A little note

Hello everybody! I haven’t got much time, but thought I’d just pop in to say hello and to let you know we’re still working away busily getting ready for the big launch on Saturday! We had the photoshoot this weekend and everything came out so delightfully charming! I can’t wait to share the new dresses with you all, and hope you like them as much as we do!

And, I’m off to do some more photo editing! Talk to you all soon,

Melody

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We’re back and sewing!

As you might guess from the title of this post, life caught up to us in the last couple of weeks, and we haven’t had much time to devote to the Spring Line or to our most recent couple of custom orders. Oddly enough, however, ideas have been coming out our ears — mine especially! It was a bit frustrating to have all these ideas and then no reality to show for it. However, all that’s changed this week, as we’ve finally had time to start diving into some fabric, and the results so far are really lovely.

Anyway, this means that the Spring Line is at last well underway, and we’re looking at a tentative launch date within the next couple of weeks! Hooray! And just in time for Spring, too — isn’t Saturday the day spring officially starts? We know you’ll love the new dresses; they’re all so delightfully cute!

Off to sew some more! One of us will post again as soon as we’ve got a launch date for you to look forward to…

Melinda

Manchu shoes

The other day I was wandering about at my local art gallery, checking out the latest exhibit. As I perused the contemporary paintings and installation pieces, something caught my eye — a display case with shoes in it!

(Since I didn’t have my camera with me, this is a picture of the same sort of shoe from the Met Museum; click on the picture to go to its page.)

In the display case were several shoes from the Manchu dynasty of China, and what struck me about them (besides, of course, the beautiful embroidered fabrics and workmanship) was the cleverness of the people who invented them! Apparently, the Manchu people did not agree with the then-popular practice of foot binding; but their women still wanted the same sort of swinging step and look that foot-binding gave. So they put these fancy soles on their shoes to mimic the effect. With long enough skirts, their feet appeared bound without actually having to go through all the pain of it. Clever, isn’t it? And who couldn’t love all the embroidery?

–Melinda

Meet Sophia

Here she is! She arrived this weekend from Chicago, and started work officially yesterday. And just in time to help us with the Spring Line, too!

Sophia’s a really interesting person, and I can tell already that she’ll be a great asset for us. She’s extremely calm about everything, and she knows how to buckle down and do some serious work. But she also has a very distinct funny streak which pops out when you’re least expecting it!

It’s going to be fabulous working with her, and we’re all thrilled that she could join our team!

Melody