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Brown Tweed and Cherry Brown Leather Asymmetrical Matching (Dinosaur Themed) Jackets

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Making matching jackets with my nieces has become an annual tradition. This year Gigi requested a dinosaur jacket. This was a tall order especially since bomber jackets with dinosaur appliqués was not an option. Therefore I had to be a bit more creative with the limited materials and time I had available. I decided upon burnt orange/brown tweed wool with sequins, which remained from a previous purchase in NYC. I also chose cherry brown genuine leather, charcoal wool, and dusty rose silk (for the lining). There wasn’t time to create original jacket design for myself, so I used a Burdastyle pattern from a previous project, (see jacket here). The jackets...

The Calling of the Artist

Ukrainian Seamstress Tailor Mary Grace Godfrey

The best things in life uplift us. I am not talking about elevators when we need to get to the top floor, (although that is nice). Rather I am talking about lifting our spirits as we go about our day-to-day activities. This is the role of the artist, who “give us enthusiasm to do our work” as St. John Paul II said in his famous Letter to Artists. Beauty speaks to our hearts like nothing else, for it promises something that we are all seeking – happiness. However this does not always result in a promise fulfilled. We are all aware that beauty can be deceptive when it is only...

Anagrassia (Dress Up) Tea Party

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Before my nieces separated for the summer, my sisters and I decided it would be fun to have the girls dress up in Anagrassia (Overstock Shop) flower girl lace leotards/bodysuits and tulle skirts and have a tea party. The girls enjoyed Babcha’s sprinkled cupcakes, Bamber’s Market cookies, and milk. Because of the Pandora (French Cafe) music playing in the background, it was nearly impossible to keep one of my nieces from getting up and dancing. (Here are a few photos my sister snapped. For privacy reasons, I chose not to share most of the (good) photos.) Tea Party Over 🙁 My niece (above) wearing her older sister’s lace bodysuit. This leotard was one of...

Burgundy Wool and Silk Velvet Jacket for Beranger Gras

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One of my larger projects this year was also something rather spontaneous. I designed and constructed a jacket for an up-and-coming musician in Germany, Beranger Gras. I was excited to work with Beranger because his music is a mix of classical and grunge sounds. Not only is his style really cool and unique, but his way of mixing and pairing the old with the new is what I try to do with Anagrassia and Ukrainian folkwear/embroidery.   (Check out his work here: WEBSITE, INSTAGRAM, and FACEBOOK. And if you’re lucky enough to hear him in the streets, it sounds amazing live!)    The story begins back in January. There’s another story of...