Dear Designing and Sewing Friends,
A mini-newsletter this time. Last week, while traveling in the bay area with my sister, heading home, we stopped to run an errand and while in the Ikea store, her van was stolen. A nightmare, for the vehicle was packed to the gills, with our stock from the Canada sale as well as all our personal treasures---the whole 9 yards, including computers, favorite hand-made clothes and bolts of fabric. A major shake-up!
2 Important Logistics:
If any of you receiving this newsletter wrote me a check at the Canada Designer Sale, please contact me via phone or e-mail.
If you have registered for Design Outside the Lines for 2008, please send that info to me via e-mail so I can re-create those records. I need the retreat you want, name, address, phone #s, e-mail, amount paid and how the payment was made.
In the midst of last week's chaos whenever I was in the throes of
indecision or despair, I sat down with a simple little sewing project
and just focused on that. Used tried and true patterns, filled in
the wardrobe gaps. Day one back in the studio, I had a cutting party,
then, whenever things got overwhelming, I'd sit down and work with my
hands....that process we all know so well was soothing and very
healing. I had the thought that we who are makers have an intimate
relationship with problem solving, and that helped center me. Hot
baths helped too. I am looking at everything I do with new eyes.
Gotta watch what I ask for---all the clearing out I've been doing got
a kick start from the universe!
I‚Äôm scheduled to teach a core wardrobe class at the sewing expo in Minneapolis very soon, and some of the items for that class were in my suitcase in the car, so I am re-inventing my own core wardrobe in a short period of time. In this newsletter, I am also sharing the handout I use for this class which includes pattern suggestions.
Result so far---4 new pairs of pants, one in a high risk woven stretch poly
that worked.....would NEVER have used this fabric if Shelley had not
encouraged me to try it. And one basic black t-shirt with a twist/lace. Everything has to fit into a black/brown color scheme and work with coats already in the closet. It helps that I am using tried and true patterns---my basic pant is Vogue 8397 View A. Nearly done, and FABULOUS is Vogue 2948, Sandra Betzina‚Äôs slim cut princess seamed pant with cool sly pocket set into the front facing. I‚Äôm using the black and copper tweed stretch woven on the website, a fabulous fabric for this beautifully cut and slimming pant.
I am nearly ready to start on the protptype for a new
Vogue pattern that was in the car, and re-do writing for the
instructions that were in the computer. The Vogue folks were very understanding and willing to adjust their schedule if necessary.
Small steps for now.
One of my best friends/wise counsel told me that there comes a
turnaround-choice point when creativity re-emerges out of the chaos.
During one of our discussions on finding the gift embedded in this,
my sister and I decided to start collaborating together in
the evenings. During the work day, we are each in our own studios,
mine in the house and hers in the barn. We are using one
pattern, Vogue 8430, my new felted jacket done in fast & fab ways. One cuts,
the other stitches and we invent as we go and as the inevitable
mistakes lead the design process. She works fast, I tend to be slow,
so it is a good blend. Fun too! We'll have a small collection to take to Minnesota, and you can see some of the results in photos below.
We are now fully stocked in all colors of the wonderful cotton/lycra knits and have some lovely gleaming fabrics for the holidays. We enclose knit samples with every T-Shirt CD shipped. We lost much of our stock of silk screens, but have plenty of materials on hand to make screens to fulfill your order. Also lost were many of the GROOM bags. I have a few of the basics on hand, and special orders usually arrive within a week from Paris.
I deeply appreciate your support in purchasing the products on my website.
I am grateful for this ever-growing community. This newsletter now goes out to nearly 3000 people. Please pass it on to friends. Thanks to those of you who have sent notes, I'm unable to respond to each one, but my heart expands as I read every word. And my heart goes out to the people who have lost everything in the devastation of the fires in California.
| Coat that goes over everything (raincoat, winter coat, duster....)
pattern suggestions: ReVisions Heartfelt Coat, Vogue 2868, V 7746 (made fingertip length), V. 8163, V. 8344, V 2757 (out of print), V 1022, V 2915, V 8430 as coat
Slim line pant
pattern suggestions: V 2948, V 2913, V 8136, V 7608
Soft pant in a silhouette and length that flatters your figure
pattern suggestions: V8397, ReVisions Capitola Pant
Surplice wrap t or top or both
pattern suggestions: V8151, Kwik Sew 2694,
Basic, (but not boring) T or shell (could be bias) that has your best neckline, shaping and sleeve length in
pattern suggestions: V. 8151
Vest that fits under (or over), the coat and jacket
pattern suggestions: V. 8399, ReVisions Santa Cruz, NEW from Diane Ericson, ReVisions Fault Lines
Distinctive jacket that layers under the coat, over the vest and cardigan.
