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.
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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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.
Slowly getting some sewing and knitting done. Never enough though…
The “Greta” top is done.
Princess seamed tank top has its binding all basted.
I have gotten a little distracted from clothing fabrication and started sample squares of different techniques taught by Natalie Chanin, fashion designer and founder of Alabama Chanin. Top photo is an example of reverse appliqué, black on black. Next is “Alabama fur”, getting the idea of a top with a “fur” collar. When I do enough sample squares I want to sew them together to make a throw blanket.
Latest spurge to add to my collection of Alabama Chanin books.
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.
I have both outfits for Spring break lined up and ready for finishing. My new Bryr clogs, of which there is a month lead time, (made to order) will be in tomorrow. My new TiroTiro earrings have also been ordered. Now it’s time to get to work!
Copper thread detailing on my own pants design.
The two shirts to go with the above pants. My own design funnel neck sleeveless top. The Alabama Chanin pattern for a tank top with princess seams (really enjoyed this one), fully lined because the fabric is so shear.
The second outfit. Pants pattern is a modified Jalie 3243 and the corset and bolero from Alabama Chanin.
A little sparkle in our lives!
Need to get some knitting done after all this! Camisole pattern from Vintage Knits by Sarah Dallas. Samples in homespun Alpaca/Angora blend and a wool boucle yarn.