The Making of a Prom Dress…behind the scenes 2015

Ever since I learned how to sew back in 1996 I have been making prom dresses almost every year. I try to only take on one dress per year because it’s a lot of work and there needs to be sufficient time to make changes if necessary as what happened

Every designer needs a little TR in their life!

In the spring of 2012 I was invited to attend a “sew and tell” sewing group where each sewing enthusiast would  bring in something they sewed and share what they learned with the rest of the group. One of the ladies in the group brought some samples of a workshop

The Dancer is the Music Made Visible

I have been designing modern dance costumes since 2000 and it is one of my favorite types of designing because it involves so many elements coming together. There’s dance moves, costumes and most importantly music! It all starts with the music then the choreographer has a vision and then it’s

Crystal Tree Tutorial

Back in the late 90’s I used to work at Joann Fabrics and one of my co-workers taught me how to make this beautiful crystal tree. Now I am going to take you step by step to show you how to make one as well 😀 Please note that this

Who wore it best!

Last week one of my friends was celebrating his 40th birthday in Paris and he posted this picture of a woman standing outside by a river bank looking very Tres Chic! To my surprise this women looked almost exactly like a toy I had bought when I was in Paris

Paper and Plastic!

Back in 1998 I was selected to compete at the “Jeunes Createur de La Mode” Competition in Paris, France with only having one year sewing experience. The theme of the show was called “The New Millennium” so basically we had to design an outfit that reflected that theme. You can

Nudie Jeans Recycled Denim

Are you looking to get creative with left over jeans that don’t fit or you don’t want? In 2009 Nudie Jeans Company held a competition where 4 Chicago designers had to take their jeans and re-construct them into ‘new’ garments using the theme “Rockabilly Blues” I made a dress and

“Waste Not Want Not”

This garment was created for the Necessary Taboo Show held at the Creative Lounge inpsired by Toyota located in Wicker Park, Chicago. Fourteen designers were challenged to create a garment/art piece inspired by a taboo.The Taboo I chose was dumpster diving for food..I had watched a documentary about people that

Genetically Modified Fashion – Part 1

After reading some articles about GM foods I was inspired to create 2 garments made with man-made materials and fabrics made with natural fibers. I used silk fabrics, synthetic fabrics, packing tape, electrical tape and plastic and no sewing! It was actually sorta nice to take a break from sewing

Osaka Gardens

Back in 2008 I wanted to do something very special for my closest friends that have been with me since the beginning of my design journey. So I decided to do a photo shoot with my friends all wearing colorful dresses that I made. I met a photographer named Eddie

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