It all started with a few simple sewing projects, mostly customizing my own tee shirts and making easy projects. After checking out a few websites like Punk Rock Domestics, Super Eggplant, Craftster.org, Phoenix's own Crafty Chica (Kathy Cano Murillo) and reading a great book called Super Crafty, my interest blossomed into a full-blown obsession. I don't miss a single episode of Stylicious.
On a tip from a woman I met in a thrift store in Prescott, I discovered a great thrift store which had a motherlode of vintage dress patterns from the fities and sixties. I picked up dozens of them for just a couple of dollars. I started shopping online for vintage fabric and began making my own dresses. So far, I've made 3 dresses, two nightgowns, several skirts and a cute kimono top (she says, proudly). They're all far from perfect, but I don't care. My husband HATES my hokey dresses with lopsided hems and tons of rick-rack, but too bad. He's stuck with me.
Yes, I wear this out in public.
Lately, I've begun making my own custom tote and handbags. Here's my latest project, which I call my Mexi-Bag.
I downloaded Mexican folk images from the web, tweaked them in Photoshop and printed them on fabric, then sewed them onto a bag I made. It's all rasquache. Right now, I'm trying to figure out how to turn a Lil Homie doll into a button for the bag closure. Any suggestions?
Lil Homie beats the craft out of a regular button!