Author: Laur

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Style Inspired From Sixteen Candles

As I mentioned in my previous post, Styles Inspired From Heathers and Scream Queens, I’m looking at characters from books and movies and reinterpreting them as people of color (again, as I did when I started this blog). When I think of 16 Candles I immediately picture Samantha (Molly Ringwald) in her pink tulle bridesmaid’s dress. So I decided to create a look based off of it.  Originally I made a pastel pink mini skirt with pleated tulle over it, but it did not look good–so I made the skirt into a tube top. I was skeptical at first, but I like the way it turned out. I’ve been sewing custom tube tops (a side gig), so it was fun to make one from tulle with a metal zipper in the back. My friend Azaiah models this look. (She also modeled another Molly Ringwald look for me in 2017 inspired by Pretty In Pink). I styled this look with flowing green pants and brown wedges–using earth tones to represent raw and realness. The basket bag is …

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Styles Inspired from Scream Queens and Heathers

So I’m going back to how I originally started Love, Laur: creating designs based on my interpretation of characters in books and movies. But what I was really doing was representing these characters as people of color because I hadn’t read about or seen people like me. Scream Queens Inspired by the horror-comedy series Scream Queens, I created this first look based off of Emma Roberts’ main character, Chanel Oberlin. The show stars Ariana Grande, Lea Michele, and Keke Palmer (the only person of color). I used to watch it in middle school and most of the characters didn’t look like me or my friends. Throughout all of the horror, the girls managed to dress in preppy, pastel boujee clothes–like fur coats, dresses, heels and ear muffs! My best friend Maya models my “Chanel Oberlin” look, a strapless dress with camo sensibility (representing darkness and horror) with a thrifted white button up underneath for a preppy sophisticated element. I added sparkly Adidas socks, vintage heels, and a vinyl bag is from Urban Outfitters. It was my first time making a strapless dress. You …

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Spring ’18: Matching Set and Clear Jacket

The final look of my mini spring collection! As you know, this collection is about hard work balanced with tranquility and peace. The color for the matching set is inspired by Green Calcite crystal, a mental healer that alleviates negative thoughts and helps restore balance to the mind. It’s my favorite crystal to meditate with when I’m feeling stressed or I need let go of things that I can’t control. In the featured image, I placed the calcite on the stool 🙂 This crystal works perfectly with the theme. I designed the pants to be cropped and loose, to let your legs breathe especially if you are running errands. The pants are also super fun to dance in. Inspired by one of Vogue’s instagram captions, “forget may flowers it’s about april showers,” I added a raincoat. I made it with clear vinyl so you can see the set. It also gives it a “avant garde” vibe. For the jacket, I designed a front, back, sleeves, and 2 piece hood to make the pattern. For the …

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Spring ’18: A-line Top with Hooded Mini-Dress

My mini collection is coming together. Here’s Look #3: a plaid a-line top cinched with 2 straps tied onto key rings and a pastel purple mini hooded dress. My friend Nayeli, who I’ve known since middle school, is the model. She’s actually modeled before when love, laur was a baby for the Hazel Grace Dress. Back then, we took five pictures, laughed a bunch, and called it a day. When I first started love, laur I took characters from books and movies, created outfits, and reimagined them to look like my friends (that is: people of color). So Nayeli played the brown version of Hazel Grace from the Fault in Our Stars.  Representation is  something that’s important for me–and I want to use POC models for my designs as much as possible. Lately I’ve been learning more about Filipino representation and admiring artists such as Ruby Ibarra. I’ve been listening to her music on repeat! Brown Out is my favorite because it’s super relatable for me, especially because she raps about colorism in the Filipino community. Now back …

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Spring ’18: Cropped Jacket and Oversized Paper Bag Pants

Here we are, look #2: a cropped yellow jacket with key rings on the sleeves and textured high-waisted over-sized paper bag pants with a long belt. My friend Semira who I’ve known since middle school was such a great model–she was a natural!! I first talked about this collection in my post for Coveralls (look #1): It’s all about a hardworking woman having a balanced life with peace and tranquility. “Hardworking” is shown through elements like the key rings in the cuffs (from Ace Hardware), the structure and rigid lines of the jacket, and the sneakers she’s wearing. The soft pastel yellow of the jacket and the loose, easy-going pants represent “peace and tranquility.” I wanted to make an everyday jacket with a tough, motorcycle jacket feel. I used key rings again they were inspired by the coveralls. For the pants, I used a white, textured cotton and included a side zipper so it’s easy to take on and off.  I added a matching extra long belt for a streetwear vibe. The process: I made my own pattern for both …

