Summer fashion is so tricky, as you get older. I especially need to cover my legs-scars. So I like pants, but not capri pants, they just seem to make everyone look short and chunky, I wear them at home and always feel fat. I do love the new wide leg crop pants that are “trendy” this year. I have been making a similar version for years, but know maybe I can purchase a pair as well. On the the next issure….SHOES…..
I am finally getting some shots of this fabric group. I have a new quilt pattern I am working on and this is the fabric I was able to use on of my print designs as well as the commercial fabrics. The yellow is not a color I use that often, but I do like it with the black, cream, and grey. I have a couple of yards of the “Round and Round” print left and will have it available in my shop soon.
I also have a class coming May.
With the surprise of early warm weather I guess it is time to find something to wear. The spring/summer clothing selections are not the best for me. I don’t like to show my weird legs, and really don’t look good in or especially like carpi pants anyway, so the other selections are usually limited. Long dresses and skirts are good, and can be easy to make.
These are great layered looks, I have always been a fan of separates to mix and match, and great color.
Photo/Clothing Credit Gudrun Sjoden
I have a new order for pillows and pouches. It is for a great place in Florida called the C.R.O.W. Clinic it is a wildlife rehabilitation facility. So, you know they want the bird art on all the items. Chickadees, Egrets and Owls are calling my name.
I have also started a new quilt project, with dye/printed fabrics. This is leading up to some new classes and workshops coming soon.
How is your week starting out? What projects do you have going on?
I love this designer Gudrun Sjoden, so colorful, comfortable and stylish. She uses models of all types and ages and her company in “green.” I have been working in black/white with pops of color so I love the tunic look in the top photo.The jacket below is a perfect example of Kantha style quilting. My students are working on a piece using this technique. I am looking at making a light coat jacket this year, this one is a great inspiration.
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New York Fashion Week, brings a lot of interesting things in Fashion. The things that we as regular people will see in the future, but much more cheaply made in quality and price. I find a lot of inspiration in the images online, even though it is almost impossible to actually go to any of the events. Being a independent designer, I market my work in a different way, but I feel I need to bring a little more of the show stuff into my promotion.
A trend this fall is related to collage, mixed fabrics. I have always love mixing prints, I guess my quilting background. Here are two of my favorite designers Dries Van Noten and Etro. I think I need to mix it up a little.
I have many collage/mixed media artist friends, what do you think of fashions version of collage?
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I usually do not follow typical mainstream trends when it comes to my art work. I do look at web sites and magazines, but when I try to but fabric, they usually do not have what I am looking for. I print, applique, and embroidery on the fabric, but the base colors are what I need. It is interesting that several trends I recently read about, are already in my group. “Green” reclaimed, rescued materials, which I use in my wood tiles as well as fabric embellishments, and mustard yellow, and polka dots.
I have been paint tiles for a couple of weeks now for a big order, I can finally see the end, so I am back to sewing a fashion. A 40 piece order of bags and scarves, and since it will be fall/winter, a new color palette. I am adding a Autumn Red, as well as the Dark Teal, Chocolate Brown, and a Golden Maize, to my base color group.
I do love the Chambray/Denim Blues with the Reds in this photo, and I do have a group of blue fabrics, maybe a new addition.