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YELLOW FLORAL BIRTHDAY DRESS

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My computer has recently revived from a 3 week hiatus, and yet I’m still just using an old post. Haven’t got quite everything back up and running, and the laptop was really just an excuse to not blog. Maybe I’ll write about it later, but does anyone really care? Long story short: I’m busy sewing all day, working really hard, and also prioritizing my time off. I haven’t really done any personal sewing, and I’m waiting for photos on several large projects for clients. Theoretically I’ll be able to post every day in May.

So in the meantime here’s a post that’s all about eventually getting things done. Pictures were taken in July 2014, when I had an incredibly short cut and was still deep in platinum mania.

 

Happy birthday to meee… from 2013. I bought this fabric as a birthday gift to myself, but between other projects and design uncertainty, wasn’t able to sew it up until 14 months later. Luckily it was worth the wait!

yellow floral shift dress, made by Julianne

The yellow floral poplin in from the Lisette line at Joann. I immediately fell in love with the color combination and the paisley-inspired print. But it was that print that got me turned around. Brightly colored flowers… would that be too juvenile? I hate the idea of being ‘cute’ or saccharine, and so the fabric was folded and left in my cabinet…

Would I use a Laurel-esque shift pattern (this was right around the time that design was sweeping the blogosphere)? What about a vintage sleeveless dress? Maybe I should copy a 2005 H&M shirt dress I still wear: even with the heart print and slightly puffed sleeves, the sleek seams and short hem made me feel powerful.

yellow floral shift dress, made by Julianne

In the end, I combined all these elements. I made a complete pattern of the H&M dress, but eliminated the sleeves and collar. I used a placket inspired from my vintage pattern, though I constructed this one myself. I copied Laurel’s clean neckline, and from there added my own details.

yellow floral shift dress, made by Julianne The raw edges are serged and topstitched. The neckline and arm holes are bound with self-made bias tape, which I sewed on the front using my machine, and then whip stitched the inside and back. yellow floral shift dress, made by Julianne

yellow floral shift dress, made by Julianne

yellow floral shift dress, made by Julianne

I feel like the coral binding creates a neat outline for the wild print. The mustard thread for the buttonholes doesn’t actually match any of the 7 colors of the fabric, but it still felt like the right choice. And the gold shank buttons… somehow, I didn’t even consider that option as I imagined the perfect buttons, but they jumped out at me as I was browsing the Dill racks.

yellow floral shift dress, made by Julianne

It’s been a great summer dress so far, and of course it will do well in cooler temperatures with a cardigan and leggings.

yellow floral shift dress, made by Julianne

I already bought fabric for this year’s birthday dress. I’m not sure if I’ll have it done in time (3 weeks!) and I’m not even sure what design I will use. Perhaps I’ll make a blog post all about that… I should have it published in about 4 months!

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SEA TURTLE QUILT

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I was picking up some basic supplies at Joann Fabrics when another customer asked my opinion on some fabrics she had selected. Always ready to share my ideas about color, I enthusiastically helped and before I knew it I had been asked to make the quilt myself. It’s my client’s own idea for the design, and really I only helped with the fabric selection (and I love her choice of batiks!). This quilt was given to my client’s friend.

baby sea turtle quilt, made by Julianne

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The finished blanket is about 40 x 40″ which seems perfect for a little baby. The X stitches in the background are on a 4″ grid. This is the first quilt I made since 2007.

baby sea turtle quilt, made by Julianne

There is an extra layer of batting beneath the shell to give it extra dimensionality.

baby sea turtle quilt, made by Julianne

My husband and I made a trip up to Santa Cruz and San Francisco around New Year’s Eve, and I brought the blanket with me.

baby sea turtle quilt, made by Julianne

This was a feel-good project to work on (especially during a cold snap). The client was thrilled, and I hope the family has many lovey years with this blanket.

baby sea turtle quilt, made by Julianne

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COSMIC PINK LEGGINGS

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I recently photographed several new projects, but while those pictures linger on my hard drive please enjoy my favorite new leggings.

pink cosmic leggings, made by JulianneIt’s my own pattern, at this point very well tailored to my booty. The spandex came from Fabric Planet and I’m also making some bikram yoga shorts (aka manties) for The Pink Lion.

Of course the shirt is also my own design, and the sparkly gold hat was made by Annie.

pink cosmic leggings, made by Julianne pink cosmic leggings, made by JulianneI’m totally loving the socks and sandals look and I think I’ve finally figured out how to pull it off (but that’s not really up to me, is it?). I got these Reiker sandals in Munich in 2009, and they are my most comfortable shoes as long as I’m also wearing socks. At this point I have quite a collection of socks that I wear with my beloved orange sandals! My teenage self would be appalled at this, and there’s a good chance that my mom is too.

pink cosmic leggings, made by Julianne

These pictures were taken around the Venice Canals, after my husband and I rode bikes to our favorite bar on the beach for frothy Xmas beers.

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That’s my kind of white Christmas!

Also Troop Beverly Hills is finally on Netflix! It’s pretty funny and wonderfully campy, and a little heavy on the ‘shopping is life’ mantra (and even though they sweep it away at the end, the message is still there). Here’s the troop from Mar Vista ordering 42 boxes of cookies! I was a hard-core Girl Scout for many years and though I kicked butt at cookie sales I don’t miss it.

Troop Beverly Hills, Mar Vista

Still way too busy and stressed, but getting through the days. Follow me on Instagram for more regular updates. Happy New Year!

pink cosmic leggings, made by Julianne

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CHEVRON GENIE PANTS

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Jeez, this should have been posted in July! Lucky for current-me, cause I’m swamped with projects for clients that aren’t bloggy. I have a few big projects coming to completion soon, so you’ll see how busy I’ve been!

