Improvised Life » apparel http://www.improvisedlife.com If you can't hunt with a dog, hunt with a cat... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 08:50:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 An Embroidered Fix for Torn, Treasured Fabric http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/08/07/embroidered-fix-treasured-torn-fabric/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/08/07/embroidered-fix-treasured-torn-fabric/#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 17:00:52 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44867

Virginia del Giudice

We recently received another inspiring fabric fix from Virginia del Giudice, photographer and co-owner with Alejandra Agüero of La Percalina, a fine vintage clothing shop in Buenos Aires. 

Alejandra and I had a beautifully made maxi skirt from the sixties at La Percalina. We worked on it for days to clean and restore it and when it was ready to be hunged we found a little hole at the front!  I had to do something to rescue this beauty!

This is what we did:

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Sculptural, Dimensional Textiles—for Couture or DIY http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/28/sculptural-dimensional-textiles-couture-home/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/28/sculptural-dimensional-textiles-couture-home/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:00:05 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44467

Zita Merényi

We love designer Zita Merényi’s Provo-CUT collection of seared-and-soldered neoprene garments. Forgoing traditional draping and stitching, these pieces are instead constructed panel-by-panel, pleated together, and heat-joined into dimensional, puffy, future-ish jackets and cloaks punctuated by thick, raw seams and unlikely openings. The gist: synthetic fabics melt, so heat, not thread can be used to join the seams. (more…)

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Annals of Bad Design: COS Lightweight Backpack + Our FIX http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/24/annals-bad-design-cool-cos-backpack/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/24/annals-bad-design-cool-cos-backpack/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:01:02 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44522

Sally Schneider

When we looked at images of the COS Lightweight Backpack online and read the product description we thought PERFECT. Just what we’re looking for:

Made from a lightweight technical fabric, this cotton-lined backpack has an all-over print and fastens using a magnet and wide drawstring. Multi-functional, it can also be worn as a tote bag using the two top handles.

We ordered one and the harsh realities set in. (more…)

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Chic Newspaper Hat (Inge Morath) http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/23/chic-newspaper-hat-inge-morath/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/23/chic-newspaper-hat-inge-morath/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:29:04 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44119

Ilse Bing

We love this curiously stylish newspaper hat that a new dealer wore in 1947 in Paris at Place de la Concorde. Captured by the great Inge Morath.  Dig the little ends turned up. “Chic” can be fashioned out of pretty much anything!

 

With thanks to Chris Eldredge! 

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Closet Strategies with a Simple Piece of Fabric http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/21/un-hide-tide-peevish-annals-boring-design/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/21/un-hide-tide-peevish-annals-boring-design/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:00:05 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44267

myscandinavianhome.com

Since when is it hip, slick and cool to lie in bed and stare at your clothes and shoe racks––no matter how neatly organized––when you’re rustling up romance? I’m talking about a very particular theme of design porn these days: highly-styled, out-in-the-open clothes racks that make me wonder: What would happen in this uber-neuter scheme if one dared to own something scarlet, purple or orange!  Is it old school not to want to have all your clothes in your face 24/7?

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DIY Fake Fingernail (Vegetable) http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/07/edible-diy-fake-fingernail/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/07/edible-diy-fake-fingernail/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 23:00:24 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=43733

Holton Rower

Holton Rower sent us his latest off-the-cuff improvisation, done while making dinner: an inspired fake fingernail made of celery.

Hmmm. Wondering about that exact moment when Holton SAW the possibilities in an ordinary stalk of celery.

 

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Use the Difficulty (Michael Caine) http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/06/25/use-difficulty-michael-caine/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/06/25/use-difficulty-michael-caine/#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 08:17:53 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=43429


(Video link HERE.) I was bogged down today in a creative funk, head-buttingly blocked, wandering in a dark wood, wrestling with a component for a necklace that is carved from clear, rock crystal so that it seemed, well… simply invisible. How do you showcase something invisible?

