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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 it was too thick and kept folding forward. As you can see where the strap meets the dress, the corner kept coming up. For the straps, I found a similar color fabric at Discount Fabrics. I also had to resew the 18″ invisible zipper in the back because it kept puckering. This fabric had some challenges.

Sadly I don’t have any process photos because I was too excited to make the dress. And this excitement lead to rushing. And though I love my dress, I could’ve made it better if I took my time and knew how to work with the fabric better.

But I had a great time at homecoming and got many compliments on my dress 🙂 Next time I will not let my excitement get in the way of my craftsmanship.

love,
laur

 

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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??)

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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.

making my own pattern!

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the facing

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the braided straps

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 learned, like I need to line up the straps better with the edge of the seams. And the fabric was quite thin and could’ve used a lining, which makes it more of a camisole.

 

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My friend Sophie is modeling the yellow cami. These modeled photos, including the ones below, were shot by Alanah Velasco (@alanahash) for FearfullyWonderfully Made (@fwmbrand). FWM is a new bay area-based brand based that encourages girls to come together in sisterhood. The founder is Michaela Ebuen. For their first sisterhood shoot, I had the honor of being asked to include my favorite pieces from the blog and to be a part of their FWM Junior Team! 🙂

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Amora (@callmeamora) modeling the “Lara Jean – Kimono

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Natalie (@natalie_linan) modeling a white button-up thrift store find that I cropped and embellished with an embroidered patch from Botani Trimmings.

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Michaela (@michaelaebuen) in the cropped button up and Amora (@callmeamora) in the “Color Blocked Windbreaker

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Becca (@beccagep) modeling the “Ashley – Windbreaker” and Sophie modeling the “Color Blocked Windbreaker

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I love how this shoot turned out. And I have say it’s really cool to see them style and wear my designs!

love,
laur

Camo Cargo Pants

Camo pants have been trending in street style lately. When I searched for them, I couldn’t find ones I liked or I couldn’t find ones that were my size. So I had an idea, “Why not make my own!” but it was just an idea I kept in the back of my head.

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While sifting through Discount Fabrics as usual, I was picking up corduroy for my Corduroy Overalls Dress. Next to the corduroy there were different options of camouflage! I picked the blue one since it was more different oppose to the green, yellow, orange and black/white ones I’ve seen everyone wearing lately.

Process:

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pattern & pinning

pockets

I used the pattern: new look 6055. It was super simple. Making the side pockets was kind of difficult but I learned something new! I didn’t make any adjustments this time besides not putting elastic at the bottom. I just left it as a regular hem. If I find drawstring I might add it on the inside of the hem.

The Shoot:

My friend Martin who has shot for me multiple times before, shot these pants for me. Conveniently we did it local in the same area I usually shoot a lot of my pieces in; which will probably be the last time we shoot there for a while.

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love,
laur

I am styled with:
Air Max 90s Pinnacle – color violet ash
black shirt – H&M

All Photos by Martin b.
Featured image edit by me
Pink background photo: rookie august collage kit

Check out my rookie august collage here 5/25🙂

p.s. i have a new handwritten logo 🙂

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Corduroy Overalls Dress

I started wearing overalls a long time ago. I mean, when I was a baby my parents used to dress me up in overalls and a matching denim bucket hat! This year I finally fit my mom’s denim painter’s overalls from the 90’s and I love them.

I wanted to try making overalls myself, but as a dress using corduroy. While searching for fabric in New York, I couldn’t find any corduroy even at Mood! When I came back to the bay, I went to my usual, Discount Fabrics. They only had 2 colors of corduroy but I really liked this grey-ish/purple-ish corduroy.

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Process:

I used burda young 6538 for my pattern. Before starting I decided that I was going to put actual overalls buckles. (I got mine from Botani Trimmings in New York). I made some adjustments to the pattern. I made the silhouette more boxy instead of bell-shaped. I changed the straps so they were longer and less thick by finishing the edges by folding 1/4″ inwards. I also put the pockets on the sides instead of the front like a sweatshirt pocket.

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another invisible zipper

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pockets according to intsructions

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instead i put the pockets on the side

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the front part

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the back part

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strap according to pattern was too chunky so i had to scrap it and make my own

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straps, redesigned

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the back

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pockets

The shoot:

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love,
laur

PS. I made a new handwritten logo!

I styled myself with:
Striped Long Sleeve-  Zara
Vintage Fila Shirt- Brooklyn Flea
Camo Jacket – Forever 21
Stan Smiths

Featured Image:
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Featured photo – meg i.
Background – me

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Satin Brocade Pants

At West Coast Craft I saw a pair of silk floral-pattered pants–it was pretty expensive. But it gave me inspiration to make my own version of the pants but with satin brocade.

