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DIY Galaxy Print Mini-Skirt

0.diygalaxyskirt_introphotoA couple years ago I was desperately wanting some galaxy-print fabric since clothing featuring photorealistic prints of stars was just about everywhere. But I couldn’t find any fabric sellers that sold this particular print!! So I just Did It Myself, and designed a number of fun galaxy-print fabrics on Spoonflower.com, utilizing licensed Hubble Telescope images of star fields, quasars, Red Giants, planets, and galaxies. I worked on them in Photoshop to adjust the colorization and created seamless repeating patterns so they would be perfect for fabric (or even wallpaper!). sparklestarwallpapercarlyjcais_galaxyprintfabricfromSpoonflower1In order to offer them for sale in my shop, I had to order test swatches to check the color and printing. For one of the designs I ordered a fat quarter of Organic Cotton Sateen (upper right in the photo above), not quite sure what I wanted to make with it but certain that I wanted a good enough amount to make something neat. And I finally hit upon a little mini-skirt (though had I ordered 1 yd, I would have had enough for front AND back!).

diygalaxyskirt1 diygalaxyskirt2As it was I had to use some black cotton sateen for the back, but it turned out pretty well regardless and I’m just as pleased with it as if it had been galaxy-print all the way around.

diygalaxyskirt3I used Butterick Pattern 6834, chopping the length at View E (since that’s all the galaxy-print fabric I had). (I believe the pattern is no longer available.)
diygalaxyskirt6Here are some similar patterns you could use:

diygalaxyskirt5It sewed up quickly and was pressed and hemmed in no time, and now I have a fun mini-skirt for Summer!

If you’re looking for this same galaxy fabric, it is here:

Alternate Blue Galaxy Print by CarlyJCais

Or other galaxy print fabrics: (click through to access my shop on Spoonflower)
mygalaxydesignsonspoonflower
They look great as blouses, T-shirts, even leggings (on stretch cotton jersey!!)

diygalaxyskirt4Stay tuned for my outfit featuring this skirt, coming soon to the blog.

Happy DIY’ing!
xo
Carly

New Galaxy Fabric Swatches from Spoonflower Arrived!

I had designed some galaxy photo-print fabric last year on Spoonflower, ordered some swatches, and then sort of forgot about them.  I made a silk tank top from one of the swatches, but didn’t do much beyond that.

Made with 1 fat quarter of my Red Star Field Galaxy design fabric, on Cotton Silk.  It’s so lightweight and drapey!

A reader recently messaged me on Facebook about that galaxy-print fabric…which sent me into design overdrive!  I then put together 8 more galaxy photo print fabric designs, and ordered test swatches on a variety of different fabrics to see how they printed.

I just got them in the mail today (obvs, judging by the fold lines still in them I haven’t ironed out…), and I’m thrilled with how they turned out!

The organic cotton sateen Alternate Blue Galaxy Print (above) I’m using as the backing to the skirt I had planned when I made my first round of galaxy-print fabric.

This is my Sparkle Star Field, printed on Cotton Poplin.  Gorgeous as a tablecloth…but even better as a swingy skater skirt or pieced blouse!  (I haven’t decided which just yet…)

Clockwise, from top left: Rainbow Star Field on basic combed cotton, Orange and Red Galaxy basic combed cotton, Purple Swirl Star Field Nebula on cotton silk, Pink and Green Burst Galaxy on organic cotton knit.

Of course the test swatches are too small to do much with; maybe I’ll make little purses or scrunchies with them.  They were more to just see colors and make sure the repeat was correct.

And also my Purple Galaxy Nebula Burst fabric, which I got done on cotton silk.

I had a blast designing them all, which are originally from hi-res photos of galaxies, stars, and nebulae, completely repeating and seamless.  Maybe you’d be interested in using something for your next DIY project?

See My Galaxy Print Fabric on Spoonflower

And if not, why not design your own fabric?  Spoonflower offers a number of tools and how-tos to designing your own fabrics, including vector designs and making difficult repeating patterns.

