Friday, March 11, 2011

Spirit Fashion Show Sneak Peek!

As I mentioned a few posts ago, I am honored to have been asked to contribute eight pieces for this year's Spirit Fashion Show at CMU, and I am working hard to finish my dresses before the first fitting this Sunday. Just thought I'd share a few photos of and comments about the works-in-progress...

The theme for my part of the upcoming show is "Earth - The Element." When I was coming up with the nature-inspired pieces for the show, I kept thinking about how great it would be if the models could also wear some bits of "Earth" in their hair, too... which led me to immediately think of my amazingly talented friend from Fruits of the Forest in Oregon who designs and lovingly handcrafts beautiful accessories, headpieces, corsages, etc. from nature's bounty. I asked my dear friend if she would be interested in collaborating with me for the show, and she said yes! To my delight, the headpieces arrived yesterday in the mail, and I am just simply overcome with wonder at how magical and exquisitely perfect each one is!

I can't wait to see the models in their dresses and their headpieces... here are some photos to give you an idea of what's coming!

The Spirit Fashion Show is on Saturday, April 9th at Carnegie Mellon University. Spirit Fashion Show "is an entity of SPIRIT organization, Carnegie Mellon's Black awareness organization. The fashion show is among the largest annual events for CMU students. The show prides itself on presenting a diverse, vivacious, and entertaining atmosphere for any audience. In its 23rd year, the SPIRIT Fashion Show will continue to provide a platform for some of the most creative and distinct exhibitions to the Carnegie Mellon and Pittsburgh community."

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Hand Embroidery Class Update: New Time!

Updated course information has arrived for you!

Calliope School has offered me a classroom earlier in the evenings for my embroidery course, so I'm taking them up on the offer. I think it will be nice to hold class a little earlier and therefore be able to take our projects outside while the daylight is still upon us.

What: Hand Embroidery Class
When: Tuesdays from April 5 - May 3
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. (*updated*)
Where: Chatham University Campus
Who: Embroidery enthusiasts of all levels and ages!


This class is offered through the Calliope School of Folk Music in Pittsburgh. During the course, we'll be learning lots of different stitches, as well as tricks of the trade like how to use a stitch dictionary, how to properly stretch a hoop, and how to transfer your own awesome hand-drawn or found designs onto fabric for embroidering!

Class begins Tuesday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. and ends around 8:00. The class is every Tuesday and runs five consecutive weeks through May 3. We were lucky enough to get space for this class at Chatham University, so if the weather is nice, you know we'll take it outside and embroider together under the beautiful trees on campus!

Click here to sign up, read more, or get the materials list! Feel free to email me if you have any questions: Thanks for reading, and hope to see you soon!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Tunic Dress

The Tunic Dress -- a style that has been around since Ancient Rome, and a perennial classic that is open to reinvention. Here is my own version of a tunic dress, inspired not only by the Ancient Romans, but also by the designs of modern dressmakers such as Paul Poiret (one of my all-time favorites!), who designed the tunic-style dress in the top photo. Poiret was famous for "freeing women from the corset" and other such tight clothing in favor of looser-fitting dresses that were based on draping techniques rather than tailoring and sewing. I am usually so meticulous about darts and gathers and zippers and other tailoring techniques, I also felt liberated as I created this simple dress that just pulls over the head and can be gracefully and comfortably worn by many different body types. Pair it with a belt for a night out, or wear it free-flowing anywhere you like -- that's the beauty of such a breezy and elegant design!

Available at Fabricate in Cincinnati for $65. Made from incredible vintage knit cotton.