A few months ago The Sewing Tree started a Jacket Junkies group. This group was formed because Annette 'dragged' me to the Western Avenue Studios in Lowell, http://www.westernavenuestudios.com/ We saw some jackets that we knew we could make, but the embellishment was incredible and thus started our desire to sew for ourselves. To date Faith has accomplished the most taking what she learned from Kenneth King's class on Moulage (where I met a new NHASG member), using fabric she had purchased at a yard sale and creating a one of a kind Chanel style jacket complete with fabulous welt pockets--she informs us it was her first attempt (and they are perfect).
This message is to let you know that sewing is alive and we are having lots of fun.
This sumptuous dress needs no introduction- the design and details say it all. Enjoy the details of this fabulous going away dress. Layered elegance and more than a bit of simmering sensuality. We are currently conducting research on Lily Belle Folsom Ayres and will share what we learn about this newlywed.
Strawbery Banke Museum staff and friends were recently invited by Ann Carnaby, owner of Tracy Theatre Orignals (firstname.lastname@example.org; www.tracycostumes.com) and Betty Moore, executive director of the Tuck Museum, for a behind the scene visit. This was a very special afternoon for exploring elements of costume design in relation to historic costumes, contemporary design and, at the Tuck Museum, examining close connections between area fashion choices.
Ann is also designing a very special piece for "Thread: The Story of New England Fashion" but hush, hush is the word on that!
Responding to a recent request for sponsorship information, Chief Curator, Dr. Kimberly Alexander pulled together an impromptu fashion shoot at the gallery of Blue Tree. Thank you to Brian Smestad for his good nature and fabulous photos and Associate Curator, Tara Vose; Curatorial Intern, Bridget Swift and Summer Intern, Alexa Price for their humor! Here are a few shots to preview. And now you know some of the members of the Thread team from Strawbery Banke Museum!
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Tara in black & gray long dress from Twice a Lady
Tara and Alexa, in vintage Edwardian whites
Kimberly in ruffled White House Black Market dress
Kimberly and Bridget in black and white polka dots from Twice a Lady