DRESS FOR SUCCESS Sisterhood: Recycle the Runway 2017

Thank you DFS! We had so much fun recycling thrift store duds & making it fresh & modern! The event was inspiring & AMAZING, hearing so many personal stories of women taking on new jobs, new lives & empowering themselves to live the life of their dreams. We are so proud of all these women & the women behind the scenes who work tirelessly to make other lives better. We can't wait to team up with Dress For Success again in the future!

Before.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE & SHOP FOR A CAUSE

Thank you everyone for braving the polar vortex & coming out to HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE & SHOP FOR A CAUSE! Our annual end-of-the-year event highlights student work & showcases 2016 fashion design & illustration, progressive sewing projects, student collaboration, DIY techniques & of course our wonderful students & their families!

This year our theme was also about highlighting local compassionate entrepreneurs with eco-minded, socially-conscious products. Our special guests:

ROSIE BRITTON (TRADES OF HOPE - Fair Trade gifts)https://www.mytradesofhope.com/parties/46038

DIANA RIOS (THE 2050 EFFECT - Sustainable fashion design)

CLAUDE PUNTEL-SESSIONS (MWANAMKE PROJECT, WICHITA REFUGEES CONNECT) - Handmade pagnes from local refugee woman

CATHERINE JOHNSON (EcoFest @theBartlettArboretum, SOCE LIFE) - Recycled market bags

NINA WINTER (HAIKU - Sustainable fashion design) - Ecofashion for mindful living

ALTERNATIVE GIFTS INTERNATIONAL - Shop their catalog for gifts/causes given in honor of your name. Did you know they're local?!

We snapped a few photos before the event enjoy! HAPPY HANDMADE HOLIDAYS!!!

 

Cut & sewn by Diana Rios of THE 2050 EFFECT. Hand-dyed cotton gown with a special landscape/tree effect.

Cut & sewn by Diana Rios of THE 2050 EFFECT. Hand-dyed cotton gown with a special landscape/tree effect.

Recycled market bags by Catherine Johnson. Catherine's organization, SoCe Life, promotes community by encouraging neighbors/neighborhoods to start a conversation.

Recycled market bags by Catherine Johnson. Catherine's organization, SoCe Life, promotes community by encouraging neighbors/neighborhoods to start a conversation.

HAIKU. Eco-fashion for mindful living by Nina Winter.

HAIKU. Eco-fashion for mindful living by Nina Winter.

Rosie Britton of TRADES OF HOPE. Shop her link at: https://www.mytradesofhope.com/parties/46038

Rosie Britton of TRADES OF HOPE. Shop her link at: https://www.mytradesofhope.com/parties/46038

ELEGANT GOTHIC LOLITA Tea Party by Papercute

Who doesn't love a tea party?!! We're all about expressing your own individuality & standing out from the crowd. Don't take yourself too seriously, experiment with your own personal style, embrace people who are totally different than you, laugh at yourself & HAVE FUN! We were honored to host the tea party & can't wait for upcoming meetups! Want to join? All you have to do is dress up, show up & discover that we all have way more in common than we do differences. Thanks to the creative ladies of PAPERCUTE; we adore them & our lolita community!

Lolitas from L to R: Nina, AnRi, Giang, Anastasia, Lauren & Christina. Not pictured: Sarah

Lolitas from L to R: Nina, AnRi, Giang, Anastasia, Lauren & Christina. Not pictured: Sarah

ECOFEST 2016 at the Bartlett Arboretum

Our 3rd year back at EcoFest & it was bigger than ever! It was a wonderful day being surrounded by nature & eco-minded folks. Thank you Robin, Pat & Catherine for putting on a SPECTACULAR event!!! See you next year!

Check out our "Rainwear" eco-evening gown - made entirely of used umbrellas!

2016 Rainwear

2016 Rainwear

2014 Garbage Gown

2014 Garbage Gown

2015 Wood Nymph

2015 Wood Nymph

SUMMER FASHION CAMP 2016

Our Summer Fashion Camps are under way! 8 weeks of fashion fun! Our students have learned so much so far, from traditional sewing techniques to creating edgy, avant garde garments. Our #1 goal at TISSU is for each student to develop their own unique aesthetic, or imprint. We encourage them to be unique, be different & embrace what makes them stand out! We'll post a few projects throughout the summer. First one: Patchwork Slashwork.

