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Simple Sewing
August 3, 2008, 2:06 pm
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My mom’s a home-ec teacher, so I grew up making little projects all the time, but for some reason never made it much past pillows and a few vests.  Over the past couple of years, I renewed my interest in sewing and decided to really step it up and see if I could make my own clothes.  I started out small, taking a basic class at Stitch Lounge.  It’s an amazing little studio where you can take sewing classes or even rent machines/studio time by the hour.  It was actually the first one of its kind in the nation.  Unfortunately, I think they’ve made enough money off of the books they write, that they’re going into early retirement, but supposedly there are many more places like them now for you to choose from. 

I graduated from there to a few patterns in Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing.  The book comes with all the patterns and the instructions are very easy to understand.  I highly recommend it! 

After a few of those projects, I finally felt ready to take on some real clothing.  I’d gathered a pretty large collection of my mom and aunt’s vintage patterns from their high school days when they made all their own clothes.  I picked one and headed to a wonderful little fabric store called Peapod Fabrics out in the Inner Sunset.  They have so many beautiful prints and all the prices were affordable, so it was hard to make a choice.  I finally settled on this super bright, vintage looking pattern that I thought would fit my dress quite well.  I’m excited to report that I just finished the dress and it turned out nice enough to actually wear in public!  Success!  I have to say, it feels pretty cool wearing something you made yourself and I had a lot of fun doing it.  After I make a few more things from patterns,the next step is both designing and making my own clothes. 



The Renegade Craft Fair

I made a stop by the Renegade Craft Fair this Sunday.  It was amazing!  It’s certainly not like the craft fairs your Grandma goes to.  This was more like a collection straight from all your favorites at Etsy.  I spent way too much money and I would have taken home much more if I could have.  Here were some of my favorites:

Hello Lucky Printing Press:

Loyalty & Blood:

Ahhh… I couldn’t help it.  I had to get the tool necklace….

Nous Savons:

More beautiful necklaces from Jocelyn Nguyen at Nous Savons.

The Weekend Store:

They specialize in recycled vintage jewelry.  I got a necklace with a twig dangling from it and a button ring, but they had a huge assortment of things made out of old typewriter keys and clock parts as well that I thought were pretty cool.

The Poster List:


Amazing screen printed posters!  I want to own so many!  Good thing they’re only $10.99 each.

And to really make the day perfect the Mucca Pazza Marching Band from Chicago performed.  They were crazy and highly entertaining!  Their myspace page refers to them as an astounding circus punk marching band and I’d say that would sum things up pretty well.  I loved it! They’re playing in town at the Rickshaw Stop on Thursday and I just might have to go.



_Rebecca, SF

Kansas City’s 18th St. Fashion Show 2008
June 13, 2008, 10:50 am
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The Crossroads district in Kansas City is the place to be these days.  With tons of galleries, one of a kind fashion boutiques, and First Friday’s there’s a lot to see & do.  It’s too bad I don’t live there anymore… but, for those of you that do, you have to check out the 18th Street Fashion show happening this Saturday.  The theme is Summer at Sea.  There will be 18 collections featuring some of the best designers in KC like Birdies, spool*, bon bon atelier, Habitat, nui Kai, and our very own best friend Andrea Harms. 

It should be an amazing event.  It takes place on West 18th St. between Wyandotte & Baltimore, starting somewhere around 8 pm (dusk), it’s outdoors so you can enjoy the summer weather, and best of all, it’s FREE!  I’m not sure how it could get much better. 

So check it out and cheer Andrea on for me since I can’t be there.  I look forward to lots of pictures.




What kind of undies are you wearing???
May 1, 2008, 11:38 pm
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I’m constantly seeing companies announcing their newest line of recycled or organic clothing.  That’s great, but it’s not too often I see people bragging about their new organic underwear!  Well, I guess it’s time to brag because By Nature has actually designed a line of lingerie, called g=9.8 out of wood.  OK, if you need to hear it again….underwear made of WOOD!!

