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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 ūüôā 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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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 …

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. 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: 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 …

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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. 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 …

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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.   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 …

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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. 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 …