Hooray, my new e-book! A set of 10 patterns designed to be fun to sew, make awesome gifts, and take up only 2 yards of fabric. Perfect for stash-busting and making small gifts for everyone on your list! Click here to check it out: http://www.hollandcox.com/syndicate_2yards10gifts.html
Attention sewing friends in the DC area: I am hosting a special workshop based on my upcoming e-book called 2 Yards 10 Gifts! It is a set of sewing patterns for simple, gift-worthy accessories (including stuff for dudes), which you can make for just 2 yards of fabric (yes, all 10!).
Check out the details here: http://www.bitsofthread.com/classes/special-session-two-yards-10-gifts-with-valerie-williams/
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boring jeans goes cute.
camel wool + brown leather = fall classic
Now THAT is a body and isn’t Donna Karan just perfect for her? Sanaa Lathan I am loving this dress on you!
(source : Gary Pepper )
Olivette Miller, celebrated “swing” harpist, circa 1940s. Ms. Miller was born on February 2, 1914 in Illinois to Bessie Oliver Miller, a 1900’s chorus girl and the venerable actor, comedian, writer and producer Flournoy Miller, who co-wrote and produced the groundbreaking Broadway musical “Shuffle Along.” Raised on Harlem’s famous Striver’s Row, Ms. Miller graduated from East Greenwich Academy, a private Methodist boarding school in Rhode Island in 1931, and went on to study music in Paris and at Juilliard. She originally planned to play concert halls but after being “bitten by the night club bug” she turned to more popular music. Ms. Miller’s stunning beauty and colorful love-life kept her in the newspapers almost as much as her performances around the country and the world. She performed with both Lena Horne and a young not-yet-a-superstar Dorothy Dandridge in the 1940s, top notch night clubs in Hollywood, Chicago and New York, and made a few appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in the 1960s. I’m still trying to pin it down, but by my count, she was married at least six times. The Chicago Defender reported her impending divorce from her first husband, Channing Price in November 1934 and in October 1939, the New York Amsterdam News reported that Ms. Miller, who had married a musician named Oett Mallard two years earlier, gave birth to their son, Alvin Miller Mallard, on October 1, 1939 in Denver, Colorado. She was married to the dancer Freddie Gordon in the 1940s and in the 1950s to the comedian Bert Gibson and performed and toured with him across the country. In the 1970s, when she sued Flip Wilson for copyright infringement over a sketch he did on his show that Ms. Miller claimed was lifted from her father’s work in “Shuffle Along,” her name ws Olivette Miller Darby. By the early 1990s, she had a bit part as a maid in the film “A Rage in Harlem” and was billed as Olivette Miller Briggs, due to her marriage to the dancer Bunny Briggs. Ms. Miller died on April 27, 2003 at the age of 89. Photo:Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library
New in my shop - custom bow tie gift set with 3 coordinating pocket squares.
Photo by Juan Fernando
Sweet Pea’s manufacturing capabilities have shot up like Jack’s giant beanstalk.
In February, the Miami-based women’s apparel firm relocated from a 40,000-square-foot factory where it had produced a portion of its signature nylon mesh separates and private label since the late Nineties, to a nearby 140,000-square-foot vertical operation on the border of Miami proper and Hialeah, a city to the northwest that was once a regional hub of manufacturing.
Though assembly continues to be outsourced to Latin America, the $26 million investment in state-of-the-art, green technology and machinery made in Italy and Germany gives founders Mario and Stacy Frati hands-on control of raw materials, from spinning of yarn to cutting garments. For More
W gave three Chinese artists complete freedom to express their views on fashion and beauty. But the resulting works are ultimately about contemporary China. See them all here.
Photo by John Aquino
the vest is ridiculous and ugly but LOOKIT THAT HUGE AWESOME SKIRT!!!