Friday, July 25, 2014

Apple Printed Scallop Skirt

Two years ago I was getting crafty and hand printed some fabric with an apple. I made it into a cute little skirt, but I didn't follow through to ever post it on here! Honestly, it sat on my shelf ever since. I finally took a couple photos the other day!

As you can see, it has a gathered (elastic) waistband, and cute scallops along the hem. I added belt loops and a removable bow belt.

It's super straightforward, but what stands out most about the making of it was that the scallops were a total pain to sew! Seriously, all the trimming and clipping and grading and turning and pressing... who has time for that?! I clearly have never sewn scallops since! This is newly listed in my shop, too.

I'm getting ready to move in one week (!!!) and it's kind of the BIG move. You know, the done-with-college, get-rid-of-your-stuff kind of move. Moving out forever move. Maybe I should start packing now? But that's why I'm finally getting my act together and posting things like this!

In other news, I listed a few other things in the shop that you might recognize! Like this....

And this...

And this!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Throwback: Linen Crop Top

Waaaay back in 2011, I took a pattern development class. I made three garments in that class, including a really ugly skirt. I don't think I ever posted this shirt I made, but I also never wore it. It just didn't fit into my wardrobe! 

But it might fit into yours! I am slightly reviving my little etsy shop, and this is the first item I've listed. I am planning on listing a few new-condition items, along with some clothes I've made for myself that I simply never wear anymore. (The gently used clothes will be cheap! Exciting! I just want to get rid of them!) 

The construction on this garment is pretty straight forward. It is faced, with an applied mandarin collar and placket. There are bust darts and some ruching details. It was for a size 8 dressform, I believe; perhaps a size 10. We had to make slopers for the forms, and manipulate the patterns according to a certain number of requirements (dart equivalent manipulations, collar variations). It was so long ago, I don't honestly remember more details!

So if you want to take a look at the revamped shop and this listing, head on over!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Senior Collection: Belarus

I finally can share with you my senior collection, Belarus! I will do separate posts to go into detail on all these garments, but I'd like to share the group shots today.

Here you can see the breakdown, piece by piece, of the collection, along with the materials used.

All photos were taken by my brilliant photographer, Ben Hutchins. My insanely fun models, as pictured in the above photo, were Ashley Springstroh, Cassie Sue, Abby Lund, and Magdalena Skalsky. The photoshoot was one of the best days ever -- finally seeing my hard work come together and having the girls all together was magnificent. I'm itching to get back to sewing and knitting, looking at these photos! Thanks for letting me share my collection!!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Almost Over

It's a busy, joyful, exhausting, and thrilling time. And there is never enough time. I'm graduating in a couple weeks and it makes my heart thump to realize that. Where did the years go?

I made my senior collection and it has been a wild ride. I have loved (almost) every second of creating these garments with my hands. I got to do all my favorite things -- hand tailoring, knitting, embroidery, welt pockets, fussy details, pressing soft wool (and cashmere!), and hand sewing my little heart out. I also got to do new things: sewing with fur and leather, knitting intarsia, knitting bulky yarns on my machine, and bag making. Learning new techniques is just as fun as executing ones I already know!

Our fashion show is this week, Thursday and Saturday. I am so thrilled to watch my beautiful girls walk down the runway wearing what I made, but to be honest, my real joy has come from the process of designing and making these things. I wanted these clothes to capture a feeling -- to be cherish-able clothes, something loved for years, the favorite piece in your closet, something that becomes a signature. And even if it's somewhat indescribable, these clothes do that for me. I poured so much passion into making this collection, so as rewarding as the end result is, the process has been infinitely more so.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Some Finished Sweaters

I'm back at school... and, one day in, I'm already exhausted! It feels like it's been weeks! I know this semester -- my LAST semester! -- is going to fly by. Could it just, um, start flying a little faster? I'm conflicted in that I'm looking forward to my classes this semester, but also looking forward to them being done. And my senior fashion show. And graduation. And the trip to Europe I'm taking with my brother. So many exciting things to do (and to wait for!). 

A week ago, I was deeply entrenched in cleaning my room. I'll spare you the details, as well as the before photos. (And, apparently, I'll spare you the after photos too, for a little bit longer! I'll write up a new post about my studio space soon.) However, my mom came to help, and it took us over a day to clean out, pack up, and reorganize my little apartment bedroom into a functioning, clean studio space to work in. And boy, was it worth it. Above, you can see some of the materials I'm using for my collection! It's so inspiring to work in this clean, bright space. I can feel the creativity flowing!

Speaking of! I finished three sweaters over break. I was hoping to get at least four done, but I'm still really happy with the amount I finished. It puts me that much further ahead for the semester! As of right now, I'm planning to make 13 garments: seven sweater knit garments, three coats, two pairs of trousers, and one blouse. Having three done is going to help me keep my sanity! I found the process of knitting them over break to be so enjoyable. Honestly, it was some of the most fun I'd had in a long time. Is that silly? It felt great to be productive and get lots done, and it was so pleasant to sit and knit without any sources of stress.

I'll show photos on my models once all my garments are complete, but in the meantime, here are some flat shots of the finished sweaters. The intarsia turned out great! I'm so stoked about it!

Mostly successfully matched up the triangles on the side seams. Good 'nuff!

Everything in the yarn looks so luscious. I'm really happy with this one, and how very classic it turned out! I did have to re-do the neckband last night. I seam things really tightly, which had eliminated all of the stretch. It actually fits over heads now, while still maintaining a tight crew style!

I don't think I even posted about this sweater at all! After the intarsia took me two weeks, this felt like a breeze to whip up in five days. It's a shawl collar cardigan with a saddle shoulder and some pretty terrific shaping. I also did a cool feathery stitch on the sleeves that I am pretty excited about!

Here you can see I did the back in panels to create a little bit of a flounce. It was so cool to see it actually turn out as I had envisioned it!

I have only done strictly set-in sleeves before this, so I was unsure as to how the saddle shoulder would turn out. It went pretty okay, and I love the extra detail! I read that this style is used more in menswear, but the lacy stitch adds more of a feminine touch to this sweater.

How delicious is this stitch pattern, seriously?

So that was my break! Now, I have to catch up on reading textbooks!


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