Friday, April 11, 2014

Jewelry, guitar straps, and a jumpsuit

Some new horizon's here in MVM studio land. Here's what's up:

some upcoming jewelry for the website: 

Custom summer jumpsuit making for cutie Lindsay: (it's currently in pattern/muslin stage)...

and some more guitar straps for my boy to bring with him to San Francisco! 

What'cha think? email me at

Love, Cami G 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Updates and dressform info for students

It's been awhile since I've updated my blog and thought I'd check in! 

This Tuesday marks a brand new spring quarter and a new flock of draping students. Whenever I am talking with new students about Pattern making through draping, there's always some confusion about what type of dress form to start with.   I've pondered writing my own post, but did some research today, and gosh darn it, someone already wrote a fabulously detailed one. So I'll just pass on the message...

This write-up also describes my love for Wolff dress forms (along with other brands) perfectly and shows you the quality, in pictures and words, best.  Please do not rush out to Joann's with your coupon and buy an adjustable plastic form for this type of pattern making.  While I do have a few myself,   I use them for display purposes only...and to quickly check a size if I am making a custom garment.   I do not suggest starting out your draping career using one as you will not get anatomically correct garments and will have to do too many strange pinning techniques that will hinder you in the future, if you want to learn how to do it correctly.   I am also from the school of thought that you work with what you got, and if that's what you have and you feel like padding it out so you can!  In that case, I invite you to the many blog posts and "do it yourself" websites out there!   I'm a thrifty gal myself and love a good diy, but have come to the conclusion that my time and cost of materials costs me about as much time as getting the real thing. 

I've posted this on my tumblr and site before, but this gives a great insight on how nice dress forms are made..and why they are so pricey! Especially custom forms. 

In personal and creating news, you'll find more of my projects, which have been less sewing related on my instagram

Hope to see ya in class!



Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Modeling Calotype by Kristie Metcalf

I was lucky enough to be chosen by Kristie Metcalf to model for the RAW Seattle show this past Thursday! Here's an oldie but goodie, as well. (At the TZ Fashion Riot show)

If you haven't been recently, I have some more backstage modeling shots on instagram. You can check out my post about it on Tumblr as well! 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Guitar Straps

Just dropped these little guitar straps off at High Voltage Music store on Capitol Hill! 
I used vintage material and repurposed vinyl.  Lots of unique stitching. $60
If you guys like em, I'll keep making more! :) I have so much more in my vintage stash that needs to decorate guitars! 
Any questions?

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Dress forms

Made a new post on my Tumblr blog! I get lots of questions about dress forms and re-found this great video about how WOLFF dressforms are made! 

Here's a new photo up from DOTV! Jenny and I...

Happy weekend all! 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Material Girl and DOTV

2014 is already proving to be a more productive year than last! I am feeling better over all, and did a fun dress project for my cousin Jenny and her awesome annual Benefit.

And here was the process:

We wanted to go for instantly recognizable material girl inspiration, but acclimate it to Jenny's personal style and comfortability for the event. I also wanted her to be able to wear it after this event and have it not feel like a costume! 

lining+Stretch poly satin (matching these pinks were haaarrrrrd!)
Understitching the top edge of the strapless bodice

Finished belt from vintage Kit

The bum bow!
Rhinestones duh
The back! The bow snaps on and off at 6 different places so she can wear it with or without. 

For more up to date photos and other progress shots, check out my instagram and follow me at 

or Tumblr, where I post modeling, arts and crafts, sewing, or random things!

Ben and Jenny-Ben Haley is the house photographer for these events, and does an amazing job! He did these shots below. His email is:
Classic!  I ended up making a little bow like Madonna has half way through the video, too. Adorbs.
Jenny and lovely host, Dana Bos

My cutie and I had a great time at the event, as you can see! If you haven't made it to a DOTV yet, mark your calendars for next February!

....And in case you can't wait for #tbt, here's some past DOTV's that I loved finding again!

 my baby faced boy. One of the last times he let me dress him up. boo.

I am so proud to say Beauty Entreprenuer Tiffany Lowry had me make her this custom Betty dress of her own years back. She is so stylin' and cool, I felt honored!  She also did hair and make up for this years DOTV for Jenny's Material girl look!

This year it was Bowie themed..and so fun! 
 Jenny and I (All these photos are still by Ben! Geeze, right?) 
This was one of the first times we went out together and I now consider her a bestie. Awww Candace! She is the largest Bowie fan I know. Also, thanks to Tristan Uhl for letting me borrow that Jareth wig!

Have a happy Val or Galentine's day, all! I'm FEEEELIN it this year! 

-Cami G

Monday, January 13, 2014

MV's first video!

Since getting my super nice camera a few years ago, I haven't really delved into doing HD video with it until recently.  I have all these fantastical ideas....but, boy was this a learning curve! Here's my first video.  Kinda silly, but hope you enjoy!

With more practice I hope to do more tutorial videos, favorite recipes, funny videos, etc! 

Enjoy your week! 

-Cami G