Sunday, April 13, 2014

Top Toile Topper

If I do say so myself, this piece is a home run! I'm so pleased with the result. This jacket is a modified version of McCalls 6710; I changed it to be a button front, and made it less baggy. I am absolutely in love with this fabric!

The first day I wore this, I had a really excellent exchange with this random dude on campus:
Random dude: HEY! I like your jacket!
Me: Thanks!
Random dude: Is that like a waterproof one?
Me: Oh, I don't know...
Random dude: Well what brand is it??
Me: I actually made it!
Random dude: Woah no way! Are you like a fashion major or something?
Me: I am!

And then later another friend asked me where I bought it! Haha. I love people.

My inspiration was this jacket from the Electric Feathers Spring 2014 collection

My roommate and I were trying to sneak into a greenhouse in order to take these pictures--fortunately we ran into a professor who let us in to hers.

Happy spring, y'all!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Fashion Shown

Yesterday was the Fashion Show! My rock star roommate, Catie, modeled for me-thanks for sticking it out for fittings, rehearsals, and schedule changes throughout this whole process. I have been working on this piece intermittently over the course of the semester, so it was really cool to see all my work pay off! 
We started with an 8 am call time for hair and make up.
On the runway! This was the first time that I've ever seen my work on a runway, and it was incredible! It was cool to watch other audience members' reactions.

Catie is pretty introverted, so this was a bit outside of her comfort zone! We were waving to her from the audience, haha.

I also made the dress I wore to the event. I'll post about that next!

 The bodice of the dress is composed of four layers--tulle, lace, fabric, and lining. I did all the embroidery by hand on the tulle layer--15 hours in total, but worth it in the end :)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


This semester, I'll have a piece in the end of the year fashion show. I thought I'd share my inspiration and sketches!
 Top row: Lucky Mag editorial, InStyle mag editorial, Entertainment Weekly profile
Middle: Anthropologie catalog, WSJ magazine, unknown
Bottom: Lucky Mag, Vogue, Lucky Mag, Born advertisement
I'm thinking a cream lace dress with an embroidered tulle overlay. I'm trying to convince my roommate to model for me--she's from Texas so this would be perfect with cow boy boots!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Thursday, January 9, 2014


A challenge to myself for Winter Break this year was to take a shot at bra making. I didn't want to mess around with cups and wires and all that business, so the simpler the better. After seeing Madalynne's post I decided to try the Bambi pattern from Ohhh Lulu.

This pattern was great! After doing a mock up in some old fabric, the only modifications I made were to add about half an inch to both the top and bottom of the cup pieces.

It bothers me how the fabric doesn't match up with the bra back, so I'll have to edit the pattern for next time.
 I just used some quilting cotton, lace, and a package of picot edge lingerie elastic from JoAnn's.
 The straps were cut off of an old camisole.

Overall I am very pleased with the result! A quick and satisfying sew, especially when you're stuck inside from all the snow!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Dream Weaving

This is my final project for my woven textiles class. I chose to do a technique called collapse weave, where you use two fibers, in this case a wool and a cotton. Basically, one that shrinks a lot and one that barely shrinks at all. Then, when washed, the wool felts and the cotton doesn't. The cotton is then forced to crinkle to accommodate the wool's shrinkage, giving a really unique texture to the piece.

The purple yarn is 20/2 wool from Maine Line in Iris. The blue is 10/2 cotton from Valley Yarns in Nautical Blue.

The warp (vertical yarns) is done in a modified Fibonacci sequence. I choose to do a total of 20 purple stripes, since I would be turning 20 soon. So, the striping pattern is 1, 1, 1, 2 ,3 ,5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 34, 21, 13, 8, 5, 3, 2, 1, 1, 1 with 9 blue threads in between each purple stripe. Since I am a math and design double major, this piece was very representative of how I seek to combine both disciplines.

On the loom
The horizontal (weft) stripes are woven in blocks of one, two, three, five, or eight inches in random order out of the wool, cotton, and another navy blue cotton. This way, the Fibonacci sequence is again represented in the weft. I added navy blue in as well for added visual interest.

Off the loom, it was about 22" wide, and 5 yards long.

Next up was felting the piece. It took me three attempts to get the felting right. After hand washing in the tub and washing by itself in the machine, I still didn't get the "collapsed" look that I wanted. So I threw it in the washer with two large towels on high heat for extra agitation.

After washing, the piece is about 15" wide and 4.5 yards long.

The finished product! I am so incredibly proud of this piece and all that it represents. I feel lucky to have had such a fantastic instructor, Suzanne Halvorson.

I'm not sure what I want to do with it yet! My original plan was some sort of garment, but I'm afraid to cut into it and ruin it (only one shot--I can't go to the store and buy more!).

Any ideas?

Monday, December 30, 2013

Twinkle Twinkle Little Skirt

This is the skirt I made for my 20th birthday! After spending the day with family, I went out to dinner and ice skating with my friends. I love having my birthday near Christmas because there's no school!
The skirt is a self drafted pattern, based off this Burda Style skirt. Instead of spending the money, it was a pretty easy pattern to draft. Just a drop waist pleated skirt.
The waist/yoke section is just like an a-line skirt, only it stops at the hips. The pleats are 3" wide and 3" deep all the way around the bottom. So each pleat takes 9", so the calculation for how long to cut the panel is pretty simple.

Just measure the bottom of the yoke portion, and divide by 3 (this is how many pleats) and multiply by 9 (how much fabric each pleat takes) then add seam allowance. The length of the panel is 10".

Happy New Year!