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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Winter Formal Dress

*sings loudly and off key* ALL THE SINGLE LADIES, ALL THE SINGLE LADIES!

Yes, my friends, it is that time of year. Winter Formal has come and gone, along with being the lucky every-fifth-person breathalyzed ("Just breathe into the straw until it beeps, and then we'll see if you're in trouble") and the spectacular people-watching at our Hollywood-themed dance.

And of course the eternal problem when faced with a school dance: What to wear?

I solved this problem myself this year by dropping some serious cash at Britex Fabrics (shout out to the employee who helped my mom and I!) and making my own dress, using a pattern from this book, written by Mary Adams.

The dress is a princess-seamed bodice with a circle skirt and a sheer, sparkly overlay. Here's the bodice partway through construction:

(Ignore the awkward black bra straps. The mannequin's boobs are ridiculously small, so I had to stuff an old bra to get them to the right size.)

Of course, time-management-skills-lacking me was sewing this dress when my friends showed up to get ready, 2 hours before the dance (hence the unfinished overlay hem in the night-of pics).

I'm super proud of the zipper on this dress. I was able to completely encase it in the lining, so no raw or serged edges on the inside.

I did have one little mishap with the iron, though. I ironed the fabric for the overlay on too high a heat and accidentally melted off some of the glitter (don't worry, there was plenty left to spare).

Party iron!!

Overall, I loved this dress. It was super comfortable to dance in and moved so nicely! I would definitely recommend this pattern and book to other people.

Party on, Single Ladies!
Taft W-K

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Interview with Lick-Wilmerding's The Hyphen

Last week, I had the pleasure of talking with KK and Zoe of The Hyphen, our school's online newspaper, about my Etsy shop and blog. They asked excellent questions (good job, ladies!) and I really enjoyed talking with them.

Here's the interview: http://sites.lwhs.org/hyphen/2014/02/crafts-with-taft-lick-student-turned-blogger-and-business-owner/

This was the first time anyone has ever asked me questions such as these about my business and I really enjoyed the experience. KK and Zoe were genuine, curious, and have great senses of humor :)

After talking about them about the history of my Etsy shop (how it got started, what I've learned from it, etc), I'm inspired to revamp my Etsy About page and rewrite my story. It's been three years since I wrote the original and the only edits since then have been changing my grade and the name of my school. I've got a week off school coming up, so be on the look out for a fresh, new About page.

On a completely unrelated note, I will be taking a cue from The Hyphen (who posts a new article every Tuesday) and updating more regularly. Starting with this post, I will be updating the blog every Wednesday (because I know how much you all miss me when I'm gone for so long).

Thanks to KK and Zoe! You two are doing such amazing work with the Hyphen (I'm in love with their new section, Humans of Lick-Wilmerding: http://sites.lwhs.org/hyphen/category/humans-of-lick-wilmerding-holw/).

Street Art found at Ames @ 22nd Street, San Francisco

-Taft WK

Friday, February 7, 2014

Writer's Notebook for A

My friend A's birthday was a couple of weeks ago, and coming out of the holiday season I was a little short on gift ideas, but after some long thinking sessions I came up with the perfect gift for an aspiring writer such as her... (drum roll, please)

A writer's notebook!

It´s just a regular composition notebook (picked up on sale at Target, you know how I love my bargains) that I covered in quotes about writing and books (her two loves). The fun fonts are all from this book that was given to a member of my family a couple Christmases ago and has never stopped giving back.

Duct tape is a must with all good crafting projects, so I upped the fun factor with MUSTACHE duct tape! How do you like that, internet?

Finally, it's all topped off with a ribbon bookmark and a bead that I dug out of my mom's crafting stash. (Yes, each member of my family has their own crafting stash. That's just how artist families work.)

Can't wait to see what A writes about next! We all know she's going places :)

Happy Winter! (Speaking of winter...expect a post about my Winter Formal dress to go up soon!)
Taft W-K