Entries from TortillaGirl.com tagged with 'built from scratch'

Milk Chocolate & Cream

A new French Lace Tote*, coming to my Etsy shop soon. *100% handmade: This tote is built from scratch using a pattern I constructed myself using a graph ruler, pencil and good ole kraft paper. You won't find any...

Posted on March 27, 2011 2:19 PM

Marie Linen Dress, perfect for any season

Marie Linen Dress, greenish-gray. While in the midst of knitting up samples for my fall/winter collection, I've added to the shop a Marie Linen Dress in size M+, ready to ship. Timeless and seasonless, it's perfect for fall days....

Posted on August 30, 2010 6:04 PM

Pinstripe Bubble Tunic

Pinstripe Bubble Tunic. While winding down for the summer in preparation of my fall/winter collection, I've added this very last pinstripe bubble tunic (with cutest white lace detail, ever) in my shop. Only one available, ready to ship in...

Posted on August 11, 2010 8:48 PM

Tuileries in White

Tuileries in White. I made this at the request of a buyer in my Etsy shop, and if I say so myself: It sure is purdy! I am so happy with how it came out that I am sharing...

Posted on August 3, 2010 10:53 AM

Seersucker Bubble Dress

Seersucker Bubble Dress. "Skip through a meadow, enjoy a picnic on a pretty gingham blanket, take a stroll on a charming cobble-stoned street...in this dress*." Just now added back to the shop, this is the among the last I'll...

Posted on July 15, 2010 7:52 PM

Promenade in French cotton & lace

Promenade in French cotton & lace ...has been put back in the shop! And it's the very last one in stock. Crisp and light, it's perfect for those hot summer days when all you want to do is spend...

Posted on July 12, 2010 7:17 PM

She's baaaaack....

Tuileries Sleeveless Linen and Cotton Dress. Tuileries, that is. Inspired by the English-style parks in Paris and Edouard Manet's "Le Linge", I sketched this dress in the lines of the child's clothing in the painting and initially built it...

Posted on July 2, 2010 6:41 PM

The Seersucker Bubble Dress in Red is baaaaaaack

Seersucker Bubble Dress in Red and White. Sunny days, fresh fruit from the outdoor market and lots of ice cream. That's what I think of with my striped seersucker dresses, like this one. Lightweight and slightly textured, seersucker is...

Posted on June 22, 2010 8:13 PM

The "Big City" Linen Bag is baaaaaaack

"Big City" Linen Bag A TortillaGirl favorite, this year's version is "upgraded" with the addition of an inside zippered pocket, swivel hook for keys and a bit more structure. But if you prefer last year's "downgraded" version, well, I...

Posted on June 8, 2010 6:08 PM

Soft French Lace Bag

Soft French Lace Bag. Just relisted this little number back in my Etsy shop! I added a bronze [European made] magnetic snap closure that matches nicely with the bronze-tone metal teeth of the zipper 'cause I like coordinating things...

Posted on May 24, 2010 7:05 PM

Linen Bustier Dress in Candy Pink

Linen Bustier Dress in Candy Pink Just relisted this sweet little number in my Etsy shop! 100% French linen in a beautiful color that looks like something out of a delish French patisserie. Know what else? I really heart...

Posted on May 22, 2010 9:51 PM

Because my buyers asked...

collette tunic. ...I've made more sizes available for a lot of the clothing pieces currently listed in my Etsy shop. XS and L (see body measurements in each shop listing because my sizes are unique to my shop) can...

Posted on May 20, 2010 5:25 PM

Latest clothing additions to the shop:

Some designs updated in the latest fabrics and colors for this season! All natural, either linen or cotton (or both). Simple, clean and functional with design elements that take them all beyond your average ready-to-wear. As I've mentioned before,...

