Posts Tagged ‘orange’

yes, i am opening up my shop again. i had set myself a deadline for some weeks ago, but SO MANY things kept going wrong. i won’t even get into that. also, if i have a private deadline it’s likelier that i’ll keep pushing it. so here’s an official announcement! maraleopard clothing will be back in business at the end of the week. start getting excited! & putting money aside!

i’m still on the fence about etsy or artfire though. on one hand, i already know etsy. other people already know me on etsy. i have feedback on etsy. etsy has a nice, clean layout. on the other hand, artfire seems to have a lot more advantages, even if you have to pay a regular fee. but because of the regular fee, you never have to pay for listings or EVER RE-LIST PRODUCTS. or maybe i’ll just do both & never re-list anything on etsy, until that shop is empty. in fact, i’ll probably do both.

on to the clothes.

i only have three new pieces so far, two of which took me forever. it’s kind of funny, i was working on this whole professional design concept & trying to sketch as much different variations of things in a coherent collection before sewing anything. then it drove me crazy & i went back to my old method of buying fabric willynilly & then letting them whisper to me what they wanted to be. if it ain’t broke…

i don’t have detail shots of them yet, so bear with me.

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this skirt is my favourite! i really want to make another version of it for myself. i might make different versions in different sizes for my shop as well. it’s so fun & flattering & comfortable &, as opposed to similar skirts you’d find in the commercial shops, it has POCKETS & is lined.

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(the blouse will be for sale, skirt is by obsequies)

i wanted to do something more-ish with a pattern. something with more emphasis on the cut of a garment & not so much the pretty fabric used to create it. of course i drew the pattern from scratch. i wanted it to be more flared from the waist down (although it could be that the flare i meant would show on someone with normal-sized hips), but overall i quite like how it turned out. it’s a pretty basic, but still very fun & girlie blouse. i will definitely make this in more colours & sizes. and/or offer it as a standard custom sized piece.

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(it’s not supposed to fold at the side, that’s ’cause there was something wrong with the zipper & i pinned the dress closed instead. i’ll take a new shot of the back when that’s fixed.)

& here we’re back to emphasis on pretty fabric. i just couldn’t help myself when i saw this GORGEOUS fabric in the store. i knew at once that it had to become a swing dress, without too much distractions. so that’s what i made. i also drew an entirely new & improved pattern for the top of this. the entire dress is lined, has the mandatory pockets & a cute mismatched button detail at the front (that you can’t really see in these pictures, i apologize). it has a scattering of hand-stitched scraps too, which looks really nice with the pattern of the fabric.

my clothes have changed quite a lot since my fashion design course, haven’t they? for the better.

i would love to hear your opinions on these! but thanks for reading/looking anyway.

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made these two over the past few days: (i’ve been unusually slow)

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i love that fabric so much! luckily i have some left for myself :]

i really like how this dress turned out. it looks very mature, but still very girly & adorable. again, i didn’t want to totally over-embellish it because of the pattern; i only added lots of black accents.

it looks soooooo much better on a real person than on my shapeless dressform. i tried it on to make sure :p it’s very comfortable. & also very stretchy; it could comfortably stretch all the way to xl. so don’t give me that old “i would definitely buy this, if only it were in my size!” when i list it.

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i’m not sure about this one. but that’s probably just because of the colours. this colour scheme was completely alien to me :p but i wanted to make something halloweeny & came across this adorable bat fabric. which was mostly orange (the one colour i can’t love!). because some of the bats were yellow, i used yellow polka dot fabric for the other panels. it’s such an amazing yellow. it’s very light & pastel-ish, but somehow still so bright it could burn your eyeballs right out of their sockets. my favourite kind of yellow!

after i sewed all the panels together, it took a while to decide what to do with the rest of it. such difficult colours! i started with the lace at the top, tried & discarded a purple bow, then decided on a striped one. then i thought it would be cool to add a matching striped ruffle along the bottom, but then i came across that checkered fabric & thought that it would look much better. that ruffle was SO tedious to do, but it looks awesome :] & in the halloween mood, i hand-stitched a big spider, cut out from mesh fabric, to the front. then i topped it off with some hand-stitched polka dot patches for that extra dose of character.

i would LOVE to hear your opinion on this one. opinions on the first dress are welcome too, of course, but i would especially LOVE them on the second. love it? hate it? wearable?

thanks for looking anyway :] & i will list these on etsy, with my next batch, somewhere within the next two weeks! so save up! oh! that reminds me. [insider scoop]i will offer free shipping (including custom orders!) all through september![/insider scoop] because it’s my birthmonth. it would be lovely to sell some things before my birthday (the 24th!). so if you were planning on buying something from me, september’s the time.

& just one last thing: i recenly made a facebook page (link in my sidebar!) & if you have a facebook account, please fan me :]

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