Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Rachel's Dress

Oh, happy day! Two of my dear friends just celebrated their love for each other by holding a small and beautiful ceremony in a grove of tall trees in the Laurel Highlands. It was truly a breathtaking event, and I am proud to say that Iron City Upcyclery contributed by creating this dress for the lovely bride!

Rachel's dress was actually designed by Rachel herself, meaning that she came to me with a clear idea of what she wanted as far as the cut of the dress and the color and kind of fabric, making my job quite easy! After we talked about the design, we had a fitting session in which I got her measurements, and then I made a mock-up dress out of natural muslin. When that version of the dress got a thumbs-up from the bride-to-be, I went to work on the real dress. Here it is, the finished piece! I sewed Rachel's dress from natural woven cotton in light aqua, and I lined it in an ivory satin. My favorite detail is the tiny peek of white eyelet lace on each sleeve! I also made a little clutch-style purse for the bride since I had some leftover fabric. It was a very fulfilling project to see through from start to finish, and it made the beautiful wedding even more meaningful for me to behold and participate in.

::: Congratulations, Ian & Rachel! :::
You soar like two Great Blue Herons in love!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Fashion Show/Benefit for Friends of the Riverfront

Join Iron City Upcyclery and friends on Saturday, June 4, 2011 as we present a new collection of dresses to the public at the 20th anniversary celebration for Pittsburgh-based non-profit Friends of the Riverfront at Steel City Rowing Club in Verona! The fashion show segment of the evening will begin right as DJ Mary Mack hits the decks at 9 p.m. and will showcase nine brand-new dress designs constructed from reclaimed fabrics. Roomy tote bags sewn from reclaimed fabrics and hand-screenprinted with waterfowl illustrations will also be available to purchase. Support sustainability in fashion and have fun while raising money for the continued stewardship of our beautiful rivers!

Friends of the Riverfront will kick off the summer by hosting this year’s Trail Mix(er) on Saturday, June 4 from 5 -11 p.m., at Steel City Rowing Club in Verona.

Join over 300 supporters of the environment in and around Pittsburgh’s three rivers for a night of riverfront fun to celebrate FOR’s 20th anniversary. Enjoy a picnic dinner, live music by Boca Chica, Caleb Lovely and The Turbosonics. DJ Mary Mack will host a Late Night dance party from 9 -11 p.m., and an outdoor-themed silent auction and environmentally-focused art exhibits will take place throughout the night. Pre-event kayak and pontoon boat trips to Allegheny Land Trust’s Sycamore Island — a rare and unique floodplain hardwood forest on the Allegheny River, are available from 3 - 6:30 p.m., and are included with ticket purchase.

Admission is $50 per ticket, $35 with a valid student ID, or $15 Late Night from 9 – 11 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through the secure website www.friendstrailmixer.com. All proceeds will support Friends of the Riverfront trail development, advocacy and stewardship efforts.

Friends of the Riverfront increases awareness and engagement with the Pittsburgh region’s rivers and riverfronts through activities, stewardship and expansion of water and land trails. For more information, go to www.friendsoftheriverfront.org or call 412.488.0212.