Back in the fall I sewed up a storm for my first ever indie market. It was exactly what I needed to push myself to get creative with my oversized fabric stash and finally make some of the design ideas in my head come to life. It was also an opportunity to test my pattern grading skills! Pattern grading was fun, nightmarish, and super satisfying all at the same time.
I had a lot of meters of fabric here and there that I'd been wanting to use forever but I didn't have huge quantities of any one in particular, so a lot of my creations were truly one of a kind, in that, I could only make a size or two per colour or pattern. This lead to a lot of unique pieces. I decided on just a handful of designs that I could use with the variety of fabric I had available. It was a good mix of legit vintage fabric and some new, era appropriate fabric as well. It ended up being super summery and beach-y, and very reminiscent of 60's surf culture California - a look that I love very much. The floral fabric is definitely one of my favourites. Apparently it was once used as bedding but it's such a good quality cotton and was in amazing condition so I had a blast giving it new life in the form of tunics, tops, and skirts, and it's always good to recycle! My lovely model, Charmaine, ended up buying one of the tunic tops she loved it that much. I'm glad it found such a great home! I'm also a huge fan of crop tops because they pair so well with hight waisted pants and shorts. I love high waisted anything because it's such flattering look for a lot of body types. And of course, I love mini skirts! I personally wear them all year round. I even went to Edmonton's infamous parka patio party a few years ago in a hand made mini.....fleece tights and parka too of course.
I'm so so happy with how everything turned out but since the market I haven't had a chance to properly showcase all my designs....until now. The idea was always to list anything that didn't sell on Etsy but taking good photos proved to be a challenge seeing as my one bedroom apartment is half sewing-studio and backdrop space is limited. And I'm spoiled with having an amazing photographer for a boyfriend, and awesome friends to play model for me. Naturally, we wanted to combine my design & sewing skills with his photography skills but it took some time for our schedules to work out and figuring out a place that wasn't our tiny apartment to do a shoot.
Thankfully, my good friend Charmaine has an awesome place with mega space, and was kind enough to let us set up camp for an afternoon.
I should also note that the awesome pants that Chantel is wearing were not made by me. I've had them in my personal collection forever and thought they would pair really well with that top. I love the fabric and I swear if I ever find anything like it I'll definitely put it to good use.
As always, thanks so much for looking!
Nicole A Go Go