I have a question! I wanted to see if I could make a fun sexy bra, and I don't really know where to start but I was wondering if you maybe had any kind of advice? I've been googling around and all but I figured maybe it'd be a good idea to ask a friend who knows some things. Also, sorry about asking this on Tumblr but I figured it'd be less likely to get lost here than in the unfathomable quagmire of Facebook's message system.
I have not really made a bra from scratch yet. I’ve made a sort of cupped top, after dismantling an old one and replicating it, but that’s as far as I’ve gone in bra making. Otherwise, I get cheap, plain lingerie, usually from Burlington Coat Factory (not kidding) and decorate it. Sometimes with hot glue, but I prefer to sew things on because it’s way sturdier. E6000 is a super glue that sticks things together forever and works well but don’t breathe that stuff in!
My biggest advice when customizing a bra is to remember about stretch. Some parts of the bra stretch and others don’t, and the parts that stretch, you want to keep stretchy. Sewing some non-stretchable trim to a stretchy part will take away the stretchy.
Other than that, go crazy with fringe, sequins, gemstones, lace, buttons. Basically cover yourself in tar, run through a JoAnn’s, and whatever sticks to you, stick it on your bra!
I did print a few extra of the kickstarter shirts because I got a discount for printing more, so there will be some of those. In the future. Right now, I don’t have anything physical to sell so I don’t have a store up right now. But in March or April or so it’ll go up.
I’ve put SelfControl on my Mac to block social media sites and some other time sinks. It’s a site blacklist I compiled myself; not a pre-installed set. Unfortunately, when the SelfControl block is turned on, it mucks with stock photography sites that I haven’t blacklisted. Most stock sites will load but their image libraries come up blank; Gettyimages.com will not load at all.
I tried using AntiSocial as well and it also mucks with stock photo sites. (And isn’t as effective or straightforward as SelfControl.)
Anybody have any clues about how to get around this? I’ve Googled and consulted the blocking software FAQs and come up blank. There must be *some* connection between one of the sites I’ve blocked and the image libraries of the stock photo sites, but damned if I know how to find it.
Other than this weird problem, I highly recommend SelfControl for Mac users! :U
Edit: on my Windows machine, I use ColdTurkey, and while it’s visually wonky and runs a bit weird on opening, it’s hardcore and super effective. For sites I never want to see (clickbaiters, content scrapers, hate sites), I just block them in the HOSTS file. I don’t have the stock-photo problem in Windows.
Edit2: AntiSocial and SelfControl (and ColdTurkey) are systemwide blockers, which is why I would rather stick with them instead of using multiple browser-specific plugins.
Have you tried Pomodoro? It’s what I use and I love it. Essentially, it blocks all your blacklisted sites for 25 minutes, gives you a 5 minute break, and then blocks the blacklisted sites again. You can customize the lengths of time for work and break. I like it because I need some distractions or I’ll get antsy and wander away. I haven’t noticed it ever messing with any sites that aren’t blacklisted.
I don’t usually plug non-comic junk here but yesterday PoseTool 3D for Android saved me a giant headache and helped me redraw a difficult pose/angle I’d been hacking away at for several hours. Paid for itself in 5 minutes.
I wish I’d had this yesterday ahhhhh but better late than never and I know I’ll use this in the future.
Hon, I got into Yu+Me, and I wanted to say two things: The first is, congratulations for such a compelling story! I was reading it all on a sitting, couldn't let it go. The second is, it seems like your account got suspended? When I tried to advance, it sent me to a rosalarian (.) com(/) cgi-sys (/) suspendedpage (.)cgi; and it sucks, I was just on the part in which Fi realizes she's dreaming about her whole life :'C
Aw dangit. I’ve been having website troubles ever since Lesbian Pirates went off the web. Everyone flooded in to download the comics and it drained my bandwidth, so I’ve been struggling with the host to get more. I’m contacted them about fixing this and they’re pretty good about fixing problems quickly. Shouldn’t be more than a day or two.
Is Darlin' It's Wetta going to be available as an ebook, or just as paperback or through a Filthy Figments subscription? Also, I notice the link to Hiveworks for the book is broken.
I’ll look into making ebooks. It’s something I’ve been meaning to do anyways. If it does happen, it won’t be for a while since I have so much other stuff on my plate right now. But you can buy physical copies of my books here. Darlin’ It’s Betta in color or black and white, and all 6 of the old volumes of YU+ME, though I imagine those won’t be as popular what with the new, nicer, cheaper versions coming out soon.
Hi! I love your comics and I'm trying to find more clothing/pins/bags/virgin sacrifices to show this to the world. I mean, what if a Rosalarian fan walks by me in the street and I don't know because they don't know because I'm not wearing my fan-gear? That would be a true tragedy! So, where do I find more, because I only have 3 shirts (Rosalarian shirts, not shirts in general... that would be a whole other problem) and it's killing me!
Once I have all these new books I’m working on in stock, I’ll open up a web store again. Right now, I don’t have too much to offer, but I will in April or so. And then I will tell everyone all about it!
