Posts Tagged ‘inspiration’

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.

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!

 

Inspirations from NYC: The Purple and Pink Flower Dress

Monday, 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.