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.

Transformation

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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!

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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Father’s Day Gift Idea – World’s Greatest Pop

I’m not really one of those people who writes craft tutorials (because 99% of the things I make come from online tutorials), but here is an easy one I just finished and thought it was worth sharing.

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Staying true to the mantra “Good artists steal, bad artists copy,” I got the “World’s Greatest Pop” icon from The Gunny Sack: http://www.thegunnysack.com/free-printables

But everything else was my own.  Here is the template I used:

WORLD’S GREATEST POP  (Just click on it and a Word doc should pop up.)

The two long strips are used to wrap around the box and the shorter strips wrap around the bottles.  For the bow tie, you cut out the strip, measure it around the neck of the bottle, tape it into a ring, and then tape the ring onto the cut out bow tie.

I used a 4 pack of Cheerwine soda for mine (you can get them at Walmart where I’m from), but I’m sure the template would fit any bottled 4 pack soda.  The strips that wrap around the bottles are long enough for the fatter IBC Root Beer bottles, but the longer strips would not be long enough to wrap around a 6 pack box (although you could adapt it to work).

 

So this is what my family is doing for Father’s Day 🙂  We are also going to put notes inside for why our dad is “The World’s Greatest Pop.”

Have fun prepping for Father’s Day!

Ode to Illustrator

This post isn’t much of an ode, but the title has a nice ring to it.

I downloaded my free trial of Adobe Illustrator this week.

I needed something to keep my blood pumping.

I don’t know how I got through high school designing with Microsoft Word.  (Don’t worry, I knew enough to stay away from Word Art…)

Here are a couple things I have been working on to keep me sane this summer.

Let me know what you think!

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On the Concept of “Personal Promotion”

Here are more photos from my beach excursion.

But first, a little rant:

Let me be the first to say that I know I am not a great model.  And I know that my mom is not a great photographer.

But we had fun, and I’m a proponent of being more real on the Internet.  Not all of our photos have to be glamour shots or photoshopped or filtered.

Here is a good quote from a video called The Innovation of Loneliness*:

“So what is the problem in having a conversation?

Well, it takes place in real time, and you can’t control what you’re going to say. And that is the bottom line.

Texting, email, posting. All of these things let us present the self as we want it to be. We get to edit, and that means we get to delete. Instead of building true friendships, we’re obsessed with endless personal promotion. Investing hours on end building our profile, pursuing the optimal order of words in our next message, choosing the pictures in which we look our best. All of which is meant to serve as a desirable image of who we are.”

I guess I can’t write a blog post without it being a form of “personal promotion,” but these are pictures of me being me.  Actually, I was trying to be someone I wasn’t**, but it didn’t work.  They all came out as just me.  Little, awkward, cute, silly me.  (And don’t forget Rupert, the elephant.)

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*Quote originally from this TED Talk.

**I never wear my hair like that, I never wear sweatshirts to the beach, I hate wearing sunglasses, I hate sitting crosslegged, and I hate playing in the sand.