I’m finally getting started on a pattern/book follow up to my fall fashion show (at long last). Each top/dress in the collection was a variation of the same pattern. The forthcoming book will feature the pattern and a bunch of variations that feature techniques like natural dyeing, felting, embroidery, repurposing textiles, etc. This piece was the finale in my show. It’s made from USA grown/knit organic cotton terry and handmade local wool felt, naturally dyed and embroidered with vintage crewel wool. (I wanted to post a picture from the fashion show too, but IG won’t let me post multiple photos anymore 😭) #slowfashion #sustainablefashion #woolfelt #embroidery
This week I return to school. Every time I begin a new semester, I check in with myself about the ways I want to grow as a teacher. I feel compelled to continuously develop my classes and shape them to my students’ needs, desires, strengths, and struggles. This process is always evolving, but this year it looks like: tailoring my methods of teaching to reach different learning styles and abilities💡 finding ways to evaluate students based on personal growth📈 developing curriculum that is inclusive and intersectional 🌈 unlearning inherited biases to better serve my students 🧠practicing active listening👂and of course, finding ways to teach fashion design and history as a form of activism.✊🏿✊🏼✊🏾 It’s always a work in progress and, despite its challenges, I look forward to it every day. Any teachers (or anybody really) out there thinking about these things as well?
School started this week which is why my posts recently have been a little sparse. So here is a picture of my first (successful) pie, baked on Saturday. 🥧 I’ve always been really anxious about making pie crust. In my past experience, it was tricky to get right, stressful in the process and very high stakes. (Or maybe that’s just me.😂) there’s a metaphor in this somewhere.... ... The person who helped me make the pie has a practice of making pies for others when she visits and travels, as well as other occasions. This story of showing love and appreciation though food and sharing is not a new concept, but this recent telling really stuck with me for the last few days. And that, among other things, has my thoughts coming back to the power of stories (and food traditions). Do you show love through food? Tell me your story!
Planning a color palette for a top secret project. 🤫 Very excited. Anybody else love to hoard paint chips and magazine clippings?✨🧡
How many pieces did I sew from my #2018makenine ? Two 😂 However, the process of making a plan for my personal sewing was invaluable. It gave me direction and has been a great way to gauge my interest in project ideas long term. It felt like the perfect no pressure ‘goal’. A few of these items will make their way into my 2019 list as well. ✂️✨ #handmadewardrobe #memadeeveryday #makenine #sewing
I’ve never really been into ‘batch cutting’ but I thought I’d give it a try and cut out a new A-frame skirt and a wrap dress (inspired by the recent issue of Seamwork but drafted from my own sloper) so that they’re ready to sew. Both fabrics are from my stash... I’m trying to take this winter break to finally sew a few things for myself and finally use of some of the fabric I’ve been collecting. 😊 Do you ever batch cut your projects? 🧡✨✂️
@jstored got me my very first tarot deck a few months ago. When my grandmother was here over thanksgiving, she insisted I needed a nice cloth or bag to keep them in (she used to do readings for her students when she was a teacher, I think). I used the @fancytigercrafts New Moon Protection Pouch pattern and some silk Noil I dyed using rusty bits with help from @craftworksomerville . My grandma was totally right. #tarot #naturaldye #rustybits
I call this selfie ‘reflecting on 2018’ which I’m having a hard time doing here, hence the pun. I’ve been a bit out of the social media loop the last few weeks. I’ve been really focused on the real life stuff and needed a break from my phone. I’m looking forward to getting back into a comfy social media rhythm, starting with my annual blog post about this year’s pursuits, but for now I’m gonna stick with an ornate bathroom mirror selfie in one of my favorite handmade garments of this year. Happy 2019! 🌫✨🍁 ps. I’m popping a few ‘year in review shots’ in my stories.
Spending a few days in NYC with family and am sort of amazed how inspired I feel. It’s been years since I’ve been down here and usually I write it off, but I feel like I really focused in on things I love on this visit and it made all the difference. 1: the dairy building in Central Park 2: video art at the MET 3: art nouveau jewelry at the MET 4: Henrik Vibskov’s soho boutique 5: Japanese sewing books at Kinokuniya.
I’ve been taking a bit of a social media break the last few days, but wanted to pop in to share my latest handmade garment. 😉I overcooked the cookies a little bit, but they were still fun to decorate (and pretty tasty).
Here’s my 2018 top nine! Some favorite makes, finds, and experiments. 🧡
I just unearthed this vintage wool dress I wore in college from the depths of my closet and fell back in love with it. I had to commemorate its rediscovery with a selfie in my office (which coincidentally has a nice blank wall to pose in front of... though I did edit out a nail in the wall...) #vintageclothing #slowfashion
Please enjoy this headless bathroom selfie of my attempt to capture a rather successful complementary color moment that is often hard to achieve: purple + yellow💛💜 Sweater is refashioned from my aunt’s hand me down, necklace and shirt are from my recent collection, #naturallydyed with help from @craftworksomerville and paired with an ochre vintage wool skirt. #slowfashion #handmadewardrobe
I finally got around to posting a long overdue dart tutorial on ye olde blog. 😅😬 Got a few more tutorials up my sleeve, but figured I’d ask: what type of tutorials would you be interested in seeing on the blog? I’d love to focus on techniques relevant to blueprints designs but I’m open to other ideas too!📐✂️ 🧵