Tuesday, June 28, 2011

July 17 ::: Iron City Upcyclery + Give and Take at the Polish Hill Arts Festival

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Join Iron City Upcyclery and Give and Take at the upcoming Polish Hill Arts Festival on Sunday, July 17 for Give and Take's kickoff celebration!

Give and Take is a new organization in Pittburgh whose goal is to "adopt your pre-loved clothes and create opportunities to get them into new, hopeful hands."
Check out their latest news at deliciousinformation.blogspot.com!

Do you have pre-loved clothing that you no longer want or need?

Read on...

From noon to 9 p.m. at the festival, Give and Take will have a donation/information space set up. Give and Take invites anyone to "(p)lease be a part of the project by bringing an item or bag of clothing to donate to the collection we're assembling for public use. We'll be using your donations at public workshops and clothing swaps; to showcase ideas around the city for reusing and repurposing clothes; and to serve as a free resource for people in need. In thanks, we'll have a special gift waiting for you."

Iron City Upcyclery will also be joining the Give and Take team from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the festival! We'll be providing information about the art and craft of upcycling as well as demonstrating hands-on how you can re-fashion your old clothing using simple sewing techniques, therefore creating something totally new! Visitors to our space will also have the opportunity to try simple upcycling techniques for themselves (we'll provide all the materials you'll need). There will also be a sign-up sheet for an in-depth upcycling workshop with Iron City Upcyclery + Give and Take this coming September!

It's all happening on Sunday, July 17 at the Polish Hill Arts Festival! See you there!


Sunday, June 26, 2011

Razz-Ma-Tazz Dress

For those who love all things bright and bold: Razz-Ma-Tazz Dress is here! This dress is an upcycled '80s dress that was described recently (to my delight) as "Working Girl-chic," a reference to one of the oft-watched films of my adolescence, a classic Melanie Griffith movie in which her character sports a snazzy wardrobe that takes her smoothly from the office to dinner dates in style! Razz-Ma-Tazz Dress is made from a pristine vintage silk fabric in a lovely raspberry color with dynamic black lines dancing across it. The bloused bodice features a unique asymmetrical button closure complemented by fluttery sleeves. The above-the-knee pencil skirt has five fully-functional buttons down the front, and the fitted waist has two small belt loops for you to accent the dress with your favorite belt if you like. This dress is really fun and truly one-of-a-kind!

Razz-Ma-Tazz Dress fits up to 40" in the chest and measures 31" at the waist. It is available for $68 at Pageboy Boutique.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Veggie Lover's Dress

Vegetables rule, and I'm shouting it from the rooftops... figuratively, anyway, with this new dress from my summer collection! Whether you're an avid gardener, an aspiring vegetarian, or just someone who would love to rock a veggie-printed dress, this one could be for you! Veggie Lover's Dress is a cool cotton number that buttons all the way down the front. The fabric is vintage and very lightweight and features colorful vegetables in a rainbow of colors: yellow corn, red tomatoes, purple eggplant, orange carrots, and more! The dress is sleeveless and has waistline darts to make it a nicely-fitted piece.

Veggie Lover's Dress will fit up to 34" in the chest and 28" around the waist. It is available now for $55 at Pageboy Boutique.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Totally Tubular Dress

While making this dress, I showed it to a friend and she exclaimed, "Tubular!" -- and I knew that it had its name. The dress's canary yellow polyester blend vintage fabric has a super fun print of black dots and little tube-shaped things all over it, for lack of far better wording. Simply put, this is some awesome fabric! And it is also very lightweight, unlike some polyesters, making Totally Tubular Dress a perfect choice for summer. The dress features a smocked waistline that can be shown off or covered up with a wide belt, depending on your style. The sleeves are oversized and fluttery with small gathers at the shoulders. Three cute black buttons accent the yoke neckline. The gathered skirt falls right above the knee on most ladies. This dress has a really cheerful feel to it, and I just know that the right person will be very happy to wear it to a fun summertime get-together!

The Totally Tubular Dress measures up to 41" around the chest, and the waistband stretches comfortably from 29"-40" in circumference. It is currently available for $68 at Pageboy Boutique.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Wisteria Dress

Wisteria Dress is one of eight new dresses that I just finished for a summer collection showcase last weekend, and it's one of my favorites of the bunch. The dress features an oversized v-neck collar and buttons down the front, and the free waist ties with a coordinating fabric belt. The dress has short sleeves with elastic casing, gathered shoulder details on the front bodice, and a skirt hemline that hits just above the knee on most. It is made from lightweight vintage silk in a pale lavender hue that looks stunning on pretty much anyone! Take a look at the small white triangles and pink accents, too...

Wisteria Dress will be available to purchase for $72 next week at Pageboy Boutique.

Woodland Sprite Dress in Oak Brown and Tangerine

My friends are continually doing great things! This dress is the third one that I've had the pleasure of making lately for people in my life who are going through ceremonial rites of passage, one might say. Gillian's Dress and Rachel's Dress were both made for a very special wedding this past May, and this dress, a new version of my Woodland Sprite Dress, was made especially for my friend Myste who will be going through a commencement ceremony this weekend.

This version of the dress is similar in design to the original Woodland Sprite Dress, but with a different color palette (I love this new combination!), and this time I lined the entire piece with reclaimed fabrics: woven satin (for the bodice) and a sheer, silky dotted swiss (for the skirt), which should make it more comfortable and reduce the need for a slip. I also did something for this piece that I've been wanting to do for a long time: I taught myself how to make fabric-covered buttons! It is much easier than I thought! I'll be making lots more of those in the future, I think. The buttons on this dress are around the collar and serve the purpose of attaching the hood to the bodice, making it removable if desired. My husband describes this dress as "the Incredible String Band dress" -- which makes me smile from ear to ear! I could definitely see it...

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I can't describe the great feeling of happiness and pride that fills my heart when I think of my friends wearing garments that I sewed with great love and good intention... specially-made for such wonderful milestone events!

Congratulations, dear friend Myste!
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