Let's Get This Party Started!!

Valentines Day is just around the corner and who wouldn't like the most adorable dress to wear for this most romantic of calendar dates?  Even better, what if you made it yourself?  Here at said we have a new book by former Portlander Mary Adams, called The Party Dress Book (or how to sew the best dress in the room).  I loved this book so much, that I was inspired to make a garment for the first time in many years and as you can see it turned out so cute.  I used vintage fabrics that I had had for years, added a crinoline and voila!  The best part is that the patterns are included in the book and Mary's instructions are clear and easy to follow. 

Mary has been sewing all her life and for a short time in the late 1970s sold her designs at the Portland Saturday Market where, believe it or not I had a booth around the same time.  I am sure we must have run into each other at one time or another.  Mary later moved to New York where she still has a shop where she will design a custom dress for you or you can buy a dress off the rack.  You may even run into a celebrity or two as she has designed dresses for the likes of Amy Sedaris and Bernadette Peters. 

We hope you will be inspired to pick up the book and make your own creation.  Stay tuned for events here at said to inspire you to look at fashion and home design in a new and creative way.  See you soon!