Hello readers! I haven’t written to you all in a while! Allison and I FINALLY got to hang out this past weekend, and we, of course, chose the most uncomfortable day wear possible so that we could take some cutesy pictures in Nashville for you guys. And hey guess what? I’m buying myself a fancy camera soon. I had a lot of fun taking pictures and have been learning tons from Allison and Nicholas. So maybe there’s an almost photographer in me after all? Or at least someone who seeks out better lighting.
All of the photos from today were taken by either Allison or I, or of course, the self-timer. Hence our funny faces in a few of them.
I have tons more to say about today; so check it out on my blog when I get yet another review of Nashville up and running.
WELL. Let me just tell you.
I picked up a second job at a coffee shop mid-March, which I added to my cupcake position. Neither one had many hours, so it was a pretty easy decision. After kicking the savings into high gear, we went to CHItown. Yep, the ol’ Windy City is alive and well. We spent hours in Sephora, days walking, and the entire week shopping between Huntsville >> Louisville >> Cincinnati >> and finally CHICAGO. This, of course is not a real recap of our visit; we are saving that for when Allison comes down to visit in a few weeks (EEKKK).
Oh right. I forgot that unless you’re following her blog (which you all should), you probably don’t know where Mrs. Allison has gone. She took a position as a full-time baker and weaving specialist. At a camp. With cool people. In the mountains. Do I sound jealous? Because I’m trying my hardest to hide it! :)
Three days after returning from the Windy City (completely lived up to its name), Allison drove up to North Carolina to have one of the best summers ever. But don’t fret, I’ve been busy down here, as well! Too busy, in fact. I got an internship at a small military publication, quit the cupcake biz, and took on both the internship and the coffee shop full-time. Yeppers, that’s only…70-80 hours a week. Needless to say, 14 hour days were not suiting me, and I am dropping down to 25 hours or less at the coffee shop. So only 65 hours or less. Which really isn’t as bad as it sounds. I’m finding ways to keep occupied.
In less than a month, Allison will be returning home for a couple of days; I reserved one of them, of course, and if the car ride won’t be too terribly much, we will head on up to Nashville for a fancy dinner, some fun photos, shopping, and girl time.
And there’s a recap of the past three months in under 500 words. Want to see some pictures or get a more detailed look at what we’ve been doing? Check out our [other] blogs!
Wow. Coming up with a mini-collection that is coherent in purpose, and cohesive in design is so much harder than you would expect! Especially since most of our materials came from scrap fabrics we already owned and items that we purchased for practically nothing at various thrift stores. Here is our finished product, which was graciously photographed by Allison’s brother-in-law, who did a fantastic job!
Our main purpose was to create a ready-to-wear line for the Spring that would be multifunctional as the seasons pass, and one that would easily be interchangeable if it was all owned by the same purpose. We tied all of the looks together with using similar prints in our fabrics, utilizing small details (such as buttons matching), and highlighting the back of the clothing as much as the front, which we did by creating interesting shapes with our fabric.
As you can see, this dress has gone through a lot of changes! We originally began work on it with the new year, and wound up dismantling the entire thing and beginning from scratch due to the excess fabric. From start-to-finish, this has been a joint collaboration on design, fit, and production. Luckily, our amazing manager, Amanda volunteered to model for us in the show, and as a thanks, we let her have the dress, because let’s face it–it looks amazing on her!
Oh, the infamous “Michael Jackson” pants. Or that’s what we named them when I initially modeled them–they were at least a size 20, completely covered in gold sequins, and originally purchased by us from UAL for a mere $15.00. Luckily, Allison saw their potential and grabbed them up! We added a beautiful silk insert in front to create a fuller bottom, and a smaller insert from scrap sequined fabric in the front of the skirt. The shirt she is wearing was made from a black lace purchased from our trip to SIRS, and some leftover satin that Allison had. The idea for the shape came from a shirt that she previously owned, and my final reaction once the outfit was completed: “you look so Free People.”
We don’t have a previous post for this skirt, but let me just describe it for you–calf-length/beige/white and pink triangle pattern/irregular pleats. Sounds awful, yes? Not to Allison, who fell in love with the fabric and its resemblance to the original red dress. So we got to work. This skirt came with an equally hideous shirt that will be in the next look, but just imagine ALL OVER BEIGE. Until we worked with it. We shortened the skirt and decided that once it was a more flattering length, it didn’t need much else work. The tank was made from the same lace and satin as the shirt that Allison wore, and therefore complimented both of the previous outfits. We wound up just purchasing a bra, because we unfortunately ran out of time to just make one. Overall, though, I like the look of it. As one of the other models observed, “It’s a pretty naked–not a skanky naked.”
“The Granny Shirt” that came with the previous beige skirt. It seemed to need a lot of work, but it had hidden potential! I first turned the shirt around, creating the same high boat neck we had in our previous ensembles, then cut the collar off, and mimicked the small bar across the back to hold it together. The shorts are made from the same satin we used in the other two tops, and I used leather panels on the side to add a little bit of textural detail. The shorts were made completely from scratch, but like with the other items that we began and finished of our own accord, without purchasing and up-cycling, I used a pair of shorts that I already owned as a guide for creating a pattern.
After the show, we walked out in the outfits that we made for ourselves, feeling quite accomplished as models and designers, and we were greeted with so much encouragement from the guests and the Flymo frequenters. There was a mini reception full of wine, cheese, and chocolate, and Allison and I returned home for a girl’s night with homemade Sangria and Sex & The City. AND SLEEP.
These pictures are from the Anti-Fashion Show that was held here in Huntsville at the local community art center, The Flying Monkey. Allison and I participated with nearly 20 other designers to put together a show that was both entertaining and fashionable, because let’s face it–fashion shows can be a bit boring at times. Some of the best performances from the night included a dress that incorporated bubble wrap, a set of coordinated hula hoop dancers, several pieces of clothing made from household items including packing material (other than the bubble wrap!), loofahs, and a whole slew of vintage wear from the Flymo’s very own Karma Rags.
My favorite part of the evening, since we were all stuck in the back room (we doubled as models) was the music; the band did a great job of creating a beat that was fun and easy to walk to and that had a different feel depending on the outfit. Pictures of mine and Allison’s designs are to come!
Just a little smidge of how our little photo shoot with the fantastic Nicholas Franklin. There are more to come! And did you see our lovely new header? Because Allison’s sister-in-law, Joanna made it for us. Let’s just say we have lovely friends.
Don’t worry, readers! We have not abandoned you! We are working nonstop on the Anti-Fashion show, and are trying to come up with better ways to schedule posts, refine our topics, and just be awesome.
We’ve been working like crazy on the pieces for the anti-fashion show in between birthday celebrations (pictures to come) and homework and work-work. Yesterday we had the first rehearsal and walk through, which went well but got our nerves up. Wednesday we need to have our pieces completely finished and we will have our second rehearsal. We still have a decent amount of work to do but it’s coming along. Eryn and I both had a crummy day today but we went to Bandito for lunch, had some coffee and sat down to the sewing machine and pin cushions and got to work. I think we accomplished more in the few hours we had today than in the last week combined. We have all of our outfits figured out and are nearly finished with half of them…. well it’s better off than we were last week! Here is a preview:
(doesn’t this remind you of Peter Pan’s shadow? I love it!)