Category Archives: fashion

The Sartorialist

I love following The Sartorialist and just happened across this little film about Scott Schuman and his way of working. Very interesting.

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Inspiration: Tailored Mens Wear Trend in Women’s Fashion

Another image from my “Inspiration” folder. (Again without a source, sorry!):

I just love this image and to me, it illustrates a trend, that has lasted a long time now; the influence of classic tailored mens wear on women’s fashions. I had to make a shopping guide (a leaflet, that designers take with them on inspiration trips with all the trend research they’ve collected, predicting the trends for the coming season) in 2009, and that was a strong emerging trend then. I just googled and found these as well:

Mens wear inspired pieces are all over the high street, certainly here in Denmark, anyway. This waistcoat demonstrates well how a classic mens wear item, becomes feminine with very little effort. The addition of the bow and the pleats on the pockets and of course the items you pair it with make all the difference. Then of course there are the shoes, a pair of flat brougues can dress down a pencil skirt or you can even get heeled ones:Next up, I reckon, are different takes on classic fringed boots (these are from Topshop):

 

It’s a style, that I continue to find very inspiring. I like the contrasts between the masculine and the feminine, and I find, that when you put something classically tailored for a man into a faminine context like this, it enhances the famininity.

Also, it is a trend easily adapted. -It can be dressy, casual, proffesional, or sexy.

Free Fabric Swatch -Designed by You!

It’s Free Swatch Day over at Spoonflower. And that means you can upload your own design and have it printed ón an 8 x 8 inch piece of fabric and then they will send it anywhere in the world. Free. Starting aproximately now and running for the next 24 hrs. That’s what we like, right?
It’s a really cool site at any time. There are a ton og cute indie designer fabrics for sale or you Can always create your own. And they have some really fun and cute contests each month.

Cropped Girl’s Waistcoat Tutorial

My daughter is going to a birthday “disco” party tonight and she asked me to make her a sequined bolero style waistcoat. I started drafting the pattern by draping fabric onto her body, then realised that the vest she was wearing had the perfect armscyes for it and decided it was easier to just draw on that and cut it up. It was so easy and we really like how it turned out, so I thought I’d try my hand at a short and easy tutorial:-)

Here goes (-sorry about the picture quality, but if I’d had to get my camera out I probably would have never taken the pictures… Hopefully they are clear enough to tell what’s going on anyway).

With a marker, draw on your design on the front of the vest (have the person you’re making it for wear the vest while you do this or use a dress stand)

Draw half the pattern on the back. It’s important that you leave in the ease you want at the sides and back or in other words; watch how close to the body the vest falls and adjust this in the side you’re drawing. When you’re happy with this, draw in the centre back line, making sure it is straight. You’ll see that mine doesn’t look straight, but that is because I wanted less ease (or that the waist coat should be a bit more fitted than the vest).

(I think her little brother was hiding, so we wouldn’t notice it was already past his bedtime…)

My daughter, at this stage thought it looked a bit like a cow girls waist coat, so kept Yeeahaw’ing when I tried taking pictures of her…

Next, you cut out your design and end up with something like this:

(Yes I know, my next project should be a new ironing board cover, it’s just a bit too boring, so here it is burn-marks and all…)

Now you need to seperate the two pieces but cutting close to the side seam and shoulder seam, which leaves you with this:

Now you can use these as your pattern pieces and you will need to cut out two front pieces in your fabric and two in lining as well as one back piece (place the centre back line against fold in fabric) in fabric and one in lining. Remember to add one cm seam allowance everywhere.

Next, you sew the lining shoulder seams and side seams as well as the fabric shoulder seams and side seams, leaving you with what looks like two rough edged waist coats (I didn’t think you would need pics of this!)

After this you attach the lining to the fabric at the armscye face to face one armscye at the time, lining up the seams.

