Photo Shoot Preparations

Getting ready for a photo shoot is like gathering your busiest friends for a dinner out. You know what it’s like,
“I can only make it this Thursday.”
“I’m available any evening except Thursdays.”
“I’m out of town until next month, then I’m free on Tuesdays.”
But, after some juggling, we are set.
Photographer, model and stylist lined up and ready to go.
And the clothes, most at least, finished.
This skirt, blouse and coat, Ready!
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An appliqued jacket, done.
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Hitoes and trench coats ready for layering,
A pink and grey set.
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And a black and white set.
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And the beaded top for this pretty, fluffy skirt?
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Well, ahem, not quite.
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Appliquéd Coat

A new coat, loose and oversized.
I’m using an amazing kimono silk that is perfect for a layer of my skinny appliquéd strips.
I can’t wait to see this one finished!
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Pi-Ume Sha

June 25th was the Pi-Ume Sha Treaty Days Pow Wow in Warm Springs, Oregon.
In 1855 a treaty was negotiated by the native peoples and the Oregon territorial government. It defined the area of the reservation and affirmed the right of the tribes to harvest fish, game and other foods outside the reservation boundaries. Through the years the Tribal Constitution, the Corporate Charter and the Declaration of Sovereignty were added.
The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs celebrate these documents with Pi-Ume Sha Days.
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The dancing event, Wow oh Wow!
People were in the most amazing regalia.
Drum groups played and people danced.
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The women, so beautiful. Gorgeous bead work, appliqué and rows of bells that jingled when they moved.
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But, the men. These guys were amazing.
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Nothing wishy washy. It was all the way.
They were into it!
Fantastic!
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From young boys,
[can anything be cuter?]
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To older and, I will add, still rocking it!
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You cannot get any better than this.
I am inspired!
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New Skirt

A new skirt! Pieced silk strips cut into triangle shaped panels and joined together.
I thought I was finished.
Nope.
It needed, had to have, could not possibly go without, appliquéd squares.
So, OK, there is no arguing with a skirt that knows what it needs.
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New skirt, pieced from Japanese kimono silks,
with added appliquéd squares.

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Tumbling Swing

A few weeks ago I was just finishing the panels for a swing coat.
The next step, sew those pieces together, then, cut out the pattern pieces.
The last step, sew those pieces into a coat.
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Finish, Turn, Begin

I love my work. I love to sit in my studio, radio on, surrounded by gorgeous silks, lost in my world, sewing pretty things.
It is the very best.
And I love to go to the shows and meet the people who come and look and ask questions.
And when they find a piece that speaks to them, as though I made it just for them? It’s a connection, I spoke and was heard. It’s what we all want, isn’t it? To be heard.
Coming home from a show with orders, it keeps me going!
This little top, for under a ‘Hitoe’, it’s my last order from the Baltimore show.
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There is one thing that is at least as good as a pile of orders after a show.
It’s when I have finished the last one and I turn and begin again.
New work! The sky is the limit.
I can’t wait to start!
A close up of the gorgeous kimono silk for the top.
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Tumbling Swing Coat

Could I make this ‘Tumbling Skirt’ design into a swing coat? I said yes!
I love the idea!
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All last week I was lost in a world of kimono silk bits, cutting, sewing, recutting and resewing into 16 panels.
The pieced panels, now ready to be sewn into a coat.
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The scraps, an art piece of their own.
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Add and Mix

In 2010 I made a Mother of the Groom outfit for Mary Jane, in pinks with silver beads.
A few years later, for more mix and match options, I added in a pieced top and grey skirt.
Time flies! Turn around and grandchildren arrive.
Mother's Day
With her gorgeous daughter-in-law and 3 adorable grandchildren, wearing the original jacket and the new top and skirt.

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Spring Forward

Outside everything is new and fresh! Flowers screaming for attention. Bees are at it. Birds are calling. It’s time for beginnings. And I am listening.
New piles of fabrics on my tables. I have plans for each.
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And for combinations. Pattern on pattern.
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I am flying! A few are finished.
Layers of ‘Hitoes’.
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It’s Spring, no time to waste!
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Threads Magazine, June/ July 2016

A few months ago, Stephani Miller, the special projects editor from Threads Magazine, visited my website and spotted my ‘Cut Sleeve’ jacket. She contacted me and asked for a how-to article for the magazine.
cut sleeve cropped Threads is a great magazine, full of wonderful sewing ideas and technical advice.
Of course I said yes! It is an honor to be included.
And Hooray! It’s out now, in the current issue, June/July 2016.
A beautiful layout, so good!
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Thank You Threads and Stephani!
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