Thursday, July 2, 2009

Do It Yourself, Do It All Yourself

Gabi modeling her incredible cashmere coat, which she spent months hand sewing, worn with silver Lanvin heels

In the spirit of our upcoming DIY event with Urban Outfitters, I thought I would share some of my friend Gabi's astonishing recent work, which she's been doing since she moved to Sweden. Gabi is one of my friends from New York, and when she came to visit Stockholm with me two years ago, she ended up meeting one of Jimmy's best friends, Tobias. Now, we're both married, and she lives in Stockholm. She used to work at Dennis Basso, and since moving to Sweden, she's been concentrating on doing her own pieces, and is planning on starting her own line soon. Gabi says that since there are limited resources in a city as small as Stockholm---no good Japanese food, no amazing fabric stores, not enough sewing supplies, etc, etc---she's really taken to doing everything herself. In addition to making all of her own clothing, Tobias and her cook nonstop, learning to make whatever they want to eat since it's much easier (and much more inexpensive) than going out to a restaurant and finding it. They made Jimmy and I an amazing sushi and sashimi dinner when we visited, and I got to see all of Gabi's latest creations.

Gabi has always been the most incredible seamstress I've ever met, and it's really jaw-dropping to see the couture sewing skills that she acquired while working at Basso applied to her own designs. She spent almost three months making a cashmere coat with the most intense smocking pattern, hand sewing almost the entire piece. I only wish that everybody could see and touch this gorgeous thing in person, which is perfectly lined, flouncy, and has the bonus of being functionally warm for the cold Swedish winter! Gabi also showed off a few of her other creations: a super-futuristic silver leather skirt she made right before she left New York, and a cake printed dress that she whipped up in a couple of days. While her pieces are far from your average at-home DIY (she's a professional after all), I do think it's inspiring for all at home seamstresses and DIY-ers, no matter what skill level you are at!


Details of the smocking on the front and the sleeves

The crazy looking pattern that Gabi anal-retentively followed to create the intense smocking

Gabi's silver leather skirt with oversized pockets, worn with a vintage floral dress and Lanvin heels.

Another close up of the piping details on the skirt

Gabi made this cake-printed dress with self-covered buttons in a couple of days

The open back detailing of the dress

A tiny dress that Gabi was in the process of making for our friend Andrew's doll. I brought the finished dress back, and you'll see it modeled on Snejana soon!

Tobias making a portion of the sushi and sashimi feast that Gabi and him prepared for us that evening!

-Tiffany

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19 comments:

fritha louise said...

wow, that coat is beyond amazing! your friend is so talented! and that sushi looks delicious too!

Sarah A. said...

oh wow! the coat, the skirt, the dress. im in awe, what a talented girl!

Chelsea said...

The cake dress is adoreable and the coat is just amazing.

Isabel said...

Holy gosh - this woman's got skills! My mom is a seamstress and I know she has the ability to do all kinds of stuff like this, but all customers seem to want are simple alterations.

carmencake said...

I'm in love with cake print dress and that skirt is amazing.

Cruz said...

Those are really cool creations. Mmm sushi :)

InnyVinny said...

I'm in awe. She is amazing. That coat is absolutely insane!!!

clarewbrown said...

Wow absolutely incredible!! I wish I could sew. I am slightly jealous... but mostly in awe! Gorgeous blog!

Liz! said...

These are exceptionally beautiful projects. Especially the coat. It takes a keen eye and lots of patience to make something that beautiful.

Mae said...

that coat...holy smokes !

the good news is she could still wear that and not be too hot in new england. how ever did she achieve that smocking?? what a labor of love ^_^

Charmaine said...

wooow! the detailing in that black coat is beyond beautiful! I really want to go to stockholm for a visit one day !

Sylvia said...

WOW, what great stuff!! That cake dress is so cute. That silver skirt is pretty rocking, too.

harbourmaster said...

my brain hurts just thinking about how she came up with that pattern, let alone followed it! mad, mad skills.

Joshua said...

The smocking is sicccck.

Crazy work there, her attention to detail reminds me a bit of Luxirare.

Ivania said...

AMAAZING DRESS!! THE BACK IS GREAT
im such a fan of all your diy and creative posts

Ashley Shaun said...

oh my god that's amazing. its so beautiful and so cute. the coats and skirt is so good. i like this blog so much.


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Queen said...

Oh bloody hell that coat is wonderful as is the silver skirt! Stunning. - queen michelle

A La Mode said...

That coat is incredible! What an insane pattern!

Jenna said...

the coat looks amazing! and the pattern omg :o how can some1 even create something like that. looks almost impossible :D wow!

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