Saturday, February 26, 2011

Gladiator sandals

I've been wanting to make gladiator sandals for some doll and decided to make them for the skater doll. After all, this type of sandals are originally supposed to have flat soles.

The first photo shows the parts required: soles, zippers and straps. The straps are made of lace treated with sealer to keep its form. The insoles are pieces of leather with one layer of cardboard underneath. The white cardboard parts shown under the insoles did not make it to the final construction as it turned out that the soles need to be flexible or you can't get the shoes on the doll's feet.

Here you can see the zippers and straps glued in place.

And here is a back view. The problem with reqular sized zippers is that they don't open far enough. With high heel shoes, it is not a problem, but with flat feet, you need to be really careful with the length of the straps.

All that was left to do was gluing the leather outer soles in place. After this experiment, I'd say that buckles would be a better choice for this kind of shoes, although they would require more work both when making the shoes and when putting them on the doll's feet or taking off.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

not exactly a light breeze

[ :: MICHAEL Michael Kors vest :: Old Navy button down :: H&M skirt and belt:: ]
[ :: Skagen watch (from the bf! ♥ ♥ ♥) :: H&M bracelet :: Forever21 necklace :: ]
[ :: Dolce Vita x Target wedges :: Kenneth Cole clutch via ideeli :: ]

I've been stocking up like crazy on white button down shirts. They're just such easy, timeless pieces--I'm always pairing them with denim shorts and statement necklaces for what my bf refers to as my Ina Garten/vineyard look. LOL.

Anyway, I know it hasn't been that long since I posted this MK vest, but I reaaaally wanted to wear it again before it gets too warm! Of course, I was totally freezing during this photo-session since apparently that hilltop is crazy-windy. If you can't tell by my Medusa hair.

I know everyone is looking forward to Spring but are there any trends or wardrobe items from Winter that you just don't want to give up?
For me, it's oversized sweaters and my riding boots! :D

Yours, Etc.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

[ inspiration ] saturated

[ all images Anna Lundgren for Madame Germany Feb. 2011 ]

Just a little something for those of you who are still working on upping your color ante. :)

Yours, Etc.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

always easy

...Excuse me a moment while I break the cardinal rule of fashion blogging and introduce more than one photo width...

[ :: Forever21+ lace tank and cami :: Design History drape cardigan :: iT! skinnies :: ]
[ :: Coach handbag :: Banana Republic lion bracelet :: unrestricted flats :: ]

hehehe. I had way too much fun taking these photos with the boy and my bff. There's nothing quite like frolicking around a semi-deserted park acting like total idiots. :D

Anyway, this is basically my easy, do-everything I need/want to outfit.
Flats? Check. Jeans? Check. Flowy? Double-check! I topped it off with a fits-everything-under-sun bag and was done.

YAY WEEKEND. :D What are you guys up to?? Curvy Revolution? Travel? Just hanging out? :D
I might nap. Or shop. lol. I love weekends.

Yours, Etc.

Ballerina shoes

This is one of my newest dolls in her original outfit. Her feet turned out to be almost the same size as the tall blonde doll's, but I still decided to make new shoes for her.

I still have quite a bit of orange silk left and decided to try a pair with lining. After cutting the lining with the pattern I had made, I sewed the lining and upper together (the piece on the right in the photo) and then sewed the seam behind the heel and turned the piece over (the piece on the left in the photo).

The insoles have a piece of leather with one layer of cardboard underneath. I glued the uppers in place, gluing sometimes both layers at the same time, but in more difficult places, first the lining and then the silk.

Finally, I glued the leather outer soles in place. The problem with this construction is that you need to be very careful when sewing the back seam or you'll end up with uppers that are not identical, which is what happened here. The difference is not big, but I see it and it bugs me.

So, I made another pair, this time without lining. When the seam is glued, it is much easier to make the uppers identical. The edge of the fabric was treated with Fray Stay to prevent it from fraying.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

just a pop

[ :: H&M top :: Four Stars skirt :: Aldo flower necklace :: Nordstrom seashell necklace :: ]
[ :: Winter Market studded leather wrap bracelet :: Asos leather backpack :: Torrid platforms :: ]

I spent a good half hour trying to figure out what to wear with this magenta skirt. I kept vacillating between this casual white/holey top and a Breton stripe top (also from H&M). Went with the white top for its peasant-y-ness, and because I've never worn it (even though I bought it over 6 months ago...hehe? what? it was on sale! I know, I know, BAD SHOPPER.)

Also, I meant to take photos earlier in the day but Venezuelan food got in the way. And by got in the way, I mean I wanted Venezuelan food way more than I wanted to take photos. Priorities, clearly.
Mmm, arepas. I could go for one right now. At 11:00pm. Yes, they're that good.

Yours, Etc.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Color Challenge Round Up!

Hello my loves! :D

I was blown away by the number of people who wanted to participate in this color challenge--thank you guys so much! :D I really enjoyed seeing everyone's outfits! Don't be surprised if I steal some of your color mixing ideas! ;)

[Can I just say, Lilli's skirt is absolute genius, I wish I had the balls to wear colors like Frances, and Gabi is, well, Gabi (aka awesome).Also, Jeniese? Girl, that is the cutest photo ever taken.]

Everyone looks amazing! Hopefully I'll be able to make this Style Challenge idea a regular column on my blog! What do you guys think? :)

[ :: All the photos are clickable and link to their respective blogs (unless they don't have one). Enjoy! :D :: ]

Yours, Etc.

P.S. If I missed anyone, I'm so sorry! I went through my spam folder and everything to make sure I got all the emails. If I don't have you up, send me an email or tweet me to let me know!