Week 8: Setup/Sketch

Pretty simple theme this week, design a look around one of the elements—wind, water, air or fire.  I was totally going to do heart, as suggested, but realised that it would probs end up too much like Dsquared2.  So I decided to go with air. I’m kind of thinking about like, Mercury/Hermes and the wing shoe things and swift messenger. Reffing lightly the silhouettes of ladies in the ’40s who worked on planes, sort of.  Maybe it’s too superhero-y, but shit—that’s what I like! Eat it convention! (now I just…

Week 7: Setup/Sketch

Oh man! Kind of stoked about this week’s challenge: making something with materials sourced from a hardware store. Plus! An accessory.  Shoot, I have pretty much tonnes of that sort of thing lying about already.  Rock. Probs using primarily the beautiful stuff known as fiberglass window screen, which I do have a small roll of (sourced from a screen door I found on the side of the road years ago), though I totally bought another roll when I saw they were only five bucks.  Fun! Also! Splurged (all of another…

Week 6: Finished!

In the spirit of actually enjoying myself with this challenge I used mostly knits.  Also they were on sale and I cannot resist on-sale knits.  This was also so Murray could have a real shirt that he could slip on over his giant head, unlike the dickie-attached-to coat ensemble he came in.  In the same vein I decided against buttons on the vest—if this was for a real kid the less formal look of it would work pretty well. I was happily surprised by how well the ruffley neck bits…

Week 6: Setup/Sketch

Ugh, I have been getting my pride caught up in this when, like, DUH, I am not a seamstress and this is supposed to be fun.  Thank the fates for this next challenge—designing something for a 5-9 year old and—surprise! (not)—a complementary look for the accompanying model. So, I do not know children.  I know a couple of babies, but despite their recent frightening increase in mobility, school-age kids they’re not.  How to go about the challenge?  Well, I have smart friends.  And a muppet. Murray and I have a…

Week 5: Finished!

Ugh, I am sick of “make a pretty dress” challenges.  I deviated from my sketch out of boredom and nearly ennui’d myself into sewing a shit pile.  No more zippers ever.  Is that okay?  After this any pretty dress challenge is going to get the sewing equivalent of cold connections.  Here’s my pattern plot for the dress.  I didn’t even thumbnail sketch the changed idea, I just went straight to the pattern, as is my normal way of doing things: So, eye catching and spring.  How’s pink and bright blue? …