Sunday, September 15, 2013

Starting a clothing line

SUCH a good video for starting a clothing line

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Dancing Kangaroo "Go Green"

Dancing Kangaroo
The lovely image in my background is from the one and only Dancing Kangaroo! Galia Bernstein is such a lovely illustrator and artist that I'm even more so blown away now than when I unashamedly asked permission to use her image for my background! Her generosity is astounding to me, but more so is her art. I feel like it's a modern take on Mary Engelbreit's work.... ha at least I feel whimsical but in a slightly more sophisticated way when I look at Galia's art. In particular the greek mythology pieces are inspiring to me. PERFECT!

Along with keeping up with her blog, make sure you check out her Etsy store.

Every once in a while I run into an artist that I'm just obsessed with. I often don't get a chance to really appreciate them or send out all my love, but I think this is a good start. Seriously folks, check out this phenominal artist that should take the world by storm. I'm looking forward to my next fun purchase being from this lovely lady!

Thank you Galia!

Dancing Kangaroo

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Working on Designs

I finally did it. I STARTED! I've done my first mach-up.

So far it's pretty rough, but that's to be expected since I'm reworking from 3 different patterns. So far it's been fun, I only had to rip out 3 seems.

Sketch for Coat and Dress
So I'm starting with the Coat, I figured that that's the one I can test the soonest with the cold weather. I haven't ridden my bike hardly at all! As soon as it get's to 40 degrees without crazy winds, I'll be out and about testing this bad boy.

Here are a few specs that I'm keeping in mind:
  • Back vents that easily expand and flex when in the riding position
  • Elastic along waistline in back to keep a trim and feminin fit
  • Venting and moisture wicking fabric along sides and under arms
  • Longer back to cover backside 
  • Shoulder seems lie farther down on chest to give shoulders more flexibility
  • Button Loops with Elastic to help with flexibility 
Once I get the prototype worked on more, I'll be happy to share it with you. I'm thinking of doing this in red wool and a matching moisture wicking knit.

As you might guess I'll be making the Dress next, but I'll wait to share more about that later.

I would love to hear some feedback on this one, my first. Can't wait to post more about this!!!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Win Reflective Vest!


Go here through Jan 31 for a chance to win a fashionable reflective vest!

What the Heck is "Commuty"?

Micah and I entering Oregon from Virginia Beach
Yes, that is a fair question. What is "Commuty"?

I will start with my background first. I've grown up around bicycles mostly seeing them in action from my grandparents. They always supplied me with an appropriate sized bike and made sure I knew a little bit about maintenance. As I grew up and got a car I drifted away from using bikes as a mode of transportation. This lasted unfortunately long until I was around 20 when my boyfriend (now husband) was getting into road cycling. I soon followed and gained a new appreciation for the two wheeled contraption that moved me so much faster than walking, but still let me enjoy the air and sunshine with a little bit of exercise. Last year when I was 24 we decided to go on a cross country bike trip. We had a blast, got to know so many people and thoroughly got used to our bikes and riding. We have decided to be much more proactive about commuting and using our bikes as our main mode of transportation. Since we live in Indiana, sometimes we chicken out when it's winter.

While training for this crazy adventure, I started to think about how much I dislike athletic clothing when I'm not specifically working out. If I stop to grab a bight to eat while biking around I really don't like sitting in the restaurant with bike shorts and a jersey. I like to look fashionable. I started asking other women who bike a lot how they felt about commuting, etc. They said they like to look fashionable too. I asked all of the girls on my Bike trip (15+) if they would like to have some clothing that would work for everyday life but would be comfortable to ride in. They said YES YES YES (some were very excited about this). Thus, Commuty was born. A mash up of all things Cute, Commute, Community.

Commuty (Ka-Mute-ee)

Would you like clothes that were comfortable and easy to ride in that you could easily wear into the office or out on a date without feeling like you had to change just because you got a little exercise by riding your bike there? I do!

Not Me
I SWEAT! I'm sorry if that's too much of a bold statement for here. (Prepare for more in future posts)
Basics: Cardigan, Shirt, Jeans, Flats

I need technical moisture wicking fabrics so that when I get to my destination I'm not sweat stained and needing to change. (Warning: be ready for a ranting post about how we need to get back to a healthy outlook on life where people sweat and it's ok, no, it's GREAT!) I really prefer not to have to bring an extra shirt if not bra or even pants along because of this. Yes, there are tricks in helping this problem, from riding slower to correct bike for the occasion (future blog), but in general I WANT something different.

What I usually come up with to wear is a pair of jeans (that I hope I don't wear out the crotch and thigh area) and a jersey or other basic moisture wicking top, maybe a cardigan too.  I either wear flats or clip in shoes.

Mission: Commuty is a clothing line to encourage women cyclist to commute to all their daily activities by having clothing that unites their  love for biking and fashion. By combining great designs with functional fabric Commuty will keep a great price point for women of all walks of life.

What do you think?
What kind of clothing do you like to wear when you bike?
What kind of clothes do you like to wear to work or public events?

Hope you are excited as I am about this!
Cute, Commute, Community!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

First Entry

There will be much more on this blog starting Sunday 1/13/13. Just wanted to make sure if you stumbled upon it, you wouldn't think that I mislead you.