Tips for creating Runway styles in 2018

Essays, Rants, and other Prose by Stephanie, the Life of anieKsteph
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Do you want to create personal fashion that is cutting edge? Do you fancy the idea of people stopping to compliment your unique style so much that it gets mistaken for something from a runway fashion show? Here are some helpful tips to have your personal fashion designs noticed and featured on trend blogs.

 

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Be as daring as possible.

Many times what sets the fashion of Alexander Wang vs another label like Joe Fresh is the willingness to be daring and approach a conventional garment with fresh eyes.

Admirers will say “Wow, I had never thought about that before!”, and you may have trend watchers considering your design as a novel concept all together.

Tip: Be creative with garment closures and embellishments. Approach them in an unconventional way.

 

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Colour is your friend

Even if the folkways dictate that your colour scheme clashes- continue on. Softer hues can often take the edge off, and don’t forget to consult the almighty colour wheel to see if a “bluer” tinge to your steely grey could give the effect you are looking for.

One trend we are watching this year in 2018 in home decor is eclecticism. Eclectic trends allow you to mix a contemporary lamp with a mid-century modern side table- or floral pink and yellow peonies against a dark navy backdrop.

Tip: Have fun with colour, and when in doubt, go back to the first tip!

 

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Emulate scarcity and promote luxury in your runway style fashion design

Ever notice how much Crocodile and snake skin bags can go for? Somehow, the manufacturers use small amount of this material and price their items very high. The underlying idea here is that as a luxury material, there is not enough crocodile and snake skin to go around. But really, the numbers of these animals in the wild is astonishing. Not an unending resource by any means, but more than enough for the cost of my wallet to be 75% cheaper.

When making your runway style fashion design, another strategy is to use a material that is super to begin with, and that exudes the feel of luxury. Then use a small amount of it to emphasize the delicate nature of the material, and to covertly express the exclusive nature of having access to it. Think about most of the clothing you have ever seen made with raw silk. Mostly lingerie, scarves or other small items are made from raw silk- and you will rarely ever see a large garment. The idea here is to think exclusive, original, and not cheap.

Tip: Skimp on the quantity of materials, but use high end quality and make it finely.

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There you have it!

Create your own runway-style personal fashion that will have trend watchers thinking “Was that resort Balmain 2019?”, or better.

 

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Baby Blue and white stripes 6 pocket cotton apron

Design and Textile Creation, the Life of anieKsteph

Material is Made from 100% cotton, and features a serene baby blue backdrop with crisp white pinstripes.

6 pocket cargo design for notepads, and pens.
It has deep pockets that are perfect for carrying coins.

Double stitched at seams.
Back pockets are hidden.

A brilliantly designed servers apron.

24.5 inches wide
(including ties= 80 inches)
11.5 inches long

Mistress Maid Sissy Red Satin Lingerie Apron

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Black lace border with red satin frills.
Fully concealed elastic waist.
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Waist accommodates up to 50 inches when fully stretched.
Length 27 inches.

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DIY personalized hair accessories for weddings, and formal events

Design and Textile Creation, the Life of anieKsteph

An older project from 2016 needed a refresh.

A Beautifully decorated headband that I created by hand.

I didn’t measure the first rectangular piece of black felt before I cut, but it is approximately 8.5 x 3 inches. Any kind or colour of medium weight felt will do for this DIY project.

Folding the rectangular piece in half, I roughly sketched an oval shape on one side using chalk.

I used straight pins to hold the two pieces together while cutting and making the oval shape out of felt.

The oval shape isn’t perfect, but you can tweak the smoothness later on if there are jagged corners. Felt can be tricky to get perfect shapes out of.

Using my sewing machine (or you can do this by hand), I sewed two straight lines to create a channel down the middle of my felt pieces. Sewing this channel creates a secure bond between the two felt pieces; as well as a tight passage way for my metal headband to pass through.

I went the extra mile and also sewed the edges with a thin seam, taking extra care not to sew over the middle channel that I sewed earlier. The edges could be glued together, however using thread makes the felt stronger and less likely to fall apart. It is also more rigid now to support the decoration that it will display.

As always, I made sure that my metal headband pieces would snugly slide into the channels before decorating, or else it would be impossible to fix afterwards without ruining my design.

Using turquoise beads and a hot glue gun, I began making my design one row at at time.

I incorporated another colour to make an updated yin and yang design.

I used layering techniques with the white beads.

As well as adding texture by using big and small beads.

A very pretty and unique design for a DIY headband.

Two variations of my idea are seen here:

The pink and white design is my least favourite as the lines look messy instead of what I had intended.

The design with feathers looks the best of the three. I tend to produce better designs when I keep them simple. I used 2mm brown flat sided beads with fabric glue instead of hot glue from a glue gun.

