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Next Generation

Every new jacket I make has its genesis from a previous design. One idea will spawn another. Or,  a new fabric inspires a new direction. Or a customer asks for a change that in turn sends me off into new ideas and new possibilities. Sometimes the connection is obscure, it makes sense to me, but […]
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Black on Black Swing

A quick snapshot before it was boxed and shipped to its new home. A coat from all black silks, pieced into strips sewn together with a beautiful black wool. I had started this a few weeks back and promised a picture of the finished coat. Thank you Jackie for coming up with a great idea. […]
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Black on Black

I have a system in place for my pieced swing coats and choose the colors carefully. So when people ask if I can make one in a different color way, I almost always have to decline. However, this one intrigued me, black on black. Nothing but texture to differentiate the various fabrics. Below, the coat […]
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Ready for 2017 ACC Baltimore

Just around the corner! It’s the American Craft Council’s annual show in Baltimore. I’ve been at my sewing machine, head down, kimono silk flying, scissors snipping, pins and needles everywhere and finally, in the end, a new group of jackets and coats. Like this one below, cut and reassembled to emphasize the gorgeous red and […]
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Layering Up

It’s the perfect opportunity for pattern on pattern. A hitoe [my unlined jacket/blouse] over a hitoe with a trench on top. I know you know about layering, whether the temperature drops down or goes up, you’ll be good. Just add on another or peal one off. Below, a crane covered peach hitoe under a grey […]
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New for ACC Baltimore 2017

My studio is buzzing! Lots going on as I prepare for the American Craft Council’s annual show in beautiful Baltimore, Maryland. Each week I focus on a different style and shape. Two weeks ago, it was unlined jackets and trench coats. In the last several days, it’s been jackets. Pieced, appliquéd or beaded, all made […]
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Cranes for the New Year

A jacket pieced from beautiful kimono silks, highlighted with cranes silhouetted against gold clouds. Symbols of good luck and eternal youth, cranes are the perfect theme for the beginning of 2017. Can you see them? Even closer for a better look. Beads along the seam lines between the pieced sections. I’m sending wishes of good […]
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Pine and Dots

A few jackets that were photographed but didn’t make it to the blog. Now they’ve moved on to new homes, so it’s one last look. A jacket sewn from a gorgeous kimono silk. Covered with an oh so cool pine needle and branch design, accented with little red dots. I appliqued skinny bias strips to […]
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Here and Gone

I had just finished this skirt and top in time to bring it to my photo session. Which was just before my trip to the San Francisco show. Where it found its way to a new home. I love it when that happens! Beautiful Grace twirling to show off the full skirt. Pieced and appliquéd […]
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Hitoe Jacket, Fitted Version

She likes a more tailored look, so could I remake this black and white ‘Hitoe’? She was asking about the one below, that Grace is modeling. A closer look, on my dress form, looking soft and relaxed. The custom version finished. Smaller, shorter, and more fitted. It’s amazing isn’t it? How the simplest of variations […]
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