• Fabric Finds: Botanical

    I have long loved detailed botanical illustrations. Seeing this image above on flickr inspired me to look for fabric in this aesthetic. Lo and behold, I found this incredible cotton print at eQuilter. There is also a cream/red colorway, but I personally prefer the stark yet springtimey-ness (I wish that was a word) of the …

  • Reconstructed Rose Dress

    I’m in love with this refashion, from this beautiful swedish lady. She took a long gown, shortened it, and used the excess fabric to create an overskirt with a wide waist that can be attached and removed. Besides the obvious genius of this particular reconstruction, this photo also has me hankering to create a pretty …

  • Haberdashery: Vintage Owl Buttons

    Perhaps my recent move to the pacific northwest has rekindled my love for woodland creatures, or maybe it’s my affection for anything that reminds me of Twin Peaks in any way*, but I’m finding these vintage owl buttons pretty hard to resist. Available from Vintage Violet’s Buttons on Folksy * “The owls are not what …

  • Spring Preview

    Hurrah! I am in the midst of moving chaos, but have decided to give a glimpse of the first collection of Spring 2009 sewing patterns. I hope you’re as excited as I am! Hop on over and view the patterns!

  • Fabric finds: folky springtime prints

    {(1) vintage cotton from cerlina, 45″ x 68″, $17.00, (2) vintage cotton from owlbotagain 2.5y x 37″, $32.00, (3) liberty of london tana lawn from Purl, $38.00/yard} These prints scream spring to me. There is something folky and fairytale-ish about them, like a forest just starting to bloom. They would all make such lovely dresses …

  • Vintage clothing labels

    I have always been a big fan of the labels found in vintage clothing. Such pretty typography! If you’re a fan too, you simply must check out this Flickr set of vintage labels. I do think the Schiaparelli label above is my favorite. {view all of the labels on flickr}

  • Fabric finds: Blue floral

    I come across so so many great fabrics, both vintage and new, it seems like a waste not to share them. So I’m starting a new feature, wherein I present to you my favorites. Perhaps I’ve been inspired by this post on The Freelancer’s Fashion Blog, but I am loving blue florals right now. Blue …

  • Transforming a dress with elastic shirring

    This pretty little sundress started out life as a baggy, shapeless 80s suburban housewife dress, but with the help of some scissors and elastic thread, I gave it a facelift. Elastic shirring is much easier to create than it appears! Some of my best fitting sundresses have panels of elastic shirring, which help the dress …

  • Thoughts on Fashion

    So with fashion week over, I’ve read quite a few discussions online about the relevance of such a bizarre institution. In times like this, when people are concerned about their future and making a living, the lavish pretension of it all makes Fashion (with a capital F) an easy target. It all seems so showy …

  • Gone to Print!

    {pictured: mock ups of some rejected cover designs/illustrations} I’m excited that the very last piece for the sewing patterns has officially gone to print! I am truly looking forward to holding them in my hands, because the printing and packaging is going to be just gorgeous. Stay tuned for more updates very soon!

  • Inspiration Board

    A snippet of the very large inspiration board in the studio. We used cork tiles to cover a small wall, almost from floor to ceiling. I rotate all sorts of things in and out: images, vintage notions, flowers, etc.

  • Doilly-embelished sweater

    I can’t seem to visit home without picking up at least one cashmere sweater from the Goodwill near my parents’ house. This one was a lovely lilac color, and I love the way it snaps up the front. I wear a lot of vintage cardigans and I have a rainbow of them in my closet, …

  • Post-holiday thoughts

    Yesterday, I was lured to a nearby shop* when I heard about a post-christmas sale that promised an additional 40% off all previously marked down merchandise. This is a shop that already has very good deals on good quality ready to wear type stuff. I knew I’d find nice things for cheap. I spent some …

  • Sketching

    I’ve been working on some designs for the pattern covers and falling in love with watercolor.

  • Indie craft shows for your holiday shopping

    Check out this awesome roundup of indie craft shows at shelterrific, and if you’re not in a major metropolitan area, take a look at the extensive listings at indiecraftshows. {image above from the 2007 bust craftacular from astulabee}

  • Paper Dress by Jolis Paons

    Wow. Check out this dress made from the pages of a telephone book. I am fascinated by this sort of clothing-as-sculpture. {more images on flickr, found via notcot}

  • 101 Reasons to Buy Handmade

    I love this. There are 101 reasons to buy handmade over at Poppytalk. It’s just so inspiring to see all the ways people value the creativity of others, isn’t it?

  • Sewing weather

    I do believe fall is the perfect time for sewing. These are some sneak peek shots we took this weekend while shooting designs for the debut collection of patterns.

  • Tutorial: Make a silk scarf

    Fall is the perfect time of year for extra-long, colorful silk scarves that can be tied in a big floppy neck bow. This scarf would be particularly awesome with a matching skirt and little jacket or sweater. It’s made in silk charmeuse, which shows off saturated colors so well. And depending on how you tie …

  • Tutorial: How to create a french seam

    French seams are wonderful for professional-looking, clean seams. The raw edge of fabric is essentially encased within the seam. They are perfect for light, delicate fabrics such as silk. This tutorial will produce a 5/8″ seam. If you are making this silk scarf, you can use a french seam to join the two pieces of …

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