A little while ago I made an announcement about the The Whole Story: Broken Telephone project I’ve been invite to work on. It’s a project put together by Ryan Estrada, who’s single-handedly brought together 18 different artists around an opportunity to create…
When do you think you'll be open for commissions again? I remember you did them at one point. I'm starting to save up because I really really want you to design my first tattoo.
My to-do list right now is:
Finish YU+ME books (23 pages left to draw, as well as 2 covers to design)
Finish Meaty Yogurt book 1 (5 pages to draw, a good dozen old ones to tweak, a cover to design, and some extras to include)
Draw my Smut Peddler pages
Draw all the rewards for Kickstarter backers who bought drawings/paintings. A good 2 dozen of these.
At some point, pack all of the kickstarter orders
Dance rehearsal for the burlesque, planning new acts
I am on tour for two weeks in February, getting no real work done
I have to also make some daily living money during this time, so I need to draw pages for Filthy Figments and/or work at the cheese shop
I have a girlfriend who likes me and wants to sometimes kiss me and stuff
It’s a lot, and I’m not stressed out about it or anything, it just means I’m booked completely solid through like the end of March or possibly April, and at that point, I want to get back to doing regularly updated webcomics again. I miss that a lot.
I don’t think I’m going to have time for commissions again for at least six months. But depending on what you want, it’s possible I could find some time, and it never hurts to ask.
Megan, I am curious about your opinion of Spoonflower!? I have a design I am looking to turn into wrapping paper/fabric. Have you been satisfied with the platform? Do you find that you earn anything from it, or is it more about the convenience and happiness of knowing that your awesome patterns are out there for others to use?
Pros of Spoonflower: Right now, they’re the only ones doing what they do (as far as I know) providing an awesome service I’ve been wishing was a thing for years. They’re well known enough to be seen as a source of good fabric by crafters and seamstresses. The quality of the fabric is comparable to that you’d find in a brick and mortar fabric store, though I’ll admit I’ve not tried out all their varieties of fabric. I’ve had lots of people buy fabric from me, some who’ve never heard of me from anywhere else.
And customers have the ability to ask me if I can tweak the design for them. For example, someone wanted my mermaid damask design in blue and turquoise, and I was able to change the colors for them. You can print the design as large or small as you need without even bugging the designer. I know I’ve found a great fabric before that I couldn’t use because the pattern was too big or small for my purposes.
I’ve used them a few times to print my art on fabric for gallery showings, which is more fun than printing on paper and cheaper than printing on canvas.
I love that I can order wacky prints on something other than quilting cotton!!! I have way too many things made of that stiff, easily wrinkled quilting cotton because I love weird patterns, and most apparel fabric doesn’t offer even close to that variety. I vowed to stop buying quilting cotton for clothes, and this way, I can still get my fix of cool designs while be comfortable and not so wrinkly.
Cons of Spoonflower: Right now, they’re the only ones doing what they do (as far as I know) so there’s no competition and prices are still pretty high. Which I actually don’t think is too bad. This is custom fabric, this is a luxury, this can be a high price. But the problem is that designers have no say in the price. The profits we make are fixed and there’s no wiggle room, unless we want to buy it in bulk ourselves and sell it ourselves. I’d like to be able to say “I spent an hour on this so this is cheap, I spent two weeks on this, so this costs more.”
There are also some objectively bad designs on there. The front page has really, really nice work, and I’d say at least half of what I’ve seen is nice, but there’s a large amount of work that just doesn’t work. People who don’t bother to make their work a repeating pattern, things uploaded with too low a resolution, things that look nice on the screen but don’t work as fabric (remember, pixels and ink are two different things!) And smart consumers will know to stay clear, but this stuff is too expensive to face such disappointment when the package arrives. Which isn’t to say Spoonflower should be doing something about the bad designers. Every designer has to start somewhere, everyone has different tastes. This is mostly just a note to make sure to make sure the design you want it as good as you think it is before buying.
All in all, I like it. I just ordered a few yards of my brains fabric for myself and it should be here in a couple days and I’m very excited about it. I got the performance knit, which is really soft and feels wonderful. I’ll post pictures once I can decide what I’m going to make out of it.
Shout out to all the closeted LGBT people who have to return to unsafe family environments this season. Remember that there is nothing wrong with you and that no, you are not a hypocrite for loving the people who raised you despite the things they have done to hurt you. Above all remember that you will always have friends who support you even if your family does not.
You may have read my delirious rant about pie last night. You may have been wondering about how to make that pie. An lo, I bring to thee the means to maketh it yourself, the godking of pies, Apple Chicken Pie.
2 frozen pie crusts (the flakey kind, not the graham cracker kind)…
We’re hosting Thanksgiving this year. I think it’s time to make some Apple Chicken Turkey Pie.
I’m probably going to make some apple turkey pie at some point, too. Perhaps with cranberry wensleydale instead of brie. Or maybe gruyere.
About the Kickstarter - are you going to be doing a pledge manager or sending out a survey closer to shipping time so that people can change their addresses if they have moved? Thank you.
I wish I could send out multiple surveys, because I needed some information from you guys right away, but I didn’t want your addresses until closer to shipping time. So I’ll confirm everyone’s addresses with them before I ship. But you can always be proactive and contact me ahead of time through kickstarter if you’ve moved.