After a hectic holiday season, the Thursday Poll is back with a vengeance! Last time, I asked whether you liked the Floral Tiered Convertible Skirt styled as a dress or a skirt, and the preference was overwhelmingly for the styling as a dress, with 351 votes! Having it styled as a skirt got 41 votes, with 2 votes for “other.”
This week, I have been admiring all of our slips! We recently came out with a bunch of new ones, and I’m real curious to know what types of styles you like!
First, check out our Solid Stretch Lace Slip below, in washed berry.
Barbara of Bobbi Clothes teaches you how to make a simple loom and a beautiful hand woven scarf or belt from scraps of fabric. I love how she connects the pieces of fabric and how hand touched the finished piece looks. It’s also cool way to recycle your extra bits instead of trashing them.
And how inspiring does her studio look?
Check out Threadbanger for more crafty tutorials
Can you believe Brother’s snazzy new sewing machine? The QuattroT 6000D features a HD screen where a bird’s eye, zoomed-in view of the needle and its surroundings are displayed. It also has a LED light for the sewing platform. They haven’t announced the price yet, (I bet it’s crazy!) but you can check out a little more about the machine here on Brother’s website. I never thought I’d see a personal sewing machine with a screen!
Believe it or not, these incredible scenes all are within aquariums! Takashi Amano, who many of you may already know of, (though I didn’t!) is the creator of the above aquascapes, as well as countless others. A very well respected photographer and aquarist, Takashi was one of the main people to introduce Japanese gardening styles to the aquarium hobby. His aquarium scenes are always very carefully arranged and yet very natural looking! See more photos of his stunning work (and it is a lot of hard work) here, here, and here.
Remember the super pretty hair wraps our stylist Monica did for the December catalog? Well we recently made a little video in which Monica shows us how we can make the hair wraps too!
To my delight, I got to have my hair be the example, so I had awesome wraps in my hair for a while! It was so fun! You guys should definitely try it! Find the tutorial below – enjoy!
Recently it came out that Alfred Shaheen passed away on the 22nd of last month, at 86 years old. Famous for popularizing the Hawaiian shirt, if you know vintage clothes or Hawaiian prints, (or both,) then you know Alfred Shaheen is the label to look for! The Los Angeles Times obituary for him is very interesting, and tells about how he had his garments designed, silk-screened, cut and sewed all in his factory in Honolulu, as well as shipping them from there. In other words, the whole operation was housed under one roof, which is pretty impressive. Below find a couple of related shots I saw floating around the internet, including the picture from Elvis Presley’s album Blue Hawaii on which Elvis sports a shirt designed by Shaheen. Thank you Shaheen, for the funky flavor!
I am loving these surreal and colorful designs by Richard Hogg. The centaurs totally rock my world, and the seals are so comical! There is a lot more cool art on his site, including, to my delight, a few desktop backgrounds and a (scandalous) screensaver! So right now I have an extra fun and very hirsute Richard Hogg desktop! :)
So, I wandered over to The Moldy Doily yesterday, and she had these incredible pieces up. Aren’t they just insane? I can’t even think what to say about them, other than that I just like them so much, and even though I bet a lot of you read The Moldy Doily anyway, (as you should,) I had to post these, just in case you didn’t see them! They are the creations of Irregular Expressions, a family operation out of Istanbul! Aside from their Etsy, they have a ton of pictures on Flickr, definitely worth checking out!
Pruitt and I both did posts recently about different clothing label related art projects (here and here), and then I spotted this! These are custom designed Doc Martens by Fake London for the project Original Since1460.
Doc Martens asked designers across Great Britain and the world to customize boots. Some of them are completely wearable and awesome like the Chrome Hearts ones, and others are more artistic or fun, like the Barbie cars by Jason Kirk.
Found via Bleach Black
One look at that eating utensil family portrait and I flipped! Carolyn Alexander is an illustrator from the UK, currently living in France. Her site is full of treats for the eye, and she has a cute little blog too, if you feel so inclined!