Meet the Maker: Liliana | Lassemista
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posted 8 months ago

My name is Liliana, but you maybe know me as Elentari from Lassemista, and my DIY weapons of choice are a needle, thread and a good pair of scissors.

When I am looking for inspiration I look through my Pinterest boards – I spend a lot of time (too much!) to make them cohesive and really beautiful, with coordinating colour schemes etc. They provide me with endless inspiration, just like my 'real' library of fashion, textile and art(history) books.

After a long day of making things I like to relax with a good book or movie. But first I'll go for a walk to stretch, after sitting for too long.

I got started making when I was a child – I remember starting with embroidery when I was about 5, moving on to crossstitching when I was in primary school. I taught myself how to sew when I was 16 and started a fashion and textile design college two years ago. Currently I'm in my last year there, focusing on costume design and perfecting my skills!

The one thing that drives my creativity is lack of time. I suddenly want to make all the things and have a thousand ideas when I only have the time for 1-2.

When I think about starting a new project I get really excited and can't wait to start making. And finishing it! Planning might be my favourite part, but having finished something makes me forget all the troubles I might have had during the process.

If I wasn’t a Costume Design student I would love to be a traveller and explore the world – and all the textiles!

When I was a kid I wanted to be a gardener.

The book that can cheer me out of a bad mood is any novel by Christopher Moore. He's the best.

My favorite word is spark.

My least favorite word is boredom.

Making makes me feel like being in control and being able to make my dreams become reality. It makes me feel relaxed, excited, happy and fulfilled.

I get out of a creative rut by making something simple, something small, something that gives me satisfaction without having to overthink what I'm doing.  That, and looking through my sketchbooks, which are filled with ideas and projects.

I most relate to creative introverts. We can understand and appreciate each other without over-explaining everything.

My favorite designers are Dolce&Gabbana (especially autumn 2012) and the late Alexander McQueen (autumn 2006). I love how theatrical and dramatic their collections are, I could look at their clothes all the time. My favourite bloggers (everyday inspiration) are Sophie (Ada Spragg), Heather (Closet Case Files) and Gertie (Blog for Better Sewing).

My favorite thing about making is planning the projects. I love to gather inspiration, create colour palettes, match patterns with fabrics, sketch out details and imagine the photoshoot.

To me, DIY means taking charge and seperate oneself from the mainstream. To make something unique, that says something about who you are and that is exactly how you wanted it to be, without compromises.

The first thing I sewed was a circle skirt out of Ikea fabric. I still have it and after replacing the zipper, I 'm wearing it quite often again.

My favorite thing to do on the weekend is to sleep in and then spend some time with my sewing machine.

I can’t get enough time. I wish there where more hours to the day!

Three words that describe me: sensitive, inspired, optimistic.

Three words that describe my work: feminine, classic, chic.

Best creative advice I ever received is to make something everyday. It can be a drawing, a small embroidery, just a couple of seams on a garment. Never fear that you will run out of ideas, you will have more than ever!

I never leave the house without my keys and sunglasses.

If I could live in any other country it would be Italy. It's not too far away and has everything I love. If I had the courage though, I could also imagine moving across the globe to Australia, for something completely different.

One fact about me that’s embarrassingly awesome is that I can read/translate Latin – I had it in school for 8 years. My knowledge dwindles every year, but I used to be quite good and it helped a lot with learning romanic languages.

The biggest DIY mistake I ever made was to use the wrong and/or low quality fabric for a project. If I can't press the seams, if it wrinkles too easliy, frays like crazy, snags constantly... the garment won't look like I put any time and care into it at all, and it's just going to be frustrating. Always make sure the fabric matches the pattern and also always pre-wash it!

My next project is a Lena Hoschek inspired blouse for my sister.

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