Pardon my lackadaisical posting habits, I am experiencing an unprecedented custom order boom. Usually the first few months of the year are slower for me, but good GOD, not this year. Plus it’s nearing the end of March and I’m not trying to panic over how much garden prep I have NOT done yet.
Also I know I have already totally failed at my “one new tutorial and one new sewing pattern” per month thing. BOO! I actually have things mostly ready, but I just haven’t had time to finish them. ARG!
Yeah, that’s right. BOO and ARG!
Anyway, here are some of my new designs that I’ve been working on!
A new sweater coat called Absinthe- I had planned on designing a whole bunch of new coats, and then got completely overwhelmed with all these orders, so I only got one out in time!
The TARDIS dress! Featuring my custom designed fabric:
The Party Animal dress. Or as some people call it, The Lisa Frank dress.
Your Name: Shelley Smatana Age: 32 Hometown: Houston, TX Current Location: Los Angeles, CA
How did your interest in fashion begin?
Subcultures were what got me into fashion. I love youth uprisings that have their own politics, fashion and music and their opposition to the values of the larger culture. There is so much passion associated with subcultures, and I found that very inspiring .
In addition, I enjoyed the style of fashion in the B-movies from the 50s-60s era. Those movies that featured bad girls with switchblades, all girl gangs and juvenile delinquents and were fun to watch.
What motivated you to start selling your designs and what were your expectations when you started?
I was a bit frustrated with pencil skirts that just did not fit like the ones I saw in the movies, and I felt that other gals were too. I really did not have any huge expectations when I started making Zombe Kitten skirts. This has ALL been very flattering and surprising to me. I still blush and get all shy when people come up to me telling me how much they love the skirts. I really never imagined my skirts would take off the way they have!Read more…