Tuesday, November 30, 2010

♥ Cocktail Dress #8!

Dress #8 The Mimosa

Neck Detail

Side Detail

Dress #8 For the girl that is fabulous even at brunch! 

This dress is a Silk/Lurex Jacquard, fully lined.  The neck has a cute keyhole detail, sides are gathered just at the waist and.... a ruffled hem, to keep it flirty of course!  Size M. $125.00


Sunday, November 28, 2010

♥ Cocktail Dress #7!

Dress #7 French Champagne Cocktail
 Dress #7 is for the sophisticated lady, she's attending a New Years Eve party and has just started with her French Champagne Cocktail!

This dress is made with Silk Chiffon and Gold Lurex.  She has a subtle animal print background in tones of gray with a gold metallic design woven into the fabric.  She's made without a lining, I suggesting wearing a beautiful vintage slip underneath.  However, a lining could be made upon request.  Size M $115.00


Friday, November 26, 2010

♥ Cocktail Dress #6!

Dress #6 Flirty Martini

Collar Detail

Dress #6 is a sweet and simple style, but I think a "Flirty" Martini is just the drink for this little lady!

This dress is made of 100% Silk Charmeuse with an accent of 100% Silk Chiffon for bottom ruffle. The  back is open with a long keyhole and single button at back neck. Size M $135.00


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

♥ Cocktail Dress #5! SOLD!

Dress #5 The Shirley Temple

Bow Detail

Dress #5!  A Shirley Temple for the sweet and playful girl in all of us!

She is made of an all-over embroidered Taffeta (Acetate/Rayon blend), with scalloped edges, 100% Cotton Batiste lining .  Bow belt is detachable. Size S $135.00

Happy Thanksgiving, Cheers!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

♥ Cocktail Dress #4! SOLD!

Dress #4 A Shot of Jameson
Bow Detail

Dress #4 Is 1 part nice, 2 parts naughty!  She's flirty, sexy and with out a doubt the life of the party!

This dress is made of Stretch Silk Charmeuse 98% Silk 2% Lycra, with a leather waist inset and bow attached at shoulder, exposed metal zipper in back. Color is a dark pewter and the leather accents are black.  Size S. $145.00


Saturday, November 20, 2010

♥ Cocktail Dress #3!

Dress #3 Old Fashioned

 Dress #3 is being named after a cocktail called an Old Fashioned.  This dress is dedicated to my grandmother.  She was a very stylish lady who loved high heels and she loved dancing in them!  She had quite a collection of costume jewelry and I will forever miss sitting with her as she told her stories about each piece, where she bought it, where she wore it and why she loved it....

The dress is made of a burn-out velvet with sequins- 18% Silk 82% Rayon.

Thank you Grandma Georgia for teaching me to be "proper" and always reminding me of what it meant to truly be a "lady".

Thursday, November 18, 2010

♥ Cocktail Dress #2!

Dress #2 The Manhattan


Dress #2 completed!  For the more saucy, yet sophisticated lady, a Manhattan is in order!

This dress is made with a Velvet Burn-out bodice ( 18% Silk 82% Rayon) and a Cotton Lycra skirt, attached at the waist.  The cowl neckline is simple but elegant, fully lined front.  The skirt can be scrunched up (as in picture) or pulled down to the knee for a more elongated look.  The back is completely open with a delicate tie to hold it all together. Size S $98.00


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

♥ Cocktail Dress #1! SOLD!

Dress #1 Lemon Drop Dress

Dress #1 Illustration
First  dress is completed and she is ready for a good 80's dance party and.... a lemon drop of course!

Made of  77% Cotton, 21% Silk and 2% Lurex.  Scalloped hem with ruffle underlay, this dress is GOLD.
She's fully lined and bow and ruffle are 100% Silk Chiffon. Size M, $105.00


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Albuquerque ARTS!

Owner Leslie Acosta-Isengarder at Panda Robot. Photo by Michael L. Miller.
♥ The Designer's Lounge (me looking goofy!). Photo by Michael L. Miller.
Leather cowgirl boots at The House of G’Larri. Photo by Michael L. Miller.

 AlbuquerqueARTS Magazine is Albuquerque's monthly magazine of the arts.  This month they featured an article titled "Finding ABQ Fashionable" by Kelly Koepke.  The article was centered around local shops selling the wears of local designers.  To read more about the article and the magazine check out their website-  www.abqarts.com
Thank you AlbuquerqueARTS and Kelly Koepke for including us in your November issue!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

✂-Designer's Tip of The Day-Walk Your Patterns!

