lot – but I do feel like a clown wearing it going to the groceries… so my goal is (again) to sew for my daily routine and not for the fantasy of owning more dresses than a year has days. Something I do not wear without to think about is just an obstacle but no gain.
I really don’t like to have my picture taken! Bluarp!
I should overcome the fear of making a jacket or coat. Finally! I really should. Maybe I start with a cape. We will see…
Last year in Portland I wore a sailor-inspired white linen dress for BlytheCon 2011. I lost quite a bit of weight since June 2011 what made me happy but sorry for a lot of my fave clothes including the white dress. A dress recontruction wasn’t possible so I saved the skirt-part of the dress and refashioned it to a sailor-inspired skirt.
I wore it on May 1st intending to take part in Zoe’s from So, Zo…’s Me-Made-May-Challenge but then completely forgot to post my pledge *AIRHEAD*. I am new to her community and hope it is okay to hand it in today
I, Jasz from *jaszmade, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’12. I endeavour to wear a self-made outfit-piece or at least something I made like a pin, a bag, a [whatever thingie] each day for the duration of May 2012.
I am doing this because I really need a realistic idea about my upcoming wardrobe. I made a lot of awesome dresses this year but when it comes to wearing them I miss out because most of them are just a tad too overstyled for daily needs. I hope to find out what my wardrobe is really missing for future sewing decisions. I think I am going to refashion some more dresses and shirts because they are easier to choose out of the pile. Maybe I am just a seperate type of girl… we will see.
May 1st: refashioned dress to skirt and my beloved Daisy Pin
May 2nd: favourite knit-felted bag
Today, May 3rd, it is the 2nd tie dress I made (click here for the first tie dress). Even if the fabric choice is better this time – light weight 100% new wool – I better choose a more flattering pattern next time. Weight loss or not, squares are for Twigs not trunks.
As a dolly seamstress I am known for my tie dresses like the Twiggy Dress but I never thought about making a human sized one until I found this pattern in a 1967s BURDA Moden issue.
I just loved the simple form of it, added a short sleeve but passed on the bar over the bussom area.
My fabric choice was a light red pinstriped 95% new wool fabric with 5% spandex. I really love the colour of it, it is best described comparing it to the colour of lobster or shrimp.
Unfortunately the 5% spandex was enough to spoil the fun. The dress is crinkling when looking at it, a true horror to iron and I just cannot get the darts flat. It’s a pity. I am going to make another one of these using 100% new wool fabric.