Couture · fashion · Sewing · Uncategorized

The Gucci Challenge, part 2

If you’ve been following, I’ve been working on a garment for the fashion challenge at school—creating a street style garment inspired by Gucci’s fall 2017 ready to wear line. I’ve gathered my fabrics, some from my stash, some from Britex, and even one, the green silk brocade, from the local Salvation Army store ($3 for…… Continue reading The Gucci Challenge, part 2

Couture · fashion · Sewing · Uncategorized

The Gucci Challenge, Part 1

Twice a year my school, Apparel Arts, sponsors a fashion challenge. This fall, they have challenged students to create a street style look inspired by Gucci’s fall 2017 ready to wear line. Now, at first I wasn’t a fan of this particular mash-up of fashion elements. The colors are bright, complex, and at times nearing…… Continue reading The Gucci Challenge, Part 1

Corsets · Costuming · Couture · Edwardian · Embroidery · Fashion History · Gowns · history · Sewing · Uncategorized · underpinnings · Victorian · Wedding

The fates align

Sometimes things just work out. Perfectly. A few months ago, an acquaintance alerted me to an exhibition of 50 (yes 50!) Victorian gowns. “Sounds great”, I replied, “Where is it?” “In Saco, Maine”, came the response. Gasp! “That’s a little over 3,000 miles away, but thanks for thinking of me!”, I replied and quickly filed…… Continue reading The fates align

Edwardian · Embroidery · Fashion History · history · Sewing · Victorian · Vintage

I’m a sucker for something well made or well designed.

I admit it. I go to the antiques faire just to fondle the vintage clothing and linens. I gawk and gape at how much thought, detail, and effort went into each of them. I just can’t help but appreciate them. We’re in a time of consumerism and fast fashion. I get it—it’s easy and convenient…… Continue reading I’m a sucker for something well made or well designed.