When I was in New York I began searching for the fabric at Fulton Fabrics (great place for cheap fabrics) in Brooklyn, but the version they had was too thick, for upholstery. And at Mood Fabrics, I just couldn’t find any! But when we got to Soho/Chinatown we came across Pear River Mart and they had a bunch of Asian-style fabrics. The yellow satin brocade curtains hanging on their wall caught my eye. I found the roll and it was $14 a yard, which wasn’t too bad since I only needed 2 yards. They had other nice patterns and colors, but they some were hella expensive or wouldn’t look good as pants.

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the fabric section in pearl river mart

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shot by martin b.

 

Process:

I used Burda Style 7058 for the pattern, but I used an invisible zipper instead of a regular pant zipper so it would be cleaner. My last experience with making satin pants didn’t turn out as well and I definitely learned from that. But I am very proud of these pants– the seams are clean and there is no puckering and they fit nicely!

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darts

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pinning invisible zipper

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ironing

https://www.pearlriver.com/

invisible zipper in left side seam

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sewing pant legs together

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overlocking

The shoot: 

We shot the image below in Berkeley. My friends Branden (who shot the silky satin pants), Martin (who shot the color blocked windbreaker and the photo below), and Maya (who modeled the color blocked windbreaker and the turtle neck) came with me.

shot by martin b.

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shot by meg i.

We didn’t get enough photos while I was out with my friends, so I got to shoot these pants again (in shot above) but this time locally with my mom.

love,
laur

I am styled with:
look one-
Cropped black Sweater – Zara
Lace Up flats – Nordstrom
look two-
Jean Jacket – H&M
White Tee – Missguided
Vans

Featured image (top):
edits by lauryn
tree photo by lauryn
featured image by meg i.

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Color Blocked Windbreaker

At the beginning of summer I was sketching in my fashionary notebook. One thing I drew was this jacket with primary colors. I really wanted to bring this to life somehow as a windbreaker. So I ordered a vintage pattern (McCall’s 4902) on Etsy that was close to the look of my jacket. And while I was in New York, I explored the garment district and bought some blue and yellow ripstop nylon at Mood Fabrics and even made a custom zipper at Botani Trimmings, where they matched the yellow fabric. I was stunned! Once I got back home, I was so excited and got right to work on the jacket.

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Process: Since the pattern wasn’t exactly a match with my sketch, I had to make some adjustments. For the stripe along the sleeve, I made them 1″ thick with a 5/8″ seam allowance on both halves of the sleeve so that the addition of the stripe wouldn’t make the sleeve bigger. It actually turned out great, which was good… because there was no going back once I split the sleeve in two!

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modifying sleeves to have that yellow stripe down the middle just like my sketch

After sewing the sleeves to the front and back pieces, I realized the jacket looked like my school’s band jacket! Oh no. Unacceptable. So to change things up, I used an extra scrap of pink nylon from “Ashley: Windbreaker” as an accent on the right sleeve. It also helped bring it back to the original sketch which had red accents on the collar and cuffs. I also used yellow thread so it could pop more.

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there is drawstring at the bottom too!

The shoot:

My best friend Maya is modeling the jacket and my friends Martin and Branden provided the photography. (Branden shot the images in Wide Legged Silky Satin Pants too). We shot around the Cal campus (UC Berkeley), exploring the area. We went into cool music stores (good aesthetic, but the lighting was terrible), got boba, popped into shoe shops and thrift stores–and took photos along the way.

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all images of maya, shot by martin b.

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I am very proud of this jacket because of how clean it is! I made it in 2 days, along with a pair of silk pants (which we also shot in Berkeley.) I’m hyped to show it to you in my next post along with the changes going on to my site. I’m currently remodeling it and working on a new vibe for my posts!

love,
laur

Maya, styled with:
Kendrick Lamar DAMN. Long-sleeve
Adidas
Black Jeans

Featured image (top):
edits by lauryn
pool photo by lauryn
left photo by branden
right photo by martin b.

Branden:
instagram- iwantgrails
website- iwantgrails.com

no links for martin ;'(

 

 

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The Big Apple

For our summer trip, my family went to New York for 3 weeks! Well, my mom was working there so it wasn’t all vacation all of time. So in a way, we got a little taste of what it would be like to live there. I made a list of things to do and it had some of typical NYC stuff: museums, soho, times square, places to eat, and musicals. And of course, I had to go to the garment district! My brother had a different objective: to eat his way through New York. (His favorite spot was Ichiran for ramen.)

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washington square park, there are fireflies there!

The Met

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if you look closely you can see the shadow forms drawn in the back

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i’ll always love modern art

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one of my favorite paintings

If you couldn’t tell, I love art and art museums (ever since I was little). The Met is so big that you could spend an entire afternoon on just one floor, which is what happened when we went there. We basically stayed on the second floor and I’m not sure we even finished it by the time we had to go. We went to the Comme de Garçons exhibit (see my post: Rei Kawakubo – Comme de Garçons“), modern art, Age of the Empires, and paintings. Next time I go back, maybe I’ll get to see another floor of The Met!

