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LISA FRANK PARTY SKORT

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I always enjoy making outfits for friends: working on the fit, imagining how they will energize the garments, what kind of adventures they will find. This outfit was commissioned by my friend Sara for another friend’s Lisa Frank themed birthday party in Los Angeles. She sent the fabric and her measurements and one request: matching scrunchie!

Lisa Frank party set

Inspired by the 90s theme, I went for a party recess concept that could only mean skort. This one has a cotton lined crotch panel which makes it perfect for bike riding and grinding on the dance floor.

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Of course there are pockets!

The tie die lycra has a holographic splatter all over it, which I enhanced with neon pink and holographic lycra accents. I used my serger to make a rolled hem with neon threads, to echo retro lettuce hemming, but kept the hems flat for a cleaner finish.

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The top is reversible, depending on what colors she wants to feature on the front.

Lisa Frank party set

She totally pulls off the psychedelic trapper keeper babe look!

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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

rainbow camisol, made by Julianne rainbow camisol, made by Julianne

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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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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RAINBOW SHORTS

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Somehow in the mad rush that is preparing to leave for Burning Man, I whipped up some new shorts for my husband.

However I forgot that I was supposed to line them, and the loosely woven fabric started pulling while he wore them on the playa. Now they have a comfy, worn-in attitude that only comes from giant patches and after-the-fact lining.

rainbow pants, made by Julianne

I got this polyester upholstery fabric from Fabric Planet in Venice, and used 1 yard for the shorts. The fabric wasn’t quite wide enough, so I found a gray twill in my stash and used it all up on the side panels, waistband, and pockets. The lining fabric sat in my stash for only a few weeks, and was left over from a client’s project.

rainbow pants, made by Julianne

rainbow pants, made by Julianne

Our last name is Siadek and I love the little gold S pattern.

It’s a pattern that I drafted myself and tweaked over the years, and I feel like I’ve finally achieved a good fit for Jason. So now I’m just going to make 5 new pairs.

rainbow pants, made by Julianne

He calls these his ‘dress shorts’ and wears them to parties and other fun events, usually with sandals and his purple shirt (which I think is his favorite). He really loves this capri length, and I love making him clothing that suits his personality and comfort requirements without looking sloppy or boring.

rainbow pants, made by Julianne

 

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PAINTED COOLER

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This cooler was once solid black, with a Harley Davidson logo on the front. Could you possibly imagine me carrying that to a party? So off came the logo, on went the paint, a damnit all if I didn’t have to replace the zipper! Luckily I had a big pink one handy. The cooler was free, the paint and zipper were in my stash.

painted cooler, made by JulianneClearly we are always ready for a party with this thing! A corkscrew / bottle opener lives in the front pocket. We fill it with ice packs and it does a pretty good job with temperature control.

painted cooler, made by JulianneThe original purpose of this cooler was for Burning Man, to carry on my bike or on our art car, the Sensatron. Since 2013, it’s also come on numerous trips around, and was perfect for bike riding at the beach for Independence Day.

painted cooler, made by Julianne

painted cooler, made by Julianne It’s a little worn after accompanying us on so many adventures, but still looks good.

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NEON ZIPPER MASKS

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Nothing’s cooler than a black light, especially when you might already be losing your mind for whatever reason, and so I created a collection of zipper masks for just such an occasion. These materials were carefully selected for an awesome neon experience.

You can check out these zipper masks in my Etsy shop. If your heart is set on a design that’s already sold, contact me about a custom order!

 neon zipper mask, made by Julianne

neon zipper mask, made by Julianne

Burning Man is held out in the desert, on a prehistoric lakebed. The ground is covered in a powder-like dust and strong winds off the mountains can create dust storms, possibly leading to whiteout conditions. It’s essential to be prepared and carry some sort of respiratory shield, and there’s nothing more fabulous than a zipper mask!

These masks are sewn by hand, and each one is a unique combination of fabrics. Clearly I love playing with colors, and I love making these!

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neon zipper mask, made by Julianne

neon zipper mask, made by Julianne neon zipper mask, made by Julianne

I created this mask custom for a friend. She’s totally got the personality of a puppy who loves to chase a neon party.

neon zipper mask, made by Julianne

I really love the elements of this mask that don’t glow. It’s positive and negative space, in light!

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