So I’ve decided to give myself a challenge. Every week the New York Times website gives out an assignment to take pictures of people on the street wearing certain types of fashions. Last week it was winter shorts. But since I’m a designer more than a photographer I have decided to design an article of clothing or accessory to fit the assignments category. Then I will take a picture of me or someone else wearing my design and send it into the New York Times hoping that it will be chosen to be put on their website that week! That is my ultimate goal. But even if I don’t get on the New York Times website I will still have made something every week! I started this challenge last week so in the past week I have made 3 pairs of winter shorts.
August 29, 2012
New York Time Photo Theme: Chambray
Chambray is a lightweight fabric with colored warp and white filling yarns. It is suppose to look like denim but the texture is of a soft woven cotton.
I bought this Chambray tunic in Taipei last summer. It is a spaghetti strap tunic with a rose toss print screen printed on. American Apparel gray soft shorts. Kohls tie in front knit lace sweater. Leather studded wallet.
August 20, 2012
New York Time Photo Theme: Camouflage
Wearing the Camouflage tights I bought during my visit to Taipei Taiwan.
Camouflage always reminds me of the movie Spice World where all the Spice Girls get into their army camouflage outfits and Posh Spice is wearing a camo dress. I’ve been wanting a camouflage mini skirt since last Fall. I’m betting we will be seeing a lot of it soon.
February 6, 2012
New York Times Photo Theme: “Socks”
I finished my Zooey Deschanel red New Girl dress! So I paired it with my bright yellow socks, vintage cardigan, and new (thrift store find) beret. I am selling the same red dress at Jeanologie in East Lansing. http://www.jeanologie.enstore.com/page/welcome
January 22, 2012
New York Times Photo Theme: ” Lace up boots “
I finished my box pleated dress just in time for the New York Times style section photo challenge. I’m pretty happy with the out come of the dress; It has side pockets and sleeves The fabric I used was a gift from my mom; some thrift store find. She has been waiting about 3 years for me to make something out of it!
Struggles during the sewing times: While I was making this dress my serger broke and I learned that I haven’t been making pockets right (it’s so much easier doing it the right way). In the end I fixed my serger( The problem was, I had retreaded it but forgot to reset the tension so the threads were getting no tension!), learned about pockets, and learned a trick on how to sew pleats perfect.
My photo made it into the New York Times see it at this link: http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2012/01/23/fashion/0123usergenlaceupboots-19.html
January 13, 2012
New York Times Photo Theme: ” Tailored coats”
This week was a cold one! Michigan is getting chilly but luckily I have lots of coats to keep me warm. I bought this yellow pea coat a couple summers ago in Asheville, North Carolina.
Pictures taken in East Lansing, MI.
November 28th, 2011
Wahoo I’m in the New York Times again!! I’m so happy I was able to wear my vintage hat http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2011/11/21/fashion/20111128PLEATS-14.html
Let’s see I’m wearing all vintage except for my over the knee highs which are from American Apparel and my shoes which are by Connie.
November 22nd, 2011
New York Times Photo Theme: “Pleats”
Just last weekend I went to go see the high school musical Annie Get Your Gun. It was a great performance and I couldn’t help noticing the fringe coming off the cowboy and cowgirl costumes. So I have decided to make a skirt with a front triangle panel outlined in fringe and pleats coming out from under the panel. I hope this looks as good as I’m picturing it. If it doesn’t work out then I’ll make a high waist pleated skirt. I’ve been needing one for work.
November 21nd, 2011
New York Times Photo Theme: “Tribal Print”
Well I missed the deadline this week… But I still designed shorts with tribal print on them. Found some tribal inspiration online and this is what I came out with. I used gray wool, creme wool, and a green teal cotton. The shorts are fully lined with two side pockets. I’m very excited to wear these around town. I am really happy with how the tribal design turned out on the sides. It took a lot of time to cut out and individually sew on each piece of the design but you have go big or go home.
November 17th, 2011
OMG I WON!!! My photo is on the New York Times website is the Fashion&Style section:
I’m extremely happy this was a great surprise on my birthday week! Yesterday was my birthday and I had 3 celebrations throughout the week. My parents came over the weekend to take me out for dinner and give me presents, I celebrated with my husbands family, and had a birthday breakfast with my husband! Such a loving family
Anyways back to my fashion challenge. I have decided that even though I accomplished my goal, I want MORE!! I’m still going to challenge myself to continue designing clothes and taking pictures for the New York Times website.
This week is about Tribal Prints and this is my inspiration picture:
Mainly I like the print on the earrings and the purse in the top left corner. I know exactly how I am going to incorporate a tribal design into my design for this week. I’m going to use different sized circles and and create a tribal pattern on the side of a pair of shorts that I’ve been sewing this week. I was holding off finishing the shorts because I wanted to create a complex design on them and this tribal print will be the boldness I was looking for! Now I am super excited to go home and work on them.
November 11th, 2011
New York Times Photo Theme: “Winter Whites”
This was my entry photo taken in East Lansing, Michigan:
This week I was still on a winter shorts sewing kick so I didn’t sew this coat. It is a vintage that I bought last summer. Next week I’ll be better and actually sew something for the challenge.