Posted on May 14, 2010 12:38 PM

Latest clothing additions to the shop:

Madeleine Long Shirt: This one is fresh off the drafting table! A long shirt with mandarin collar and three quarter sleeves. Relaxed, with a hint of French country. {Can you pick it out from these rough sketches?} 100% cotton,...

Posted on May 4, 2010 5:29 PM

You want your lace bags? I got your lace bags right here.

Don't they look like candy? I think so. All are made in cotton or 60% cotton/40% poly blends with pure cotton linings. The pink lace on beige, elephant gray lace (hand-dyed by moi, by the way, so you probably...

Posted on April 9, 2010 5:52 PM

The new lace bag, she is here.

Here's the first of my lace* bags for spring and summer 2010: A French lace bag in a gray stripe on white cotton/poly blend that says "take me out in the fresh air on a sunny day". I'm theeeeeeere. Throw...

Posted on March 31, 2010 6:22 PM

I love this houndstooth print.

{Coco. Sweatshirt-style. Fine knit jersey. In my Etsy shop. Yay!}...

Posted on November 20, 2009 3:06 PM

Drapey collars and shirred sleeves...

...you make my heart sing. (Almost as much as peanut butter on toast, and that's a lot.) Psst....see the shirring on the sleeves? Please, I need to wax a little poetic about the knit jersey: It's not your average tshirt...

Posted on November 16, 2009 6:34 PM

Just. Can't. Get. Enough.*

Of the draped looks we're seeing all over the place this season. I swear, I lucked out with this trend because I've been inspired by this look for a while [haha! foresaw it!] so now I can really go to...

Posted on October 30, 2009 4:55 PM

Inspiration

"Marie", now in my Etsy shop. Love this painting and over the moon with this dress in my latest collection! Black linen, perfect for Indian summer and easily layered for later on in winter. Built entirely from scratch through...

Posted on October 2, 2009 3:20 PM

Linen, black, ruched

black linen dress. Oh la la. I cannot sing enough praises for black linen. This one is lightweight and transparent, but not see-through. All cause it's black. Love, love, love. I wanted to make something floaty using a bit...

Posted on August 14, 2009 10:07 AM

Summer ain't over yet, friends.

Smocked Linen Bustier. And all I want to sew is linen! Smocked tunic-length bustier with a tie, in linen. Oh my gosh. I made one of these for myself in preparation for my upcoming trip to the Burgundy (Bourgogne)...

Posted on August 7, 2009 8:49 AM

Seersucker Bubble Dress in Red and White

Seersucker Bubble Dress in Red and White. Ah, the middle of summer. Sunny days, fresh fruit from the outdoor market and (of course) lots of ice cream. That's what I think of every time I pull another one of...

Posted on July 24, 2009 7:55 AM

Ice Cream, You Scream,

We all scream for ice cream colors! Especially in summer. Summer always brings back childhood memories of selling lemonade, bike rides, reading Beverly Cleary books, and the ice cream truck coming through my sunny SoCal neighborhood (at which point I...

Posted on July 13, 2009 1:51 PM

Seersucker Bubble Dress in Plaid!

Fresh off the sewing machine: Seersucker Bubble Dress in Plaid. Remember the poll where you got a chance to vote on the print I'd be using for my next seersucker bubble dress? Voilà! This is the one that won....

Posted on July 9, 2009 2:56 PM

Gray Goes with Everything

Soft French Lace Bag Yep! It's another one of my French lace totes! I had my French lace bags in gray for my winter collection and decided to make the summer version in a softer, pearly shade. Gray calls...

Posted on June 22, 2009 5:16 PM

Impressionist Ink Linen Skirt

Impressionist Ink, very limited edition! Let's see my little checklist, now: 1) 100% natural linen with black floral print and embroidery - check 2) French painter inspiration - check 3) Original, built from scratch - check 4) Low waist,...

Posted on June 15, 2009 5:21 PM

Hula!

