Thursday, January 22, 2015

You look like an extra on Mad Men

So I'm pretty obsessed with vintage fashion, decor, movies and life if you couldn't tell from my posts. I am a regular at the Goodwill and other thrift shops. One of my favorite things to do is spend hours sorting through the racks and shelves. For me it's like a treasure hunt. On one such treasure hunt I found this huge vintage blouse. It didn't look like much but I've trained myself to see the potential of even the ugliest looking garments. I checked the tag and at $4 I had to have it! I already knew this would become a pretty sweet dress. Just look at those pintucks:

I also loved the unusual color.

At this length I'd have no problem turning it into a dress.

Some of the photos from this shoot were taken with a red background.

I thought the contrast of colors was really cool.

I even managed to sell 2 photo sets from this shoot.

What I did:
  • I removed the sleeves, took in the sides a few inches, but left the shoulder seam intact.
  • I added ties (made from fabric taken from the hem) to the sides at the waist.
  • I re-sewed the side seams and re-attached the sleeves.
  • Lastly, I hemmed it and with the few inches that I used for the ties missing, it ended up being the perfect length for a 60s style dress.
For $4 it was a great investment and not a lot of work for a re-fashion either. Would you have picked up that over-sized, ugly number? What would you have done with it?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

60s Girl

I love 60s fashion and music. One of my favorite types of music is 1960s girl groups. That's what I was listening to when I took these. I had re-fashioned this dress out of an XXXL blouse I found at Goodwill for $4. I fell in love with the bib neckline and the dusty sea green color. It instantly reminded me of the little go-go dresses groups like the Ronettes would wear. I've also been wanting to do a shoot against this red back ground. It was inspired by album covers of the past. A lot of early pinups used to shoot with a red background too. For example...

This is one of the first pinups taken of Marilyn Monroe

But my inspiration mostly came from...

I get that my pictures don't look like Nina's but I tried to copy the general mood.

How did I do?

And a smiley one because apparently I don't smile enough. haha

Oh yeah and here's my 60s album cover just for fun.

I'll be putting up a re-fashion post with this dress later this week in case you're interested in what it looked like before I got my paws on it. Till then!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Catch Up

So while I've been busy and not blogging for most of last year I did manage to get some photos. Quite a few actually since I've re-invented myself into a "pinup" model. (cue canned laughter) So most of these were taken for Fiverr clients, but some are Etsy related. That means you can probably find the clothes in my shop (hint hint).

Bottoms up!

So yeah I edit the crap out of these.

Comes with the territory because, as you can see, I am no great photographer..

....but the clients don't seem to mind.

I think that's part of the appeal, the fact that I'm a total amateur.

I'm getting better though.

Sort of...

Find this on etsy! Custom sizing available.

That is just a sampling of what I've been doing while I was MIA from the blogger world. But I've also been sewing a lot and have a lot of stuff I still need to take photos of. I'm looking forward to posting some of the re-fashions I've done lately. See you soon!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Confessions of a $5 Pinup

You read right. Confessions of a $5 Pinup, although it's not as salacious as it sounds. For the last few months now I've been moonlighting as a pinup model. Sort of. I have an account on where I've been taking photos for people and they have been paying money for them. So if your definition of modeling is as simple as that, then yes, I've been modeling. There is a huge section on Fiverr where (mostly) women will take a photo holding your sign (or not) for $5. When I saw it I thought to myself: "Why not?". But it's so much more than that. These services run from innocent girl next door photos to women in next to nothing to pictures of bare feet. I've managed to carve myself out a little niche by working the vintage pinup angle. I know this sounds like a lot of work for a meager 5 dollars, but that's only because it is. Why do I do it? I don't need to justify it! That said, here is my attempt to justify it:
  • Never grew out of playing dress up
  • Taking/editing photos and turning them into something cool is a bit of a hobby of mine
  • I like the idea of having something to look back on and saying to myself, "Yup, I was a fine motherfucker back then"
  • I take photos all the time anyway, why not get paid for them?
  • Why the hell not? 

Well...there are probably some psychological reasons as well but I'm not going to dig into those, at least not today.

Stay tuned for some weirdness because hey 5 bucks is 5 bucks right?

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

I mean it too! I'm hoping it will be this way for me. There's this really hopeful feeling people get at the start of a new year. I'm no different. I don't make resolutions though, just to-do lists usually. Last year I took a break from all that and decided to spend a year without structure. I did this because I had just spent the entire year before super-focused, first on school, then an externship, then studying for the PTCB and finally looking for a job in a field that I realized too late was way over saturated and frankly not my cup of tea. After that experience I said to myself "Fuck it." I'm going to do what ever I feel like doing for a year. If I want to try something new, I will. If I don't finish a project, oh well. If I come across an unexpected opportunity, I'll jump on it. So that's what I did in 2014. I have mixed feelings about it. Part of me feel likes I wasted a whole year and achieved nothing. The other part of me looks back and sees experiences that I never would have had otherwise, some good, some not so good, but all valuable in their own way.

Ultimately for 2015, the adult in me has decided to take over. Last year's experiment was interesting and a good learning experience, but this year I need to get more done. There are so many things I want out of life. I am the type of person who does better having goals and a plan. This year I go back to the more organized version of me and I expect results.

A couple things will have to change though:

1) No more being overly cautious. I cannot wait for conditions to be perfect before I take action.   Conditions will never be perfect enough. All this waiting has been nothing more than a crutch. It's time to toss it away.

2) No more feeling bad about who I am. I'm not like most people. I'm introverted, awkward and strange at times. I make references to obscure things and have a very unusual sense of humor. I'm tired of feeling like I should be ashamed because of it. I don't fit in with "normal" people too well, never have. I finally realized that I don't need to and I won't apologize for it either.

What about you any plans for 2015, minor changes?

Sunday, November 9, 2014

It's time

It's time I get back to blogging. I've really missed it. I have been constantly busy for most of this year which is why I haven't updated in a while. In the coming weeks I plan to make time. There will be changes. I need a new layout I think. Actually I'm thinking of deleting everything and starting over from scratch. Is that extreme? Every single post? Part of me hates the idea but part of me says I need a fresh start. Some thing to  mull over. For now though you can find me on the following sites if you are so inclined.


And now, a picture of Chainsaw:

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Black and White Part 2

I slightly altered the pattern for my reversible cutout blouse. I made a new sample and last weekend I took pictures of both sides to show how versatile it really is. I really love this top. When I have the time I'll be making myself more of these. As it is, I still have orders coming in pretty regularly, which I am thrilled about! It doesn't leave much time for blogging though. I'm still looking for that balance...

As you can see my background is still giving me problems. :(

With glasses. These are Rx. I'm not allowed to drive without them!

Wear it with a pencil skirt for work...

...or casual, over jeans.

The pin was given to me by my Syndelle. Isn't it sweet?

Cutout detail in the back.

Till next time!