I dropped into Clothes Optional last week to bring in a few new spring items. I also learned a few items sold including these:
I dropped into Clothes Optional last week to bring in a few new spring items. I also learned a few items sold including these:
There is always at least one blooper in the photo shoot with Matilda. I believe she really likes to model.
A big thank you to Michael for photographing this series. It’s so much fun getting to work with him
The Triangular Pattern Dress is now for sale at Le Thrift!
So thankful MJ helped me out with this shoot. He is talented at getting the lighting just right. I enjoyed just getting to play model/stylist, and not having to jump in back of the camera. So thankful for that man, he also made me perfect cheesy scrambled eggs right before our shoot
The “Structure” series comes from this beautiful dark textured fabric my mom passed on to me. It makes me think structure because it has an urban city feel to it and yet the fabric does stretch a little and hug the body, the garments still have their own structure that comes through. The maroon fabric I used for the neck, bow, back, and sleeves came from the reverse fabric from a bridesmaid shawl. The black boots were passed on to me from my girl Erica when she moved to Boulder, CO.
The Block Sweater Dress is a new love of mine. I made it a size or two bigger so it doesn’t quiet hug my body in the way I envision. The material stretches to adjust. I love the asymmetrical color blocking. The turquoise fabric came from a cardigan that belonged to my mom. The mustard fabric is actually the reverse plaid fabric from a shrug top. The trim on the arms and hem came from a shirt that used to belong to my dad.
I am extremely excited to announce that Peggy Davis will be featured in a fashion show! Saturday, November 12 @ Beauty Bar in Chicago. More details to follow. But this weekend is the casting call for models, hopefully they will inspire me about what pieces to have walk the runway. I don’t know how I will edit down to only 6 looks! ekk!
Two of my pieces at Le Trift will be showing up in a Chicago fashion magazine soon! Can’t wait to share the photos.
This “over skirt” is meant to be layered over dresses and skirts to bring new texture and dynamic to clothes you already have. Totally inspired by a dress my Portland home girl wore to Friendsgiving last year.
I literally made this the day after my birthday this week. MJ took me to the Frank Lloyd Wright house and studio in Oak Park, it might have influenced my creative juices.
This “dress/top” can be long enough as a dress for some… but for those of us with long torsos it can easily transition over pants.
The back has two black satin triangles…brings a little surprise when you turn around!
the “m&m love-dress jean-dress”
constructed from jean scraps from pants Michael and I either turned into scraps or scrapped all together. I call it our “love dress” because it’s made from a little bit of each other.
the top bodice is constructed from a black stretchy denim jean pant I believe I bought from Express many moons ago.
there are two different gray denim scraps, that both came from Michael’s pants, which I used for the skirt section.
the design is rather simple, but it fits like a glove and is made completely from scraps so I had a very limited amount of eat jean color.
the side zipper is something I’m starting to play with more and I like the way it added a small block of color and went with the a-symmetrical lines.
the yellow apron is another new recent making of mine. everything I make goes right to the stores, I rarely hang onto or make something just for myself. I made this yellow apron for keeps. It’s perfect.
Both items are now available at Clothes Optional along with many more newbies.
please check out the new page “Vintage Re-Worked”
It is an ongoing page of all the thrift/resale/vintage store finds that I have re-worked into something new and wearable again.
Two recently finished items…
Black & Blue Collar Dress
Tori Floral Explosions Dress
Both dresses are part of the Vintage Re-Worked collection and are made from a combination of my own materials, vintage bought items, and resale items.
green tennis shoes, black heels, gold tassel necklace – Salvation Army
black belt – Khols
leopard earrings – Buffalo Exchange
blue & white necklace (featured in 3rd photo) – gift from cousin
gold oval earrings – Park Lane
floral broach – gift from Betty Blurr
Well, lets begin with the exciting stuff… dance costumes!
Currently working on 4 new costumes for Kate Corby & Dancers! The original piece was titled “Feeling Into” but, like all art, revisions keep the piece moving forward including titles, choreography, and costumes. I designed the original “Feeling Into” costumes which had more of an… edgy feel? Perhaps even space-like, fitted, and abstract. This round is heading into a clean-slate-state of mind with loose costumes and less detail. I’m not even sure if those are the right words to describe what is really going on here. But I’m feeling the vibe of the new look. This button down dress is made entirely from recycled white blouses. I think I used a total of 4 different blouses to create this look. I didn’t even hesitate destroying the uniform shirts from the restaurant I used to work at. Talk about the most ill-fitted shirts to try and feel classy in, and they cost $30?! and I only wore them for about 3 weeks and then switched to serving in the bar so I could wear any black clothes I wanted and owned. In addition to this button down dress I’m also working on a really comfy onesie type look. It’s made out of soft t-shirt material and has a drawsting waist and button up front, I hope the dancer wont snuggle up too much and fall asleep in it… I know I would
I’m realizing I’m not much of a sketcher… I like to sketch out some ideas here and there, but when it comes down to it the whole reason I fell in love with designing and constructing clothes and dance costumes is the freedom I feel in the process. No, not a complete “hey, I make what I want” kind of freedom, but more in the sense I’m not tied down to any one look, or perhaps I get to make it how I want… I’ll admit my process gets a little stressful and mind-boggling at times. My process doesn’t always involve sketches or even designing full patterns, cutting out each piece one at a time. It often begins with getting the material I want on the dress form and letting it construct itself into what I need it to, and when that doesn’t work out I have a minor melt down, take deep breaths, and make it work!
My recovery has lead to many great meals cooked for me. Now that my cast is off and I’m allowed to put a little pressure of my foot I’ve become more useful helping in the kitchen. Michael’s birthday was on Friday so we cooked up one of our new favorite dishes, introduced to us by my sister!
