Categotry Archives: clothing

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FLUEVOG KINGDOM

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Fluevog Kingdom

Not only is Fluevog an excellent design line, they’re also a cool company to work for. My friend Tanaya runs their French Quarter store, and commissioned a dress for their company retreat costume party in Canada this summer. The theme for the party was Moonrise Kingdom, and Tanaya already had the perfect Fluevog saddle shoes for a Suzy look, as well as a designer friend who loves all Wes Anderson movies.

Fluevog saddle shoesRather than taking a cosplay approach to the retro Suzy look I decided to design a dress to compliment the shoes while still fitting into the film’s aesthetic. Why follow someone else’s design when I can make my own?

Fluevog Kingdom What a cutie! Another concern for this design was that the dress be versatile enough to fit into her regular wardrobe. Of course I drafted the simple pattern myself.Fluevog Kingdom dressThe fabrics are all from Joann. The blue polyester has great texture and a little bit of stretch. I layered ivory knit lace over black satin and obviously had fun playing with the pattern layout. The zipper is a vintage metal one from my stash for that authentic touch.

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We didn’t win the costume contest but I’m satisfied that my mission was accomplished!Fluevog Kingdom dressNow that I’ve broken the seal maybe I’ll do better about posting more projects. Happy New Year!

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FREEDOM FRY winter 2015

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Just before leaving LA last fall, I made another batch of outfits for the indie music group Freedom Fry. We used the same basic shapes as our first outfits, since those silhouettes flatter and the fit is accurate.

Once again, Marie’s former career as a thorough stylist was evident. She pre-washed the fabrics, paired them with notions, and attached sketches with reference photos for each variation. She effectively communicates the aesthetic she wants, and I am able to apply my own design ideas and craftsmanship. It feels like we’re really in sync, and I love being able to help this band evolve more fully into themselves.

Freedom Fry outfits, made by Julianne

Freedom Fry outfits, made by Julianne   Freedom Fry outfits, made by Julianne

All fabrics came from Michael Levine. The outfits above and below are both quilting cottons.  Of course the adorable dog matches the home. Did I mention Marie is a stylist? Total respect for this lady’s design execution.

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These white outfits turned out to be my favorite from the group. The fabric is a loose weave cotton-linen blend, and I used the raw selvage throughout both garments. Marie’s dress has an attached poncho with a plunging neckline to keep the look young.

Freedom Fry outfits, made by JulianneWhat a babe!

Their home was the perfect setting for our informal photo-shoot, and really brought their outfits to life. I love working with this couple!

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SHING SHIRT

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I made myself this sleeveless tee, but it didn’t fit. It so totally didn’t fit me that it fits Shing really well, and Shing is a tiny Asian woman.

Shing normally dresses in a pallette of gray and khaki, and she creates art in my spectrum of aqua, coral, and goldenrod. So fittingly, my clothing matches her imagination.

Shing shirt, made by Julianne

Shing shirt, made by Julianne

This shirt was made from all fabrics and remnants in my stash, and this lace triangle is just about my favorite:

Shing shirt, made by Julianne

Godspeed, pretty tank top. Enjoy your new life with someone who actually fits you.

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WOLFIES at the pool

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I’m deep in the glorious mess that is preparing for Burning Man (so many of you want fur suits this year!), so here’s a little project I did back in March. March was another time of extraordinary business, so sharing these outfits now is encouraging me in this current flurry of fabric.

Y’all know I sew outfits for my favorite glam synth band Story of the Running Wolf, but you don’t know how many outfits I’ve made. This particular wardrobe set was created for their DJ set at The Skybar at Hotel Mondrian in West Hollywood. Most of their outfits are black/silver based with neon details, created for their live shows at night. Since this was an outdoor daytime DJ set, we switched the color scheme to be mostly pink and blue, with gold accents.

