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Gathered Flower Skirt

By S. Qiouyi Lu  •  May 16, 2015  •  0 Comments
Gathered floral skirt

Wardrobe expansion part two! I thought this fabric would lend itself nicely to a cute gathered skirt, and I wanted to learn how to add side pockets through this project. I also added interfacing to fabric for the first time, and the reinforcement really helped to keep the waistband smooth and flat. I didn’t pattern-match […]

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Mathematical! Skirt

By S. Qiouyi Lu  •  May 14, 2015  •  0 Comments
Mathematical! Skirt

Long time no update! I’ve been too lazy to update this blog and document DIY stuff in detail. I do post snapshots to my Instagram, so follow me there if you want more frequent pictures. I recently applied the KonMari method to my townhouse. The good news is that everything is neat and organized, yay! […]

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Black Widow T-shirt and Necklace

By S. Qiouyi Lu  •  March 18, 2015  •  2 Comments

I knew after making my Captain America floral shield sweater that my next project would be a Black Widow T-shirt. However, instead of using floral fabric, I wanted something with more of a watercolor feel—one of the lines from The Avengers that stuck with me is, “I’ve got red in my ledger—I’d like to wipe it […]

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DIY Pleated Skirt

By S. Qiouyi Lu  •  March 15, 2015  •  2 Comments

I’ve wanted to wear hanfu for a long time, but wearing a traditional hanfu stateside would make me stand out more than I would in China, where even Chinese people have all but stopped wearing traditional hanfu. But, after seeing the work that Leesle has done, I feel more confident that I can fulfill my […]

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Gusseted Drawstring Bag

By S. Qiouyi Lu  •  March 13, 2015  •  0 Comments

My friend Jena’s grandmother passed away recently. As Jena’s in New York and I’m in Ohio, I wasn’t able to visit her while she was sitting shiva, but I still wanted to send her a small condolence gift. I went down to the Short North in Columbus and got a letterpress sympathy card from Tigertree. […]

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DIY Postal Frame

By S. Qiouyi Lu  •  March 11, 2015  •  0 Comments

I’ve started creating what I call “laundry line frames” as a convenient display for items that I either don’t want to frame or that would be rendered nonfunctional by framing (like items that need to be unfolded to be read). It’s a fun repurposing of old frames and usually costs around $10–$15 in materials to […]

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Umbra Showcase Shelves

By S. Qiouyi Lu  •  March 8, 2015  •  0 Comments

I’ve been struggling to find small shelves to display a couple items I have in my home gallery. Target and Lowe’s do have wall shelves, but they’re both too large and too expensive. The only shelves that fit my needs were Umbra showcase shelves, available from the Container Store and from Amazon. They’re still a […]

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Bishop Is My Business

By S. Qiouyi Lu  •  March 7, 2015  •  0 Comments

I adore Matt Fraction‘s run of Hawkeye, because both the writing and the art are amazing. I love that it’s as much about Kate Bishop as it is about Clint Barton. Kate’s idealism, independence, and stubbornness remind me of myself sometimes. I also like that there’s room to read her as Asian, especially with the way David […]

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femme is not compliance

By S. Qiouyi Lu  •  March 4, 2015  •  0 Comments

I’ve been having complicated feelings about gender and how I, as a nonbinary femme person, fit into women’s spaces and women’s narratives. I’ve previously identified as a woman, but I haven’t been identifying that way for the past couple of years at least. Yet I’m read by the world as a cis woman, and that […]

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Captain America Floral Shield Sweater

By S. Qiouyi Lu  •  March 3, 2015  •  1 Comment

tehnakki’s Captain America floral shield sweater showed up on my Tumblr dash the other day, and I instantly fell in love with it. tehnakki was gracious enough to provide a PDF to a pattern, which can be downloaded from the original post or via my mirror link here. Altogether, it probably took me about 2.5 […]

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