January 5, 2009

sewing is the best medicine

After feeling quite better about what today would bring after reading your honest and thoughtful comments (thank you) on yesterday's annoyingly bitter post, I woke up feeling sicksicksick. After lots of sleeping and tylenol and more graphic things an ill person does (let's not go into detail) I finally tried out that CDG DIY I thrifted all that pink for.I basically cut out the lip shape of a pink shirt I thrifted from the Salvation Army and lined it with ribbon. Unfortunately it ended up looking less like fun lips and more like the lips of a lady that sits a table over at the diner and wears tan slacks and ugly statement jewelry every day and spits creamcheese everywhere when she talks and has lipstick on her teeth and always, ALWAYS orders a grilled cheese sandwich and you're deathly afraid that one day she'll follow you home and try to gobble you up, too.
Generally speaking, of course.Luckily I bought a matching skirt as well, and I think I'd rather have the pattern on a skirt anyway, so we'll call this a "learning experience." With the skirt I'll try a heart though-the shape is easier to work with and will be more obvious as to what it is once I'm done. My dad didn't get these were lips til I told him, then he said they were scary and that I should wear a Rolling Stones shirt underneath and make sure the tongue sticks out.
What you'll need:
  • A needle
  • Thread (I used thicker cotton string though)
  • Fabric/Permanent marker
  • Fabric scissors
  • Ribbon
  • An idea of what you're cutting out (a post it perhaps-look how nifty my drawing is!)
1. Draw shape on article of clothing with sharpie. MAKE SURE THE SHAPE IS DISTINCT-IF YOU ARE DOING LIPS, MAKE SURE THEY ARE WELL CURVED AT THE SIDES, HAVE A DEEP DRIP, AND HIGH BUMPS.
2. SEW RIBBON ALONG EDGE (why am I still typing in caps? Oh right, it makes me feel powerful). I lined mine once more with the lighter pink ribbon to give the lips more shape, though it obvz didn't do much help.

I would recommend that when you line the shape with the ribbon, you leave some of the actual shirt surrounding the hole. It makes the shape more obvious but you still get pretty ruffly ribbons.

I'm excited to try out the heart one as it will take less time and look much better. If any of you try this let me know what you think!

EDIT: I just sewed in some more ribbons so it's no longer a hole, but looks much better. Wearing it tomorrow!