Monday, January 31, 2011

Boxing Kitten

My own personal style tends to be a bit on the drab side, mostly due to laziness. This year, I am hoping to be more creative and also to create more, including making clothes for myself! With that aim, I will keep looking for inspiration in the hopes that I can find that balance between minimal (my usual choice) and adventurous.

Brooklyn-based label Boxing Kitten is definitely way too loud for my personal style, but on other people I think their clothes look fun and vibrant. Here are some looks from their Spring/Summer 2011 and Resort 2010 collections. What do you think?
According to family lore, my great great grandmother, Marie Viola Lanteigne, from Canada, was Micmac, which is an Algonquian tribe. It may be for that reason that I have always enjoyed Native American motifs. When I was a kid growing up in Northeastern United States, we used to love going to the Trading Post to buy moccasins and other accessories with beads and fringe on them. In fact, I wish I still fit into my moccasins, because they are in fashion!

Today I watched a profile on the etsy video podcast about a 91-year-old woman named Mabel Pike, who makes beaded moccasins in her tribe's traditions, my heart melted. I think yours will too!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Monday, January 24, 2011

A friend of mine gave me a few yards of heavy grey wool. I wasn't really sure what to make with it because the only real outerwear I've made was a men's jacket. Also, my current wool coat is grey and I just got it last year, so I still like it. So I decided to do two things: first, to dye the wool green. Second, to make a cape with it! Well, strictly speaking, not a cape, but a cape-like garment with sleeves, because for practicality I need to be able to wear my backpack with it. Basically, if it were a regular cape, I'd barely ever wear it. My goal was to make something free and easy, comfortable and effortless. But then as I got to looking at other cape designs and drawing, I kind of got off the path. Because I also like designs with a structured element. So now I'm not sure what the heck I'm going to do! I started draping, but then I stopped and am stuck in indecision.

My first pass dying the wool came out too light, so as soon as I have a couple extra euro to get more dye, I will try a second take. In the meantime hopefully this weekend I can decide where I'm going with it and get the pattern finished!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

So I read more fashion blogs than is probably good for me. This post caught my eye because Geren Ford designs clothes I wish I owned, and that I wish I felt I could wear. I am of below-average height and average weight, and so oftentimes I convince myself that oversized or slouchy clothes won't work on me because it'll make me look like I'm hiding something under those swathes of fabric. So I tend to wear more fitted and/or tailored clothes (not too tailored, since I don't find that flattering either). I'd like to see some of these pieces on a non-model's figure:
Greetings to my TWO followers! Hopefully this number will grow in 2011 because I intend to ramp it up a notch this year. First and foremost, I am working! For a fashion non-profit, no less!

"The aim of the Rediscover Fashion project is to demonstrate the potential for textiles recycling, reuse and recovery in Ireland and highlight the environmental, social and economic benefits. The project seeks to raise the profile of recycled, reconstructed and repurposed clothing, and like all of the Centre’s resource recovery projects, urges everyone to rediscover the value of waste."

Here's a link to shots from their last fashion show: Spring/Summer 2010

And if you are in the Dublin area and you have a garment you want altered or redesigned, here's a link to our alteration service: ReAlter

I am a part time assistant in the studio, and having just completed my first week there, I am completely pumped and ready to breath new life in my fashion pursuits. So expect LOTS more posts, drawings, inspiration, and finished projects to be posted here! (Exclamation points make it true!)

We have a big Fashion Show coming up at the Guinness Factory on April 21st. It's a free event, but you need to book in advance. More details on that to follow. So if you're in Dublin (or plan to be on 21.4) save the date!