Saturday, November 22, 2014

warm it up

sweaters in an earthy color range: crawl into sumi sumi and butapana. vests to layer up: corey, sumi sumi and dash of color from miilla. hey baby, it's cold outside.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

November 1st....and the grey begins. I love grey garments, and even occasionally the moody grey day. The accessories pictured are anything BUT :

VERLOOP tech gloves and tech cases. Angela's painterly cowl-necked garment of wool stripes.MUJUS necklaces. ELK australia shoulder bags. A palette of french berets from RECHERCHE.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

ok it's fall....it's fall....it's falll

Warm. woolies, textures, subtle hues and jewel colors- not nearly adequate in describing the garments hanging in the shop. Such a group of luxurious goods at a real range of prices(my credo) . There is something for everyone!!!  First seen: Butapana , the master of the knit, next: Corey&Co.  creations under new french berets,  then: Miillla sweater tunic over Dagg& Stacey  dress, and finally, a load of bundled wool waiting for me to turn it into something.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Canadian breeze

'Just opened my first delivery of Dagg&Stacey- Canadian made, great fabrics. styles, and colors. SO PLEASED!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

stripes , dots, always

The first 3 images are my creations: stretchy zip jacket, cotton vest and cropped top. I am bridging the seasons now- intermediate weights to match the hangin'-on-the-edge-of-summer weather. 'Cannot bring myself to handle the wools yet. The sweaters pictured are crowd-pleasers from ELK Australia.

Monday, August 4, 2014

that color

Yellow with an edge: a bit acidic, kinda thirst-quenching, so summer, like a lime rickey.

Friday, July 25, 2014

then and now

Greetings from the lazy blogger. Summer is just slip, slidin' away. Although the designing, sewing and shop-keeping goes on, other fun home projects have stolen some of the time reserved for blogging and other communication. Daughter Anna and I have been turning the garden shed into a summer-visitor nest....photos to follow... oops, forgot to take the 'before' pics. These dresses are twins separated by decades. The striped one I found in my sister's attic years ago. It is dated 1966. The green one came off my sewing machine yesterday. Both: Marimekko fabric, front zip, side pockets. I would love it if they would bring back that striped fabric!

Monday, June 16, 2014

I love shirts.

The shop is full of shirts. 'Seems to be my garment-of-choice lately. I just want shirts ! Here are some gems, in gem-like colors: Benson cotton voiles, Jach's Girlfriend classics, and a sumptuously orange linen from Bryn Walker.

Monday, May 26, 2014

summer feet

oh my. I may have over-sandaled !!!!! But Anna was with me , and when we see what we like...who could not order them?? all great, classic, and priced soooo reasonably. It's a long, hot-footed summer. I love them all.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

more fun with marimekko

I have been making summer 'frocks' using Marimekko yardage. The prints are bold and have plenty of personality of their own, so I keep it simple, maybe changing up the neckline or sleeve. Basic shapes seem the best way to let the prints sing. The bottom photo shows a striped ARCHERIE dress hanging in the foreground.

Friday, April 25, 2014


Fact: I hate special orders. I say I don't do them, but truth is: sometimes I do. ........woman comes into the shop. 'has a request. i say o.k. 'cause she is a wonderful one, in all ways. Days follow and I do what I do : over-think, obsess. But then, something happened: because of the person involved, I began to think of her more as a muse ! Garment followed garment. It began to be fun ! and she loved them.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

dots, stripes, architecture

I'm stuck on blotchy dots and stripes. First: pocket peek-a-boos.They give a little depth and fun to a garment. Then we have some 3 dimensional dots and stripes in the form of wooden and resin jewelry by ELK, Australia. Finally, my bleach-dyed tee shirts with their dots and stripes drying in the sun.

Monday, March 31, 2014

ett hem

sometimes it's the things that surround you at home that help you create. i prefer home design magazines to fashion rags...sometimes you catch a glimpse of a quirky painting or piece of sculpture in a photo and that's worth the cover price. you make a nest, and i guess you take your succor from it. here are some photos of my 'hem' ( swedish for home).

Saturday, March 22, 2014

silk stripes

This raw silk with "painted on" stripes lent itself easily to coats, long and short.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

new york in february, round 2

Aside from making the rounds of shows for Market Week and spending bucket-loads of money for next fall/winter, I had one additional mission: pick up some soft, supple leather for jacket-making. Just a little, since I was still in experimental-mode. 'Bought these at Paron Fabrics on 39th. 'Took 'em home, sewed 'em up. A change of fabric is a good way to stay interested in making things for me...this leather was like sculpting-add a panel, leave a natural edge, build a piece. The last photo: cute old gent sighting during Eataly wine-break.