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Spring ’18: Coveralls

Finally. My. Own. Pattern. I can call myself a self-taught designer now! For years, I used pre-made patterns and I thought it would take much longer to figure out how to make my own. But from using so many, I was able to study how they’re made. It ended up being a pretty intuitive process when I constructed my own pattern: coveralls! When I visited the Glossier showroom in NY last year and I saw the employees wearing pretty pink coveralls. I immediately wanted a pair for myself! But it had been almost a year, and I still hadn’t gotten one. So for my first pattern, I thought I should try to make my own. Even though coveralls would be a big project, I figured it was just a button-up top and pants put together. And I’d made both in the past, so it couldn’t be that difficult, right?   To begin, I sketched a design for the coveralls. I was inspired to make a 3-panel back after seeing it on a jean jacket. Since …

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High and Low

I’ve wanted to style a shoot with clothes that weren’t everyday outfits I’d wear to school. Something closer to the outfits you might see in fashion spreads in Teen Vogue or Hypebae‘s editorial page. So I got to work. I created an inspiration board that highlighted the type of shots I wanted, like “girl gang” ones; some that mixed masculine and feminine pieces; lots of flowers, especially in the hair; a mix of hard and soft; images with natural beauty shining; and shots that were not straight on. My initial idea was to use only hand-me-downs and thrifted items. But I was only partially successful in that because I needed more time to find things. (I’ll try that in my next shoot!) As I styled the looks I got this High-Low effect; using more low pieces such as track pants or sneakers paired with more high pieces like a velvet jumpsuit or heels. I also incorporated some masculine pieces (mens clothing) and balanced it with feminine props such as flowers. Behind the scenes: We had …

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Cropped Polo

Love, Laur is over a year old now… that’s crazy. A few years ago I had thought about having a fashion blog, but I had no drive. But it’s interesting how much my style has changed since I started. I cannot wait for what’s yet to come. — Originally, I wanted to make this shirt in November but I kept pushing it off. I was feeling uninspired to sew or I had a lot of school work or I was busy with the holidays. The only sewing I had been doing was altering pants and shirts for my friends. With the new year, I made a lot of goals and plans for Love, Laur. My ideas began flowing. But first, I had to go back and finally sew this shirt! Thankfully I had started the process back in November, sketching out a design and making the pattern pieces. To make the pattern pieces I started with an old pattern (butterick 3766) that my mom got at a garage sale along with the yellow fabric. The …

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Homecoming Dress 2017

I know… I haven’t posted in forever! Since the beginning of school year I had been looking forward to homecoming. During the summer I thought what dress I’d make. But I had been over thinking it. I drew sketches and wasn’t happy with any of them.  Then a couple months ago I decided to do a simple slip dress. I wanted to make my own pattern, but it was too risky because the only patterns I know how to make are tops. (I will definitely learn how to make more of my own patterns though.) I picked the Simplicity 8413 pattern and choose this beautiful plum colored velvet with subtle polka dots from my favorite place a.k.a, Discount Fabrics. (I love how the ladies who work there recognize me because I’m there so often.) Despite being simple, the dress was actually somewhat difficult. I made some design changes and also had to make necessary adjustments. Originally the pattern  had a curved neckline, but I made it straight instead. I took out the front facing because …

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Square Neck Cami

I figured it’s about time I ventured out and made my own patterns. So I started off with something super simple: a tank top. When I was in New York a couple months ago, I got a couple yards of yellow cotton from Fulton Fabrics and also some fun yellow braided trimming from Botani Buttons and Trimmings. (Um, did I mention my favorite color right now is yellow??) I wasn’t sure what to do with it all… but I figured the trimming could be some cool straps for a tank top. I practiced making my own pattern by tracing a square neck tank top on some pattern paper. I added 3 inches to the side seams of the traced tank top since this cotton doesn’t stretch. Then I added facing to the width of the top front and back. I also used bias tape for the arm hole. I think I did a pretty good job considering it was my first time making a pattern and making a tank top. There are definitely some lessons I …