Happy DIY’ing!

xoxox
Carly

Sneak Preview: Launching Tomorrow

I’ve been hard at work on a little personal project that I can’t wait to share with all of you.  If everything goes well and I can finish wrapping this up…I’ll be done and launching it tomorrow.

Hope you guys like it!

xoxox
Carly

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New Colors for Fur Tails and Puffs Now Available in My Etsy Shop!

Yes, that’s right – I’ve added TWO new colors to the range of faux furs I stock for my tails and puffs in my Etsy store.  (And coming in the New Year…BAGS!!)

So many customers have requested black fur, but I haven’t found a pure black faux fur that is as high-quality as my other furs.  What I could find, however, is a fur that has a midnight black fuzzy base, with longer light brown/blond hairs sprinkled throughout.  It’s very plush and realistic.

Inspired by Prada’s line of brightly-colored fur accessories, I’ve also stocked a Limited-Edition Crimson fur for the holidays!  I only have 1 yard of this, so when it’s gone, it’s gone!  It’s of the same style of fur as my White tails, with long, wispy hairs. It’s very light and airy.

I’m now offering Puffs, Medium-sized Tails, and Full-Sized Tails in my Etsy shop, in all 6 colors including the new Black and Crimson

Please check it out – or send it to your friends if you think they’d be interested!

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xoxox

Carly

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NEW Items in my Etsy Store! AND a Black Friday/Cyber Monday Coupon Code!

I’ve been super-busy (besides making Thanksgiving dinner, LOL!), and have also updated my Etsy with new variations of my popular faux fur accessories.

NEW:

  • Two more colors of PUFFS
  • Two more options for CHARMS
  • GOLD hardware option for everything (except the “Choose Your Own” styles)
  • A smaller-sized TAIL (measuring in at 12″ long instead of the 15″ for my full-sized tails)
  • CHOOSE YOUR COLOR AND CHARM option for Puffs and both sizes of Tails.

AND!  To celebrate, I’m offering up a coupon code, valid from 11/24 through midnight PST on 11/28: Get 15% off your entire order from my Etsy store with code

THANKS2011

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I’ve also got two more colors of faux fur coming in (though UPS is taking an extremely long time to deliver them to me…grrr…) so stay tuned for BLACK and CRIMSON tails and puffs in the near future!

Thanks so much!
xoxox
Carly

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Finals Time for Me! What I’ve Been Working On…

I created this in record time, spending both yesterday and this morning doing it.  A 3-story Haunted House with a mummy and a Frankenstein to play with, 2 beds, a sofa, 2 ladders, an open chimney, and removable log fire.  The architecture is based off an existing piece, though I modified the shape of some of the furniture and the house structure.  Tracing, colors, details, characters, layout, printing, cutting out, and assembly all by me.  (Though some of the texture patterns were downloaded from the Internet.)

Hi everyone!

I’m slammed.

I have no less than FOUR final projects for my classes due this week (three due at 5:00 PM tomorrow, and the last one due at 5:00 PM on Tuesday).  Plus I just made a couple of portfolio pieces to apply for an internship.

I’ve had about four hours’ sleep for the last 3 nights – at 20 yrs old, no prob, but at 30, it’s rough!!  I feel like a zombie.;-)

So I’m probably not going to be able to blog about DIY stuff at any great length until after I hand in everything and can breathe a little easier.

Just to let you know – I’m still around and in front of the computer, though editing and animating and drawing like crazy and barely able to answer email/formspring questions/respond to comments etc.

Oh, and I also made a gun out of paper that shoots wadded-up tissues.  (It took a little longer than the house since there’s so many moving parts.)  It uses 2 rubber bands to sling an internal “bullet casing” forward and launch whatever’s sitting against it into the air (well, sort of towards the floor really).

My son really likes playing with the haunted house.

