bryant park tova

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i told you i had more tovas on the horizon…i was going to go sleeveless this time (and should have considering how blistering it was in both austin and new york), but this fabric is so fallish, i wanted it to be more of a cooler weather piece.  however, i couldn’t resist photographing as much as possible in gorgeous nyc. (more…)

confetti peplum

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is two peplums too much?  it’s the last one, i promise.  i bought this confetti rayon at joann’s on sale awhile back, if you can believe that.  it was one of those instances where i couldn’t tell if it was ugly or awesome, which i feel like applies to ~80% of my fabric purchases.  now i think it’s awesome. anyway, this is a wild and crazy little sewing experiment (like most of my projects since i continue to avoid commercial patterns out of irrational fear) that actually turned out quite well!   (more…)

stripey peplum

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i jumped on the peplum craze full force in the last couple of weeks, which can only mean it’s probably on the way out since i tend to be behind the times (to put it mildly).  anyway, i think they’re cute, and it turns out they’re fairly easy to make.  i ordered quite a bit of this striped jersey from girl charlee awhile back thinking it was something else.  i’m not crazy about it, but it’s very thin, incredibly soft, and i’ll never let stripes go to waste, so it seemed a perfect medium for some peplum experimentation. (more…)

native fringe tank

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today i present to you the first piece of my austin/nyc handmade wardrobe!  my trip is actually ending tomorrow, and i’m proud to say that i have worn 100% handmade items for the duration (except pants/shorts…maybe next season).  this was a vague goal of mine several months ago, and i succeeded with a few preexisting items, mixed in with some new projects.  this tank is particularly special to me because it has such a great backstory. (more…)

my favorite summer sandwich

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i tumbled out of austin into nyc a bit out of my creative element.  today was my first attempt at major fabric shopping and it was a swing and a miss, you guys.  in spite of donning my plaid tova and beginning my outing in the fashion district feeling very hipster chic, as soon as i stepped into a hardcore fabric store and was surrounded by much younger, much hipper, much more tattooed, pierced, bleached, and tighter pants wearing aspiring designers than myself, seemingly buff for no other reason than hauling gigantic spools of fabric from impossibly high shelves, i felt timid and disorganized and left totally empty handed.  so today, i’m going to talk about tomatoes. (more…)

india tanks

happy labor day!  i hope you’re all enjoying a restful long weekend, or just regular weekend if you’re not a labor day celebrator.  i was just organizing my photos and realized i have to pick up my project sharing a bit or i’m going to get really behind.  so, first and foremost, i wanted to show you a few more in the lineup of my goldie locks tank making spree, because i said i would:

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shirting tova

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you guys would be proud of me…over the past week or so, i have been devoting maybe half of my sewing time to art fair inventory.  it’s creating an irrational fear that if i spend so much time making pouches and bags, i won’t have anything to blog about.  but in fact, there’s no reason i can’t also share those projects with you (and maybe you’re sick of seeing my squinty face in a new dress every week anyway), and my self sewing fever hasn’t fully subsided, so i’m accumulating a steady backlog of projects.  so today, squinty face in a new dress it is.  i’m sorry; there are no clouds in this part of the country. (more…)

grainline split back tank

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guys, i have officially caught the self sewing fever.  notice, i’m not referring to it as “selfish” anymore.  some very interesting things are happening as a result.  first, my wardrobe is growing faster than it has in several years.  i’m not a big clothes person, but my fever is resulting in at least one garment per week…far more than i’d ever shop for.  it’s the most productive fever ever.  second, i’m becoming a better dresser.  similar to when i began sewing more confidently for the kids, it’s been a weird transition into realizing i actually can wear what i sew, rather than treat all the pieces as ugly, failed experiments.  i have to consciously divert my attention each morning from my typical ratty tee shirt and $5 jersey gaucho pants that haven’t been cool since i bought them in 2005 that compose my summer uniform and say to myself no, you are a respectable adult, and you can wear this sweet linen shirt hanging in your closet with the aligned stripes and contrast binding.  now put it on and go stare at a waterfall, why don’t you. (more…)

a whole lot of dresses

IMG_2175 and one tank.  i know it’s a tall order, but after a little thought and a lot of sewing, i’ve decided to blog about all my jersey dresses in one giant post rather than split them into several shorties.  i already have a few new garments finished and even photographed, and i don’t want the old blog to get backed up as i flit feverishly from one project to the next as i’m prone to do. as usual, i’m telling myself there isn’t a whole lot to say about these dresses, but i know i always manage to find plenty to say about everything.  so, if you get bored, you can just look at the pictures (with a higher than average amount of photo bombing). (more…)