Let’s get crafty

I went a little crazy at the hobby store the other day, and got a whole lot of goodies. I’ve always loved using a lot of trims, pearls, glitz and glams in my designs, and it was about time I stocked up on some new materials. Here’s a little picture-bonanza of what I brought home:

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What I’m most excited about are all the flowers that I got. I want to make a top or a jacket that are just filled with them from top to bottom, and make it look like the garment is made strictly out of flowers.

Remember the denim pieces I re-designed in collaboration with 2minutter? That’s kind of what inspired this whole idea:

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Leather jacket

Leather jackets are something most people have in their closet, and you can get them in any color, shape or form you want. I’ve been working on this white pleather jacket lately, which has quite challenging, but also a lot of fun. Leather/pleather is a very difficult fabric to work with if you don’t have the necessary equipment that makes it easier, so it definitely takes longer than usual.

As my collection is pretty bright and colorful I decided to make it in white, and add some color details in the back. I’ve been thinking of adding more of that to the front as well, I’m just not sure if that will be too much. Anyway, this is what it looks like so far:

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All I pretty much need to do is hem the sleeves and finish the lapel in the front, and I think I’m done 🙂

It’s all about the styling

When presenting a collection, it’s not just all about the clothes. Of course, that is the main part, but the way it is all presented and styled can really make a huge difference. With that in mind, I’ve been thinking of designing handbags that goes with the outfits. I at least want all of the girls to have some sort of accessory that goes with the look, and I want to create most of it myself.

What I have in mind is clutches, scrunchies, chokers and bracelets, and I want them to look like they were made specifically for the outfit I’m styling it with. Creating accessories is something I really love to do, as it’s mostly detail work, and I’m usually able to finish it within a short timeframe.

Here are some inspiration photos, a little mood board if you will, for what my accessories will look like:

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Online window shopping

So, going fabric shopping is probably one of my favorite activities on earth. I light up like a kid in a toy store, and I can spend hours and hours just looking around. Recently however, I stumbled upon an online fabric store, which got me hooked. I would probably never think to buy fabrics online, as the texture can be crucial, and here you only get to see a photograph, but this site might have convinced me otherwise. When looking in the store, you’ll eventually looked through everything they have, but with online shopping, the options are endless.

I present to you: SPOONFLOWER.COM

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I mean, how gorgeous are these fabrics? I want to buy them all! The only itty bitty problem is that they are not super cheap. But that’s just a minor detail. Fabrics are so crucial to the final result, so I think investing a little extra in them can be beneficial.

I’m especially drawn to the watercolor ones, and I’m toying with the idea of trying to make one myself one day. And there are definitely services out there that lets you print your own designs on different types of fabrics, which I think could be really cool to try out. We shall see:)

Techniques to try

Anyone who’s ever spent some time on Pinterest, knows that you can end up looking at thousands of pictures without even noticing that time is passing. That is usually the case with me, and lately I’ve been looking a lot at DIY projects, which has really inspired me to try out some new techniques. Here’s what I’ve been looking into:

Weaving

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I think the result of these are so beautiful! Although they’re mostly meant for wall decoration, I’m picturing using it as a detail in my designs, and I think it could really elevate a look. I could make a smaller patch to place on the back of a jacket, or maybe even create a whole top using the technique. This is definitely something I’ll give a try, and it will of course be documented here!


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This is kind of in the same field as weaving, but still a little different. Growing up we always used to make these macrame bracelets in different colors decorated with pearls, but I want to elevate it. I want to try and create a whole pattern using different macrame techniques, and make that the focal part of a look. Should be interesting to see how it turns out! One thing I know for certain is that I will need a whole lot of cords.


Handmade details

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I’ve always been a fan of using a lot of trims, fringes, pearls etc, but I’ve usually bought them finished at the store. What I want to do is make these details myself. Fringes is something you can easily make yourself, if you have some patience, but I also want to dab into making tassels, trims, pompoms and patches. I love doing detail work, and even though it takes a long time, the effect of it is what makes it worth it.


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♥ All images from Pinterest.

I definitely want to corporate some handmade accessories into my collection, and I’m picturing making some big statement pieces that can really elevate the outfit it’s being paired with. I want to do chunky necklaces and bracelets, as well as earrings and clutches. I might even dab into making sunglasses. Not the actual pair of sunglasses, but “decorate” plain store-bought ones.

I really want to use some, or all of these ideas in my collection. I know I might be biting off more than I can chew, as it all is very time-consuming, but I know I will have enough time to pull it off. I definitely think it will give the collection some more dimension and personality, which is what I’m aiming for!

Sneak peak

Hi guys! I thought I would show you a little sneak peak of a couple of garments I’m planning to show at Fashion Week! I certainly don’t have everything ready yet, I’m not even close to being done to be honest, but it is definitely coming along. All I can do is take one day at the time, and try to consistently get some work done everyday. I have worked under time pressure before, but never for such a long period of time. Two months might sound like a long time to make a 12-piece collection, but time goes by so fast, it’s not even funny. ANYWAY, here are some pieces that are actually finished 🙂

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I’m picturing these three garments in an outfit together. I created the lace tee first, and as it’s see through I wanted to make a crop top to go underneath, and just pair it with a cute pair of shorts.

