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jenrenfieldhandmade·20 hours agoText

So I’ve come to a point where I’m too embarassed to tell people for how long I’ve been sewing because you’d expect me to be much better at it than I am. My skills seemingly haven’t improved in years and I hate most of the things I’ve finished lately and I really wish this wouldn’t bother me as much as it does…

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I’ve had quite a productive weekend:

I’m currently trying to finish some w-i-p’s as well as doing some ‘easy’ sewing, where I don’t run the risk of becoming frustrated easily and therefore unmotivated.

As a result I finished some cute crop tops and a half-circle skirt. All made from leftover fabrics from other projects as I’m also currently trying to work through my fabric stash instead of buying new fabrics.

Can you tell I love green?!

*patterns all made by me*

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jenrenfieldhandmade·12 days agoPhoto

I finally FINALLY managed to finish the little black dress!

Not super happy with how it turned out though and I’m especially bitter because the fabric was a gift. I ran into some unexpected problems and the dress ended up being very tight. I left the seam allowances at 1.5cm so I could let the dress out later but for now I can get it zipped and I’m just happy it’s done.

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jenrenfieldhandmade·16 days agoPhoto

mctreeleth:

Now there is a printable cardstock version of the quilted plague doctor mask!

It is a four page document, the mask itself prints on 3 pages of US letter sized cardstock and has tabs for gluing, and there is a layout page to show the assembly order.

I really really recommend using something to score the lines so that it folds neatly – a ballpoint pen that has run out of ink works pretty well.

Photos of order of assembly under the cut.

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jenrenfieldhandmade·18 days agoPhoto

Unfortunately no finished projects from me this week but look at this awesome mug my Ma got me: It’s a german pun on ‘Snow White’ = ‘Schneewittchen’ in german, with the german word for sewing. Translated it would be ‘Sew White’

It think it’s pretty cool and thought I’d share it

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jenrenfieldhandmade·21 days agoPhoto

And I have yet another update of the Tartan Dress!

because I’m a p̶e̶r̶f̶e̶c̶t̶i̶o̶n̶i̶s̶t̶  control freak, I decided the only appropriate way of getting the lace onto the skirt was by hand. If my math is correct and I don’t get significantly faster as I go this will take me ~8hrs.

I really don’t mind though, it’s quite enjoyable and since all deadlines are cancelled I might as well take my time.

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jenrenfieldhandmade·21 days agoText

(SCREAMS)

My latest w-i-p is this LBD (little black dress)! It is made of a gorgeous chiffon with satin rose and leave appliqués, that was given to me by my dear @milzbrandbazille​!

Here’s a closer look:

Why someone would NOT want this fabric is beyond me but hey, I’m not complaining!

I drafted the pattern myself.

However the skirt pattern was taken from a dress I own:

And the pattern for the gathered bodice part was based off of this tutorial:

The waistband and back panels are basically just rectangles so I didn’t take photos of them.

I wanted to have this dress done by monday already but the fabric was giving me a bit more trouble than expected (suuuper slippery) and I had neither a zipper nor satin bias binding on hand. I made some satin bias binding but I do not like the look of it… Hopefully I’ll have it done by friday though!

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jenrenfieldhandmade·a month agoPhoto

Quick Update on the Tartan Dress (still a w-i-p)

After weeks of waiting the lace for the hem finally arrived. I quickly pinned it on to see if it’ll work the way I want it to and I quite like it!

Next step is sewing it on and finishing the underskirt (which will include tons of tulle) then onto decorating the neckline and the darn thing will finally be done!*

*May take between three days and three years to finish….

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jenrenfieldhandmade·a month agoPhoto

It’s work in progress wednesday!

I have been sewing nothing but masks lately. I desperately needed to sew something else. I chose a quick and easy project to avoid frustration: Ironing board covers!

My old cover has become really digustingly dirty and I’m not sure if washing can save it at this point. Also I have a mini- ironing board and it’s nearly impossible to get covers for it, so I’ve been making my own (from leftover fabrics) ever since the cover it came with fell apart.

