Posts Tagged ‘modern’

Calligraphy: I Make Fashion


I love working on projects with Megan Nielsen. She asked me to make a design with “I Make Fashion” on it and keep with her branding. I did a mono line piece in lowercase with symmetrical flourishes.

In this piece, the words go up on the right while the flourishes go down on the right; sort of making a visual x-marks the calligraphy spot. I’m more than jazzed how it turned out. I plan on sporting this tote as often as possible.

I’m pretty stoked to have gotten it in the mail in time for sewing summit. Maybe all the other garment sewists will think I’m cool. That’s my hope at least. You can purchase your own here.

Calligraphy Workshop in Salt Lake City


I’m feeling settled enough to host another live, modern calligraphy workshop! A few of you have asked if/when I would be offering another live class, and it’s time. I hope to be doing more of these kinds of workshops on a regular basis.

On Saturday September 1 from 2-4pm, I will be teaching a modern calligraphy workshop out of my home in Draper, Utah. I would love to see you there!


In the two hour workshop, you will learn the basics of traditional Copperplate calligraphy, a brief history of its beginnings, how to work with the pointed pen and how to make calligraphy your own. The workshop includes the two hour session and a basic kit for getting started. This does not include access to the online course or gallery. Space is limited. The workshop (including materials fees) is $60.

The Very Mod Bod


For about six Christmases in a row, my childhood wish for Santa was that he bring me some socks that fit. My 5,000 pair just didn’t feel right on my feet. I’m serious. We have it on camera. If you talk to Chris or any of my family members you’ll find out that I’m known for my temper tantrums about clothes and the way they fit and look. I was really excited (and a little nervous) when The ModBod gave me some clothes to try out. Here’s how I wore them and my honest opinion of each garment:

the cowl girlCowel Girl 2

Cowel Girl 1

Outfit details:

  • sweater: thrifted
  • yellow necklace: Brazil
  • purple necklace: Right-Aid (ages ago)
  • cowl top: The ModBod
  • pants: Gap
  • boots: thrifted

The Kali Cowl is fitted in all the right places, loose in even better places and has a sweet pleated detail in the front. It comes in brown & plum; plum being one of the hottest colors of the season. Granted it’s a lighter plum, but it looks great with all those dark purple accents that are popping most everywhere. The fabric is a medium weight, soft jersey knit, perfectly warm for layering when chilly, or wearing plain on warm fall/winter days. Fits true to size. And I’ve worn this top three times this week.

blue + suede shoesBlue + Suede Shoes 1

blue + suede shoes 2

Outfit details:

  • amberlee jacket: The ModBod
  • perfect tee: The ModBod
  • tiered silver necklace: Forever 21
  • silver + turquoise necklace: handmade by my dad
  • denim: Pura*Mania, Brazil
  • suede boots: thrifted

The amberlee jacket has button details on the pockets, zippered front and has a slight hint of military styling. It’s a light-weight sweater jersey with plenty of stretch. I love the side orientation of the pockets and the fit in the sleeves. There’s no collar or hood which is perfect if you want to layer a scarf or two. Fits true to size.

The perfect tee has a very appropriate name. The half-sleeve length is my favorite part about the fit, capped sleeves are becoming a little dated (IMHO) and they’re not flattering on old arms. The fabric is very soft and very stretchy. The neckline is high, but it never bugged me. I’m not used to wearing very tight shirts these days so the uber fit took a little getting used to. If you’re not comfortable with form-fitted shirts, buy a size larger. It was tighter in the chest and armpits and tummy when I first put it on, but loosened up in the tummy area after a while. This shirt kept riding up, probably because the shirt was a little tight.

the violet femmethe violet femme 2

the violet femme

Outfit Details:

The katie jean skirt is that perfect shade of denim that easily coordinates with both dark and light colors. I thought from the photo on the site that it would be more of a greyish, brown denim, but it’s actually more blue than brown or grey. I’m a sucker for the inverted pleats (isn’t that what they’re called?). The only downside I see to this skirt is that it wrinkles quite quickly. It’s not nearly as bad as linen, but you definitely need to iron before wearing (as you can see from the photos above). I like skirts to hit at my natural waist or a little higher, so I’m wearing a size smaller. It still seems a to fit a little low on the waist.

banded groupieDance, Dance Cardigan

Dance Dance Cardigan 2

Outfit details:

  • necklaces: thrifted
  • collared shirt: thrifted
  • banded cardigan: The ModBod
  • red belt: thrifted
  • dark denim: Forever 21
  • red shoes: thrifted

The banded cardigan is my favorite item of the bunch. It comes in black, charcoal and brown in a silky-soft, lightweight jersey. My first impression was that my skin was happy to be touching something so wonderful. It has a deep V with buttons down the front. Have I told anyone that this is my FAVORITE color combo to wear? The cardigan fits true to size, so go up a size if you’re looking for a more draped look. The sleeve cuffs are snug and fit me well, but as anyone who has seen me heaving to lift my 18-month old daughter can attest, I have  super scrawny arms. I might be looking for a larger size if I had better-developed biceps.

Fit makes or breaks any garment, so I hope that my sizing notes are helpful. The cardigan and the skirt are my favorite ModBod pieces of the group. I’ve been impressed by the ModBod’s quality of fabric and construction, and I’ve found myself wearing at least one of these items every day this week.


Now that you’re thoroughly convinced that you need every single piece from The ModBod’s fall clothing line, use the promo code above for 15% off your online order! Hurry! Promo expires December 7th, 2009!

Full Disclosure: I was given free product in exchange for a review. These are my honest opinions and have not been influenced by the ModBod.
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