Grass Skirt. Hula! Remember the flashy grass print cotton and skirt sketch I talked about here? Well the skirt has finally been pulled off the sewing machine and after a few adjustments I've got it just like I had...

Posted on June 9, 2009 3:57 PM

Seersucker Bubble Dress

Seersucker Bubble Dress in all her stripey goodness. She's baaaack...a little souvenir of my last summer collection, where I was inspired by prairie dresses, moulin rouge, the seaside in Deauville and 18th century clothing details. This is the last...

Posted on June 3, 2009 7:36 PM

Promenade in Summer Plaid

Promenade in Summer Plaid, available in my Etsy shop. Yep, still on my picnic kick! Every weekend Mr Le Hubby, Captain Destructo and I have been biking in and around the city of Lyon. During these excursions we always...

Posted on June 2, 2009 2:31 PM

Promenade Bubble Mini Dress!

Promenade Bubble Dress, available in my Etsy shop. If you're a regular reader of TortillaGirl you may recognize my Promenade Tunic in olive that I created for this season. One of my wonderful buyers [waves to Catherine] asked me...

Posted on May 31, 2009 4:47 PM

Flashy Grass Print

Hey! Turn me into a skirt. [Pssst.....don't forget I'm having a giveaway for a French Lace Tote!] I thought of one thing when this grass print cotton screamed "YO! Look at me in all my bold & flashy sassiness!"...

Posted on May 28, 2009 8:02 AM

Promenade in French Lace & Cotton

Promenade in White Lace & Cotton, available in my shop. Yep. I'm still on a romantic en plein air kick. The weather is grand, greenery is lush and all I want to do is skip through a meadow and...

Posted on May 18, 2009 4:00 PM

La robe Pont Neuf est de retour!

In my shop, that is. I'm carefully making each one to order and is very limited edition due to what I have left of this French fabric in my little stock. If you had your eye on this charming...

Posted on May 13, 2009 5:05 PM

Promenade in Plaid

Promenade in Plaid, available in my shop. Know what? I'm on a bit of a picnic kick right now. The weather is grand, I got a brand new city bike [thank you, Mr Le Hubby] and all I want...

Posted on May 9, 2009 2:30 PM

Not Your Average Gingham Shirt

Not Your Average Gingham Shirt. Hear that? That's the sound of me cheering as I pull my own version of a gingham top off the sewing machine. To summarize in one long run-on sentence: I see country picnic meets...

Posted on May 5, 2009 12:59 PM

Dear Big City Linen Bag,

Ah, the bag that traveled with me overseas during the summer. How I love thee! You got stuck with me in the rain at the top of the Pyramids in Teotihuacan outside of Mexico City and held all the...

Posted on April 30, 2009 3:24 PM

Hi! I'd like for you to meet someone...

Her name is Tuileries. She's my favorite dress this season and my new BFF. I loooooove her. She comes with a belt, but I only wear her with the belt when I want to wear her tunic-style or pants...

Posted on April 29, 2009 6:57 PM

Little Black Number

Little Black Number, by tortillagirl // friedinbutter. Let's see, now, what do we have here? 1) Designer fabric that you're not going to find splashed all over the internet and much less on a fellow colleague at the office....

Posted on April 24, 2009 4:52 PM

What's that?

Like casual French chic? Want something for your open markets and other outdoor activities? Oh, alright. Here's a warm weather version of my French lace bags which, btw, I've been wanting to blog ever since I made the first...

Posted on April 23, 2009 1:34 PM

"Oh, you sexy thaaaang"

Essoyes, by tortillagirl // friedinbutter. Sleeveless mini dresses with pretty little collars make me feel like that. In a good way. Miss Essoyes, she's back and rockin' it all out in this lovely color. Find her in my shop...

Posted on April 20, 2009 10:41 AM

Okay, if I were to...

Skip through a meadow, enjoy a picnic on a pretty gingham blanket, take a stroll on a charming cobble-stoned street, enjoy cafe on the patio, listen to a trio of musicians, dance before dinner and enjoy the sunset over...

