So I come out of a deep hibernation from this blog with a whole new perspective on life and a baby on my hip. I guess its called motherhood. I was not sure I was going to be ready for this at first mentally and then physically but here I am. Finnegan Tiger Flowers came in to life on January 23, 2013 at 4 pm weighing 8lbs 14oz. He is a really great little baby, very easy, good sleeper and yet this whole thing is still very hard! My life is flipped on it’s ass and I am still trying to find my new normal, you know. But Finn, the Finster McCool is a real joy to watch grow, learn, struggle and laugh, well and even watch shit his pants. I never imagined myself so excited about big baby farts but like I say here I am! I really thought that I would have all this time off to sew post postpartum…. and the Mothers reading this laugh because its a real joke. I have been blessed to have a work from home daddy/ tear wiper/ Finn walker so mommy can sew or sleep/ part-time diaper changer to peel me off the floor and deal with MY tantrums with poise and compassion.
In the beginning of March I was in a fashion show for (one of) my alma maters, The Art Institute of Seattle. It was fun, I was the oldest model but most were all just as insecure as I am so it was fine. I really like stepping out of my comfort zone (Tom Boy) some times as this is a a real good dose of that. Here, here, here and here are some pics. The pics are from two different show on the same day (my hair is different). And on that dress with the heart I wore it backward the first time. Not my fault- they took fitting pictures of me in it backwards and I wore it the exact same as in the picture. Hee- Hee!!
This morning I was on the King 5 morning show New Day Northwest modeling one outfit.
WELL- apparently I cannot embed the flash clip of this appearance because WORDPRESS won’t let you!!!! Hmmmm…. so just click on the link.
Me and my husband just coambed over pretty much every post on this site. I cannot BELIEVE that people really are selling this stuff!! Here are some of our favs:
Words cannot describe…. you just have to see it to believe it!!
Proceed with caution.
Last Thursday night I had the pleasure of modeling an AWESOME outfit in the Art Institute of Seattle “Cool vs. Cruel” annual fashion show. The idea is to not use any animal based products of textiles and to be inspired by some current and cruel looks on the 2009 runways. The show is sponsored by the Humane Society… hmm… or it is to promote the Humane Society. It is a regional competition for all of the Art Institutes and then there is a National Competition in New York. I was a little surprised at how small the show was. My designer, Cindy, won the competition here!!!! Her outfit will be shipped to NYC for the big show there. Not only that…. she totally slipped me a Nordstrom Gift Card in all the craziness that I forgot about and surprisingly opened the next day. Totally unnecessary… but WOOT WOOT!
Wow, it has really been a while since my last post (sorry Mom). I have been really busy with OPP (other people’s projects). Usually I don’t post this stuff because, well, because it is their stuff, they payed for it, I just figure it is not mine to post. Most of the time it is to boring to care…. Alterations AAAaaagggg!
Today I am breaking all the rules. Mainly because I am working on some really fun stuff. This is the “Catch Me If You Can” Pan Am 1964 Flight Attendant costume I am building for a commercial. It is fitting that the Musical opened closed here in Seattle at the Fifth Avenue Theater and is heading to New York .
SO as you can see it is raining costumes for me and I can only expect more as we move in to Costume Monsoon Season… so stay tuned.
So doing this play was an extreme amount of work but so invigorating and inspiring. There is just something magical to seeing a play build from concept to stage. I just really love being in the theater, but know that it can also lead to burn out real quick.
MacBeth… yep I said it, is a really deep and dark play but mystical and alluring none the least. Theses actor are all really amazing right down to little Issac (MacDuff’s son), it was great to glimpse in on there process and have that inform what I ultimately do- the shirt has to be able to move with the broad sword or the shirt will shred- not the sword.
Good lessons were to be found at every turn. For instance: Lists are essential to this process- the couple of times that something did not make it on the list it was forgotten (much to the frustration of the actor/ director). Another beautiful lesson to learn early: teeny- tiny-micro budget= lot of thrift store time. The cheapest white fabric you can find is sheeting at the thrift store on a 1/2 off day and women pleated skirts make great kilts (much to the dismay for my male actors :)).
All in all a great experience!!
If you are in the Seattle area and want to see the show (one weekend left!) click here for more info.
Jay Chen Photography –
I have just taken a costume design job that I am excited about, I will be designing a period (11th century) MacBeth for a June production. Also, I am commissioned to a “Jolly Green Giant” costume for a private client as well. Just like that I am BOOKED until June or July! I really don’t know much more about the production until Saturday, when I meet the director.
In other news I have taken pictures of new stuff for my Etsy site, so that will be trickling up on to the site over the next couple of days. I will also be taking more photos on Monday, so check it out.
O. K. so every year Nancy’s (my day job) goes to the Puyallup Sew Expo put on by Washington State University and held on the Washington State Fair Grounds. We are a vendor and we sell off lots of fabric… mostly stuff that is on sale. It is the biggest Sew Expo in the country. It is definitely not my crowd, but it is different then my usual work day so I like to go. I call it the SEA of quilted vest with to much shit tacked on the surface, mullets, and sparkle pins declaring “I love to sew”…. yes gross but good for people gawking. I just wish I could turn off the flash on my camera phone so I could inconspicuously post some prime examples here but I am technically deficient.
There are a few vendors that I look forward to see. Pendleton brings out there wools. I don’t do southwestern themed blankets but their plaid are freakin’ amazing and good price. For the first time EVER I saw an Eco- friendly Eco Wise wool that was actually Cradle to Cradle CERTIFIED. I have read a lot about this type of sustainability certification but had never come across a piece of cloth that measured up to the standard (I have a whole blog planned for this topic but need to do some more research.) Very well done Pendleton!!
