Monday, July 28, 2014

Jolie Marie Louise Lea Dress Pattern

I promise I'll keep this post short and sweet since you can read all about the new pattern on the JML blog. I just want to say that I am so thrilled to let you guys know that the shop is now open with the first pattern: the Léa dress. It's available as PDF download so you can receive it instantly! I really hope you'll like it!

Friday, July 25, 2014

It's Official!

Hey everyone! Today I can finally share with you some pretty huge news I have -sort of- been keeping to myself (but have hinted to here and there). For over the past year I have been hard at work designing and producing my own line of sewing patterns, called Jolie Marie Louise. This is the reason why I suddenly went radio silent on this blog for months last year.

The fist blog post is already up here, where you can read a little about the journey so far and the story behind the name. The shop is still closed and will be opening on Monday with the first release.

The first pattern will be released this Monday, July 28th, and it is the Léa dress. 

From now on you will find all of my sewing related content on the Jolie Marie Louise blog. I hope you will join me. All of my usual illustration and art work will still be found here.

I will be doing this on that blog in the coming weeks, but I still want to take this opportunity to thank from the bottom of my heart everyone who has been so incredibly supportive and encouraging both in real life and in this wonderful online community. Your help and support has touched and pushed me in ways you can't imagine. So, thank you!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

W.I.P. // Elie Saab Fall Couture 2014

Have you seen the Fall Couture 2014 collection of Elie Saab? I'm completely head over heels for it. Hands down, this has been one of my favorite designers for years. Some might say it's boring and everything is the same season after season. To that I say: "Shhh, it's perfect 

I finished this illustration about two weeks ago but haven't had time to scan it yet, so I thought I'd share with you some work in progress photos in the mean time. 

This week is kicking off as one of those where all the little things seem to be going wrong and things start to snowball, but hopefully I can turn it around right now! I hope you are having a lovely one.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sunday Sketching + Much Confusion

One of my favorite things to do on the weekends is find some time to practice drawing and spend a few mindless hours sketching away. This past Sunday morning I spent it jamming to taylor swift while drawing this quick portrait (you already know by now that with me a "quick sketch" usually takes hours!) - which, by the way, you'll soon be able to see a step by step guide of how it came to be on Craftsy's blog. There's a lot of shadows left to draw but, as I did it solely for practice, I don't think I'll be going back to it. I don't know yet, maybe?


On a different note, I have been wanting a change on this blog for over a year now, and I really crave a brand new look (I had been working on a new design from scratch last year but then I got really busy and I don't even remember were those files went!). 

These days I'm not quite sure if all I want is a new look for it or a complete overhaul of the whole thing and a brand new direction. I think it might be a manifestation from the instability and need for change in other areas of my life right now; and wanting to recreate this space into something that feels more familiar, personal and steady, but I'm not very sure exactly what I want to do about it right now. I'm so busy that I don't think I'll even have the time to sit and decide where I want to go with this and then so something about it, but I at least wanted to put it in writing to try to sort out my thoughts, I don't think it helped much tough - I'm still indecisive about it. Ha!

Actually... I think I might be closer to knowing how I want to move forward with this than I thought. I'm thinking I'd like to take my sewing to a different blog along with another project of mine and reassess this space (or maybe a completely new one? again, so indecisive right now!) just for illustrations and try to dedicate more time to drawing to get some commercial work - which I could really use at the moment!

This has been more longwinded that I anticipated (and longer than usual!) but it turns out it has helped me put my thought in order a little bit after all. I don't know where this will al go but what I do know is that i need some change, either here or elsewhere.  
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