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

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!

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)

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

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!

 

Inspirations from my Fabric Stash: Dress #2 for Mom (marbleized peacock colors)

November 4th, 2014

The second dress that I made for my mom fit her perfectly on the first try. In fact, this is the one that had the best fit of all of three. It was completely inspired by the fabric itself, and the fact that Mom said that she preferred a dress with a defined waist and cap sleeves.

Here she is at the first night of Tucson Fashion Week 2014. She is wearing my Betsy Johnson belt that we got at Ross, and a black beaded vintage purse from her great grandma Ruth. The dress cost about $3 to make, less if you consider that I was using leftover fabric from another project.

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Inspirations from NYC: The Purple and Pink Flower Dress

November 3rd, 2014

Here I am at the first night of Tucson Fashion Week 2014 in one of the top 3 dresses that my Facebook fans voted for me to wear!

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Since I find it extremely interesting how other fashion designers are inspired, I thought I’d show you a little of how I get inspired. One way is through photographs. I took this photograph in NYC this past summer.

Here is my original photo inspiration:

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Here is my drawing based off of the photo inspiration:

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Based on this drawing, I went shopping at SAS Fabrics in Tucson, AZ, for SOMETHING purple and stretchy. When I found purple fabric with pink flowers, I knew I had to get it. My mom didn’t love the fabric, but I had a plan! The fabric is very, very see-through, so I bought a striped fabric that I put underneath. You can’t see it much in the photos, but in person you can.

This dress cost about $6 to make (since it is two layers). The shoes were from Ross (discount store). The necklace was a fun find at a local craft fair about a year or so ago (made by a child!); I love it! I’ve had the bracelet for so long that I don’t remember where I got it. My hair is in a low “messy” bun (sorry dance teachers!), with curled sides.

Here is the final result. I wore this dress to the first night of Tucson Fashion Week 2014.

 

 

Flapper Girl 2014 Style (Halloween)

October 31st, 2014

VOTE FOR MY COSTUME HERE (by “liking” it)! I’m contestant #10.

When deciding what to be for Halloween every year, it always depends on several things: Can I walk in it? How much time is necessary to make it? How much will it cost?

With those things in mind, I decided to be a 1920’s Flapper Girl this year. When shopping for material at my beloved SAS Fabrics store in Tucson, Arizona, I couldn’t find any solid colored stretch fabrics that really called to me. Suddenly, one flower print did. Using the print as my base, I bought three coordinating fringes (of the same lengths) and three wire butterflies. While not 1920’s authentic, I love the result! [P.S. Do you recognize the print fabric? It’s the same fabric that I used for my mom’s birthday dress. That dress used my Halloween leftovers!]

Being vegan, I didn’t want to use real feathers in the headpiece, so I found some cool wire butterflies that I absolutely adored! They even match my fringe!

What do you think? What has been your favorite Halloween costume? I’d love to see your photos, too! Feel free to post them on my Teagan’s Creations Facebook fan page!

VOTE FOR MY COSTUME HERE (by “liking” it)! I’m contestant #10.

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Happy Birthday to My Beautiful Mom!

October 28th, 2014

Here is my mom looking fabulous in an original “Teagan” dress. :) I gave her this dress for her birthday (October 28th), and she wore it all day.

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My Fans Picked My Outfits for #tfw2014

October 23rd, 2014

Thank you so much, Teagan’s Creations Facebook fans! You really helped me in a jam. I had made six possible dresses to wear to Tucson Fashion Week 2014, but I was only going three nights! With your votes (both on Facebook and privately through e-mail), you picked my dresses! I’m super happy with the results, and thrilled that you helped me so much!

Here are quick glimpses of me at each of the nights. I’ll be posting full details on each dress within the next few days, along with details of some of the exciting things that happened during Tucson Fashion Week 2014.

Night #1 at Tucson Fashion Week 2014

Night #2 at Tucson Fashion Week 2014