Posts from ‘The Studio!’
Life in the studio is often very busy and full of machine sounds, ringing phones and beautiful chaos. Last week we took a moment to eat a delicious lunch of freshly harvested organic veggies. The spread on the sewing machines was so pretty and reflects the quality of life I am constantly striving to achieve.
Beatriz, our beloved patternmaker (we call her our Queen!) has recently retired. We celebrated her Birthday with a homemade peach pie. If I weren’t designing clothes, I would be baking pies.
Take time to eat with the people you love. The food tastes better that way.
All photos in this post by Kat
I wanted to take the chance to let you all in on my world. I want to share with you, my loyal and beautiful friends, a part of who I am, and what I love.
So follow me on the journey of how a skirt becomes the embellished wonder that you, and I, all love…
We start with a Basic A-line skirt. We call it the “Art Skirt”, because I am always embellishing it in new ways with new appliquées and top stitching. All stitching is done in studio on the sewing machine, but it is what we call “freestyle”. It is not a computer image being embroidered, so each line is improvised as we sew.
This was in the fall collection fashion show as a sheer skirt with a nude thong underneath. As the world is not a runway show, we needed to make the skirt more suitable for everyday use.
First, I draw an image and translate it into stencils that we can use to cut the same shapes out of fabric
The first layer of stitching is really just to tack the cut out shaped to the skirt.
Top stitching details and buttons are added.
Then, we make a top to match, of course.
Now you can get the skirt, the top, the pants, the jacket, the…………
It can all come together or you can always wildly mix and match in unexpected ways from other racks of differing colour palettes all over the store.
See you at the boutique.
Nature has always been my greatest inspiration. Flowers in the summer and leaves in the Fall. It is so simplistic, but it returns to me every season and I never tire of these basic earthy themes. Here is a sampling of some land art I find beautiful (all done by a man named Nils) and some of the leaf embroidery we are working on for the current Fall 2010 collection.
These leaves will be appearing on our Fall pencil skirt. It is my new favorite skirt and I am super excited to introduce this cut as a recurring staple to the store.
The black and white feather appliqué is a perfect t-shirt for the graphically bold. The feathers are delicately placed at the neckline of the v-neck. (this photo is on it’s side)
The new Mystery jacket ($126) with tumbling red tulle leaves (pictured below).
Nature in red glory marching to the water. I don’t really know what this photo is about I just like the walking red flowers.
Frost on the leaves is coming sooner than some of us would like to think.
The collection in store offers some fashionable ways to get ready before it gets cold out!
These are some of the sunsets I love. On the beach in Thailand, from the windows of my studio and playing with eyeshadow. I have attached a cheesy video that I love because it was my first introduction to make up as a playful artform using colors.