Thursday, August 29, 2013

Mod Faces Top, Haircut, and More Orange.

I just realized I hadn't really talked about my Mod Faces top I made riiiiiight before my exhibition!

I whipped this baby up in about 3 hours, pattern and everything! It was a really simple pattern to make: just a princess line with added flare at the bottom from waistline to hem. You get a semi-peplum-ish effect, but not as drastic.

This fabric is a vintage one-way stretch knit that I found on Etsy. I waited 3 weeks to buy this fabric! Why, I don't know but I couldn't stop thinking about it.  The seller confessed that she had a hard time parting with it since she loved it so much!

The inside was finished off with my serger, in a matching color for once!

 You also may have noticed that I got a new hair cut! After almost a year (yikes, I know!) of not getting even a trim, I finally got it cleaned up to what I wanted since last year. The talented Nikki over at Kelly Cardenas Salon in Wicker Park did it for me today - she's fantastic!

Back view. I was really fighting with my camera to focus correctly today for some reason, sorry!

My haircut is a version of this Vidal Sassoon cut from the 1960s. 

Super awesome! 

Bonus photo:
I also waited about 6-8 months on buying this retro piece of artwork. It was hanging in a sort of sketchy used furniture/appliances place in my neighborhood. I kept telling myself "Oh, you don't need that thing. You have plenty of your own art!"

I went back a few weeks ago and it was still there. I guess I really did need it. Who else was going to give this crazy thing a home?!

  It's funny how nearly everything I have right now is orange, yellow, brown but that's my "thing" at the moment. Most artists go through "things" like that, I suppose I'm no exception. 

Orange has much symbolism, actually. According to, it's a color associated with  "joy, sunshine, and the tropics. Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation." Right when I started seeing Max, I had a dream that I was wearing all orange.  I was coming out of a creatively stagnant period of time in my life, right before I got super-serious about Manic Pop in Spring of 2012 so orange is quite fitting. It's an exciting color and the site also says that "Orange increases oxygen supply to the brain, produces an invigorating effect, and stimulates mental activity." Hmm. Just the boost I needed at exactly the right time!

Who would have thought?


  1. Love the top: the flare gives it a little something-something and highlights your lovely figure.

    I applaud you for actually using your precious retro fabric: I usually can't bring myself to use any fancy, vintage or costly types of fabric yet... I am a fabric squirrel that way: I keep my best pieces for a "special project" that never comes. I still view myself as a beginner and feel I have much more sewing to do and things to learn before I make the leap to cut something that is so precious! Maybe I should take a page from your book and just get on with it!

    Oh, and the haircut? Gorgeous!The art? Necessary ;)

    1. Once you get good you'll know exactly what to do with your retro fabric! :)

  2. I love, love, love that fabric and you such a perfect top with it! Also loving the art and your hair! So great!

  3. Great top! I love when you make things quickly that are relatively simple. I always need an "easy" project when im in the middle of hard things. Fab hair cut too! And your hair colour works so well with all the orange, yellow and brown. very warm!

    1. Good advice on the "easy" project in the midst of something slightly more difficult. I'm gonna have to do that, but I hate setting aside something else I'm working on for a new project!

  4. Love it all! Orange isn't usually a colour I'd consider, butyou mmake it look so great I might actually try it out on something. And the haircut is brilliant!

  5. Your top is great! Paired with the orange skirt it is just perfect. I love retro and I love orange.


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