The feathers are short, and I would like to design something similar with longer plumes in the future.

This is definitely a project I will return to again in the near future.

Madeira and its Landmarks

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Part 9: Madeira at night

The island of Madeira in the evening is truly a sight to see; especially in the southern cities of Machico and Funchal.

The city is beautifully lit at night. There aren’t many tall structures that break up the landscape, and the winding mountain roads make for interesting patterns when lit.

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The water’s edge of Machico is always a romantic spot…

…the camera is a little out of focus for night shots.

But it makes the view seem even more warm and enchanting.

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How to sew a simple outdoor cover for a fire pit and other patio accessories

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I was browsing through the Canadian Tire website looking for a fire pit to replace my old one when I found this:

The design and shape caught my eye as there is something alluring about flames in a box. My old fire pit was more conventional. Circular with a basic lid. It lasted me four season before it completely rusted into a pile of metal. I blame myself for buying a cheap fire pit, but also for storing it poorly over the cold months…and by saying that I actually mean not storing it at all. I left it out to the elements without so much as a basic cover to drape over to prevent the onset of rust.

A basic cover for most of these generic brand fire pits is virtually never included. So, I decided to make my own.

I measured the sides in inches with a measuring tape.

I took notice of the pyramid-like shape to taper off the top of the box shape.

Using my serger, I attached all 4 pieces together.

To finish I attached a 13 x 13 inch square top to enclose the piece.

Now I have a simple cover for my fire pit. These steps can be applied to many other patio accessories.

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Madeira and its Landmarks

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Part 8: A Visit to O Lagar Restaurant

East of the condominium in Funchal was a gem of a restaurant called O Lagar Restaurant.

In Canada the day after Christmas is known as Boxing day. In Madiera, it is considered part of the Christmas Holiday. Everyone is still relaxing and visiting their family; and the streets are calm.

We were invited by cousins of my husband to enjoy espetada in a family style dinner. The atmosphere was happy and the decor was festive.

The entrance of the restaurant was styled as a traditional Portuguese Santana house.

This portion of the restaurant served as a museum.

A view into the Santana from the entrance. This traditional style of home is often known as “grandma’s house”.

Notice the very small furniture pieces. A bed, night table, and baby crib. Notice the roof is made from grass like material.

Two mannequins posing in traditional Portuguese dress.

A Beautiful Madeira Wood Table.

The main entrance was decorated to the nines with lively poinsettia plants for the holiday.

A wonderful evening at O Lagar.

 

Madeira and its Landmarks Part 7

Madeira and its Landmarks Part 6

Madeira and its Landmarks Part 5

Madeira and its Landmarks Part 4

Madeira and its Landmarks Part 3

Madeira and its Landmarks Part 2

Madeira and its Landmarks

 

 

French Maid Gothic Sissy Lace Halter Top

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Black velvet halter top.
Lined with smooth red polyester.
Black lace and satin ribbon trims the edges of this outfit, to pay homage to the traditional french maid design.

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Made in Canada.
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Madeira and its landmarks

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Madeira and its Landmarks: part 8

Our Lady of the Mountain

Home to a beautiful set of botanical gardens, Nossa Senhora do Monte is found North West of Funchal in Madeira, Portugal.

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View of Madeira from the church at Our Lady of the Mountain

My last post on Madeira featured some of the sights around the park that is found at the foot of the main church. You can take a look by clicking {here}.

We took the cable car up to this beautiful vista on this occasion. Earlier in our trip, we walked the streets on Christmas Day in Madeira. This made for a quieter, secluded, and much more romantic tour of the area as very few people were around.

This second visit was taken closer to the end of our trip- when the days were becoming half filled with rain. Fortunately, we arrived to the Mountain after the rain had passed.

The main purpose of our second trip was to explore the gorgeous 19th century white limestone church located at the top of the mountain. This church has significance because it is the resting place of the exiled Hapsburg King Charles I (nephew of Franz Ferdinand) and his wife Zita.

 

The flight of stairs leading up to the church was exhilarating!

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Statue of Charles I

We did not stay for the church service that was about to begin. I was happy to have climbed my way to the top of the mountain to enter the church vestibule, but I would have fallen asleep if I tried to sit through a church service at 8 months pregnant.

So we enjoyed the views from the courtyard, and just admired the beauty of creation from afar.

 

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It is easy to see why I left my heart here in Madeira.

Read more stories and photos from Madeira, Portugal by Stephanie by clicking the following links!

Madeira and its Landmarks Part 7

Madeira and its Landmarks Part 6

Madeira and its Landmarks Part 5

Madeira and its Landmarks Part 4

Madeira and its Landmarks Part 3

Madeira and its Landmarks Part 2

Madeira and its Landmarks