14 August 2009

Artscape outcome

So I haven't posted in a while. Here is what happened at Artscape, well involving me.

So I canceled all of the other garments I was making. It was just too much to handle and didn't look right really... So I made these two dresses.. the one on the left was really short, so we had to make it strapless.. although you can see the red straps going around the side... The right dress was my favorite... Had a little pencil dress, that could be worn as a high waist skirt or a dress. She wore it as a dress and had the vintage bathing suit inspired top, with the full skirt that was pulled up in the front with a grommet.

I met a very cool lady as well. She goes by Mona the Mad Hatter and it fits her! In a good way. Making hats by hand is this gal's trade, and she is fantastic at it. Go to her website http://www.monathemadhatter.com/ to bask in her mad hatting glory.

08 July 2009

Artscape Fashion Show - Progress...

So I have pulled two all nighters and I think I have completed a lot. I set some deadlines while I was here in South Carolina; this past Saturday was my 'have all the fabric cut out' deadline, and today, which I forgot, was the 'have garments 75% done' deadline. At dinner, I had a buzz, and it was my reminder. I completely forgot!! Although, I think I am about there.

My jacket started out as a loose bomber jacket. I decided, since I cut my sleeves upside down, that I should do a quirky cap sleeve, which I think suits the jacket well. It kind of has a collar like a members only jacket except it does not have a closure.

In these pictures, the collar and zipper are pinned on at the moment. I left my zipper foot at home, so it will be finished when I get home... I'm pretty satisfied with it. It couldn't be any better. Although the bottom is quite loose, I was thinking of maybe adding 'belt' loops at the bottom, and adding a belt of some kind? Also, when I get home, I am going to finish the sleeves with bright red bias tape, to tone down the green.

I have to finish the raw edges as well inside. I only brought limited supplies with me to South Carolina and I got so excited sewing the jacket I forgot about the edges. Although, I just realized that my sewing machine has a single needle serge stitch that I can use, so that relieves me.

One of the dresses I am making is skewed from my color choice.... however it will be under the jacket and the skirt(the fabric underneath the blue) is pearlized and has a greenish mermaid sheen to it.

Anyways, the bodice is going to be backless, and be similar to a vintage bathing suit. It is separated above and below the bow, which the top of it will have felt seams, kind of like pleating. and there will be a strap going from the far left of the bodice around the neck and to the far right.

I haven't started on this yet, but I am really excited. I'm not sure where I am going with the skirt, but it will definitely be flowy and flirty.

Lastly, my shorts. In the recent post I showed you the sketch of the shorts with the halter top. I've decided to just clean edge the legs, because I put them on and they kind of make a cute A line, and it fits the fabric.

It took me so long to remember how to sew the crotch. I looked online and read a how-to, but I was still confused so I took my jeans off and put the leg inside the other and studied them for a good hour.

Whew, although they are going to look great when they are done, just a lot more work. I think I am going to cute out a waistband as well because they are kind of low. We'll see how it goes. I bought some gold/brown heavy duty snaps for the closures. Will also add some belt loops.

Well, that's it. I appreciate feedback and any new ideas.


03 July 2009

Artscape 2009 Fashion show get-up

So Artscape is a wonderful exhibit of the Baltimore artsy fartsy crowd. It brings together a lot of ideas and creativity, which I think is amazing, but talking to a few people that I know - artists, photographers, etc. - they think it's not a cup of tea they would enjoy. It's sad to have people say that about such a great celebration of culture. Artscape is definitely one of those things that happen in Baltimore that is a must see!! So yea, check out the site for more information, it's worth a trip to Baltimore for it. It happens July 17-19th, along with Otakon, which is another great convention to visit, but more for anime, comic junky, gamer crowd.

Some good people from school have gathered together to do a fashion show, considering we all missed the dateline to do so individually. Artscape let us join up last minute and instead of a 15 minute show, we get a 30 minute show. Hopefully it goes well. There is about 15 of us, and I am getting headaches already thinking about it. If we were doing more than 3-4 outfits each, it would probably run smoother. Not saying it's going to be a fail, but it's hard to agree on things with 15 people, who aren't dedicated enough to put some time out on their schedule to meet with ALL of use there.

Anyway, we all chose a color each to use individually throughout each of our designs. In doing this, we are using this concept to bring cohesiveness to the show - kind of like a spectrum of color throughout the line up of models.

The color I chose is green. My three designs are very different from each other. The fabrics are variegated as well, lots of different colors, but an overwhelming green focus. So far, the fabrics I am using are: two crushed-like velveteens(one all green, and one purple with gold and green designs in it), a psychadelic super stretch blend, a rainbow cotton madras, a hippy flower paisley light corduroy, a tea-dyed oriental cotton, a grey detailed cotton, and a soft crepe with a pearl sheen.

This first outfit is using the rainbow madras plaid and the flower paisley corduoroy fabric. The top is a basically a tie around halter, with a low back. I am trying to incorporate some darts, but i'm not how I want them. I love using darts with a plaid or striped fabric. Plays with the eye. Also going to add on a little pocket, I love pockets on my shirts, I am sad that people don't use them as much as I do. (cough cigarettes)

The bottom is using the corduroy. I'm testing these two fabrics together. I'm very awkward when it comes to matching, so my designs are the same. However, it helps that the shorts have some texture because it softens the look a little. these are very rough sketches as well by the way. Later I will put on some complete sketches, but I am trapped in South Carolina at the moment, and I didn't bring my colors!

I didn't know where to just have cuffed shorts, or maybe a tiny flounce around each leg? I'm still deciding on that. Easily something I can do in a flash.

This next outfit is one of my favorites. I will be using the velvets, and the psychadelic stretch fabric. Since we are going along the lines of spring/summer, velvet does sound crazy, but the top is going to be very breezy.
VERY breezy. Basically, the top is only going to be attached right in the front, how you see it. The back will be different depending on how worn. It will just be a shawl that is attached at the front of the waistband. Sounds scary but it will work. I've also been thinking of sewing it under the arms, somehow, to give the sleeves some shape. But I love how it looks already.
The waistband is going to be of non-stretch velvet, so I am thinking of just doing a corset type backing for the clasp. That's all I can see working there, unless I have enough fabric for it to be slipped over the legs and hips. We'll see.
The bottom is going to be bias cut, and taper extravagantly above the knee. Maybe something else, who knows, those things get added on when I start sewing.

This is all I have so far. Sorry it's not very colorful. I start sewing tomorrow. And will be taking lots more pictures. I've also been playing with photoshop, trying to make the sketches come to life by putting the fabric on a separate layer underneath the sketch, and turning the opacity on the sketch to about 50%, and on the fabric layer use the trace to trace around the sketch, and delete everything but that. That way when I turn back up the opacity to 100, and put the sketch layer as the background layer, the fabric will be in the shape of the sketch. It's very unrealistic, but it does put things in a wierd perspective.. I'll post those up later as well.

Anyways, I am with my step sister, and she is a handful. So we are going to have girltalk, watch hannah montana, and go to sleep.


01 July 2009

What a night!

So, this will be my first posting on my new blog site. I'm new to all this, but it is so much fun! Right now I am visiting my mama in South Carolina. It is a nice get-a-way from Baltimore's loud crowd, that way I can focus on finishing these garments I am making for the Artscape 2009 Fashion show. Woo!

Anyways, be on the look out for more of me. I will be posting a lot more, starting soon, which will include; my life, art/fashion projects that I am working on and completed looks, fashion 'advice', and so on and so forth.