Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Lovely, little skirts Aimee!

Miss Aimee, 11 years old, took our Beginner's Workshop, she learned how to use the sewing machine, she made a pin-cushion and a tote-bag!  Aimee returned this summer and took the Learn How to Make Your Own Skirt Workshop, she made two! I love the prints she chose and the lace trim she added, ADORE ♥

Friday, August 26, 2011

Inspired by Aude.

Inspired by a top she had seen on Project Runway, Aude made her own version.

She made this beautiful little dress for her daughter.
The back is adorable! ♥
Aude first came to the Designer's Lounge to make a pair of pants, she has since made many other items such as the top shown above and a beautiful dress for her daughter.  I've been inspired by Aude and her attention to detail.  Her designs and projects always have that special little touch that makes them so unique.  Keep up all the great work Aude, I have a feeling that one day your daughters and I will be watching YOU on Project Runway!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Meet Isabel and Bonnie!

Isabel learn to sew starting with a pin-cushion, (Lucy thought it was cute!).

By the end of the week she made a beautiful summer dress!

Bonnie came to the Designer's Lounge a while back and made a tote bag as her first project.  She returned to make a skirt!

AND another skirt!
They did a fabulous job!  ♥♥

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Hollywood and Beautiful Bag Ladies!

Jean harlow, 1932

Rita Haworth 1946 and Maggy Rouff, 1946
 Hollywood sets the trends... well, at least it used to!  It's no secret that the music industry has been a huge influence on fashion, thank goodness we have Lady Gaga to stir things up a bit, right?!  Today's stars tend to follow existing trends as they change their looks  with every public appearance.  There was a time, however- Hollywood's "Golden Age", when movie stars set the trends. 

In 1932, within just a few days, the New York department store Macy's sold 500,000 copies of a white dress with gigantic, flounced sleeves worn by twenty-six-year-old Joan Crawford in Letty Lynton (1932).  The designer of the original dress was Adrian, and his lavish yet refined creations has already established Greta Garbo and Jean Harlow as glamour goddesses.  He understood the psychology of his trade: "You must never put costume jewelry or imitation lace on Garbo," he said. "Not that it would be noticed on the screen, but it would do something to Garbo and her performance."
The aim was more than mere beauty.  Hollywood costumes enhanced a star's natural attributes- up to the point where she became her own image.  The desired effect was a total fusion of person and look.  "Her costumes always looked as though they really did belong to her", Edith Head wrote about Carole Lombard, whom she dressed at Paramount.  Half a century later, fashion designers such as Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren and Jil Sander adopted this principle for every woman and gave it a name: personal style.

Will the next year's Oscars see glimpses of those "Golden Years" whisp-ing down the red carpet? I can't wait to find out!

Source: Icons of Fashion the 20th Century by Prestel Publishing.

Beautiful Bag Ladies!

This group of students made their pretty projects in just two hours!  Fabulous job ladies!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Childrens' Workshop

In July we had a lovely week-long workshop for children that was sooo much fun!  Four wonderful little ladies learned how to sew elastic waist skirts, in addition to learning a few embroidery techniques.  They created hand embroidered appliques with the design of their choice and attached it to their skirts.
At the end of the week we had a fashion show in which the girls showed off their creations while cheering each other on.  Of course, we had to celebrate their fantastic job, so we had cupcakes!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Welcome New Designers!

Quite a few people took advantage of the Groupon we offered a while back.  We've had quite a few new students and we welcome them with open arms!  These are a few of the new sewing bees!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Fashion Design Course Update.

Sarah Presented her beautifully assembled board

Carrie did an amazing job with her illustrations, executed in watercolor.

Armani did a fabulous job with his sketches and put a lot of thought and detail into his board
Our last class was held at the Mes Ami Tea House and over a cup o' tea and some DE-lish sandwiches the students went over their design projects.  Sadly, two students are missing due to prior engagements, but everyone did a wonderful job with their concepts, color/fabric stories and designing their very first collections!

Oh!This is Michelle, owner of Mes Amis Tea House, if you see her running around, say HI!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Could Summer really be almost over?!

We have had such a truly creative and amazing summer! I'm excited to share all of our adventures with you and get you caught up on everyone's projects!

Remember Denali?  She came in back at the end of May to show her final project for school and she did an incredible job!

Denali used materials such as paper, fabric, dried flowers, tissue and more unique items to design her incredible creations.  I am proud to say that Miss Danali was accepted into the Rhode Island School of Design and will be starting school this Fall! Whoo Hoo!! Please join me in congratulating her and wishing her lots of good design ju-ju in Rhode Island!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

A Bow Purse and My Lucky Stars

Brianna cut off the bottom of a dress and turned it into this FABULOUS bow purse.  She applied an invisible zipper  and made a strap with a button and buttonhole, later she intends to add lucite straps.  What an ingenious way to take a garment and reconstruct something new!!
Lovely ♥

Last week these ladies became acquainted with the sewing machine, this week they made their first project and they turned out great!

These ladies complete their first project as well, the perfect sewing accessory, a pin-cushion. SEW CUTE!!

There are those days in life, when I wake up and thank my lucky stars for all the wonderful things in my life, today was one of those days... actually, this whole week has been one of those days!
Happy Friday!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Emily and Megan

Today I had the pleasure of checking out the design room of one of our teen designers.  Emily was hard at work on her collection for the "Fall into the Stars" Fashion Show and I was able to sit in and film Emily as she got busy!  She talked to me about her concept, her sketches, and the fabric that she will be using, in addition to the patterns she is working with.  I'm so thrilled to see the imagination and creativity coming from these young ladies! Thank you Emily for allowing me to visit your work space.

Designer at work...

Megan is one of our beginners, and today, she completed her first project!  She was able to turn her basic tote-bag into quite the fashion accessory!  Fabulous job Megan!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Concept Swap

Sarah's illustrations paired back to CJ's concept board.

CJ's illustrations paired back to Carrie's concept board.

Sue's illustrations paired back to my concept board.

My illustrations paired back to  Sarah's concept board.

Last week the Fashion Design Course swapped concept boards, the project was to design into another designer's concept. By using the color palettes, fabrication and theme provided by another designer, it helps us to think outside our own box. We were able to get into the minds of our fellow designer in addition to seeing what ideas would come out of our own concepts.   Once again, everyone did a fabulous job! Unfortunately, we had two student emergencies and they were unable to attend.  However, they plan to bring their illustrations by this week and I will post them as soon as I receive them!
Next week is our last week and the group's homework is to do their own research, come up with their own concept, color pallet and fabric story AND design five looks. They're going to be busy little designers, let's wish them luck!