DIY: Men’s to Women’s Shirt

I went shopping today, and all the styles and colors and patterns that I was looking for kept showing up in the men’s section of stores. So I went for it and bought a men’s shirt. This project was great motivation to get me excited about sewing again. After shortening the hem, taking in the back with some darts, and tacking down rolled up sleeves, I turned this baggy men’s shirt into a nice, fitted women’s shirt.

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Provo Fashion Week Recap

I did it! Provo Fashion Week has been conquered.

It was quite the experience. I have grand plans in my head of writing a series of very detailed posts about the whole ordeal, from start to finish, but we will see if I ever have time to make that come to fruition. For now, a brief recap and some pictures will suffice.

For those of you who don’t know, I designed and sewed six full outfits (accessories included) for a local fashion show. That’s the summarized version. haha.

Before the models came out on the runway, the audience heard the intro to Circle of Life, which automatically triggered a feeling of anticipation. As the music transitioned into Shakira’s Waka Waka (This Time for Africa), these two heartthrobs walked out.

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Notice the reactions of the people in the audience. I was the only designer who had children models, and they definitely stole the show.

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They didn’t want to hold hands at first, but they secretly loved it.

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This super star wants to be a fashion designer when she grows up.

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Funny story. Those shorts were made for me, a 20-year-old girl. He is a 10-year-old boy. Also, he rolled his eyes the whole time on the runway. haha.

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My favorite ensemble in my collection.

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This one doesn’t have anything to do with Africa, but I really wanted to make a tulle skirt.

And that is my collection!

Made in America.

This is my roommate Natalie. She loves America. And she owns a typewriter from the 70s. What more could you want?

She is also one of my models for the upcoming Provo Fashion Week. See her rocking one of my outfits on February 27th at 7:30 pm in the Provo City Library! [Tickets are available here.]

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Gray Maxi

I love this skirt because it is a classy maxi. It has a subtle sheen to it that makes me feel feminine without going over the top.

Photo Credits go to Francis Photography. She’s the best!

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Pano Skirt

This pencil skirt is made out of fabric straight from Africa. Props to my brother for bringing home the best kind of souvenir.

Photo credit to Francis Photography. Check out her Facebook page here!

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Elsa Skirt

Am I the only one who has a perpetual list of things I want in my wardrobe someday? Well two of those things on that list for me were a hi-low skirt and a blue ombré dress or skirt. When I found this fabric over the summer, I knew exactly what to make out of it! I like to call it my Elsa skirt, for obvious reasons.

Thank you to Francis Photography for the fun shoot!

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I solemnly swear that I am up to no good…

I never knew that I could get a sewing injury until I got one.

Two days before I went to Florida for Christmas break, I was sewing an elephant sweatshirt, and the needle on my machine went through my finger!

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Thankfully it sounds worse than it actually was. This tragic event has not deterred me from sewing.

In other news, I made a mood board/inspiration board for Provo Fashion Week. I don’t know if you can tell from these pictures or not, but I am going with a minimalistic, African theme.

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And I just finished sewing a shirt! The first one I have ever made.

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Announcement.

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I’m going to be a designer for Provo Fashion Week!

What is Provo Fashion Week, you ask? You can read all about it here: http://www.provofashionweek.com/

Basically, I will be designing and sewing 6 outfits (at least) from top to bottom that will be on models on a runway. I will be in the Up-and-Coming Designer show on February 27th at the Provo City Library. I have never done anything like this before, but it is going to be awesome!

If you are interested in seeing some of my previous work, check out the fashion tab on this blog. 🙂

Minimalist Challenge: The Capsule Wardrobe

When I came to college, two (of many) things happened.

  1. My interest in fashion increased.
  2. My interest in minimalism increased.

To satisfy my increased interest in fashion, I began designing and sewing more clothes that fit my style and my body.

To satisfy my interest in minimalism, I mostly just read articles and blogs on the internet about what other people have done to live a simpler life. Their ideas all sounded nice and dandy, but I was pretty intimidated by their level of commitment. I was never motivated enough to try out any of their ideas.

That changed when I came across a blog called “Unfancy” and learned about the idea of a capsule wardrobe. It’s basically a minimalist wardrobe challenge where you wear the same 40 pieces of clothing for a season (3 months). The 40 pieces include tops, bottoms, shoes, dresses, and outerwear. They do not include workout clothes or underwear.

I like this idea because you don’t necessarily have to get rid of your clothes forever, but you can get them out of your closet. Also, as I was cleaning out my closet to do this challenge, I realized I don’t wear much more than 40 pieces anyway, so it is not too extreme for me. I can also customize it to fit my lifestyle. Instead of having 40 pieces, I have 30 pieces for sure that I am allowed to wear. Then I gave myself a 10 piece buffer for Sunday clothes and other clothes that I’m not sure if I want/need in my wardrobe or not.

I am excited to see if I can follow through with this challenge for 3 months. Maybe I will even post outfits every once in a while. Anybody want to be my fashion photographer???

Today I’m 20!

Hooray! Today is my birthday! I will give you details on my day later. After all the partying is over 😉

This post is a really a follow up to my mom’s last blog post: http://neverbored08.blogspot.com/2014/09/happy-birthday-darling-daughter.html

I got a sewing machine for my birthday so that I can hopefully continue this fun hobby that I have been developing since I was maybe ten. I honestly can’t pinpoint the first time I ever used a sewing machine. I remember making beanie babies with my mom when I was really young, but the first time I remember using a sewing machine independently was making little pencil pouches and purses with Stephanie when I was like nine or ten.

Obviously, my latest interest has been fashion. Here are all the skirts I have accumulated over the years that either my mom or I have made from scratch (with the exception of the tribal print one, which we hemmed):

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These are the two dresses we lengthened:

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And this is the dress where we added fabric behind the lace so it wouldn’t be see-through:

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Being a petite Mormon, maybe my sewing hobby developed out of necessity, but it sure has been worth it!