Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Edie Dress

Edie Dress is an upcycled dress that I initially found in dire disrepair and subsequently brought back to life! The beautiful 1960s-era paisley skirt fabric caught my eye because it reminded me of that transitional period in fashion between mod and psychedelic prints. I felt like this dress could really represent both periods, kind of like Edie Sedgwick did with her simple black dresses juxtaposed against her intricately exotic chandelier earrings. So I went to work on this dress, and here's what it looks like now! I completely overhauled the bodice and chopped off a large cowl neckpiece that I felt made the dress look too dated and fussy. Instead, I streamlined the neckline and added a bit of black vintage lace that is soft and elegant. I also repaired the lining and other technical details on the inside of the dress. I'm happy with the final result, and I just know that this dress will look really gorgeous on someone!

Edie Dress is lined and has a back zipper. The bust measures about 36" and the waist measures about 28". It is available for $65 at Pageboy Boutique in Pittsburgh. ~SOLD~

Woodland Wanderer Shirt

Occasionally I'll find a nice vintage button-up that yearns to be given some personality... and in this instance, I felt like this awesome men's sage-colored woven cotton button-up shirt wanted some mushrooms on it, in particular. So here it is! I drew the fungi freehand onto the shirt with a fabric transfer pencil, then embroidered the little guys onto the shirt in brown and rust-colored threads using split stitch. It's the perfect shirt for your favorite forest forager!

This shirt is a men's size L and measures about 40" across the chest. It is available for $30 at Pageboy Boutique in Pittsburgh.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Wooden Ships Dress

Wooden ships on the water, very free and easy
Easy, you know, the way it's supposed to be
Silver people on the shoreline, let us be
I'm talking about very free and easy...


Wooden Ships Dress was finished just recently; it was inspired by thoughts of creaky ships on glimmering waters and harbors full of graceful seagulls. There is something very magical about ship tales and ancient sea sagas, and those images were filling my head as I sewed away...

Wooden Ships Dress measures about 38" across the bust and 36" around the waist; it is available for $85 at Pageboy Boutique in Pittsburgh. ~SOLD~

Friday, January 21, 2011

Iron City Upcyclery at Fabricate in Cincinnati!

It's official! Iron City Upcyclery has branched outside of Pittsburgh; I just sent a batch of lovingly handmade garments to Fabricate, a gallery/boutique hybrid in Cincinnati that looks super fun and chock-full of amazing handmade wares and top-notch artwork! If you're in that neck of the woods, please pop in there and check it out:


4037 Hamilton Ave.

Cincinnati, OH 45223


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Sunday 12-5







Thursday, January 13, 2011

Happy New Year!

This is going to be a great year! I've been busy as can be in my beautiful new studio, coming up with new sketches and designs and reworking old slopers and patterns and getting inspired by all the wonderful sewing communities out there that kindly share their tips and tricks with anyone who is interested (me!). I've also been interviewed recently by two local publications and one local design student; I'll be sure to post more information about those great experiences down the road! In other news, I've been asked to sell my clothing at an amazing new boutique in Cincinnati, Fabricate, and that's certainly a very exciting development around here. I'll also be holding a trunk show at the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh on Thursday, March 24th, so swing on by if you're in town! Also of great import: I'll be contributing eight original pieces to the Spirit Fashion Show at Carnegie Mellon University on Saturday, April 9th! Such an honor!

What a rad start to 2011 -- I hope that you, dear reader, are also feeling inspired and motivated by the fresh energy that a new year can bring!