Traveling Soiree dress paired with a bolero jacket and velvet arm-warmers. For these designs I wanted to create an aesthetic of Edwardian Era elegance transformed into something more practical and self sufficient. I envisioned my muse as an elegant, though outcasted, woman traveling solo across the rough and primitave terrain of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The dress bodice was found as an unfinished women's blouse donated to a thrift store. I rearranged and changed elements and paired it with a cotton blend purchased at a local fabric store, lined with donated muslin and a recycled fleece. The bolero jacket was constructed from a men's suit coat--taken apart and reassembled using only elements from the original jacket. The arm-warmers were recycled from a velvet blazer, lined with sweater material from a thrifted sweater.
I enjoy working with eco fabrics such as bamboo and organic cotton. When possible, I try to use antique, vintage, or thrifted fabrics to create one of a kind pieces. I am also working with a local cut-and-sew cooperative to produce a few designs from my Summer 2010 line. This local facility (Oppertunity Threads) provides jobs at a fair wage to members of the Morganton, NC community. It is worker owned, and very unique to western North Carolina.