Saturday, October 29, 2011

What's New in the Purple Sage Designz Web Shop?

Favorites added: hemp, recycled sari silk, wool
4 ready to ship tams for end of fall:). Classic black longer tam# 397.

organic cotton/hemp with rec. sari silk snood tam

mat your dreads wool tam

patchwork delight wool blend tam hat

Female view of fashion prevails again on Project Runway, yeah

All right, this is one of my tv passions; project runway, a reality design show where the finalists show their collections at Mercedes Benz fashion week in NYC and L'Oreal will fund big prizes for future career and design lines.
This is the 2nd time in a row that a female designer has won, with a collection that is easy, has BoHo or Caribbean influences and, NO mini skirts or all these goofy little tight cocktail dresses that men want to dress us in. (Can I say hooker alert when I look at some of the male designers and how they envision women's fashion?)
Anyway, I love Anya's finale collection, and she makes me dream of an island vacation.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Mohawk hat -- inspired by a friend's request

These hats are not live in the shops, yet, but may appear soon. A friend asked me if I could do a mohawk style hat and I worked up 2 samples, with the 2nd one actually to my satisfaction. I don't know yet if I want to sell these on a regular basis as the fringes are very time consuming, but I like the concept and style.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Work Studio pictures

my little crochet sit-down corner is coming along nicely with all 2nd hand furniture and "feel good decor". As hoarders of vintage stuff we still have an old brown tv set from the 80s(?)...but heck, it works for background the work place.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Hemp yarn dread tams beyond the beige

We all love natural hemp, but look at all these different colors and blends that hemp yarn comes in nowadays: in pure, blended with wool, cotton, bamboo, modal (plant cellulose)
These dread hemp tams are sold, but I will make similar ones per request:)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Sophisticated Seventies come back...

Sophisticated 70s

Time to get my vintage knit, crochet and sewing mags back out....because I love the Seventies. I have worn all the craziness of mini skirts, hot pants, maxi skirts, trumpet pants, plateau shoes....even though I have never really been too "sophisticated" and always more on the BoHo or even early grunge side of the fashion scene I am thrilled to see the colors, some shapes and stylings come back.
I was a bit shocked by the retail prices for above items (it takes you to the source, polyvore, if you click on the image), because some of them are steep...and wasn't what I remember my clothes budget ever had been back then. In order to complete my wardrobe I already did a lot of re-constructing, upcycling and diy as a teenager, too. Something my grandma did on a regular basis and she supplied almost all the women in our family with altered couture.
I am still grateful that an early sense of handcrafting clothing and accessories were instilled, even though at my young age would have preferred store-bought back then.