Thursday, April 28, 2011

A Reverse

 In the past, my closet held too many ill fitting tee-shirts (i.e. tight) and slightly over sized pants.  Now, however, the tables have been turned and a more fitted pant and billowy tops currently grace my hangers.  Due in part, perhaps, to a more ample knowledge of sewing techniques and the love of a french seam, these wispy garments certainly now catch my eye, and especially when paired with a fancy printed bottom. I would like to state, for the record...I do NOT believe leggings should be worn as pants.  That being said, I do like pairing the leggings I make with other pieces and even a simple black stretch pant can be classy with a gauzy color blocked top.

Some favorites:

Loving a good suspender pant and a lacy legging
Shirred Sleeve Chiffon Tunic
Breezy days call for a draped blouse or printed tunic
Insight Reality Bites Legging
Can't wait to add a spring floral and a pop of bright

From syang18.  Makes me want to grab a parasol and go boating

I'm a bit camera-shy, but it seems to be the thing to do to take pictures of one's own day to day outfits and show them.  It makes sense because we pick up on style tips from looking at each other, so if you have good taste and know how to put yourself together, you might as well share!  I'll see what I can do...

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tassled Collection- Coming Soon!

Here it inspiration for my first collection (outside of college-work): tassels and lace.  Okay, so not "those" kind of tassels- and not "that" kind of lace.  Think more 1920's and 30's Great Gatsby whimsy (minus the drama).  Neutrals with a pop of color to make it modern, and seaming that draws the eye to important elements of the design.  I have always been enamored with this era of fashion, and I keep coming back to it when I think about what I would like to do for an actual collection.  So here are some inspirations I am using to get started.  Enjoy!
How could you not love a metallic/matte tassel garland?
Oh Martha, yes, please teach me how to tassel
These look like something my grandmother would have tatted.  Love.
 Filtered soft light from sheer fabrics makes me happy
I may have to make a stop at the Mission Road Antique Mall in KC
Vintage spoon patterns

Could this throwback to heirloom be due to excessive wedding idea searching?  Perhaps.  But I maintain that nothing really goes out of style and this particular era has always intrigued me.  Some of my most treasured vintage items are Grandpa's old cigar boxes filled with buttons that Grandma can pinpoint which of her mother's custom garments they came off of, and great-grandma's tattered small hatbox from a Las Vegas hat shop, which contains various black and white family photos.  These will be my starting point.  Being that I can be difficult to motivate sometimes, I think this collection's time has come.  And I promise...I won't give up this time!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

67 and Counting

67. The number of days until my wedding!  67? You might be thinking, what's so special about 67?  Well, nothing really, but I happen to like that number, and therefore decided to celebrate it.  This is a mostly DIY shindig, but it will be spectacular, of course!  The theme is based on bird silhouettes and wood cuts and is turning out to be such a harmonious process.  I have yet to figure out why people think weddings are such a stressful event...but that could be because I am not at 2 days until the Big Day yet.  We'll see though, because I don't believe in worrying about the production of it.  We're there to have a good time!  On a shopping note:  I absolutely LOVE our favors which come from a favorite Etsy shop of mine, where they gather the wood cut from forests and re-use it before it is taken to be burned.

Love Bird Rainbow Wood Tree Magnets - Set of 10  Individual Packages 
Awesome favors from Monkeys On The Roof
I hand-stamped the wording on the tags and added some sparkle with gems and a little glue
Other Favorite Wedding Purchases:
return address stamp - simple - custom calligraphy
From Primele
(This was great for return addressing the save-the-dates, invitations, and reply cards!)
What Color Are Your Wooden Star House Love Birds
(Cake Toppers! Stuart wanted to make them kiss, so they will be smooching on top of the cake)
Teal Paper Bird Mobile Kit
(To be hung from the ceiling at the Reception along with the tulle poms in the picture below)
RESERVED for tonidunderdale - Bulk order Large Tulle Pom Pom Balls - Unique handmade decorations, 12 inch diameter, 34 color choices. Perfect for weddings, parties, home decor

I can't show you everything, or it wouldn't be a surprise!  I do admit to being a professional Etsy shopper/buyer.  However, I WILL be starting my own Etsy store after the wedding, which will include one-of-a-kind garments and hair adornments.  Because I currently live in anywhere from 2-3 places at the moment, this will have to happen, post-wedding.  Please stay tuned for updates regarding this it will be taking flight as soon as possible!  For now, I have a wedding to plan and a wonderful man to marry, so that's been on the brain for the last couple months.  However, in my search for all things unique for a wedding, I have found many more inspirations that I imagined.  My goal is to sketch and write down as many of these as possible because I refuse to lose that drive to create.  My fellow designers can attest to that :)     

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Dipping a Toe in the Blog Pool... I did you can see, I have started my very own, personal (yet shared with the world), exciting, new, blog!  I hope to share my likes, adventures, and projects with all ONE of you following this (thanks mom!).  I have recently come to discover that I also have an inkling toward photography, so those of you professionals who stumble across this fledgling blog, don't hate...   
I have been out of creative touch for a bit and am yearning to snatch it back as fast as possible, as I have had SO many inspirations coming to me, that I can't get them down on paper quick enough!  My sewing has also been put on the back burner for about a year now, but I will be part of a fashion show in the fall, so it will start humming again soon!  I'm really looking forward to getting back in the spirit!!  This will, most likely, happen post-planning a major family get-together, also known as my wedding.  My future husband is totally awesome and has been my biggest supporter.  I can't wait to marry him!  This blog mostly stems from the encouragement I have received to continue to pursue my dreams, without always having to be someone's assistant first.