Wednesday, May 17, 2017

New Look 6493 with Star Print fabric

And here is my finished version of New Look 6493 using a fun star print fabric!

I am super happy with this one! This pattern actually went off without a hitch and I made it pretty quickly. I started cutting fabric on my birthday, May 9th and then finished it up on May 13th one evening. 

I know you guys are mostly used to seeing me in super-bright colors, mod silhouettes, prints, etc. but I have always been someone who morphs quite a bit and this romper totally suits my current style which is a lot more blacks and greys than before. Life has given me more of my fair share of lemons these past 3 years more or less (I'm definitely on the upswing in the past 6 months), so that could be the reason for the gradual shift away from bright colors. Either way, we all change and should let ourselves be changed.

I bought the pattern on a whim to Joann's one day when I needed to grab a zipper for something I was making.

 Although I love the romper version, I would also love to make a dress from this pattern someday! It would be super cute.

 I cut a size 10 in this (my usual size) and made no pattern alterations except for strap adjustment. Usually, I have to account for moving my waist up about an inch on most patterns but this one was just fine the way it was when I did a tissue fit on my dress form. (Her measurements are almost exactly the same as mine!)

Perhaps my back on this one gapes a bit more than others who have made this, but I am always going to have to wear a cami underneath this one.

 Crazily enough, I also did not have to make any adjustments on the pants of this as usually the crotch on things sits too low for me.

 Not the best close-up of me, but here is one so you can see the overall star print on this one!

The fabric I used for this one was purchased from (as always right now!) and the print is called "Witchy" by DTK for studio e fabrics.

As I was ironing it, I realized that in all actuality it is probably a Halloween fabric! It's a fairly lightweight 100% cotton so it doesn't look or feel weird in a romper. Upon doing a Google search, it totally is a Halloween fabric!

That's not all that crazy to me to be drawn to this as I have been learning tarot card reading for the past 4-5 months. I'm always learning something new.

I also will be needing to finalize some prints/fabric I have designed on Spoonflower really soon (about 8 of them being released to sew with!) and now I must jump into 1st anniversary wedding dress patterns for my sister's 1st anniversary in October.

I haven't actually made any sewing patterns from scratch in almost 2 years now (sadly) but hopefully it will be no problem getting back into it!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Vogue 9024

I FINALLY finished my 1st Vogue dress ever, Vogue 9024. I don't know why it takes me so long to finish up sewing projects anymore aside from just... life. Seriously. But at least I get things created at this point!

 This dress is made from a sage green ponte knit and black and white honeycomb print ponte knit. Although I always go by my measurements, I still think I could have made this one maybe 2 sizes down. After washing (even with a prewash) the fabric may shrink some more so we'll see. But I really should be cutting like, a size 6 in ponte knits and an 8 in wovens from now on even though my measurements are far more like a 10.

 I liked this dress because of how easily you could do colorblocking. And everyone knows how much I love colorblock!

 This dress is actually an out of print pattern. The styling is a little more sophisticated than I normally opt for, but I still quite like the outcome of it.
 Showing the little "peplum" detail. This dress is fully lined and it self-lined. The only thing I was annoyed with was that it didn't tell me to sew the lining pieces in reverse to match up with the asymmetry of the outside of the dress but I have been sewing long enough to know that I would have to change the way the lining was to make it line up properly with the shell.

Overall, a cute dress! I may have to make another sometime in 2 sizes down to see what happens with that and perhaps even a long sleeve version for winter in some fun colors? We'll see.

I currently am in the process of drafting patterns my sister's wedding anniversary dress which is based on a Regency era style of a dress. I also am planning on a fun star-print romper thing and yes, still will be releasing those prints via Spoonflower. I have a lot of creative projects all at once, but that's how I like my life!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Surface Design

 Hey guys!

I think I finally realized that I love surface design. I never would have guessed this would be something I would get so excited about.

I know it's been a minute, but I am finalizing my swatches for releasing a bunch of fabric designs at once. I don't know if I can really call it a "collection" since they all look a bit different in ways from each other, but they all came from me.

I am using the same process as I had posted about on this blog sometime in 2015.

All of my prints are hand-drawn and then thrown into Photoshop. Sometimes I color them in Photoshop, other times I color them with watercolor pencils and then throw them in for a repeat.

(Excuse the low-resolution, by the way. The actual prints are in 150 dpi and very crisp.)

For this leaves one, I hand-repeated in real life using a quadrant method. I scanned the step before cutting and then filling in white space, and then hand-filled the white space. Whatever I filled in white-space-wise I then traced and made a separate file for. I then scanned that in and used what I drew to fill in the white space on the Photoshop file. It sounds more complicated than it needs to be (maybe it is) but it's the only way I could get it to work and not have to erase a bunch of annoying lines.

So far, this is my favorite print!

Other times, I draw out motifs and then find a way to arrange them later, such as the following ones.

And then I imagine them on a garment....

And then other times, I just draw and end up with something that I color in with watercolor pencils and then scan in, figuring out a repeat afterwards.

I don't know what it is, but there is just a bunch of magic in this all for me. It's relaxing to just doodle and color and then play with color, layout, contrast, etc. It's relatively quick, has some technical skill involved but not too much, and then anyone can make a garment from it once it's proofed and ready on Spoonflower!

