Monday, February 28, 2011

Groovy pattern inspiration.

I find my vintage patterns in a sleepy little place in the middle of nowhere and the thing that makes them magical is that you can see they have been used to make an outfit and maybe more than once. Can't you just imagine the gal or mother putting together the circled outfit to wear to... to where? I'm wondering if you could ever wear that in northwest weather .
Here's what cats hate, Grunge Rock documentaries. If you want your cat to stop sitting in front of your laptop just stream one of those.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Hippie Chick Names

I was looking for a good Hippie Chick name and came across a program that tells you what your name would be if you were to change it. Try it.

Fashion Illustration, watercolor

I know she looks like she is having a bad hair day, but I like it anyway.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

New Pink Paisley Wrap Dress

Sneak preview of the latest dress that will be in the shop soon. Working on my photography..... this dress is really cute. I tried it on and the baggy pockets are perfect.
Here is a little organizing trick for working with patterns. For a while I was hanging the pieces up on vintage slacks hangers for easy access. This way they are folded and ready to put away, but if I need a forgotten dart location I don't have to unfold every piece to find what I am looking for.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Late Sixties Capes

Patterns are worth keeping. Currently my collection houses knitting, sewing and crochet patterns from all eras. My mother who lives in rural Minnesota sends me some as she finds them like this 70's Butterick cape pattern. I didn't pay much attention to it when I sifted through the box of vintage supplies she had sent.
Until I came upon this cape by Nadinoo and felt its essense from some past closet in my mind.
No to be outdone Dear Creatures has a gorgeous cape too, the cobwebs cleared and I'm realizing that my mother is subtly ahead of the fashion trends.

Finding Amy Butler Fabric in Chelan

This is an Amy Butler cotton fabric that I found while visiting Lake Chelan this weekend. After purchasing, I looked at my bag which is made of a found vintage textile and
this is it.
Here I show them together.
Look at those blue skies!

Sunbathing in the Sixties

Notice the "Getting Ready for the Beach" picture on the left, big curlers, hair net, baby and then the "We're Ready for the Beach" picture on the right: effortlessly perfect beauty queens lounging by the lake cabin. I won't give any secrets away by telling who these lovelies are...yet.

Sunday, February 20, 2011


The wrap dress has almost been perfected!
I recommend reading vintage Liebemarlene . I loved how she sold her short dresses on ebay and traveled around the south finding outfits to wear, inspiring.
Now she has updated her blog to a website check it out.

Thursday, February 17, 2011


Nadinoo is a designer I have recently discovered. Love her short dresses and delicate prints. The fabrics she uses are from Liberty of London, which I intend to try. I am hoping to find some long lost pieces of their fabric at a garge sale as my business model is to make fabulous dresses using pre-owned, pre-cut, never-used fabrics.