I had never been a jeans and T-shirt gal until I started making my own jeans and T-shirts. I’m always trying to find that balance between casual and special for days off. ✨
This outfit is entirely #memade , including a viscose French terry top, #harvestcardigan with some modifications, my one and only pair of #gingerjeans that I’ve been wearing nonstop after they stretched out to fit perfectly, and a felt/leather necklace that was part of my recent collection.
Now that the fashion show is over, of course I start casually mixing all the (my size-ish) samples into my wardrobe. 😁🍂 The shirt is tea dyed organic cotton with thrifted rib knit sleeves and the necklace is handmade wool felt.
Still can’t believe that the event I’ve spent the last several months working on is over. 😅Luckily, I’m still super in love with the techniques and patterns in my collection and my next project is sharing them all with you! Stay tuned 😉🌿♻️🙌
(Iron/tannin fabric dyed by @craftworksomerville , ‘rag rug’ fabric woven by me from textile scraps, and wool felt made by me from @treehousefarms wool!)
My head is still spinning after #futureforecast ! I’m getting all the photos together for a blog post, but I wanted to share some shots from the runway! (📸 @ke__flickz )
Makeup: @beautybykaylahall @lizcollinsmua
Floral design/jewelry: @thistleandbonefloral ✨LOOKS✨
1️⃣ @capturechristanh in an organic cotton French terry dress with handwoven ‘rag rug’ sleeves & belt fastened with a vintage brooch.
2️⃣ @rachellecrouse_official in an embroidered top made from vintage seersucker, paired with a @vivantvintage button down with @shoppeston collar jewelry. @ilanakohn skirt from @makespaceforpractice .
3️⃣ @sylveasuydam in a tea dyed top, skirt with weld/iron dyed check, and a @craftworksomerville ecoprint scarf.
4️⃣@sierraburrell in an indigo, weld, and undyed french terry top, terry skirt with iron dyed accents, @treehousefarms felt bead necklace, and @shoppeston earrings.
5️⃣ @natasha.shangari in a bomber jacket made from French terry and handwoven ‘rag rug fabric’, terry shorts & @craftworksomerville rust dyed silk tee.
As part of Future Forecast, @craftworksomerville hosted an eco printing workshop! This was one of the lovely #backyardbundles students created using leaves and flowers from their own gardens as well as leftovers from @thistleandbonefloral ‘s amazing floral sculptures! (📸 @craftworksomerville ) #slowfashion#slowfashionoctober#ecoprinting
Last night was pure magic! ✨✨✨ I’m in awe of how this community came together to craft a small slow fashion utopia in a former industrial building in Allston, MA. Truly one of my most memorable experiences and an incredible collaborative project! 😊♻️🙌✨🧡Here are some snapshots from the night (until I get the official photos, then prepare for fashion show spam!) ...
Thank you again to
@zone3 @thistleandbonefloral @beautybykaylahall @lizcollinsmua @briannaalex_
@craftworksomerville @_slow_process_ @makespaceforpractice @shoppeston @nathaliajmag @treehousefarms @hotfootvintage
My fab models and to my family, friends, and students for making this night possible 🧡🧡🧡
1 by @briannaalex_ , 2&3 by me, 4&5 by @capturechristanh )
Still putting finishing touches on a few pieces for my show on Saturday (AKA making new pieces 2 days before the show 😅)
If you’re in Boston, come check out ‘Future Forecast: A Slow Fashion Exchange’ at @zone3westernave ! It’s free and there will be tons of awesome vendors and a fashion show! (Link in profile) ✨♻️🌿🌼✂️🍻
I love to take a motif or shape and play with it in a variety of different contexts and materials. This little rising sun has found its way onto a couple of pieces in the collection, including this belt. #embroidery#crewelembroidery#slowfashion
Every time I work on a project, it’s clear to me that my creative process often gets most fired up in the 11th hour. Even though I planned out most of the pieces in this collection months ago, the impromptu things I created this month feel even more figured out. I think sometimes this stuff really needs to simmer. This top is made from vintage seersucker and crewel embroidery yarn and it feels like the perfect T-shirt alternative. #embroidery#slowfashion#slowfashionoctober#vintagefabric
Taking a mini vacay to see dear friends @austinbenjaminsq @ktucklalala in Georgia. We made a day trip to Paradise Garden and it was really something. Seeing massive works of art like this, made from found and recycled materials, always inspires me. (More pics in my stories)
It’s less than two weeks until Future Forecast and there are still spaces in our four #slowfashion workshops on Sunday Oct 14th at @zone3westernave ! Come learn to make felt from local wool, weave using scrap fabric and yarn, even print on fabric or make jewelry using using foraged plants or backyard blooms! If you’re in search of the perfect #slowfashionoctober weekend, this is it! Link to learn more and sign up for classes in the profile! ✂️🌿🌼🐑♻️
Ive broken many serger needles in the process of making this collection. Thank you little needles! I may have also lost my serger... well see if she can be repaired. A word from the wise: never underestimate 23 oz French terry. #serger#slowfashion
Still many hems and little finishing touches to sew and threads to clip and pressing to occur. I really love the way this collection is shaping up and the naturally dyed palette I created with @craftworksomerville . I can’t wait to share it with you on Oct 13th. New England folks! I hope to see you there (link in profile for more info!)✨#slowfashion#sustainablefashion#bostondesigner#naturaldyeing#organic
In this forthcoming collection, I’ve been experimenting with techniques that transform simple textiles by using waste. This skirt, for example, featured a grid print created using strips of waste fabric from another design.
You can see the finished piece and more at FUTURE FORECAST: A Slow Fashion Exchange at @zone3westernave on October 13th. For more info, visit the link in my profile!➕🧡
In exploring the idea of a #zerowaste collection I played around with turning micro scraps into a hardy textile for a small clutch. I used a water soluble stabilizer and stitched in a grid over the scraps. The result is wonderfully textured and definitely labor intensive...but sort of meditative at the same time. #scrapbusting#slowfashion