I hadn’t thought, when I initially designed my tailored jacket, that in the end it would be constructed of 119 individually cut pieces. Twelve panels, plus a notched collar, two piece sleeves and welt pockets didn’t seem too adventurous. The perils of being a newcomer to tailoring, I suppose. My class was fantastic. As usual,…… Continue reading The tailored coat.
I’m not going to apologize for my absence these last few months, it’s been a busy time. In June, I left my studio space at PHOENIX Alameda. Not a day later, our landlord decided he wanted to give the house we were living in to his son, and so we received notice to vacate. We…… Continue reading Time passes, things change.
I just received notice that I have been accepted as a teacher/vendor at the Alameda Mini-Maker Faire! If you are in town on July 8, please swing by the faire and check out my booth— Refashioning History! I’ll be showing some examples of what you can do with clothing items you might have otherwise tossed,…… Continue reading Great news!
My days are so packed full with work and school, it’s rare that I get a chance to read. So I have started using my lunch break for just this purpose. I was really excited to receive my copy of Feedsacks: The Colorful History of a Frugal Fabric in yesterday’s mail. At almost 600 pages…… Continue reading Lunchtime Reading
Sadly, I was not one of the finalists this time, though that doesn’t make me any less proud of the work I did. There were a lot of really good entries and I know the judging was really hard. Big congrats to my classmates for all of the effort put in, and HUGE congrats to…… Continue reading Congrats to the winners of the Unconventional Design Challenge
Yesterday I spent the day hanging out with an amazing team of people from Fibershed and Apparel Arts for the Re:Fashion workshop in Oakland, CA. Attendees learned mending, embroidery and eco-printing techniques to turn lifeless old, and sometimes beloved, garments into new ones. I took the opportunity to learn a bit of Boro style Sashiko…… Continue reading Re:Fashion
When walking through museums and galleries, I often hear people commenting on how “tiny” people “back then” really were. Often times this observation is based on just a few examples available on display. While the individual whose clothes are displayed was perhaps “tiny” it also means that she, or he, was wealthy or at least…… Continue reading “Waist” and Waste
Over the last few years I have been really excited to see an uptick and renewed interest in what I call the “mending trend”. Whether it is commentary on the current political climate, a response to the environmental impact that “fast fashion” has on both our planet and it’s population, or just a omnipresent sense…… Continue reading The Mending Trend
In this case I am talking about those little gadgets I keep in my drafting and sewing kit that make my life easier, make me more efficient, and help the whole experience be more pleasurable. I’ve included links below to where you can find these, if you are interested. These are, of course, in addition…… Continue reading It’s the little things in life
I’m done and fairly happy with my entry for the Unconventional Fashion Challenge. The process of creating it was really reminiscent of the painting process for me, probably due to the familiar materials I was using more than anything else. I started out planning for one thing, made some unexpected discoveries, adjusted due to some…… Continue reading Ode to my first love… painting (a.k.a my Unconventional Fashion Challenge entry)