Monday, February 24, 2014

I now have a website that has examples of my work,



This lovely found a new home this week along with several others.


 I added several bits of blue to create a balance with the embroidery on the blouse.


The back is longer then the front and covers the 'behind' beautifully.


I created a new piece from an item that was part of a trade out on a jacket she wanted done. 


 It had sleeves which I cut off and stitched over twice to prevent any new raveling.


 It had an ugly cowl neckline that I cut off and added this lovely lace and tattered fabric. The material is gathered and asymmetrical, so one side is lower then the other.


The hem I cut to create a full beautiful look.
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Saturday, February 22, 2014

A FEW THINGS AT THE SHOP...

This week was very busy at the shop.

I had several custom pieces to get finished up and took in more...!I worked on a sweater that the client wanted to add a skirt to. It turned out lovely. 



I created a lovely Prairie Blouse for a customer that went through my 'stash' hanging in my workroom. I added bits of blue to go along with the embroidery down the front of the blouse.


The back show the vintage pieces I used.


I used vintage hankies with lots of handwork on them. Added bits and pieces of tattered fabric along with old lace trimmings.


The front has pretty embroidery with little beads through out. I used bits of tattered blue fabrics on the sleeves to bring a balance to the blue in the embroidery and the hankie.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

FEBRUARY DO-DADS

Some of my pieces


 PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY  
by Victoria Lawrence Images.https://www.facebook.com/VictoriaLawrenceImages?ref=br_tf


My Gawdy Poncho SOLD


INFINITY SCARFS ARE SELLING WELL.


The Prairie Dress has found a new home as well.



Thursday, January 23, 2014

January Doings....

I have been so so busy. My customer base is growing wonderfully. I now have several clients that drop by on a regular basis for me to create new things from their old clothes. I can do simple to extravagant, from turning a large into a 1X to something like this beautiful skirt.



 This is an original. I created this for a client in Florida. She plans to wear in at the Gasparilla Pirate Festival. http://gasparillapiratefest.com/ She has purchase a beautiful leather vest with all sort of metal bits and pieces on it...I can't wait to see photos of her all dolled up.


Here is a true Prairie outfit...all tatters and lace.


 This jacket had nice 'bones' but was pretty staid....I cut the hemline, too it and cut it into strips. I stitched around all to stop ravel, then stitched back to the new jacket.






*********This is the start of my Bohemian Prairie summer line for 2014.**********














I use several bits and pieces to create these one of a kind skirts. They can be found at my Facebook page...Prairie Child Design. 
If you see anything you like..or have an idea for an original just for you.....email me at prairiechilddesign@gmail.com

Thursday, December 26, 2013

END OF THE YEAR POST....

        WOW!!!! It has been a while!


 I have been busy sewing and keeping the new business up and going and being a one woman show it is pretty overwhelming.


Now lets see......well...I been sewing some pretty cool totes from old coats. I have stitched up some sweaters and made a few pairs of Prairie Pants. I created my first Infinity Scarfs. It took me about 3 hours to figure out my first one and the next to about half that time. Once I figured what I needed to do, it took no time at all! lol....

I had several folks come in the shop from out of state which has been cool. Traveling is such fun! 


One thing I am going to do this next month is go through some of my creations and pick out a few pieces that I have had a while and dye them. 
I think for a start I will go black and let it thin out to gray. I have had a lot of request for black, like, "I would buy this if it was black", or "Tea isn't my color". I have found that the older ladies in general like black better and I must say I am in that category...lol

           Christmas......what can I say? BUSY!!!!!!!!


My racks have thinned and I am going to have to get busy. I have been working on creating 'Prairie Slip Dresses'. I am looking for vintage slips with plans of adding lace, doilies, etc and dyeing them for the Spring. I will add photos when I have several finished up.

The NEW YEAR is right around the corner and I am ready for it!


I will try to be more proactive this year in my posting....Please keep an eye out for them....

Stay Cool.....




Tuesday, October 29, 2013

JUST A FEW THINGS......











