sewing for other people- lladybird summer 2011 sneak peek

5 Jul

i kind of treat my clothing line like it is my bastard child. i don’t mean to, really, but sometimes i feel like the amount of money/effort that i put into what i make won’t get much of a return when it’s time to sell – i mean, yeah, i know that there are people ~out there~ who will pay $150+ for a simple cotton sundress, but they ain’t shopping on my rack. LOL. hence why i spend the majority of my time supplementing my already-gigantic wardrobe. i rarely bring stuff to the shop & i’m sure they hate me at this point. I’M SORRY.

anyway, i was invited to participate in the next local honey fashion show at the end of this month. nevermind that i have to move within the next month or so (did i already mention that? i think i already mentioned that. my amazing roommate was accepted into the peace corps! she is leaving the country in september, so i gotta bust ass & find a solo apt! eek!), oh and i’m still making junk for the tomato art festival. i will find the time! i am actually using this as an opportunity to do a gigantic stash-bust.

see?
so much fabric!
i doubt i will use *all* these fabrics, but i just love leaving them all over the table while i’m working. it inspires me, and also motivates me to move my butt & finish so i can clean it up!

swatches for palette
here are my palette swatches. lots of gingham & cool summer blues. some pieces i only have enough for trims (like the eyelet), some i have giant yardages of (like the florals). like i said, i am stash-busting to the extreme – my obligatory trip to the fabric store only yielded more interfacing & a piece of red twill. that’s it! and lucky whoever ends up with this stuff – my fabric tastes tend to run on the expensive side, so most of this is leftover from previous LT projects. really high-quality stuff. ooh la la!

i am thinking high-waisted shorts, crop tops, bikini tops, high-waisted skirts, sundresses & rompers. i need at least 8 full outfits & i want everything to mix & match.

a couple peeks at what i’ve got so far…
red high-waisted shorts
red high-waisted shorts! my favorite!
these are quite similar to the red high-waisted shorts that i made for myself. i used the basic pattern block & made a bunch of alterations to the design. i didn’t get a picture, but the pockets are red gingham :)

buttons!
aren’t the buttons fun? i found them in my button stash (once again… bustin’ forreal y’all). they are different sizes but i actually like how it looks a lot.

seersucker crop top
pretty blue seersucker top… still a WIP. remember what i said about my expensive fabric tastes? i think this seersucker was like $20/yard. i barely had enough leftover to squeeze out this top.

it is amazing how much stuff i have amassed for my, er, collection. i have buttons & trims & zippers & bias tape & thread & dear god where did all this come from. hopefully i will be able to utilize what i have without making a bunch of trips to the fabric store.

in other slightly-related news, i have decided to start tagging my handmade clothes. buying little embroidered “handmade by lauren” tags is not in my budget right now, nor do i have time to machine-embroider a bunch of them, so i made a stamp:
garment tags
i plan on stamping it on muslin, using screenprinting ink. which, yes, i have plenty in my stash :)

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6 Responses to “sewing for other people- lladybird summer 2011 sneak peek”

  1. MadeByTrisha July 5, 2011 at 6:42 pm #

    Love your stamp!!!!

    • Rachael July 6, 2011 at 6:18 am #

      Good idea with the stamp. I cannot wait to see what you have for your line, you put so much detail and time into everything you post on here!

  2. Taylor July 12, 2011 at 8:30 am #

    I love the stamp idea! I might have to try that myself. Have you had any issues with the ink bleeding when you wash the clothes?

    • lladybird July 12, 2011 at 8:51 am #

      naw, as long as you use screen printing ink (i use speedball), you won’t get any bleeding. i don’t heat-set my ink because i’m lazy and it barely even fades. i’ve been stencilling & stamping various fabrics for yeears with this stuff & it definitely holds up great in the wash. i love it!

      • Taylor July 12, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

        Thanks, good to know. I’m going to give this a shot on my next project.

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