Almost a Blue Shirt

Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Well at least it is cut out and the pocket made....

Hopefully I will be able to finish this client's shirt and the several more I need to sew, sooner rather than later. But it's like someone turned a switch off in my brain...I seem to be sewing so slowly. I really need to get it in gear!

Recycle your wardrobe!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Beginning in Oct we will start the Buy-Sell-Trade on the clothing, accessories, and media side of Dig It! We will be looking for seasonal vintage/retro/unique modern wear in men's and women's( as well as costume wear) and genre specific music and movies. Store credit or cash will be offered when we are buying and of course like most stores similar to this you will get more for credit over cash. Check this blog regularly once we open to find out what goods we might be looking for monthly.

Lowbrow Artists and Indie Crafters

While at this time we are not accepting unsolicited artists, once we get open in October we will be looking for a few new goods to carry for the holidays so check back then to see what sort of goods we might be looking for!

Tutorial- How to Make a *Washable* Flower Embellishment

Monday, August 15, 2011
When I posted a photo of this little dress I made for Julianna, many of my readers asked how I make these washable "silk" flower embellishments.  I am not a particularly crafty gal, so believe me when I say how easy it is !  There may be other ways, but this is how I make a washable "silk" flower embellishment--

This is what the silk (of course we know they are actually polyester) flowers typically look like when I buy them at the dollar store or craft store...

The first step is to pull the flower-head from the stem...

Next, Pull off the plastic back and the other plastic parts that hold all the petal layers together, and discard them...

Then carefully take the entire flower (meaning only all of the fabric petal layers) to your sewing machine, and zig-zag over the hole in the center, through all the layers of the flower. This will hold the petals in place and make the flower stronger. If you want to include the "leaves", position them under the flower layers before you zig-zag the center.

Now here is the step that will make your flower washable and colorfast :)  Using "June Tailor-FRAY BLOCK", coat the outer edges of each and every petal.  NOTE--I have tried to use "Fray Check", but have found that it leaves a white residue on the flower petals, so for flowers I always use "Fray-Block".  The Fray-Block will seep onto the entire surface of the petals, and the flower will look shiny when it is wet....

Let your flower dry overnight, or hold it in front a fan for a few minutes to dry.  When dry, it will no longer be shiny. Then choose a small button or bead to use as the "center" of your flower....

Now all you need to do is position your "now-totally-washable" flower where you want it to be on your garment, and then stitch through the button (or bead) + all the flower layers + the garment layers. I use strong upholstery thread, but several strands of regular thread will work just fine. After stitching, apply a few drops of Fray-Block on your threaded button/bead both from the top-center, and the tied-off back side to strengthen it.  Alternatively, you can make this embellishment removable by just stitching the button or bead through all the flower layers, tying it off in back, and then attaching the flower to the garment with a safety pin.

I hope you will enjoy making your garments bloom!

Follow us on facebook as well to keep up on some of the new vendors/artists we will carry as we pick them up!

So far we have picked up:
   * Groundup Art - the coolest movie themed crocheted dolls and hand sculpted accessories and figurines. She specializes in doing your favorite horror and sci-fi themed characters!
   *DejAvoodu - This gal creates all sorts of dead/zombie barbiedoll themed merchandise, including barbiehead rings.
So did I mention that both of these artists have created their own gruesome versions of the "Human Centipede", perty cool, although I have to say the crochet version was almost "cute", is that possible! hehheh
Okay onto more great selection....
    *Hair accesories by Hexi Lee Voodoo- Hexi is also a local side show performer so we are hoping to get her out to perform sometime during Live on the Plaza!
     * tees from aka Joe the teeshirt guy ! - we are most excited about this guys goods as he has the best selection of exsploitation  and deepcut movie themed tees we know!

Ok so there ya go a sample of some of the goods. Check back cause as we get closer to opening we will keep adding on some new artists!

Mojo/Sewjo is back!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Thank-goodness my sewing slump has passed...I was beginning to think that this beastly hot and humid summer had finally defeated me! But this past week, just as shirt orders for clients were starting to come in, I took some time to design and draft the pattern for a new dress for Julianna, age 4.  It's made from cotton coordinates from, and a "deconstructed then reconstructed" wire-stem silk flower from the dollar store :) If anyone is interested in how I use these silk flowers on clothing and how to make them totally washable, how to assemble them, etc...let me know in the comments section, and I'll do a quick tutorial for you :)

After I make a couple of new outfits for Julianna's little sister, it's back to shirt sewing full-time!  I have some ideas for new shirt design details, and in the upcoming weeks I'll also be showing you some ways to make a regular shirt pattern into a slim-cut version.

But first, I really MUST clean my sewing studio...I have been so lazy this summer!  I swear, if I haven't touched it within 24  months (that sounds so much better than 2 years, doesn't it?)...anyway...fabric not touched within 24 months? Out it goes!  As one of my Facebook friends asked recently, Do you ever feel that it will take nothing less than a bulldozer when it comes to clearing your sewing spaces?  Or am I the only fabric hoarder collector out here ?

Style Icon: Sebastian Flyte

Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Lord Flyte (and I am referring to the Anthony Andrews incarnation here. Accept no substitutes.) is nostalgia personified. He is the past we all wish we'd had (even if he has a future we'd rather avoid) - a past of magnificent houses, lazy summers and, of course, elegant clothes.

Clothes are important in the book and tv series. Charles Ryder is advised to dress at Oxford as he would at a country house (not bad advice, so far as it goes), and does so with a mix of tweed suits and Fairisle jumpers. It is one of the signs of his falling in with the 'wrong' crowd when he begans to ape Sebastian's style of dressing, much to cousin Jasper's annoyance.

Sebastian dresses, at least in the television series, with unstudied elegance. He also appears to have an endless wardrobe, rarely if ever appearing in the same suit twice. Having a wide enough selection of clothes that you can be dressed flawlessly, and not merely acceptably, for any occasion is a great situation to be in, and one that Sebastian takes full advantage of. Whether it's a soft grey three piece (and the ubiquitous OE tie) worn around his country house, or shades of cream and white for a long lunch in his college digs, Sebastian manages precisely the mix of flamboyance and classic good taste that is so hard to get right.