With Mother’s day around the corner I can’t help but think of all the fun baby things I could make for all the wonderful new mothers that I know! There is something incredibly satisfying about making baby gifts! It’s such a small project but with the right fabric you can really make something fun, unique and and truly inspiring!
I’ve been obsessing over the Falabella bag (shown above) by Stella McCartney, but at a $1,295 price tag it is a little out of my budget so I decided to take my “dream bag fate” into my own hands and make it myself! I knew the chain design on the bag would have to be all hand sewn so it would be a little time consuming, but I will make up for that in the little cost of materials used to make the bag. Total cost of this project was about $50 and hand sewing time spent was about 3 hours.
Have you found your favorite way to make bias tape yet? I feel like more and more fun and creative ways to make and apply bias tapes are coming out in tutorials everyday! I think we all have our own unique way of doing it!
One of my favorites is the continuous bias tape method. This allows you to make one long stripe of bias tape without have to piece a bunch of small pieces together. It gives you a neat diagonal seem so your bias tape doesn’t get too bulky on your garment. I love to make up a bunch of bias tape out of fabric I love so whenever I need it to finish a seam or bind a blanket, I already have some ready to go. Plus it really livens up my sewing room
Have you noticed how embroidery seems to be all over fashion right now? Well I have been OBSESSED with learning all I can about it so I can start embellishing my garments. A little hand sewn touch on a project goes a long way to making it look unique, fashionable and simply stunning. I can’t tell you how many complements I have gotten on this blouse and I really think its all about the french knots (and of course the wonderful Cloud 9 fabric from the Palos Verdes Collection).
Things have been quite busy in Brooklyn at the Jamie Lau Designs studio. We kicked off the new year with a photo shoot featuring our new textile designs inspired by the natural environment, travel, and art, with prints based on my photographs. We also celebrated the opening of our month-long pop-up shop at Makeshift Society in Hayes Valley (235 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA 94102), open Monday-Friday 9 AM-6 PM until March 31, 2014.
In keeping up with the momentum, I’ll be embarking on an exciting textile-filled journey to Japan later this spring and summer. In preparation for my two-month trip, I’m starting a new series entitled Fashion Travelogue, with the goal of designing and sewing the bulk of my wardrobe and accessories for my travel abroad (yes, even pajamas!).