This Week on Instagram: Sewing, Sort of

A new dressform. This one has a cast-iron base, is pretty sturdy, and you can pin on it. I got this mainly so I can teach myself draping.

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Some insomniac non-sewing: my bocce uniform.

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I visited the Google offices this week. View from the Google terrace.

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Pouring rain yesterday.

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I love All Saints.

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Coney Island at night.

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Bury me in my leather.

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Depeche Mode. Oh yeah.

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My camera is in the shop, since the lens is stuck to the camera body and I didn’t want to pry it off myself, so photo updates will be via Instagram until I get it repaired. There are three projects that I still need to photograph and get to, hopefully when the camera comes in.

If you guys are on Instagram, feel free to follow me here.

The Punk Exhibit at the Met

Contraband Instagram.

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I’m slightly torn over this exhibit. On one hand, I feel like it documents a part of fashion history that is groundbreaking, innovative, and counter-culture, and on the other hand I think viewers are going to forget that punk is more about music than it is about fashion. It definitely isn’t about thousand dollar Versace dresses, it’s more about taking a spin-off from accessible, affordable, working-class fashion and adapting it by adding your own DIY.

I had my anti-establishment moment of getting yelled at by a security guard for “looking too closely” at one of the outfits, and I managed to take an Instagram when no one was looking, since photography is banned for this exhibit.

My recommendation: if you love fashion, go see it, but for your proper punk education also make yourself a playlist and add some Ramones, Misfits, Black Flag, Descendents, 45 Grave, Dead Kennedys, Minor Threat, Bad Brains, The Damned, The Adicts, Sex Pistols, The Clash, X-Ray Specs, The Germs, Operation Ivy, Rancid, and The Distillers on it.

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Opening wall.

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CBGB bathroom. I had the honor of actually seeing (and using) this bathroom a few years ago.

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I wanted everything here.

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The mannequins wearing all white on white at the far end had strange details, like random sleeves sticking up from the backs and sides of their dresses.

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These distressed ball gowns are gorgeous.

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I recognized the dress on the left from another McQueen exhibit that I saw, which had the plain dresses being colored by a spray paint machine.

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The white gown on the left is silk, I think. The ends are distressed and then finished off with a serger, with visible dark grey stitching.

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My favorite studded pieces are in this room: shoes, jacket, and leather biker dress.

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I saw a lot of distressed t-shirts, a lot of clothing from Seditionaries (formerly the rubber/fetish shop named SEX), Vivienne Westwood, shirts worn by Adam Ant, and a fair amount of high end Prada, Alexander McQueen, Versace, and House of Moschino. The mannequins were wearing puffy mohawk inspired wigs or full-face bondage masks, and my most favorite mannequin was at the end of the exhibit, giving the finger.

There were loads of inspirational design details that will hopefully make their way onto some knitted dresses in the future: hardware details, distressed fabric, exposed hems, monochrome, black on black, white on white, and leather with everything you’re wearing.

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Photo credit: the Met

Last Week on Instagram: I Miss Sewing

Spring manicure at Zombie Walk.

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This summer has been a little crazy: very little sewing (even when it’s something I really need to finish for a formal event), bocce, last minute shows, red flags, long nights, a zombie walk, and long hours at work.

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I’ve been learning how to make Android apps. It’s a whole different beast.

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Zombie Walk, a few weeks ago.

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Black Flag.

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The Dirty Pearls.

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Waiting.

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Banksy.

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Winning.

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Leila.

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I miss sewing.

Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity at the Met

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I had a chance to see the Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity exhibit at the Met over the weekend with Elizabeth, Cindy, Ann and her daughter, and Claudine.

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The exhibit was much better than I thought it would be, featuring paintings by Manet, Monet, Renoir and others as well as samples of clothing from that time period. There were some dresses on display with impossibly tiny, straight-laced corset-trained waists as well as the paintings that feature the dresses.

We couldn’t take photographs since there were guards watching (and yelling) at people who were trying to sneak photos, but I found some good photographs online. There were some beautiful intricate black lace dresses, white lace dresses, a gorgeous evening gown in silk with artificial silk flowers that was breathtaking, a polka-dot and striped dress that reminded me of Tim Burton, some corsets, some hats, and even some menswear.

After the exhibit was lunch, and the rest of the ladies then went on to the garment district for some shopping. I had to bail since I was, um, really hungover from the night before, but all in all it was a good time.

The exhibit goes on until the end of May, so definitely check it out if you have a chance.

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Source for Met photographs: dapperlou.com

The Santa Muerte Shelf Tablecloth

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There has been a lot of sewing-involved activities here, but not any actual sewing.

I finally picked up my Hello Kitty sewing machine from the repair shop, went to Mood to pick up some fabric for a new project, and still need to attach an invisible zipper to McCalls 5805.

Santa Muerte is a Catholic folk saint venerated primarily in Mexico and the United States. I tend to see her as an underground or unofficial saint, and is known as the patron saint of criminals, prostitutes, drug traffickers, those on the fringes of society, those in especially bad romances.

In thanks for a favor granted recently, I sewed a shelf tablecloth from some leftover white Swiss dot and lined it with muslin. It’s a long rectangle with the edges folded over double, which came out better than I thought it would.