Thursday, June 28, 2018

Slow post

 Lots of stuff from last year-

 Ansa Butterfly Sleeve Dress from Named Clothing:

Wrap cardigan is Elmira from Seamwork mag, made in cotton jersey and dyed with avocado pits. Also made the button up shirt, and the skirt is Vogue 1247 in a deep plum colored cotton velvet:

Shirt is my own pattern made in raw silk. Pants are also my own pattern! It is linen that I dyed with turmeric. They've faded quite a bit though, so I need to re-dye with osage for the same color but better longevity. 


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Variation on a theme

A variation on a theme: this time (using the same pattern as this shirt and this shirt) I made the collar half an inch narrower, dropped the shoulders, and cut the front and back in half. I cut the bottom on the cross grain so the direction of the fabric ran in the opposite direction. I merged the yolk with the main back piece so that it's all one piece.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

New Plaid

New plaid shirt! Love how this turned out. It was a fun math puzzle trying to match plaids with only 1.5 yards of fabric (barely enough for a long sleeve button down as it is), but it turned out great. Especially the front placket and back yoke/collar section. The fabric is from Hell Gate Fabrics.

 Pockets on the bias.
The one disappointing thing are the sleeve cuffs. While they look good, the binding is a little off because it was done with mitered corners. I think a henley placket technique would work better next time.

 See how the center plaid alternates?!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Fall Capsule Wardrobe

I've been trying to focus on being more intentional with my sewing - using better and more sustainable materials, buying only what I need, focusing on fit, and making more clothes that I will wear every day rather than special occasions. So for this fall, I designed a wardrobe that could be worn with each other and would fit in with clothes I already own.

Here's a peek at the planning.

The striped t-shirt is my own pattern, and the pants are Seamwork's Moji pants.

 The jacket is my own pattern (check out those drop shoulders and welt pockets!!), the top is from Burda Style, and the skirt is my own pattern.

 Ooooh this jacket is my favorite! I love how it turned out. It's a Burda Style pattern, but I modified the length and fit. The sleeve heads really make the difference here. See how they pop?!

DC is so pretty in the fall. This week has been rough on women, people of color, immigrants, and Muslims (among others) and the afternoons have a warm golden light that makes it feel like some day, one day everything will be right.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Indigo skirt

Oooh I love this skirt! I drafted this pattern myself - gathered at the front between the pockets, and the back waist band is elasticized. The fabric is a really soft and drapey rayon from JoAnns. It looks like it was hand dyed or something, but alas it's as mass produced as any other fabric.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

White on white

Since moving to DC (and graduating from college) I've had so much time to make things! There are a lot of things (friends, dining courts) I miss about college, but the never ending work/late night studying is not one of them.

I made this shirt after browsing the Anthropologie sale section (a dangerous place). I love how it turned out - it will be perfect for the swampy DC heat. The base is Burda Style 114, which I modified to have a lapel collar and rounded pockets.

$50 by Anthro, $8 by me

Thanks to my housemate Deb for the great photos!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

R is for Revolution: Collection

On April 2, 2016, I showed my senior collection at Purdue. This post is long overdue; I haven't shared it here yet, so below is my statement and photos from the six look collection. This was a year's worth of work, and I'm so proud of how it turned out!

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For my senior collection, I became inspired by uniforms and how they have been used in different contexts to both repress people and to unify them (consider prison uniforms vs. sports uniforms). I thought about the ways in which cheerleaders can be both unified by team spirit and simultaneously be undervalued as athletes, receiving inadequate pay at the professional level and often being required to wear sexualized outfits that take the focus off their skill.

I began to consider what would happen if these women banded together to come off the sidelines and resist against sexist expectations placed upon women’s bodies and clothing. To this end, my collection is created for a girl gang—womxn who know the power of working together to advocate for the change they wish to see in their communities. My collection includes several strong jackets and a consistent pleat motif meant to echo elements found in uniforms.

Ultimately, I see my collection as not only a creative and accurate representation of my aesthetic and talent, but also of my values. As an anti-sweatshop organizer, I believe that we, as apparel design students, have a particular responsibility to hold our industry accountable for its history of labor violations, sweatshop usage, and lack of attention to sustainable production. In order to change this, we must band together as a team.

The song they walked to is Crown on the Ground by Sleigh Bells.