Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Made in America...

I jokingly refer to my workroom as a sweatshop from time to time- but honestly when I think of the overseas labor force-I shudder.
In  business  I have access to lots of wholesale sites -and I am utterly amazed at what I see.

I never could figure out how so many dollar stores could operate profitably in our area.
After lots of exposure to the wholesale market,both online and by experience I'm still baffled!
I just don't get the  "economics" of it all.

An American business can buy 1000 items(say yoga pants for women) at just over $2per pair
but before it ever arrives here at the paltry price of $2 per pair, - fabric,thread,elastic,labels ,packaging,shipping and oh yeah...labor!   all from that $2!!!!!!!

I manufacture clothes and I KNOW I wouldn't be willing to work for the tiny portion that ends up being labor on a product like this.You have to ask yourself...why? why are they willing...or are they willing? to work for pennies?

It all just makes me aware of how we,as consumers have made them,at almost slave labor rates, dependant upon our Western demand for lots of products and CHEAP! -

I'm not politically motivated- and I'm not a "flag waver" or "cause activist"- but I think Ill keep my money local,as much as I can afford to and support the people whose eyes I see and whose hands work at making products , a bit slower and smaller in quantity, right here.

Somehow,in the big picture of things,I hope it makes a difference-

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Quick!! It's cold outside!!! Get a coat!!!!

There's a reason ya gotta move quick when it does get cold here!!! We don't get much cold weather  and it never lasts very long!
So if ya have a cool jacket,sweater or coat ya gotta run get it and wear it somewhere ...and fast!!!!!

By noon or so it'll likely warm up and you'll be stripping it off-  but I'm not complaining - just sayin'  .

It's November and we still have temps in the 80's- and likely will till Christmas- but come January we'll get a freeze or two and we all get to wear a jacket!!!!

I LOVE doing one-of-a-kind pieces and redesigned sweaters are the best!!!!!
If you love 'em like I do then mark your calendars to get out to the Christmas Show in Sulphur at the end of November.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Fashion Blog????

YAY!!! Just what I need- another thing to manage!!! :) a FASHION BLOG!!!!!!!

Do I hear somebody out there laughing????  Oh wait , that was ME!!!!

I am constantly looking for a way to communicate with the folks who enjoy my work -so I suppose that's the point of this blog.

Before I get too far along you have to know that I LOVE what I do- and I give my best to every item I create-BUT I don't take myself too seriously- Life is too short for all that.

I try to have fun with every design and most of the time I do!~

I also promise NOT to get too WORDY over here- just a few words about fabric-designs and vintage textiles- and maybe a rant or two about the frustrating task of designing clothes.:)

These lace tees will be  available in lots of colors in the next 2 weeks. 
It has been no small task to find the right lace-soft,not scratchy-pretty colors and soft femenine designs- but I did it and these are the perfect lace tops for layering. 

They are designed to fit beautifully  (multiple sizes)  without bulk,or unnecessary embellishment- just a simple top with 3/4 sleeve for either a top or bottom layer of comfortable,beautiful clothes.....

Watch for all the colors in the weeks ahead! You can order these tops right here  or on Facebook(message me) .