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Jen & Jocelyn: a line of skirts lovingly made in small batches

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Maybe you’ve heard me talking about the line of skirts that I started with my friend Jocelyn or maybe you haven’t and so I’m telling you now.  I am making a new line of skirts that I am really proud of.  Super wearable and stylish.

photo by Little Paper Cities

This is the skirt you can feel hot in one night, eat and drink too much in and feel fat in the next day, but you’ll still look awesome! It’s cut to flatter, with simple, stylish designs all on the same gray, a line skirt.  We have 4 different designs right now that you can view currently on Etsy.  All skirts have machine stitching and felt detailing.

We had friends road test these skirts and give us feedback on the cut, fabric, design, construction integrity and they passed the test with flying colors!  The verdict was that these are skirts that are built to last with plenty of comfort and stylish designs that works on many different body types.

We had our first craft sale last week at the Lewis Garden Fair.  Here’s a glimpse of our booth.

If you’re interested in learning more about these skirts you can check out our Etsy stop and join our Facebook page.  You can also keep up with us and learn about our upcoming sales on Twitter.

by jen

Day 5: 31 Day Challenge – Reconstructed Sweater

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

When I was young I used to spend a lot of time watching old movies.  Sometimes I paid attention to the plot and other times I focused purely on the fashion.  I have had a thing for retro with a modern spin for most of my life.  Melding old and new to make something really original excites me.  Making a traditional gown out of un-traditional materials or maybe using a classic neckline with a very modern cut and lines or something like that.  I think you can see this in my design style.

In the last year or so I have started to see my reconstructed designs taking a direction that I hadn’t planned on.  I think they are sort of futuristic.  Years ago I joked with my friends that if the world got too awful to continue living this country (on the grid) we could all go live in caves, off the grid and if I planned right and got a treadle sewing machine I would make uniforms for our people.  I think my new work reflects that look.  If we had to live in caves and only had the materials we walked into the cave with what would our attire be?  We, I’m thinking this would be just one of the futuristic, cave dweller fashion statements.

Day 5: Reconstructed Sweater

Phew!  This one took longer than I expected – maybe 4 hours?  But, I actually have a couple of sweater patterns that I worked out in that amount of time.  When creativity strikes you must follow it, so I did.  Better late than never!

I make a lot of reconstructed sweaters although not in this particular style and not for myself.  I really like this.  What do you think?

In case you didn’t read my first blog post about this project . . . this post is part of a 31 day challenge I am doing to bring more creativity, stories and solutions to my life.  I have been using my creativity almost exclusively for work in the recent past and for the month of January I will creating things for my personal life, talking about them and taking pictures.  I would love input from readers as to which project you enjoy the most and if I get enough comments on one particular project I’ll turn it into a tutorial after the 31 day challenge of crafting, stories and solutions is over.  So please let me know what you like!

by:jen

Day 4: 31 Day Challenge – Reconstructed Dog Sweater

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

I thought I would roll into the reconstructed clothing that I am dreaming of in my mind with a simple dog sweater.  Making this sweater reminded me of when I was 7 years old and used to sneak and use my mom’s sewing machine.  She didn’t let me use the sewing machine because she thought I was too young, but I was pretty sure I knew better and waited until she was some where else to use it.  All of my first projects were made out of paper towels because I didn’t have access to fabric.  I tried toilet paper too, but that just tore.  Paper towels actually makes a pretty decent fabric if you two-ply it.  I would make doll clothes for all of sister’s dolls.  I wasn’t much of a doll person.  I was way more interested in playing in the mud, climbing trees and making things.

Today when I was making this sweater I was reminded how even though it’s a small project, which  in some ways is easier, working with tiny little pieces on fabric is really a challenge in and of itself.  I was also thinking about how ironic it is that I make reconstructed sweaters to sell and yet this is the first sweater I’ve made for my dog.  It took me about 1 hour to make including designing, cutting and sewing.  It’s sort of sad that it has taken me years to find this hour.  I’m glad I made time for this.

Day 4: Reconstructed Dog Sweater

It feels good to make something special for my little dog Cheeto.  Even if he doesn’t really appreciate it.  In truth he hates wearing sweaters, but he needs them or he shivers all the time.

In case you didn’t read my first blog post about this project . . . this post is part of a 31 day challenge I am doing to bring more creativity, stories and solutions to my life.  I have been using my creativity almost exclusively for work in the recent past and for the month of January I will creating things for my personal life, talking about them and taking pictures.  I would love input from readers as to which project you enjoy the most and if I get enough comments on one particular project I’ll turn it into a tutorial after the 31 day challenge of crafting, stories and solutions is over.  So please let me know what you like!

by:jen