Story of the Running Wolf pool party outfits, made by Julianne Story of the Running Wolf pool party outfits, made by Julianne

Story of the Running Wolf pool party outfits, made by Julianne

This was such a fun party! I took my first Uber with half of the band, drank a ton of champagne in the fancy hotel room, bluffed my way into the party (of course I was on the list, but my companions were not), ate non-vegan pizza, didn’t get a sunburn, danced and jammed, took my second Uber, and was home by 9. I am a wild party animal!

Story of the Running Wolf pool party outfits, made by JulianneStory of the Running Wolf pool party outfits, made by JulianneI have an excellent photo series of Jeffrey using eye drops. Much more appealing than those Ben Stein commercials from the 90s.Story of the Running Wolf pool party outfits, made by Julianne Story of the Running Wolf pool party outfits, made by Julianne And then down to the show!Story of the Running Wolf pool party outfits, made by Julianne Story of the Running Wolf pool party outfits, made by Julianne Story of the Running Wolf pool party outfits, made by Julianne

Story of the Running Wolf pool party outfits, made by Julianne

I love sewing for these guys. Their style matches up with mine so wonderfully, and their input always intensifies the final product. I can’t wait to share some of the bigger projects we’ve worked on this year!

Story of the Running Wolf pool party outfits, made by Julianne

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PROFESSIONAL PJs: scrappy summer camisoles

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In any day, my schedule may include sewing at home, meeting with clients, and running errands on bike. What kind of outfit is appropriate and comfortable for all these activities? I’m developing ‘professional pajama’ style, for creative professionals who work from home. It’s going to be a movement!

The first entry into this bold new category of dress code is a camisole. I drafted the pattern and jumped right in with this sample. It was fun to make, and gave me lots of ideas for a second top, in terms of design and process.

rainbow camisol, made by Julianne

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The rayon drawstring pants are also part of this comfy fashion lifestyle.

I was so happy with the first top that I immediately made a second. I got more ambitious for the back, but unfortunately sewed the center back panels together along the wrong side. Since the jersey is so stretchy the design still works, but I was going for a neater fit. Next time!

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Both versions are made mostly from scrap jerseys I’ve saved from other projects, and a few fabrics I have stashed away in my cabinet. Some of the seaming is structurally motivated, and some of it was designed for the small and odd-shaped scraps available. The cups are lined with a second layer of jersey, and I used 1/4″ elastic at the underbust seam to offer a bit of support.

scrappy camisol, made by JulianneIt’s been tank-top weather in LA since February, and these two tops have been in heavy rotation. They go with everything, are very comfortable, and feel ‘me’. Posting these tops together makes it easy to see the design evolution, and it makes me excited for what else this can become!

As always, thanks go to my husband for the photography.

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FREEDOM FRY retro orange outfits

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I’ve recently connected with the Los Angeles band Freedom Fry, and they asked me to make a set of outfits. The leaders of the band are Marie and Bruce, who are also married to each other. Marie used to work as a stylist, and had a very clear idea of the band’s look and vintage influences.

It was great to work with such an informed yet flexible client! They’re both charming, and creative, and funny, and when they come for a fitting it usually lasts for hours.

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I based the dress pattern on an old favorite of Marie’s, with modifications. Bruce’s shirt was an exact copy of one from his wardrobe. I really enjoy sewing men’s button shirts; they are crisp and precise and so satisfying!

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I really enjoyed the challenge of the print, and having the designs match up. I’m really proud of this attention to detail! Of course it takes forethought and effort, but what’s the point of making anything at all if it’s not going to be perfect? This is not my mantra by any means, but I say it to myself anyway and laugh, and then get back to work.

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I’ve created garments for a few musicians lately, and it’s work that I really enjoy. I usually listen to my client’s music as I prepare and cut the fabric. Stage wardrobes are more daring than street clothes, and can actively help tell the songs’ stories. It’s such a pleasure to connect with another creator and to contribute to their art.

Freedom Fry at SXSW

They wore these outfits at SXSW, along with another set I will share soon. There’s also a third set of outfits that will be on their upcoming west coast tour! See how busy I’ve been?!

Freedom Fry outfits, made by Julianne

 

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