You’ve all been so kind in sending me your fabulous DIY projects – and I’ll be sharing them all in a big DIY Links of the Week coming soon.  Thanks so much for letting me know about your creativity!

xoxox
Carly

Dreaming of Brights for Spring 2011

Top row, from left: Rachel Roy, Ccharel, Jil Sander, Prada, Issa, Christian Dior.  Bottom Row, from left: Moschino, Mary Katrantzou, Stella McCartney.All photos from Style.com; array by me.

As the Spring/Summer 2011 runways have demonstrated, big, bold splashes of color and bright, clashing prints are going to be BIG trends for this coming season.

Jil Sander!  Dior! Moschino! Prada!

And street-style incorporating these bold colors is just so inspiring…

For the first time in my life, I’m swayed by these 80’s pops of bright…infusing an otherwise dreary winter (and my overwhelmingly gray wardrobe) with a little dose of happiness.

So I’ve been pulling out all the bright-and-bold fabric from my stash that I can find – which is almost nothing, needless to say…

From left to right: Photorealistic Lemon-Print Cotton (bought in Japan, 1998); Banana Leaf-Print Cotton (bought on St. John’s Island, Caribbean, 1989); Universe/Galaxy-Printed Organic Cotton Sateen and Silk Crepe de Chine (designed by me, just printed the samples earlier this month); Bottom: Cotton Twill Sofia Fabric (bought at Ikea)

The lemon fabric I made into a blouse back in 2000 or so; but I had to alter the collar a bit and so it’s been on my to-do pile for awhile.  The other fabrics I haven’t used at all…yet.

The expression on my face and the caption makes me cringe; but unfortunately I couldn’t find another photo of the finished blouse.  Circa 2007.
Strawberry-print dress and bag I designed and made back in 2000.  They’ve been sitting on my Fix-it Pile for awhile…since I realized the dress is way too Flamenco for my tastes and the bag is just silly.  But they’re bright!  And fruit-printed!  Photo circa 2001.

I rarely wear bright-colored clothing (accessories, no problem…but clothing I still struggle with).  I think I have a deep-seated negative association with wearing bright colors; something that was harped on as the antithesis of stylish and fashionable as I was growing up.  I feel the strongest physical revulsion at bright jade green, bright turquoise, and bright purple.  Especially the turquoise.

Yes, the idea of wearing these colors actually scares me.  Custom Pantone palette made at ColorExplorer.com

Which is ironic because turquoise used to be my favorite color when I was a kid, probably from when I was 5 or so until I was around 12 or 13.

My brother and I in our front yard, circa 1986.  I was 8 – can you guess what my favorite color was??  Actually, you can probably guess what my brother’s favorite color was as well.;-)

This irrational negativity towards bright colors is a huge mental block I’ve had for years.

An outfit built around this much color is highly unusual for me.

Anyway, projects up next: a green-striped bias draped skirt, a pair of coral pleated trousers, a hot-pink linen swing skirt, a red galaxy-print silk shell, and a blue galaxy puff-skirt.  I’m not quite sure what to do with the banana leaf-print fabric from above just yet as I only have a little of it…maybe a bandeau bikini top?

How do you feel about this upcoming trend of brights?  Do you incorporate bright colors in your outfits – and if you don’t, why?

xoxox
Carly

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New Faux Fur Pieces Added to my Etsy Shop!

Speaking of Etsy…

A few people have asked me about offering my faux fur tails in different colors, so I’ve spent the last several days making up new ones, in two BRAND NEW colors I just received in the mail.  One is a “fox”-like color: cream with orange-tipped fur.  The other is a “raccoon”-like color: tan with brown-tipped fur and stripes. (see above)

I also have a one-of-a-kind dip-dye pink-to-white tail (purely accidental, since I was trying to dye the tip black) that I posted for sale.

 I’ve also added a couple of “puffball” charms if you prefer something smaller and not so “tail”-like.
I’d love to hear your feedback!

xoxox
Carly

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