ALMA BELLA - Beautiful Soul

Dia de los Muertos is a day of remembrance, respect & love for all the beautiful souls who have left our world into the next. We wanted to honor & remember every soul as a happy soul, so we designed/constructed a gown with that simple concept in mind. Simple yet complicated (aren't we all).

The bodice was made with a DRAPING technique and flat PATTERNMAKING for the sleeves. For the gown, we used a vintage bridal STORE PATTERN. The florals were intricately cut out and APPLIQUED, HAND SEWN & EMBROIDERED.

We applied many different sewing techniques, proving there's no 1 technique that is better than the other. Experiment! Choose what works for you & combine traditional/DIY techniques to accomplish your goals.

Thank you to the Workroom & everyone who came out to support local art on Halloween!

Tulle, satin, lace, chiffon

Tulle, satin, lace, chiffon


DOUGLAS DESIGN DISTRICT'S Avenue Art Days

We had a blast painting a mural with MakeICT! Watch for upcoming phases, from downtown to Oliver, where you can volunteer & make ICT beautiful. Or take some photos/selfies at the mural (across from the Anchor) to show your ICT pride. We're ecstatic to see our city grow & a continued focus on local art & businesses. Hope to see you at the next Avenue Art Days! Get your paint brushes ready!!!

Located on the west side of Granite Canyon (across the street from The Anchor).

Located on the west side of Granite Canyon (across the street from The Anchor).

Day 1 with Valerie, Nina, Cat & Rachael!

Day 1 with Valerie, Nina, Cat & Rachael!


Sustainable Fashion @EcoFest 2015

Thank you to the Bartlett Arboretum for having us back at the 2nd Annual Off-the-grid Ecofest! We met so many amazing people & old/new friends who spent the day basking in mother nature's beauty. The entire day was a 0 landfill waste event & electricity/PA system powered by volunteer bicyclists! So cool! Catherine Johnson & Robin Macy - we appreciate all that you do for our planet.

The Wood Nymph. Sustainable eco-gown from trimmed willow brancheses, falling leaves & bamboo strings. 100% wool top.

The Wood Nymph. Sustainable eco-gown from trimmed willow brancheses, falling leaves & bamboo strings. 100% wool top.

Silk, organic cotton, wool & hemp.

Silk, organic cotton, wool & hemp.

Upcycled vintage curtain gown

Upcycled vintage curtain gown

Artists Mike & Meghan Miller

Artists Mike & Meghan Miller

Bike powered PA system.

Bike powered PA system.


FLORAL FASHION

Flower gardening (and sewing, of course:-)) is extremely therapeutic, forcing us to slow down & witness all the natural beauty which surrounds us every day. That includes unpredictable weather, rain & windy days in Kansas. Recently, our blossoming flower petals & blooms were prematurely whisked away, but not in vain. Gathering up all our floral debris gave us a brilliant idea: why not transform these lonely petals into floral artwork??? Our students loved the idea & created their own unique "floral fashion" in today's class!

Experimenting.

Experimenting.

HAPPY EARTH DAY!

If you haven't already noticed, we're all about recycling & finding simple yet creative ways to live harmoniously with the earth. Our Earth Day Celebration & April Final Friday was the perfect time to re-introduce this universal concept!  Check out some of our fun eco-fashion submissions (please visit our Facebook page for more photos). What's YOUR favorite way to recycle, upcycle, etc.? Do you repurpose furniture? Shop at thrift stores? Share with us!

Handcrafted by Kat Craft & Char

Handcrafted by Kat Craft & Char

Plastic bag bonnet by Leane Dougherty.

Plastic bag bonnet by Leane Dougherty.

Our rainwear collection! Made from discarded umbrellas!

Our rainwear collection! Made from discarded umbrellas!

Fruit netting!

Fruit netting!

Window blinds, newspaper & eraser hat by Jill Rust

Window blinds, newspaper & eraser hat by Jill Rust



KNIT LOUNGE: Volume I

Thank you Prairiesque & all our knitters who came out to the Knit Lounge! We had a lot of fun & can't wait for Volume 2! If you missed out don't worry, we may be offering this beginner's workshop again. In the meantime, enjoy some photos from the night.

