Salad Bowl Dress

Hand Tailored Deconstructed Clothing.

About Page Ended Up Here

Mary Colmar

It all started when...


Working my whole adult life in the fashion industry as a Designer/Patternmaker/Technical Designer for iconic fashion brands is where I learned the skills.

The creativity afforded by the deconstruction movement lead me to become an Artwear Artist. My work made its way into art exhibits while I sold my wares at Artisinal Craft Shows, and Museum Gift Shops. I became an expert on recycled fashion and was asked to judge contests and the like. 

Always being enterprising, the scraps from cutting things up are used for collaged pillows, table runners , and slip covers. Hence, the Home Goods were born. The Bowl (the vessel, the home interiors) in Salad Bowl Dress. 

We are sustainable by keeping unwanted clothes out of the landfill. I see making and refurbishing our wardrobe as a better way to express ourselves, more original, and gives the ability to explore your true style.

-Mary Colmar

Participation In Artisanal Craft Fairs:                            


The Gypsy Sisters

The Melrose Trading Post

The Great Park Farmers Market

Claremont Farmers And Artisanal Markets

La Verne Fresh Farmers Markets

   The Muckenthaler Craft Fairs

Scripps College Holiday Boutiques

Coastline Community College Artisanal Craft Fairs

Long Beach Green Long Beach Fashion Show And Fair

The Mercado-Csuf

Mission Viejo Imagination Days

San Juan Capistrano Art Fair Saturdays

The Fullerton College Craft Fair

The Ocean Charter School Craft Fairs

The Brea Nutcracker Suite Craft Fairs

Etsy LA Emporium


The Museum Of Art And History Gift Store   Lancaster, CA

Mageco   Fullerton, CA

The DA Museum Gift Store   Pamona, CA

CAFAM Museum Store   LA, CA

Olive’s Very Vintage   Brooklyn, NY 


Spend a Saturday Night with Art.

Mary Colmar

One of the best Artisanal Craft fairs offering art for sale besides hand made artisinal jewelry, home goods, wall art, and clothing! Coinciding with an inclusionary gallery exhibit. If you use a Ribba frame from my favorite store IKEA, you can exhibit. I encourage anyone who would like to show their work to enter. 

Ribba 4.jpg

December Newsletter and Trunk Shows

Mary Colmar

We hope you can come to our Sunday afternoon 3-5:30pm

Holiday Trunk Shows 

Dec. 3 at the Dahl House, 2849 Woodbine Ave. Fullerton, CA 92835

phone or text:  714-308-3662

Dec. 10 at Cate's House, 1748 Lark Ellen Drive, Fullerton, CA 92835

We are looking forward to two Trunk Shows where I am collaborating with my artist husband and friends to show clothing, accessories, and home goods for sale plus gift baskets, baked goods, and an Art Exhibit.


This year has been fantastic with two memorable fashion shows, one at the Museum of Art and History (MoAH) Lancaster, and another at Coastline Community College in Newport Beach with Santino Rice (from project runway first season fame) as the curator. Find links here to our YouTube page to see a show.       

  • SaladBowlDress continues to appear at the Claremont Farmers Market.  We have developed a strong base of customers who come for the vegetables, coffee and cool clothes.

  • December 31
  • January 7
  • February 4
  • March 25

For a discount, Please consider donating gently worn clothes to us or one of our charities WHW-Women Helping Women who need clothing for employment and Value Village a non profit thrift store who help local non-profits.

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First Newsletter of the Year with more opportunities inside.

Mary ColmarComment

Hello My Lovely Patrons,

The new year is on its way and is proving to be an interesting time in America. On another note we have had rain in California that I love. But all that aside I would like to thank all of you who have purchased clothes from me. You seem to share a kindred spirit or simply a love of fashion and I am grateful. Thanks to those of you who have stopped by the studio to check things out and see the latest creations. One new customer wants to buy one a month. 
I recommend calling before you come over or set up an appointment either by phone 714-308-3662 or e-mail. We are here Monday through Saturday.
Thanks, Mary

  For Valentine's Day! Get all your red, black, and bling on at

For Valentine's Day! Get all your red, black, and bling on at


For a long time people have been saying they would love to come to a SaladBowlDress Party, Well that day has arrived, on Saturday February 25 at 2PM at my friend Cate’s house. Click here to be put on the evite list.

Spring Craft Boutique

On Saturday March 18 Once again I am going to be in the Spring Craft Boutique at the Brea Community Center from 9-4PM. Everybody has been telling me to go for years then alas last holiday season I did and it was great! I Met so many interesting people and the place was packed!

