Sunday, May 6, 2012

Me-Made-May Days 4, 5, 6

I think technically the polka dot fabric I used for my shirt is a quilting cotton, so it's stiffer than most, but it works well layered under a soft gray wrap cardigan.

This is a shirt I made, oh maybe four years ago when I first started subscribing to BurdaStyle magazines.  It's surprisingly well made, which I guess is why I hung on to it.  This challenge is really making me pull out clothes I might not otherwise wear, so it's been sort of a styling challenge for me as well.

Since the weather was so beautiful on Friday, J and I road our bikes out to our favorite restaurant.  This is me post bike ride, pre drinks and dinner.

Day 5 I wore my jacket again from Day 2, with a lavendar gingham shirt I also made made.  I didn't get any pictures, but I'll probably wear the shirt again so I'll make sure to get a pic then.  No pictures of today's outfit either because I was a bit lazy and just threw on a tank top I made under my sweater.  I finished the tank top yesterday - I figured I needed just a basic white knit base layer to help me get through the month!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Class Updates: Fashion Illustration

So, according to my teacher, everyone can draw, it's a matter of practice.  I still think some people are just born with an artistic eye, but after several classes and hours and hours of homework, I'm starting to think that everyone can get better at drawing, it's just a matter of practice.

Right now I'm working on rendering fabrics in color so you can get a sense for they type of material.  It's fun trying to figure out how to convey shine or plush fur through pencil and marker.  I've cut off the head of my drawing because I am still ashamed of my ability to draw faces, but I think I did a pretty good job of rendering the leather jacket, so I thought I'd share.  

It's kind of fun learning to do something you never really thought you could do.  I always forget that most of the time, all it takes is a little perseverance.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Me-Made-May Day 2

This is the jacket I designed for my patternmaking class.  It's made of an olive green cotton twill, interlined with flannel for warmth and stability.  Instead of using darts or princess seams for waist shaping I used a drawstring casing for a more casual look.  

I wore the sleeves folded up yesterday, but they're regular full-length sleeves with a simple cuff.  In all honesty, I simply got dressed yesterday and then remembered I needed to wear something of my own, so I threw on the jacket.

There's lots of little details I put into this jacket that make me feel special when I wear it.  All of the buttonholes are bound, the pockets are single welt pockets, and although you can't see it in the picture, I added a high napoleon collar for extra drama.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Me-Made-May Day 1

Day 1, a dress I made last summer from a printed cotton I purchased from Elliott Berman Textiles during a NYC trip.  I didn't have a chance to take a picture of myself yesterday, but here's the outfit on my lovely dress form (who still needs a name!).

If you look closely, the print is pixelated.  I love how it changes from yellow to green to pink to black.  

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Me-Made-May 2012

Sounds like a challenge.  Why not?

'I, annaminiac, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '12. I endeavour to wear at least one self-made creation each day for the duration of May 2012'

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Jean Paul Gaultier at the de Young

I'd been waiting for the JPG exhibit to open since I'd first heard about it, but I only made it to the de Young last weekend.  It was incredibly crowded on a Sunday afternoon, but I managed to snap a few photos.

I'm always amazed at the type of creative genius it takes to really bring something new to life, something that hasn't been done before.  It was great fun to be immersed in his fantasy land and gather inspiration, particularly from some of his more wearable designs.

 Just plain gorgeous.  Love the headdress and the embroidery.
 What looks like sequins here are actually rows of buttons!
The harness on this dress is so intricate.  It looks almost like snakes arranged in a very elegant motif.

Friday, March 9, 2012

My New Love

She came yesterday. Well ok, she came earlier in the week, but I flew home yesterday, exhausted after a week long conference and still somehow had the energy to put her together - with some help from the husband.

I don't have a name yet for her, but she is beautiful!  

And my size!  Here is my moulage on her:

You can see it's a little tight in the bust, but all in all, it fits pretty snugly, the way a moulage (French for mold) should fit. I spent a while researching forms, and not only was this Roxy half form the closest to my measurements, it was also the most reasonably priced of the professional dress forms I looked at. Totally worth it.

Before this, I had an adjustable form that would not quite stand up straight and was significantly shorter than my actual back length. I would try draping on it and just give up in frustration. I'm looking forward to experimenting with my draping technique on this one.  I can't say enough good things about how sturdy and well made it is.