Midterm project for college. 120 faces of Bristol paper, cut by hand, spray-painted bronze, with cream tissue paper interfacing. Shall be gracing my dorm with light in the fall, after I get it back from the summer student art exhibit ^_^
Nautical inspired high waist skirt...which actually always ends up on my normal waist cause my body is oddly proportioned like that >_< High waist, 4 white button detail, three bottom lines of topstitching on hem, full pleated skirt... came out just how I wanted <3 Now that it's been finished, i'm debating adding in hidden pocket- who doesn't love pockets?? ^_^
.:Edit:. On a side note, my necklace is also part of my upcycled collection... the questionmark heart was part of an amazing vintage earring I found at a garage sale..how fantastic is it!
One of the dresses from my recycled fashion show/senior project last fall <3
Made from a vintage dress shirt given to the girl in the photo (who also modeled it in my fashion show), by the wife of her mentor after he died... it meant a lot to her to be able to wear it on a day-to-day basis, and seeing as we've been friends for 12 years, it meant a lot to me to do that for her
As I said before, this was made from a single dress shirt, six buttons from the shirt and less than a yard of ribbon....I dare you to figure out which part of the dress is which part of the shirt
Full View of the Dress
Dress, Hair, Makeup, and Photography by yours truly Special thanks to my model Arielle
The necklace I made for my boyfriend's sister's graduation present She loved it, and I'm quite fond of it too, haha... I experimented a bit with the clasp, and made it so that you clip it in the front- I think I like it better that way.
Made for my friend (shown modeling), as her graduation present. = ]
open back, classic front silhouette, hardware detail, exposed zipper...
.:EDIT:. I felt compelled to give a little more background information on this dress, and it's inspiration... My friend, Sarah, is an amazing person. She's not just a very real person, she is extremely talented- she acts, models, sings, plays piano, writes music, and most importantly, was obsessed with the violin.
I met Sarah last summer, a year to the day after she had been in a terrible car accident that mangled her left arm and hand, making it impossible for her to ever play the violin again. The accident didn't just take that away- to this day, she can't open bottles, can't turn door handles, sometimes can't button jeans or shirts, and on and on the list goes.
When she turned 18, she got her first tattoo- the one shown, the curves of a violin in the center of her back. As I sat next to her in the tattoo parlor, I started sketching the idea for this dress. I wanted something that would accentuate the thing that meant the most to her. I wanted her to look hot, rock it, and above all, love it.
Judging by her tears when she put it on, she did.
fully separating exposed zipper
side and back detail
dress designed, drafted, & constructed by yours truly makeup & photography by yours truly
That was my thought. Quite literally. A whopping 10 days before prom, I decide to make my prom gown.
...one of my own designs, all corset and draping...
..without a pattern...
...with no prior corset making experience...
...never having drafted a pattern before, and only making something USING a pattern ONCE...
....yeeeeaaaaahhhh, I'm a smart one. >_<
So a week later, many pin stabs, a roll of duct tape, 3 yards of white matte jersey, and 1/2 a yard of black canvas later, this was born:
Close up of top:
The skirt is actually convertible, it sweeps up into a super cute asymmetrical draped skirt so as not to be in the way while dancing My date/ best friend was of course adorable as usual <3 Originally, the dress had white draping at the top for the arms, but he liked it better without it, and being the quintessential gay best friend that he is, said that it made my figure more prominent -rolls eyes-. He's so silly. Also asked me to wear my flat lace up sandals instead of heels, so that he could be taller, haha. But it was his prom, so I humored him- hence the reason my dress is too long, since I hemmed it for my 3 inch heels I will be adding back the sleeves as I intend to wear it for my graduation...
My senior project was a charity recycled/reconstructed fashion show...this is one of the dresses from it:
What I started with...
Hideous thrift store find. Fell in love with the colour though, and HAD to have it. = ] Chopped up the front piece, braided it into a strap, changed the neckline from a scoop to a sweetheart, made it into a bubble skirt, and added a corset style back.
Thanks to my adorable model, for whom the dress was made, and who was kind enough to model not just for about a thousand pictures, but also in my show = ] much love <3
It was a dreary, melancholy day in January. The bitter winds whipped around our house, tugging at the sides. A stack of textbooks sat leering at me, daring me to draw closer. Resisting the almost overwhelming desire to delve into calculus, physics, and latin, I retreated to my sanctuary to harness my creative flow.