Outfit: Yellow things like sunshine and sunflowers

a dress I designed and sewn, thrifted jacket and hat, loafers (sold out, similar), purse (sold out, different colour)


Enjoy some sunshine and sunflowers with me! This is my second take on the dress from the last post. You may notice that what's changed is the skirt shape. This was my jumping off point for a rework of the whole design --you'll have to wait for the next outfit post to see what I did next. It's an interesting journey, this design process. I'm still on it and still feel like I'm not in the sweet spot where I'm satisfied with what I came up with. But, that means some dresses do get sewn along the way, and you can never have too many dresses, am I right?

Wearing a dress I designed and sewn, thrifted jacket and hat, loafers (sold out, similar), purse (sold out, different colour).

Photos by my boyfriend.
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Outfit inspirations: Fairy Tales

Looking back in my archives, I came across this outfit, one of my forgotten favorites. I remember coming up with the idea of putting together all the pieces with polka dots that I could find so there are polka dots on the blouse, on the jeans and on the sweater here. I'd gladly do this again, although I'd have to use different pieces now because I only have the jeans left (and those are too large now) and the hat. I gave away the blouse and turned the sweater into a cushion cover --something I really like doing with old knits. An easy DIY that takes care of pieces that are no longer wearable but I can't really find it in my heart to part with them.

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Outfit: Creative processes

Wearing a dress I made from self-drafted pattern and locally bought fabric, necklace c/o Good Looking Objects, thrifted jacket (similar short style) and scarf, sneakers, tote bag from Amsterdam

I'm currently in the process of designing a dress. I'm going for something summery, simple and possible to make up in a variety of fabrics that I have in my stash. It's not hard, designing a dress like that. And yet, it's so different from anything I've ever made.

I've been designing things for a living for over 12 years now. I used to be a graphic designer before I changed occupations and became a seamstress. Graphic design, I had it worked out. I knew how to prepare for a project, how to sketch, how to scrap and start anew, how to adjust and improve and how to finish. A lot of ctrl+z (or, 'undo') goes on in 2D work, making it very fast and, to an extent, quite simple. But, with designing three dimensional pieces that clothing is, I have recently understood that I have to work out a new routine. I was actually angry with myself for not being able to do sewing the way I would do drawing a few years back. But sewing is so different! The thing I had to do was admit I don't know what I'm doing --and then, with a clear head, just start doing something, whatever it was. Following my gut.

So here I am: my first attempt at my new process. A very simple piece of clothing, just a sketch of a dress, really. I wore it for a day and decided it needed some adjustments. So I made another one, with said adjustments. Then I wore it for a day and chose to make more changes. So I made a third dress. Which, again, needed adjustments. So I'm making those right now. And maybe --just maybe! --that's it. Maybe this is my new routine. Making things, then using them, then changing, adding, switching, adjusting. While the same verbs could be used to describe 2D work, the very activities are so different. So refreshing!

Wearing a dress I made from self-drafted pattern and locally bought fabric, necklace c/o Good Looking Objects, thrifted jacket (similar short style) and scarf, sneakers, tote bag from Amsterdam.

Photos by my boyfriend
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