We found Myra, (or rather, she found us) after she posted some amazing photos of her clothing designs on our Facebook page! She also wrote us a little note about how her designs and photo shoots are inspired by Free People! We could totally tell, and were very flattered!
Myra is from Chesterfield, Missouri, and is creating things all the time! She starts out her process by envisioning a story, which includes a specific model and setting, and goes from there. She has been designing ever since she received her first sewing machine in 2004! She will be attending school for fashion design starting this fall, and is currently planning a booth for her wares at a local art fair!
Myra was so sweet as to put together an awesome how-to for the camisole tank dress that she makes! You can see examples of how cute the dress looks when it’s finished in the pictures above and below! We just love the details on this dress! I can’t wait to make my own! Myra even shows us how to cinch the tank at the top! Click here for all the instructions on how to make the dress, with a ton more pictures too!
Just for fun, we asked Myra a few interview-type questions! What is your current state of mind?
I am enthused about my future for the endless possibilities! Do you have any pets?
I have a big black cat, named Big Boy What inspires you?
Nature, vintage photos, vintage styles, and of course Free People! What do you like to do in your spare time?
Sewing, going to music stores, shopping for vintage clothing, eating at places I’ve never been to. Do you have a favorite artist?
Erté a French designer and artist in the early 1900’s, and Mucha Who are your favorite designers?
Free people, Marc Jacobs, Betsey Johnson, and myself. Who is your favorite celebrity inspiration?
Kate Moss, Sienna Miller What did you want to be as a child?
I wanted to be an elementary teacher I thought it would be fun to create activities for kids to do. What do you like best about where you live now?
My friends and family, and the inspiring mid-west countryside What superpower would you most like to have?
Definitely to fly, I’ve had dreams of flying and it’s the craziest feeling to be above everything. What is your favorite article of clothing that you own right now?
My collection of vintage plaid shirt’s, I can’t just pick one! What is your motto?
Out of good comes good
And the mysterious fate
Yay! Thank you so much for sharing one of your beautiful designs with us Myra! I can’t wait to work on my own camisole tank dress!
I’m LOVING how many fashion DIY projects are all over the web. I’m excited about this one from Park & Cube, showing you how to get the look of those Wang chained up cutoffs. Head over there to learn how it’s done!
We had lots of requests for a Valentine Swap, so here it is! Sign up, I’ll match you with a partner, you make your partner a Valentine gift, they make you one, and you both have a happy Valentine’s Day. Sign up here.
Sign up is open for one week only, so spread the news to fellow crafty friends so we can get as many people involved in the week. Get your creative juices flowing and I’ll send you your partner’s info next week, and of course the craft will be “due” on (around) February 14th.
Here are some past Vday swap flickr groups for some ideas. Here and here.
I am just falling in love with Carbon Couture, especially with her crafty ways of creating fashion accessories! Shown above are some cool tassel earrings from the Marc Jacobs Spring 2009 collection, and below are the earrings she made to look just like them! I love it! See here on her blog to create your own with her easy instructions!
Also, a while ago, she made a how-to for this Dries Van Noten bracelet that is really great if you’re in the mood!
Don’t you love these scarf how-to pictures? I am always at a loss of how to wear my cute scarves, and I can’t wait to try these styles out! You can see all of the pictures right here! There are a lot of them!
Via Design Dig.
Ever since I saw these pin cushions on Bettyjoy, I have been desperate to get one! Aren’t they so cool? They are made by Naori Priestly. I could probably make one, right? I just don’t know that it would look as good as Naori’s do!
Jasmine of our sweater design team continues our knitting lessons in this third installment of Learning to Knit with Jasmine! This time, Jasmine shows us how to make a popcorn stitch, also known as baubles, for a more festive and interesting look! And if you missed episode 1 or episode 2, be sure to check them out! They’ll get you all caught up and ready to make baubles! Yay!
I really love this idea for updating a plain old leather belt. This particular belt looks cool with the eyelet details. I like the way it looks when the leather splits.
Head over to Bleach Black for the details! (I also recommend reading the first comment on her entry:)
I am just loving these quilts by Quiltsrÿche! I love the colors, and I especially love the guitar, speaker, and skull on the alphabet quilt! I feel really inspired to keep working on my quilt! See more of her fun and kind of hard-core quilts here! Via.
Barbara of Bobbi Clothes teaches you how to make a simple loom and a beautiful hand woven scarf or belt from scraps of fabric. I love how she connects the pieces of fabric and how hand touched the finished piece looks. It’s also cool way to recycle your extra bits instead of trashing them.
And how inspiring does her studio look?
Check out Threadbanger for more crafty tutorials
Can you believe Brother’s snazzy new sewing machine? The QuattroT 6000D features a HD screen where a bird’s eye, zoomed-in view of the needle and its surroundings are displayed. It also has a LED light for the sewing platform. They haven’t announced the price yet, (I bet it’s crazy!) but you can check out a little more about the machine here on Brother’s website. I never thought I’d see a personal sewing machine with a screen!
Get handy with DIY, a creative outlet that allows you to archive crafty bits and bobs. Get your mind busy with little tricks of the trade to make adorable keepsake objects that you can cherish forever.