Posted by - Bonnie @ 18:19
HAT TRENDING SPRING 2013 Most Popular Hats in Colorado
Most HAT TRENDING SPRING 2013 Popular Hats in Colorado
The popular hat trend in the NoCo area has been knit caps or “beanies” especially on young men and boys. This has been going on in the Denver area as well for over a year. It has been such a strong trend that even my nine year old nephew showed up for Mother’s Day with a knit cap and wore it all day. At least it saved his head from the sunburn that showed up on the rest of him.
The Newsboy/Pageboy or the Cadet Cap is hot for ladies.
I am quite happy that something else besides the Stetson (or cowboy hat) and the ever more popular Baseball Cap (the last 20 years) have shown up on the heads of Coloradoans. I’ve had many unique requests for hats lately including Pillbox, Bowler (Derby), Top Hat, Dredlock Caps and “Kentucky Derby” hats.
You’ll still see a lot of the Dew hats or “Do Rags” (bandanas or leather sewn into a skull cap), the Fedora and bandanas worn around town as well as the standard Cowboy and Baseball.
The Red Hat Society ladies are making a big show in Longmont and Loveland these days and seem to like Bolero (or “Gaucho”) and Breton style hats a lot (not to be confused with a Breton Cap, which is a Greek Fisherman’s Cap). They also seem to love the big brim hats a lot, and who wouldn’t? You can put all kinds of “bling” on those.
I personally would like to see the “Grannie Cap” come back into style.
Posted by - Bonnie @ 11:03
Charles’ custom Gortex Parka
I started this custom parka in October and didn’t finish it until January because of tendonitis in my right hand which made it impossible to ease and heat seal the seams. Once I got back and running I finished it off and finally got it to Charles Moore for the rest of the winter season. He had a Gortex parka that lost it’s waterproofing after many years and couldn’t find a new one that fit him. He wanted a custom one made up where the arms would be longer and the lining would be thin so he could layer it over his jean jacket, and other layers, for our seasonal changes here in Loveland, Colorado. He rides his bike a lot and has the coolest set up with a helmet and mirrors and this is something he needed to make him comfortable again, in all climates, especially those in between months where we’ll get sun and warmth, but then it’ll rain or snow out of nowhere. The saying we have here in Colorado is, “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute.” I ended up buying all kinds of waterproofing seam protectants but ended up actually fusing waterproofing sealant tape for most of the seams so that it won’t loose it’s waterproofing. This parka should last for 20 years and I spent over 40 hours making it. I still have the mock up in a plaid flannel which I might use to make another one, if anybody requests it. I would want to make a few at once and get a special heat press for heat sealing all of those seams. This was my first coat out of Gortex and I can tell you that you’ll need Microtex needles and you’ll go through at least two needles for this project. I enjoy the challenge of new, special customers who want a custom tailored garment that is outside the proverbial box. It challenges me to learn to use fabrics I’m not familiar with, and to try new methods of construction. Thanks for your patience and your custom, Mr. Moore. I hope your parka gives you years of use and satisfaction.
Posted by - Bonnie @ 11:15
Since both of my computers have been hit with viruses I’ve realized that I like not having my time stolen by digital media. So many people can’t even communicate, much less write a letter. Improper sentence structure on a post, letter, advertisement or contract, makes me reluctant to do business with the source. It all seems like spam when the sentences are fragmented and incomprehensible. I’ve found that communication and respect are far more likely to result in a win-win situation, with all involved feeling content and worthy. Therefore, I am in no hurry to get my computers fixed and I urge all who want to check us out to go ahead and call us at the number listed. We’ll be happy to hear your real, human, voice and have a nice chat. We’re all about people here. Better yet, come and see us! Have a nice day.
Posted by - Bonnie @ 20:31
I was so sad tonight when we had to cancel our slice and dice class for lack of students. Check out what others have done with old T shirts.Flapper dress from recycled T shirts
Also check out the recycled T-shirt aprons we made for MoBetta Gumbo when they open up on January 25, 2013.
We have two new apprentices who are doing construction and alterations for the shop. Ashley and Neva show real promise and talent.
Sandy has been taking care of me and cleaning up the shop every day. It’s been hard to do much with tendonitis in my right hand that I need to ease with. If you don’t know what easing is, it’s stretching a shorter length of fabric into a longer piece to create curves and angles in clothing.
Posted by - Bonnie @ 20:25
Garment Gal Animation AdRobbie came by today from garment gal. She has a new website http://www.garmentgal.com/ but don’t click on it yet, they’re still working on it. Anyhow, we’ll be doing some work for her in a couple of weeks when my tendonitis is better. We’re also doing some You Tube videos with her on how to upcycle clothing. We had been in the Power of Fashion show with them (Garment Gal) for the first Fear Modeling show. What fun. Looking forward to it Robbie!
Posted by - Bonnie @ 18:29
Very Fun Clown Pants Custom Sewn by Bonnie McLeod Carmichael of Rip Club
It was a gas making these clown pants, but boy it was like making custom jeans. A lot of work with a fly and an adjustable elastic waist. The button was a real find as well. Back pockets have side gussets so he can carry blown up party balloons in them. I wish I’d taken a side or back view photograph because it’s hillarious! Custom design was done by me, Bonnie McLeod Carmichael, from Arnand’s description, pictures and needs. The little teddy bears embroidered on has to do with his character’s name. I hope he brings the joy and laughter to the inhabatants of intensive care and hospice at the Longmont United Hospital in Longmont, Colorado.
Posted by - Bonnie @ 18:35
Nola, Katie and Destiny Modeling Cute 40′s Style Dresses
The Grand ReOpening of the Rip Club at our new address of 333 N. Cleveland Ave., Loveland, Colorado on September 14, 2012. Old and new customers enjoyed the cute models, live Jazz music by CarYaffee (Tim Carmichael and Don Yaffee), a free buffet, and tours of the sewing lounge upstairs.
Posted by - Bonnie @ 19:15
As You Enter the Sewing Lounge We Will Check out your tool kit and help you pick your perfect thread colors.
We’ve gotten all moved in to our new location in downtown Loveland. The new address is 333 N. Cleveland Avenue. Our Grand Opening will be held on Sept 14, 2012, from 6pm-9pm. In addition to an open house with models showing some cute 40′s style dresses, we will have a live Jazz duo and some refreshments. Mark your calendar. Hope to see you there!
New Rip Club Storefront
Posted by - Bonnie @ 12:59
We are in the middle of spring cleaning and will, therefore, be open by appointment only. The sewing lounge is closed until further notice, but private lessons are still available by appointment. Please call us at 222-7703 for your alterations, sewing lessons and fittings. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope you’re having a great summer.
Posted by - Bonnie @ 18:23
We found this lovely blog on how to turn really tiny spaghetti straps with only a bobby pin. We are so excited about this! Check out this link to read it. http://craftyendeavors.blogspot.com/2009/05/tutorial-how-to-make-button-loops-or.html Now we have another way to use the skinniest fabric scraps into beautiful and frugal straps.