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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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& all that drama.
anyway, i was purging my closet of the massive amount of clothes i’ve outgrown stylistically recently & with all that cleared space & room to improve my wardrobe, i was inspired to sew again (: after almost half a year! my sewing machines were so dusty. where does time go?

first in an upcoming sewing spree is a reconstructed dress.

before:

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that classic laughing vampire dress that so many of us european goths owned or considered owning at some point. as much as i loved it, i didn’t wear it more than once. which is probably a good thing.

even now it was actually pretty hard to cut up. i kept thinking what a shame it would be to waste such a pretty dress. & what to DO with it? i was questioning all my ideas for hours.

after:

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but in the end it became much cuter & wearable on a daily basis. i love it more now ^-^ it’s so much lighter & more practical. especially lighter! the clowns who designed it obviously didn’t consider how the massive weight of such a large amount of fabric that heavy would affect the shape of the dress. if i had worn it more often it would probably have stretched completely out of proportion. but now it’s nice & light. i added elastic on the inside too, because it still stretched too much for my liking at the waistline.

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the fabric really isn’t captured very well. it looks SO MUCH better with the naked eye. i love that fabric. i could really use more of it in my wardrobe.

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[subtle plug] & since you’re interested in the clothes i make, a lot of what was purged from my closet is what i made myself, in excellent condition & for sale at a super low price. also some clothing from other diy designers & some odd vintage. i put all the good stuff in an album on my facebook page thing. take a gander! you can e-mail (maraleopard [at] gmail [dot] com) me if you see anything you want. everything that’s not sold before may 16th is going in the charity clothing bins, so bid now or forever hold your peace. [/subtle plug]

thanks for looking & reading & your continued support! have a fabulous day/night, wherever you are.

ps. i didn’t mean that bidding literally. i don’t like haggling over prices.

been in a bit of a sewing frenzy this week of vacation. i was totally supposed to do homework much of those hours of creating. oh, well. i did manage to combine both of those in this dress. i was irresponsibly going to make it anyway, but then i thought that if i tweaked my original vague idea a bit to make it more 20’s (dropped waist, knee length skirt part) it would not only be cuter, but could also be used for school (:
for culture studies we have to make a ‘modern impression’ of basically every different period since the ancient greek. this can consist of a drawing, related pictures of modern clothes, fabric swatches, even a whole self-made piece of clothing, as long as it’s related to that period. if we do make clothing, we also have to show our process. so i took pictures in-between & thought you might be interested to see that too.

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i hadn’t made a dress like this before, so i had to draw a new pattern. at school i learned to draw fitted dress patterns in your chosen measurements from scratch. i could already draw my own patterns of course, but i had always worked from out something existing.

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then i gathered materials, determined what would look good with the main fabric. in the end i nixed the ribbon.

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started sewing with the gussets.

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after i had put together the top part i checked on my dressform if the fit was right.

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continued sewing. here the lining.

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serged.

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gathered the skirt part after i had sewn the layers together. then i just went on sewing without pictures.

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last fit check.

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& finished it all off. it only doesn’t have a zipper yet, i forgot to buy that. hope you enjoyed the little insight in my process!
i really love how it turned out <(^-^)> i made it for my shop, but i kind of really want to keep it.

some detail shots:

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i also made a pair of bloomers since my last post. i didn’t really have anything specific for it in mind. i’ll probably just keep it. it would look lovely with my gibbous dress. it would also add a bit of variety to my almost strictly black/pink/purple/red/white wardrobe. jesus christ, i’m sick of all that neon pink. which fills about three quarters of my closet.
anyway.

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just to show the detail on the heart:

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i sort of machine embroidered a spiderweb on it. it was a hell of a job.

thanks for looking!

yesterday & this morning i reconstructed two band shirts, for me. only my second & third things i’ve fully sewn this year! it’s ridiculous.
they’re not even all that exciting. but that was intentional, i didn’t want anything too frilly/girlie. i’m kind of sick of all the frilly/girlie things in my closet. might even sell some.

anyway, from a good charlotte shirt:

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[/fangirl moment]

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i have a bit of an obsession with raglan sleeves right now. & military tabs.

from a dillinger escape plan shirt: (i’ve had this one since october!)

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it’s amazing how much something as simple as exposed serged seams can do. i also love, love, love how that open back turned out.

thanks for looking!

i wish i’d spent more time sewing this vacation.

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i bought a really warm oversized cardigan at we a while ago. & discovered just how awesome oversized things can be. & decided that i needed more. so i made this from a nice warm stripey fabric i had laying around. i wanted to keep it pure black & white at first, but later thought that it would look better with red, even though that made it slightly less versatile. i got the red fabric from an old shirt from my brother (: & painted the red border on the buttons myself. they only had black in that size at the fabric store.

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customized vintage cardigan. i’m not sure if it’s done yet. i actually wanted to make this less sweet and cute, but it ended up like unicorn vomit anyway. story of most of my designing life.
i also wanted to do more things i don’t usually do, which i think i did succeed in. the pockets i got from a vintage skirt i shortened. on the one i sewed pink roses & added little stems of braided ribbon & leaves of regular ribbon. on the other i made an abstract sort of sun with gold rope (left over from my old éowyn costume!). & i just had to somehow incorporate that embroidered duck in it. i embroidered it myself, when i was like ten. first i wanted it on the chest, but it would be too big. so i moved it to the back & added some frills around it. the light blue bows on the sleeve were a third row of frills, but that row looked awkward so i removed it.

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work in progress. i want to decorate/destroy it more, but i’m not sure how yet. it’s just two identical (aside from the colour) shirts buttoned together. my brother’s. he just loves what i did to them. [/sarcasm]
i got the idea for this flipping through some diy book at the bookstore. it was the only project in it that caught my attention. so simple & so amazing. usually i would have been perfectly satisfied with the simple buttoned together thing. but as an artemis student, constantly urged by teachers to do things over & over & over better & better & better in different versions, i thought ‘awesome, but what more can i do with this?’ so i threw coffee & black ecoline over it. it’s much darker than it seems in the pictures. when it was dry i decorated the sleeves. & put it aside for a while.
i also found a different way to wear it:

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only the back would need to be sculpted a little more. either way, i love how it drapes. & the surprise v-neck.
i think this could be really really amazing when it’s finished. it’s a whole new direction for me too, which is good. lately i can get really sick of all that neat, perfect, predictable cuteness.

when i started cutting the fabric for this yesterday morning i optimistically thought i could finally start with my massive pile of homework in the afternoon. there was no way i would need all day for this one dress, i thought. suddenly the sky was the darkening & i had to take a break to cook. & then today i spent all day taking pictures & editing all those pictures & getting my descriptions & prices ready & listing on etsy & i still haven’t done any homework, at 1 am. *sigh*

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i love, love, love how it turned out. it’s crazy comfortable. & already listed on etsy! along with all those other things i’ve been meaning to list. first things in EIGHT MONTHS. lack of sales are not motivating, you know.

anyway, i’d love to hear what you think of my new things! & the pictures that accompany them, made with my new, good camera & different backgrounds & such.

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thanks for looking!

oh, & i was featured in an awesome stripey treasury today. or rather, yesterday. check it out.

spontaneous etsy feature!

all from fellow craftanon street team members. enjoy!