Tuesday, July 1, 2014

{ Tutorial } DIY Patterned Tights


I've ordered dozens upon dozens of cute tights from overseas in hopes that they'd be long enough and will actually match with my dresses. Wrong. Absolutely wrong. Or maybe I just didn't feel like paying upwards of $40 for a pair of Grimoire or Sakizo tights (also with a high chance of not making it past mid-thigh).

Over the past few months, I'd began designing lots of cute tights with no practical way of getting them printed. That didn't cost an arm and a leg. That wasn't shady. That wouldn't steal and resell my design. Etc etc.

In my search for a custom tights printer, I encountered several DIY tutorials for tights. The patterns were cute, but very simple. Being the overachiever I am, I decided to try this for myself. The trick was designing something that was single colored (for the sake of cost and ease) and matched with most of my Lolita dresses.


So let's start!


Supplies:
  • TIGHTS! I purchased off white opaque 80 denier from Forever21 for about $6.
  • Multi-purpose colored paint of your choice (I've used metallic champagne gold acrylic)
  • Sponge brushes
  • Paint palette
* I recommend using fabric paint and sticky sided stencils

Not pictured:
  • 20 x 30" poster or matboard cut into leg templates appx. 6" wide x 36" tall
  • masking/painters/washi tape
  • stencil in shape of your choice (I used star)
  • circle shape for dotting (I used a non sharpened pencil and thin end of a chopstick)
The next step is stretching the tights over your cardboard template and masking off your shapes in layers. As you can see, I started with the vertical stripes.
To keep the tights from rolling into themselves I had to pin it into my wall. Another solution depending on your design is to paint directly onto your tights while you wear them.

Closeup of the design. The larger circle were done with the pencil, the smaller dots with the chopstick. Crosses were free-handed and stars done with a stencil.

If the paint is applied too thick it will seep through and stick your tights to the template.
Peeling the tights away was definitely the most difficult thing in the entire process. My nails are long so I constantly felt like they were going to tear.
Little bits of cardboard stuck to the inside of the tights which can be remedied by soaking them in warm water.
They'll look scrunched when your done if you stretched them over something.
You can see from this photo that I didn't bother painting the side seems nor the back to the anklet.
At this point, my carpal tunnel forced me to forgo all of that. This is a trial run after all, but they look just fine without those two things (imo).

The final product! Wearing these with my Enchantlic Enchantilly After Tea Party OP. ★
Overall I spent about 2.5 hours designing, laying out the pattern and painting. I really liked the outcome so I'll probably not trash these. There's a lot of unevenness to them, but they're cute enough to be functional.

Hopefully this has helped those of you who asked. Let me see your designs and thanks for reading! ❤

Sunday, June 29, 2014

A-kon - kind of

Long time no see!
I intended to update much quicker than this, but I've been working on a few personal projects...!

As luck would have it, I didn't get a table at A-kon this year. :^( Thinking back, I don't ever buy a badge unless I get into the AA so it was weird to be there.
We only ended up stopping by for an hour or so and decided to have fun elsewhere.

I'm ashamed to say I only took these two photos while there....
This was so so so good I can't even begin to explain. Seems my Death Note fanaticism still hasn't died down (haha...)!
My friend Kelly's (middle) cosplay.

Cheki with pals!
We took lots of purikura too!
 
It turns out that the move to Valley View mall really affected the purikura shop so they will be closing! I'm so sad to see it go, we always went for special occasions and the shop owner is such a sweetheart!! If you happen to be in Dallas please drop by while you can.

Wearing my new dress Berceuse OP by Atelier Pierrot. 

I really fell in love with this dress, the length is perfect and it is so light/airy. ♥ For some reason, this wig photographed better than it is???? It's a taro color, but outside of photos is too close to my skin tone. (my never ending struggle with light wigs -_-) Will probably end up dying it a little darker this week.

We all also went out for hot pot on Sunday!

Also funny, a week or so prior a spider bit my cheek so my face was entirely swollen. Ugh, it was absolutely awful! My immune system/recovery is weak (and my skin is already in shit condition) so it has taken some time to properly heal. u_u

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

{ Review } Evil live Heart Purse






Today, I'll be reviewing a recent purchase I made; Evil live's Heart of Valentine 2 purse.

I'd seen them only in photos from the shop and never in person, so I was a wee bit skeptical. 
Later on at Anime Matsuri, I saw a girl running around with the cutest heart backpack adorned with little gold zipper pulls. I was completely sold.

The problem with a lot of cute purse finds is that they are way too small to be practical.
Usually I can only carry the bare minimum: phone, compact, mirror, and lipstick while my keys and wallet clip to the outside. Sometimes, the poor things appear as if they'd tear at the seams.

Let me start off by saying I purchased the smaller of the two sizes, which measures approximately 14" x 12.5" x 3.5".
The price for this size ended up being $158 with a 5% discount and EMS (2-3 day) shipping.
I sent an message via Facebook on a late Tuesday night then Su Min told me to fill out an order form and send it via email. I received it just a few days later on Thursday morning. I actually had no idea that it had been sent out after placing my order, as most shops usually send you a tracking number after your order has been processed.
However, I'm sure if I had emailed her she would have provided it.
Needless to say, shipping was incredibly fast.

Su Min included her business card along with some sweets! The packing was a lot better than most online shops, providing about 4 inches of bubble wrap to all sides of the purse. Box was definitely roomy enough, and I received it with no scuffing/welts/etc.

