Thursday, April 24, 2014

Open During Construction

I'm still working on the new studio and the new website, but I guess I might as well be open during construction.

Thursday, April 17, 2014


My roommate moved out of our apartment, and I moved my studio in. (I never really settled in there anyway.) But holy crap, my sewing room is now in my house! Across the hall from my bedroom, with constant access to Fred, and windows to the outside world. Oh man. Big things are  happening over here. Like this thing:

We're talking 4ft by 7ft. You can be sure that I just checked my chaturanga dandasana in this thing. Haha.

This mirror will go up soon, and so will my new website. Stay tuned. . .

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Fabric for sale. Three bucks.

I really just want this fabric to be gone from my studio. All fabric is $3 per yard.

Go to my Etsy shop to purchase.

Here are a few ideas for inspiration:

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Fabric for Sale

I quit roller derby and cleaned my studio. Things are happening over here!

But first thing's first. Fabric for sale in my Etsy shop. Check it out.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Roller Derby, I'm Taking my Life Back

My boyfriend and I saw this jacket on Parisian Gentleman the other day, which prompted his question, "Remember when you used to make clothes?" To which I replied a very sad and deflated "Yes. I'm gonna start sewing again, but I'm just so busy with roller derby." There it is. The excuse for not sewing. Roller derby. I love playing roller derby, I have so much fun doing it, but I also love sewing, and I want cool jackets like this one, and I want to finish all the designs I have in my head, and I want to blog more, and I want to create more sewing tutorials. That is not going to happen if I devote all of my time to roller derby, which is what I feel like has happened.

I've decided to scale back my roller derby time. Normally, I would practice most Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Now I am just going to practice on Monday and Thursday, which gives me an extra night during the week to spend sewing or blogging. I've debated for some time about trying out for the all-star team, but they practice on Wednesday nights, which would just add another day back in. I also forgot to mention that I am captain of my team, The Swarm (updated photos coming soon)! So now I am thinking about roller derby all the time: plays, drills, uniforms, rules, what to coach during practice, attendance policy, watching footage. . . I need to dedicate "roller derby thinking days" as well, because I can get sucked in to looking up all things roller derby on the internet, and before you know it, there went an entire evening. "Roller derby thinking days" shall also fall on practice days.

Ok, roller derby two times per week, done. Now what about my sewing classes? I am only teaching one class on Tuesday mornings, which is fine, but that is also one of my days off of work. The class is over in five more weeks, and I am going to put teaching on hold for a while.

So, in five weeks, I'll have a lot more time to play around with. Less derby and no sewing classes. More time to sew cute things out of my current stash of dress/shirt fabric:

I am not allowed to buy any more new fabric until I have made something out of every one of these fabrics, with one exception that I have been eying at the fabric store for months, I just haven't bought it yet. I'll post a picture of it when I buy it.

This is my suiting stash that I hope to get under way after I have completed several dresses/shirts from the fabric above.

I also have bolts of fabric that I am going to sell by the yard. They will be priced at $4-$5 per yard, so be ready for that stuff soon.

No more excuses, my friends.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Workin Clothes

I don't have a victory garden or anything like that, but I am sure I could find a use for these overalls:

Some leather working perhaps? For bags that I have been meaning to make for a while.

My goals for this year:

Make more clothes for myself (and blog about the process).
Finish a god damn pannier for my cool bike (and ride it more often).
Teach more classes. (Holy crap! I am teaching a beginner sewing class right now and I love it!)

In February, I will find out which roller derby team I am on, and that will decide which nights I go to practice, and which nights I can spend sewing or posting. Just give me a little more time, and I'll be back.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Roller Derby

I always have big lapses of time where I don't post, and I always have an excuse as to why I haven't been posting on this here blog. This time, well, roller derby took over my life.

I left my roller derby story back in May, but a lot has happened since then.

In June I graduated from boot camp, and soon after I got recruited to a team. (Holy crap, things were moving fast!) Then in July I went to Las Vegas for RollerCon which is a huge roller derby convention/training camp where I learned so much, hung out with other Derby Dolls, did not drink or gamble, of course, and even roller skated the strip.

In August I played my very first roller derby bout (which is what a game is called) against the Humboldt Roller Derby Widow Makers in Eureka, CA. We flew into Sacramento and then drove another 5 hours up the coast of California, stopping at swimming holes and themed rest areas along the Avenue of Giants. It was a beautiful drive. And we won the game.

In September I went back to little ol' Seneca, Kansas with my family for a wedding and to visit my brother. While I was there, my team played a home game that I missed. But that is ok, because I will be playing another game here in San Diego on December 8th. My first banked track home game. I am so excited!

Anyway, during all that traveling I was practicing three nights a week, running the Derby Dolls flickr account, recruiting photographers to shoot at our bouts, volunteering with other Derby Dolls at various community events, skating at the beach and handing out flyers to promote who we are and what we do. And now, because apparently I can't get enough, I am part of the training team. Which means I am one of several Derby Dolls teaching the boot camp practices now. Cool.

I love doing this, and I plan on doing it for a while, I just need to strike a balance between derby and sewing. It is hard because roller derby becomes very addicting. I feel like I am in the best shape of my life, I've got some nice muscles in my legs that I never knew existed, I've made a lot of friends with some really cool people, and rolling around on 8 wheels is just fun.

Our league's main goal for next year is to find another facility to bout in. Currently we practice in a facility downtown, and we play our games in Del Mar which is not central at all. And, because we only rent the facility in Del Mar for one night, we have to build and take down the track every time we have a bout. It is this big production that could be remedied by having our practice space and bouting space in one central location.

Which is where you, dear readers, come in. We are raising funds through indiegogo to get our new facility. If you can, please donate to our cause. Every little bit helps. And I promise I'll have some sewing related posts soon.