My sleeve board also needed a new cover really badly. And because it’s so easy and quick to make I included the finished project as well.

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jenrenfieldhandmade·a month agoPhoto

mctreeleth:

Okay this is the last one I mean it. Floral print pinwale corduroy, one layer of midweight fusible non-woven interfacing. Loops instead of straps, because I thought maybe I could bobby-pin in in place, but I ended up putting cord through the loops. The first one that is not unbearably hot to wear. Matches my pinafore, because if you can make a fashion statement like that, you are an idiot not to.

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I made this one to address something I have seen a fair few times in the comments and the tags of the post with the original pattern, which is people being sad that they don’t think they have the skills to make the quilted plague mask. Because you probably could! Even without a machine, a lot of us suddenly have a lot of free time and you don’t need much in the way of materials, just patience and a willingness to carefully stab.

But there are two reasons I put that disclaimer in there.

The first is that I have never written a pattern like this before, but I have made things like this a lot. That means that I am making a lot of assumptions about what needs to be explained, and there are all sorts of rules and steps that are obvious or intuitive to me that I probably missed out. I glossed over some things like making sure the fabrics and the pieces are facing the right way, or the right type of stitches to use for certain bits. These are little absences that might screw up a beginner in a big way, and I didn’t want anyone to be upset or feel stupid when they couldn’t get it to work when the error was in my explanation. If I was an actual pattern writer I would have had people of different skill levels test the instructions out and let me know what I missed; instead I typed it and pressed the post button without even a spell check.

The second reason is that this pattern is unashamedly unnecessarily complicated. No one needs to use 44 bits of fabric to make a mask. It is dumb and fun and absurd. The difficulty is the point.

But there is a middle ground too, and I want to thank everyone who commented or tagged their intention to sew a plague doctor mask out of denim for motivating me to do this. You are the only ones who really 100% got the spirit of this dumb idea, and I look forward to seeing your Jlague Joctor Jasks roaming the wasteland.

To that end, here is a revised version for a single fabric.

It is comprised of two body pieces that you cut two of each, and has easier to match curves and a lot of little marks to hopefully make it easier still. It is US letter sized, but unless you have borderless printing, a small amount will probably be cut off. Alternatively, this A4 sized one will print on A4 (obviously) and US legal paper without losing any at the edges. This version has much thicker lines because it doesn’t need the accuracy of the original, and it has a scale so that anyone without access to a printer can trace it straight from their computer screens.

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Apart from the rounding off, it is almost an identical shape to the original, except the curve at the neck is deeper after I got some feedback that maybe it was a bit tight.

I have not re-written the instructions, but the method is the same as the original, just skipping all the bits where you piece together a pile of slightly different triangles. I also did not include the circles, but if you are doing it the complicated way from the other pattern, the inner that aligns with the eyehole edges is 1¾ inches in diameter, the middle is 3 inches and the big one is 4¼ inches. But if your fabric is heavy enough, I would probably recommend just putting some fray-stop on the edges of a neatly cut single layer of fabric.

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And for anyone struggling to find suitable lenses, I have started using some holographic vinyl (similar stuff on amazon), which is easy to cut to size and both transparent enough to see through and reflective enough to hide your eyes at least somewhat. It also didn’t fog up like the glasses did.

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jenrenfieldhandmade·a month agoPhoto

gleefully-macabre:

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mctreeleth:

I made myself a pieced and quilted plague doctor mask! 

Not for any real reason, I just realised I could so I did. It took about 5 hours of pattern drafting last night, and maybe 10 hours of actual sewing today.

I couldn’t find any fusible interfacing so instead it has two layers of cotton quilt batting, making it a bit softer and squishier than intended and also very very hot and very very hard to breathe through.

I pulled the lenses out of an old pair of sunglasses, and they can be popped out through the inside because I didn’t do a very good job on finishing the insides of the eye holes. 

