just a few photos of things going on around here…

fall stretch lace that i love love love and have 3 different versions of and are part of a new series of SWANclothing thigh-high garters called “Stems”. get it? flowers…. and the loveliest slang word for legs evah. {see Alicia at 1:27}. there’s a 4th Stem style that i am particularly determined to make happen, built very differently and echoing Edwardian embroidery styles and other oddness that i will leave a secret.

an army in waiting… mostly vintage shoes i’ve been sourcing up. the best and newest to me, i admit are hidden so as to be unveiled more dramatically. ALSO, i’m going to start letting go of some of the vintage shoes i use in shoots. yes! stay tuned.

a favourite dorky vintage rose shirt and vintage and very fitted denim shirt i have loved forever.

a cool antique chair. actually a collapsible rocking chair. on it, a beautiful deep green satin braided vintage belt i bought at Becky Plants Trees. so gorgeous, can’t wait to wear it or shoot it or something. and the most amazing 70s gold Lurex {snigger} shirt. i mean it’s covered in little afro’d, big eyelashed, big eyed girls. it’s, it’s just so VERY. and it fits me :) from Lenny & Me vintage.

tiny stars for fall. so nice. made from shells. though i really wanted to say- made! from! shells! these aren’t for garters. nope, they’re for something totally different.

more! lace! and elastic. and elastic lace. you get the picture. i’ve been collecting hardware and notions from all over the planet for this fall. it’s been crazy and nerve wracking actually. matching hardware size to elastic size, and matching hardware colours {!!!} is neurotic. ALSO, get this! i finally realized that most of the garter clips i use are actually VINTAGE deadstock. no wonder it is so hard to find them. sometimes i think being a ruthless sport shopper is a big part of this game, and it is. i am a ruthless sleuthing shopper.

a mint Floral Lasso tote order that went out, which i can happily say was happily received. and a tiny detachable pocket for a Rose Quilted Mini Louche tote that went out too. i STILL love making those Louches. a pleasure to make and gorgeous to look at upon completion, if i may be so bold.

a swan gift from Becky Plants Trees. thank you! i LOVE it.

ALSO- i’m moving my blog over to SWANclothing.com very soon. will let you know when of course, over and over and over again most likely. i love change. i feel almost like i have been in beta mode so far, and now i really begin.

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Many people have requested heavier clips on my sock garters and thigh-high garters for their heavier socks and thigh-highs, and I finally found some nice ones. I can use these on any pair, just ask. And I’ll be making up a special pair of heavy duty garters that can be used as a sock and thigh version soon. Because I do love you! And besides all that, hi everyone :) I’m working hard and looking forward to fall, I hope you are too.


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Continued from here. Now freshly done and on a jet plane…

And if you are all like, damn! Go here.

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hi jennie! this is what happened yesterday with your Tiny Rose purse in Mint…

my sewing machine with lovely view, note the mint thread all ready to go.

(my newly favourite vintage loafers.) side panels of Tiny Rose with top stitching templates in place & half finished zipper. a custom cut to size zipper mind you! so with teeth removed then the end bit put back on with appropriate pliers, then trimmed. i didn’t do that, a sweet zipper genius did that for me. and some bias tape finishing the edges. that bias tape will be throughout the bag interior.

thready bits after topstitching but before the template is removed and the threads are pulled through, individually knotted and then the end bits hidden.

just a happy photo of the topstitching on the template.

photos look much nicer large here.

today all the pieces of the actual bag are being put together, hopefully some pics will happen too.

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I made these bags twice. At first they were too fussy. What I really wanted was something simple, humble, pretty. The bags work. They hang well, are strong, and feel good, with a bit of body and a bit of slouch. And I love the cotton upholstery florals, I hunted for them for a while… Mint with tiny roses. Big luminous flowers on midnight black, like flowers in moonlight. A muted circle of dusty roses on tan. My favourite lilac floral fabric. And lemon-lemon yellow with big pale pink climbing roses too. That one just glows. The interior is lined in light grey with a single big pocket.

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I was obsessed with the handles being florals that encircled you and not the regular flat handles. So I made these rounded cotton filled handles, very easy on the shoulder. I love the idea of tubes of flowers. I found matching embroidery thread and hand whipstitched them together from end to end, and hand embroidered the swan logo.

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The wood swan charms were made for me by The Wood Garden. They work with “wood from sustainably farmed hardwood trees”. I think the swans are beautiful. They feel great, and the more they are handled the better they will look. They’re tied on with a little fabric loop. Something about threading the flowers through the wood swan, I love that too. I guess I am a little bit in love with these bags.

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So yes, finally a tote from me for summer!

Find them in my SWANclothing store.

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i guess i am still in a big city so i will keep posting these tiny, maybe inane, sometimes helpful sewing tips…

there are times when my sewing is getting the better of me. like i worry i can’t nail the topstitching i need to do on a finicky piece of leather. i get really tense, sort of shy away from the work as i sew, and feel a separation from it. but then i realized i had to do the opposite. the classic “tell it who’s boss” approach was the way to go. and i relax into my sewing, remember feeling confidant and sew. that’s the attack part. try it, it works. and at the very least it helps.

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People kept asking me where to get the tights I used in my SWANclothing sock garter shoots. Some I bought and some I made. It’s easy!

SWANclothing sock garters available in my store.

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i keep hinting. and i am almost finished the 1st batch of SWANclothing 2010 spring offerings. filling orders is really intense right now and balancing that with creating new items is a challenge to say the least. but i am very excited about spring things. newness brings lightness. sometimes nothing feels better than a change and different visuals to express a new season and time. as much as i love the past and old things, i love this too.

over the next couple of days i will post large versions of these in my Flickr stream. they look much nicer huge. EDIT- view here.

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{A Jointed Swan Silhouette from Chad of Mon Petit Fantome, photo by me.}

It started like this… I asked if I could blog Chad’s image of his Jointed Swan Silhouette, because I love it. He said yes, because he is nice. Photo by Chad.

Which lead to a trade where Chad sent me the Jointed Swan Silhouette and these lovely and elegant and charming and tearful swan prints, because he is very very nice and I think he spoiled me a bit…

Photos by me.

And I sent Chad custom made SWANclothing sock garters, because I guess I am nice too. Lovely photo by Chad.

Thank you Chad!

Mon Petit Fantome on Etsy and on Big Cartel.

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