Sorry for the long hiatus! I had a busy little fall sewing custom projects and taking on some new responsibilities including this rad post for the Quarter Section Collective!
For now, I wanted to share a quick project I worked on back in December for a charity auction. The auction was for an organization that is about the very things I’m all about - reduce, reuse, recycle! It’s based in a Guatemalan village that literally builds their community out of recyclable and or sustainable materials. Naturally
There's no crying in baseball. At least according to Tom Hank's character in the movie, A League Of Their Own, when he made a teammate cry after yelling at her for an ill thought throw. It's one of my favourite lines from this movie and I quote it every time I don my Peaches uniform.
Anyone else love this movie as much as I do? It's so fun and inspiring. I'm always a fan of bad ass women doing
As always thanks for following along with my creative endeavours! I've had so, so, so much fun the last little while sewing up some crazy fun things but haven't had much time to post about said fun things. My valiant and trusty MacBook of 5 years suddenly deciding it doesn't want to stay on for more than 20 minutes at a time hasn't helped with this. Oh technology. I'm stealing some screen time elsewhere until I can come up with a solution to my computer woes
I wanted to share some cute custom work I did for my friend Natasha of Cherry Doll Fitness. She's a total bad ass babe with awesome style, an animal loving vegetarian, fitness trainer, lifestyle blogger, and a socially conscious shopper! So naturally I was happy to connect with her and sew up some cute things.
DON'T YOU HATE PANTS?! *flings pants across the room*. Ok hate is a very strong word. But I think we can all agree what a challenge it is to find a good pair? I remember being so picky about this even as a wee tweenager. Apologies to my mumsy for what must have been some of the worst back to school shopping adventures that a mother could ask for. I've always been more of a skirt/dress girl myself but even I know that some days you just need pants. There are so many factors in how they look/fit, and everyone's body is very different from the next. One of my biggest complaints
I recently copied my very first article of clothing. Normally I design from scratch using the block method but after experimenting with a few different pairs of non stretchy pants patterns I wanted to take a page out of Deadly Dames books. Their cigarette pants are so close to perfect and I've always wanted to try copying a commercial pattern.
It's been a ghost town here for more than a month but I assure you I've been busy. Let's start one project at a time though!
A while back the lovely Katryna of Boots & Cats (seriously love her blog!! So much sewspiration!!) contacted me about making some ballerina-esque tulle skirts for herself and the equally awesome Marielle. They're part of the Lux Beauty Boutique team - a great little gem on Edmonton's High Street selling all kinds of lovely skin care and cosmetics. You can read their blog about the skirts here.
Back in the fall I sewed up a storm for my first ever indie market. It was exactly what I needed to push myself to get creative with my oversized fabric stash and finally make some of the design ideas in my head come to life. It was also an opportunity to test my pattern grading skills! Pattern grading was fun, nightmarish, and super satisfying all at the same time.
Edmonton is a pretty rad city. Sure we're in the middle of a Hoth-like deep freeze and staying in the comforts of a centrally-heated building at all times seems appealing, but then you miss out on fun events that many swell Edmontonians put on to break our winter funk.
Like this week, for example. It was a frosty -17 on the thermometer but my blonde bestie insisted we go to the Beach Party hosted by Metro Cinema at the Garneau.
Friends, I just adore Marmalade-Shop. I first discovered her back in 2008 and over the years have purchased at least a dozen pieces. I remember giddily fawning over every single piece in her collection when I first explored her website. The colours, those unmistakable sixties-inspired styles, and the fit are everything I dreamed of in clothing but could never find in lil 'ole Edmonton. I seriously credit this line for giving me the spark I needed to really delve into my love of mid-century fashion.
2015 was a pretty zany year. It was the year of getting things done and new adventures. I feel like a whole different person than I was a year ago. I mean, I'm still Nicole but I feel like a smarter more confident version of myself. Crossing a few major things off one's to do-list will do that to a gal. I REALLY stepped out of my comfort zone this year and it's something I would encourage anyone reading this to do the same. I could go on about that but I'll skip the novel for once.
I'm now, as I always seem to be at this time of year, excited to get going on a few new endeavours. Oh and I totally re-designed my site! It looks way less 1999 now.
In addition to being head over heals in love with sixties fashion and home decor....I obviously love the music too! In fact, my obsession with mid century style was a natural evolution of first loving the music. The Beatles and Elvis ruled my childhood. As did various sixties comps, on both record and CD. I think my folks were one of the last people on the block to keep their turn table revving well into the 90s. Thank goodness for that!
I made a cotton candy coloured furry pink coat! Quite possibly my favourite coat that I've made yet. I'm super excited about it! And yes, it is indeed for sale! I'll have a handful of these available at the Vixens of Vintage Market in Edmonton on November 21st and 22nd!
The coat is one part "I couldn't find the fabric I had in mind" and one part "Shirley MacLaine"!
Hope everyone had a lovely summer and are settling into fall ok. Winter may be looming but the one thing I like about our city is that there is always something to do no matter the season. Although the city streets get quiet for that first bitter cold snap (which hasn't struck yet!), after awhile we remember that hey......"WE LIVE REALLY FAR NORTH....this is totally normal!". Then we step out of our little caves in search of adventure and entertainment.
One of those things that will get you out of the house this fall and winter is the Underground Showcase at DV8.