February 22, 2008

Organizing Patterns

Having finished up orders from our fall/winter shows, it is time to make new work, and organize our patterns.

We make a pattern for each size of a style, and each of you that ordered a custom
size a pattern is made for you, with your name on it.

Many of you like the shape/ fit of a coat, and order another one a few years down the road, changing the color and/or trim for a different look, so we keep your pattern on file.

So the amount of patterns accumulate, and it is time to get things in order.
Below are a few of our pattern racks, and muslin's done for fittings.

Each pattern consists of many pieces, and have to be laid out on the skins with consideration for
the "nap" or direction the wool goes, and different parts of the garment are laid out on different
parts of the skin, as stretch can differ.

As shearling is a natural product, consistency varies in size also, so careful thought needs to be given to laying out each garment so it hangs well.

Many designers use the edge of the skin to determine the hemline, as getting it straight is more difficult!

Below is our cutting table with a coat pattern being laid out.

February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day

A year ago after 25 hours and 5 planes we landed in Telluride Colorado, where we were to have a Valentine's Day fashion show of Shearlings and Lingerie at the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art. Although the trip was stressful and long, once we got there, during the 45 minute van ride thru the mountains into the town, we were transformed away from the east coast. Arriving at the gallery we were greeted by what seem to be old friends, even thou we have only done shows there a few times before. We had a great lunch at my favorite Mexican place "La Cocina de la Luz", and we were back! and ready to get on with the show. Here is a snippet of show I want to share. Credits to all the great models who were gallery employees and friends in town.

February 11, 2008

The Gates

In 1979 Christo and Jeanne-Claude began conceptualizing on a project to drape Central Park.
Three years ago in February 2005 the park was brought to life with completion of this project. Glad to have my Toshiki and Maryszka shearling on this cold winter morning, I await the unfurling of the orange fabric that would envelope the park

As the fabric came down at around 8 am, we wandered thru the park entranced.

For miles you could follow their beauty, forgetting the winter cold,
feeling the winter morning in a new orange glow.

I couldn't get enough. Here on another day taking photographs with friends from Art school at the University of Utah, Greg and June Crane.

Being just one at the time, here is Toshiki with our puppy Halle..........her first public art project-quite exciting!

Christo and Jean-Claude gave all New Yorkers and the world a gift that winter - a new vision of the park, a walk that might not have been taken, over and over again.

February 8, 2008

Upcomng shows

We are just about finished with our fall orders and beginning to work on things for our upcoming shows. We will be in Philadelphia, Marlboro, Ma., Boston, Ma., and Morristown New Jersey. Go to the Toshiki and Maryszka website for links to info for these shows. We will be showing our new design in wool as well as shearling and leather. Here is a photo I took of knitwear designer Sandra Miller wearing our new design in wool with leather frogs and trim.