Some other cool opportunities are:

The Ribba Show

On Saturday, April 8 is the RIBBA show at Coastline Community College Gallery, in Newport Beach. A chance to exhibit for Anyone who uses an IKEA RIBBA frame can enter the show. There is so much going on at the gallery you need to go to the website to check it all out, plus a show called Strings Attached coming up for fiber artists and designers with a fashion show in the Fall, meanwhile: In conjunction with the opening, is a 'day of diversity' for non-profits and artists selling their work from 1-7PM. I will be there with SaladBowlDress, and a piece in the show.

OCFair Imaginology

I'm judging the Fashionista event at the Orange County Fair Imaginology Expo for the second year in a row! K-12 Kids, check it out here: The deadlines to enter are in March and the Expo is April 21-23 in Costa Mesa.

Fashion Show and Luncheon

At the Lancaster Museum of Art and History, On Saturday, May 13th, I have been invited to participate in an 11:30 Champagne preview of the museum galleries, noon sit down for luncheon and then the fashion show consisting of some SaladBowlDress pieces. Event ends about 1:30, and the museum will be open to peruse all the galleries. At this time, "Made in the Mojave" will be the exhibition cycle.
Tickets for the Tea are $45.00. There will be an event page on the MOAH website soon where people can purchase tickets in advance which is highly recommended because this event always sells out!


I have embraced the Farmers Markets this year and they love Salad Bowl Dress because it is all handmade original work.

My latest favorite is the The Claremont Farmers and Artisanal Market in the small Claremont Village where I worked last Sunday. Open from 8AM-1PM on Sundays. There is such a demand from artists that want to sell that we are rotated in every six weeks. I can't wait to go back. I will always have the specific dates on my website for the events page.


On Saturday mornings and if the weather is nice, just down the freeway from Claremont is LaVerne Fresh Farmers Market. It is at the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains in a beautiful setting adjacent to LaVerne University with lots of students and other cool locals. The vendors are great too, including a vegan sausage guy, knife sharpening, male grooming booth, and so much more. Open 8-1PM.


The Melrose Trading Post in Hollywood is a blast! It’s a flea market that frowns upon any clothing that is not vintage. But they love SaladBowlDress because my work is art, and environmentally conscious. I will be there at the corner of Melrose and Fairfax Ave. at the Fairfax high school this Sunday February 5th, where I will be competing with 250 other super fantastic shops. It is open from 9-5PM.

Stay happy and safe! 




The Boyfriend Pillow

DIY, InteriorsMary ColmarComment

I love everything about this pillow. It is super cute, functional, as a headrest, a friend, and so much more. Fun in that it is only a pillow, thank you. Almost as sweet as a real boyfriend, to a teenager. 

Step one: Find a mans shirt. 

Step two: Make a fat "D" shape pillow for the inside of the shirt. Do not connect the bottom of the "D" where it connects to the straight side . It should be cut wide at the straight side, same width as the half of a shirt, and about half that width for the round part of the "D" for the arm shape. See photo below.

Step three: Stuff and sew opening closed.  

Step four: Sew three stitches on the end of the "D" for the fingers. 

Step five: Cut shirt in half from the center front an inch away from the buttons, leaving the neckline intack. Turn inside out to sew one seam. 

Step six: Put pillow arm inside shirt and viola it is girlfriend ready.

Finished Hug
Getting him ready.
The shape is kind of a Capitol D

Holidays are Approaching...and so are the College Applications

Interiors, DIY, FamilyMary ColmarComment
Seriously, if anyone wants some free advise on applying for college, comment below.

Today I am thinking about all the great ideas I have for the holidays. Pretty much every year there is one silly big project. This year I am going to paint a ton of tall bottles from my mother in law's downsizing days. I could not bare to throw them all away because they really are exceptional.

Another is of course a new wreath. I make at least one every year because they're irresistable.

The zipper tree how-to. 

Stockings, stockings, stockings are an adiction. 

Pillows are always super fun. I have the "boyfriend" pillow which makes a really great birthday present. All the pillows look original especially with one ruffle down the side pillow and of course; can not forget how wonderful slipcovers are especially this time of year. Did anyone say new and cozy at the same time?

We really want to bake lots of cookies this year. We say that every year but not really my thing, though I always make one batch. Bread is a more of a tradition for all the neighbors gifts, I don't know why?