Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Outfit: Geometric Shapes

All photographs are self portraits taken by myself.  

I'm now currently in my first week of classes for my sophomore year at SCAD.  This shoot was taken in front of one of the walls in the school's library.  For one of my classes I was assigned a last minute summer project that's due this first week so I was at the library a lot this past week working on research.  The library has gone through a lot of renovations this summer so when I came back it was fun to see all of the new colors.  This cool houndstooth print caught my eye right away!

Geometric print dress:  Sheinside
Shoes:  Sears, sale section
Necklace: Borrowed from my mom

The project that I was given this past week is to research and document the design process of a mini capsule collection (this is about 6 looks).  So all week I've been working on a process book for this assignment.  I've been playing around a lot with fabric manipulation, and new textures for embellishment detailing.  Here's an instagram preview for one of the design details that I've been exploring with.

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I'll share some pages from my process book once I get the time to photograph it!  I still have most of my summer sewing projects to show you as well!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Summer Sewing: Classic Plaid Jacket

All Photographs are self portraits taken by myself.
One of my favorite sewing pattern-makers is a discontinued Simplicity brand called Build by Wendy.  Her patterns were one of the first patterns that I ever worked with.  I have the whole collection and this summer I was going back and remaking a lot of her patterns.   I made this jacket from her 4109 pattern, which several variations to the design.  I made mine with a standing collar, and I decided to leave out the buttons and make it into a throw over coat.  I also took in the size a little bit to make it slightly better form fitting.

I also made the shirt that I'm wearing.  It's just a basic button down made from my leftover prom dress fabric.  I love the texture of this fabric - you may not be able to tell through the photos, but the gold dots are slightly raised giving a really fun texture! 

Sunglasses:  ZeroUV
Hat:  Red Clover Boutique
Jacket:  Esther Boller
Shirt:  Esther Boller
Pants:  Forever21
Shoes:  Le Bunny Blue
Animal Ring Set:   Style Moi
More projects and a few new sewing tutorials are coming up soon!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Intro to Fashion Design: Class Final

Photography:  Esther Boller (myself).

I had my first fashion class during my spring quarter at school, and the class was Intro to Fashion Design.  For our final project we had to design and make a garment inspired by an abstract painting.  The goal was to create a garment that reflected the shape, color percentage, and overall mood of the painting that we chose.  I chose the below painting by Clive Watts.
 Once we had decided on a painting we had to draw 10 croquis designs of the front, side, and back view.  We were encouraged to think and draw like a sculptural artist, because our professor wanted the class to think about volume and each angel of the design.  We were given the option to make our garment out of non-conventional materials, but after going through the whole school year without any sewing assignments I was longing to get back on a sewing machine so I chose to work with fabric.
Once my design and materials were chosen, I started the construction.   This was the hardest part of the project, because I had never sewn anything like this before.  Drafting this garment took quite a bit of problem solving.  At first it was going to be one dress, but after thinking about how I was going to line it, I decided that it would be easier to make it into two separate pieces.  So it became a skirt and a blouse which made drafting a lot simpler!

In my class for The Sewing Party I will be teaching how to draft and sew these circular panels.  If it's something that you'd like to learn you can sign up here!
To get the volume that I needed in the circular panels of the skirt, I used a really cool material called Pellon!   It's basically an incredibly stiff iron-on-interfacing.   It keeps its shape so well, and was exactly what I needed to create the volume of the circular panels in the skirt.

The last part of our project was to do a photo shoot of someone wearing our garment to add to our portfolio book.  I took these photos and my lovely friend Carly modeled for me.  Overall this was such a refreshing and fun project for me!  I'm not sure how many hours went into this project from start to finish, but I basically lived in the Fashion Building for the last two-three weeks of school. 
I have about another week before my sophomore year starts.  I'll be taking Apparel 1, Fashion Sketching, and Art History 2.  The Apparel class will be my first sewing class so I'm really looking forward to this upcoming quarter!  I'll try to keep up with sharing my projects with you as they're assigned to me.

Hope you're having a great weekend!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Exploring: Crestwoods Frame Shop and Gallery

All photographs are self portraits taken by myself.

One of my favorite spots to explore is Crestwoods Frame Shop and Gallery which is located near my home town in Indiana.  It's such a cool space!  It's one big open room with a wall dividing it down the center.  On one side is a gallery and there are new artists showing every month.  On the other side is their frame shop.  

I've always enjoyed looking at frames, because it reminds me of when I was little and I would run errands to various frame shops with my mom when she would go to get her work framed.  I came here a to check out the gallery a few days before I left for school, and I was reminded of what wonderful natural light this space has! My inner photographer loved the light so I asked to do a photo shoot, which Ann, the owner was so sweet to let me do.  

This mixed media artist, Larry Agnello, was my favorite showing in the gallery this past month.  His work is really playful and fun!  Looking at his work, brings me back to my steam punk obsession days in middle school when that was all I looked at.  Here's a link to his showcase if you'd like to check out more of his work!

Top:  JollyChic
Skirt:  Style Moi
Shoes: JC Pennies
My sketchbook journal
My next post is going to be my final project for my fashion class with past year!  I'm so excited to finally share it with you!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Summer Sewing: Painted Circle Skirt

All photographs are self portraits taken by myself.

I designed and made my skirt as a part of my final project for my first fashion class this year at school.  The class was Intro to Fashion Design and for our final we had to design and create a full garment that was inspired by an abstract painting.   I chose this painting by Clive Watts:

I loved all of the circular movement in the painting so I tried to mimic the shape of the swirls in the actual sewing of the design.  My design has five circular panels that were drafted and sewn as a part of the design.  I will actually be teaching this technique during my class at The Sewing Party in November if you'd like to make a skirt like this yourself!  I hope that you'll join, it's going to be a lot of fun!  After my pieces were cut out I took watered down white acrylic gauche and painted the swirls into the fabric.

The actual design that I made is very stiff because I fused a heavy interfacing to the fabric.  At first I was going to sew an organza overlay ontop of the interfacing fabric, but during the painting portion the grain line of the organza became warped and did not match up correctly.  I decided that I would be much happier if I left the overlay out, because it wouldn't have looked as polished if I had included it. Instead I kept the overlay piece that I sewed and turned it into a separate skirt that I'm wearing here!
Sunglasses:  ZeroUV These make me feel like I've been transported to the 50s - so much fun!
Top: Goodwill
Skirt:  Esther Boller - myself
Handbag:  Style Moi
Shoes:  Target, clearance section

I will be posting my actual final project not long from now!  I just have a few more photos to edit and then I'll be able to share more in full detail.  Until then, here's a sneak peek of what it looks like!
^I also have a few process photos on my Instagram account here!