Clean Slate

Cooler weather is upon us, and now perhaps the bright neons of Spring and Summer and even some of the colorful prints of Fall are starting to seem a bit garish. Fear not!
White is taking center stage as we hit mid-Fall. Clean and classy, white is the perfect transitional tint, providing a fabulous detox and rest for the eyes.
Dusting white eyeshadow along the inner corner of the eye towards the bridge of the nose will make you look more awake and your eyes more open. Avoid the reverse raccoon effect by remembering to blend and keeping application light.
See the corresponding Etsy treasury here.
Clean Slate
Clean Slate by dkei featuring a white eyeliner

Delicious Denim

I’m having a blast with my new Polyvore account! I’m going to use it for future fashion articles. ^_^ 

Fall’s blue trend is continuing. This month it will be shades of denim and indigo blue that will shine in the spotlight, especially in accessories. This is one of my favorite colors, and I’m thrilled I have yet another excuse to make and buy more of it. 
Delicious Denim

Fall Fashion Spotlight: Black and Gold

Black and Gold have always been a luxurioius combination. Gold’s intricate details pop against a noir background. Dark, rich, and elegant, this dynamic duo is back for Fall! 

Bracelet, 12€, L’Atelier De Cerridwen. Purchase here.

Suit, $160 USD, Annie Briggs. Purchase here.

Ring, $70 USD, NYC Jewelry Design. Purchase here.

Studded shorts, $66 USD, The STEEL Age. Purchase here.

Bracelet, $4.50 USD, Jazzy Beading. Purchase here.

Beneficial Minerals Eyeshadow in Gold Mine, $4.99 USD. Purchase here.

A’Dor Nail Polish in Shades, $3.50 USD. Purchase here.

Vintage Dress, $26.99 USD, Rock Candy Vintage. Purchase here.

Shoes, £105.00 GBP(Approx. $171 USD), KezBirdie. Purchase here.

Fall Fashion Spotlight: The Shag Coat

Big, fluffy, shaggy fur coats made a comeback for fall. Alexander McQueen sent a variety of them down the runway in fun shades of pink, fuschia, and white. Michael Kors took a darker route with rich red and fierce black, while Fendi worked in earthy browns, tans, and grays. This fun, funky 70s throwback came full circle this fall, with vintage pieces still packing as much of a punch as the new pieces. If you’re not into cotton candy pink or red and black, score one of these lovelies off of Etsy instead.

White crocheted fringe coat, $84 USD, Deja Vu Vintage. Etsy listing.

Vintage 1970s Lambskin Shag Fur Jacket, $175 USD, Cut and Chic Vintage. Etsy listing.

‘Sveta’ Pink Faux Fur Coat, $59 USD, Paris is a Dance. Etsy listing.

Reversible Lime Green Faux Fur Coat(transforms into backpack), $645, Light Up Coats & The Kings Royal Robes. Etsy listing.

The Triumph of the Denim(aka Epic Repurposed Jeans)

I was perusing though my local Goodwill last week and I found a nice little gem: jeans in my size!!! 
This rarely happens. I’m tall, with long legs, and apparently these are proportions of death in the fashion industry. Anywho, they fit, which is good, because my jeans have pretty much had it, and I was in desperate need of a new pair. I’m also too stubborn at this point to drop $30 on one pair. The money is needed elsewhere, like my gas tank. XD 
The jeans…
At first glance they look fine, but if you flip them over there’s some wear…
…but totally fixable. 
I cut off the hems of the jeans. 
I cut them open, measured them, and added seam allowance, in this case 1/2″ on all sides. I wanted to make sure they were long enough so I wanted wiggle room to let them out if need be. I drafted a VERY basic pattern out of some tissue paper I had on hand. Ignore the wrinkles. 
I had some scrap denim left over from a cosplay project, and I liked the added contrast of the crossgrain on these scraps. So…I cut them out and serged the edges so they wouldn’t fray.
I sewed up the side seams and pressed them open, and went back and serged the cut part of the jeans so they wouldn’t fray. 
I hemmed the bottoms of the new pieces first, which made things much easier. I chose matching thread and a wide double needle for a clean, bound hem. 
And now, a digression…
If you can’t afford a cover stitcher a double needle is your best friend. You can use them on any sewing machine, you just need an extra spool of thread. I use serger thread with my machine since I work with so many colors/garments, as opposed to spools, so the extra spool isn’t a problem. I have my machine very creatively threaded, but cone stands really are the way to go. You can find them in almost any shop that sells sergers and sewing machines. But the double needle gives you a nice bound hem, similar to that of a cover stitcher, and it works much better and looks nicer than just using a straight stitch or a zigzag. They come in especially handy when working with knits, as they sew in such a way that the threads won’t break with stretching. Double needles are cheap, less than five dollars most of the time, and can be found at sewing, fabric, and craft stores like JoAnn or Hancock Fabrics. Thread them like a normal sewing needle, except you’re threading two needles, and use the straight stitch setting on your machine. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT use the zigzag setting. Bad things will happen. Trust me. 
And now, back to our regularly scheduled blog entry…
 The new pieces with the hem…
All that’s left is to attach them to the jeans and press the seams open…
and ta-daaaaaaaaaa!!!! XD 
(Ignore my foot. I was in a mad rush to shoot the pic and wear them). 
I love them. They are me new favorite pants. The $7 and hour of time I spent on these was so worth it! They’re so comfy and they look awesome. Pics of me wearing the pants will follow at some point. ^_^
So…if I have inspired you to salvage some jeans of your own that is fabulous. 🙂 I’m looking forward to the next pair I find, and when I find them I’ll probably post it here. 🙂

New Pieces and Sneak Peeks

Hello lovelies! 😀

I am designing a new collection for the upcoming fashion show in Sacramento. Tentative dates
are October 22nd or November 5th, and for the sake of time am cheering for the November date. XD

This collection, like the last, is inspired in great part by Japanese fashion, bits of Visual Kei and Gothic Lolita, and the many wonderful flamboyant pieces of clothing lurking in Daisuke Asakura’s closet. I would LOVE to see that man’s closet. XD

Anywho, here’s a sneak peek of what’s to come!

The red shirt is not part of the outfit, it just looked nice under the jacket. XD The shirt itself…is now in pieces. 😛 You’ll get to see what it is soon enough! 😀

I’m working roughly half repurposed, half from scratch. Repurposed at this point is my strongest point as a designer, and I found some fabulous pieces I can’t wait to start ripping, cutting, and sewing.

New Collections

These are mini-collections of pendants, with exception of the Iceland pendants.

These are dichroic glass peace signs I got in Arizona, and as far as I can tell they have been slumped in a mold. I made simple necklaces out of these. Only four are available on Etsy, and I have price them at $5 each.

Dominoes! This idea got a pretty good response on DeviantART, and so I’ve kicked it off with the first five. These will be on Etsy in a few days.

Aaaaand here’s the lastest batch of Iceland Pendants. One of the clear pieces has already been sold. 🙂

That is all for now. I’ma go get some much-needed sleep today. XD

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