Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Tomboy

While I am on the subject of shorpy pics...

This girl reminds me of me when I was young



I always had short hair, and I definitely had a pair of those pinstripe overalls. (I wanted to be like my grandpa, he wore those almost every day)

Man, I was such a tomboy. Swimming in creeks, climbing trees, catching bugs, building forts, and a treehouse in the walnut tree (with the help of my dad of course) and then having walnut fights (you know, when the nuts aren't ripe at all, and still have that green fuzzy layer on them), getting leeches, ticks, poison ivy, nettles, riding bikes on the country roads after it rains, cussing, spitting, reenacting scenes from Stand By Me with the railroad tracks that ran through the creek... It is interesting that I have grown up to design clothes that are really feminine and girly.

Although I do remember, I think in second or third grade, every Tuesday being "dress up" day with my 3 best friends (the ones I would go to the creek with after school). So for one day a week at least, we kept our girlishness. Maybe that is the part that actually stuck with me, but so did the short hair.

Pff

Man the adults don't even dress like this anymore:

This photo is courtesy of shorpy.com. A pretty cool site you should check out.

Just look how cool these kids are. And they're just going to the movies. Every time I go to the movies, everyone is coming out of the theatre with soggy t-shirts and flip-flops. Gross.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Google Search

So I Googled "Sugardale" just now, and it is cool to see that my two sites (this one and sugardale.etsy.com) are in the top ten searches.

Granted there aren't that many Sugardales out there; the only other one is a food company. So the next site after mine is: "Calories in Sugardale Hot Dogs". Too bad I share a name with it.

I don't even like hot dogs.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Some Things You Ought to Know

Have you ever wondered why you can go into Banana Rebuplic and you fit their size 4, but then go to, I don't know some other mall store, and you fit their size 2?

Well here is the reason:
Each clothing brand has its own "fit model" which is a certain size that they base all their patterns on. This fit model is usually based on their "target customer" (the ideal customer that they are trying to sell to) One brand might be designing for basketball players, or for older women, or for dancers, so within each of these groups there might be similiar body types, but between them there aren't many. Thus, there must be different sizing variations for each group or brand

And that's not all, sizing has also changed as time has. For example, you can buy a vintage dress or pattern and the size you might normally wear is usually smaller than the size on the vintage item or pattern.

While this may get annoying for the individual buyer, it is actually better for the whole industry of ready-to-wear clothing. It is a lot more difficult, however, to buy your typical size while shopping online. Which is why on a lot of vintage sites they will size their clothes according to actual measurements (i.e. 34" bust, 26" waist, 36" hips.) Some sites also provide a measuring chart which is the same thing, they just give the actual measurements a size (i.e. 2, 4, 6; sm, md, lg)

So, it is very important to know your measurements, and how to take them properly. Especially the three main ones: bust, waist, and hips. I will be posting a tutorial with photos on how to do so very soon.

Monday, October 29, 2007

This is Halloween! This is Halloween! Halloween, Halloween...

About a week ago my roommate asked me to make her a Halloween costume of one of her characters: a lizard. So we bought some felt, fleece, a couple of buttons, and some thread, and I set to work. Periodically I would try the costume on myself just to make sure the spikes were staying up, and that the eyeballs were big enough, and found myself laughing at the costume in the mirror. It is pretty funny, you'll see...

The costume I made brought one of her characters to life, and they had everything a GUBBA character would have: a pocket, big eyeballs, liver spots, cuteness, and of course everything cool.

I am pretty proud of my first good costume. I was going to try and make another one of her characters for myself, but I didn't have much time. Maybe next year.

Here is the GUBBA LIZARD in her natural habitat: (Another fine video from Mikey)

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Music and Technology Fashion Show

This little video was made by Michael James Armstrong. It's of the Music and Technology fashion show. So if you weren't there this does better than pictures to show you how cool it was.



It was a really fun night. My models and I got our hair and makeup professionally done (well, I just got my hair sprayed black, since my head is shaved, but yeah). We looked so good together with the same make up and the black a white dresses, and record hats and purses.

A fashion show is such a great climax as well. I spent a month-almost nonstop-making patterns, dresses, fitting models, hand-sewing belts, making purses, gluing hats together, brainstorming how to actually get my hat to stay on my head,fixing mistakes, stressing, staying up late, waking up early for work. Not to mention the fashion show day itself: making lists that include: nail polish, safety pins, a scrap of fabric (for covering made-up faces when the dresses go on), shoes, purses, hats, deoderant, snacks, etc. Then getting hair done, which by the way, Travis from Salon Tonic did a great job on Shelby's pin curls, and Chyna's 60's back comb. Anyway, after all the preparation, the fashion show is such a treat. Then after the show, getting such a great response from friends, family, and strangers, is really cool.

So if you couldn't make it, too bad, but watch the video and let me know what you think.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

A few designs

Hey, wanna see some stuff I've made? O.K., let's look...



I won the Golden Scissors Award at the Mesa College fashion show for this wool suit (nice blue ribbon. that's right).

Here are a couple designs from my Nouveau Cru collection:




Can you tell I like suits? This one is modeled by GUBBA.



I wanted to wear something new for my boyfriend's art show, so I made this in just two days.


This is one of my favorites. I improved upon the pattern I had made for the green and white striped dress by making the skirt fuller. Now I can put a petticoat under it to give it a good 1950's silhouette.


So, that's it for now. I have some more designs that need to be photographed, plus pictures from the "Music and Technology" fashion show, which is less than a day from now. Stay tuned, I'll be right back.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Music Technology

A few weeks ago, I was asked to design 3 outfits for a fashion show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego. The theme of the fashion show is "Music Technology". Since I love vintage, all of my designs are based on records and feature silhouettes from the 40's, 50's, and 60's.

I have been wanting to get my blog going, but I haven't stopped sewing or making patterns. I thought I would take a little break since the next step in my process is fitting one of my models and she isn't here. So I just want to get this thing started. There will be more to come.