When I was going to fashion school I was the student that the teacher would use as the example of what NOT to do.... one of the steps I would skip, just so that my homework was turned in on time, was walking my patterns.
"Walking" your pattern is an important step in pattern making, it insures that your seams will line up in sewing.  Front side seam to back side seam, front shoulder seam to back shoulder seam and collar to neckline, are a few examples of the seams that should line up equally, by walking your pattern prior to sewing you are guaranteed that your seams will match up perfectly!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

✂-Designer's Tip of The Day-Swatch It!

IF you have fabric falling off the shelves, taking up all your closet space, or afraid you may find yourself on the show Hoarders one day, I would suggest swatching your fabric.  Keep the swatches in a notebook, a folder, or with your sketchbooks, anything that will help you find the fabric you need to make your next project. Stop shopping for fabric at the fabric stores, shop your own fabric stash!! Just kidding, I LOVE fabric stores!  But at least this will keep you organized.

PS. Notice, 15 swatches of 15 different fabrics for 15 different dresses.... in just 5 days I will be sewing my little fingers to the bone!

Friday, November 5, 2010

♥ 15 Cocktail Dresses!

I ADORE dresses!  I love designing them, sewing them, and wearing them!  The Holiday's are my favorite time of year, not only does Starbucks come out with their Pumpkin Spice Latte, but Holiday parties are in full swing and that means dresses everywhere!  With that said, I decided to take on a challenge- from November 15 to December 15, 2010, I will design and sew 15 dresses!  This means that I will have to sketch and sew a different dress every other day for one month.  Yikes!    If you love dresses as much as I do or just want to follow along on my progress (give me some encouragement from time to time), you can subscribe to the blog OR catch the updates on Facebook.

I will be selling these dresses as I post them, if you are interested or have questions please feel free to email the description of the dress and the date it was posted to teresa@designandlounge.com.

BONUS- For those of you who purchase these one-of-a-kind dresses (remember there will only be 15) you will receive the orginal fashion illustration of the dress FREE!  Yes, I will frame, sign and date the original illustration of your dress!

Wish me luck!
xo, T ♥

Thursday, November 4, 2010

✂-Designer's Tip of The Day-Stick Figures

For the Designer-on-the-go, a quick way to jot down ideas is to return to basics!  When inspiration hits and we don't have the time to spend on perfecting our illustrations, however, we'd like to get our ideas out on paper.  Stick figure drawing helps to get those fabulous designs onto paper quickly and efficiently. 
Happy Designing!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

✂Designer's Tip of The Day- Identify Fabric Compositon

Try the Burn Test as a means of establishing the composition of fabric.

Cut a small square of fabric, hold it in a pair of tweezers and carefully set it alight.  The color of the smoke, the smell, and the way the fabric burns will indicate what type of fabric you are testing.  Each fabric will have distinctive characteristics when burned-
-Cotton smells of burning paper and is very easy to blow out.
-Linen smells of burning leaves and is very easy to blow out.
-Silk smells of burning hair.
-Wool smells of burning hair and is difficult to keep alight.
-Polyester produces very black smoke and forms hard rounded droplets when cool.  Take extra care, because it will drip.
-Acetate smells of burning wood chips.  Take extra care- it to will drip
-Nylon smells strongly of burning plastic.

**Make sure you carry out burn tests in a well ventilated area.  You should take extra care when testing anything you suspect may be synthectic, and it is important to make sure there is a bowl of water underneath to put the fabric into.  We don't want any fires burn out of control!

Source: 200 Projects to Get You Into Fashion Design, by Tracy Fitzgerald and Adrian Grandon

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Albuquerque The Magazine!

Jeffrey, Jessica, Genica and I

We were so honored to be part of this month's issue of Albuquerque the Magazine in an article titled "ABQ Style Goes Swank", by Dan Mayfield.  These are just a few pictures from the photo shoot with photographer Liz Lopez.

I was so thrilled to be part of this article alongside my lovely friends-
Maychel Platero- Hair stylist for both Jessica and Genica!
Genica Sandoval Lee- Not only modeled one of the leather dresses, but also Make-up artist for all the ladies!
Jessica Crocket- Modeled one of Jeffrey's latex pieces.
♥ Jeffrey Gonzales- Designer for Ammunition Couture, custom designs latex pieces.

Thank you Dan for including us in your first issue as Editor in Chief! For more information about the magazine check out the website at http://abqthemag.com/