All posts by Angela Lan

About Angela Lan

I make clothes and do that blog thing. Writes a 124 paged manuscript no one knows about. Proud supporter of messy hair and sweatpants. x


that lapel thing

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Hi! Hello. Wow has it been a long time. Back in October, I promised I would properly post about this jumpsuit to share with you all the deets behind it, so here we are today!

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I made this jumpsuit to wear to Silicon Valley Fashion Week in SF, sewing till the last minute and rushing the zipper like always. I wanted to create something that was fun and modern to match the atmosphere. I’ve never done a jumpsuit before this, although plenty of tops and pants, so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to try something new.

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The flaps in the front are what I like to call oversized lapels, like on a jacket? It’s a fun twist on a plain halter top, and the pants are just wide-legged with pleats. Pattern, self-drafted, like always. I used a rayon-challis I bought in Toronto last year which wrinkled like crazy, so minimal sitting is advised and lots of steaming recommended.

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These photos were taken by Matthew Carlson. I had a really fun time shooting with him and his work is amazing, so check him out! Here’s his Instagram and website.

If you saw my Instagram Story you would know that this design has actually won an award- first place in the Young Crafters category of The Craftys, a national crafting competition, and Lisa Loeb was the one to announce it! You can view the video below, and here’s the news article Patch.com did on it.

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That’s about all I have for today! It’s been a couple years since I’ve done a shoot so I’m just getting back in the hang of things. As you all know, I used to shoot once a week when I posted multiple times a week (oh those were the good days), so bear with me as I get used to the camera again. :) I’m currently working on a couple of new projects and designs, and I can’t wait to share them with you soon!

angela x


2016 recap

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hey guys, so much has happened this year, it all seems like a whirlwind! I’m doing a quick recap today to thank you for all your support this year, whether you attended an event, bought a copy of my book, read my blog, or simply encouraged me to keep on going. it has been absolutely amazing and I’m entirely grateful for all the opportunities I received and wonderful people I’ve met. speaking of blog, we also hit 11,000 page views per month this month, which is so crazy to me! never in my 2.5+ years of blogging did I ever think we would grow to that number. hope you all have been having a wonderful holiday season and have spent time with family. I’m wishing you the best to come.️

without much more talking, here are all the events and press that have happened this year! everything I’m shown wearing is made by me. :)

angela x

February– S.E.T TV interview aired video here
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March– book release/ officially published!

 

April– 4H youth fashion show (I was a judge and am sitting on the far right)
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April
– book launch party at Eddie’s Quilting Bee
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May– interview spread in the San Jose Mercury News community divisions article here

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May– book talk at Campbell Library
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May– book signing at Barnes & Noble Almaden
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May– Spring Quilt Market in Salt Lake City (2 book signings) blog post here
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June– book talk for the American Sewing Guild, San Jose chapter
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June– “my fashion journey” talk in Ventura at my school’s coffeehouse event blog post here
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June– book talk at LA Public Library
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June– book signing at Barnes & Noble Almaden
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July– book signing at Indigo Yonge-Eglinton in Toronto, Canada
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August– KTSF Channel 26 interview aired video here
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September– book talk and presentation at Saratoga Library
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September– book stand and introductory talk at Canada College’s Artistry in Fashion event
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November– book talk and presentation at Wilcox High School
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(ps- I just now realized how many times I wore my red dress. what can I say, it’s my favorite and most comfy dress I own and I never posted it on social until the Saratoga event)


Silicon Valley Fashion Week 2016

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This past weekend I had the honor of attending night 3 of Silicon Valley Fashion Week 2016 which was held in San Francisco and sponsored by Zappos. I had an amazing time watching the tech of Silicon Valley merge with fashion to create futuristic, useful, incredible, and just plain cool garments. Huge thanks to Betabrand for hosting such a wonderful show! They are a online clothing community that helps crowd-fund new and innovative designs to life, ranging from women’s pants and dresses to men’s shirts. Check out their website for modern clothing, or their Think Tank page if you have a design you want to bring to life!

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If you follow me on Instagram and watch my Stories, you would have already seen a sneak peak of the show. My mom and I were able to snag seats right by the runway, a huge help in taking photos for you guys (by no means are the pics perfect, it was just a tad easier than stretching 5 feet and stepping on people to capture a shot).  Below are my favorite looks of the night:

LED light up wings- cause we all need to be fairies and angels.
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There was a funny pun that I forgot for the name of these two looks- something along the lines of “out of print” and “prince and princess”, really amazing art though!
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These wings are actually a brace for scoliosis!
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Hail America… and more LEDs.

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Spill-proof dress- it’s not even waterproof, it’s completely residue proof! Anything you spill won’t make a spot on this dress; there won’t be drops sitting on top like a raincoat! Tbh, I think all of our clothes need to be like this.


I did design, draft, and sew what I wore to the show, which was a light cobalt blue jumpsuit. It has a tie-up halter with round, exaggerated lapels, and a pleated pant. I made this in about a day, rushing last minute like always, but I got so many complements about the cut and drape of it. This is by far my favorite creation of the year and although I didn’t get a chance to take proper photos of the jumpsuit at the event, I hope to feature it in another post in the near future, maybe for the holidays? For now, it’s just the one photo below. :)

Again, I’m so grateful and couldn’t be happier that I had the opportunity to experience the show from front row! I left feeling super inspired and like I was living in the future. Please check out Betabrand as I think there will be many more interesting projects to come from them, in addition to the existing cool designs! 

Hope you are all having a lovely day!

x angela