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!

i wore my coveralls to glossier’s opening weekend in sf. i got many compliments ūüėČ

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?

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All studio photos by: Martin B.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

love,
laur

*All studio photos by: Martin B.*

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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

love,
laur

I am styled with:
Plaid pants (that I made last spring)
Air Max 97s
A cross-body camera bag (found at my grandparents’)

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 ūüôā Next time I will not let my excitement get in the way of my craftsmanship.

love,
laur

 

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! ūüôā

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Amora (@callmeamora) modeling the “Lara Jean – Kimono
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Amora (@callmeamora) modeling the “Carrie –¬†Off The Shoulder Dress

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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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Becca (@beccagep) in the “Wilderpeople – Wool Cropped Sweater

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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
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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¬†5/25ūüôā

p.s. i have a new handwritten logo ūüôā

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

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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pinning invisible zipper
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ironing
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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.

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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.

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 ;'(

 

 

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!!

 

Silky-Satin Pants

First off, two exciting things, 1) I sewed satin for the first time and 2) this post features a “guest photographer” – not my mom or dad!

I’ve wanted a pair of neutral colored silk pants–it’s been popping up everywhere. One of my favorite silk outfits that I’ve seen was on R&B artist Jhene Aiko in an all-silk look. (Some of my favorite songs of hers are: Bed Peace, The Worst, Selfish, and her TWENTY88 songs.)

Making the pants: ¬†I used the Burda 6636 pattern¬†and ¬†made a lot of adjustments. No seam down the center front and back of each pant leg. I wanted the pants to be a little less fitted, so I made the seam allowance 1/4″ instead of 5/8″. Instead of placing a zipper, I closed the center seam and put elastic around the waist. I increased the front and back waistband’s width so I could have a casing for 1 inch elastic.

I used silk in the dress in my last post and it was pretty expensive–so I couldn’t afford another silk piece. So I went with satin instead for the pants. Biggest lesson: SEWING SATIN CAN BE SUCH A PAIN! WHY? THE PUCKERING! I was hella eager to sew both pant legs fast, but when I looked at my seams…there was so much puckering! I wasn’t sure what to do at first, but I definitely did not want to take out all the stitching. I figured if I busted the side seams it would come out clean. (When I had overlocked the seams, I overlocked them together instead of apart.) When I took out the overlocked stitches and busted the seams open…it worked!

But there was more drama with these pants. An hour before the shoot, I tried on the original look I had planned and wasn’t feeling it. I had made the satin pants floor length and wore it with a black velvet tank top and an oversized grey grandpa-looking cardigan. It seemed too “business-y”–not me. Since I’d seen a lot of wide-legged pants styled with sneakers lately (street style), I thought about going in that direction instead. It was a risky move right before the shoot, but I hemmed the pants 5 inches to make them ankle length. It turned out better than I expected! I styled the pants with a NAS shirt (from his concert last year), a striped turtleneck (from h&m–layering with this turtleneck has been one of my favorite things to do lately), and stan smiths.

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Because of my last minute styling change, I had to push back the shoot another 30 mins. My friends Branden, aka “the guest photographer” and Maya (who modeled for “Eleanor: Turtle Neck”) were cool with the delay.

We walked around to town looking for locations. Both Maya and Branden both have great eyes and pointed out interesting places to shoot. They came up with interesting scenarios, like the one of me camouflaged in bamboo. But it was much harder to keep a straight face when a friend is taking the pictures, but I think the photos came out really nice. Branden’s a pretty talented guy. Check out his work here:

Branden’s ig: @iwantgrails
Branden’s website:¬†http://www.iwantgrails.com/

love,
laur