The fabric is from a big stack of 10cm squares I cut about a decade ago. I will probably remake the pattern when I get some interfacing with some different prints and a couple of design tweaks, but also it has been a fun 36 hours of hyperfocus on a dumb pointless project and its 50/50 that I am over this now. 

I did the second version with proper interfacing and a bit more modern aesthetic in the fabric choices, and since it looks so much crisper I can see all the changes it needs.

Loosely speaking it needs to be: a bit longer, a bit more curved, with the eyes a bit closer together, and for that one annoying six-piece point on the side of the beak to be changed into two four piece points. 

As for a pattern? Yeah, I will do one. ish. I am still making it up right now.

Sexy!

I’m definitely interested in buying this pattern once it’s ready. Every other pattern I’ve found uses leather and foam or wire and don’t look nearly as structured as this.

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jenrenfieldhandmade·a month agoPhoto

mctreeleth:

Here it is! The instructions to make a pieced and quilted plague doctor mask!

Just as a heads up, this pattern is not really recommended for beginners. There is not a whole lot of explanation of the basic techniques, and it requires a fair bit of precision, two types of fusible interfacing, and an assumption that you can keep a consistent seam allowance and do some hand sewing and know when to sew things right sides together and such.

I am not promising anything, different methods will yield different results, I have never made a pattern exactly as it was written and neither should you. If you want something the same as the next person, go to the shops.

Actually, nevermind, this is a quarantine craft, stay home.

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jenrenfieldhandmade·a month agoText

I knew it had to happen at some point and now I finally got word that our store will open again next monday.

You probably won’t hear from me in a while since I have to make up for all the hours I’ve missed.

This isn’t over yet though, so please stay home if you can! Stay healthy!

-Jen

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jenrenfieldhandmade·a month agoText

Another trip down memory lane: My first ever handmade JSK

(super-duper long, picture heavy ->pictures were taking when the JSK was being made, so the quality is meh)

Here it is:

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I drafted the pattern for the bodice based on the only L*lita dress I owned at the time: IW’s Elisabeth Rose JSK. The reason why it has a trim down the front is because the fabric came from a fleamarket (on a roll) and was only ½ metre wide! I was trying to hide a seam. Also what is a hem?! The bias binding kills me!

But look detachable front bows:

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Here’s the back. I actually really love how the back turned out. It has shirring and detachable waist ties:

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Plus matching accessories:

Headpiece:

The headpiece is an oldschool-style pad headdress with a veil attached at the back. Again, it could be better but it could be way worse, too

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Wrist cuffs:

Tbh I never actually wear wrist cuffs but when I started in L*lita fashion I was pretty into Oldschool looks, so it was kinda a must have

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Bag:

Just a tiny pouch I made with some leftover scraps

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Conclusion: I tried to do what I could with what I had. Do I cringe looking at it these days? -Yes! But I know it was the best I could do at the time. And my biggest regret about this is that I butchered such a nice (probably upholstery) fabric for my first attempt! I’m still thinking of ways I may turn this into something more current me. Maybe one day….

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jenrenfieldhandmade·a month agoAnswer
Hello, I really like the dresses you sew their pretty and you are too :)

Thank you so so much for this kind message!

Stay safe and healthy! <3

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jenrenfieldhandmade·a month agoAnswer

Love, I sympathise with your situation so much. I am also feeling the strain of adult life in a tanked economy after a youth full of dreams and plans. If it's worth anything, you might feel down on yourself atm but you are absolutely an inspiration to me. I love your work and I admire your dedication to your art so much. Stay safe, and stay hopeful xx PS: it appears we have very similar taste in high school sketchbook decoration.

Y’all are too kind! My soft little heart can’t take it!

Hearing that what I do inspires others is the best thing in the world and it means so so much to me! I think the least we can do is share what little hope we have and try to make a better world!

Stay safe and healthy dearest anon! <3

P.S.: Feel free to come off anon so we can chat and be friends, perhaps?!

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