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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

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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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PERUVIAN RECON

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Lest y’all think I’m idle, here’s proof I’m not.

This handmade mandala was sent from Peru, and I stitched it onto a generic tee. But the shirt rode up in the arms, and I am not a pit stain fashionista.

preuvian tee recon, made by Julianne

So I made new raglan sleeves using this scrap of mesh, and a lower neckline bound in a silk jersey scrap that I use for precious projects. preuvian tee recon, made by Julianne

And then I went to party with all my handmade bags.preuvian tee recon, made by Julianne

Just a little project I did on a Saturday morning. It’s nice to have a favorite old shirt feel new again.

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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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MAMI AFRIKA

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I’ve worked with Wawi Amasha for a few years, and now she’s starting to get really serious about her clothing design. These looks are all hers, but I sewed them for a gallery opening this past weekend. They were presented under the name Mami Afrika.

Wawi dresses, made by Julianne

Sewer, designer, tech designer.Wawi dresses, made by JulianneOf course I made my purple miimii dress, as well as the blue halter dress on Inobe. Wawi is on the left. Wawi dresses, made by Julianne

Wawi was showing her paintings at Hamilton Gallery in Santa Monica, and it was a fun party! In our gallery was the artwork, models wearing dresses, wine of course, and African drummers who inspired some fancy dancing.

A neighboring gallery was also hosting an opening, where there was more wine, plus vodka, couscous, gift bags, and a hyper little German man who began our conversations with “I like the look you’re experimenting with on your outfit,” because that’s what you say in Santa Monica. I don’t remember your name, but you were kinda crazy, but also fun.

Wawi dresses, made by Julianne

The fabrics were collected on Wawi’s recent trip to Kenya, and the patterns were drafted by Inobe Nicole, who also made the fabulous geometric necklaces.

I made ten pieces for the show in 4 days, and eventually developed a rhythm for the layout and construction. Sample patterns rarely come with instructions, so it’s up to be to figure out a smooth and efficient technique.   Wawi dresses, made by JuliannePrint matching! The finishing on this sleeveless jacket includes french seams, bias bound, double turned hem, and folding seams under.

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This purple skirt was my favorite piece, and that amethyst necklace Inobe made is insane!  IMG_2349

Mami Afrika designs, made by Julianne

This dress was another personal favorite.

Wawi dresses, made by Julianne

It was a week of marathon sewing, but the team was very pleased at the outcome. I’ll be doing more work with Wawi soon (like tomorrow!).

Thanks to Sam / Docta Sez for the additional photos!

 

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