Ok--these are not great pictures but I'm just too excited not to share a little bit of what I've been up to the last little bit: hats!
This is the newest coming from Dandy Fox!...
Beautiful hats made by my very own hands (and sewing machine)...I mentioned a while back that I wanted to take some millinery courses and I still do--definitely do and definitely will--but I got impatient and went online and poked around and bought some patterns, played around, adjusted here and there, invented here and there and like everything else--its totally learnable and totally doable! I really can't tell you how excited I am. Is there a better word than extremely??
(The Betty in cherry red)
I know, I know--extremely crappy photos, but hopefully you get the gist.
(The Laurel, in black textured cotton and ivory and black polka dot silk lining)
Essentially there are three different styles of cloche designs, one turban design, and two different headwraps...all made with beautiful fabrics in the Dandy Fox spring color palette: black, cherry red, and mint green (and of course black and ivory polka dots all over the place). And all lined in gorgeous, colorful silks. I can't wait to show more of those details...
(The Mina, in mint with mustard yellow silk cotton lining and accent)
It's been so fun discovering and learning all about hat-making, sizing, embellishments. I'm using lots of 20s period stuff as research to bounce off of and then sort of modernize. I think these are a good balance of nostalgic and of-the-moment, so they aren't too costumey, but they are oh-so-clearly derivative of another era...
(The Iris headwrap, in black silk)
I've actually worn this one out a bunch over the last year (shows you how long this has been "in development") and I always get a bunch of compliments. It's funny but I tend to get a bit...nervousy about wearing out the things I've made. I know I love it, but it hasn't been confirmed by anyone else...(except Mr. Wood who loves everything I make because he's so incredibly sweet and supportive and the perfect husband:) My secret fear is what I call "thrift-store head." Which is a well-documented event in which 'one' goes into a thrift store and becomes slightly--or, perhaps, extremely--intoxicated and overwhelmed by not only the abundance of product and possibilities but also the low price point; and thus items that would normally be easily avoidable suddenly seem bathed in a shiny, golden light and are impossible not to purchase. And then of course, a few weeks and way too many dollars later, they make a U-turn right back into the thrift store in your donation pile because you got them home and they became shockingly ugly and therefore useless. I think it's an actual syndrome.
But of course I digress and knowing I love it is the point!
(The Bebe in mint)
These aren't available just yet. Since I'm the model, photographer, stylist and maker, there are lots of little details that need to be ironed out. Like, ahem, hair-washing. But I'm hoping to have time to do it in the next couple of days after another trip to the city, and have them up and running by the weekend. I'll be making them to order, so they'll take anywhere from a few days to two weeks to ship but they'll be made for you and you alone :)
In a few weeks I plan on teaching myself to make and shape hats from a basic straw "hood" its called. I've wanted to try this for so long, I'm so excited!! And its the next step in hat-making, I figure.
Also in the summer wardrobe/style vein: I've been stocking up on vintage patterns for my personal spring and summer wardrobe via Etsy. These hat styles are a part of my master plan--and I can't wait to show you the rest of it! Mostly made from vintage patterns, some purchased new fabrics, some thrifted, reworked fabrics. I'm basically finished with three or four of the pieces and they're so cute! It's a lot of work, but I love it so much. More on that to come :)
In the meantime--as in right now--I have loads of work to do for the co-op. Including but not limited to: doll-making, stuffed raccoon-making, sticker-making, AND--perhaps most excitedly--book-making. Or maybe its a zine? Or maybe its a comic book? We shall see...More on that to come as well!
Hope everyone is doing wonderfully well!