An afternoon at the beach

Pemaquid beach, Maine

Swimsuit by Aniela Parys

A new dress.

Made of repurposed fabric. The process.

Detail of the various seams. Really neat. The secret? Ironing, ironing and more ironing.

Before and after.

Finished leather “corset”

Summer projects and the birth of a label

Here’s a partial line up of this summer’s projects. Complete with knitted camisole, my recycled strip jeans, and custom dyed red skinny jeans.

I also picked up some freebies on the side of the road! I’m thinking of transforming the plaid blazer into a Spencer jacket with leg of mutton sleeves and some gold or copper metallic embellishments.

Imagine this dress as a slip dress worn with the little spencer jacket 🤩

I started working with leather. This corset is being made from leather salvaged from 2 used pair of leather pants. It will have fresh water pearl embellished trim. Not easy, but extremely satisfying. Not sure what method of attachment I will go with: lacing, a zipper, or other, on one side.

More experiments with leather: machine sewn this time and top “stitched” with staples. Kinda cool!

Working on a special event outfit. A high-low hemmed, sequined, princess seamed, navy blue trimmed tank dress. With a matching dove gray leather, cap-sleeved bolero; a navy blue felted boat cap and peacock blue nubuck, cross over, high-heeled clogs.

It is all basted together with my new clothing tag design located inside the “train” back. Visible when I walk (I hope).

Embroidered leather clothing tags. I’m contemplating maybe, just maybe, creating a few pieces to sell 😬😳😨

Greta’s eyelash top and up cycled denim art.

Lost in my thoughts one day, trying to figure out some sort of mission statement for all this clothes, fashion, and the blog that goes along with it business. I was perusing the internet, planning a New York City trip next Spring. I happened across a trailer for a documentary called The True Cost , a film about the fast fashion industry, textile waste, exploitation of third world garment workers (where 95% of all our clothes comes from) and the true cost of a 4$ tee shirt from Walmart, H&M, or Old Navy, and etc. I knew then I had found my mission, and how to fine tune my passion.

I’m going to wean myself off of commercially purchased fabric and re-purpose old clothes into new, beautiful clothes. I’m striving to be an inspiration by example. To be a conscious and careful consumer. And try to bring more awareness to the fact that every dollar you spend is a vote for what you believe in.

I took all my cheap, made-overseas-pants and pieced them together to form the fabric for these new jeans. Sometimes I used the original seams but I zigzagged them together initially then tightly zigzagged the raw edges THEN top stitched the seams down with a straight stitch.

In the works: I am designing an art exhibit showcasing 4 outfits made from repurposed or organic material complete with framed journal entries documenting the inspiration behind each. I have come up with 2 out of the 4. One is a Japanese inspired piece and the other is a Victorian/steampunk piece.

Everything I feel drawn to in life seems to all connect together. From my minimalistic lifestyle to sustainable, zero waste fashion, it’s all cohesive. A Greek-like ideal to always be striving for perfection in all facets of life.

Abbe Museum Indian Market and Fashion Show

Photo credits: Downeast Magazine and Decontie and Brown

One of my favorite jewelers also makes clothing and is having a fashion show this Saturday. I, myself will not be in the show, but am debuting my latest creation to attend. (Photo credits: Downeast Magazine and Decontie + Brown)

Notice the princess seam detailing! No more boxy shirts for me!

Another dream in it’s infancy.

Fashion revolution week and more denim art

I recently came across the fashion revolution. Largely brought about in response to the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Bangladesh 5 years ago. I’m glad there was an organization created to bring about awareness of how our clothes are made, asking ourselves #whomademyclothes ? To be a part of this you don’t have to make your own clothes, but just be conscious about where your clothes come from, and how they were made. It doesn’t even matter how much you pay for your clothes, they could be still be made by sweat labor, as was proved by this tragedy in Bangladesh.

It’s funny how inspiration works. I was pleasantly going along working on my new jeggings, when I noticed my top stitching resembled staples. Then I recalled this really cool leather-goods boutique in Boston where two artists collaborated to create bags, clothes, and jewelry from staple embellished leather. Of course I’m running with it! I’m also going to try to make myself one of those bracelets to go with the whole black and silver outfit! Black and silver is my THANG, inspired by my changing hair. I feel like my hair is being bejeweled! And when it goes completely white that will be a whole new, awesome look as well

The second pair, not as far along. Embellished with black beads. Kinda reminds me of a checkered racing flag.

Spring projects

In the thick of several projects at once. Two pairs of pants, another hat makeover, and embroidery.

I like to mix machine sewing with hand sewing. I’m very pleased with how I hand-attached these back pockets.

A future back pocket. Recently very inspired by a woman: Tessa Perlow, who does incredible embroidery on “up-cycled” clothes. I have a Calvin Klein shirt I recently acquired from Good-will that I’m now planning on embellishing. This design of a snake wrapped around an apple was originally a tattoo. To me it represents all kinds of temptation, especially when placed on my butt pocket! the wearer of the tat said it represented good and evil to them. Either way it’s pretty deep.

All this embroidery resurgence came about because I wanted clothing tags made up but wasn’t happy with the affordable options and I was too cheap to splurge. This one I may leave shortened to just 2a.m. because it is so huge. I want to put fleur-de-lis on everything!

Customizing another vintage hat. This is a “straw” beret. If I get invited to the particular wedding or reception (hint, hint) that I badly want to go to, I will put a Rose in the band.

My first Spring bouquet.

February 26, 2018…inspired fashion

Sowing the seeds of a true statement piece.

The tank’s collar will be embellished with what is referred to as “Alabama Fur”, (small stitched swirls with long tails of thread showing) on a larger than usual binding. Worn under an Aluminum chainmaille bolero that my husband is making. I try to have 3 elements present on every outfit I design: a hand stitched element, a hand knit element (usually socks), and a metallic element. I’m thinking about adding a chainmaille element, a little fashion collaboration with my significant other!

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If you’re ever in need of some fashion, beauty and style inspiration here is the start of my list of women that inspire and influence me.

Emmanuelle Alt

Ines de la Fressage

Maggie Gyllenhaal

Audrey Tautou

Yasmina Rossi

Edie Sedgwick

Junko Shimada

Isabella Rossellini

Natalie Chanin

Iris Apfel

Charlotte Gainsbourg