Posts Tagged ‘Teagan Bentley’

My First Fashion Show

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

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“You might not remember me, but I’m the college administrator who helped get you registered last year. I was just so excited to see you signing up for a class that you were so excited about. I’m the one who took your picture for your photo id. Anyway, I loved seeing you in the show tonight. Your designs were great. Congratulations! Keep it up!”

“Hi, I’m the owner of (store). Have you heard of me? I really enjoyed watching you in the show tonight and I loved your designs. Please come to (store) sometime, as I’d love to have you as an intern. We could have so much fun together.”

These were just a couple of the super fun comments that I received this past Friday night at my first ever showing in a fashion show! As a Pima Community College student in the most basic construction class, I had two outfits showing in the 8th Annual Spring Fashion Show. The theme this year was “Around the World” and all designs had to fit into a city category of either London, Paris, Milan, or Tokyo. Students from a local high school were invited to show designs representing New York City.

The first thing that I had to show was my actual class project. I wasn’t overly thrilled with this at first, as the required project was 100% cotton (which I never use) pajama pants (which I never make). Luckily for me, so long as the basic design used a required pattern (which I also seldom use, as I prefer figuring out how things are put together on my own–like a 3D puzzle), I was allowed to embellish it in anyway that I wanted. So, I did! I added a reversible sewn-in skirt, which I reversed on the runway. I also made the shirt that I wore with the pants (stretch materials!). Very coincidentally, as I’d purchased the fabric before hearing what the city categories were, I had an Eiffel Tower print and this outfit fit into the Paris category. I won first place for the pants in my class category!

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The second outfit that I showed was inspired by the amazing pale pink cherry blossoms in Tokyo, Japan. This design is all me, as it was very dance-able and made of stretch materials. I wore my lucky Peach Carr faux-pearl earrings (that I received at last year’s Tucson Fashion Week) for good luck.

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It was a huge treat for me to have the stylists at Aveda salon do my hair and makeup for the show. Since I was representing two cities, they did a hybrid Paris-Tokyo look for me. I’m happy with the result.

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Of course, I made my Mom’s outfit, Dad’s tie (made from a material that I designed and had printed from Spoonflower myself from a saguaro that I photographed in my yard), and sister’s outfit for them each to wear to watch the show, too. You might recognize Zoe’s outfit from previous outings; she’s a hard one to dress as she only likes “plain” clothing and so she keeps wearing this outfit that I made her quite some time ago.

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Here are actual runway photos. I cannot wait until my next show. Yes, I’ve already made several new outfits since Friday (it’s only Monday now as I write this). It was just such an inspiring day!

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“Shatter Me” Solo Costume Design

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

I’m a dancer and a fashion designer. I plan to do both professionally, and I’m currently training very hard to become a professional ballerina (while spending my free time making clothes and costumes!).

I recently competed in a dance competition in a solo performance of the Lindsey Stirling/Lzzy Hale song “Shatter Me”. I was inspired by this song to make my own costume. I envisioned broken glass, shattering across the floor. Using that image, I collected a variety of glass-looking fabrics and created something soft and very dance-able. I’m very happy with how chaotic it turned out. To me, it fits the style of the song perfectly. I even made a headpiece.

Here are a few of my “Shatter Me” costume photos:

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Here is the actual competition dance:

 

Red and Black Party Client Dresses

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Hooray for a good client challenge! I was asked to make a Christmas PARTY dress for my friend, Peg Raisglid (owner of Lovin’ Spoonfuls Cafe). Peg is an amazing woman who has a doctorate’s degree and owns the first-ever all vegan restaurant in Tucson, Arizona. When she asked me to make her a dress, I thought she was kidding at first. Then, she kept coming to me with more and more requirements and I realized that she was serious! Some of her requirements included: (1) the colors must be mostly reds and blacks with a little white or gray, (2) long-sleeves were a must, and (3) it must be a party-worthy dress for the Christmas Day party that she was hosting.

Struggling to find just the right materials, I gathered a bunch over about two months. I made three dresses over a few days in December, had one fitting with Peg, and then gave her three final dresses with just days to go until her party. Happily for my family and me, we were invited to her party (can you say “Best Food At a Party–Ever”?!?) and so we got to see her final pick!

Here is the winning party dress! It met all of Peg’s requirements AND it’s still very much my own Teagan’s Creations style! I’m thrilled with the outcome. Doesn’t she look great?

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Here are the fronts and backs of the other two outfits I made for Peg. She decided to keep all three, which pleases me a lot! I am, of course, wearing a dress that I designed myself, too. :)

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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 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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Flapper Girl 2014 Style (Halloween)

Friday, 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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