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Table of Contents Silhouette Embellish
Broke & Original
by Kate Bell
Statuesque: While it is often overlooked, the neckline of a dress or top can with help or hinder the wearer. A simple, deep scoop neckline accentuates your neck and collar bones without being risque. Try it with cut-out shoulders or other interesting details to complete the look.
Silhouette Delicate: This classic look coyly displays your small shoulders while still retaining a casual appearance with its slouchy silhouette. Let your shoulders out to play with a flirty boatneck sweater. However, be sure to keep it classy by pairing it with a strapless bra.
Silhouette Bodacious: It may seem counterintuitive, but smaller and wider scoopnecks can balance out your curves while still maintaining them. For a little variety, combine this neckline with subtle ruffles such as these. A dynamic, mostly vertical print can also make your torso appear longer.
Silhouette Lanky: While they may seem dowdy or old-fashioned, a turtleneck can play up your natural thinness. For a modern twist on the classic turtle, find a piece with short cap sleeves. It works layered or on its own, and shows off your arms.
Silhouette Powerhouse: To create a versatile look, this neckline can work well for you in both casual t-shirts and formal dresses. A square neckline combined with slightly off-shoulder sleeves sets off your toned arms without drawing too much attention to them.
by Sam Silver
The year 2012 has begun and itâ€™s time to kick off with a new hairstyle! Start by delving back into the past by trying out a vintage look. Wear your best 40â€™s outfit and put your hair up in a pin curl.
1. Start by section of the center front
portion of your hair. Take the brush and begin backcombing. This can be made easier by added some hairspray or volume spray.
2. Next, smooth out the top side of the
sectioned hair while leaving the underside backcombed. This will give the pin curl volume while keeping the appearance flat, smooth, and shiny.
3. Pull the hair to one side and pin it
back at about three inches from the roots. Again, smooth the rest of the hair out keeping the front of the hair with volume. This can be done with pomade.
Hair by Christina White
4. Curl the hair inwards starting from at
the end of the hair and working towards the scalp. This is done much like curling hair with a curling iron.
5. Pin the entire curl back on the side of
your head. Make sure to hide the bobby pin or position it so that the pin curl can be seen.
Keep your New Yearâ€™s resolution to try new things by starting with this pin curl!
Composed Hair & Makeup by Christina White
by Sam Silver
Bored with the simple design of your shirt? Spice it up with this quick do-it-yourself project!
1. Begin by gathering up all of your
materials. The first thing youâ€™ll need is a shirt with a basic design and an assortment of buttons. Next, get a needle, thread, scissors and marking chalk or a fabric marker. Make sure to get thread that matches your buttons.
2. First, decide on the placement of your design. This can be a
specific pattern or a random arrangement. Try and stick to flat areas such as the collar or hem of the shirt. Then lay out your garment flat on the floor.
3. Place the buttons down the shirt in the desired arrangement.
Re-arrange as necessary to make the sides as symmetrical or asymmetrical as you want.
4. Now lift each button and mark directly underneath. Make sure
to mark directly under the center. This will ensure that all the buttons are put back in the correct spot.
& Original 5. Thread your needle and tie the
ends together in a knot. Individually stitch on each button by placing the center of the button directly on a marked spot. Stitch the button on by creating an â€˜Xâ€™ through the buttonholes.
Pair your shirt with your favorite skinny jeans and let people notice the new design! Want to share your results? Post your photos to our Facebook!
Designs by Courtney Carson
by Karena Steir
This month we are focusing on a work out that will challenge your entire upper body using just your stability ball and light weights found around your house, apartment or dorm (like soup cans or water bottles). Our workout will start with the first muscle group that works together which is biceps and back. For the bicep workout, we will sit on our stability ball and do bicep curls to the inside. For our back workout, we will place our knees on the ground and our chest on the stability ball. Grabbing a weight in each hand, spread your arms and raise them using only your back muscles. For examples of these exercises, please see the video at the end of the article. Our second set of exercises focus on another set of muscles that work together: triceps and chests. For triceps, we will place our upper back on the stability ball, place our feet on the ground and place our arms over our head with a “weight” in each hand. Bending at the elbows, lower the weights above your head and raise them up. These are called “Triceps Extensions”. For a chest workout, place your arms straight out to the side and bend at the elbows with
Condition your hands up while holding your weights. Using a slow, controlled motion, straightened your arms up in front of you and lower them back to the starting position.
For our obliques we will rest ourselves sideways placing one of our hip bones on the stability ball. Using our “side ab” muscles, crunch to the side opposite the stability ball. The ball should absorb the normal discomfort that can come with side crunches done on the floor. For our ab workout, lay on your back with the stability ball (uncomfortably) between your legs. Use your ab muscles to raise and lower your lower torso to the ground. If you are interested in a lower body workout, I suggest walking or running, which are great for conditioning as well.
