Saturday, October 19, 2013

Dolloween: A Preview!

Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!
If you know me, you know that Halloween is my favorite holiday -- and that I celebrate it the whole month of October. Over the years I've picked up a few traditions, like buying pairs of spooky socks, watching a different horror movie every night, and getting together with friends to tell scary stories by candlelight. And of course, there's my visit to the Halloween store to look at costumes.

This year I decided to add something new to the mix. Something that would satisfy my need to make things and to spoil my dolls rotten. The girls would get a Halloween present, namely a giant box full of new clothing. After that we'd have a dress-up party and photo shoot, which I dubbed Dolloween. Because I'm me, and everything needs a silly name.

The box has so many fun, frilly, fabricky frocks in it, I can barely get the lid on. I'll save most of the outfits for the big Dolloween reveal, but I thought I'd share one of them tonight. It's one I'm especially proud of.

(Modeled by Ilsa, a newer member of my doll posse.)

The shirt is my very first attempt at a peasant top. When I came up with the idea, which had absolutely no pattern and evolved from a completely different piece of clothing, I thought it was crazy and would never work. This, of course, made me want to try it out even more, and I like the result. I love the way it fits over the skirt.

The skirt is made of white muslin that I painted by hand and decorated with silver, white and turquoise sequins. I was worried that the sequins were out of proportion, but looking at a lot of the dresses on my Pinterest board, I realized out of proportion can be fun and dramatic. So I just went with it.

Even though the sequins are a funky finishing touch, for me, the best part of the skirt is the fabric. I have a ton of the stuff sitting in a box in my studio, just gathering dust. Now I know what to use it for! I might embellish it with some thread and bead embroidery, and maybe some of the foam stamps I made.

So that's what I've been up to! Now you know why I've been so quiet online -- I've been busy playing Littlest Sweatshop. And in spite of the (seriously) tasteless joke, I've really been enjoying myself. Who knows? I might even sell some of my outfits, as long as the girls permit me to. 

Now it's your turn: do you have any special Halloween plans?

Thanks for reading, and thanks for commenting! You're awesome. <3


Sarah J. Sequins

(And Ilsa)

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Sign up for awesomeness!

Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!

I'd like to start this post off by thanking everyone who participated in Sequintastic September last weekend. I loved seeing what you made; you guys seriously knocked my socks off! And while the hop wasn't as well-planned as last year's, something I take full responsibility for, I had a lot of fun, and I'm looking forward to hosting other events.

Which brings me to the point of this post! Today I have not one, but two things for you to sign up for.

Are you ready?

Epic Indie Book Fair of Awesome!

(October 26th)

The last Epic Indie Book Fair of Awesome was so much fun to put together, and it got such a great response, that the very next day I started planning for another one. This one will happen on October 26th, and I'll feature independently published (also known as self-published) books and tutorials from all kinds of writers and artists.

So if you've written something awesome and published it yourself, contact me, and I'll include you. And no, you don't have to be a beader -- our last fair had a YA series about unicorns, a painting tutorial, and even a book of gorgeous doll photography. This one will be just as diverse.

Shop In Your Pajamas Craft Fair!

(November 9th)

Even though I pulled it together in less than a week, I love how my very first online craft fair turned out. It gave artists the chance to showcase their work for the holidays, support other artists, and to do these things without ever leaving home.

So if you make and sell things, whether it's jewelry, quilts, paintings, or scarves, I want to include you! All you have to do is contact me, telling me you want to sign up, and I'll take it from there.The fair will take place on November 9th. 

So that's what's going on over here. I hope you'll tell your friends, your family, and even random people on the street, about the book fair and the craft fair, because I'm seriously excited about them, and I want to make them even better than last time. 

Thanks for reading, thanks for spreading the word, and of course, thanks for being awesome.

Sequintastically yours,