Great Nicola-Cheekbones-Scott!

So, I’m pretty excited.  This week I get to make a dress for Nicola Scott, Artist extraordinaire and possibly one of the sauciest ladies that I have ever had the pleasure of dancing inappropriately with:

Nicola is such an edgy character that she not only re-interpreted my carefully selected ‘circle your favourite option’ segment in my questionnaire (disregarding all the ‘OR’ pairings to simply circle her over all favourite of the bunch: Winona Ryder), but apparently she is also going to be Beyonce when she grows up. Lucky girl.

Whilst she may be dissapointed to learn that I am not making her a dress out of Winona Ryder (sozzles Nic), I hope she is nonetheless pepped up by the prospects of what I plan to make for her this Saturday night.

I’m totes psyched for this! Woo-wooooot!!

xoxox

Her quizzola:

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The Lovely Launch

Hey to the now!

As some of you may know, the imywi launch party was on this weekend!! The following are a few photos of the event – which was immense fun!

Thank you again to everyone that came! It was a raging success! xoxo

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DRESS ONE: The Process

Ola.

It is Monday night. I have dinnered, showered, and am now sitting at my desk.  I won’t lie, I’m in a bit of a grouchy mood.  There is a frustrating draft coming out of the front door that has forced me to crave a hot milo…but if i want one i’ll have to unwrap the fridge, de-tarp the pantry shelves, and head outside to boil the kettle.  Whilst such a reality may suggest that I live in some sort of tent city or cleverly plastic wrapped haven, the truth is that my parent’s house is in the middle of a fairly messy renovation. This means no kitchen, no appliances, and no upstairs access without greeting an oppressive sheet of blue tarp.  It also means that my work desk has been relocated to a small, drafty nook near the front door. Fantastic.

But as frosty as my working location may be, this rudely placed desk is where all the fun happens. The planning, practicising, perusing – and range of other productive tasks that begin with the letter ‘p’, all occur right here.  It’s here that I developed the first dress for ‘i make. you wear it.’, a piece specially designed to fit Rosanna Alexander.

So how does my design process work? Well, I start by considering the figure I am working with, and then sketch out a range of styles and silhouettes that compliment the figure. From there, I have a thorough think about the model I am making the dress for.  I strive to find out color preferences, personality traits, and brainstorm images that come to mind when I think of them (this is where my questionnaire thing comes in really handy!).

For Rosanna’s dress, I did take a bit of a literal approach in my use of a rose motif  – but this did have more meaning than my mind going, “ooo her name sounds like it has the word ‘rose’ in it…first dress done!’. Rosie is a vibrant, lovely, fun-pot, and the inclusion of the bright flowers really sought to exemplify this.  Similarly, so did the style!  The bits of netting, and almost ‘chorus line’ style/length of the dress were inspired by Rosie’s past moments as a dancer…and I think this element really made the dress! It sauced up what could have potentially looked like the fabric-y love-child of a hawaiian shirt collector and a marie antoinette enthusiast…

When it finally came to making the dress, I was excited to see how things would change and evolve in the moment.  This occurred almost immediately when I realised that my initial design for the bodice was just not going to work because (in truth) it was just a little ugly. I fixed it though, and it thankfully turned out quite pretty.

Ultimately, I was really pleased with the frock.  If i deduct the 20 minute dinner break I took from the overall time it took to make the dress (and I’m going to!), the dress took just under 3 hours to make.  In future I’m going to strive to defy these time boundaries even more powerfully…I’m going to sew so fast that my fingers are going to look like the legs of a well-trained Olympian (miniature ones, of course).

So, it’s a little bit late now and whilst I’m still a little perked up from a caramello bear and a packet of ovalteenies (they’re still the bomb: even if they are half the size of the ones in my youth) I feel I should bid you goodnight…so i will!

night lovelies. xoxox

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DRESS ONE!!

This is just a quick post to say: THIS IS THE FIRST DRESS!

Standby for more on the process! video fun! and generally more excitement!

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RIXON HAIR IS RAD HAIR

To make the hair of all our models look extra special and glamorous, Rixon Hair salon have generously offered to donate their skillz and time to doing the hair of all the girls for the 20 weeks of the ‘i make. you wear it.’ project.

So if you likey what you see in the upcoming, check them out on www.rixonhair.com.au – they are truly 13 shades of lovely!

xoxo

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Everything’s coming up…ROSIE!

Hello cherished ones!

It is my joyous task to introduce you all to the first official model for the ‘i make. you wear it’ project.  Her name is Rosie and she is most delightful (exemplified by her ability to not only make friends with humans…but also with birds. Good on her.)

As each dress made for ‘i make. you wear it’ will be inspired by the models themselves, it is essential for me to pre-plan a little and get a grasp on their likes/dislikes/favorite disney villains. To get to know a little more about Rosie, and her intricate range of tastes, I got her to fill out the following questionnaire:

Whilst there may not be any sparkly jelly sandals in sight (what a brutal shame) you should definitely check back this weekend to view the results of the first ever ‘i make. you wear it.’.  And don’t forget, if you like what you see…donate to the cause! We have a lot of pennies to raise, people!

xoxox

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Have a read…

Hey lovelies,

If you want to read more about ‘i make. you wear it.’ then head to the following links:

It’s all just too exciting!

xoxo

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‘i make. you wear it’ live at BORDERS

So BORDERS Books Music and Movies are pretty amazing.  They have been supporting me throughout this venture, and are allowing me to do live dress makings in both their Brisbane City and Chermside stores.
The dates for such exciting ventures are as follows:

BORDERS Brisbane City: August 20th, 6.30pm (late night shopping extravanganza)

BORDERS Chermside: August 26th, 6.30pm (late night shopping extravaganza: the sequel)

“WOWEE!!!” I hear you exclaim. “This would be a perfect opportunity to check out how Rahool makes the dresses/donate in person/find out more information on NAPCAN/get a postcard/comment on her wonderfully shaped eyebrows!”

So come and have a sticky beak! It will be immense fun!

xoxo

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LAUNCH PARTAY!

CARE FOR SOME CRAFTERNOON TEA?

Yes?….Well then head down to Carousel Cupcakes this Sunday at 1.30 pm to delight in all that is floral, festive, and fun!

Come to enjoy some free cupcakes! party bags! crafts! and of course, to celebrate the launch of ‘ i make. you wear it.”

Hope to see you there!

xoxo

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