Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year's Well-Wishes!

Original photo from the 1974 book Quilting, Patchwork, Appliqué, and Trapunto: Traditional Methods and Original Designs by Thelma R. Newman. Caption reads, "Rising Fawn Quilters having some fun."

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Dovetail Blouse in Toile

Fanning out like beautiful bird feathers from the neckline, the pleats of fabric across the front are the namesake of this handmade pullover top, and also what makes Dovetail Blouse special! This design was one of my very first originals, and I've revisited the pattern thrice now over the years, this most recent time using a soft, vintage cotton toile floral print.

Dovetail Blouse in Toile will accommodate up to 42" in the chest, and is available now for $68 at Pageboy.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Holiday Craft Fair this Wednesday at People's Co-op!

Come on out to People's Co-op this Wednesday, December 21st for the annual Holiday Craft Fair where you will find exquisite, one-of-a-kind handmade items made thoughtfully by neighborhood artisans! You'll find something special for everyone on your holiday gift list, plus you can pick up some farm-direct produce while you're there.

Iron City Upcyclery will be present alongside Fruits of the Forest; stop by our booth and check out our newest wares! We sew, crochet, print, and papercraft things, all inspired by nature's beauty.

See you there!
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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Crafty Make-and-Take this Sunday!

Join me at my neighborhood community center, Café au Play, this Sunday, December 18th, from 10:30-12:30 while I host a crafty make-and-take during the annual Café au Play Holiday Tree Sale fundraising event! Kids of all ages will enjoy making simple, festive miniature stocking-shaped tree ornaments from recycled fabrics. See you there!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Dream a Little Dream Dress

Do you believe in magic? You will when this fantastical frock takes you to worlds formerly unseen, places where magical beasts await you! Dream a Little Dream Dress is a handmade original sewn from vintage woven cotton from the mid-'80s. It features a sleeveless bodice with an angular neckline and a high-waisted gathered skirt with an optional sweet cream sash made from vintage eyelet lace and silk. The bodice of the dress is lined in pale blue satin for ultimate comfort. This dress measures 36" in the chest and 32" around the waist, and it zips up the back with a 22" zipper.

Available now for $98 at Pageboy Boutique.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Confetti & Carnations Belted Dress

A little bit sweet, a little bit sassy: just leave it to a moon-ruled Cancerian to whip up a dress that can handle multiple moods! :] I began this dress with a raw cut of some extremely rad vintage woven cotton fabric, printed with black and white "square waves" and peppered with rainbow-colored confetti bits. Since the fabric represented so much awesomeness, I wanted to design a nice and simple cut for the dress itself, hence the classic pullover shift-dress style. I accented the waistline with a matching belt made of the same fabric, cut on the bias. The navy blue seam binding on the neckline and cropped sleeves are the little details that pull the piece together, and since I had some left over, I also added a pair of miniature handmade fabric flowers, just for fun!

Confetti & Carnations Belted Dress will accomodate up to 40" in the chest and 40" at the waist. It is available for $98 at Mag-Big in Portland.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Iron City Upcyclery at Mag-Big in Portland!

"Portland artists and crafters have a new brick and mortar space to show (and sell) their wares ... a retail shop to highlight the truly awesome nature of the Portland art and craft community." - Handmade Portland
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Great news, friends: I made my first delivery to Mag-Big boutique in Portland today! This means that now you can find Iron City Upcyclery handmade garments at this delightful local shop, which is chock full of wonderful handmade wares from over 300 Portland artisans. Check it out!