You can see here the purse comes with three straps; one hand bag with removable bows and two shoulder straps that can be worn in two ways.
The D rings at the bottom can be used for wearing it in backpack style (not pictured). The bows can be clipped on to the shoulder straps as well for added length/decoration.

On to the details....!
Like I mentioned above the bow clips are removable. All studs are heart shaped, and zipper pulls are hearts as well.
The inside is lined with a french gray suedette fabric and features the standard zipper pocket and mobile phone + other open pockets lined with gold piping.
I really wish the inside were patterned and pink or at least black but this doesn't detract from the overall charm.

As far as size goes, I can fit the following withought billowing out the sides of the purse:

dSLR + instax camera + 3DSXL + large makeup pouch + phone + wallet + keys
or
pair of flats + instax + small makeup pouch + phone + wallet + keys

It is worth mentioning that the more bags per order, the less expensive each bag becomes both in actual item cost and shipping cost. So if you are indeed interested in purchasing one, a group order is definitely the way to go. (I was impatient.)
Taken from their Facebook page:
Price : 130 USD

Shipping cost(EMS) : 35 USD for every where
 
1EA = 130USD / [1 by 130USD ]+ Shipping cost 35 USD = 165USD
2EA = 240USD / [1 by 120USD ]+ Shipping cost 35 USD = 275USD
3EA = 360USD / [1 by 115USD ]+ Shipping cost 45 USD = 405USD
4EA = 440USD / [1 by 110USD ]+ Shipping cost 55 USD = 495USD

So I'll go ahead and run it down by rating below--
  • Ease of Use: ★★★★★
  • Accuracy: ★★★★★
  • Shipping: ★★★★★
  • Communication: ★★★☆☆
  • Material/Design/Quality: ★★★★★

I'm giving 3/5 for lack of communication that the item was actually sent out to me. If anything, the purse looks much nicer in both color and texture in real life than in the stock photos. This item is synthetic leather/Vegan friendly for those of you concerned.


Thank you for reading! xoxo

Thursday, May 15, 2014

COME ALIVE 2014

Took forever to get these off of dropbox and onto my hd but.....!!!!

Mar, Gabi and I saw Chromeo back in April.

Safe to say it was one of the best concerts I've been to and my shitty (mobile) photos do these guys no justice whatsoever.


Now, onto the good stuff!!

I was really hoping they played Needy Girl, and sure enough?!?!?!?!? We were actually the first ones there so we got to stand at the very front ( / ✖▽✖)/ Everything was so, so good.

Anyway that is all.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Karaoke Meet PT II

Ended up going to the Part II of Karaoke hosted by Mar last weekend. Sadly, was not able to karaoke because my friend, whom I'd brought with me, started feeling ill.

Breakfast!
I also caved and bought this blush. It's on the shimmery side, but I love it so much. So pink! *__*

After much indecision, I bought my third Lolita dress! It's Enchantlic Enchantilly's Un Chateau Secret Robe in Wine x Gold (purchased at Harajukuhearts).

My theme for this coordinate was Red Queen.
 heart purse: H&M // Purse rose chain: ShojoMonsta
Rose head piece: handmade // Blouse: bisoubisou
Shoes: DKNY // accessories: XXI & H&M // crown: ebay

I really love this wig! I'd been contemplating for a while, and after years of having short hair, I really want to (try and) grow my hair long. Wish me luck!


Before the meet, Claudia and I stopped by for some quick purikura. It feels like I haven't been in ages, but it's just so out of the way. Not to mention, I just never had the chance to go these days.
For those of you in DFW, purikura With Photo was relocated to the Valley View mall.


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Coeur Dormant

Today, I decided to start another art book. This time, however, it will be more fashion orientated than past books.


Working on the cover at the moment. Still not 100% on it, but I feel like I'm headed in the right direction. (cover is left, interior splash page is right)

Commission from earlier last week


I thought I'd posted a bunch of these already, but my memory keeps going fuzzy ;; these are all cross-posted to my website so I'm not sure what is where sometimes.

And that's all for now. Thanks all for stopping by! ♥

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

~ * Wine Meet * ~

Not! Too! Long! Ago! (a few weeks ago orz) Mar and I attended a local Lolita Wine Meet. Very exciting and also thankfully very cold!! I was wearing wayyyy too many layers that day...!

Went for breakfast very early in the morning, but we were starving by noon. TT So we ran over to Starbucks for a quick bite before the whole thing.

Gave Mar a matching ring hehe
And lots of tasty wines! I can't handle any sort of alcohol, but these all tasted dandy! I'm more of a dessert/sparkling wine fan but it's something I really want to go back and try again.

outfit not very creative but I'm just starting out so l|l( ∫ -_-)∫
Horns & wig belong to Mar

Inside the winery! It was super pretty-- I've actually never been to a winery so this was a new experience for me.

It was cold so naturally nothing was growing yet which makes me want to go back in the summer/autumn.

Some of the girls in their beautiful coordinates!

I ended up going to the mall later that evening only to have one of my nails break (which then led to several breaking gdi ✚△✚ ). (~ *also pre wig selfie * ~)


Lately, I always feel really uninspired and unmotivated so haven't been drawing as much. And I've also been putting overtime in at work so I'm just really exhausted, but I hope to rework my layout and do an art post of sorts pretty soon.


Thank you for reading! xoxo