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Musicals– I watched Wicked, and I was beyond amazed. This was my first experience watching a musical–and it was a good one to start off with. The costuming was playful and the performance was charming and funny. I knew “Defying Gravity” from Glee so I was able to sing along (in my head, not aloud) to that. We squeezed in another musical before we left: Chicago. It did not have the level of stage production as Wicked but the performance and storytelling was equally moving. We were excited because the lead was Asian, but that evening her understudy subbed in for her :/

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love the yellow seats // rare moments of an empty subway

Subways–When I was in New York last year for just a few days I didn’t experience much drama on the subway. But this summer, there was plenty to see. I saw couples breaking up. A girl was sobbing; she yelled at the dude to “stop laughing at me.” I saw couples making up, or at least trying to. A guy kept trying to hug and kiss his girl and she kept pulling away (he must’ve messed up!).

I saw subway dancers, no surprise there. Dancers that were not good and messing up and dropping their hats. Dancers that were really talented. I heard musicians and singing. One guy was singing so loud and out of tune on a quiet train… I could barely contain my laughter. I honestly thought it was a baby crying. When I turned to my brother to ask, “Where’s the baby?” we noticed that it was some guy singing. He sounded worse than me and my friend Andrea’s attempts at singing opera! I still laugh when I think about that guy.

Guggenheim

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iconic spiral

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downwards view

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Being in the Guggenheim, I felt like I was in Annie or Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Before coming here, those were my own two references for the museum! It was my first time here. The design of the building made it very easy to go through. I loved that you really can’t miss anything because it’s all on the spiral path. They had a lot of modern abstract art and in at least one room that veered off the spiral path, there was artwork with more realism.

Brooklyn Flea

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hawaiian shirts reminded me about school spirit days

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plenty of army green and camo

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omnia had too many cute vintage pieces!

I love vintage clothing and Brooklyn Flea (which was not in Brooklyn but in SoHo) was the place to go! But sadly everything was over priced, at least for my budget. 😦 But I was able to get a orange vintage FILA shirt for $10 (I think she gave me a discount because we were both Filipino!) and a vintage yellow Nike dad hat for $20.

Coney Island

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Times Square

07-2017-Travel-New-York-Times-Square   Speaking of crowded places, we ended up here after watching Chicago. Only because we had to go through it on our way to the train station. This was my second time in Times Square, but I never really enjoy it because of all the noise and people.

love,
laur

 

 

 

 

 

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The Garment District

My favorite part of New York? The Garment District! I’m going to miss it so much. It is amazingly overwhelming. The fabric and trims and applique and accessory stores have so many options! I could spend hours in them. My mind was flowing with ideas after seeing the different bag straps and chains, suede ties, and belt materials. I wish I could bring a little bit of everything back home with me.

Fashion Institute of Technology

I was very much looking forward to going here! Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) had 2 exhibitions in their museum. The fashion exhibit had textiles and designs that were inspired by nature. Photography was not allowed inside so I can’t show you any images. But my favorite looks included a dress from the 1920s that had fabric layered to look like fish scales and a floral mens suit. There was a speedo bodysuit in there too (lol). There were mannequins outside the exhibit entrance wearing designs created by their students in the fashion program.

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i noticed the interesting cuts of the satin skirt, i liked the billowy organza sleeves

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i love how this student combined knit fabric with pieces she hand-knitted

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the cinching and details around the jacket caught my eye

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a masculine look. i liked how this student incorporated longs belts at the bottom of the sleeves

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i liked the color and the oversized cape with the asymmetrical hood

FIT’s other exhibit was “Thirteen Stories” where 13 students displayed their visual theses. Here are some of my favorites.

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these black and white pieces stood out compared to all the colorful visuals that everyone had.

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she also had some of her visuals on a screen to display more of her art

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i really liked this artist’s style of drawing, her fashion illustrations, and how she included parts of new york.

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close up of her illustrations. it reminded me of this book series i had when i was younger “The English Roses” by Madonna, but Illustrated by Jeffrey Fulvimari

Mood Fabrics

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I definitely had Project Runway vibes walking in. We went upstairs right away for ripstop nylon for a new windbreaker I want to make. (I can’t wait to get back and work on it.) They had a lot of options for a fairly decent price. I also looked for corduroy but they only had 3 color options– none that I wanted. Disappointing. The lady who showed us the corduroy was very officious (a vocab word I learned last year!) as she cut swatches from the fabrics for us. She didn’t have to do it, but she was very nice! In fact, all the workers were very nice and willing to help.