Please be sure to watch the video to see how these exercises are done. If you have questions, please ask us using our Facebook wall. We’d love to help out however we can!
Bombshell with Lindsey Faber
by Julie Ferrell
Iowa State graduate Lindsey Faber gives us an inside look into her flourishing, retroinspired fashion business. With the old-fashioned, pin-up look rising in popularity, one Iowa-based line is offering the most wanted 50's style dresses at affordable prices. Since graduating from Iowa State with a major in apparel product development in August of 2010, Lindsey Faber has started her own fashion line called Skimpily Clawd. “After I finished school, I had a lot more time to sew and focus on trying to get my name out there,” Faber said. “Through a mutual friend, I got in contact with a store owner in Des Moines, Jessica Corona, who owned a shop called Rockabilly Reign. It specialized in pin-up style clothing. I loved the idea and came up with a design for a dress and made one in every size to send to her shop.” Faber described her designs as “retro-inspired pin-up style silhouettes,” and said she often uses old magazines from the 1950’s and 60’s for inspiration. “I love to show off the female form,” Faber said. “Sweetheart necklines are my favorite, I think they are very feminine and flattering for just about any size woman.” Faber also gets design inspirations by simply looking at different fabrics. “I think through different silhouettes that I commonly use, and try and find a way to mix and match to make it look unique,” Faber said. “I actually use the same pattern quite a bit, but making changes in fabric, skirt length and fullness, adding or removing straps can make a big difference in how it looks. It takes a long time to make a pattern in every size, so I try to work with what I already have.”
Bombshell Along with sending designs to Des Moines, Faber also began posting her finished items on Etsy and Facebook and received positive feedback from friends and customers. Her first big success happened last Valentine’s Day, when she made a heart-design dress that became popular on Etsy. Another of her dresses was also featured on one of Etsy’s “Daily Finds.”
“I think through different silhouettes that I commonly use, and try and find a way to mix and match to make it look unique”
Along with selling products on Etsy, the Cedar Rapids-based fashion line is also sold at Vitae Design Collective in Des Moines, and Faber’ dresses often range from $100 to $150. Since starting her line, Faber has also had some recognition from the YouTube music scene. “This past summer, I emailed Amy [Heidemann] of the band Karmin, that had just become really [popular on] YouTube for one of their cover videos. When I first saw it, I noticed how her style was really similar to mine, and I wanted to make her something,” Faber said. “In the email, I sent a link to my Etsy and Facebook page, telling her if she liked my stuff, I would make her a custom dress. She replied right away, saying she loved it and gave me her measurements.” Faber than spent a month designing a dress for Heidemann, and also added a matching bow-tie for her fiance and band-mate, Nick Noonan. “Not long after, she snapped a photo of herself in the dress and posted on [the band’s] Twitter page. Then in October, they made a cover video wearing my clothing,” Faber said. “They were nice enough to put a link to my Facebook page in the video notes so after that, I had a lot more people ‘like’ my page.” Since the start of the Skimpily Clawd line, Faber said she thinks she has been “pretty good” at getting her name out, but there
Bombshell are still some challenges, primarily handling the workload by herself. Each outfit demands anywhere from six to 15 hours of sewing from Faber, and each finished product must also have its own modeling photo shoot before it is posted on Etsy and Facebook. But despite the amount of individual work, Faber said she still loves what she does. “I am lucky to have a very supportive family, as well as an amazing boyfriend and friends,” Faber said. “They encourage me to be successful and pursue my dreams.”
A One-On-One With Lindsey JF: Do you have any personal favorites out of your designs? NS: I really loved the red and pink heart dress I made, but I went a little numb to it after making so many. I was also really happy with how my “Daisy” spring dress turned out.
JF: What has been the most challenging dress to design? NS: The design aspect isn’t really what is the challenge for me, it’s more the construction. I made one dress for a client that had a custom request. It was something I hadn’t made before and I didn’t realize how challenging and timeconsuming of a project it was until after I’d already quoted a low price. I spent around 30 hours on it. In general, it is a challenge to size something for someone properly when I can’t see them in person. I have had confusion with Etsy customers on how to measure themselves.
Bombshell Skimpily Clawd’s Etsy Store Skimpily Clawd’s Facebook Page Karmin’s video featuring a Skimpily Clawd original pieces Take a look at our video interview for an additional look into Lindsey’s world.
Swatch We selected some colors from this issue to help inspire you to create your own looks! Use these for clothing, make-up, or other design projects to kick-start your own creativity.
Credits Hair & Make-Up: Christina White
Fashion Designs: Courtney Carson
Other clothes brought by models
Photography: Karena Steir
Photo & Layout Editing: Sam Silver Kate Bell
Fashion Illustration: Melissa Dillon
Credits Retro Designs: Lindsey Faber
Videographer: Nathian Steir
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