Category: Fashon

Portrait of Seamstresses: Melissa and Pia

At any goodbye, we all say this – “We’ll keep in touch!” Graduation, moving away, a break up, whatever the case may be, we make a promise to not become distant. The reality is, most relationships will fade. That’s okay, it’s a part of life, and as one relationship ends, a new one will begin. I’m not saying this happens every time. No, no, no. The keyword was “most”. Some bonds do last – Pia and Melissa are one example. They met when they were college students at The University of the Arts and immediately clicked. As they described themselves, Pia’s personality is chill, while Melissa’s is more intense. So, they balance each other out. They “meshed” well. Ying and yang. After graduation, they went their separate ways, but actually kept in touch. In 2012, they knew they wanted to do something together, and launched a collection of t-shirts. Four years later, their brand, Sepai + Kohai has changed significantly. They no longer make t-shirts, but beautiful, intricate and artistic dresses, skirts, pants, jackets and more. They even opened a shop on South Street here in Philly. You go girls! Tell us your story Sewing has always played a big part in our lives. Melissa – I started sewing at age 8. My 4-H club focused on sewing and that’s really where I began making clothes. After that, my mom bartered for me and my sisters to take private sewing lessons with friends and neighbors because we didn’t have a lot of money. I would make my own doll clothes patterns and adjust commercial patterns. My aunt went to Parsons for fashion design and I was a little in awe of her. It was a natural progression for me to pursue fashion, and I owe a lot to my mom for pushing me…

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Sewing Machine Turned Musical Instrument

Today, I’m taking a departure from lingerie to share a cool, sewing related invention. Maybe it’s been done before, but I’ve never heard of it, so I’m giving the “inventor” full credit as being the first. Philip is a 28-year-old musician from Helsinki, Finland who got the idea to make a musical instrument out of a sewing machine. He’s a musician, playing double bass most of the time and has recently been focusing on folk music. So, it makes sense that he would do this. He had the idea for a long time, and when he found an old Jones sewing machine at a yard sale, he decided make it a reality. His vision was that it would function like a hurdy-gurdy, a medieval string instrument where instead of a bow, a cranked wheel “bows” the strings continuously (On bowed string instruments like the violin, the sound is created by bowing, that is “rubbing” the bow against the string. With the hurdy-gurdy or räätäliira, the turning wheel functions as the bow. In the simplest case, it is just continuously turning in one direction. The strings press against the wheel and start to vibrate by the motion of the wheel). Not handy himself, he asked two luthiers, Lauri and Mayim, to build it for him. Together, they tried out different designs and strings, and ultimately, opted for a violin fingerboard instead of the key system of a hurdy-gurdy. The instrument still lacks a proper name in English. In Finnish, they call it the Räätäliira, which is a combination of the words räätäli (tailor) and liira (lyre).

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Spiegel’s 60609 Facebook Group: Join Now!

If you’re the owner of a Spiegel 60609 sewing machine or are interested in purchasing one, then listen up. I’ve teamed up with Michelle, who owns the machine as well, to start a Facebook group. The purpose of it is to be a general place where owners can get together and ask questions, share what they’re making (or have made), offer tips and tricks, and show off their stitch cam. If you get stuck, we’ll be hear to help! Since the machine was just released, it’s a small group of folks now, we’re hoping that it grows, and that if you join, you’ll help us spread the word.
Michelle and I are the administrators, but we’re not claiming to be experts. We’re still learning about the machine and will get to know more about it with your help. Our role will be to monitor the page to make sure so that nothing inappropriate is posted and that the focus of the group is maintained.

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What I Made: Lylia

I’m kicking off 2016 with the sexiest set I have ever made. Ow ow! Maybe it’s because the temperature is averaging 20 degrees right now and I need some excitement to help a bad case of the January blues. Or maybe it’s because Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and I’m in a romantic mood. Whether single, in a relationship, or in one of those “it’s complicated” situations, some gals hate the holiday. Think it was made up by Hallmark. Not me. I love seeing pink, red, chocolate and jelly beans everywhere. Give me more! Whatever you’re current status might be, celebrate February 14. Get your hair done, get your nails did. Me? I made myself some lingerie. Garter belt included. Because why not? YOLO!

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A Very Jenga Christmas

Well, Christmas has come and gone. Can you believe it? I spent the holiday in South Florida with my family, and it was the perfect getaway. I even celebrated my 28 birthday! Cheers to another year of looking like I’m 14-years-old!

My trip was very – waking up later than usual, baking ugly holiday cookies (we tried; A+ for effort), shopping for gifts, watching movies (Star Wars on repeat), going out to lunch every day, and outside dinners. Gotta love that last one. Santa was good to all of us, but we received an extra special gift this year. We had a live Elf On The Shelf! He is actually my brother’s roommate and being Jewish, he had never celebrated Christmas. We played white elephant after opening gifts – it was my older brother’s idea. Not mine. My younger brother was the lucky recipient of the “sweet cheeks” undies. I don’t recall who received Jenga, but it became a centerpiece of the trip. Many intense games. Real nail biters.

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Just a quick reminder that today is the last day to enter to win a Spiegel 60609 sewing machine and Noelle Halter set. This holiday season has been the best to date and I’m thrilled that I could offer you all such a great gift. If I could enter, I would! So jump on over to the Spiegel or Noelle post and enter before it closes! Also, I hope everyone has a great weekend! Christmas is next week and I’m headed to Florida on Monday to be with my family. I am so darn excited. I finished packing last Monday!

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What I Made: Holly

By now, you probably think that I don’t wear clothing, that I prance around in my skivvies all day long. Grocery shop wearing Allegra, attend work meeting wearing Sierra. Well, I’m here today to break that assumption, if that was your assumption. I do wear clothes! Multi-colored trumpet skirts!…

Although this skirt is an occasion piece, I think it is not super trendy and that I’ll be able to wear it for many holidays/seasons to come. Sequins and sparkles are timeless – just my two cents. Also, because of the color, I can wear it year round. Maybe a spring wedding?

And a trumpet skirt ain’t a trumpet skirt unless you can bust a move in it. I’ll be cuttin’ some rug y’all this New Year’s Eve.

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tags: fabric, Fashon, personal, Wardrobe, What I've Made Comments: 25