I am totally having the best time with this so far!

There still are plans to eventually release PDF sewing patterns (who knows when) and I still am very sewing/design oriented but this right now is bringing me the most joy in design.

Hopefully you too will love to make something soon with these prints!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Pantone Fashion Sketches and Watercolor Pencil Sketches

I haven't posted in a while, but fear not -- I still am creating a ton of random things! I have surface design prints I have been playing with drawing and in Photoshop. I am planning on releasing a BUNCH of cute prints probably this summer on Spoonflower for everyone to buy and make pretty things with! 

Getting into the point of this post: I don't know why I never thought about this, but I have a bunch of hand-sketches that I have been playing with the past year or so. This is something I used to do more but in general, kept my sketches relegated to turning them into computer design collections. 

Computer design collections that I do I feel look great, but sometimes you really can't beat a quick sketch and color pencils! 

I found and bought a Pantone sketchbook last year and have been having a pretty good time with it. I also have been super-into watercolor pencils for a while.

Full-view these to see them the best. Enjoy!

And the next 2 are some watercolor pencil sketches I recently did.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Manic Pop F/W 2017 Collection

Ta daaaaa!

I cannot remember the last time I did a mini fashion collection, illustrated it, and "released" it.

Generally, I have an inspiration board for these types of things but this time I just went with fabric inspiration first and played with sketching silhouettes, using the same color palette throughout.

The fabric on the right here is my "soundwave" repeat that I drew out with Prismacolor marker initially and then played with a repeat. I used this print in the "collection" here.

 And below are the flats (no, I did not draw out the back - haha) and colorways of the collection. I like how it came out!

I realize that technically, I should use Illustrator for all my flats, but I tend to be a rebel. I am Illustrator capable (and have posted flats with Illustrator prior) but I have much more fun when I can draw, ink, and then scan them in for coloring in Photoshop.

But nearly 10 years out of fashion design school, I have given up on ever entering the "industry". I would much rather keep playing, making one-off crazy creations of whatever I want, and perhaps eventually trickling some things out at some point with a small-batch manufacturer or design/sell PDF patterns since I also know how to make those.

I know how to do a lot, but the Industry is fickle.

I know this sounds like a call for sympathy, but it's not. It's just coming to the realization that I have the most fun when I am playing, testing, creating, and goofing off with whatever I want. I love hand-sketching, I love playing with prints, I even love working out the puzzle that is pattern making and then sewing it up. I also love 3D Roomstyler and non-fashion design related creative things! I've been fighting my natural tendency and what I truly want for years.

So don't fight yourself! Let your creativity do its thang and be happy. Keep playing!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Playing with Fabric Prints - Late 2016

Thought I would throw in my fabric repeat designs this week. These are ones I was playing with in the late months of 2016. Lately, I have been doing other fashion-related things instead of actively sewing, but I am sure I will get back to sewing.

Here is the 2nd iteration of a repeat I liked that I made. The wavy part was hand-drawn with Prismacolor markers and then imported to Photoshop where I created the repeat.

The 1st round of this print went something like this though, which I decided was way too "all over the place".

Another entirely different one I was playing with was this one, although I still may have to play with color choices on it. 

I don't know which one I actually like better now that I look at it. I think I like the colorway of the mustard/red/blue one the most, but the red should be in a different spot.

I could see myself eventually making these available via Spoonflower someday, but I want to go and rework the 2nd one here the most. 

This is what that piece looks like repeated and colored with watercolor pencils, which I love (below). I'm thinking I will have to recolor the motif with watercolor pencils and then see if it looks 1000 times better.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Logan Square's Mica Building - 3d Roomstyler

I know I normally post fashion design but.... I like to think of this blog as a good example of random creative things I've done/played with.

That being said, I just finished another apartment layout via 3D Roomstyler! Clearly, this program is somewhat of an addiction for me, but I really don't have a problem with that.

Since the last one I did was New York, I definitely needed one to be right here in my own city.

I chose the Mica Building mostly because, I didn't know how I felt about these gigantic buildings suddenly popping up off the California blue line stop. I pass these buildings every day on my way to and from work and I couldn't fathom living in either of them. If you ask any long-time Chicagoan about the crazy housing boom that's going on in Logan Square, we all don't know how we feel about it.

So I wondered.... could someone fall in love with a building just doing a 3D Roomstyler layout on them?

Again, I am not a professional by any means, but this is what I came up with by looking at the South 04 one bedroom layout.

 The skyline isn't EXACTLY what you would see from Milwaukee Avenue, but you get the idea. 

Here is my layout (below) versus the actual building layout. 

And then here is the view looking at the kitchen:

 Another angle on the livingroom/kitchen:

Here is what is looks like upon entering the apartment from your front door:

And here is your hallway leading to both bathroom and bedroom. From the hallway, I started throwing in lots of Chicago-y things, of course like the art print on the wall.

Below is the very small bathroom which was also harder to get a photo of.

 And saving the best for last.... the bedroom with an awesome Chicago art print on the wall.

It looks like the one-bedroom unit like I Roomstyled goes for $1845/month. My layout came out to be roughly 85 sq ft more than this unit which was 796 sq ft.

More information on these apartments and more of their layouts on here.

If you want more 3D Roomstyler shots, inspiration, or to make your own 3D interior, go here.

Happy planning! 
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