...fit models needed

Hello...I am looking for three fit models. I need one size 6 (33-25-36 or close to these numbers). One size 10 (36-28-38 or close to these numbers) and one size 14 (40-32-42 or close to those numbers). 5'6" to 5'9" tall.

This will take about 2/3 hours max per size. I will pay 15.00 hr.  or trade a great dress for your willingness to stand still and let us fit our samples on you. 

Thanks and let me know if you or someone you know would be interested. 

…vintage vs. modern vs. classic

...I was with a good friend the other day and she was talking about how the same clothes that she  wore 10 or more years ago don't look right  anymore. Not because they are out of fashion, but because of her age. She asked what I thought of that. I responded with that I think as I get older I want to be more modern and minimal in how I dress. If I reach back into my past, for me it feels like I am trying too hard to recapture a time in my life that simply has past. I think that might be the reason why women dress more simply when they get older, and go to a more classic style. Trying too hard to follow trends and keep up is exhausting and in the end what are we left with? A closet full of clothes that really don't meet any need for long. 

I think that the classic clothing that we are all familiar with is a safe bet…one sort of always look good and reasonable but in my opinion sort of boring…so.... how do we find what resonates with us and makes us feel fresh without dressing like someone in their 20's or ??…If you are one who pays attention to fashion trends, it is very easy to track what's next. It is like watching the decades repeat themselves over and over in what might be a fresh take on an old idea…is there a fresh take on bell bottoms? Maybe…but they are still bell bottoms. 

I keep going back to the uniform idea. Finding the shape(s), color(s), pattern(s) that suite your body, style and lifestyle is key. I work with women from all walks…the executive who is either in her work clothes or work-out clothes and there is not a lot of in between…the woman who lives a more casual lifestyle and everything crosses over, there aren't a lot of boundaries from day to night, weekday and weekend…it is one big mash-up style wise. It is taking that "look" that works for you and adding something new, a twist.

Recently I was in Mexico…I drew a lot of inspiration from my time there. The one item of clothing that made the most impact this time was the poncho. That one ubiquitous piece that permeates a culture and is a classic from way way way back, and it is still relevant, beautiful, functional…it is also modern. It is all in the way it is worn and fabrication. So currently my uniform consists of a pair of great fitting jeans, my white shirt and a poncho… classic, modern and super vintage all wrapped up in three garments.

What do you think?

Stay tuned and enjoy..

to mothers of every kind...

Mother's day is right around the corner. I don't usually celebrate these occasions but it seems appropriate this year for some reason. Maybe it is my own relationship to mothering that has changed. It is not so hands-on, rather it is more about being a support and listener, even though sometimes that is really difficult to do…just sit back, keep opinions to self and mouth closed...

So in honor of all the mothers of every kind, I would like to invite you to my studio, have a sip of champagne, check out my clothing and celebrate just a little...

champagne - tequila - coffee

30% off everything in store..

May 8 - 9, 2015

1:30- 7 pm

3320 Beacon Ave. S

Seattle, WA 98144


…on ponchos, sarapes, virgins, saints and angels...

Just back from a 10 day trip to San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. It always amazes me when you ask…there is a 50/50 chance the answer will be no…in my case it was a yes. It was yes so many times over this trip that it is remarkable. I found myself in the land of astonishing beauty at every turn...people who were gracious, welcoming, accepting and enthusiastic for life.  The artistic community is rich with diversity and ideas pouring out from everywhere. There is an attitude of I-can-do-this there.

Some people go there with very little, some have a lot. The people who live there are the same…some have a lot and some have very little but somehow it all seems to work. Everyone is busy doing their lives… 

I had a trunk show there and it was a huge success..and now I have a store who is carrying my things; Mixta…one of the best stores in San Miguel. I feel lucky, happy and have come back riding the wave of inspiration that comes when you go away from the familiar, and when you are willing to ask the question and be open to the answers that come your way...

stay tuned and enjoy...

White on white on cream….

The white shirts are coming in. Currently I have white pinpoint oxford cotton in the long shirt and coming is the same cotton in a shirtdress length and also in an open weave 100% linen. The shirt and shirtdress will also be available in black cotton lawn (thin think cotton) mid-april.  

Enjoy and stay tuned….

…on what is a collection?

