Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Project Pictures: The Lagenlook Project

In preparation for my upcoming shopping trip to the Punk Rock Flea Market, I decided to spend this past weekend in my apartment sewing up a storm. As I've mentioned before, I've really been inspired by lagenlook type clothes, specifically this shape:

I love how the sides come down and everything looks so super soft and pixie-like. And the bright colors! I would love to dress like this all the time (with a punk rock edge, of course) but my budget dosen't allow for $195 linen dresses. No matter how pretty and ruffly.

So I set out to reconstruct some of my old dresses and shirts into patchy Holly Hobby versions of these gorgeous dresses.

This first one is my favorite. I loved that green tee shirt but I couldn't think of what to do with it. It has been in my stash since (funny enough) the last spring Punk Rock Flea Market. It's a Captain's Vintage find. And it's two of my favorite things in one- travel tees and animal tees! I also loved this fabric. My ex-boss gave it to me for a birthday present one year. I feel like this dress turned out very well.

The next dress I'm not so fond of, but I think it's because I wasn't as fond of it before I took it apart. (You can see the original by clicking here.)

Part of it is, because I knew I didn't care what happened to this dress, I just zipped through it and that's caused some ripply seaming on the sides (my sewing machine hated the blue gingham). And I'd hoped this would be a sort of office-appropriate version of these dresses and that's just not the case. (I'll work on it.) It's ok. It's not bad. I'm probably never going to wear it, but it was a good learning experience.

I still love the first one, though.

And, like any good lagenlook style wardrobe, I needed a fluffy jacket.

I guess you could say this jacket took months of work, because I thrifted it back in October when I visited my mom. It was a nasty true-blue 90's denim, which I bleached out to look mottled and faded like I like (that ribbon never turned colors, though, it stayed the same). It was still not great, so a few weeks ago when I accidentally stumbled across that festival, I'd purchased a too-small skirt from Philly Aids Thrift. It was only a dollar and I thought I could do something with the ruffle- well I did! I hacked this jacket in half, attached the skirt and since I'd effectively gotten rid of the pockets I sewed on an old jeans pocket and a sweet toile patch. So it went from being something I'd never wear to something I'm excited to wear all the time!

If only it weren't already so damn warm in Philly.

And here is the whole look together!

I'm not going to lie, it's a dream of mine to be self-employed one day just so I can 'look' how I want to all the time. I would dress like this non-stop if there weren't dress codes (which are so silly!) and rules to what skins you're allowed to be in one what day in which place. One day, I will have pink hair and crazy dresses and combat boots.

Until then, this is my new weekend vibe.

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  1. Gorgeous style. I love how this looks.

  2. I am a fan of this look too, and I agree that most are pretty expensive. I love the layers and different parents mixed together. You should be stoked at your killer creations, wow, they are really adorable, better than store bought because they are a reflection of you and you made them!

  3. Love the dresses, and your interpretation (they seem much more you than those linen-y things anyway, especially the t-shirt based one). The jacket is absolutely GORGEOUS! Really nice work.

    I feel guilty, because I am allowed to wear whatever I want to work (nobody sees me because I'm stuck in the windowless back room), and I don't take full advantage of it (often because of the nature of my work, getting clothing dirty or overheating, being on my feet so much.)

  4. What a great interpretation! Green and pink is always so pretty. I loove the jacket. I would wear it every day too! Great job seeing an idea and bringing it off. I'm very big on being creative. I approve! And so much more fun than buying an expensive dress ready made.

  5. I love this look too and your re-styled clothes are fantastic, you did a great job. Fab to end up with a truly one off piece of clothing you enjoy wearing.

  6. Woah- $195 for a dress! YIKES!! I like your versions better too. I do love the dresses, but lady - that jacket is incredible!! Also I found this online collection of patterns and I thought of you - http://seekatesew.bigcartel.com/category/garden-party-ss14 - maybe we can even try to do that sew the same pattern we tried to do AGES ago (but the pattern was lame...)

  7. I love the inspiration, and your interpretations! VERY NICE! I need to cull some of my stuff and donate to you for fabric upcycling, stat!