Fashion Articles

Fashion and Climate Change

Fashion and Climate Change

Combatting “Greenwashing” with Transparency Fashion and Climate change couldn’t be a more timely subject. Click on the letters below to see the presentation I gave for Sustainable Living. Many of the links in this piece are available on the slideshow. -Slide show for...

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Each Piece Deserves a Story

Each Piece Deserves a Story

I’m constantly thrown into my past, thinking about the foundation of Salad Bowl Dress, and building a business while parenting. I have three kids, now all young adults who still need help and parenting, but when I was starting my business again they were all little...

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Why Write a Blog?

Why Write a Blog?

Why Write a Blog? Of course, I had to make money the artist/mom way all these years, not the business way.  I made one-off goods to sell. Many customers became my friends and owned multiple garments, then COVID hit.  This year may have been my biggest year yet. I...

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The State of Fashion /Coronavirus Update

The State of Fashion /Coronavirus Update

State of Market Informa Markets Fashion Coronavirus update with Nick Blunden, president, BofF Wednesday, October 14, 2020 The State of Fashion with Nick Blunden summary:  I tuned in to the Business of Fashion’s Nick Blunden talk about what a huge impact Covid is...

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The Fast Fashion Money Crunchers

The Fast Fashion Money Crunchers

The Fast Fashion Money Crunchers For years I worked in the fashion industry as a professional patternmaker and tailor in NYC and Los Angeles. I have worked for some iconic brands like Betsy Johnson, Ellen Tracy, and here in the O.C. at St. John Knits were making the...

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Hand Sewing is Slow Fashion

Hand Sewing is Slow Fashion

Hand Sewing is Slow Fashion Hand sewing is easy! Surprisingly how little of it anyone does anymore. It is a basic skill we could use all the time… for hemming? You would not believe how we all make excuses for not hemming something. It seems so hard. Well, I am here...

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Deconstructed Clothing or Upcycle

Deconstructed Clothing or Upcycle

I was pulled in lots of directions. My name is Mary Colmar, and I make deconstructed clothing. It is something I have always done. Making exactly what I want with what is lying around: tons of unwearable clothing. Sometimes when people do this it can look kind of...

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