Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Winter Dress

This dress was inspired by the high necklines of the sixties. It has a soft collar, darted neckline, and raglan sleeves. It's very simple, so it can be accessorized easily.

Modeled by Nicki.
The Winter Dress is available here.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Keeping Warm Skirt

Recently, I was doing some organizing in my mom's basement, and I found a yard and a half of this amazing hounds-tooth Berber fleece! The same Berber fleece my mom used to make a dress for me when I was fifteen. Berber fleece is very warm and light-weight, so it's perfect for winter. My favorite detail on this skirt is the exposed zipper. It's such a modern touch on a vintage-inspired skirt. I also like the yoke-shaped cut out in the front of the waistband.

Modeled by Nicki.
The Keeping Warm Skirt is available here.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Suit for Sheila

I've always thought my mom would look lovely in a suit, so I made one for her. She moved recently, to a very warm climate, so I made it out of a very light-weight polyester blend, so that she can really wear it any time of year.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Dress for Sheila

This is the first piece of clothing I've ever made for my mother. I guess I've never made anything for my mom, because she has always just made her own clothes. My dad bought a dress for her when I was about ten years old, and it was a really big deal, because it was the first store-bought dress she ever had. Anyway, it was high-time I made a gift for her, since she is so amazing.

Me and my mom. Same eyes.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

I'm Thankful for my Mother

My mom does everything. If there was something she didn't know how to do, she would get a book and figure it out in an afternoon.

To start, she designed the house I grew up in. Blueprints and everything. Inside the house, there is a stained glass window above every door. She made all the stained glass. Outside, there is a half acre of land that gets planted every spring and harvested every fall. It ends up being about 12-hour work days the whole summer long and between 500-600 quarts of preserved food (plus all the fresh food you can eat while it's growing). She runs and works that entire operation. Back in the basement of the house, she has industrial saws and power tools. She builds furniture. (She built everything in my dream studio). On the floor above, just off the kitchen, lives her sewing machine. As a child, this is usually where I could find her. She sewed so much for our family. If we had saved every quilt, costume, and dress, we could have made a museum. Out of all five kids in my family, I'm pretty sure she sewed the most for me. Starting in middle school, I would draw pictures of things I wanted to wear, and she would make them for me. She was just amazing that way. My mom has made my Christening gown, my bridal gown, and everything in between.

Childhood pictures I still have.  I wish I had pictures of everything.

I wore this dress three Halloweens in a row,
and I won the contest at school each year.

Most of my high school dresses.

 After realizing everything my mom has made for me (this isn't even half of it), I couldn't believe that I've never made a piece of clothing for her, until now...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Collared Dress

This is one of my favorite dresses. It is simple and slim, but the soft draping collar makes it interesting.

Modeled by Nicki.
The Collared Dress is available here.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Geometry Top

All my years in school I really struggled with math. My first memory of frustration with mathematics was in second grade when we were learning rounding. When I didn't understand at all, my patient teacher took me aside and tried to explain one of the problems on my page. Directions: round to the nearest tenth. Then she asked me: "Does the number 6 round up to 10? or down to 1?" I remember fighting back tears because I was starting to feel stupid and I probably said something like, "It's just a 6." The rest of my math classes passed away with a lot of hard work and struggle until I entered ninth grade geometry.

Geometry. The only math class that I got 100% on tests. The only math class that I felt like a star student. The math class that changed my life and made me realize why I think about shapes in my sleep.

This simple ivory top is inspired by my love for geometry. It is made out of vintage fabric and buttons. It has a slim darted bodice and loose angel-like sleeves. The petite collar is sharp and precise, like a geometry proof.

Modeled by Nicki.
The Geometry Top is available here.
The Executive Skirt (pictured) is available here.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Denim Trouser

These denim trousers were inspired by this lovely lady, Katherine Ross. She's one of my favorite actresses from the seventies. Her most popular movies include The Graduate, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and The Stepford Wives. The first time I saw her was in The Stepford Wives. What I remember most about her is that she wore really high-waisted jeans with big flares, and I just fell in love with them.

So, here is the Denim Trouser I've designed, inspired by Katherine Ross.

Modeled by Nicki.
The Denim Trouser is available here.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Chinese Brush Painting

My brand new Chinese brushes

Last Christmas, Drew gave me a book about Chinese brush painting and all the supplies to do it. It was a pretty awesome gift. I really haven't had the time to try it out until now, and it was so refreshing. There is so much technique to learn I would have to study very seriously to paint anything decent. I don't think I even hold my brush correctly, but I still had fun trying. So here here are a few of my first attempts at a new art form.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Giveaway Winniner + Discount Code

 The giveaway winner was chosen by, and
the winner is Annabelle!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered the giveaway! I'm offering a 30% discount on everything in the shop, now through black Friday. Just enter the discount code "FRIDAY" at checkout. Thanks again everyone!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Good news, Bad News

The bad news: I accidentally hacked my thumb open with a potato slicer, so I have to step away from the sewing machine and scissors for a few days for the injury to heal a little bit.

The good news: 
I found something very important that I've been looking for! 
When I was in high school all I did was art. I would come home from school, take a two hour nap, have dinner with my family, then paint or draw or collage until two in the morning usually. By the time I graduated  I had about seven portfolios packed with artwork, which had completely taken over a large bedroom in the house. When I moved out, my dad told me I needed to move it somewhere else. I wasn't quite sure what to do with it, so I invited everyone I knew to a party, and I gave it all away, except for one piece. This one specific piece won a few art shows, and it happened to be my favorite. About six months ago, I wondered where I had put it, but I couldn't remember. I searched everywhere in the house and it was nowhere, until today! I found it upside down, on top of a tall shelf in the dark basement. I'm so excited I found it!

Me and My Brother
acrylic on cardboard
37" x  26"


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Blouse and Trousers for Ellie

Ellie has been at my house for a full month and I have loved every minute. She had to go home, so I made her one last outfit. Lace-topped gold trousers, and a pin-tucked blouse, I think she looks lovely.