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Sewing, makeup, & feeling FANCY

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This was the last pattern test I did before my braces came off! So a bit of a special spot I guess as well its so fancy feeling.  This is some sewing themed fabric I had mixed with a solid black, for an extra formal feel to me. I am totally gonna hang out in it sewing or whatever but I will will feel fabulous doing it! Reminds me of a post I have seen shared from a singer sewing machine manual from the 50's where you are supposed to clean the house, get dressed up and put on make up before sewing, because you can possibly focus otherwise... how the times have changed right?! I do like to dress up and do my makeup most days though simply because its fun, but my sewing space is not as organized as some would like it to be (mom). However its organized chaos, I mostly know where everything is at all times.  Anyway this top is the new MAZE from  George + Ginger . It comes with several options, I choose the 3/4 sleeve hi low with horse hair braid to give it that extra volume.  I went a b

Braces are finally gone!

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I had my living arts make up class a few days before I had my braces off so my last living arts photos with braces, and it was pop art! It all felt very fitting to me lol.  The left is the day I got my braces put on, almost 3 years ago! I had to have dental surgery and it really delayed everything. I had to be put under and recover took days, then it took like a year to move the tooth into position. So basically forever to me!  The right is right before they took them off, we were gonna take one at the house before we left but it was super early and we forgot. Getting them off wasn't so bad, but they first set of retainers didn't fit and we had to go back that day for a 3rd time, and honestly I was just over it! I was ready to take my chances.  After it was finally done! This was a super long day and not the most fun I have ever had lol. I am so happy to have them off though. It has taken a few days for my mouth to get used to the retainer though and lack of braces. Its so weir

The Starry Night

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When I saw this pattern and I was a little torn on it, if I would really like it or not once it was sewn up. Elephant house just ran this amazing Masters round and I go this beautiful Starry Night fabric for strikes and I knew I needed to try this pattern out with it. It is a bamboo spandex fabric so its really flowy and drapes beautifully.  I really love how the dress turned out, I think the drape makes the fabric and painting really flow beautifully. Like it really is living art,  I take a living arts makeup class on out school with the amazing Jessica (Iris Imaginoria), a month or so  ago, we did the Starry Night painting which is why I was so excited about this fabric. My little sister lets me occasionally practice on her as well, this was one of the paintings she let me try out on her after class. I have had so much fun with these classes.  I love these classes they are so much fun, and I am learning a lot about different techniques and makeup brands, styles and art as well. She

Don't let today be a waste of makeup

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I feel like this hoodie is the perfect showcase piece for the direction I want to take this blog, to show off things I make, makeup styles, and travels, the things that make me, well me. I love fashion, makeup, creating beautiful and unique things, I am an Army brat so travel is just life.   This hoodie I made for strikes promo a few weeks ago, it was a new style I hadn't made before. I really love how it turned out. The thumb holes and the black accents really just make it next level for me. I modified it a little cause I wanted a slouchy cowl look.   I had colored my hair 'black' with overtone, its kind of a purple black. I really loved it, was such a drastic change from the colors I have had before but it was a fun one. I was glad it was still dark for this hoodie, the hair and the make up I think worked really well with the colors.  I am still experimenting with different looks and styles of make up but one thing I know for sure, liquid eyeliner is life!   

Alyssa meets Steampunk, and falls in love...

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Hello again everyone! Today I am going to be showing you the Boudoir Blouse, and the Paradox skirt from the Goth Collection over at  George + Ginger . These are woven patterns so measurements are critical when making them for your self of if you want to order them from me 🙂 These are very well fitted and tailored garments and they are so worth the extra time and expense.  I made this blouse with Crush Bichon Charmeuse, it has a great texture look to it. It was a super fun fabric to work with. The sleeves are a chiffon with a glitter design on it. I thought it would look great with the Brocade I picked out for my skirt.  I used snaps on mine but you could do some really cool vintage looking buttons, or gears for a more steampunk flare to it. The amazing this about this collection is how your fabric and accessory choices can really change the look so easily. I love that!  I was for sure feeling a little more steampunk when deciding my fabrics, colors, accessories and styling.  This umbr

You Jump, I jump Jack - Rory Gilmore

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What a peculiar year this has been! I had so many plans that have had to be adapted and changed a bit. Unfortunately when deciding on what needed to have a pin put in it the blog was on that list. However I have found my groove and have many exciting things to share with you both personally, business wise, and a new pattern collection!  Kristi from  George & Ginger  designed the most epic Goth collection that has just released! Over the next few days I will show you all the pieces, even some with my mom.  Above you will see the Bedight Bolero, this can be made reversible, this one is not, it is satin. There is also a non ruffle version that has long sleeves and a closure at the neck, I still need to make one of those.  This is the Evanescent dress, the petticoat I am wearing under is not part of the pattern I just liked the poof it added. I feel like both of these pieces can easily be staples its all in fabric choice, I went a bit more Goth with these, I have another dress I will s

Nirvana and My So Called Life

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The grunge starter collection was an amazing way to bring in the year. I had a lot of fun with this collection, listening to a lot of bands I wasn't familiar with really before. I had heard of Nirvana but I didn't really know them and Kurts story. They quickly became my favorite.  I also was introduced to My So Called Life, and Jodan, oh the lean! This became kind of a thing through out all the pictures, needed to get at least one lean.  We went to the mall here to get a few fun shots, we discovered that the grunge look never was really very big on the Islands though, at least this part of them. So many looks, people actually came out of stores.. super weird lol  Even with the few uncomfortable moments, and looks, this was super fun, I love all the pieces I made, and am looking forward to seeing whats next from George + Ginger because this is only the beginning of the year!  The pieces here are the Teen Spirit top, the paranoid tied at the waist