Monday, October 3, 2011

In the beginning...

I started off sewing like anyone else, using the machine incorrectly, hastily with poor results. My mom taught me how to use the machine but not how to construct clothing. She was into upholstery, I was into patchwork, corduroy, and Phish. So, after mastering the mathematics of drawstring skirts and apron tops, I decided to learn the right way.
 My boyfriend and I moved up to Providence so I could attend URI's Master Seamstress Program. This was great for many reasons. One, all the women in my class were already professional dressmakers, seamstresses, and tailors. So not only did I learn so much from the teacher, but from all the students as well. I was the youngest and least experienced and these women held my hand through every lesson. I graduated a year later with a balanced knowledge in pattern making, draping, and tailoring.
Here is the dress form we created from casting and plaster in my draping class:

I took sketching classes and worked my butt off to get into RISD for Apparel Design. Fashion departments in schools like RISD do not care if you are an awesome sewer, they care that you can put your ideas onto paper creatively. I was, and still am, not a good sketcher but I have a healthy imagination and my design skills are solid. 
As soon as I got accepted into RISD I found out I was pregnant! My husband now, boyfriend then at the time, and I moved back home to New York to be close to our families and to start nesting. I started my some of my first designs while pregnant. Here they are!

I had my bambino in March 2007. 
Needless to say, life got pretty damn busy. I would read a lot about pattern making, draping, and design during my downtime but that was about it. I started to design again when the little bugger started sleeping more regularly and I started feeling more like myself. I created seasonal lines for women and had showcases. Here's me with my Spring 2009 collection:

I took designing and dressmaking on full swing after that. Opened Rosie's Handmade Revolution in Bellport, New York in April 2010. 

This first take on owning and running my own business was a HUGE. Rosie's had a dessert and coffee bar, live music on the weekends and workshops on Thursdays. Not to mention designing and stitching up inventory! Phew! This did not work out in more ways than one, but this location's failure was truly a blessing. I moved the shop to Sayville, New York in April 2011.

Although my new space is about 1000 sq/ft smaller than my last, no dessert bar or live music, I have flourished here. I sew in house every day that I am open. The foot traffic is better and I give sewing lessons during business hours. Plus, it is super close to home. With baby #2 on his way, this new spot is perfect and I have never been happier. 

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Pure Expression

I went to grab a quick reading from a psychic a couple years back in Providence. She had me wait in her living room while she tended to her little 3 yr old daughter named Princess. I remember thinking "this is a bad idea" after hearing the toddler's name but I was soon called in to her kitchen and she read my palm. She told me that there was a wall up between me and my creativity. She also told me that I had a question to ask her. Both, the wall and the question, were mysteries to me. I definitely could feel the wall but I could not define it. I still cannot define it. I still do not know what the right question would have been. It was almost like I could ask her anything in the world and she would have given me the most perfect answer, the key to my existence? 
I now know that the question should have been, "what do I need to do to get over the wall?"

Merril Garbus of Tune-yards, the only member of this band, has knocked down this wall and is exactly herself 100%. What a freeing feeling, right?!
Etsy just created a lovely video interviewing Merril and her liberating creative process. I can't love this enough.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Shoppy shop shop...

Shoppy shop shop...

How cute! Supayana and Norwegian Wood paired up for a play on your classic belted button down. Oh yeah, those bubble necklaces on the antique glove mold next to the duo are immensely awesome and clever as well!

Mama's Little Babies has some fantastic printed plastic composite jewelry.

Just a bit off the rack.

Cute to boot! New fall baby hats, pumpkins, and ghosts, and apples.

Just throw a handmade sweater over one of LoverDovers little girl apron dresses, too sweet!
Those hand felted shoes you see are ridiculously adorable and cozy.

Yes, it's true. This is a tie and waistcoat onesie.... I know, I know.
Many different sizes and patterns in stock now.

They look warm, right? Comfy chunky knitted coziness in the palm of your hands. 

And of course, this genius accessory, funkily delightful leather cuff wallets. Stash your money, credit cards, and ID snuggly to your wrist.
Your not cool with a purse.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Inspiration bound...

Quenching your inspiration thirst:

If you've never heard of it, Pinterest is pretty great. Basically, it's an inspiration super source for everything from food to home decor to fashion. I just sit here and drool over other peoples' photos over things they love, things they think are delicious, things they want to share with the rest of us. 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

New Fall Stock!


Designer: Supayana 
1. Fox Dress w/belt
2. Wool Izzy Dress
3. Balloon Sleeve Tunic
Supayana hits us with the perfect garbs to watch the leaves change color in. Available in all sizes while supplies last!

Designer: Kanokwalee Pusitanun
I have oodles of these delicious cozy scarflettes in a vast array of fall colors available. Pick a fresh one!

Designer: Anita Gaer
Chunky, warm fingerless gloves in super duper colors. 

Designer: Lisa Bruemmer of Tree and Kimball
Lisa handdyes beautiful lace for bright, delicate yet ample, sturdy yet romantic pieces. Rosie's has a little corner dedicated to this artist's delightful necklaces and earrings.  

Designer: Tovi Sorga and Corrie de Vries of ToviCorrie
The most awesome wrist wallet in crazy sweet designs. You can fit your ID, credit cards and loot in these babies. Your trendy bags are no longer welcome on your night on the town.

This and much more at:
Rosie's Handmade Revolution
40 Main Street
Sayville, NY 
(631) 567-1210