Saturday, January 30, 2010

To conquer and Jewelry Samples

I am craving these Steve Madden boots - $130 CDN. You will be mine in a few weeks!

I recently dropped out of the OHM Fashion Show I had planned on doing in March due to a drastic change in my financial situation at work. Sometimes, I really hate retail and so far, this is another reason to hate it more and attempt to get out of it. This whole situation has made me rather depressed. Especially, that now I will be barely making enough to survive.

However, I am thankful to have all this time to myself. To think things through, sew, and design. I am now finally going to update my Etsy Store and the brand blog my partner (Aya) and I have on Wordpress.

Here is a sneak peek of what jewelry samples I have designed for Marionette so far:

The first are the elaborate earrings made to match the iconic Moite Irongate dresses and skirts. The second beside them are actually my first attempt at a more elaborate style of earrings a very tame Gothic look edges with a hint of Classic. The third pair are a fairly Sweet Lolita or Gyaru. Very cute and girly. While the very last pair (below) are my Mori Girl earrings that bring up a more natural look of unbleached crocheted flowers (courtesy of my mom), with the focal point being the black bows I’ve sewn myself, and a touch nature with gold dangling leaves. Simple and beautiful. Already showed these to my friends and they are a hit.

What do you think?

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Juliette et Justine

Okay, so if you guys don’t follow EGL on LJ you know me and other girls have attempted to get the Juliette et Justine 2010 LUCKY PACK last night. Long story and turmoil excluded: NO ONE OUTSIDE OF JAPAN GOT THE LUCKY PACK (unless they used a Shopping Service).

It got me all sad. I was really upset, the LP is the ONLY WAY I can get 4-6 pieces of clothing from Juliette et Justine without A) BEING BROKE and B) SPENDING OVER $1000 CDN.

The Lucky Pack was priced at $30000 yen which is around $340 CDN.

Anyways, after the whole ordeal they were kind enough to reply back to an email I sent them about customs prior to the LP date. They actually half-value markdowns on international packages! WOW. Never heard of many brands, especially small ones offering this. AND…I replied back and ranted about the LP situation OUTSIDE of Japan and they apologized, gave me alternatives + their Rakuten website which has the $30000 yen LP sold out but I can still get the 2009 Special Sets for $45000 yen and $50000 yen. Expensive. But, I got the second email when I had been napping so it may have been available when it was sent. What I also found out is that if anyone backed out I would be next in line for that LP. How sweet of them! They said they would email me if anyone backed out. :)

Considering I have never given them a single penny and they are Japanese, their customer service has been impeccable! I will definitely be ordering from them in the near future. I have never gotten such great customer service without buying anything from a Japanese brand. Baby has been nice but they are very curt and their English isn’t as great or thorough as JetJ’s.

I will be ordering from them when I get the funds and they get more chiffon pieces. Hopefully, nice Spring items! In pinks, pastels, indigo blues….

Anyways, earlier today I went on an angry rampage (prior to their second email) to buy myself some happiness. I had booked serger lessons and learned the basics to serging and rolling hems. I also ordered a Singer Dressform in Small from the very same place I ordered my Janome Serger that cost me around $226 after taxes. I also bought a gathering foot for my serger, some black sergering thread, wooly nylon, two printed chiffon fabrics, and a Fabricland membership. :) I officially start sewing tomorrow! YAY.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Busy Bat.

I have been mad busy lately with work and I can admit to not sewing much.

I will begin sewing Monday and book classes on Tuesday and Wednesday for my serger. I would really like a ruffler foot (my friend Aya still has to pick up my free one with her sewing machine lessons in lower Scarborough) but I need to learn how to use it. I am going to begin making some accessories as a test to raise some money for a much needed dressform, materials, and such. This will be for myself under Noirette. I just need to be able to see if what I can come up with can sell.

Also, OHM has yet to contact me about models and such…

More updates later:

I leave this post with two recent professional photos of my friends and I in Lolita and my mostly completed studio ^___^ :