Monday, December 21, 2009

grace kelly

i rarely post wedding details, because i could turn this into a wedding blog at the drop of a pin, but since this corresponds to both fashion and sewing, i dare say its applicable. after trying on gowns months ago, i had ditched my idea of sheer long-sleeves for a dramatic shoulder. however, the enchanting grace kelly in high society sent me back to the drawing room...

Friday, December 18, 2009

happy friday

understatement of the year: its been a hectic holiday season. there have been some good times though, including tate's birthday held at the edinbergh castle on 60s dance night. enjoy these polaroids & poladroids and happy weekend!! summa ma lady birds xothe coziest hat that ever script: i'm currently listening to edward sharpe & the magnetic zeros and i LOVE what i hear...

Friday, December 11, 2009

my black cape

the intent of this project was to explore draping, something i've never attempted and which proved to be harder than i thought. i bought what i think is a polyester blend that feels like a baby blanket. pinning and draping is easy to do on a manequin, but once you start sewing things together, you see how difficult holding the drape is. i originally had the zipper working straight down the middle, but decided to make it assymetrical, which made it fit a little closer, and created this happy criss-cross bottom hem (hard to see in these pictures, my lighting situation is far from satisfactory). i'm happy with the results, though i already know what i want to improve on...
i added leather patches in the back and front neckline for a dash of cool.other projects swimming around my head involve these two bolts of faux fur.
happy friday!

Monday, December 7, 2009


when the weather turns cold, i crank out the sewing projects. i have a few lined up, and one finished that i still need to photograph. slowly but surely, i will get things up. i blame the holidays and the anxiety they sprinkle. in the meantime, get a load of my new machine! as you may recall, my last machine kicked the bucket. after a week of repair, my dad and brother brought this singer over to me. it was my great grandma cardoza's, and lived in her seamstress shop that was here in san francisco. nobody but her was allowed to use it...

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

PDX redux

mmm... turkey day goes by so fast. i guess my lag in posting i can attribute to the holidays. thanksgiving snuck up on me this year, and i think christmas will probably do the same... so here are a few shots from my trip to portland, where we consumed our weight in food:
paul and i in a plaid-off at kenny & zuke's, where the sandwiches are 'as big as your head.' i had the meatloaf sandwich, paul chose the classic reuben...
i can count myself among a fortunate few who have eaten at beast, a tiny french-american restaurant that is only (!) open for dinner wednesday through saturday- sunday has a four course brunch. and there are TWO TABLES. our meal there included brioche bread pudding with maple bourbon sauce and maple glazed bacon; beast hash- milk braised pork, delicata squash, apple, brussel sprout & market potato, poached farm egg with hollandaise...
contraband: granule-y chocolate bar from cocoa; shark print from land; photobooth pic taken at the, myself, and i: last but not least, the crowning glory, my cozy sweater, from a vintage store somewhere on mississippi...

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


while sorting through my portland photos, i thought i'd buy some time by posting these fantastic elizabeth taylor shots. where some girls have marilyn as their favorite vamp, mine is liz. her movies are some of my faves: cat on a hot tin roof, giant, who's afraid of virginia woolf, suddenly last summer, the last time i saw paris, i know what you did last summer... sorry, couldn't resist.... and she balances sex appeal and intelligence with such ease.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

girl crush

we all have them, and right now, one of mine is zoe kravitz. granted shes the child of wildly cool parents, but her penchant for vintage, leather, old t-shirts and scarlet lipstick makes her one of my favorite people to watch for...
karen walker gold and tortoise shell sunglasses; givenchy gold chain handbag
rings from ach ach oxford heels from OAK. the shot on the left i think was listed as a 'what was she thinking?' photo. well i'll tell you, she was thinking how awesome fringe and cuffed denim would be with ankle boots and she was SPOT ON.preen lightning coat. one of my favorite photos, i she and her parents are adorable together.
tank from doublenaut; i liked it so much (and it was about $14) i got one for myself...dress, another masterpiece by erin wasson for rvcatomorrow i'm off to portland for a long weekend :)

Sunday, November 15, 2009

sunday folly

i was going through my archive of specially-saved fashion rags, and came across this harpers bazaar from 1998. mom would let me take/tear apart the photos after she had gone through them (scrapbooks are somewhere, stuffed with images of beaded galliano gowns and calvin klein ads with kate). i used to love bazaar, when liz tilberis was editor, and it seemed the only non-conde nast fashion mag that rivaled vogue. flipping through this periodical from ten years past (?!), i found many pencil skirts, simple shell tops, thick-heeled sandals, and minimal makeup. funny how relevant much of the style is to today's trends...
i love these sandals, and have since started browsing ebay in hopes of finding them.
a very young and fresh-faced maggie favorite part of course was this kate moss shoot, by mario sorrenti. the style is 30s/40s glam with lots of beading and sequins and tulle.
fun side note, she and mario dated...

more of these to come, i'll try not to go overboard, but i'm currently flipping through and bookmarking a vogue from 2000...

Monday, November 9, 2009

sewing, eating, crafting

this weekend was lovely, starting with julian's first birthday, and ending with a day trip to occidental to eat at the best breakfast place on earth. howard's station is buried in the forest, past sebastopol, on the most scenic hour and a half drive ever. especially in the middle of autumn. paul and i are gung-ho about our breakfast foods. both days i wore my new southwestern jacket, which i finished by hand *shakes fist at broken machine*
we shared the homemade granola/yogurt/fruit bowl; i had the belgian waffles with bluberries....paul had the brown rice scramble with house potatoes, i'm getting that next time; their coffee aint shabby eitherafter breakfast, we visited my favorite vintage store, aubergine vintage emporium. i tried on a few things...the dressing rooms have walls of hand-dyed lace curtains, and a rod iron and neon sign the end, i walked away with this slate gray wool dress, with black zig-zag detail down the front. a trick i learned, if you are afflicted with giant shoulders like myself (mine developed from years of swimming), to wriggle out of a tight-waisted dress such as this, pull the skirt up from the back, and pull over your head bowing forward slightly...i capped the evening off with a little arts 'n' crafts snuggled up in front of my stereo.**been wigging out to midlake's the trials of van occupanther**