Archive for the Fashion Category

Chanel, Then and Now

Chanel, Then and Now

    Chanel had such an impact on fashion not only from the beginning but then intersected major designers all her life.  Understanding and studying the history of Chanel brings about so much understanding of fashion and why it is where it is, and why her effect […]

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Spring Weddings – Emily

Spring Weddings - Emily

Again, there is NOTHING more fun for me than taking an older dress and making it all new again. Emily was a client who came to me with her old deb dress and wanted to create something new for her. Her new dress is a lot more […]

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THE Dress! (aka Meghan’s Wedding gown)

THE Dress! (aka Meghan's Wedding gown)

We artists who create for our valued clients, often have a joke:  when the client says, “It’s very simple,” we always gulp.  There are several reasons for this but the most important is that simple cannot hide any mistakes.  IOW, if you make one wrong move on […]

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Changing How We Purchase Clothing

Changing How We Purchase Clothing

This is an ongoing theme with designers and in particular the nurseries of designers and future manufacturers of clothing.  The colleges and schools are wrestling constantly not only with curriculum but the mindset of how to make a more sustainable clothing item.  And this article this morning […]

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Hot Off the Presses

Hot Off the Presses

This news is hot and very recent so wanted to share now. This is a list of the most searched for brands on the internet.  Why is this important? Because this is where the trends are moving Because this is at least worth a look (trends need […]

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In This Morning’s Post….

In This Morning's Post....

….was a wealth of headlines made for sewists.  Oh, those poor people who can’t/won’t/don’t sew!!!!  They have such limited selections and it’s getting more limited! Over on Financial Times, there’s the headline:  Zara Inditex Ramp Up Digital Assault.  For those of you who are new here, Inditex […]

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Could We All Only Hope To Accomplish As Much

Could We All Only Hope To Accomplish As Much

I was really shocked to find out that Givenchy died only a few days ago.  If you would have asked me yesterday, I would have known that he died decades ago being part of that indomitable force of designers who catapulted Paris back to the fashion capital after World […]

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Think Clothes Don’t Matter?

Think Clothes Don't Matter?

The three basic needs of mankind are food, shelter, and clothing – clothing so that we can protect ourselves from the elements, whether that is very cold or very hot.  In either case, clothing can protect us from harmful sun exposure and harmful cold exposure.  But like […]

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Mourning the Loss of the Great Designers?…

Mourning the Loss of the Great Designers?...

….like Oscar de la Renta?….Valentino?…Carolina Herrera (this is her last season)?  Really about the only ones left who design beautiful clothes that were so in vogue before the 90’s are Giorgio Armani and Ralph Lauren.  Even Vera Wang who made her name with a classic beautiful style […]

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Sewing Is More Than Covering Your Body

Sewing Is More Than Covering Your Body

I love this picture – I always have. These are sisters who pioneered a homestead in Nebraska.  Maybe this reaches back to my own family’s homesteading roots, but I love this photo and this mud house they built for themselves.  Here’s the subtle message in this photo […]

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