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THE FUTURE DRESS TUTORIAL

Abandon hope, all ye who enter here: this is going to involve some math! Didn’t  scare you? Good. Because I’m about to share how to draft my favorite dress of the season. If you caught my first post on my reimagining of Claire McCardell’s future dress from 1945, you may remember that I promised a [...]

ETSY-RIFIQUE AND THE FUTURE DRESS TUTORIAL (ON ITS WAY!)

After a long hiatus, I’m starting to restock my Etsy shop. This is proving a fun way to test out some new designs, as well as thin out my stash for our coming move to a much-reduced space in Midtown. I’m also starting to stock some items that have been popular with friends (hello Future [...]

THE FUTURE DRESS, PART 2

I have a new love affair, and it’s with this dress. If you caught my first post about Claire McCardell’s future dress you’ll know I was a bit hesitant to wear such a floofy gown outside of my apartment. But thanks to encouragement from some of you and a resounding two thumbs up from Mr. Fish, [...]

THE FUTURE IS NOW: REIMAGINING CLAIRE MCCARDELL’S FUTURE DRESS, Part I

My first go at the future dress As a kid, I often liked to watch old musicals simply for the costumes. I could appreciate Fred and Ginger’s fancy footwork, but it was usually Ginger’s gowns that really got me excited. I dreamed of recreating these ethereal, flowing dresses, and I sketched them out on napkins [...]

CRAZY DORKY AWESOME

Yesterday, I received a sewing book I’d ordered after seeing it listed as a reference on Colletterie. Imagine my surprise as I flipped from the front to the back cover of Secrets of the Couturiers: How can so much dorky and awesome live on the same dust flap? The front and back covers not only [...]

BADONKA WHAT?

Every once in a while, I sew something that I think is totally a-mazing while strutting in my apartment, but that proves completely inappropriate when taking it to the street (you know it Michael McDonald!). Usually these mishaps involve raveling seams or circle skirts blowing up around my face in a wind storm, but this [...]

PATTERN TESTING, Part I

Awesome Fabric + Cool Design = Fabulousness! But sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes, the whole equals much less than its parts. Last month, Mama Fish brought me a beautiful piece of silk charmeuse from my grandmother. The rose-studded fabric looked as if it were painted with water colors, the leaves and pastel blooms softly bleeding into [...]

MY SCI-FI LOVE LETTER TO ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

“I spent a long time learning how to construct clothes, which is important to do before you can deconstruct them” — Alexander McQueen Lately, I’ve thought a lot about how art and fashion intersect, converge, and influence one another. Given that I’m married to an artist and that I’ve become an OCD sewer, I think [...]

THE WIND AT MY FEET, THE SKY IN MY HAIR

“When a woman smiles, then her dress should too.” —Madeleine Vionnet I imagine my grandmother wearing something similar to this dress in the early 60’s in Los Angeles, when my mom was a little girl, and the orange trees still blossomed all around the San Fernando Valley. This is the first vintage pattern I’ve successfully [...]