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Stitching Spring

Winter doesn't want to leave, but Spring won't be deterred. . .the first buds are sprouting and the birds and small animals are celebrating the advent of warmer weather to come.  i always love color and it is never lacking in my studio.

threads and roses

threads and roses

Barbara Haskell, my wonderful client, was recently profiled on NY1  speaking about her Grant Wood painting survey currently on view at the Whitney museum  she is wearing a custom red wool pants suit and black silk camisole with lace appliqué

Barbara Haskell, my wonderful client, was recently profiled on NY1  speaking about her Grant Wood painting survey currently on view at the Whitney museum

she is wearing a custom red wool pants suit and black silk camisole with lace appliqué

Barbara wore a dress of mine to the opening of her Grant wood show  it is silk Gazar with lace capelet sleeves

Barbara wore a dress of mine to the opening of her Grant wood show

it is silk Gazar with lace capelet sleeves

My husband, Artist Taro Suzuki, in front of Grant Wood's most famous painting -  American Gothic

My husband, Artist Taro Suzuki, in front of Grant Wood's most famous painting - American Gothic

one of Grant Woods's oddly narrative paintings at the Whitney

one of Grant Woods's oddly narrative paintings at the Whitney

Barbara Haskell profiled in the   NYTimes

Barbara Haskell profiled in the NYTimes

red and blue Dutch Wax  dress in progress

red and blue Dutch Wax  dress in progress

blue and fushia Dutch wax  Qipau  dress 

blue and fushia Dutch wax Qipau dress 

A client brought me some beautiful Irish Tweed that she bought in Ireland in the 60's - there was just enough to make this coat with only tiny scraps left over

A client brought me some beautiful Irish Tweed that she bought in Ireland in the 60's - there was just enough to make this coat with only tiny scraps left over

client wearing finished coat

client wearing finished coat

For my sister's 60 birthday her husband arranged a surprise dance party and I made her a surprise dress

red, yellow and green wax-print dress 

red, yellow and green wax-print dress 

it fits!!

it fits!!

Indian block-print cotton Voile

Indian block-print cotton Voile

Happy Spring Everyone!

Celestial Suiting

Since the solstice and a very busy November and December I have been ensconced in my atelier meditating and working on new designs. It is always so informative to interact with the array of women who come to my sales and see their reactions to the samples and what they end up going home with. Their needs and desires ultimately influence what I come up with in the coming months. I am happily surprised to see that many of my patterns work on different sizes and shapes of bodies.  This is an ever-evolving pursuit-  to come up with figure flattering and flexible shapes.  I have replenished my stock of Wax-print fabrics and I find it very cheering to have a bit of color around me and to think ahead to warmer weather.  

Tailored suit in a silk/wool blend, inspired by Dior

Tailored suit in a silk/wool blend, inspired by Dior

This "Raj" jacket is convertible into different configurations-  a simple fitted style or the pull back beribboned version shown here.

wax-print jacket with optional silk tartan bows

wax-print jacket with optional silk tartan bows

a blue version of my "poppy" dress in wax-print cotton is an   example of  a figure-loving dress

wax-print cotton - with selvage-edge finishing-    size 4  -  12     in various prints -  $475. - $575.   depending on customization   

wax-print cotton - with selvage-edge finishing-    size 4  -  12     in various prints -  $475. - $575.   depending on customization   

wax-prints before washing

wax-prints before washing

This was a magical December night of the super moon (which I didn't manage to capture) but it seems to be reflected in  this taffeta moirè fabric which I made into a Qipau. . .

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silk moirè taffeta from Paris

silk moirè taffeta from Paris

I met this bright young student on New Year's Eve who wanted to try on my flower crown-  Happy New Year everyone!  Let's try and stay positive!

I met this bright young student on New Year's Eve who wanted to try on my flower crown-  Happy New Year everyone!  Let's try and stay positive!