I recently changed jobs and now get to work around and with art every day. I’ve always been good at incorporating my own graphic and stylistic sensibilities into whatever project I am working on but its been many years since art was truly part of my day-to-day responsibilities. I’m not going to lie: it feels a little like a treat each time I open my office door and realize I get to spend the day surrounded by drawings, paintings, photographs, and sculpture… Continue reading “I could make a transformation…”
I no longer plant my own vegetable garden (thank you deer!) but it hardly matters since I have access to three different farmer’s market close to my home from May through October. I love to wander the stands and load up on corn, tomatoes, herbs, eggs, melons, and baked goods. One of my favorite things to make with my fresh veggies is a summer vegetable tart….. Continue reading “My sweet potato pie…”
I have started to teach 6 co-workers, who range in age from 26-40, how to sew. We meet each Friday afternoon and spend a few hours sharing lunch, chatting, and discussing all things sewing. Three are novice seamstresses and the others rank somewhere along the beginner spectrum. I’ve been sewing for as long as I can remember so I had to really think back to what my grandmother and mother taught me, and combine that with what I learned during my fashion design training to create my own ‘learn to sew’ series. In other words, always begin with the baby steps.
The first baby step will be to assemble a basic sewing kit, which will come in handy whether one ends up sewing or not. I’ve suggest visiting JoAnn or Walmart or surfing Amazon to purchase the following:
- Sewing shears (dedicated to fabric, ribbon and thread ONLY)
- Embroidery scissors (for fine fabrics and threads, embroidery, etc.)
- Pins (Ball head pins are easy to hold, as well as find on the floor without using your foot!)
- Tape measure
- 24″ Ruler with markings
- Classic pin cushion (you can’t go wrong with the classic tomato with berry standard)
- Seam ripper
- Thread (start with the basics – black, white, brown, red, blue, and beige/yellow)
- A container to hold it all (any old tin, box, or tupperware will do initially)
Over the summer my plan is to teach the group hand sewing stitches and techniques, sewing machine use and maintenance, fabric and pattern skills, and help the group with their first sewing projects (which include a pillow/comforter set for a doll, making a throw pillow cover with a zipper, a full skirt, and a table runner).
Are you a sewer? What sorts of things do you like to make? Do you have any tips or wisdom I can pass along to my sewing circle? I’d love to know…
Last weekend I made myself a kimono dress. Next up is a dress guaranteed to remind me of 70’s summers spent attending concerts like Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones, and the Dead. I had at least 3 different versions of this dress as a teen and loved each one.
The Alice & Olivia Spring 2017 runway look pictured above reminds me of those maxi dresses of my youth. To recreate the look I plan on using lightweight solid rayon challis for the skirt, a contrasting embroidered cotton print for the bodice and straps, and some complimentary jacquard and satin ribbons for the trim. All I need to complete the look is a pair of hoop earrings, some espadrille wedgies and a concert ticket (or two)!
Even though summer doesn’t officially begin until June 21st the season always starts on Memorial Day weekend for me. I can finally pull out my lightweight clothing, go to the beach, and work in the garden (and on my tan) until the skeeters drive me inside. I tend toward no-fuss easy pieces, with dresses being my ‘go to’ item to wear – or make.
With rain in the forecast this weekend I plan on recreating one of my favorite looks from the Spring 2017 runways – the kimono wrap dress. It’s such a classic style that flatters most wearers regardless of size or shape. Plus, kimonos are incredibly easy garments to make. You can find patterns at Burda and Vogue, and almost any solid or print fabric from gauzes to embroidered cottons to silks will work. After that, all you need are some sexy shoes and a minimalist piece of jewelry to be ready for dancing in the streets (or anywhere else your summer takes you).
I’ve spent the last two weeks running three back-to-back celebrations which have kept me pretty busy. My favorite event of the three was a graduation celebration for nine young artists (each an accomplished musician, film maker, actor, writer, or game designer). I created a piece of art to record their accomplishments, which was framed and given to each along with a beautiful monogrammed leather folio…
I am reading the last of my holiday books (here) and am about to place the order for my next nine. I will be packing ‘Big Little Lies‘ and ‘The Mothers‘ in my beach bag and am looking forward to reading each as I soak up the sunshine at the Venetian Pool and Cape Florida State Park in a few weeks. How about you? What are you reading? Do you have any ‘beach read’ recommendations I can add to my next ‘9’ list? I’d love to know…
For me, a denim jacket is one of THE fashion classics, never going out of style. I own two jackets that have been part of my wardrobe for 30+ years. These jackets have transitioned from their initial indigo brilliance to a beautifully faded cornflower blue that evokes memories of past adventures each time I wear one.
The embellished denim jacket is another ‘Statement Jacket ‘ for spring (see the statement blouson here) which makes for a really easy DIY project (limited only by your imagination and/or craft skills).
A Google search for embroidered patches (including shapes, florals, and slogans) results in endless resources to choose from. You could also use studs, rhinestones, fringe, fancy braid, safety pins, fabric, or anything else you can think to turn your generic jacket into an embellished statement of your own!
This spring fashion is all about the Statement Jacket! The variety of styles and treatments available to buy or make is endless and only limited by the wearer’s imagination (or pocketbook). Today I’m showcasing two versions of the bomber jacket that would be easy to make if you are so inclined.
I really like Joie’s Mace Floral Silk Bomber Jacket. If you are going to make a similar look there are endless fabric choices to choose from. Silk, cotton, velvet – almost any fabric would work well. I’m leaning toward some sort of silk brocade with cord trim and a satin lining to make my own version of the look.
The Elie Tahari Glenna Sheer Floral Lace Bomber Jacket is another favorite of mine. It’s a look designed for casual sex appeal and could be dressed up or down. I’d love to make something similar in the sequin and beaded tulle (which would weigh a ton but look awesome!) but will settle for using a burnout fabric instead. Once I’ve finished I’ll wear it with a black tank, faded boyfriend jeans and black sandal – the perfect outfit for a night of clubbing in Miami next month.
Next up…denim jackets done 3 ways.
Last week I featured a mantle design that I hoped to make for Thanksgiving. I was aiming to have everything finished a few days ago but…..I actually finished an hour ago. In between getting our turkey in the oven and planning my weekend shopping I am so thankful…for my family and friends, for my health, for my faith, for my creativity, and most importantly for each day I wake up and get to do it all over again. Happy Thanksgiving!