A few weeks ago I went shopping in the fabric district with some friends, and naturally we ended up at Michael Levine Loft.

fabric shopping

Aleah, Sandra, Nhi, and me

Fabric was $2.50/lb, and I walked away with 11.85 lb (Sandra had a little more). Among my haul was a swishy rayon with black and green chevrons. I wasn’t sure about the colors, because it’s dark and I rarely wear green, but the fabric was perfect for some new genie pants.

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chevron genie pants, made by Julianne

I followed my own DIY genie pants tutorial, with a couple modifications. I made these pants with pockets and side seams, and there will be a follow-up tutorial for that.

chevron genie pants, made by JulianneThe other departure is that I tapered the legs about 4″ from the inseam and side seams on both front and back. I wanted these pants to be casual lounge wear, and the super puffy legs felt so conspicuous.

chevron genie pants, made by Julianne I also made the tank top. It was a $1 remnant, and super smooth charcoal gray jersey (with rayon?). The seams were serged with red thread on the right side of the shirt, and then I topstitched them to lay flat. It’s strange to see myself wearing all dark colors!

chevron genie pants, made by Julianne

They’re comfortable and casual and I love them!

Another word from current-me: after a lot of wear, this rayon fabric is starting to pill. Also the elastic waistband is wearing out a bit; I’ll replace this with a higher-quality spadex. I still have a bunch of this fabric, but now I’m reluctant to make anything that requires a lot of effort.

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NEW PANTIES

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If I’m going to navel gaze, at least I’ll do it in style.

Living in Los Angeles has been hard for me. Although I’ve made a few new friends here, and my sewing business has slowly but steadily grown, and the weather is almost always delightful, and can we talk about the avocados… I miss my home. Every day I think about New Orleans and wish I could be there. Without indulging in too much trendy self-diagnosis, I do think I’ve been dealing with some mild depression for a while now. And if I haven’t had a legitimate mood disorder, my underwear certainly has. We’re both trying to crawl out of it!

happy panties, made by Julianne

These panties replace my black set from 2010. Those were good undies, and have lasted me for four years, but they are starting to get threadbare! I’ve made a few supplemental panties since 2010, but this is my first bulk addition since the original post.

All the fabrics were from my stash, and most of the laces were bought new. Apparently I’ve run through my hoard of lingerie elastic! It feels good.

happy panties, made by Julianne  Remnant from leggings.happy panties, made by Julianne

Tiny scrap from un-blogged shirt.

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Fabric from tiger leggings.

I do also have a couple pairs of plain tan panties to be worn with light unlined dresses. When I was buying elastic for them, Nhi scoffed at my boring selection (I think she may have even been slightly offended). But there can’t be a party in my pants all the time!happy panties, made by Julianne happy panties, made by Julianne happy panties, made by Julianne

happy panties, made by Julianne

They’ve got a higher rise than bikini cut normally would, and that’s how I like it nowadays. The wide elastic keeps them up, and hides my butt crack. Granted, sometimes the lace peeks out from my lower-rise pants. But you know how people layer shirts, and let a camisole peek through? Why can’t I do that with these? I’m not walking around with a crop top and butt cleavage, but I’m also not worried about people getting occasional peeks at the top of my lingerie lace. High fashion or low standards?

happy panties, made by Julianne

happy panties, made by Julianne

I’ve always had a weakness for brass animals, especially if they are fixtures.

Although this is my website, I don’t really like to talk about my personal stuff. It’s not so much about privacy as it is about resisting self-indulgence, or maybe avoiding self-reflection. This post is an exception, because I was feeling introspective when I started writing (3 weeks before I finished writing), and I am trying to be more proactive about my life in general. I guess that means my underwear drawer is a metaphor?

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SPARKLEPUSSY Mardi Gras 2014

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The idea to dress up as a glittery purple cat hit me like a bolt of lightning, and before I knew it five of us were roving the French Quarter as a herd of cats.

sparklepussy cat costume, made by Julianne

This was the most Mardi Gras house in the Quarter.

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We meowed, and scratched with our claws, and drank a ton of whiskey.sparklepussy cat costume, made by Julianne

I designed, drafted, and basted the suit before we left for our epic roadtrip, and then did the final serging, pink components, and fur accents on Lundi Gras in New Orleans.

sparklepussy cat costume, made by Julianne

Originally the costume was going to be sleeveless (and therefore a little more roller disco), but I had to make several last-minute concessions to the weather.

sparklepussy cat costume, made by Julianne

As it happened, Fat Tuesday was about 40º and raining: unusually miserable weather, especially for March! So I added the mesh sleeves, and arm warmers, and had to wear layers underneath my sleek catsuit. Some of those bulges are a wool sweater that I managed to stuff in, and I was wearing a jacket for most of the day. So apparently I didn’t need to lay off the french fries.

sparklepussy cat costume, made by Julianne

The mask is puff paint and rhinestones on tulle. I need to add a clear plastic backing so that it stands up, since I wore the mask over my glasses. I really enjoyed this technique, and will play with it more (word to the wise: this took about 3 days to fully dry).

sparklepussy cat costume, made by Julianne

Can you believe the adorable pet tag?! Maria and Patrick made one for everybody, and mine is being stamped with “Sparklepussy.”

sparklepussy cat costume, made by Julianne

I really like this costume, but having to bundle up and still try to stay inside made it a challenge to have fun. I did catch a golden coconut at Zulu, and good friends + whiskey will get you pretty far in life.

I’ll have plenty of other opportunities to wear it, like Burning Man, and Halloween, and maybe the next party.

 

 

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