I'm No Saint...

Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Some of my best worst outfits! They're so bad good!

Can't believe I ran all over Italy in these ginormous sunglasses! So embarrassing.

This is real.

Anyone who knows me, knows I love a good onezie. This is is not a "good" onezie.

The Wedding "Do" Dress

Sunday, April 18, 2010

I finally completed the dress I will be wearing to the wedding! I'll post some better, HQ photos of it later tonight, but for now revel in the glory that is this fabric.
Lindsey bought this fabric to hang as a back drop for photos at her wedding. It's called African Lace. The morning after the wedding, as I was about to drive Danny and Lindsey to the airport for their honeymoon, I caught her unawares and asked her if I could have it. She agreed... and now, months later, it'll be appearing at yet another Palo Alto Wedding....

Update: Here's me getting sassy in front of a map of these great states. Enjoy!

Costume Ideas.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Here are some vague sketches for my upcoming Costume project.

The assignment is to create a "modern Marie Antionette" look which involves the corsets we made earlier in the semester.

Not exactly sure what it'll be just yet, but I know it will be show-stopping and fabulous! I'll show you just how creative I can be, John!

I'm a Pretty, Pretty Princess

Somewhere between reviewing sketches and a lesson on hoop skirts, my Creative Fashion III class turned into Tiara making 101.


I'm still wearing mine. It's not coming off.

When I'm not sewing...

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

I'm hanging out in cemeteries with this guy and trying to understand maths.

Today my architecture class took a fieldtrip to Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Why, one might ask. Well, dear reader, I do not know the answer to that. We visited a few graves of famous architects and admired a crypt or two, but honestly the highlight of the whole thing was this gentleman's hair style.

Another thing I do when I'm not screaming at my sewing machine is attend math class. The class I'm taking is called "Math." Here is an actual page from my notes from last week.

Isn't art school fun?

Just for fun...

Monday, April 12, 2010

Polaroid transfer tee-shirts!

I made these tees today in my fibers class.

The process calls for slides and/or film cells. My mother so generously sent me some slides Dad took way back in the 70s! Whoa.

The images are exposed on polaroid 669 film by way of a fancy device called a "Polaroid Slide Printer." Then, before the film fully develops you peel it apart and smash one side onto wet cotton. Here are the results...

My favorite image my mother sent me was of both my parents standing next to their rented red mini in Scotland circa 1978. Look how stylish! I felt that this particular image simply had to be committed to shirt.

She also sent in some lovely shots of flowers, etc from Alaska. That also made the cut.

Here you can see yours truly modeling my "Bella and Jake" polaroid transfer shirt. My New Moon DVD came with a film cell from the movie and I just couldn't resist the opportunity to make my very own Twilight shirt!

Is that a coat I see?

That, or something that could be potentially construed to be a coat.

Meaning... we're getting close.

I finally closed the sides seams and set in one sleeve today. I'm starting to get a sense of what it'll look like when it's done.

There's really only 3 more weeks of class, so wish me luck (and dexterous hands to sew with!)

Bridal Ends.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Look! A finished bridal gown! It's a miracle!

Well, at least I got one done in time for the crit.

I'm honestly not super happy with the finished product. I feel I could have been much more creative and ambitious had we been given more than just 2 weeks for this project. I felt a little boxed in by the confines of the assignment. It had
to be some kind of white and it had to be long. It's both of those things, so...

I feel I could have done a lot better with the construction, but when you're sewing at lightning speed, sometimes accuracy goes out the window. Oh, well.

All in all, my professor seemed happy with it. Hopefully I'll get a chance to get more funky with bridal in the future... and to finish up those other dresses!

Coat - in progress

Sunday, April 4, 2010

I thought I'd post some photos of the handwork that I've done on the interior of the coat before I put the lining in and it disappears forever!

The plaid-like fabric that you see in the first three pictures is horsehair interfacing. It's not actually made of horsehair -- I think that this type of fabric was originally make of horsehair and that's where it get it's moniker from. It's a heavy, loosely-woven, rough fabric which is used here to add more form, stiffness and structure to the jacket.

I've attached it to the wool of the jacket by "pad-stitching." The herringbone pattern of stitching is only visible on the horsehair side because when the needle goes through to the wool side it just barely snags some fibers on the first layer of wool -- it doesn't go all the way through.

The other hand done stitch I've done here is the catch stitch which can be seen on the twill tape (the white strips) and on the seams. It's the one that looks like an "X" or a "V," depending. This stitch is used to hold everything down so that things don't shift around when the wearer moves.

The last photo is a sample of how the piping will look. I'm adding this shiny black rattail cord on top of all the seams on the outside of the jacket. Here you can see it on the centerback seam. It'll also go in the princess seams (you can see those on the right and left of the black rattail cord.) It looks like piping because it nestles into the dip of the seam, but it's called "couching" because the cord is not incased within the seam like piping, it's topical instead.

Wow. That was wordy. Hope it was educational!

They say she is much distract...

Friday, April 2, 2010
I woke up yesterday ready to finish one or both of the wedding dresses that I had already started, but then I found myself on The Kristen Stewart Fashion Blog. It was very distracting! After spending hours soaking up the glory that is that blog, I started a third wedding dress.

It's white leather, tight, and has an exposed zipper. I think it's very Kristen. I love it!

I wonder if the blogger at Kristen Stewart Fashion would approve? Check out her blog at http://kristenstewartfashion.blogspot.com/
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