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buttons on buttons on buttons

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iconic

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heart eyes for all the fabric options

Botani Trimmings

07-2017-Travel-new-York-Garment-District-Botani-Trimming-ZippersWith ZIPPERS written big on an awning, we assumed there would be a selection… but when you walk in, there are a rows, upon rows, filled with rolls of zippers! And at the other end of the space, there were different types of ribbing, then a room of full of chains, buckles, buttons, snaps, grommets, and other metal things in tiny drawers stacked to the ceiling, and finally another room full of anything you could possibly need for belts, as well as patches, lace trims, and suede ties.

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all these options for ties–suede, silk, nylon!!

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rolls of zippers for custom zippers

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cotton and nylon bag straps

I actually went into this store to get a jacket zipper for my next project, a windbreaker as Mood Fabrics didn’t have many zippers to choose from. I wanted to get a 22″ yellow zipper made of plastic, but I couldn’t find it. Then person working at the register told me that they make custom zippers on the spot! What?! They matched my fabric, customized the length, and made me choose the plastic zipper style. It was crazy, fast, and not expensive.

While we waited for the zipper, we ended up getting a few other things including some belt material and suede ties, that I don’t know what to do with yet, but can’t wait to experiment with.

I’ll miss this store so much! I wish the Bay Area had a store like this.

Feathers and Trimmings

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We walked past this store on our way to Mood Fabrics, but we couldn’t resist not going in so we circled back to it. It’s an explosion of color inside. All the rhinestones you could possibly want, a million different feathers, and bins and bins of embroidered patches.

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all the feathers look like mini fireworks

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THE GUCCI SNAKE

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i loved all these patches, but i got brown branch with yellow blossoms (top right corner) one for another project that i also can’t wait to work on

I will definitely miss the garment district in New York. I really wish the bay area had one 😦 I hope to see the garment district in LA when I go in the fall, but it may not be the same.

love,
laur

 

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60’s Inspired Skirt

Whenever we go to Discount Fabrics, my mom and I always split up since the store is pretty huge and it would take forever to look through it by myself. She pulled out this woven vertical striped fabric and I thought that it would be good for a matching top and bottom.

So I ordered the dress pattern (Burda 6511) and cut it in half so I could have a separate top and bottom. I added a 7″ invisible zipper in the back of the top and a 14″ invisible zipper in the back of the skirt. But it didn’t feel complete.

Then while shopping at Urban Outfitters I saw a similar outfit on a mannequin. It was a crop top and skirt with vertical stripes; but both pieces had a contrast band on the bottom on the shirt and at the skirt’s waist band. Using that as inspiration, I added a forest green contrast band to both my top and waist  band.

But…

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… the whole outfit together was absolutely terrible. And I didn’t realize it until I had unpacked it and tried it on in New York. I also realized that I hadn’t sewn the top correctly either. It was very unfitted. So I scrapped the outfit and went for a 60s/70s vibe since the colors of the skirt reminded me of that time. Plus I’ve been obsessed with my 60s mod sunglasses lately (#cloutgoggles lol). I paired the skirt with a vintage yellow long sleeve (which my grandma wore in the 60s!), stan smiths, and retro sunglasses that I got from J’aime Label (seen in West Coast Craft ’17).

love,
laur

ps. i’m very excited for the next project i’m sewing!!

 

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Rei Kawakubo – Comme des Garçons

On the top of my list of things to do while we’re in New York is The Met. The special exhibit I wanted to see was “Rei Kawakubo – Comme des Garçons – Art of the In Between.” We didn’t waste any time when we got there. My mom, brother, cousin, auntie, and I went straight up stairs to the exhibit. It was beyond crowded and noisy in there. People talking and crowding around the different collections. I really loved how each collection was named, like “Child/Adult” or “Birth/Marriage/Death” and how some were more hidden. The whole room was white, so everything really stood out.

My favorite collections:

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i really like how abstract the top is. i was wondering what it was made out of. this was one of the few that had unfinished seams showing.

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i love the look on the left; how it’s a business suit but with extra billowy sleeves.

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this look was less out going compared to the other ones. the hair also reminded me of jimmy neutron.

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i really wanted to touch this to see how lush and soft it was.

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these neutral colored looks at the top were one of the first things that caught my attention.

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these were my absolute favorite. i loved all the different colors, patterns, and fabrics; but it all works together as one. they looked like asian warriors.

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this was very interesting (i mean all the looks were interesting) but this was something that defied description.

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a lot of the comme des garçons forms were broad/wide but these two bridal forms were slim. i like how the flowers were tied in. there was also texture printed onto the fabrics.

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this look was constantly surrounded by people. it was hard to actually see it

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The Comme des Garçons gift shop had their iconic converse collab, shirts, bags, and books. I really wanted a yellow shirt but both were over $100!

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love,
laur