July 24, 2013

Mixing it up with prints


Photos: Michael Dooney

Prints and colour! I can't get enough of them. I found this fabric whilst back home in Aus and decided to make these 70's inspired print shorts. We took these jumping photos in Michael's studio. Loving his studio lights!

Sewing with prints
The challenge with these shorts involved the lining up of the print. The most important factor to consider was the crotch area and the pattern at the front seam. Having 2 small circles on the crotch area would seem some what inappropriate. After having lined up the prints I started to cut and pin the shorts together. I soon discovered that I had somehow ended up with exactly what I didn't want, 2 circles in the wrong area. I tried to fix this by sewing a larger seam allowance at the front, so unfortunately the shorts are a little more snug then I had wanted:(  

Tutorials on matching prints.
Sewaholic - How to match prints along seams
Coletterie - How to match plaids and stripes

The top and my struggles in lauching my eco fashion Fickle Sense store
This top is similar to some tops that I am making for my etsy store Fickle Sense. They are handmade and organic and will hopefully be ready by the end of August. It has been a long time coming. I have blogged a little about my progress here on my sustainable fashion blog 'i give 2 hoots'. (Don't forget that I am still looking for creators, enthusiasts, nostalgics and minimalists to add to the blog. Head over there to see the criteria!)  

Embracing the crazy!
At the moment I am working on a few different sewing projects which encompass my love of all things quirky. Most involve colours and prints. I first realised I should go more in this direction whilst having a conversation with Michael (finance) and Kass (sis). We were at a club on a Sunday arvo, relaxing by the spree. It was apparent that there were 2 types of people at this club: hipsters and fearless crazy dressers. We were joking about dressing each other up as hipsters and going to some clubs. Both Michael and Kass looked at me and said, 'no you wouldn't be the hipster, you would be the crazy dresser'. At first I was taken back, but after about a second I agreed. Embrace the uniqueness! 


12 comments:

  1. Love. Especially the print-matching on the front XD Keep spinning!

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  2. Matching bold prints like that in a harmonious composition is really tough (for me, at least, so I stick with minimalism) but you've done an amazing job at it. I look forward to seeing your store, lady!

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    1. Cool thank, I look forward to finishing them:)

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  3. I love these two prints and I really love how they look paired together! :)

    Take care,
    Daniella xox

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    1. Thanks! Prints are my fav at the moment.

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  4. love the print mixing - and the jumping as well!

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  5. Love this. Those shorts..... YES. I love pattern mixing but whenever I try it I feel like a crazy person. Maybe I should go with it and be the crazy dresser in public.

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    1. Go with it! Admittedly in Berlin it is more acceptable to be a little different, but really you can do it anywhere. Embrace the prints!

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  6. Loving this outfit, especially the tank design! The more sheer side panels are awesome. Looking forward to seeing the new items in your shop!

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  7. Ah soo cool. I love everything - the pairing of the prints, the outfit, the photos!

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