Saturday, June 28, 2008

Totally rockin'!

Irma ruffle dress
Originally uploaded by I Will Fly design
During the "day" (as it were) I work in the costume shop of a musical theater and at a locally owned fabric store. Working around fabrics, being amongst them every day, is inspiring. I find most of my ideas simply by touching and seeing the fabrics as they come through the shops. Most people design a garment first, and then find fabrics to match their needs, but I go about things backwards a lot of the time, finding a fabric and then designing around it.
This dress, for instance, was inspired by the totally retro printed cotton fabric it is made from. It just demanded to be made into a 70's dress, and this is what I came up with for it.
I'm pretty happy with the result!

Friday, June 20, 2008

SEXXY, more than enough...

Originally uploaded by I Will Fly design
without further ado...
I finally present the first in my line of custom-made bras for girls with teeny tiny titties!
That's right, ladies, I am sick and tired of wearing only horrible sports bras and unattractive little bandeaus from the bargain bin at Target.
I like lace. I want to WEAR lace, dang it! I have itty bitty boobies, but that does NOT mean that I am not smoking hot!
To increase the hotness, my husband's best black fedora was stolen for this photo. He did not, I should mention, object.

In the same vein, I also found this fabulous zine on Etsy, which I plan on buying myself. Check it out!

Friday, June 13, 2008

How about "Alberto"?

My new machine
Originally uploaded by I Will Fly design
My new sewing machine was delivered this morning! Here it is!
It's pretty much the same machine as my old one, but is shiny and new so at least there is a possibility of it not breaking down horribly on a regular basis. Here's hopin'!
Now I just need to name it. My machines serve me better if they have a name. My Viking conventional machine is El Machino (named after the tortilla machine at a Mexican restaurant), the machine I used in the sewing lab in college was Astra. The Pfaff that was passed down to me through my grandmother and mom is Mr. Pfaff (or just Mr. P)
I was almost thinking of a studly young dude name, like Raul or Roberto, because it's replacing a much older model, but then I don't know if I want a boy machine this time or not.
Any ideas?

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

I vont to be alone

Greta shrug again
Originally uploaded by I Will Fly design
If you've ever wondered what I look like as a silent film star, there you go.
If not, at least check out the Greta shrug, which I made after being inspired by a rather horrible dress in a 1946 "3 Stooges" movie, of all things. This shrug, I should point out, is nothing whatsoever like that dress (and the movie was just abysmal, but let's not go there ;P).
It's all silk, silk velvet lined in silk satin, and is so amazing to wear. Holy mackerel, if you haven't been wearing silk, you don't know what you are missing. Cool, soft, smooth... silky (if you can believe that) but so very unlike almost anything you have ever heard described as "silky".
Polyester has got nothing on silk worms, man. Natural fibers are where it's at!

Friday, June 6, 2008

turn the world around

Originally uploaded by I Will Fly design
Here is my second project using handmade fringe. This one especially took forever because there was lot of fringe and it started off as fairly tightly woven fabric!
It sold within an hour of posting it to Etsy, to the customer who has purchased every other chemise top I have listed!
I was making this top while watching the Muppet Show and now it is forever linked in my mind to Harry Belafonte's "turn the world around".