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Food + Art = The Carnegie

Food travels a journey most people don’t realize. From the warm straw nest constructed by a mother hen we notice the ambiance and simplicity of nature’s most precious gift: food. We then cut back on all the complexities of this food to a manufacturing process by simply presenting that milky, brown chicken egg as the quiche we just baked, the omelette we ordered, or the scrambled heap of yellow fluff we worked haphazardly to whip up. However, there is more to this journey than what we tend to believe. Food undergoes the greatest of adventures as it crosses paths both natural and man-made.

How does one present this beautiful cycle? Art of course!

For ten years Carnegie Hall, in Kentucky, has proudly hosted a beautiful evening gala to commemorate the interactive environment between the culture of food and art through the showcasing of creations of some of the Tri-state’s top chefs as well as local artists. By displaying that food and art work together in telling stories and give rise to community; we as a people grow in appreciation for the way we taste, visualize, and smell food.

Farm to Gallery, was this year’s theme for the event, and Cut And Sewn eagerly jumped in with a wonderful set of ideas to represent not only our business’s craft but whimsical yet professional nature as well. Our sample room works on the basis of fashion but as an event that spills forth character planning; we decided to take a different route by entering the realm of costume design and development for this particular evening affair. After many long hours of ruffling fabric, draping heavy knits, and attaching prop pieces, the Cut And Sewn team created a twin set of Bumbling Bees, a gardening dress for a Miss Beekeeper, and finally a bountiful display for the Merry Milkmaid.

The mini collection we fabricated received wonderful feedback and appreciation on the night of the Carnegie reception and we had grown in experience with combining the artistic realms of edibles, fantasy costuming, and forward thinking fashions. A night my team members and I certainly will not forget!

Until next time –  Be Bold. Be Inspired,

Nathan at Cut And Sewn

New for Spring, Patchwork Detachable Collars

I have new products going in the etsy store all week.

These sweet little collars are patch-worked in spring pastels and floral prints.ImageImage

Super Pointy Detachable Collar Pattern

I’ve uploaded my  Super Pointy Collar pattern for your personal use.  I hope the instructions work, I did write them fairly quickly so let me know if anything is unclear.  I have made this collar more times than I can count so I know the pattern works for me and I hope it works for you.  See my post on how to make perfect points if you need a little help with the points.

*Make sure your pattern prints out at the right size, the ” fold” edge of the collar should measure 2.5″, you may need to adjust your print settings.

Let me know how your collars turn out! 

The Mysterious Detachable Collar

I make and sell a lot of these detachable collars.

Here is one all wrapped up and ready to ship to a lucky buyer in California.

At my shows I hear a lot of people admiring them but asking  “How do I wear this?”

Here is my advise:

  • Don’t over think it, just throw it on, treat it like any necklace or scarf.
  •   These look great over a collarless shirt, with a cardigan, over a dress, or with a tank top.
  • Consider adding  a couple of necklaces to dangle out from underneath.
  • Don’t get bogged down thinking that it needs to match what your wearing.

The Man Repeller is an avid wearer of the detachable collar, here a just a few of her many takes on the situation:

And Tavi over at Rookie is huge fan of collecting and wearing collars of all shapes and sizes, they recently did an article on making your own.

Is this a detachable collar at Marni? I can’t tell, but then that’s kinda the point right?

Image from style.com

So, have no fear of the mysterious detachable collar, it’s perfectly harmless, you can do no wrong. Go for it.

what did you do today?

I found some new fabrics to turn into neckerchiefs and collars.

After the neckerchiefs are cut out they need to be tea stained by soaking in coffee.

Three new collars are cut out and ready to be sewn.  I like to make several at once.

The main sewing is done, collar is attached to stand and the opening at the bottom edge needs to be closed.

Time to pick out a vintage button and sew the button hole.

Lots of pretty finished collars.