Thursday, February 17, 2011


These rufflie pants were named after my friend Jessie who lived downstairs from me in my last apartment building. She is a dancer and likes the feel of the cotton lycra because as you know, dancers need to feel free to move and break out into dance at any moment! Its true, we do. I dance all around the house in mine and I once danced though the park.............but that's another story. The Jessiepant is a shortened version of the Fluffie Rufflie Dance Pant and is a bit more wearable and versatile. The flounces are shorter and while they still have that fluffie feel, they feel a little more street worthy at times.

This word 'versatility' keeps coming up when I try to describe my clothing, but that's what I like about them - and while my styles are not for everyone, they are definitely for a more free spirited kind of person who lives outside the box. This person likes to have different outfits for different moods. And I try to make things that can be mixed and matched with other garments  in order to create a "look" ............and these will definitely create a "look".

I would send you to my Etsy shop to purchase these, but someone just beat you to it. I cant even take very decent photographs and you wonderful people buy my things. I'm not a religious person, but I feel truly blessed.

I'm going to Marker Express this Friday to see what the next step is for getting some of my designs into production. I am also in the process of getting a couple patterns out for sale as these styles in particular are just too cost prohibitive for me to produce - I'll be offering the first drafts at Cues and Tattoos! They might not be real pretty at first, but hey, if you want to make them and know how to read a pattern and sew , Im sure you'll manage! I'm pretty excited to see what everyone comes up with and I'm happy to help out those who want these but cant afford them. And I'll still make these styles for sale when possible.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Mini Bustle Skirts!

I made some sweet little mini bustle skirts for the Edwardian Ball. last month. I sold quite a few, and I saw some ladies wearing these with vests, S&;G Clothing grommeted tops, and corsets. It was so much fun on Saturday during the free admission shopping day to watch them try on stuff next door at the S&G booth, and then come over and pair these little skirts with their tops. It was a cute marriage made in fashion heaven!

So Ive developed this style with the fun, free spirited woman in mind. And although the days of me running around in leggings and tiny baby bloomers are over, I was flaunting one of these over a long black skirt. It worked,  I felt cute, and vendor appropriate for the day!

And aside from my custom work where clients come to me to make their fancy costumes or their wedding attire, I really try to make some pieces that fill a void and are well made. No, this is not an original design - well, it might be, but I'm not claiming it - as many will gladly say to me: "there is nothing new with a bustle!". Yes, yes, I know............but I made these a certain way and with a certain fit, for a certain customer. My fit wont be the same as someone else's (unless they have taken my garments apart for the pattern.- its happened).

So up they go on Etsy  tonight and tomorrow! I have several sizes and they are all a bit different from each other. And then I dont know if I'll make any more for a while, so get em while you can!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Have an Inspiring Valentine's Day!

Happy  Valentines' Day everyone! Its kind of my least favorite day of the year, (all the frenzied rushing around for last minute declarations of love)  but I do like some of the visuals - and its always nice to remember to show your loved ones that you care.................and we do forget that anyone can and will be taken away at any is short.

I love my family
I love my friends
I love my dance community
I love my studio
I love my cat
I love fabric
I love buttons
I love pins and needles
I love fabric stores
I love fashion
I love costuming
I love being inspired .....................................

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Here is a video of the Salome's Suitcase ShadowDance Fashion Show.

You can contact any of the designers and artists by clicking on their pages or going to:

Thank you to Ariellah for inviting us to participate in ShadowDance as both vendors and entertainment!

Thank you to the models for your patience, and for your grace and beauty!

Thank you to Jessie Cowan of Crops and Bobbers for your uber amazing hair and makeup!

Thank you to Melanie Shapiro for assisting with hair and makeup!

Thank you to Bellyscape for the video!

And we thank ourselves/each other at Salome's Suitcase - this is a rare group of strong creative women who work very hard to make the world a nicer looking journey for you.

Designers/Artisans  in this show:
FoolProof Studio
Katherine Summer
HiBeam Bindis
Sandi's Ocean
Minerva's Antennae

Models in order of appearance:
Elizabeth Strong wearing Fool Proof Studio
Natalie Nayun wearing a Salome's Suitcase Collective look
Predislava Derugin wearing a Salome's Suitcase Collective look
Amaryst Bauer wearing Fool Proof Studio
Scottie Chapman wearing Fool Proof Studio
Rose Nisker wearing Katherine Summer
Sandi Ball wearing KathleenCrowleyCostumeCouture
Molly Mitchell wearing KathleenCrowleyCostumeCouture
Amber Burke wearing KathleenCrowleyCostumeCouture
Jamie Lynn wearing Katherine Summer

Some models were wearing HiBeam Bindis and awesome jewelry from the Sandi's Ocean collection.

Miss Levine by Beats Antique

Friday, February 11, 2011

Just Your Average Fabric Shopping Day In San Francisco

Unsinkable Molly and I went fabric shopping in town the other week. She has a big new loft and needs curtains for her dance studio. She also has a lot of bright windows that need to have the sun blocked out in the morning.......a lot of yardage is required, so off we went to Fabrix and Discount Fabrics.
Fabrix on Clement St. should always be your first stop on your journey through the fabric world here in in SF. It is very hit and miss - you never know what you are going to find. Sometimes nothing - sometimes you hit the jackpot! We didn't come up with much this time, although I found some cotton lycra in colors that I don't normally run into in these parts. And Molly found some great stuff for new dance pantaloons. You wont find many wools or the nicer fabrics - but like I said...its hit or miss. You just never know what you are going to find. I usually end up with yards of  bargains that I had no intention of looking for!

At $2.99 - $3.99 a yard, you cant beat it. I always head here first when possible. Ive found amazing deals!

And since it was Chinese New Year, the lions were out on the street chasing away the demons and bringing the community good luck -I felt so blessed to be fabric shopping while the lions were dancing around us in the aisles!
We hit up Satin Moon while we were on Clement st. This place is the the exact polar opposite of Fabrix - a whole other world of silks, brocades, fine velvets, novelty cottons, and upholstery textiles that you wont even find at Britex.(Britex is a whole other world - do not act like an imbecile when in there - they smell fear) Not for the feint of heart. Quality and service. They also carry patterns. Obviously we were not shopping for our bargain fabrics there, but I like to take people in to drool. I prefer shopping for Bridal materials here when possible.

We found what we were looking for at Discount Fabrics on 11th and Howard. Molly chose a great tree branch print which will be perfect in such a huge space! The boyfriend nixed the yardage on the right - I guess I cant blame him, but this would make an amazing costume! (that isn't him there in the background - I don't know who that was) We had to put it back as it wasn't in the budget that day. She went online to find the blackout fabric that we needed as DF didn't carry it wide enough.
Discount Fabrics doesn't often have the knit fabrics that I use in my garments, but I still can find many a treasure here. And if you need yardage at a reasonable price, this is the place to go!
And while we didn't go here that day, I need to mention Fabric Outlet on Mission st. and 17th. This is a large underground fabric store that carries a large variety of textiles and notions. Sign up on their mailing list so that you don't miss their huge 40% off sales!!!!!!!!!!!!