• Metallic Leather Tote

    June 19, 2013

    In addition to shoemaking, I’ve also decided to try my hand at making handbags. So far, I’m experimenting with simple tote shapes. My friend, Joy, is in the market for a basic tote so I offered to make her one. Here’s a shot of the two primary materials used. The metallic leather is from Global…

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  • Lilac and Leather: Cream Top and Pleather Leggings

    May 29, 2013

    Cream Wool Top w/ Lilac Collar Materials Used: Leather (Collar), Wool (Shell), Silk Habotai (Lining) Design By: Tailor Made Pattern Drafted/Draped By: Tailor Made Construction By: Tailor Made Pleather Leggings Materials Used: Pleather Design By: Tailor Made Pattern Drafted/Draped By: Tailor Made Construction By: Tailor Made Fun fact: I actually drafted the top in Joy’s…

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  • A Cordwainer’s First Pair of Shoes

    May 19, 2013

    Spoiler Alert: I made my first pair of shoes! A couple of months ago, I decided to take a beginner’s shoemaking class just to see how difficult it is to create a pair of shoes from scratch. I now have my answer: It is not at all difficult! Caveat: Although there is nothing terribly difficult…

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  • Lilac and Leather: Leather Vest and Tweed Shorts

    May 16, 2013

    There is something unexpectedly delightful about pairing leather with tweed. It is like pairing two unlikely foods and getting a serendipitous explosion of flavors that complement each other harmoniously. Kind of like eating cream cheese with jelly (on a bread roll). In fact, I happen to think that cream cheese is jelly’s soulmate. (Sorry, peanut…

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  • Spring 2013 Collection: Lilac and Leather

    May 13, 2013

    Background: The University of Chicago Festival of the Arts is a week-long celebration of the arts on the campus. The student-run organization, FOTA, provides funding to students to work on creative and artistic projects and performances that are then showcased for the duration of the week. The Festival of the Arts opens with a launch…

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  • Welcome

    May 7, 2013

    I once asked my sewing instructor, “Why do you want to teach people how to sew?” He replied, “So you all can go out there and force a little bit of yourselves upon the world.” Like many, I am drawn to the power of self-expression through dress. More specifically, I think that there is no…

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