JACKETS & BLAZERS

One of the most satisfying garments to sew is the blazer or jacket. We shy away from these seemingly more difficult projects due to the details & time involved. A blazer roughly takes about 4 hours total, from laying out the patterns to cutting & sewing.

If you give yourself  1 hour per week, you can create your very own, favorite fabric/color combination, perfectly-fitted jacket in a month! It is SO satisfying to see the finished product!!

PATTERN TIP: Break down challenging projects (jackets) into smaller, manageable parts. Our students begin with a sketch & focus on one section at a time, like armholes. Think of patterns as a fun puzzle!

The boyfriend jacket.

The boyfriend jacket.

1 "Plain" Piece of Fabric

This is why we're OBSESSED with fabric. TISSU (meaning "fabric" in French) is all about seeing (and creating!) potential & beauty in the ordinary. Look at all the possibilities & original designs we came up with from just 1 long piece of black fabric! Method: drape & tuck (no sewing required)

This one was created by some FABULOSO high school students! Love!

This one was created by some FABULOSO high school students! Love!


GOTHIC. The Dark Side of Beauty (Final Friday 9/26/14)

80's music, The Cure, Open mic night, Cafe du Monde french coffee, dark chocolate, red wine...what a creative, nostalgic night! Thank you all for coming & a big thank you to those who opened up their hearts & souls with poems, art journals, custom designs, etc. For more photos, please visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/TissuSewingStudio

Designed, cut & sewn by TISSU student/aspiring fashion designer DIANA RIOS

Designed, cut & sewn by TISSU student/aspiring fashion designer DIANA RIOS

Lily at our open mic podium. Awesome poems!

Lily at our open mic podium. Awesome poems!

Poem & framed photography by Artist Glenn Gunnels

Poem & framed photography by Artist Glenn Gunnels

Mood Boards

Mood Boards


5 Minute Project - Quickie Artist/Cooking Apron

If you happen to have old skirts collecting dust in your closet, why not transform them into functional, everyday artist/cooking aprons! Just cut up both side seams & attach straps, around the neck & waist (hand or machine stitch). 1 skirt will make 2 aprons; one size fits all.  It's THAT simple!

Women's ankle-length skirt (any length will do)

Women's ankle-length skirt (any length will do)

1 skirt = 2 aprons = a thrifter's dream

1 skirt = 2 aprons = a thrifter's dream

One size fits all

One size fits all


TIP: Muslin samples

The key to the perfect fit is to practice on "muslin" fabric. It's an additional step that can be time-consuming but can save you endless hours of thread & seam ripping. Plus it'll save your precious fabric from wear & tear.

It's understandable to jump right into a new sewing project. Has this ever happened to you? You see a gorgeous fabric (on sale!), take it home & immediate start cutting & sewing. Then oops! It ends up being way too tight or you're missing an arm. Then you spend the next 2 hours ripping everything apart. It's happened to us a million times too :-)

Be patient. And practice. Purchase some inexpensive muslin & play around with your project first. Make markings directly on the muslin. Dot seam lines. Do whatever you want on the muslin. Then transfer these markings onto your new fabric piece.

Here are some samples of our muslin prototypes. These are basic garments that can be tweaked into different styles. What do you think? If you have any questions, let us know! Happy Sewing!!!

Jacket

Jacket

Skirt bodice

Skirt bodice

Pant

Pant

Collars

Collars

Dress bodice

Dress bodice


The Art of Draping.

HOW-TO TUTORIAL

*Draping Demonstration on Final Friday 7/25/14 6:30p-9p. FREE!

In fashion design, "draping" is the process of creating an actual garment or pattern directly on a dress form. To begin, use a design from your own fashion sketch. Or, use your fabric's natural properties as a design basis, playing around with it's natural drape & structure. There are many detailed steps to the actual "draping" process (for example, if you were to design a wedding gown from scratch). 

For now, to get your creative juices flowing, let's test out this initial draping exercise. It's quick, fun & you're able to create a stylish yet functional garment in just minutes!

Draped shawl by Nina Winter Design (2013)

Draped shawl by Nina Winter Design (2013)