Tuesday, May 9, 2006

Dude Looks Like a Lady

I was approached by a pet store owner at Leslie's wedding to design some high-end dog clothes. I did some research online and found mostly frilly, almost costume-like dresses for dogs so I decided to take another approach. I wanted to use my silk brocade remnants to make a more sophisticated, fitted, Kimono-inspired silhouette. Since I don't have a dog of my own, I enlisted our cat Clyde to pose as my model. This first design was my favorite with the contrast in colors, wide sash & loophole cutout at the neckline.

The second design was simpler with just a wide sash that wrapped around the waist.

The buttons at the neckline give this design a touch of class. The green goes well with Clyde's eyes...

Finally, I frilled it up a bit with this tulle skirt attachment.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Crafty Meets Daryl Hannah!

Craft Magazine puts on quite a show at it's annual Maker Faire. I have spent a few years working in the Swap-O-Rama-Rama event where you assist other crafty fair-goers in reconstructing used garments into hip new treasures. Daryl Hannah was on hand at this particular show and asked me to assist her in transforming a slip into a funky top. I managed to settle my nerves and not prick her with pins. She jumped on my sewing machine and completed the project in record speed. She was a great sport!

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Red Hot Bride

I usually shun requests for bridal anything. When Leslie contacted me about doing her dress I was skeptical, until I she showed me what she looking for. Red wedding dress? I'm in! She was such a fun & funky client and I had a lot of fun layering 3 shades of red tulle to create just the right color mix. The silk dupioni had just enough sheen to make it formal and is so easy to work with. We accented the waistband with a simple black floral ribbon. To top it all off, I made a cropped faux-fur shrug.