I know, I know….wood undies don’t sound like the most comfortable thing in the world, but they’ve been known to feel “as soft as silk with the feel of cashmere and the coolness of linen”. What a great mixture!  Not to mention, it’s pretty sexy (wink, wink)! This is not just for the ladies, they make boxers for men as well.

You’re probably wondering, what in the world this material is made of so that you don’t get splinters on your bum!?! Not too long ago a material was developed by the name of Lenpur.  I had never heard of Lenpur until now, but apparently its famous for its absorption capacity, its ability to release dampness (as a yarn or fabric), its deodorant properties, and its adsorption characteristics.  This timeless textile is made from pine tree clippings processed with enzymes into fibers.  The clippings are managed sustainably, and harvesting coincides with normal tree pruning, so no trees are destroyed in the making!

I can’t wait to get my bootie into a pair of these.  I wouldn’t be suprised if Rebecca already owns a pair because they’re produced in a tiny french village and designed by a French designer, Sopie Young.  Did we mention Rebecca loves France?! 🙂


Kelsey – Vail, CO 


Recycled Jewelry – also a women’s best friend
April 24, 2008, 12:29 pm
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I feel like everyday I see a new product being made out of recycled materials.  I LOVE IT!!!  Seriously, why waste the energy and resources to make an all new material when tons of reusable plastics/ metals/ goods are being discarded daily?!?!

One of the most clever designs I’ve seen lately consists of used camera parts.  Aussie designer Craig Arnold has developed (haha…no pun intended) a line of these rad cuff bracelets, re:vision.   

A different Australian designer, Liana Kabel has come up her own jewelry creation by melting and fusing old pieces of Tupperware together. She has turned what was once used as a crate for leftovers into interesting necklaces, earrings and rings.


So, what can I say but “Give it up for the Aussies” for recycling materials to create these unique, everyday accessories! You can find more unique handmade jewelry at Oye Modern.

Kelsey_Vail, CO

Discarded to Divine Photos
April 8, 2008, 12:23 pm
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I wanted to share more photos from Discarded to Divine that were just released.  They were taken by Teru Yoshida in my office with Ford Models specifically for the event.  The auction is on April 26th.  You can buy tickets online here and then buy one of these designs to have for your very own!

-Rebecca, SF

Modern Jewelry is a Girl’s Best Friend
April 6, 2008, 9:35 am
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We all know the saying “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend”. While I think Marilyn was on to something when she was singing that famous song, I think it’s safe to say that most of us “designer types” aren’t your typical kind of women. We have a flair for the unusual and the avant garde. Over the past few years, I have stumbled across a few jewelry designers that create things that I truly love. And, thanks to my wonderful husband, I have been lucky enough to receive a few pieces as gifts!      

While in college, I came across Konzuk jewelry. I was instantly attracted to their use of unique materials (like concrete and powder coating). Their website states: “Konzuk rejects the perception of jewelry as a mere accessory burdened by unnecessary details and overly complicated flourishes. Konzuk jewelry, with its highly personal elements such as a subtle use of color and innovative use of materials, is faithful to the clean, minimalist aesthetic of contemporary industrial design and architecture.” To see the different collections, check out:

A couple of years ago, while flipping through the ads at the end of Dwell Magazine, I noticed a small ad for a company called Small Things Designs. And, when I went online, I became very interested in the modern touches and the level of detail with this jewelry. All of the designer’s pieces are hand cut from sterling silver and then layered over stained glass for a unique and original looking piece. To see more, go to


More recently, a friend of mine at work came into the office with a very unique looking necklace. I immediately began asking her where she got it, what it’s made of, etc. She said she got it from a company called Stubborn Works. This jewelry is handcrafted and made of stainless steel, aluminum, and silver, and is then filled with an opaque resin. Check out these amazing pieces at


 Abbie, Sacramento, CA