I’ve also been working on a kimono jacket in this beautiful lace fabric I found the other day, and I think it can be really stunning if I can get it right. Here you can see the fabric I’m talking about, with a turquoise fabric underneath that I will use for lining:

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Hopefully it will all come together somehow! As exciting as it is, it sure is stressful at the same time. I just want everything to be perfect 😀

The collection

Where to start when you’re creating a 12-piece collection? You need to have a plan, an idea, of what you want to show. What will be the vibe of the collection? Who is the girl wearing the pieces? Is it focused on day-time or evening wear? Maybe both? There are so many things to figure out in the very beginning, and these are important decisions as they will hugely influence what the actual end product will look like.

The first course of action was figuring out which season I’m designing for. I’m settling with a mix of spring-summer-fall, as they feel the most relevant to my location. Secondly I imagined who would wear these pieces. In my mind, I picture a girl/woman with a romantic, playful and girly style, who likes to dress up a little extra in her everyday life. The collection will mostly consist of pieces that can be translated from day to evening, without leaning too much towards one or the other. I also picture it being very light and colorful. I want the collection to send out a happy vibe, and be dreamy in a way. I want it to flow, like there is a story that’s being told. None of the pieces will look the same, but I still want there to be a clear cohesion.

Here are some inspirational photos to kind of give you an idea of what I have in mind:

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With this collection I need to think about full looks in contrast to designing individual pieces, and make sure what I put together actually works. I’m planning on making a lot of separates, and I’ll definitely play with the combinations when I get closer to finished. A top I originally pictured with a skirt might end up looking better with a pair of pants. Making more pieces than I actually need seems like a good idea, as it gives me more options.

The first month I think I’ll try to just punch out garments, without overthinking it too much. When I see the pieces in front of me I think it will be easier to see what is missing. I’m not the most patient person alive, so I don’t think the smartest thing for me is to work too long on one piece at the time.

Puh, I realize how much work I have ahead of me when writing this down. I need to just stay ahead of the game, crank out some cool, fashion-week-worthy pieces, and remember to step up for air every once in a while. Keeping an open mind is also really important. I have to be able to look at it all with a critical eye, and distance my self from it in order to see what’s working and what should be edited out.

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This will be one of the most exciting things I’ve done so far, especially design vise, and I simply CANNOT wait to the day I see the twelve girls walking down the runway in my designs.

Kitty shoot

I was about to take some photos of some of my new fabrics today when I got slightly interrupted. Miss Lola apparently thinks that “work-time” means “play-time”, so she was all over my fabrics the minute I laid them out. It was her against the prints, and nothing was going to stop her. She is fearless, and she will conquer whatever she sets her mind to. As she was rolling around, trying to rip the cotton to pieces, I saw a golden opportunity to get some snapshots. Luckily I was able to get a couple ones where she’s in semi-focus, pretty unbelievable considering her high-speed wrestling tempo.

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“Stop photographing me and help me defeat this thing!”

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“Ah, it has finally surrendered.”

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She finally got tired of playing, and I was able to get the fabrics to my own for a little while. I’ll show you later 🙂

aninepaulsen 3.0

When starting this blog, I pictured it being a virtual portfolio of my work – a place I could post everything I made, mostly for my self, but also as a source of reference. I didn’t want it to be too personal, but almost more like a gallery than a blog. Lately, my fingers have been itching to write however. So, I will slowly transition aninepaulsen.com into become more like a “blog”. Not like a diary, everything will be design related, but it will be more filled with text than before, and more frequent blog postings in general. It will allow those of you who don’t know me in real life to get a little more insight into who I am, something I always value when reading blogs.

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From now on, the blog will consist more of these things:

♥ Posts about what inspires me when designing
♥ More personal posts about why I sew, how it all started, etc
♥ Step-by-step tutorials on how to make certain things
♥ Everyday snapshots of what I’m doing/what I’m making
♥ Sewing tips and tricks

As my first ever runway show at Tucson Fashion Week is coming up, I will of course post a lot of updates and sneak-peaks of the collection I’m making. I’m fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work on it full-time for two months, which means I will have a lot of time to really document the whole process as I go along.

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My goal is to post something at least once a day, and make blogging a part of my everyday routine. Hope you like the idea, I’m really excited about it:D

My first RUNWAY SHOW

Hi! Long time no see.. I’ve been kind of out of the blog world for a while, but that doesn’t mean I’m out of the sewing world. As a matter of fact, I’ve been invited to show a collection at Tucson Fashion Week this October! Weee:D I was out-of-this-world happy when I got the news, and I’ve had this collection in my head ever since.

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Tucson Fashion Week is the biggest event of the year for the fashion-guru’s in the city of Tucson, where local, regional and national designers gathers to show their latest collections. I’m very excited to be a part of this, as it will be the first time I’m ever showcasing a cohesive collection in front of an audience. It will definitely push me to think a little differently when it comes to my designs, as the collection needs to be somewhat cohesive in contrast to just designing individual pieces. I will create 8-12 full looks, that will be walked down the runway by models in the amazing Rialto Theater October 13. C A N  N O T  W A I T !

The first measure of action was to find my inspiration. I’ve always been drawn to pastel colors and 90’s style, so that will definitely play a big part in my collection. It will be a good mix of everything I love: fun, playful, romantic, colorful and girly. I’m basically making the collection of my dreams. Here’s a little collage to get an idea:

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I’m so excited to get fully started on this, and I will definitely post pictures of the process as I go. I’m prepared for a lot of hard work, with long hours and potential semi-breakdowns along the way, but I’m absolutely certain it will be an experience I’ll never forget.

Tickets for the event can be found here.