And here comes the tricky bit (there always is one, right?!):

You now need to grab the lining and fabric at a reference point for example where there is a shoulder seam or side seam, so you can see where the two sides should line up. Now turn the fabrics in face to face, so you can see how they should meet and pin.

(As you can see, we ended up with bits of sequins EVErywhere!)

Now, you keep pinning the sides together for as far as you can. This will automatically turn the garment inside out and as you have already sewed the armscyes, there isn’t much space for that. I would sew as much as I could, trim the seam allowance to 0.5 cm, turn it back out and repeat this last step again until left with just one small hole that I could turn the waistcoat through. (If this doesn’t make sense, I think it will once you are in the middle of it!)

Now all that’s left, is to hand stitch the last little hole and press!

We also spent 5 minutes sewing this scarf… I went shopping last weekend and couldn’t justify buying lots of fabric, and so just bought a tiny bit of this cotton. I then just hemmed the four sides and added the pom-pom trim. It has got to be the quickest project I ever mad. I love quick and easy projects, lazy me!

Stitched Vogue Covers

I’ve sprained my ankle and have been forced to spend more hours on the sofa with my foot at ridiculous heights, than I would like. The upside to this, is the time I’ve had to read and browse through the internet on my phone. This is how I came across the fab embroidered pieces by photography student Inge Jacobsen.

Vogue magazine cross-stitched designs - Inge Jacobsen

The final year Kingston student have hand embroidered over three Vogue covers and other images for her final degree show in June, exploring such things as feminine culture and the link between leisure activities of her generation and those of previous generations. Also she says it is a way for her to “intervene into an exclusive world, I wasn’t a part of” in an interview with Vogue.com where her work has already been featured. Now that must be quite a confidence boost, just in time for your final exam / show!

Inge Jacobsen’s exploration into popular culture and the culture of mass produced imagery, picks up on several trends and themes and already have won great recognition online, and with the massive current trend for anything stitched, I would say watch this space and Inge, get ready to be copied on Etsy! Mind you, with each cover taking 40-50 hours to painstakingly punch holes and stitch, it may not be worth their while… It would add another dimension to the art though, wouldn’t it; Mass produced images turned into one-of-a-kind art, turned into mass-produced art… Time will tell. I certainly would frame these originals, though:-)

A little update

Sorry about the lack of posts lately. I’ve been working on a fab freelance designjob involving lots of these little fellas: That’s right; bees! I’m designing some apiarist protective clothing for Swienty. You might think it’s random, but I think it’s amazingly interesting:-)

Also, I have a jobinterview for a fantastic job on Thursday (my stomach is already full of butterflies…) and basically all the time that’s left in my schedule is spent in our garden, enjoying the gorgeous weather with the kids, digging over  the veg beds and what have ‘ya. So on the creative front there’s not that much to report. Instead here’s a quick moodboard I did for a boys’ collection  recently. It had to have a nautical and Danish feel.  I love boys and their fantastical world of collecting everything in their pockets, coming up with amazing lego cars and creating the craziest storylines for their play. I also love watching my daughter and her friends, but there is something care-free and fun about boys that us girls just don’t have, don’t you think?

(Picture sources: Own stock and royalty free images from the web)

1950’s Polkadots

It’s been finished for a while, but I only just got around to taling pictures of my 1950’s inspired dress. Remember, the one with the thrifted belt I talked about here.

It has a side zip (made with my fantastic invisible zip foot) and so no zips in the back. I was pretty anxious to see whether I’d be able to get into it as it’s quite fitted at the top, but luckily with all the width in the skirt, it works, phew:-)

It was very simply drafted. The top is basically the basic block and then I used three big rectangles for the skirt. The back neckline is slightly lower than the front.

I am so fed up with all this snow and freezing cold whether here. The weather reporters keep enthusing about new record low temps. So I put myself in a greener and warmer place on the picture (much cheaper than airline tickets for the five of us!). I realise it’s not that well photoshopped, but you get the idea:-)  -Oh well, hopefully Spring will find us one of these days…