Chloe: Eyelet Top

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I made this top awhile ago, and I thought I’d show it while I am in the midst of designing a jumpsuit.

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I used the camisole pattern from Kwik Sew. The pattern was on bias, but I changed mine to a straight grain.

I added a seam to the back and did a lace up. I just felt like doing a lace up.

I wear this with basic pieces, and I think it would also look great with jean shorts. Summertime fun on the beach.

Blazer: Uni Qlo (last season)

Jeans: Uni Qlo (worn in skinny jeans, but I tell ya, they last)

Shoes: Marc Jacobs (2 years old but I seriously love them)

Top: I don’t have instructions on how to make this because it was before I started this blog. Still a great idea in that you can change a bias camisole into a straight grain, lace camisole.

So Summer-y

 

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Cocktail Dress: Renna

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I was kinda lovin’ the Oscar De La Renta gowns with the high/low hem. That’s when I came up with the idea of having ruffles on the inside of the gown. I wanted to look for a strapless gown pattern with a sweetheart neckline. I found one on Simplicity’s website, Pattern #1606.

Bodice and Skirt

**Please excuse the legs. Quite the lady like look after years of Muay Thai Kickboxing and falling while running. Hence, the scars**

It’s okay that the ruffles weren’t sewn all the way up. The photographer is angling up slightly.  It would be one awkward moment if people actually kneeled down to look up into my skirt.

 The Process

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I started with this sketch idea

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Found the pattern and cut it out. Lengthened the skirt.

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Made the muslin, fit the muslin, changed some details then constructed the dress

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Voila! It isn’t exactly like the original sketch, but it’s very close. Things always change along the way for a number of reasons. It could be technical or aesthetic reasons, but as long as I love the final look, I feel accomplished.

Aside from the obvious differences between the pattern and the final dress -Ruffles, High/Low Hem, Fabric- There were additions to the inside of the gown. The bodice has more structure. I added hymo, siri, interfacing, hard and soft boning. The extra “padding” for the bodice is to create a built in corset so that the dress will stay up on its own. The beauty of creating a bespoke piece is so you’ll feel like a million bucks. That feeling can go a long way when you know everything was constructed to the best of your ability.

I feel like a super star.

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Photo Credit: Chris Dinerman

Birdcage Veil: Self Made

Shoes: Sigerson Morrison (old)

NEXT PROJECT: MINI SKIRT! STAY TUNED

A New York Moment

Photographer shooting the photographer - Le Boyfriend

Photo by Paul

It was a cold and rainy day in May yesterday but I had a great session with Chris Dinerman a.k.a Le Photographer.  Stay tuned for my first post of the DYO dress I made! Keep in touch through the “Patterned After” Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or right here on this blog. xo

Introduction to Patterned After

A few months ago, I was walking down the street with my boyfriend in the East Village (Okay yeah, there’s a point to this) It was still in the 30’s, so I was wearing my black wool G-Star coat that had a high collar, the cable slouchy burgundy beanie that I hand knitted, and knee high boots. Somehow I totally remember what I was wearing.  I told my boyfriend what he wore from head to toe during our first date. It’s a good thing he found that charming (There wasn’t really a point to this part except that I really like clothes and my boyfriend didn’t think I was crazy).

We were crossing 1st Avenue, over by Momofuku’s while I was telling him about my idea for this blog.  It was intended to show my step by step construction of a design that I made, beginning with a basic pattern. He loved the idea, and came up with the name that night – Patterned After. I thought it was perfect. At the time, it didn’t come into fruition because I was training for a Muay Thai competition. That left me no time at all.

Now that the competition is over, I am doing it!! I often think about how an artist does art just for the sake of creating. I on the other hand, do not brand myself an artist, but if I really loved doing what I did, then why not take the time to make it. It didn’t matter if I ever had an occasion for this piece of clothing. It only mattered that I did it. Stay tuned folks. It takes a while to make an item of clothing. The process is long, but the outcome is rewarding. If you’d like to see the progress,  there are a number of ways. Just click on the FB,  or Twitter links, or follow this blog. Thanks for stopping by!