Monday, July 30, 2012

Flirty Skirt

After whipping this beauty up in a matter of hours I took to the streets of Fitzroy as princess a la mode. Or something. At least that's what I felt like!


It's been a while since I wore a petticoat, but I'm so glad I did. Look at that poof! Look at it! I was also glad to have worn one as when I stepped off the tram the wind decided it wanted to see my undies, and up went my skirt. My dignity was saved by the petticoat. One of the best reasons for wearing one!


I was originally supposed to buy shoes and a jumper, but instead walked away with a layby receipt for two 1970s plastic tub chairs. Oops. While in the store though, the shop keeper was very taken by my outfit, and asked where I'd acquired such beautiful pieces from. When I said I made them she insisted I start my own line and sell pieces at her store! I told her that I was accepted into the NEIS program a few years ago but went to university instead. Her reaction to my skirt though was enough to make me consider the possibility of starting a line again.

Sans Petticoat
I had a brand name but I'm pretty sure it doesn't suit anymore, especially considering the amount of men who have asked if I would make them a western style shirt. So what do you think, guys? Should I just use my name (Natalie Michelle Watson), or should I use Laika Doll? I figure if I do menswear, using my name shouldn't matter so much *cough* look at Vivienne Westwood *cough*. Opinions please!


And of course, the jumper is the one I made a little while ago.

Je suis un dinosaur
I am currently on my hands and knees putting together a print-at-home pattern as my best friend realised she has an important event she's attending on Friday night and needs me to help her out with a dress. I have three days to make it. Challenge accepted! (Anything for her!) She also took the photos for this post today.

While I'm talking about my beautiful best friend I must also mentioned she's started her own blog now! She doesn't really have anything on it, but here's the link:

Sugar Doll

She's also on BurdaStyle now, under the same name (sugardoll). So now even our usernames are similar! For anyone that has never heard our story, our names are both Natalie Michelle!


She also stars in this little film I made...


16 comments:

  1. Natalie squared FTW! I'm so glad that those pictures turned out okay. (Sif I had any doubts, I'm a fantastic fashion photographer)

    I've been wondering for a while why you don't have your own line yet! But it's a lot of hard work. Still, you sew like a grandma on crack so you should be okay.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. LOL grandma on crack, this is true. I figured it takes me about 3 hours to make one skirt, and I could make a million billion before actually launching it. Dunno what the heck I'd add to the 'collection' haha

      Delete
  2. Wow! I love the skirt and the jumper! It's feminine and pretty cute!
    I'm looking for fabric like you used for your jumper, but I can't find any! Where did you buy it (if you remember of course)? Thanks.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! I don't think you're in Australia... it's from where I work (Spotlight). If you do really want some, I could get it for you and post it! I know we have like, a kelly green, red, mid blue, hot pink, brown, and ice blue at at the moment... <3

      Delete
    2. You are right, i'm from Canada ! That could be so nice!! If you could send me the fabric, just tell me the price and in exchange, I could send you some fabric from here :) It could be interesting! Here is my email : mode_design_@hotmail.com

      Delete
  3. Love this!I love the waistband! so cute!!! I assume it's a full circle skirt?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! Actually, no. It's a 3/4 skirt! And only because I underestimated the amount of fabric I needed. But I think I prefer it! It has the perfect amount of twirl (twirls in a circle but doesn't go high enough to show off my panties lol), so I think it's the way to go!

      Delete
    2. I agree
      also, making a full circle skirt is such a pain. but it is a dream come true to be able to sit a the floor and have the dress from a perfect circle around you. like a princess. oi.

      Delete
  4. That skirt is amazing! Did you draft the pattern yourself? I'd love to make a replica.. the detail on the waistband makes it really special. I love the name Laika doll, so many deisngers just use their name but Laika Doll would really stand out as something unique and it has a back story personal to you as an individual. Good luck with the venture if you decide to go ahead with it, I'd totally buy your stuff! :)

    Kay from LittleRubyRobin

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Merci :) yeah the skirt itself is my own, the waistband is actually one of the Colette Ginger waistbands, so I think for me to actually use it for my own purposes I have to alter it by 5%... haha
      Yay! It's looking like Laika Doll it is. I'll definitely be keeping y'all updated! x

      Delete
  5. im loving that you love melissa's. seriously, almost every post you are wearing a pair! i feel like finally someone, although in a different location, finally shares my obsessive passion. I think use Laika Doll, I like it, and I think there is no reason you can't put that on a mens western shirt, it would be nice a quirky. Hope you have much more fun in that skirt to come!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ha! I have about 25 pairs, and have owned a lot more but sold a few. I've been pretty much an addict since I was 17! I'm sure I shall! As soon as I put it on I said to the other Natalie "yep, I'm definitely making another one in black!" teehee

      Delete
  6. You are way too cute! I love this skirt so much! I love the name Laika Doll, too. It's adorable!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hehe! Thank you lovely. Yes, Laika Doll is a goer. Thank God. I had two necklaces made when I was 19 and everyone was like "why didn't you get your real name? You're never going to use 'Laika Doll', what a silly name!"
      THANKS FAMILY AND BOYFRIEND OF THE TIME YOU WERE REALLY SUPPORTIVE
      hahaha!

      Delete
  7. I LOVE that skirt and the Colour is my fav Colour!!! Where did u get that fabric from and what is it? I love ur outfit, u always look great!!!! Go Natalie!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Totally gorgeous, as per usual. I'm bout to cut out a full circle skirt myself, so am looking forward to doing some twirling! Petticoats are go!
    You got NEIS? DO IT!!!

    ReplyDelete