Archive for January, 2013
The stems and blades of grass are stitched in a bright green thread. They have a natural flow and gentle curving movement to them. The mini petals are ever so gently growing in warm tones on one side and cool tones on the other. It is an understated whimsical rainbow. The tunic drapes and hugs your curves in just the right way; tight at the bust and loose around the tummy. With ties at the sides, you can change the drape and shape of the top to suit your mood: let it hang long and flowy or add structural details to your hips.
Sizes XS to XL, $99, guaranteed long lasting deep black jersey
The last remaining IVKO 2012 sweaters are now on sale by 10%. Yup. Come and get ’em.
I usually don’t put Ivko on sale because these pieces always find a body to love them, but this cold weather deserves a little compassion. Get rid of your winter blues with some warm wooly colourful joy to snuggle into. It’s just January. Winter has really just started. A warm Ivko sweater will keep you going until May. It still snows in May incase you forgot.
Ivko sweaters are made from soft merino lambswool …soft enough to wear directly against your skin.
This project started with a phone call. Can I make a mermaid dress for a graduation in New Jersey? Sure.
Grace had been a client last summer. We met at my boutique when she purchased a long black dress with a pink flower print that I designed. She told me she would be graduating in the study of Fish oils and omega-6. Wow! What we needed was a fish dress, not a mermaid costume. I was very concerned that we make her a dress she could wear again to other occasions.
I started by researching images and colours for Fish oils.
I wanted to build a colour palette around a small piece of “fish scale” fabric that I had designed 10 years ago while working as a textile designer for Tricots Liesse. I guess I saved it for a special occasion like this.
I was able to make a pair of long opera sleeves, so the dress would be sleeveless and floor length.
Below you can see the sleeves and the fabric choices, as well as some small silver fish I made out of silk, but didn’t use for the final dress.
I cut silk chiffon into bias strips and notched them. This was the water. On the final dress I distressed the chiffon slightly with a spray bottle of water and frayed the edges a bit.
I found three little green glass fish beads! Yoohoo! Combined with hours of setting Svarovsky crystals, we have ourselves a gala dress!