My new collection is out!

My newest collection is available on the website now, and I’m really pleased with how it looks. It’s a mix of abstract floral, tribal and ethnic prints, on slightly more structured pieces. It looks like a cohesive collection, which I absolutely love.

It took a lot of energy and time to get this one out. There were a few dramas here and there, mainly with sourcing fabrics and how long my orders took to arrive, and that meant that my collection was released a lot later than I had hoped. But I’ve decided to accept that Seraphim’s timing will always be slightly off, and I think that actually works in my favour. Most of the other indie labels release their new collections about a month or two before mine (note: on time), which means by the time my collection is unveiled, their collections aren’t quite so fresh anymore. I’m hoping that by being late, I’m filling a gap wherein customers are looking for new pieces but can’t find them. Fingers crossed that’s what’s happening.

Melbourne has inadvertently changed my tastes. I used to be all into so many more flowy pieces and clashing prints, but the fashion over here is so… metropolitan and it’s affected my style. Fashion in Melbourne feels much more deliberate, whereas fashion in Perth is more instinctive. I don’t know – maybe that’s just my take on it.

I miss my old style. I need to be able to mix both styles together to create something uniquely Seraphim. Maybe I need to think less about the process and follow my instincts.

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One day my name will evoke good goosebumps.

I’ve been sitting in my new studio space for the past 2 hours, just soaking up the atmosphere. It’s a pretty amazing little spot. I’m hoping that with this new little space comes new customers, new ideas, and better promotion and marketing on my part.

God, I hate marketing. I hate it all. All I want to do is make beautiful clothes while someone else deals with all that marketing/business bullshit. I wish my name came with a certain fanbase that would just eat up everything I wanted to sell without much effort on my part.

But I’m not Beyonce. I’m not Tess Holliday. I’m not Gabifresh. I’m just Jen Pitch – founder and designer at Seraphim Clothing.

One day, maybe, but for now, I just have to keep slogging it, and try to enjoy myself while I’m at it.

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Work-Holiday

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Jimbaran, Bali with some amazing school friends.

Since I’m quite new to this whole blogging thing (not really… but I am most certainly rusty) I’ve realised I’m not good at compartmentalising my different pursuits.
When I’m focused on Seraphim – my clothing company – I find it very hard to continue on with other things that need my focus as well, like this blog.

I’m still here though. I’m still thinking about what I should write; still wondering how professional bloggers continually have interesting things to write about.

I’ve never been amazing at thinking ahead. Strategic blogging is something I’m definitely not used to. But I’m learning. SLOWLY.

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Ugh. Not another plane. 🙁

Where have I been? Traveling. My travel route was Melbourne – Perth – Jakarta – Bali – Jakarta – Perth – Melbourne. In less than a month! The thought of getting on another plane makes me shudder.

What was I doing in all these places? Work, mainly. Jakarta for fabrics and Bali to meet with my manufacturer.

Buying fabric at Mayestik in Jakarta proved to be a little disappointing. There weren’t many prints that got me excited, unfortunately. I’m glad that the designs for my very late winter collection look great in basic colours. My amazing manufacturers found some lovely prints in Bali, like this beautiful print that will be turned into a cropped jacket.

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Seraphim cropped jacket and flared legged jumpsuit samples!

And we’re also experimenting with thicker fabrics – something I’ve never done before. Perth winters are so mild that I’ve been fine wearing chiffon with just a thickish cardigan. But Melbourne – Jesus Christ. Melbourne’s a whole other story. We’ve had to spend a bit of time looking at how thicker material drapes in order to make sure it looks great on plus sized bodies. It’s all been very eye-opening.

Split side maxi sample made out of a thicker sweatshirt style fabric.
Split side maxi sample made out of a thicker sweatshirt style fabric.

I’m back in Melbourne now. It’s both a relief and a shame that I’m back here. I miss my friends and my family, but I’m also excited about getting to know Melbourne more and more.

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Kinda feeling like a country & western singer.

Denim shirt from Kmart - $20!
Denim shirt from Kmart – $20!

Check out this really cool shirt I found at Kmart the other day! I loooove denim shirts, but I’ve never found one that has fitted my awkward body shape, since I’m significantly smaller on top than around my belly. I really love the shade of blue this shirt is, though, so I decided to see if I could mod it out by turning it into a super cute Daisy Duke-esque cropped shirt with a tie front.

Fold your shirt in half.
Fold your shirt in half.

So the first thing I did was try on the shirt and figure out how short I wanted it to be by counting the buttons. I found that I wanted to cut the shirt between the fifth and sixth buttons.
Now, since this shirt has ties at the front, I decided to cut from the back towards the buttons, and then – when I was about three inches away from the buttons – I curved the cutting towards the bottom of the shirt.

Creating the ties.
Creating the ties.

After creating the ties, unfold your shirt. You’ll find that you have a strange flap at the back that looks identical to the ties at the front because of how you folded the shirt in half. Don’t worry – just cut that straight across.

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And voila! A super cute cropped denim shirt!

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Who doesn’t love a MARVEL crop?

MARVEL tshirt from Kmart
MARVEL tshirt from Kmart

Did you guys know that I’m a total Avengers fan? Hot dudes, serious ass-kicking, humour, adventure and Joss Whedon’s writing and directing. I mean, what’s not to love?

I found this t-shirt in the menswear section of Kmart and just had to take it home for another Mod post. So here it is, flat on my bed. All you need is a pair of scissors for this one! Don’t you just love an easy mod?

My main tip when it comes to cropping tees is to always remember that us fat ladies have extra padding (duh) – not to mention boobs, which means things tend to shorten without you having to cut much off. MEASURE! Or if you’re like me and constantly lose your measuring tape, cut a little bit off at a time. I have wasted many a tee by getting too cocky and cutting too much off because I’ve been lazy. Don’t be lazy, friends! This mod is already so quick anyway, so no cutting corners… so to speak.

Marvel Tee

First off, I cut about 10cm off the bottom. I tried it on, and I found that it was still way too long. I ended up cutting off almost another 10cm and had to cut off half of the “MARVEL” logo, which doesn’t really bother me because the image of the Avengers is more important!

Take your time! Mistakes on the neckline will be visible!
Take your time! Mistakes on the neckline will be visible!

Then I flipped the t-shirt upside down and starting working on the neck. Without using a tape measure or ruler, I estimated 7cm from the shoulder seam and started to cut a wider neck – making sure to take my time so the cut would be neat.

FINISHED!
FINISHED!

I was going to cut the sleeves too, but they ended up being a perfect length for me.

AVENGERS, ASSEMBLE!
AVENGERS, ASSEMBLE!

Have you guys been doing any mods lately? Leave your links in the comments below! xox

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