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What i Made: Marigold Eden

While there are certain staples every woman knows she must have in her wardrobe – a pair of jeans, a white button down and a plain tee – a kimono is not usually in that equation, especially a polka dotted one. But when I spotted these oversized, marigold polka dots at Jomar, I was suddenly all about getting wrapped up in a dotty, floor-length super shrug. No, it’s not a direct iteration of the ones from Asia, but it is very Rita Hayworth, and gives me enough reason to pop open whatever beverage on whatever given night for no good reason at all. So, Blanche Dubois. A kimono has been on my to-make sewing list for quite a while. I embarrassingly admit that the amount vintage shops I follow on Instagram is almost as many as the amount of sewers I follow, which means a lot. Milly Vintage is one of my favs (shoutout to Mary!), Dalena Vintage is another and the crème de la crème of them all, at least in my opinion, is Gossamer Vintage. A chockablock of beaded, silk and lace garments, her feed is a constant inspiration for my sewing projects. Now, before I get to the particular garment that inspired this post, I must make my next point. While some sewers condemn buying vintage with the same arguments they use to condemn buying RTW, I’m not a part of that camp. I like giving vintage clothes a new life. My favorite dress is the one I remade and wore during my online bra making class. Purchased as a size 16, I recut and resewed it to my size. Lately, Gossamer Vintage has uploaded gorgeous kimonos in blush tones that feature exquisite embroidery. I almost succumbed and purchased one, but the price was too steep for…

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Handmade: Megan Swansen

From off-menu eateries to underground java joints, too many of the best things fly off the radar. Usually discovered through word of mouth, hidden gems go beyond the iconic and provide us with quirky, unexpected and different. Philadelphia is known for many local designers, Norman Porter and Priscilla Costa are just two, but for those who like a relaxed, minimalist approach to dressing, you will want to sit up and take notice of Megan Swansen. A less-hyped designer, she has churned out small collections since launching in 2011 that dovetail neutral colors and simple silhouettes with laid-back glamour. Another testament of what a hidden treasure she is – as I was taking photos towards the end of our interview, she pulled out her uncle’s notebook that was passed down to her, and inside were pattern making assignment from the 1950s! Her Uncle Frank attended a satellite fashion school, so he mailed his homework to be corrected. Maybe, just maybe the reason why Megan remains under the radar is because those who know about her want to keep her their own little secret. Sorry, guys, but the word is out. Your story: I started sewing when I was in high school. I didn’t quite know what I was doing; it was more of an experimental stage. I mostly took garments apart to see how they were made. I made my prom dress out of recycled upholstery fabric that I draped and tacked until I had the silhouette I wanted to wear (I was looking a lot at Schiaparelli at the time). I don’t remember what my first machine was – whatever was tucked away in our basement at the time. I attended Moore College of Art and Design and a earned degree in fashion design. I’ve worked for several corporate companies in…

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Weekend: The Sewing Party Recap

Last Saturday was a big day for me. It was the launch of my online bra making class. One of the many workshops during The Sewing Party, it not only furthered skills but foraged new friendships. Sarah from Greys Fabric hit up my class as did other women. I have been receiving emails from other attendees throughout the week expressing thanks and excitement to make their first bra. Success? I think so! This was not my first experience teaching, but it was my first experience teaching this subject. By the end of this month, I will announce the dates and open registration for my in-person bra making class here in Philly. For those who attended my workshop at The Sewing Party, I’d love to hear your constructive criticism. What did you like? What didn’t you like? The video was short, but I supplemented with a takeaway that provided more information. Because viewers won’t have access to the video forever, it was important to me that you had something to reference forever. So in the comments below or via email, let me know what you thought! Also, if anyone is interested in taking my in-person class, message me and I’ll add you to the list of people who will get first dibs on purchasing tickets.  

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