Tuesday, December 6, 2011

i've added a new blog to that "inspiration" column over there on the right. kinfolk magazine is a beautiful publication that's about entertaining in a natural way. it's a feast for the eyes and soul; beautiful photography of nature and food enjoyed with friends. the post about foil packet dinners and baked apples cooked over a campfire makes me long for a winter camping trip. take a look, who couldn't use a feast this time of year

Sunday, December 4, 2011

i've had ideas in my head for some time about what my spring/summer 2012 collection would look like. over the last few weeks i've been sketching and staring at fabric swatches and sketching and staring some more

this week i was finally ready to begin patterning. but the mood had to be set with a pot of tea, candles, and a soundtrack; this american life and democracy now. my soundtrack usually has a beat i can dance to, but lately i've been feeling serious.

some patterning and two prototypes later, i'm pretty close to the cool slouchy trousers i had envisioned. wait until you see the real fabric - it is so beautiful!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

i spent this past weekend in southern oregon with my boyfriend. i've pretty much only driven thru medford, grants pass, ashland, so it was nice to visit and explore this area a little more. the cute little historic town of jacksonville was a gold mining town in its day, now its lined with antique and gift shops. ashland was fun to visit, i must say though, there's not a single veggie burger to be found - i called around. not finding one, we settled on Greenleaf with a big vegetarian menu and enjoyed good food and a bottle of red. i didn't take any of my own photos, but here's a great shot of ashland by photographer Graham Lewis.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

i've finished posting all of the fabric to my etsy shop. here's just a few pieces. help me clear out my clutter! this fabric really is beautiful and can be used to make all sorts of things.

Monday, October 31, 2011

i'm continuing to clean and clear out excess stuff i have. i've made it to the fabric and am starting to put it up for sale in my etsy store. it's so difficult to get rid of it, i love the fabric but my designs have been going in a different direction for awhile now. although being the gemini that i am, i want to continue going in 20 different directions all at once, but that just makes us crazy doesn't it? here's just a couple of pieces, there's more in the store and more to come.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

this morning i woke up extra early for yoga. when the light of summer first begins to change, i resist it. but we're in it now and i embrace the dark mornings. i love to begin my practice while its still dark, candles and twinkle lights illuminate the studio. but this morning i forgot, today is the new moon and its a day of rest, not yoga. its also a day of setting goals and intentions, a sort of mini new year, which fits in nicely with preparing to design for both spring/summer and fall/winter of 12.

make use of the power of the new moon, today you can start anew.


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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

i'm again teaching a series of classes - draping. we drape fabric on a dress form to create slopers - basic patterns that can then be used to create other patterns. it's really just another method for pattern making. i love this method because you see instantly if what you are creating is what you have envisioned - instant gratification! who doesn't love that?!

Friday, September 23, 2011

here's another version of the chariot skirt in a cotton/tiny bit o' lycra dark denim. It has pleated pockets that sit low on the thighs.
this is the hobo tee in a bamboo/organic cotton stripe. the boatneck, dolman sleeves, and fitted waist make this drapey top an easy fit and looks beautiful on many body types.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

the chariot skirt - floral cotton, side zip, tiny front pleats - looks great with the boiler hoody. hits above my knee, probably at the knee for most people. although this print is floral and sunny, i see this as a transitional fall piece. wear it now with sandals while it's still warm, then put on some grey tights and boots when the season chills.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

this is the boiler hoody. it's an incredibly soft organic cotton/recycled polyester jersey knit. it is also available in black. what makes it different are the small details. it's a double ply fabric, which means the inside is a pointelle knit. bust darts and contoured side seams make the fit very flattering. as i've developed this piece, i've made many samples - its my favorite thing to wear to yoga - slip this on for savasana and you'll be sleeping within minutes.

Monday, September 19, 2011

saturday was a big day for my friends nora and jeff. it was also a big day for me too, you see, i made nora's dress. we have been collaborating on this dress since april and to see it finally finished, worn and loved, well, it was a sweet reward for all the work. the dress was for such a special day and all of its components had a story and meaning. the bodice was cut from the fabric of her mother's wedding dress, the lace was collected by her great grandmother many years ago in her travels, the fabric of the skirt was new and beautiful ivory silk, frayed green silk strips from a thrift store blouse framed the neckline and waist.

this style of using bits and pieces was reflected in the ceremony and reception too. the ceremony borrowed from christian and taoist tradition, poetry and rock and roll lyrics. a brass band marched the couple and guests among the streets and parks of northwest portland, stopping here and there to break out in dance or wave at onlookers and firetrucks.

upon reaching the reception, we were welcomed with an eclectic selection of hats, wigs and scarves to wear while snacking on a delicious selection of cheese and meats, champagne flowed. guests were encouraged to contribute to a growing piece of art started by the bride. later we were treated to an elegant dinner in a mirrored dinning room filled with candles, hanging air plants, and cupcakes

i've never been to a more beautiful wedding, and i've been to a lot! it was so incredibly beautiful because of the people involved. nora and jeff were truly appreciative and inclusive to the community that brought them to this day and made it happen. i KNOW they will have a long and loving life together, congratulations!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

so here it is, the fall issue of ABOUT FACE Magazine is out. two copies were hand delivered to me yesterday, thanks! i'm making tea and heading out to the backyard with my copy to read cover to cover. estate is on page 42 and 44, along with so many other talented people. i believe this is only their third issue and they really did an outstanding job, congratulations!

