My favorite fabric store in Chicago, Textile Discount Outlet, is packed with rare and gorgeous vintage fabrics. I had been eyeing this burn-out velvet for months but for the first time, probably ever, I felt this fabric was too special to buy without just cause. Luckily, my friends Sam and Michael got engaged. I was ecstatic, finally… Continue reading An Occasion Worthy of Vintage Burnout-Velvet
My fancy boyfriend works for a fancy company that had their holiday party at the Field Museum. Last year I wore a dress I made in college, which is lovely, but other folks were wearing floor length gowns and I was insanely jealous. No one told me I could wear a gown! Now that my prom days… Continue reading The Five Hour Evening Gown
Of course the paparazzi follow Arlene everywhere, snapping glamour shots for the Post and Courier. I am lucky to call this Charleston celebrity my friend and I gave her some jewels before I left this summer. Arlene is now the official muse and face of SV Jewelry!
I am blessed to have so many generous, talented and dear friends. Three of them, Arlene from SC and Sweet Hannah and Kelly from IN, came to visit last weekend and we had a fabulous time! The four of us went to brunch (duh), then Millennium Park where we got caught in a sudden storm… Continue reading Bejeweled Visitors
I hadn’t seen my boyfriend Ricky in three months! Three months too long! After having been apart for most of the summer while I was working in Charleston and traveling, we reunited in Denver, CO. Obviously, the first thing we did was go to brunch. (Our first date was a brunch date and it definitely set… Continue reading New Pretties and Summer Lovin’
You guys, I made a wedding dress! About a year ago my cousin Beth asked me if I would make her wedding dress. I honestly can’t remember how it came up, but I immediately and obviously said yes to the dress. It was without a doubt the greatest undertaking of my sewing career –and let’s… Continue reading Hell Yes to This Dress!
A little over a year ago I bought my dear friend Jordan a tie. It is this burnt-yellow-70s-paisley-atrocity that many would assert belongs in a landfill, but from the moment I saw it hiding behind its fellows at the salvation army, I knew it belonged around Jordan’s neck. This tie was the inception of one… Continue reading Jordan Bishop and the Game of Ties