Heavy Metal Sewing
It saddens me to see girls proudly declaring they’re not like other girls – especially when it’s 41,000 girls saying it in a chorus, never recognizing the contradiction. It’s taking a form of contempt for women – even a hatred for women – and internalizing it by saying, Yes, those girls are awful, but I’m special, I’m not like that, instead of stepping back and saying, This is a lie.

The real meaning of “I’m not like the other girls” is, I think, “I’m not the media’s image of what girls should be.” Well, very, very few of us are. Pop culture wants to tell us that we’re all shallow, backstabbing, appearance-obsessed shopaholics without a thought in our heads beyond cute boys and cuter handbags. It’s a lie – a flat-out lie – and we need to recognize it and say so instead of accepting that judgment as true for other girls, but not for you.




DIY Circle Skirt Generator from circleskirtpattern.com. I recently got asked a question about circle skirts and referred the reader to this tutorial: DIY Full Circle Foolproof Skirt Tutorial from By Hand London here. But then I saw this circle skirt generator on inspiration & realisation’s Facebook page. You plug in your wasit, hem length and seam allowance and you can choose from the most popular fabric widths - 45” and 60”. It tells you how much fabric you need, whether it can be cut from one piece of fabric etc…

OH GOD I AM ABOUT TO NEED THAT NEXT WEEK god bless you tumblr for having a post about this

Ooh lala.

"Oh hey, this looks great"


2 days!!!!

2 days!!!!

I levelled up in sewing by getting a zipper foot. 

I levelled up in sewing by getting a zipper foot. 


It is finished!

I changed the border (again) but I really love the picot edge. This feels like such an achievement, I’m overjoyed to see it pinned out.

The second photo shows the shawl being passed through a wedding ring - the true sign of knitting skill, in Shetland tradition. 


women’s band merch disappoints me to no end

It’s the reason I own a sewing machine!


Ho ho, see what I did there.

I had a vague plan for a while to make a fur lined hoodie for winter wear featuring an appropriately grim and frostbitten band. As the wonderful Solstafir are from the snowy climes of Iceland (and happen to be fucking awesome) I chose them. Here is the result. 


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Jouetie SS13

As much as I usually enjoy feminine elements used with metal clothing, this is what Tyra Banks would call a hot mess…




I found some links/tutorials that can help more than me:

80’s Boxy T-Shirt (gosh i have to try this out. This one also has instructions in Finnish for all the finn-fans and Finnish speakers)

Boy’s Shirt To Girl’s Shirt (this one gives you instructions for the sleeves if you’re up to that…

People often ask me about ideas for modding men’s t shirts. I have my own specific method but here are a few others.