Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Time for another SPEAKEASY!!!!



Let's do this!

* What I've earned in the past few days. is that people don't have dates free in common.  You want the guidance, you want the appointments, but the shared energy is really squashed by the pandemic-ness of it all.

It is time for your own customized  Speakeasy, EASIER than before!

Details and ticket purchase button are below.  This ticket is available for IN-PERSON shopping in the garment district on the date of your choosing. Monday-Fridays give the best options, and Saturdays, while still possible, offer fewer choices for in-person shopping.  Sundays offer very few options, but some still exist. You may ask any questions in the comments below, or contact me directly via email.

  • Appointments given for specific stores with scheduled shopping times
  • Easy navigation given via customized maps (with considerations for disabilities if needed)
  • No in-person social gathering 
  • No included shared meal, but recommendations for the most accommodating places in the area.
  • invitation to a Zoom "afterparty" and summary of event to share with other participants.
  • Pre-negotiated discounted pricing offered to participants by selected vendors.
  • Participant price is $60 per customized, arranged, and managed, scheduled shopping itinerary.
  • If requested, I will personally be present in the district to meet (properly socially distanced) and help guide and advise participants as needed. (extra fees may apply, depending on your needs)

Date:  Your choice (weekdays in November 2021)
10AM - 4PM (customized appointment times will be given, based on your needs/desires)

Terms: You may cancel for a full refund if you have not yet received your itinerary. In these complicated times, if you do cancel after receiving your itinerary, you may specify a new date. You may also bring other shoppers along with you, if desired, as the fee is for the itinerary and appointment hours only. If a vendor becomes unavailable for any reason, you will be notified as soon as possible. All shoppers must comply with each vendor's management masking and distancing rules.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

A photo essay... the highlights of a garment district trip or two... or three, maybe?

There's more to these stories.  Go to my Insta for more...


Riding in an EMPTY subway car

Beautiful flower from Schmalberg

Gotta use some bleach to make these work...

Fabric pleated

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Speakeasy maps - updated and improved - and... what does the future hold?


The word "Speakeasy" is truer now, than it has ever been.

I have created a new, late/post pandemic speakeasy map, that I will continue to update as time goes on.  It lists businesses with a brick-and-mortar presence in the district, as well as those who also offer a great online sales experience. 

As the district changes, so does the blog, and the maps!  I've been chronicling how it has all changed over time, and I am still to doing just that!

There have been many speakeasy map updates.  I've been going through, refreshing descriptions of stores, deleting and adding as the landscape continues to change. 

Remember that it is always possible to do the equivalent of a speakeasy tour yourself, on your own schedule!  I can help you narrow down your list if you want to fit it all into a certain timeframe. Just ask me!

Monday, February 22, 2021

Saturday, February 13, 2021

The perpetual shirt - rest in peace, Jerry Lewis

(8/21/17) RIP Jerry Lewis

*Updated 3/8/15*
and again... 6/3/16... and still wearin' the shirt 1/31/18

and still... 2/13/21

Note: *On the evening of May 20 of this year (2016), I laid out my perpetual shirt to wear on May 21st.  On May 21st, I got up, got dressed, and forgot to put it on... Now, it is labelled JUL 01 16, and I had to give it an alarm on my calendar, so I will remember this time! Ha!

A exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum in New York takes this idea in a completely different, more conceptual, fascinating direction.

Originally posted 4/1/13

You may already know that I love humor in my clothing. 

One particular piece I just made was inspired by Jerry Lewis.  He was rumored to have never worn a pair of socks more than once, and I was struck by the sheer impracticality and wastefulness of that choice.  Unless, of course, he had a sock endorsement deal, and a free lifetime supply of new socks, which could then be laundered and donated to charity monthly.  Then, that kinda cleans it up. Right?

Every now and then I get truly obsessed with a clothing-related idea, and, when that happens, I feel the need to talk it out. With anyone who will listen. So, I told some friends I was designing a "perpetual" shirt.  Every time I explained it, it generated at least 10 follow-up questions, most of them starting with "But... how would you..." or "Why would anyone ever..." No one really understood why this idea was important or funny to me.

But guess what...

When you make your own stuff, the only person who needs to like it or understand it is you.

So there.

I've learned by watching cartoons, that when people or animated characters get an idea, they often experience that moment beneath a single, illuminated light bulb. Well, not in this case.

My idea hit me like this...

This image in my head helped me sort out a way to make this work.  Look at my other blog for sewing info, if you care.

Okay, so yes, I know what today's date is, and no, this isn't an "April Fool" idea.  Really now, why would you even say that to me?

(*clearing throat) Moving on...

So, since they say a picture is worth a thousand words, here it is.

The "perpetual shirt". It only looks impractical... 

Cotton stretch fabric from NY Elegant. Why that store?  Because I am only making this shirt once, I want it to last a long time, and their quality and variety when it comes to fashion stretch fabrics is stellar.

Velcro by the yard from Daytona Trimming. Why that store?  Because I know they sell it by the yard, the prices are wonderfully reasonable, I find the store very easy to navigate, and getting quick, courteous assistance is easy there.

Silver fusible letters from Jonathan Embroidery.  Why that store?  I happened to notice just the letters I wanted when I wandered in for another reason recently.  Easy, and they had what I needed. For something as simple as letters, I'm well aware that there are other great choices in the district too, though.

Background fabric for letters from an unused fancy black table linen given to me by my son's occupational therapist some years ago, because she "knew I sewed, and could use anything"... how random is that? And, how true is that??? Ha!

And, hey, if that isn't true about Jerry Lewis, don't tell me.  It's far more fun to believe it.

Monday, January 4, 2021

So how are you? I mean, really... how ARE you? How are YOU?

 Tough question to answer these days.  The default answer is "I'm fine... (giggle, sigh) and you?"

Well, I'm fine.

I think.

Yeah, I guess I'm fine.

Happy holidays, and enjoy your celebration!

I've made lots of masks now, you can click to buy what I've got left, or I can give you details nowhere to buy some really great ones from a vendor I love.