Archive for November, 2014

Mixing and Matching Fabrics

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Since I love the dress that I made my mom out of fabrics that didn’t really match, I was inspired to make myself a similar dress.

Here are the results (all using leftover fabrics from other projects):

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Star Struck at Tucson Fashion Week 2014

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Look at who all I got to meet and talk with during Tucson Fashion Week 2014!!!!!!!!!!

Some people go crazy over sport’s players. Some go ga-ga over movie stars. Some flip at meeting novelists. Me? I go nuts over Fashion Designers and Professional Ballet Dancers. So, imagine how excited I was to meet these people at Tucson Fashion Week 2014: Daniel Esquivel, Peach Carr, Bert Keeter, Mila Hermanovski, Korto Momolu (and baby Cameron), David Zyla, and model Camerone Parker!

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Meeting Peach Carr!

Friday, November 14th, 2014

I saw Peach Carr from not too far away several times during the second and third night’s of Tucson Fashion Week 2014, but I didn’t get to actually meet her until Daniel introduced me to her. Peach, well, what can I say? She is super, super cool! She’s adorable and tiny. Look at how tall I look next to her and I’m only 5’3.25″! Her style is super cool and I absolutely loved her collection. I particularly liked the textured fabric that she used, and the fact that she was wearing her own designs. I was lucky enough to get a pair of Peach Carr earrings, too! I adore her logo. It looks just like her! I’ve been thinking about what my own logo should look like, and I want mine to be just as cool as hers.

I stood and talked with Peach for at least five minutes (maybe more) one-on-one! She and I instantly bonded and she not only gave me a hug, but she welcomed me to become her Facebook friend. She was so sweet and kind. It was amazing to meet her.

Meeting Daniel Esquivel!

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Remember the designer with the amazing mustache on Project Runway? Yes, that’s right! Daniel Esquivel!

I first met Daniel when Korto Momolu introduced me to him on the second night of Tucson Fashion Week 2014. His first words to me were, “Teagan, I love your style!” Yes, I was giddy with excitement! He’d even remembered my name from when David Zyla had me walk the runway that night!

Daniel has been amazingly, super-duper, incredibly nice to me. He invited me and my mom backstage on the third night of Tucson Fashion Week 2014 where I got to see AND TOUCH some of his incredible designs. He told me some secrets about what fabrics he used and what techniques he used with the fabrics he chose. I found him incredibly inspirational and I can’t wait to learn more from him. Unfortunately, the time backstage went so quickly that we didn’t get any photos. Let me tell you though, it was amazing! I look forward to showing my own collection alongside of amazing designers like Daniel!

I spent quite a bit of time on the second and third night’s of Tucson Fashion Week 2014 talking with Daniel. He is full of such interesting information, and he mentioned that he’s planning on coming back in 2015!

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Here I am with the famous fashion designers Daniel Esquivel, Peach Carr, AND Bert Keeter! Talk about lucky me!

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Inspirations from my Fabric Stash: Dress #3 for Mom (orange, brown, red mix)

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

For the third night of Tucson Fashion Week 2014, I was super low on fabrics that I knew my mom would actually wear (she’s particular about what colors she is willing to wear, especially since she has red hair). I also didn’t have a lot of time. So, what I made was something I might never have made under any other circumstances. I didn’t have any single fabric that could make an entire dress. What I had, didn’t even look like it would match each other: a bright orange, a bright red and orange print, and a soft brown see-through print. Mixing and matching, and mixing and matching, I came up with this fun and unique idea.

That said, I absolutely love how it turns out. Mom does, too! She actually got a lot of compliments on this simple dress. My sister, Zoe, made the knotted necklace out of the remaining little bits of see-through brown paisley fabric. The dress has since inspired me to make a couple of very interesting dresses for myself.

Here are a few photos of the dress I made for my mom to wear on the third night of Tucson Fashion Week:

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Inspirations from NYC: Green ZigZag Dress

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

On the second night of Tucson Fashion Week 2014, I made a dress that was inspired by Central Park in New York City. My mom and I went to Central Park together while we were in NYC this past summer. We saw it briefly one evening, but then spent a few hours wandering around in it on a Saturday. It was a beautiful day. The weather was perfect. Thousands of other people were also wandering around, including several bridal parties and Big Bird himself.

What I liked best about the park were the plants, although the bridges were pretty, too.

Here is the photo that I took and used as inspiration:

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As you can see, it’s mostly green with just a little bit of purple.

Here is the drawing that I made:

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As you can see, I was originally planning on using a lot more purple that what I ended up using. At my favorite fabric store, SAS Fabrics in Tucson, I scoured the fabrics, searching for the perfect greens to use. I was originally planning on either making stripes out of serged thread, or out of ribbons/cut strips of fabric. But, when I found a zig-zag green material, that was it! After making the dress, I decided that adding a purple border would be too much, so I didn’t add that feature. I did add a flower, but then I took it off at the suggestion of my Facebook fans. The purple ribbon sash I made was sufficient.

Here is the final result. The photos are taken by my friend, Peg Raisglid. She is the owner of Lovin’ Spoonfuls Cafe in Tucson, Arizona.

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The dress cost about $5 to make and took a couple of hours. The ribbon belt was about 1/100th of a 99cent grab bag that I’d also purchased at SAS Fabrics (about a year ago). The bracelet was made by my sister, Zoe, when she was about ten. The shoes are also my sister’s. Wearing them was a last minute decision, and I’m glad I did it. I think the styling looks funky and cool with these shoes, but when I put on heels it didn’t really work for me.

