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.