Cavatelli with alfredo sauce, broccoli, garlic bread with prosciutto, and wine of coarse.
Pasta: mix 2 cups semolina flour with about 1 cup of water, slowly pour water in until dough reaches a pliable form, sometimes it takes a bit more than 1 cup. Mix dough and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Roll into pencil thin pieces and cut 1 inch long. Press two fingers into center and roll dough towards you, pick up the piece and rotate it to roll the other way, set onto pan. Let pasta sit for 10 minutes before adding it to pot of boiling water. When pasta floats to the top it is done.
Alfredo Sauce: Heat 1+1/2 cups heavy cream on stove, add 1/4 cup unsalted butter, slowly add 1 +1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese. It also helps to add some salt & crushed red pepper.
Welcome my new left foot, bunionless! I’ve been starting everyday (except Sundays) with a good hour or more on my yoga mat. Mixing some yoga, pilates, and dance warm up exercises that don’t require pressure being put on my left foot. This routine has been going for the last 3 weeks in an attempt to keep in shape and hopefully have a smooth transition back into dance when I’m all healed up. I got restless really quick this surgery and needed to add some physical movement to my day even though I still had a cast on. Last round, with my right foot, I waited until I got the cast off before I started doing any “work out”. I’m eager to start walking on my new foot so I can add down-dog and some warrior poses to my morning. Needless to say all this time on my mat has built a strong relationship between us. Prior to my surgeries I neglected to do any at home yoga on my own. I think the physical activity helps keep my hopes up and energize me for the day, even if the day isn’t that full or eventful. One of my favorite parts of the work out is picking what music to accompany the session. I’ve created a couple On the Go’s but have also been revisiting some favorites like Jens Lekman – Night Falls Over Kortedala.
Left photo is phase one and lack hand sewn black jewels, right photo is the finished look
Detail photos of the neckline
The finished AnnT look. Womens Size Large
It’s going to be a while before I can get back into my Logan Square studio and let the creative juices flow. I had my final bunion surgery Friday evening. This recovery will give my hands and machine a much needed break. But even as I crutch around I can’t help but think of all the fabric and vintage items waiting in my office for me. This recovery break is a good chance for research and inspiration by watching movies, tv, and reading. Many of my old fashion design books from school are still at my parents house (where I’m recovering) and I plan to brush up my fabric and textile knowledge.
This recovery already seems more painful than the right foot was back in September. The surgery itself felt longer and more drawn out. It was supposed to start at 2:45 but due to a patient back up, I was pushed back to 4:15, of coarse they don’t tell you this until you actually get there. I hadn’t eaten since 8:30 am and was starving in the “holding cell” waiting to get in the surgical room. I remember trying to keep my eyes open as long as I could while laying on the operating table and thinking it seemed like there were too many people in the room for one little bunion surgery. When I finally came to, the whole thing was over and there was a slipper cast on my left foot and I was in terrible pain. The surgery and cast wrapping took long and the medicine they pumped through my hand was wearing off fast. One of the Dr.s put a shot in my leg he said would help with the pain and shortly after the shot a nurse gave me an early vicodin. It was like living in a glimpse because it felt like no time had passed, but really the day was almost over and I had no memory of where it went.
My ankle is black and blue and swollen. It’s extremely difficult to sleep with one leg lifted up on 3 pillows. But the worst part is over and I no longer have the thought of surgery hovering over my head. Which feels pretty great. My right foot, which was operated on in September, already feels 1 million times better. When I wore heels to a wedding last month my right foot surprisingly didn’t hurt for hours but the left bunion was throbbing within an hour of putting on the high heels. They weren’t event that high!!
I guess some Dr.s do both feet at once, but my Dr. refused to to operate that way and I’m actually thankful now. I couldn’t imagine not being able to at least crutch around and feel some type of dignity and independence.
So far I have worked on a lot of photos from some of my photo shoots and watched Godfather I & II. I’m really into the new 4 image/collage layout. I like being able to include detailed shots next to full image shots and have it viewed as one image alone. I’m still learning so much about photoshop and figuring out what the different filters, erasers, and buttons do.
I actually really enjoy the Godfather movies. The first two are the best and most interesting, I like seeing a young Al Pacino and Diane Keaton too. I’m not fond of any recent movies with Diane Keaton, but I think she is good in the Godfather movies and after watching them I want to see Annie Hall again. I’ll have to add that to my movie list.
More detailed shots of the Dina TTT Dress , Dina Swirl RII, and I included a Vintage Treasure I found Monday at Clothes Mentor.
I guess Clothes Mentor is like a sophisticated Plato’s Closet and owned by the same company – at least that’s what my mom told me. I was never a big fan of Plato’s Closet, but I definitely dug Clothes Mentor. A wide rang of sizes including shoes! I have a tough time finding second-hand shoes because I wear a 9-91/2. I guess girls with bigger feet rarely get rid of their shoes…? A lot of items were even on clearance 50-70%.
The dress I found was $20 but 75% off and unlike anything in my closet at this moment. The tag says Evan-Picone and my mom and the cashier had heard of the brand and said it was a great price. I did a little research and this brand isn’t so easy to find anymore. Apparently, at one time it was bought by a bigger house for 12 million! It now falls under The Jones Group umbrella with all AK – Ann Klein, Bandolino, Easy Spirit, Jones New York, l.e.i., Nine West, and more. I searched for dresses on designerapparel.com and found items ranging from $60-100. I’m going to keep my eyes peeled for more Evan Picone when thrift shopping from now and pay more attention to the brands I’m grabbing and do a little research.