Hey! I’m back, and I have pink hair! At some point between taking the photos for my first two Daturas and taking these ones, I used hair dye remover to get the red out of my hair, bleached it a second time in hopes of getting it to be platinum, and then realized I would probably never have hair that was both healthy and platinum. Instead of attempting a third bleach (not right away, mind you! Double-bleaching without rest time in between is a great way to fry your hair), I decided to just dye over the yellowy orange post-bleaching color with pink.
Oh, hey, that’s also a new skirt! It’s Simplicity 2152, which is out of print. I decided that I had to have this specific skirt and no other would do, so I had to buy it from sewingpatterns.com, which is an AWFUL company. They don’t actually give you a pdf of the pattern; you have to download this weird pattern viewer software that doesn’t work half the time and print your pattern from there, and they only give you like three prints. HELLO, HAVE YOU HEARD OF A COPY MACHINE? If I really wanted to make more than one copy of this, I could easily just take my printout and copy it. But who on earth wants to do that? And who on earth has done that? I feel like the sewing community is pretty honest. I’ve never heard of anyone attempting to get away with using someone else’s pdf pattern rather than buying their own. Independent pattern companies make lots of money by only selling pdf patterns, and they don’t use weird, buggy, obtrusive software, so I feel like sewingpatterns.com needs to calm down. I honestly don’t remember what I did to get the software to actually work for me eventually aside from screaming profanity at it. I was worried it wouldn’t ever work based on some comments on Pattern Review, but it did work for me. You can’t really see the detail here, but the skirt is paneled and has pockets on the front. It’s made out of denim I bought at Vogue Fabrics in Evanston, IL. It’s a very strange denim – it’s white on the other side and is very stiff, though it’s not a heavy weight. Unfortunately, I think I ruined the fabric by using too big of a needle on it. I thought denim = huge needle, but I soon realized from the way my sewing machine sounded that it wasn’t necessary, so I switched to a smaller needle. The places where I used the larger needle are fraying now! I guess the large needle really just made holes in the fabric. Also, this skirt looks sort of crappy now because the denim got these stress marks on it the first time I washed it, so it has these whitish spots that make it look old and ratty. I want to remake the skirt with different fabric, because I just don’t care for the weird stiffness, even aside from all the problems.
I guess there was something really interesting on the floor to the left of me that day.
So that’s the skirt – what about the shirt? This is the first Datura I made with a collar. My next one also has a collar, but it’s a print collar on a solid fabric. I really love this shirt – the fabric is quilting cotton from Joel Dewberry’s Heirloom line, and I love the green color and the pattern. I was originally going to put a grey collar on this, but then I had a vision of this scrap of navy blue fabric left over from a doorway puppet theater I made for my nephews a few years ago. I searched high and low for this scrap that I knew existed, and when I finally found it, it was a lot smaller than I remembered, and I could only just fit the pattern pieces for the collar on it. Serendipity! I sewed the collar with smaller seam allowances because, silly me, I kept thinking that if I used the full seam allowances, the connection between the two halves of the collar wouldn’t even be visible anymore! Well, yeah, it’s not supposed to be! The idea of any real collar is that you have two halves of a shirt that you’re buttoning together, meaning that the collar pieces are separate and don’t connect in the center. So if you’re making a mock collar, you wouldn’t want the two pieces to be visibly connected. I guess unless you’re me. For whatever reason, I was convinced that the two pieces should visibly connect. So that’s what I have here, and I don’t hate it.
Oh, hey look at that! Pink hair! Well, it was pink before, but there’s pink and then there’s pink, you know? I like this color. I’ve moved on to something else, but this was a good one. I wasn’t sure I’d like pink hair on myself, but I really do. I thought the lighter pink might make me look jaundiced because my skin tone is pretty yellow, but I don’t think it looked bad at all. And I really love this richer, more jewel-toned pink.
I really wanted to make a solid Datura with an accent collar, and I have almost no solid fabric, so I dug out this piece of fabric, which I got to use as a bag lining back when I thought I was going to make tons of bags. It’s the same as the teal fabric on my first Datura. As soon as I decided on this fabric, I knew I wanted to make the collar out of this awesome floral fabric that I used in a quilt a few years ago. Yes, I’ve made a quilt. It’s just a little lap quilt, but I made the whole thing myself, including some really terrible free-motion quilting. I’ve had a second quilt top and back pieced for like two years now and I’m too lazy to start quilting it. Soon, I hope! Anyway, this is an Art Gallery print by Pat Bravo, I think. I love love love it. I’ve always been sad that I used it to make a quilt instead of something to wear, so I’m glad I shoehorned it into a garment finally. And bonus for using a scrap!
This scarf is one of my absolute favorites. I think my mom got it for me at Talbot’s a few years ago. You can’t tell in this picture, but it has sparkly threads woven through parts of it. So pretty! I can wear this if I don’t want the collar to show.
I haven’t shown you the buttons on any of my other Daturas because I’m too lazy to take pictures of them, but for this one I went with green. Green doesn’t really match anything on the shirt, but they were the right size. I don’t have enough smaller buttons! These are from a boatload of buttons I bought back when I was making cards. Buttons used to be (maybe still are?) a really popular decoration for cards. I’m really glad I bought all those buttons now that I’m sewing!
There’s that pink! I’ve moved on to a new color, but I really liked this one while it lasted! I had it for like a month and a half I think and it never faded! The brand of dye I used is amazing – it’s Pravana Chromasilk Vivids. I did a ton of research to find a dye that wouldn’t just wash out immediately, and this is what I came up with. I can confirm that it’s ridiculously long-lasting. In fact, it’s impossible to get out. I shampooed with the harshest shampoos I could find in hopes of fading it enough to dye teal over it, but no dice. You can’t bleach it out, apparently (it drives the color into your hair shaft because bleaching opens up your hair cuticle), and hair dye remover doesn’t work on direct dyes. Since teal wouldn’t end up looking teal over pink, I just went with another color that would cover pink well.
That’s it for today. On Friday, I’m having my tonsils out, but I hope I’ll be feeling well enough to do a post about the suit I made before too long. We’ll see!