Friday, October 2, 2015

Designing again

...and feeling great about it.

I was in a slump for a while, not sure which direction to turn, and then something good happened.

I watched Iris- the documentary about Iris Apfel, the octogenarian New York fashionista. I fell in love with not only her fabulous personal style but her sharp wit and dry humor. Here is a woman who follows the beat of her own drummer and continues to enjoy the idea of fashion and dressing up on a daily basis. I was also quite taken with her husband, Carl, who just seemed to enjoy the ride. He lived to be over 100 years old, and I believe their relationship is what helped to sustain them both.

Her comments about contemporary designers who don't even know how to sew or drape made me laugh. How can a designer not know how to sew? I guess it's not uncommon. I was inspired to take the cover off of my 1955 Bernina and sort through my collection of textiles. And then I just started sewing.

The first two pieces were designed from vintage tablecloths. I'd been saving them for something but I wasn't sure what. I guess their time had come. Those led to several more tops and tunics that I designed from a mix of vintage textiles.  A friend commented on my Instagram post that they looked like "vintage Lorimarsha." She was right! I feel like I've come full circle and have returned to the style of clothing that I started with eight years ago.

We all go through different phases with our work and I love trying new ideas and working with different kinds of fabrics. But my heart belongs with vibrant vintage graphics and designing these new pieces brought a lot of joy.

I've also been working on new jewelry designs- still loving the natural gems but in larger size stones. I abandoned the sterling clasps for a stretchy slide-on style that is so easy to put on and take off.  The bracelets are of lapis lazuli, malachite, onyx, moonstones, African trade beads, jasper, carnelian and one of a kind Tibetan findings. They have a nice feel on the wrist.

I haven't decided yet whether to plan a trunk show or sell the pieces online. That's down the road. In the meantime, I am so happy to be back in the studio!


  1. Welcome back! You were one of my first inspirations on Etsy and I always loved your use of vintage textiles. Now I'm going through a slump period and feel more like painting than sewing. Who knows where I will end up...

    1. Slumps slumps can be so frustrating, even though they're a part of the cycle. Go with the flow and paint away!

  2. Slump definitely GONE now!
    Love all the cool new stuff, especially the vintage fabric recreated outfits.
    Those colorful bracelets, also very much fun.

  3. Wow, what a gloriously creative gal you are. I just meandered through your Flicker album and I was so happy!! I love to find images of happening women, of any age. Your album was a wonderful reminder that ‘looking great’ comes in so many packages.

    I do consulting work and try to balance business-y casual dressing with the fact that I would rather be in funky jeans and boots. Last week, a colleague didn’t recognize me at a volunteer activity – she said, “oh my gosh, you look so much older in your business clothes, I didn’t recognize you.” She reminded me beautifully that it’s probably better to dress how I feel.

    I saw from your blog that you were feeling uncreative and that now you have your groove back. I wanted you to know that you have inspired someone in Canada to kick her own butt and shop my own closet more creatively. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!


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