It's no mystery, I'm poor! My student loan is in repayment and I'm at risk of losing my job due to illness. And for some reason that doesn't stop me from perusing various indie fashion shops on Etsy. I know that I'll never be able to afford such treasures but I can't help but be inspired by the artists that I find. Today I wanted to share two designers who have very different aesthetic styles but are both insanely talented.
Inspiring Etsy Seamstresses
Is a design label from dutch fashion designer Marjolein Turin. Her pieces are inspired by historical fashions and appeal to Goth, Lolita and Steampunk enthusiasts. I am head over heels for her dresses, in particular anything in that warm oatmeal, cream colour. You'll notice her signature style is a lot of lace, which I love. While her short dresses are more simplistic in design and more affordable, I prefer her "exclusive" pieces which can go anywhere from $500 to $1000 CAD. Not surprisingly, the majority of her sales are caplets and cardigans. While I may never be able to afford my favorites from her shop, I find myself inspired by her use of lace and trim embellishments, ruffles and layering.
Dawn, a designer and artist, describes her Etsy shop as selling "majikal fairy tale jewelry and illustration". I can't say I've seen either her illustrations or her jewelry but a look back through her sales reveals she started off selling primarily vintage fabrics and clothing. Eventually, she started dabbling in upcycling which lead to some of the most stellar boho fae dresses I've ever seen. In the pieces shown above you can see that Dawn has a clear understanding of texture and colour, she's not afraid to experiment and I find that truly inspiring. These old cotton dresses are given a new life through recycled doilies, lace, a little fabric dye and crocheted accents. I have a bunch of doilies sitting in my craft bin, I have never once thought of using them in my sewing but this designer has me seeing them in a new light. Sadly she has no items in her store at the moment but her pieces are not outlandishly expensive. I recommend bookmarking her. :)
Ideally I would like to pull inspiration from both of these artists into one of my projects. I like the idea of an upcycled boho Victorian style dress, I don't think such a thing has existed before lol.
Do you have any favorites from these designers?