Thursday, July 31, 2008

Daisy for The Tatler August 08

My favorite Brit girl working it for the August Tatler in some outfits that have already begun making their magazine rounds. I have no possible idea where I could wear a head to toe lace bodysuit but I reeeeeealy want it..... and it would be great with some Doc Martins....

Photographed by Guy Aroch.

(via Bunny Bisous)

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Too Late For These 201 Levis But...

There are 3 unbelievable (maybe even more) things about these Levis.

1. They are 120 years old.

2. "They were found in a mine in the Rand Mining District, on the Mojave Desert,. California. They are covered in candle wax from the candle's the miner was using to light the tunnel he was working in. They were found with and old paper bag with the name of a mercantile store which operated between 1895 and 1898 in the town or Randsburg. Their was also a gunny sack with the initials A.P.K. and Randsburg marked on it. A.P.K. is through to be Adam P. Kuffel who was a partner in the mercantile store."

3. They just sold on eBay for $36,099.00!!

Congrats VintBoy1....

They haven't really changed the recipe much since then...

(via NYMag)

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Magda Berliner and a Mini Tutorial: Piping

I am so in love with pretty much every piece in Magda Berliner's fall collection. The lace inlays and wooly dresses are absolute perfection....

Here we have a perfect illustration of why you should always make your own piping. It allows you to have piping made from any fabric you choose, particularly, the fabric that may already part of your design so you never have to be limited to what the notions shop has to offer. Buying ready made piping happens to be the biggest waste of money in the world. This is how to make it:

The players:

Fabric of your choice &....
Cording (made of natural fibers or that can at least withstand the heat of an iron)
Cutting Mat
Ruler (a dress makers ruler is always the best but any ruler will do)
Marking Pen or Pencil
Rotary Cutter or Scissors
A Zipper Foot or a Cording Foot for your sewing machine

Step 1: The first thing you need to do is to determine the width and length of the finished piping. If you have a 1/2" seam allowance then you need multiply you seam allowance by two (1") and add the circumference of the string (For a rather thin kind like the one I am using I added 3/8" but if you're really not sure you can measure it with a tape measure.) In my case my bias strips will have to be 1 3/8".

Step 2: Now you're ready to mark and cut your fabric. Cut bias strips of fabric using the markings on your cutting mat as an aid when marking.

Step 3: Now cut your cord slightly longer than your bias strips.

Step 4: Fold your bias strips in half lengthwise and press. Place your cord right in the center of the fold and pin into place (the pinning is optional :)

Step 5: Now you are ready to sew. If you are using a cording foot (which I prefer but only works for thin piping) the string should pass right through the center. If you feel it slipping away from the center fold just pull on the end to straighten it. Keep in mind that bias strips s t r e t c h quite a bit so you should try to keep the fabric from stretching as best you can, otherwise your seam allowance will be shorter than your desired width. Sew right along but not through the cord.

(Cording Foot)

Same thing goes if you are using a zipper foot except that your zipper foot will be just to the right of the cord.

(Zipper Foot)

Step 6: Now you're done with your piping. Yay. Just sew it into place along the same stitching line. It should fit perfectly along the seam line.

Tada.... Now you are 1 step closer to being as awesome as Magda Berliner... the end...

Friday, July 25, 2008

Shop Update: The Fontaine Dress

I have been working on The Fontaine Dress week and had finally finished yesterday it just in time to go see the Obama speech (yay!). It will go on sale in my shop today, 6pm NYC time.

The details:

Fabric: 100% Linen.

1 Small (Bust 32.5"-33.5")
1 Medium (Bust 34"-35")
1 Size of your choosing (XS,S,M,L)

Color: Medium Blue

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Sofia Costas

Very beautiful and very eco conscious..... love her work.

(via: Bored & Beautiful)

Monday, July 21, 2008

A Peek Inside The Haute Couture Ateliers

The New York Times has an amazing and very inspiring photo essay that goes behind the scenes at the couture house in Paris just before the start of the HC fashion week. I am always so thrilled to get a look into other people's sewing studios and workshops and this I guess is the holy grail of all workshops, Chanel, Dior, Lacroix. I love seeing the dresses in different states of completion. The rest of the story here...

The perks of working at Chanel?

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Sonia Rykiel Fall 08 Campaign

Here is the first look of the Sonia Rykiel fall campaign. It's way to early to start thinking about fall or winter but her lovely French quirkiness is just irresistible... plus, Iekeliene is one of my favorites....

The making of:

(via: Fashion Indie)

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Vivienne Westwood F/W09 Campaign by Jurgen Teller

It's just impossible not to absolutely love her, isn't it?

(pics via Stylefizz)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Lifestyles of the Vain & Vapid: Cecilia Lisbon Dress

After an entire month of making custom orders, I've finally got a chance to actually restock my shop. Here we have the Cecilia Lisbon Dress which I will upload today at 6pm NY time. I have taken a break from custom orders to finish making my summer collection, so shop updates will be more frequent from this point on.

The details:

Fabric: 100% Silk
Sizes: 1 Small (Bust 32.5" Waist 26.5")
1 Medium (Bust 34" Waist 28")
Color: Grey (sort of a grey mixed with a bit of seafoam green) & Cream.

...and in perfect time, my Thank You tags from AmonetteN have arrived this morning...

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Delicious Jewelry

I am starting to enjoy the pastry jewelry genre a great deal.... you're not supposed to go shopping on an empty stomach, right?

Stack-o-Pancakes Ring, Chocolate Glazed Donut Ring, Banana cream cake charm All from Pancake Meow.

Macaron Rings by The French Factory

Cupcake Necklace by Insane Jellyfish

.... or if you really want to make the healthy choice....

Apple Necklace, Fred Flare.