pattern suggestions: V 8399, ReVisions Santa Cruz, V. 7746, V 8454, V 8430, V 8300, NEW from Diane Ericson ReVisions Fault Line
Sleek cardigan that goes over the t-shirts and under the jacket or vest
pattern suggestions: V 8151 as cardigan, Kwik Sew 2292 (love an all in one sleeve, scale to you and your fabric), Kwik Sew 2875, V 8454
Skirt in a shape and length that works on your figure, in your life and goes with the above tops
pattern suggestions: ReVisions Taos Skirt,
V 2952 (lengthen and tweak), V 2796, V.2556, V. 7880, V 2969, V.2911
Shirt jacket --- unlined jacket, jean jacket, a Miyake-esque shirt or your version of a classic shirt that dresses down everything, works with the t-shirts and tops --- ideal if the vest slips under this jacket
pattern suggestions: V2952 (unlined), V 2954,V2813, V7610, V 8454, V 8399
|Click to see FaultLines pattern done by Diane Ericson---it is FABULOUS!!|
| Vogue 8454|
|Basic Black T-Shirt with a Twist|
|Cotton-lycra knit using raw edges on the curved seams and mesh lace. HInt: I cover the place where the neck binding meets with a scrap of knit, solving the problem of how to make a smooth transition and inventing a cool design detail.|
|Marcy and Nandini Collaborations|
|Vogue 8430 in felted wool jersey from Uncommon Threads in Taos|
|Black felted wool jersey using raggety edges. Vogue 8430 as a vest. We add a small dart to nip in 'gaposis' at the armhole.|
|Grey felted wool doubl knit with contrast stitching detail.|
|Click for more HiddenParis Information
Come to Paris with Marcy
There is nothing like a shot of Paris in the winter! Be spontaneous and join me in January. Plane fares are inexpensive right now, and the semi-annual Paris sales begin on January 9th. Just a couple of spots available.
January 6-14, 2008
Hidden Paris: Design, Fashion, Art, Cuisine
8 magical, inspring and art-ful days in Paris
Paris is the most extraordinary place in the world. My eyes ached and head grew giddy as novelty, novelty, nothing but strange and striking things swam before me.
-----Charles Dickens in an 184 letter to Count D'Orsay
|Link to limifeu - collection of Yojii Yamamoto's daughter Limi
I regard Yojii Yamamoto as one of the great fashion designers with a unique persepctive. Now his daughter is designing some very interesting clothing.
|Inner French Girl link
What a wonderful website, rich with information, great sense of humor---and sewing and pattern talk to boot. Not only am I very much more in touch with my OWN inner French Girl, but am crazy about this site and love getting the newsletter posts.
|Explore the collections at Akihiko Izukura
Akihiko Izukura's passion for weaving and dyeing stems not only from his family background- his ancestors created kimonos and obis for the imperial family in Japan for centuries- but also from his profound interest in achieving harmony with nature. The designer works mainly in silk, transforming thread into hand-woven what he calls "wind-like" fabrics. Essential to his creative process is his philosophy of "Zero Waste".
Izukura's raw materials are silk cocoons which produce both a fine silk thread and a more coarse raw silk. Following a process that is over 2000 years old, the silk is hand dyed with subtle colors made only from natural materials, such as insects and plants. It is then braided, knitted, or woven on looms, some of which were built by Izukura. The leftover silks and dyes are used by the designer to develop beautiful ceramic glazes and handmade paper.
He is known as the only person knows Karakumi(a special diamond-patterned braid), an ancient Japanese knotting technique today, and the founder of Senshoku-do which is the ceremony of weaving and dyeing, in which teaching,preaches the harmony with nature just like tea ceremony.
|Link to People of the Labyrinth
Fabulously inspiring, beautifully designed and executed clothing line from Holland. I am blown away by the use of surface design, the interesting and innovative collection, the beautiful website and the creative genius of this company. Note: be sure to have flashplayer installed first so you can see the visuals---works without it too. I LOVE their concept!!