I also get drawn into The Wool House from Toronto. They are A) really good sales men and B) have amazing cashmere. Point made.
I also like Vouge Fabrics from Chicago…. but I did not buy anything from them this year:(
on Sunday ’bout 4:30 I get a call that I don’t recognize so it goes to voice mail and about 10 minutes later I check the message. “Well hello Angela, this is your lucky day. You just won the Sew Expo Door Prize- A Brother Sewing Machine….” I really don’t hear anything past that as I turn to a co-worker and scream, “I just won the door prize.” I race over to the Door Prize booth to discover that I freakin’ WON a $3500.00 dollar Brother sewing machine donated by Quality Sewing and Vacuum. I cannot fully believe it…. holly sh–molly! It is the brand new Porsche my world.
So this week’s Favorite Things have sort of a antiquated, androgynous, pirate flavor to them:
1) It starts with… well… a little purchase off of Etsy , what else. It is this ingenious recycled cuff that I have had my eye on for a while. After selling a few things, I can really justify anything …and that is very dangerous.
2) I have been looking at this picture for the last six months. I really love it. I know nothing about Poiret… but when my boss gave me this I found the jacket vest combo was inspiring. It has been at the top of historical file of inspiration (kind of like I have for fashion)… I keep stuff in there for research and for interesting shapes and details. I was going to enter a make it in wool back in like October, with a motorcycle jacket/ vest peeking out the bottom a la the picture but … just not so good with dead lines. I could not find the right zippers in time for the contest (damn zippers). Well, I have been making good process this last week.
3) Here is a close-to-finished motor cycle jacket (not pressed or top stitched). It is made out of a B. Black wool from a couple of years ago. My favorite part is the AWESOME skull printed silk charmeuse lining! I (think) I like the shorter length of this jacket and I really don’t think I would go peplem like in the picture, so it is got a 21st century up date. That nice big collar is yummy. My own look has a more steampunk feel to in then the Poiret picture*
4) Here is the vest I did. I really wanted a vest that looked good open or shut. And had the length of the vest in Poiret picture. The result is rad and now I want to make it in a couple of different fabrics as well as create a graded pattern for it to sell. Vest are really simple to make and don’t take a lot of fabric…. NICE. My friend Jessica said that the vest reminded her of a gun holster…. So I guess it’s my gun holster vest. I wanted it to feel like it a tank top that dipped under my arms when opened and then looked like a fitted vest when closed. *
5) I am going to end with something that I did NOT buy on etsy. I think that balance is good… and so is refraining. Although this cute slip make me evoke Veruca Salt: “don’t care how, I want it now!” I don’ t need it. I am happy with out it. Actually, I am happier with out it.
*These pics are just sneak peeks. I want to try to recreate the Poiret picture when I am done with the clothing so better pics will follow. So stay tuned…. or don’t whateves.
So I am getting all excited about selling on Etsy and realize that I would like to take my blog more in a fashion direction. In theory (or maybe fantasy)I feel like Esty allows the rouge designer (me) to basically to buy 6-10 yards of fabric that I like, make something to fit me or friends, take photos (which have also fallin’ into place magically), and then sell the design built to order based on a basic set of measurements from the customer. THIS COULD BE GLOBALIZATION CHANGING, PEOPLE. Which give me hope for fashion and sustainablity.
In order to celebrate this more fashionable direction I will try taking, I am composing a list of a few of my favorite fashion things… for the week:
#1~I love long underwear in the winter time. Here is a pair that I made (and am selling on Etsy). The thing that I like about long underwear it that they fit well in to my layering style. They are a great alternative to tights and leggings and a little less lady- like. Lady- like never made it into the history books, pansy ass! I own long undies in a variety of fiber mixes- these are cotton, I LOVE silk long undies but they never come in fun prints (hint hint REI) so they mostly come out for snowboarding and if I am really channelling Grunge (silk and grunge… oh, yes I did).
#2~I love Green Tea. I drink it every day and usually more then one cup. THIS IS fashion related because this and the Sandusky Massage (scroll down) are the closest this I really get to in Beauty Treatments. I could get all geeked out on tea and describe why some times I like a dark roast ti kuan yin (not green) over a sencha or how I really binge out on Pheonix Dragon Pearl but your eye would glaze so I will spare you.
#4~This piece of lace has kept me quite tickled over the last week. It is a vintage piece that I picked up at work. I finally committed to putting on a skirt and a dress that I will be selling on Esty in a couple of weeks.
#5~I heart welcoming people to the crack like addiction to sewing. I love when one of my good friends wants to sew something…. especially when that thing is recycling some of there old clothes it to new clothes. Recycling is very hot and sexy fashion, don’cha know. This is my friend Hannah at my house making a pair of jeans into a skirt.
#6~I love hand me down (a.k.a. free) designer clothing paired with half price skinny jeans. This is a Michael Kors blazer and Moto jeans. I usually don’t like Michael Kors- to prim, pampered, snotty, proper for my tastes. But free is a real good price and I definitely worked this Blazer right into my style.
#7~THE Sandusky Massage- This woman (Terri Sandusky) is in such high demand that The Wall Street Journal did an article on her…. and I love trading for massage. I have never had any other professional massage so I don’t really know what you payed for but this shit it PURE heaven. I would give you her digits but then I would have to kill you (I gave you her name what more could you want from me).
#8~And I love my beloved thrift store hat. It goes every wear with me. Yes, that is real fur, and I usually get all wigged out but I have come to love and appreciate the way that this hat has weathered many a storm with me. I don’t think that faux fur would have made it through the rough and tumble. It is like my comfort blanket with built in ear muffs that you can just throw your ear buds in and roll.
Stay tuned for more…. or don’t whateves!