Friday, April 22, 2011

Gillian's Dress

This lovely folk dress is a recently-finished piece that I was commissioned to do for an upcoming wedding. The bridesmaid, Gillian, approached me with a question: If I bring you a muumuu with potential, can you turn it into something beautiful for me to wear in the ceremony? I was definitely intrigued, so I had Gillian bring over the vintage muumuu, and together we brainstormed a design that would breathe new life into the garment, which definitely had tons of potential! The muumuu was a stunning emerald color with mind-blowing floral embroidery details all over the front bodice yoke, front skirt, and back shoulders. However, the muumuu had absolutely no shape to it -- it was like a nightgown or a flour sack; you could just pull it over your head and lose yourself in miles and miles of formless cotton! So Gillian and I decided that it needed to lose the huge tube-shaped sleeves, lose a good eight inches in length, and gain a waistband and a sash. The results are amazing! This dress will be the perfect garment for Gillian to wear as a bridesmaid in her best friend's free-spirited wedding ceremony.

Gillian's Dress is, of course, not for sale, but is is a great example of what I can do for you if you have ideas for a garment with potential to become something new!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Squirrel Bags

Every few months, I try to sift through my scrap fabric remnants to see what could be used for new projects. I recently found a couple of yards of squirrel-print fabric that my very talented friend Mary designed and hand-silkscreened for me over a year ago, tucked away in a corner of my studio. The fabric holds special meaning to me, so I really wanted to put it to use for something that would honor all the hard work and positive collaborative energy that was put into creating it! So, I contacted an organization that I've been an advocate of for many years now, Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation, and found out that two different groups on the reservation were in need of some diaper bags ASAP. What better way to use the fabric? Here are the eight diaper bags that are now in use by new parents in South Dakota, each one adorned with a happy squirrel clutching a sprig of lavender.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Daffodil Dress

Oh, how I love this one.

Light, breezy and cheerful, Daffodil Dress is a creation for a lady who anxiously awaits the first flowers of springtime after a long winter...

Daffodil Dress is a puff-sleeved dress with a unique sweetheart-meets-diamond style neckline, gathered waist, and full skirt. The fabric that I used is a crisp vintage woven cotton in white with a golden floral print portraying an array of flowers and flora. The dress zips up the back.

It also happens to be one of the dresses that I made for the SPIRIT Fashion Show!

Daffodil Dress is available for $85 through my little Etsy shop.
Just click here to get there!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

SPIRIT Fashion Show Highlights

All of the Iron City Upcyclery models wearing their "Earth Ensembles" at the show!
The ever-graceful Krystal wearing Woodland Sprite Dress.
Sweet Christine wearing Daffodil Dress.
The lovely Shanel in Paisley Sun Dress

Alycia looking elegant and confident in Leaf Dress. 
Beautiful Dominique looking powerful in Elf Queen Dress.
Carolina, sassy and stunning in Garden Gatherer Dress.
Here's oh-so-pretty Sarah wearing Topanga Canyon Dress during a practice.
These ladies worked so hard preparing for the show for many months!
The serenely ravishing Chrystal wearing Apple Orchard Dress during a fitting session.
Many heartfelt thanks to my models for their patience with me while I customized each piece!
Many thanks to my husband, Matt, for the beautiful surprise flowers  on the big day!
And here I am, ready to head to the show, a bit nervous but very excited!

This experience was a truly wonderful one for me, and I am so happy that I was asked to take part. I got to meet so many amazing women who inspired me with their incredible creativity, their talent, and their positive energy. I made new friends and new memories thanks to this hugely collaborative project that went off without a single glitch. Thank you to everyone who helped make the SPIRIT Fashion Show a huge success this year, and congratulations to all who participated!


P.S. If you'd like to see more photos, you can visit my Flickr set here.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

This Saturday...

Featuring a collaborative body of work 
from Iron City Upcyclery + Fruits Of The Forest
plus many other talented local designers and performers. 

A very special evening, not to be missed!