SAMOVAR GARDENS

 What they don't raise, local orchards provide..things such as peaches, apples and strawberries. With the help of a few friends who also grow what ingredients the couple do not, they will all get together and have tea parties...deciding what herbs and fruits go together best. Samovar Gardens is the name of this green earth company and here is a link. http://www.samovargardens.com By the way....Samovar is the name of a vintage Russian tea maker!

TI had a write up about thN.

GIRLY GIRL PURSES
 Girly Girl Purses...https://www.facebook.com/GirlyGirlPurses is one of the vendors at the shop. Janet Dearman does wonderful work. She tells me she is always looking for fabrics...I know exactly how she feels. Everywhere I look, I search out VINTAGE!!!

 I have lucked out and found a couple wonderful people who help me find some of the most fantastic choice vintage pieces...doilies, hankies, dinner napkins, table clothes...etc...etc...I really don't think I would have a business if it weren't for the 2 LOVELIES. They own their own business.. Ms. Patty Green of  Sisters Antiques, here is her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SISTERSANTIQUES an a gentleman known only to me as Mr. Reggie  and the name of his online business is Aesthetic Restorations.


 I met a wonderfully nice lady who added this pretty couch to the shop, Ms. Karen is into 
antiques as well. In fact she works at an antique mall, Champagne Lane Antiques and here is a link to their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/champagnelaneantiques

This is an example of my Prairie Boudoir Line... I am about to start a line of dress made from slips and I preferably vintage. I will be adding lace and doiliies to colorfully dyed slips.  
THE SUITCASE....is full of vintage pieces, baby clothes and socks, bonnets and gloves. It even had extra buttons on the card. Anyway...I found all this wonderful stuff in an OLD brown paper sack....and I got it for a steal.....@ $2.00 whole dollars!!!! I use it as display...I can't bear to part with it...lol


HAPPY CUSTOMERS...

 And this is one of my favorite customers. I have created several custom pieces for her. She loves to go searching for pieces for me to put together, 'In your own special way', as she says....I tell my customers that you can dress my creations up or dress them down...She loves to dress them down...notice the work boots and long-john shirt...lol. Thanks Ms. Janet.


Last but not lease I found this to add.

I found this today....It has lots of lovely ideas for uses of vintage doilies and old lace. I thought some of you would like some simple ideas for Holiday presents and gifts.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

THE BOUTIQUE

It is hard to believe that is has been almost a month since my last post!!!

 I have been so busy...I am sure you can imagine.

The hardest part for me was getting all my ducks in a row with the dreaded 'Tax Man'....lol....but finely I got all done with a big red bow...lol. I have actually paid all my bills from my sales for the month!!!! Now I need to pay my bills and then pay ME!!!!

Here a couple photos of the main room. I added vintage sari's to the ceiling to create layers of visual interests. I hung old paper umbrellas in corners and on one wall I papered it with old photos, pages of books, bits and pieces from an old scrapbook from the 30's and 40's. I want to really give a feel of living in 'ol dayze' when you had to do and make do with what you had.

 At this point the decor is pretty minimal. I want to use more furniture from the Art Deco Era and I have 'put it out there' to bring to me and the shop...

 Of course since I took these photos I have changed things around....a lot!! I love to move furniture around for some reason....It makes me happy...lol.


I put the rod in the corner like it was done back in the day when you didn't have a closet or a shelf-robe to put your clothes in. The clothes drying rack is an old homemade one. I have some of my jewelry, totes and hats as well as my clothing. My lovely hubby built me a dressing room from 3 old wood doors. It turned out wonderful...Thanks My Love.

 At the moment I am making up some simple Prairie Aprons for the Holidays. I am making some like my grannies use to wear. They have a little bib that is pinned to the shirt/blouse instead of a tie off around the neck. I am using brass quilting pins and old sheets and pretty vintage hankies with a little tea bath.

**I am working on a line of Boudoir Clothing with a nod toward the 20's and 30's. I will be posting photos of this soon.

In the meantime.. I have a fair size room that I hope to fill with the work of other artists from the North Alabama area.

  Things such as purses from Girly Girl Purses, loose teas from Samovar Gardens, fancy Halloween masks by Belilah, I am talking with other artists so we will see who considers themselves true artists and who doesn't.  

Until Next Time....