Every morning I usually spend an hour or sometimes more doing research. I look for inspiration and ideas. What usually happens is a question comes up for me to ponder and figure out how it applies to my life and the work I do, how I spend my time and do I really have a clue as to what I'm doing or am I simply fooling myself…

This morning I found a couple of sites which provoked ideas that I have been thinking about for a while now, which is always great to find that that thought is out there being thought by others. My thoughts have turned toward the idea of a "collection". What does that really mean?  In its old French; colligere = gather together. Right now all the shows are beginning with the new collections from all around the globe. Some of these collections are 42 - 50 looks. That is an enormous number of garments to form a collection 2 - 4 times a year. Is the collection idea dead? Or is it even relevant anymore? A while ago I was playing with the idea of one garment per month to make up a collection of clothes one gathers over 12 months. More like when we collect a particular type of pottery, or pieces of art, or a collection of socks or whatever it is one loves to collect.  That really the clothing in your closet is your personal collection, not a new idea…and how does this all fit together. 

For me as a designer it is not how many pieces I design, it is how long the pieces I do create remain relevant and useful in our lives and to the times. 


Exploring and pondering...

stay tuned and enjoy...

…loyalty and faithfulness

…walking is an amazing activity..I just got back from a walk in the rain and I started thinking about what it means to be loyal and faithful on this day of copious consumption..it occurred to me that we are all loyal and faithful to something.

The park I walk in is on Beacon Hill and the view to the north is of the downtown skyline. It looks very impressive and somewhat ominous with all the severe rectangle shapes reaching. One of my Waldorf teacher friends and I were talking about mineralogy one time and she was giving me her take on it...

Remember when you were a child and there was a rhyme that went like this, here is church here is the steeple, open the door and here are the people. Well it sort of looks like that, but imagine that if you turn your intertwined hands to the ground, here are the minerals of the earth and when you turn your hands up, here is what we have extracted from below to manifest on top…

That which is represented, as in the downtown skyline, represents those minerals and this is often the place of commerce, business, representing what has been made manifest from what was extracted from below the surface. It is pretty tripy when you think about it for a while.

So back to the original thought of loyalty and faithfulness…and the question is what are you loyal and faithful too in all areas of your life? That question alone can be a driving force behind any aspect, any question, any activity...

Here's to taking a walk in the rain...

Stay tuned and enjoy!

….IDRS 2014

I just got home from my big night out with the Independent Designer Runway Show at the Bellevue Collection. It was another chapter in my ongoing quest to create clothing with an eye toward design, function, and beauty.  it helped push me to define the essence of my vision.  

What was so encouraging tonight was, I had interactions with women from all walks of life and the demographic spectrum. These interactions were an affirmation of what I'm striving for in my professional career. 

Stay tuned...

..the mill skirt

I am officially introducing my Mill skirt. Read all about it on my website.

This skirt has been the cornerstone of what I have been working around for the past year or so. I am offering it in a denim twill, wool of various weights and colors and eventually Japanese Selvage Denim. It comes in three lengths: mini, mid-thigh and long (mid-calf).

Following are a few new pics and there are more to come….

enjoy and stay tuned...

Here comes the bride….

I love making wedding dresses. I would love to cultivate this business because it is so much fun to collaborate and create something interesting, sensational, forever loved and potentially a usable garment for the future. 

Now that Elizabeth is married, I feel I can post the pics of her wedding dress I just finished last week. What I love about this dress is that it is three pieces each great on their own and fab together. 

Enjoy…and stay tuned.


…on connecting the dots

Tonight I was watching the movie, "Under the Tuscan Sun"…not the greatest movie but I wanted to be transported to another landscape and language and this movie is really beautifully shot. Anyway, there was a line at the end where Señor Martine reminds Francesca  that she told him when she bought Bramasole what she wanted to happen in her home in Cortona, and she got everything she asked for. She had forgotten….

If we are paying attention, we can look back and in doing so, connect the dots.. Each moment is another dot in the long chain of dots that becomes our life story.  So this post is about being grateful for one's life - connecting the dots from one thought to its manifestation - and how what is manifested is yet another dot.

The studio/store front I just created is one of the big dots on my chain.

Come and visit…I have a nice chair for you to relax in, read magazines and chat with me. Maybe we will come up with something wonderful to make!

Stay tuned...

..Beacon Hill Art Walk

…Beacon Hill is having their first art walk tomorrow from 4  to 8 pm. If you are out and about and want to come check out this part of town, this might be a great time to do that. I will be open and although I am in the infancy stage of my store evolution, I am there and the doors are open and you are welcome to come in..

See you there and stay tuned...