I’m extremely happy with how this dress turned out. I received a lot of compliments on it. The Arizona Daily Star took a photo of my mom and me on this night that they posted on their tucson.com website.

In fact, this is the dress that made it so that I met the Project Runway designers, too! (Thanks to David Zyla for calling me out in this dress!) I’m calling it my “good luck” dress.

Walking on the Runway & Meeting David Zyla, #tfw2014 Night 2

Monday, November 10th, 2014

I love every aspect of fashion shows from the designers to the models to the styling to the speakers. I’ve auditioned for modeling roles several times now, as I really enjoy being on stage. I’ve never gotten the part though because they’ve always either been looking for an adult, or looking for someone significantly taller than me. I’m okay with this, but I’ve always wanted to walk a real runway!

The guest speaker for the second night of Tucson Fashion Week 2014 was Emmy Award-Winning Stylist & Best-Selling Author David Zyla. He is famous for so many things, it’s hard to pick just a few to list.

Before he made his presentation, he picked out (and “stalked” according to him) the five “best dressed” people of the evening. Imagine my utter SHOCK when I was called to come and walk the runway! Talk about a dream come true! I was told that my green dress was perfect for my coloring and that my archetype is the Mysterious Mermaid, according to David’s book “Color Your Style: How to Wear Your True Colors.” I’ve since read this book, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in fashion, coloring, and style.

To find out more about what that all means and what archetype you are, you’ll just have to buy David Zyla’s book!

Here I am with David Zyla. Yes, I got his autograph! :)

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Meeting Korto Momolu!

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Admit it, you have favorites from Project Runway! Who doesn’t? Well, when a few of my favorites were scheduled to come to Tucson for Tucson Fashion Week 2014, you’d better believe that I was going to be there!

Much to my surprise, five Project Runway designers were not only showing on the third night, but they were attending the second night.

I first saw Korto Momolu. She was sitting about five rows away from my mom and me, and she was remarkably alone during an intermission. So, I went up and talked to her!

Korto is even prettier in real life than she is on television. Her baby, Cameron, is so very, very cute. Korto could not have been friendlier, or more supportive about my fashion designing aspirations. She gave me tips on how to become a fashion designer. I will definitely be taking her advice!

Most exciting of all though is that she liked my dress and styling, and she introduced me to Daniel Esquivel!

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Inspirations from my Fabric Stash: Dress #1 for Mom (oranges and teals)

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

With Tucson Fashion Week just a week and a half away, my mom went to Target and bought herself a dress! Needless to say, I was a little (okay, a lot!) disappointed. I happen to love Target clothes, but this was Tucson Fashion Week! I wanted her to wear of my Teagan’s Creations dresses. But…I have to admit, I’d never made her one. I’ve made her skirts in the past, and even a shirt. But, I’d never made her a full dress. Since I had a budget of $0, I dug through my stored fabric and came up with a plan. The plan included my mom taking that Target dress back to the store.

I started with a dress that I’d started making Mom about a year ago. She’d seen this fabric at JoAnn Fabrics and she’d love it, so I got some. The problem was, I’d only made clothes for myself and my sister at that point, and so the original dress was about 4 sizes too small for my mom… With a strong conviction that I was going to “Make it Work!” (a la Tim Gunn) I cut out the side seams and put in racer stripes of the same fabric down both sides of the dress. I also made the arm and neck holes bigger, and voila! It fit! This is the first dress that I’ve ever made for my mom. I think it turned out pretty nice. She was even told that (by Emmy Award-Winning Stylist & Best-Selling Author David Zyla on the second night of Tucson Fashion Week 2014) that the dress was “her” colors. I think she already knew that though.

I didn’t make a sketch for this one, I just went for it. Here is my mom, Lisa, with me. These photos were taken by our friend, Peg Raisglid. Peg is owner and founder of Lovin’ Spoonfuls Cafe, our favorite Tucson restaurant. We went out to eat before the fashion show that night. It was a very good day!

 

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Inspirations from NYC: The High Line Dress

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

This past July, my mom and I traveled to NYC for a 3-week ballet summer intensive at Cynthia King Dance Studio (home of vegan ballet slippers!). During the days, I danced and danced and danced! During the evenings and weekends, we were tourists–seeing all the sites that we were interested in seeing. Since I’d just gotten my first phone, I used it like crazy to take as many photographs as I possibly could. This was so much fun!

Once back home in Arizona, I was given the challenge (by my parents, since they know that I love Project Runway-style fashion challenges) of finding at least five photographs on my phone that could become inspirations for dresses–specifically dresses. After scouring my photos, I picked some.

Here is one of the first inspirations I used. This is a photo of a stained glass window on The High Line in NYC. The High Line is basically an abandoned elevated subway track a little over a mile long. It has been turned into a super cool city park. While the tracks are still there, so now are plants and benches and much more. This was our absolute favorite spot in all of NYC and the only place we HAD to go to twice. If you are ever in New York City, I highly recommend going there!

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Here is the drawing that I made of a dress based on my photograph:

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Here is the final dress! I wore this dress on the third night of Tucson Fashion Week 2014. Dress is by ME! Purse by Betsy Johnson. Shoes and necklace are inexpensive ones from discount stores. The dress cost approximately $4 and about 6 hours of time (since I hand cut each fringe piece). Who says being fashionable has to cost a lot of money? Not me!