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!
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’)
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 two!
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.
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.
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!
I skipped last week’s post because it was finals week, but I’m happy to say freshman year of high school is over (but bittersweet)! AND IT’S FINALLY SUMMER BREAK! Normally I would have slept in the first weekend of break, but I got up extra early to go to West Coast Craft. I thought it was the best year yet for the show. The last time I went everything looked the same: denim, indigo colored/dyed, and lots and lots of BRASS. Well, there was still a lot of brass this year but still…it was better.
West Coast Craft is a weekend event and creatives showcase their goods in booths. It was good for style watching. I saw a lot of people (both sellers and buyers) wearing some fire outfits–cropped wide-legged pants, overalls, ankle-length jackets, and layering. I should’ve taken some pictures of the outfits, but it was so crowded.
In front of the the building there were food trucks and a farmers’ market. At J Shack you can create your own crepe or they have different types of sweet or savory crepes to choose from.
Once we got in, we scoped the place out and walked around to all the booths to take notes on what we liked. Then we walked around a second time to pick up a few things we did like and were in our price range… a lot things were pretty expensive!