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I first found out about TOMS back in college. I’ve always admired the fact that they are making a difference as a for-profit company. I was really happy that I got the opportunity to work there as a print designer last year.

Before this, I had never worked with shoes. I didn’t even know these shoes are called espadrilles or alpargatas. I’ve always thought them as “TOMS Shoes” (Way to do your research before starting a job Aly). Designing prints for shoes is surprisingly different from designing for cloth. The scale is especially important because you only have so much space on shoes. Luckily, since the space is so small, it’s less likely for someone to notice the repeat. The number of colors you can use are super limited. Clothing companies are usually okay with going up to 10 – 12 colors for a print. Even though that’s expensive, but if the print is right they are willing to do it. But for shoes, because the base material is so much more expensive the number of color I can use is very limited. Good thing this is Fall/Winter collection, the color palette is pretty restraint to beginning with.

Outside of developing prints, I learned to design shoes for the first time. I would be given an old style, and be asked to make a flat sketch with improvements. I’d then talk it over with the design team and figure out solutions to the problems. Obviously I wasn’t given real important parts, but it was nevertheless a whole new skill I picked up. After the flat sketches, we’d talk about what kind of material should be used on each part of the shoe. I learned that there is a part of a shoe that’s called “cookie”.

TOMS Jutti Flat
I designed the uppers and linings for this Jutti Flat.

The experience was short, but it was rewarding. Hope I get to run into people wearing the shoes I worked on in the streets of LA.

Check out more images for the ones I worked on in portfolio.

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DIY Lace Bunny Ear

So Halloween is close, very very close, yet I still don’t have a costume. Here is the last minute costume 2 hours to finish!

If you are anything like me, DO NOT WORRY! I got you covered! To quote Mean Girls, ” In Girl World, Halloween is the one night a year when a girl can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.”
 In Girl World, Halloween is the one night a year when a girl can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.
Absolutely love this movie, but…. I can do without dressing up like a slut. So let’s just stick an animal ear on our heads without the lingerie.

To make an animal ear you’ll need

  • Plain Headband of your choice
  • Wires
  • Pliers
  • Scissors
  • Fabric of your choice
  • Needles and Thread
  • Possibly hot glue, if you get lazy no judgement here 😀

Step 1. Make the ear shape.
For my bunny ears I measured out 2 pieces of wires roughly same length and shape them with pliers or hand.

step1Step 2. Cut out a piece of fabric big enough to cover the ear shape.

step2At first I used a mesh fabric, it became a little slippery for the next step, so I switched it out for a lace with some stretch.

Step 3. Sew the fabric onto the wire. Or hot glue whichever you like. I sewed mine like so…
step3Then trim off the extra fabric

Step 4. Lastly attach the ears onto a headband. Here I used a plain metal headband I picked up from the craft store.step3_5

Tada~ You can shape it too! Throw on a black dress or something then you got yourself a last-ditch effort costume!bunny2

With the same idea you can make all kinds of animal ears.
cat ear