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.
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.
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.
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.
Another completed outfit. Just in time for the couple of dinner parties that came up lately. Clogs from Bryr studio: “Maggie” high heeled with tassels in whiskey leather, and earrings by TiroTiro: Luz studs//brass and Radian//silver.
It’s all in the details. Feather stitch, sheaf stitch and double chevron.
Even my new “business” cards are sparkly! (It doesn’t show up very well in photos unfortunately).
Upping my game in the journaling. I get to dress my little models.
Debuted last night at a dinner/game party.
Detail on the corset. Alabama Chanin pattern.
Hem and top stitching detail. Bryr clogs, “Maggie” in whiskey leather with tassels.
Jewelry by TiroTiro: Luz studs//brass, and Radian earrings//silver. Chainmaille clasp by my husband, Lucas.
This week I’m featuring my friend Rose’s indie clothing business. She also dyes and prints the fabric she sews with! She is currently working on developing an online presence. I bought my pieces when she was a vender (for the first time)at a local fair: the Common Ground Country Fair in Unity , Maine.
The jacket should be the first to highlight, what I would call her signature piece. I tried on the smallest size she had there and it was slightly too big in areas, she then assured me she had a smaller one at home she would finish and bring the next day. Her mother told me that evening she went home and started a whole new one and made the necessary adjustments to fit me just right. Took her most of the night! Included in the outfit are my own pants (“jeggings” if you must), my own hand-knit socks, Bryr clogs (“Millie” high heeled lace up clog with kilt in burgundy), www.bryrstudio.com and TiroTiro earrings (mini Luo).
Mini Luo TiroTiro earrings in brass with sterling posts and backers. tirotiro.com
Feather-light wool, slightly cropped style shirt with her own insect print in gold.
Same style shirt in cotton, with tree print, and dyed with plant dye. Bryr’s “Abilene” high heeled moto boot, a discontinued style from when she was in Spain. One pair of Decontie and Brown earrings, and one pair of Jennifer Nielsen earrings.
Close up of the earrings. www.jnielsenjewelry.com and www.decontiebrown.com
One more Dippermouth shirt. Tunic style in ribbed cotton, her leaf print.