Since I’ve been busy with school, I thought it’d be nice to take a break and sew. I love a good puffer jacket during the winter and I also love transparent things, so I sketched out an air puffer jacket. It’s an “air” puffer because I planned to make it with organza and no stuffing. But as I made the body pieces, I thought it looked really cool as a vest.
When I made the pattern, I quadrupled the size of the body pieces to get the puffer effect. I sewed 3 lines across each piece and carefully pulled on them which cinched them. To finish the edges, I overlocked them and folded them in. I chose not to add ant buttons or a zipper because it would’ve weighed it down.
I styled the air puffer vest with a white ribbed turtle neck (zara), wide legged pants (thrifted), pink tinted sunglasses (amazon), and pink nike mk2 teknos.
I did this shoot with my friend Sam Socorro. Sam shoots film, and I was too hyped for our first shoot! It turned out so great 🙂 I also had another friend, Dakota Lim (shadycola), who did a behind the scenes video of the shoot! click here to check it out on instagram.
This puffer vest is one of my favorite designs so far and I hope to work again with Sam and Dakota!
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 from a night market in Vietnam.
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 can’t tell because of the camo, but it consists of 15+ pieces to make it form-fitting with an invisible zipper in the back. I definitely struggled a bit with the fitting but in the end I was proud of my first strapless dress.
Heathers The second look is inspired by the movie Heathers from the late 80s starring Winona Ryder as Veronica Sawyer. Like Scream Queens, it’s a dark comedy. I don’t get sick of watching it over and over. I loved the style of the movie, how the Heathers wore color-coordinated outfits with wide-shoulder plaid blazers and the low neckline of the dresses and overalls.
I took inspiration from Veronica’s outfit in the collage above, an off-the-shoulder long sleeve paired with a low-neckline dress. I also made a long plaid coat inspired by the blazers worn by the Heathers.
The off-the-shoulder top took some thought. I looked at my own off-the-shoulder shirt and how the pieces fit all together. The dress, which is made with wool fabric, was easy to make and I adore the pattern. The coat on the other hand was difficult because of the notched collar, which I got better at but I still need to practice.
I styled this look with white socks, Chooka sandals, and Urban Outfitters sunglasses. The cotton string bag is from my mom’s closet. 😉
I chose to use earth tones for these 2 looks to represent the raw and realness; that’s also why I chose to not use any make up either. I styled both these looks with socks and heels/sandals for a comfy-cozy vibe because “if you feel good, you look good.”
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 top, I made a back piece, straps, 2 side pieces, and a middle part. And for the bottom, I made it super simple with just front and back pieces with a waist facing. This top gave me a chance to practice my button holes and I think I’m getting better.
I’ve got new projects in the works for summer! But first, a break. As much as I love to work, I need some tranquility. 🙂
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 to Nayeli and Look #3.
A quick recap of this collection: I’m creating looks that balance of peace and tranquility with a hard-working sensibility. The pastel purple and slouchiness of the top connects to the soft, laid back aspect. The hard-working elements are the ACE hardware key-rings (which I used in look 2), everyday hood, stiff structure of the dress, business-like plaid pattern, and the sneakers.
I made the patterns pieces and then made sample pieces out of muslin–you know the drill. I needed to have the pattern pieces for the a-line top longer; originally it was a curve but I made it into a diagonal line. Then for the dress the only adjustment was a bigger hood. It was my first time making a hood. 🙂
Both the front and back of the shirt have seams down the middle. When I made the pattern pieces I had a pieces for the shorter half, then one for the longer then straps. For the dress I finished the arm holes with bias tape.
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.
I made my own pattern for both pieces. To double check if they worked well, I made samples again using muslin. Initially, the jacket was too cropped so I had to make the middle pieces longer; and the crotch was too short on the pants (camel toe is a no!). I also did a lot of topstitching on the jacket, and I’m starting to feel more comfortable doing so.
For fabric, I went to my favorite place, Discount Fabrics, and bought a sturdy pastel yellow cotton. Originally I was looking for pastel pink but there weren’t any in the shade that I was looking for. For the pants, I bought a white cotton with a mini herringbone pattern.
For the jacket I made these pattern pieces: facing (2), cuffs (2), band, sleeves (2), collar, back yoke, front pieces (2), and a middle back piece.
Then for the pants I made these pattern pieces: back pant legs (2), front pant legs (2), pockets (2), belt straps, waist band, and belt loops.