I recalled something I’d read in an interview long ago with actor Michael Caine: (more…)

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DIY Fab Paint-Spattered Jumpsuit http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/06/11/fab-paint-spattered-jumpsuit/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/06/11/fab-paint-spattered-jumpsuit/#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 17:00:35 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=42892

Bemanoy Photography

At Design Boom, we stumbled on an art installation called Third Eye by the band, the Krrrrr, and artist Anya Muangkote. Barbarians that we can be, we couldn’t really wrap our heads around the art, but are smitten with the paint-splattered jumpsuits.  Now there’s a swell outfit that would also be quite thrilling to make.
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Conceptual HIGH Heel Redesign: Oh Yeah??? http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/06/05/conceptual-high-heel-redesign-oh-yeah/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/06/05/conceptual-high-heel-redesign-oh-yeah/#comments Thu, 05 Jun 2014 23:00:36 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=42654

Silvia Fado

We USED to wear high, wild high heels. Over the years, the heals have slowly come down in height as we find ourselves unable to walk tilted forward…and because we really want to WALK, far and fast. Footwear designer Silvia Fado put her creativity to work solving the problems of unwearable heels, that, while they make a woman’s legs look great, make the woman herself FEEL lousy. 

“I have been analysing comfort elements in footwear, and specially studied and developed impact absorption, shoe weight, traction (the relationship between shoe and surface) and upper durability,”

Fado uses hydraulic pistons and rubber balls in the heels of her shoes, aiming to improve the wearability of high heels, which are like sculptures.
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A Net Bag Becomes a Scarf and Necklace + DIY http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/06/05/string-bag-gift-becomes-scarf-necklace/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/06/05/string-bag-gift-becomes-scarf-necklace/#comments Thu, 05 Jun 2014 17:00:59 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=42594

Sinnae Choi

A couple of weeks ago I met Virginia del Giudice at Maria Robledo’s house. Virginia is a long-time Improvised Life reader, photographer and co-owner of La Percalinaa shop that sells very fine vintage clothes in Buenos Aires whose stained fabric fix Improvised Life posted recently. That evening, she presented me with the most lovely gift: a net bag made by Kichi indians in the north of Argentina. She said: “When I read your post about these king of bags, I decided you should have this one.” And what I beauty it is, made with natural fibers and dyes; I did not want to put it down. Something made me drape it around my neck and loop it like a scarf so I could wear it:  A suprising, impromptu use of a beautiful neg bag: (more…)

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How to Salvage Stained Cloth: Embroider It! http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/05/29/salvage-stained-cloths-embroider/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/05/29/salvage-stained-cloths-embroider/#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 20:00:46 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=42010

Sally Schneider

Recently we met Virginia del Giudice, a long-time Improvised Life reader who lives in Buenas Aires, and whose post about giving home-made lemon-scented olive oil as gifts (with a template to make the label) we published several years ago. Virginia is a photographer who is also co-owner of La Percalina, a shop that sells very fine vintage clothes. She was visiting our mutual friend, Maria Robledo. Virginia has both a wonderful eye AND, we discovered, a fine hand with fabrics.

When Maria told her she had taken down beautiful kitchen curtains because of the permanent oil stains on them, Virginia said, “Don’t worry, Maria, I can fix them.”

We spotted and admired Virginia’s beautiful “fix” halfway through the process: (more…)

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The “Let Men Wear Skirts” Movement http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/05/07/let-men-wear-skirts-movement/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/05/07/let-men-wear-skirts-movement/#comments Wed, 07 May 2014 23:00:04 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=41084

Women wear pants. Let Men wear skirts.

Our friend Chris Eldredge alerted us to a fashion trend he’s noticed: Men Wearing Skirts. He said that he’s seen a number of stylishly dressed men wearing skirts lately —definitely NOT in drag. Interesting. A search took us to The Facebook page of Women Wear Pants. Let Men Wear Skirts, which features a lot of compelling examples (below).  We love its philosophy, which is curiously in line with Improvised Life: (more…)

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Diy Terrarium Necklace or Barbie Bottle Garden http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/04/29/diy-terrarium-necklace-barbie-bottle-garden/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/04/29/diy-terrarium-necklace-barbie-bottle-garden/#comments Tue, 29 Apr 2014 17:00:51 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=40253

ecouterre.com

While following the trail of “bottle gardens“, we came across this oddly-compelling DIY: a tiny terrarium necklace. Needing little care once it’s made, it is a swell way to wear a bit of Nature.

See the step-by-step how-to at Ecouterre. (more…)

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Lady Gaga’s Flying Dress http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/04/28/lady-gagas-flying-dress/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/04/28/lady-gagas-flying-dress/#comments Mon, 28 Apr 2014 23:00:45 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=40579

We confess to not paying much attention to Lady Gaga (is it our age, or just interest?). But we are charmed, smitten and amazed at the crazy-wondrous flying dress she had commissioned. This video about it offers a compelling overview of clear possibilities in the realm of personal travel. Will we soon each be able to have “a personal aerial vehicle with style….”, to leap, fly or just glide?

via Dezeen

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