All posts by Kristine

Margiela Over Robe

At last I sewed the Martin Margiela dress pattern from Showstudio. I had a suspicion that it would be one of the designers oversized designs just looking at the pieces and wanted to see what kind of shape it had, so I made it in wall mending paper. A thick, felt like wall paper used to cover structured or damaged walls to avoid the plastering. It’s a great material for test sewing things like bags and toys.

I thought about making a real dress in a drapey fabric and let the volume just collapse around the body but Im happy how it turned out… not that I’m going to wear it or something.

Thought about painting it with bright flowers or as a snowman, installing lights in it… that would require a head… maybe spots, Leigh Bowery kind of spots. In the end I just reflected over it and then left it. It was a fun make but I’m not going there again.

Week Thirty

I’ve spent the last week tidying up my workspace and reorganizing materials and books. I’m starting a new project and it makes me feel overwhelmed and without direction so to get past this phase I’m trying to make my studio reasonable tidy. Since cleaning up makes boring posts I’ll show some pictures from two weeks ago when my mum and I went on a roadtrip through Värmland. The purpose was to see where some of our ancestors came from but since it was mom and I traveling we couldn’t resist doing a few cultural touchdowns along the way.

This is the exhibition ”Textila Spår” at Sillegården, Västra Ämtervik where we stayed. A really beautiful collection of Scandinavian textile design.

I came home with some flour, Finnskogsmjöl från Röjdåfors Kvarn and a really large exhibition catalog of Lars Lerins art. No yarn, no fabric. Next week there probably will be paintings done.

Playing with Fashion Flats

One of my favorite YouTubers at the moment is Zoe Hong, love to watch her draw while explaining different subjects relating to fashion design and illustration. She has introduced me to new ways of seeing the design process and since it looked so fun I recently bought her Fashion flats templates to do some playful fashion design sketching of my own. In this example Im using Seamworks Audrey jacket . The task is to change one thing at the time. For me its a challenging since I have a tendency wanting to do everything at once.

Why so quiet?

Yes, I have been silent. Last autumn I started the BurdaStyles teaching certification course. The projects included proved to be more difficult than I thought, so after Christmas I have sewn every day to get the projects finished in time. The last thing was one of Burda’s most gorgeous retro-inspired dresses, patterns here. Unfortunately I had no inspiration but stilI managed to sew two versions of the pattern, do not ask me how that was done.

It feels great that its finally finished!

Margiela at Artipelag

I had to wait several weeks before having a chance to see the Margiela the Hermes years exhibition at Artipelag. First I had the cold, then there was more cold, then no car to get there… still, it was definitely worth the wait.

For those of us interested in fashion, this exhibition was a treat. I had an overwhelming temptation to touch the materials, lift and check details. Seeing Margiela’s own design parallel with the design for Hermes was also fascinating. Im more drawn to Margiela’s own more experimental work, but the craftsmanship of the work for Hermes is absolutely fantastic.

The exhibition runs until 10/3 2019, so go there.

There is a Margiela dress pattern to download at Showstudio, link here. Its quite old and from his overzized collections but Im still interested to see what to make of it. Silk maybe, with a harnesk on top… ?

Calyer – Pinstripe

Pinstripes are called chalk strokes in Swedish and I find them difficult, very difficult. The fabric has matured in my stash for years. It’s pure wool, slightly shiny and absolutely gorgeous. I bought it at a long lost time when goth was something to strive for, I think it was supposed to make a ruffled mini skirt. The times change thankfully and now it became the Calyer pants from French Navy instead. It’s a great pants pattern, link here. The cut is slightly unusual with the side seam moved toward the front and with dramatic tapering at the legs. It’s very comfortable and my most used pants at the moment.

Herr Morris med tapeterna

Nu är det ett tag sedan jag var och tittade på utställningen William Morris – Mer än blommiga tapeter på Millesgården. Utställningen pågår till 3e februari så än finns det tid att se den.

För mig som har stulit… öh… lånat, av Morris mer än en gång till mina egna verk var det fascinerande att se skisser, förlagor och tryckstockar till de fantastiska mönster och konstverk som han producerade. Jag gick länge fram och tillbaka mellan för stockarna för de olika nivåerna i trycken och försökte förstå hur de hängde ihop. Det är ett helt galet mästerligt arbete som nästan känns omöjligt att upprepa ens om man hade tid/råd att försöka. 

Millesgården är i övrigt en sån härlig utflykt oavsett årstid.