This was another studio shoot shot in my room on a sunny Sunday morning–this time with a roll of pink seamless paper. Of course Martin B shot this.
I am so happy with how everything is going for this collection! Look #3 coming your way soon.
ps. Did you see the love, laur clothing label in the featured image? 🙂
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 I’d sewn pants before, creating the bottom part was easy. The only research I had to was watch a video on how to make a notched collar (that was new to me).
I drew all my pattern pieces on tracing paper. But before I could use the pattern on my final fabric, I had to make sure that the pattern worked–that the pieces would match up and fit me with the proper seam allowance. I cut the pieces from muslin and sewed the pieces together. I was shocked that it all worked! But I did have to do some adjustments: make the waist band thinner, the upper collar longer, and the sleeves wider and longer. Those were easy adjustments to make.
My pattern includes a middle back panel, a back yoke, back side panel (2), front pant leg (2), back pant leg (2), a waist band, pant pocket (2), front pieces (2), front facing (2), sleeves (2) and upper collar (2).
I didn’t want to copy Glossier completely and make pink coveralls, but I did like pastel colors. (I’ve been into balancing chakras so tranquil colors are balancing.) While looking through the thick cotton selection at Discount Fabrics, I really liked this pastel blue tone.
Instead of going to a location I wanted a studio shoot with a solid backdrop. My room gets really nice light during the morning so I ordered some rolls of seamless paper, used some props in my house, picked up some greenery, and turned my room into a photography studio. I got to shoot with Martin once again. This is one of my favorite shoots we’ve done yet.
I’m so happy with my very first design! While putting this look together, I became inspired to create 4 more cohesive looks to make a mini collection. I thought it would be a good challenge for me. I liked the work-wear style of coveralls paired with the calm vibe of pastel blue. So for the rest of my collection, I’m making clothes for a hard working girl who is trying to bring more tranquility into her life–that’s something I aspire to be. I’m already working on the next design: a jacket. I hope my idea plays out just as well as these coveralls.
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 a fun time on the shoot, especially since it was with my best friends. We shot in the same area where I shot my Cropped Polo. I did learn for next time to make sure that I have shots without jackets on and I should have more shots where just 2 or 3 of them are in it.
Featured image: Left to Right
The first look:
Vintage Mens Guess Jeans – Hand-me-down
Orange Vintage Fila Shirt – Thrifted
Mesh Hoodie – Zara
Boots – UO
The Second look:
Camo Jacket – Thrifted
Mesh Robe – Thrifted
Yellow RL Tank – Hand-me-down
Adidas Track Pants – Hand – me – down
Heels – Rue 21
The Third look:
Floral Shirt – Hand-me-down
Banana Republic Velvet Jumpsuit – Hand-me-down
Reversible Nautica Puffer – Thrifted
Air Force 1s – Nike
The Fourth Look:
Corduroy Jacket – Thrifted
Jumpsuit – the mall
Stan Smiths – Adidas
Cropped Cream Sweater – Thrifted
Black Coat – Hand-me-down
Bandana – Madewell
Air Max – Nike
Blue Track Pants – Thrifted
ps. I taught myself how to make my own patterns. Now I can call myself a self-taught designer 😉 Keep a eye out on @lovelaurblog to see it before it hits the site.
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 pattern was L-XL so I measured the difference in inches between the large and extra-large pieces then multiplied it by 2. Then I took pattern paper and recreated the pieces but made them 2 times smaller, including some alterations in the bottom half of the shirt. I think this will help me with creating my own patterns later without tracing old patterns or clothing.
When it finally came to sewing the shirt, it was a breeze. It felt good to get back at it again. It was also my first time making button-holes, and I didn’t even have a button-hole foot for my machine but I figured out a way!
This is the first shoot where I styled myself 100% in clothes that I made! These plaid pants,”Rachel Plaid Pants,” are a throwback for me. I made them Spring ’17. My mom shot me in a random neighborhood in a town close by. Most of the photos were taken in front of an apartment complex. But the featured image with the plaid chair, we found that location as we drove around. There was a random chair in front of a nice lima-bean green garage–it was perfect.
As we continued to drive around we scouted locations for my next shoot (it’s going to be something exciting and different ;)).
I’m super exciting for the next couple projects that I will be posting soon!
I am styled with:
Plaid pants (that I made last spring)
Air Max 97s
A cross-body camera bag (found at my grandparents’)
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.