Monday, July 29, 2013

shop talk

One of the real pleasures of having a shop these almost-five years has been the customers : fun and interesting people I would never otherwise have met. This morning a couple came in who frequent Portland a few times a year and pay me a visit when they do. I was reminded , nicely, that I have not been blog-posting as often as I used to. I am just so glad she looks at it enough to notice !!  And so , lovely customer- this one is for you (You know who you are). Recent shop additions :The top photo is the back of a jacket I made, the second down is a new Miki of Moondance skirt with apron panel. On the next photo , we get together : vest is mine, skirt Miki's. The last photo is a reminder of why we live in Maine and why, maybe, I get a little less work(and blogging) done in summer !

Thursday, July 18, 2013

new additions

Some new additions to the shop-stock: the fabulous JED bag by Linda Fig is back!! It was great to visit with Linda , in Maine for her annual island vacation. And it was great to stock up on these sculptural, body-hugging leather gems.  The linen totes were stitched up by Miki, with fabrics brought back from Japan. Three little summer berets: my hat offerings, although in this sun, I would recommend a shady straw topper (We have those, too).

Monday, July 8, 2013

simple gift

My friend Ronnie presented me with a gift she purchased at a vintage shop: a sewing-study journal from the McDowell School, Julia Thomas: student. It appears to be from the late '40s and has made me very happy. Aside from the useful information on sewing construction- which I have neither the patience  nor the interest to learn- it has a clarity of line and presentation that makes me want to draw and paint. The way the information is so simply, clearly and thoroughly documented is beautiful in itself. Inspiring. And the charming little doodle found on a page corner makes me want to know this young woman of another era. I am quite sure she went on to be an accomplished seamstress/tailor. I hope she had a very nice life.