Monday, September 5, 2011

it was first friday again in southeast portland. my first stop took me to union rose, where amelia blakeman was the featured apparel designer. her feminine designs are inspired by a special object. a dress by amelia is on my list-to-own by local designers.

then i was off to aequanimitas, the studio of rachelle waldie and heather treadway. the theme for first friday changes every month. this month - call of the wild.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

in between all the work and sewing i've been doing, i just finished reading a really good book, just kids, by patti smith. its the story of the lifelong friendship between patti and robert mapplethorpe. they had such a devoted, sweet relationship. i've always loved the lyrics to her songs, but now i have a new appreciation for her writing, i highly recommend it!

enjoy this version of because the night, also with bono and bruce springsteen, two more of my favorites.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

today is the first day of burning man. it's a place i'm sad to say i'm not going this year. it's a place of unimagined imagination, creativity and beauty. it inspires, awes, renews and rejuvenates me. it shows me the best of humanity. its a place to connect and find commonality with people from all walks of life and all corners of the world. i try to keep these things i value with me always, but a refresher each year doesn't hurt.
and of course i'm into the fashion, it's so amazing and inspiring.
i would love to make beautiful works of art like this everyday, you would wear this tree to work wouldn't you?

photos by me, scott london, and trilo bytes

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

i had started a project of purging that got waylayed as other projects needed attention. today i was reading my favorite online magazine, this article caught my eye. i'm inspired once again to get working on those piles of clutter and mountains of fabric. i think a garage sale may be in order...

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Friday, August 12, 2011

its been a really exciting few weeks with sewing the fall collection, the trunk show, and the latest - a photo shoot for about face magazine. the hobo dress will be in the next issue, due out around the 1st or 2nd week of september. i can't wait to see the photos the photographer took, i'm sure so much better than my grainy stand-ins, but i'm so happy i brought the camera and can share the experience. the staff, crew, and models were so amazing, professional, and helpful in putting this together. i look forward to many more collaborations with these people.

Monday, August 1, 2011

i've been working like crazy on the fall estate collection, which i'll show this friday at union rose. the top fabric is a super soft soy/organic cotton jersey, followed by a grey and yellow floral that's not too sweet of a floral, but has a macintosh rose influence, and then a dark stretch denim. here's just a little peek into the fabrics. more to come as i complete the other pieces.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

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Friday, July 22, 2011

i just discovered that levi's is now making a line for urban cyclists. so far it's only men's, but i can see myself wearing these tough jeans on my daily commute. they are water and dirt repellent, have reinforced seams, and reflective tape on the cuffs. now what to do about helmet hair?
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Thursday, July 21, 2011

i'm in love with this jewelery! its handmade by a local gal, julie cooper. the stacked rings and hammered earrings have rarely left my body for more than a moment. the simplicity is what i find so beautiful, and knowing that it's handmade by a very talented woman also makes me love it. i couldn't find a website for julie, but you can find more of it here.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

proper attire

this is the other class i'll be teaching, a two-parter on the 23rd and 30th. the pattern is by Anna Maria Horner, the proper attire skirt. it has piping along the front seams, an invisible zipper and is fully lined. there's still room for more students in this class too, it runs from 2-5 on these two days.
coming up this saturday the 23rd i'll be teaching the couture seam finishes class again at modern domestic. this is a great class for learning how to finish your garments or other projects with some techniques that make the inside finished and beautiful and doesn't require a serger. it may be the artist in me that is thrilled to slip on a well made piece of clothing that has an unexpected touch of beauty and craftsmanship inside where only i can see. this class is 10:30 - 1:30, there's still room for a couple more, hope to see you there!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

...and the final pieces of the summer collection. the gingham shirt has a buttoned placket and a drawstring waist, it also comes in a fine grey stripe and the red plaid of the dress. the skirt is a cotton twill with low front pleated pockets and a side zipper.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

a french terry hoody - curve hugging, soft, tunic length, long push up sleeves. the calendar may say its summer, but this is what to wear when the temperature disagrees. its all the things i want in my hoody

Saturday, June 25, 2011

the weather finally cooperated and we were able to get outside and shoot estate's summer collection. Jen modeled it beautifully!

this is the keyhole dress. its a somewhat straight sheath and can be worn with or without the belt. it comes in a grey cotton chambray or the red plaid, a silky soft cotton shirting. the perfect summer dress

there will be more pictures to post tomorrow...