March 11, 2014
January 6, 2014
Oh ye of little faith! My prediction is that this pledge might not be as difficult to uphold in 2014 as it would have been in 2009. Several factors conspire to bolster my chances of success....
- I have TOO MANY DAMN CLOTHES - most of which I rarely wear. I know that I am not alone in this transgression!(Image is from Elisheva: http://bellabusta.tumblr.com/post/36816418436/cluttered-cramped-and-crowded-closets-why-do-we-own)
- I find myself shopping for the ultimate bargain and end up buying lots of inexpensive - strike that - CHEAP garments that last slightly longer than the new chew toys that we buy for Bogey (our chew-toy-destroying-Golden-Retriever)
- I have become a complete devotee of (read: obsessed with) buying vintage, consignment and/or thrift - - perhaps too much of a devotee (which has contributed to #1 on this list!). Unfortunately it appears that my RTW fast also extends to these types of purchases so this is where my self-control gene needs to up-regulate!
- I love "up-cycling" clothing that I am gifted or have purchased as part of my #3 obsession
- I am reading "Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion" by Elizabeth Cline. The Huffington post describes her book this way: "Cline dissects the current state of global fashion production and consumption, putting America's habits into a pretty dim perspective."
January 1, 2014
Today I join over 200 of my fellow seamsters and embark on a 365 day Ready-To-Wear "fast" - - no new purchased items (except a few essentials - most importantly SHOES) for an entire year. Any new garments I want in 2014 I'll be creating myself!
Many thanks (I think) to Sarah Gunn for organizing this exercise in creativity and restraint! Wish me luck!!!
December 13, 2013
EYES WIDE OPEN!
Let's resolve to cull that stash pile. Send your discards to those who will love it anew. Embrace (REALLY embrace) the cuts left behind. Dream and create. Cut and sew. Wear and regale.
I am. Let's do it together!
Here are a couple of my most treasured cuts. By the end of January (this blog post is my witness) I will have no fewer than 2 garments made (it helps that Scandal is on hiatus til then!).....
You all are my motivators!
December 9, 2013
And to keep me on track I am seriously thinking about joining Sarah Gunn (hmm - sistah or cuz of Tim??) and her latest "Ready to Wear Fast"!
|Ready to Wear Fast|
Thoughts? Wanna play?
Stay tuned as I slog, blog and stitch my way through 2014!
August 22, 2011
June 17, 2011
DC Threads hosted DC's czarinas of vintage fashion to a packed crowd at Bits of Threads Sewing Studio. Lisa of Quarterlife 202, Erin and Nora from Ginger Root and Shannan of Junction Vintage shared their collective wisdom and tales with over 50 sewists and vintage fashionistas.
Shannan started the evening off with "ReFab 101" discussing the difference between thrift, consignment and vintage. She also shared with us how she took the vision for Junction Vintage and grew it into a thriving business. Lisa, with her expnsive knowledge of the DC world of vintage, gave us some insider's tips on how to make sense of the madness that sometimes besets us as we approach a consignment or vintage store or collection. She also had loads of tips about how to "shop your closet". Last, but certainly not least, were the girls from Ginger Root. Their amazing mission of translating landfill bound garments and fabric into uber-chic garments captured the crowd's creative hearts! They brought along some amazing examples of their work! The crowd had LOTS of questions and the panelists didn't disappoint! Here are some of the resources that they referenced during the event:
- The Swapaholics: www.theswapaholics.com
- This Google map of thrift stores in the area is pretty awesome: http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=nrl&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&prmd=ivnscm&resnum=1&biw=1408&bih=645&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=thrift+stores+washington+dc&fb=1&gl=us&hq=thrift+stores&hnear=Washington+D.C.,+DC&ei=ug_DTZvIAs6gtwfw9omlBQ&sa=X&oi=local_group&ct=image&resnum=1&ved=0CA8QtgMwAA (oops it is larrrrge)
- The Vintage Fashion Guild is a good resource to have on hand: http://vintagefashionguild.org
- Hidden Treasures
- Preparing to go thrifting
- Day of thrifting tips
- Vintage resource websites
And many thanks to Fabric and Trimmings for donating the chic seersucker cut of fabric!
Let's let the evening's pics speak for themselves!
Ginger Root transforms an 80's style jacket into lattice-inspired work of art
Some of the 50 vintage fashionistas at the Bits of Threads Sewing Studio
Another garment rescued from the landfill and "refabbed' into a flirty summer skirt
Allison and Laura draw the winning raffle ticket for the fab fabric from Fabric and Trimmings
Another 80's style "K Street Lawyer's Dress" refashioned into a chic peek-a-boo back sheath
Many many many thanks for your support of DC Threads and our Sip and Stitch Events!
April 25, 2011
BisNow went to Woodley Park’s Carbon for Mother Earth Inspirations: Earth Day Eco Fashion Show for an exclusive look Friday at NY eco designer Auralis' Spring 2011 line. Proceeds went to DC Threads, a volunteer-driven initiative promoting the art of sewing and stitch crafts, whose reps, Laura Lee and Allison Lince-Bentley, are with Carbon owner Katherine Limon.
Auralis’ Suset Laboy and Jenny Macgregor-Dennis look chic in pieces from their line. The ecologically conscious designer uses hemp, organic cotton, and bamboo to create trendy apparel.
Guests enjoyed organic wine and hors d'oeuvres while browsing Carbon's sustainable items. Before the fashion show, we saw Kenya Wiley and fashion blogger Fashion Cloture’s Telena Cassell.
And thanks to those wonderful folks at MetroMix for some more fine pics of the evening!
April 10, 2011
Incomparable Buttons was started as a small company in 1984 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Working around a kitchen table, often late into the night, Jennifer Pascall was busy transforming small pieces of clay into buttons of all shapes and sizes. Many of the first designs, which are still popular today, were inspired by Africa’s rich ethnic artworks and distinctive wild animals. Over the years Incomparable began specialising in the creation of handmade buttons, craft pieces, craft kits, painting kits, greeting cards and jewelry.
We gave away cards and cards of exquisite ceramic hand-crafted buttons at two DC Threads events - the Betz White Sip and Stitch and our April Sewing Lounge! Here are some photos of the events and the lovely buttons! We also asked the "winners" of the buttons to share with us their impressions of the buttons and also to imagine how they might incorporate the buttons into their next grand creation! Here they are..............