Thursday, January 26, 2012

Wrap-up Trousers

For these trousers, I was inspired by the glamour of the seventies. As I drafted the pattern, I had Farrah Fawcett in mind. I chose an ivory herringbone with a slight sheen to it. I pretty much love everything about them, but obviously, the best part is that they have a wrap-around waist! Drew and I joked that I just need sunglasses and a gun and I could move to Miami.

Here is how the wrap-around works.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Culdesac is a boys clothing line started by Cameron Barker and Hayley Parker-Barker. They launched last fall and were recently featured in the New York Times.

They have invited me to join their design and pattern-making team and I am excited.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Art Totes for the UFB

My youngest brother Hershy has a visually impairing eye disease called Keratoconus, and the Utah Foundation for the Blind has been incredibly helpful in assisting him in many aspects of his life. Every year the UFB has a fundraising event where local artists and businesses donate goods to be auctioned off to raise money for the foundation. My mother has been donating hand-made quilts for years. This year I am donating art totes.

I made basic rectangle totes out of a heavy twill cotton, then I stenciled different Goalball images on each one. Goalball is a sport for blind or visually impaired people. My brother competes in tournaments regularly and he absolutely loves it; that's why I chose it  for my subject. A few of the images are actually my brother.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Watercolor Skirt

Over Christmas, my amazing mother gave me a bolt of this beautiful sheer polyester floral fabric. I've always loved gathered skirts. I think it's because I grew up doing ballet and there was nothing more magical than a soft tutu, which is just layers and layers of gathered tulle that float up like heaven  as you dance. Experiences like that change a girl forever.

Even though I love gathered skirts, a lot of times they just look really bulky. This floral polyester is so sheer it just adds texture instead of weight. I love it. It feels like I'm walking around in a watercolor painting. 

Since I had a whole bolt of this great fabric, I made four more Watercolor Skirts. 
They are available here.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Skirt for Megan

This is my friend Megan Ham.

Megan and I grew up in the same neighborhood. The first time I met her was at a church activity when I was fourteen and she was barely sixteen. We were asked to go around the room and name our talents. I remember her say that she was really good at shopping. She still is! Megan has always had a really great sense of style. One of her favorite colors is mustard yellow. When I found this fabric at a thrift shop, it instantly reminded me of her. So, I made her this skirt and mailed it to her as a surprise.

Megan writes a blog called The Happy Hour all about her life.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Wish it was the Sixties

...Only if I had my own personal make up artist. Fake eyelashes and substituting paint for mascara takes way too much time. I'd rather spend my morning eating pancakes and bacon instead of getting frustrated with eyeliner.

Anyway, my most recent design is a mod-inspired dress. It has the traditional straight boxy shape with v-shaped insets in shades of grey. I wanted to do this dress, because I realized that I had seven bolts of grey fabric. I have pale dove grey, charcoal and every shade in between. Am I the luckiest girl or what?

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Illusion Dress

Drew is responsible for naming this dress. I tried it on to show him my finished work for the day, and he said, "That dress is an illusion!" 

This idea came from my ballet days. I bought a leotard from a professional ballerina when she retired. It was all black, but it had teal oval-shaped insets instead of side seams. So, from a front or back view, it looked like I had the best hourglass shape and a tiny waist like a cartoon.

For my Illusion dress, I did geometric insets, a deep v-neck, and soft bias-cut sleeves.

Modeled by Nicki.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

New Hair Cut

For about the past year, I've been trying to grow out my hair. It's a pretty big challenge for me. My hair hasn't been long enough to put into a ponytail since I was fourteen, and for the past four years, I've had a businessman's haircut.

Where has my hair-growing endurance gotten me? Looking just like this guy's twin. Very unpleasant. I know.
Thankfully I'm married to a great barber. I stopped by his shop and he gave me a Joan Jett-inspired haircut.

The length is still in between short and long, which is pretty much the worst. Either way though, I'd rather have a haircut like Joan Jett than the scariest guy of all time.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Play Dresses

 A few months after I opened my tailoring shop, I noticed two lovely little girls walking past my window. They would stop for a few minutes, and stare through the glass just watching me work. I would smile and wave, then they would run away. 

After about a week of this, I invited them in. I found out they were always around because their parents owned restaurants on the same block. (Different parents, different restaurants). 

They would stop in everyday after school to cut up scraps and to practice sewing on buttons. We started having girls' days. We'd go to art museums, see movies, go ice skating, and eat hamburgers. Even though I've sold my shop, and I don't see them every day anymore, we still get together at least once a month for a Girls' Day.

Sujeong and Jessie

I had some great vintage knits, so I made them play dresses for spring. They're just simple a-line dresses with a minimal cowl neck. They were both excited to have a knit dress to play in. They kept telling me how much they loved stretchy dresses. I just made them in an afternoon, so I was pretty excited that they liked them so much.

After taking tons of pictures, I thanked them for being such great models. Jessie said, "That was fun Lynette! That was like getting pics from the paparazzi." If I ever have daughters, I hope they're as awesome and Jessie and Sujeong.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Giveaway Winner + Ballet Blouse

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway for the vintage pearls! The winners were chosen through, and they are:

The London Necklace goes to Kimberly.
The Classic Necklace goes to LittleMelinda.
The Graduated Necklace goes to Steph.

If you're a winner, please contact me at to claim your prize!


I designed a new blouse for myself. It's just a basic button-up with a miniature shawl collar. The special detail with this blouse is the tucking darts. They're just small darts on  bottom of the blouse to make it remain smooth when it's tucked in. It's a new color for me also. I never wear pink, but I think I might like it.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Loyal Dress

I think this dress might be one of my favorite dresses I've ever thought up. The special detail with this piece is the bias-cut midriff. The bias-cut allows the waist to stretch just slightly, so it's very comfortable. With the opposing direction of the stripes on the midriff, it makes any girl look like she's a perfect hourglass. 

Also, I recently read a great article about the connotations of red dresses and blue dresses. It's brilliant. You should read it.

Modeled by Nicki.
The Loyal Dress is available here.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Katharine Trousers

These trousers were inspired by Katharine Hepburn. In the golden era of lipstick, powder, and wearing a dress every day, Katharine Hepburn wore trousers. This attitude reminds me of my mother, and I think that's probably why I love it so much.

I designed my trousers with a wide leg like Katharine's and a yoked waist, because I love details like that. I made these trousers out of a cashmere-wool blend, intended for men's suiting.