Thursday, August 2, 2018

Getting ready to re-roll my sleeves!

Recently, and once again...I decided it was time to do some purging and reorganizing in my studio and storage!   A fun part was reviewing old Threads magazines & related pre-Internet catalogs,  pulling out a few special how-to articles or inspiration favorites and placing them in a 3-ring.  (Yes, I know, most everything they cover can be pulled from an online image, U-tube or well-written article, but it’s great to be able to flip through some actual paper without wearing out my printer.)

And what’s going on inside this red-capped head?  I’m planning to create a new line of fancy and festive occasion skirts.  Some will be restyled items and some from scratch.  Look for sequins, sparkles, tulle, brocades, textured and embellished feminine styles.

You might also see some new items in menswear silhouettes incorporating some of the above and with a character kick.  My current goal is to use some of the wonderful stash of fabrics and trim I’ve been holding onto for customers unafraid to jazz up their image once in a while.  Sizing will be as flexible as seems right and there will be items geared to children, teens and adults. 

By the way,

Haven't been able to market items in awhile due to other commitments. Will welcome your suggestions as to possible locations for indoor or outdoor marketplaces for handmade fashions

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Spiffy Duds

Yep, a new baby means Grams is sewing up some Spiffy Duds for this growing little one.
Here are a few fun pieces.

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Always something in the works when you love to create clothing items.  Here are a few items produced in 2016 not featured in prior posts: linen vest and trousers for 6' 9" groom, and a vintage wedding gown restored and recreated boned bodice covered in gorgeous heavily beaded lace.

Also, be sure & checkout designs included in the post entitled Going Local.  

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Brocade Buttons Bows

Thankfully, the brocades, buttons and bows are done because this post finds me going into tech week for "Emilie" with limited use of only one hand after a slip & fall accident on May 31st. Ouch!  

Check it out - (Current Season, Second Stage Series) 
Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight 
by Lauren Gunderson

Costume assistants, Nancy & Liesa, and friends, are picking up the slack to get the final costume adjustments done so that you will be transported to early 1700''s French Court when the show opens June 10th.  Actors & crew under the direction of veteran Sue Scarborough have been working diligently to bring this great biographical story to life for you.  Photos are forthcoming.

Looks like this summer won't see Raiment designs at any art/craft vendor fares as my hands heal.  Might have to find a passion besides sewing!  Ideas?   

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Find my designs at Going Local NC

Raiment - for the Fancy In You is now at N. Raleigh' Going Local NC, an artisan gallery shop located at 10940-116 Raven Ridge Rd Raleigh NC 27614.  



Check out Raiment's latest collections including new fanciful and flirty tunics, trousers, and culottes, each comfortable, on trend and with a little something you won’t find elsewhere.


If you do like a style and need it created for your personal fit or fabrics, do contact me.

Remember, there is only one of each piece off the rack, but we can create your unique version.  

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Welcome and Getting Around

Raiment Booth at Millstock Street Festival, Clayton, NC  June 2015

I hope you will take a few minutes to explore all of my pages. You can scroll down here to see some photos of pieces from my collections and click on the page tabs at the top for more.

In fact, I've just uploaded some of the wonderful photos of the costumes I designed for the April 2015 production of Sunday in the Park with George directed by Jerome Davis at Burning Coal Theatre in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Doing these period pieces are my favorite types of costuming.  This musical required building not just the main outerwear, but corsets and bustles, top hats, French bonnets, and parasols.  For me, keeping things within a tight budget allows me to recycle fabrics and trim from thrift shop finds, recreate, reshape, and generally transform the old into the new garment.  We took apart and tweaked children's umbrellas and lace dresses for the parasols, restyled 2-piece suits into a cutaway and a tail coat, etc. Of course, some pieces are created from yardage and which may have required painting to achieve the final look.

Check back in soon for photos of new work in floaty silks and new breezy poly's.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The HERO CAPE by RAIMENT – for the Fancy in You!

Who is the HERO in your day?  

I’ve placed a pocket inside the cape and include a couple of certificates you can fill out and pop into the pocket personalizing your Hero. Available now in RED, SILVER, and PINK (blue sold out for now).  If you would like to customize your cape by size or color, just contact me. Meantime, you can choose the standard 27-29” length.logo in metallic gold with metallic purple lettering.
$25 –  919-412-6824