Posted on April 17, 2009 8:32 AM

Chaumont in Beige

Ah...the Chaumont linen dress with frou-frou ruffle! Now, she is available in beige. Oh, dear beige. How I love thee! Fabulously neutral, you look good with any skin tone. How do you do that? I do not know. But...

Posted on April 15, 2009 11:04 AM

Montmartre, Gray

Let's see my little checklist, now: 1) Cotton poplin in gray - check 2) French painter inspiration - check 3) Original, built from scratch via "moulage" (french draping) - check 4) Scoop neck, pleated pouf sleeves, bubble hem -...

Posted on April 9, 2009 11:35 AM

You know what?

I love spring. I really, really do. At the risk of sounding all poetic and whimsical instead of the "I need ADSL-caffeine-bookstore with huge selection of books in English on the corner" city dweller I've been all my life,...

Posted on April 7, 2009 11:18 AM

Dear Spring,

Know what? I'm really happy you're here. Okay, I admit that I could do without the allergy attacks I get when you come a-callin', but the tree blossoms and green leaves and sunny skies that come with you make...

Posted on April 1, 2009 10:23 AM

Montmartre, Taupe

Let's see my little checklist, now: 1) Cotton poplin in taupe - check 2) French painter inspiration - check 3) Original, built from scratch via "moulage" (french draping) - check 4) Scoop neck, pleated pouf sleeves, bubble hem -...

Posted on March 30, 2009 11:29 AM

Chaumont Sleeveless Linen Dress

New for Spring! Inspired by the romantic parks in Paris and impressionist paintings of the late 18th century, I sketched this dress and built it from scratch using pale sand linen and colorful plaid cotton trim. I created this...

Posted on March 20, 2009 9:57 AM

Tuileries Sleeveless Linen Dress

New for Spring! Inspired by the English-style parks in Paris and impressionist paintings of the late 18th century, I sketched this dress and built it from scratch using indigo linen and coordinating cotton bias trim. I love it so...

Posted on March 18, 2009 5:08 PM

Sneek peek:

Inspired by "Le Linge" by Edouard Manet....

Posted on March 17, 2009 6:44 PM

Montsouris Painter Sleeveless Dress

New for Spring! Inspired by the English-style parks in Paris and impressionist paintings of the late 18th century, here's another dress in the same design as my Essoyes dress. This one is in the same toile, but in blue...

Posted on March 17, 2009 10:15 AM

1, 2, 3

Draw, draft, sew "Essoyes": A little dress named after the country town where Renoir painted "Laundresses". Made for spring in rustic cotton medium-weight toile with layering in mind so the armholes are cut extra deep for ease of movement...

Posted on March 9, 2009 3:28 PM

Big Wool Bubble Bag w/ Adjustable Strap!

The bag I'm using everyday right now is the prototype Big Wool Bubble Bag shown in the photos of this listing and in the photo below, and when I ride a bike I sometimes wish that I could adjust...

Posted on March 4, 2009 2:07 PM

French Lace Bag in Cocoa

New for Spring and just listed in my etsy shop: A slightly smaller than my usual big French lace bags, but with the same functional features. I meticulously hand cut (free-form) the floral French lace appliqué and then stitch...

Posted on March 2, 2009 4:19 PM

New Colors for Spring

Brand spankin' new in the shop is an updated version of my signature French Lace Bag in gorgeous purple canvas with a beige lace appliqué, handcut and meticulously stitched onto the bag by yours truly. The colors I picked...

Posted on February 23, 2009 5:20 PM

TortillaGirl Bag in Action

On Saturday the family and I took a winter walk along the Rhone river. Mr Le Hubby took this photo of me as I walked my dog along the edge (please note the leash in hand; crazy little fluffy...

Posted on February 16, 2009 2:25 PM

It's heeeeere!

"Ratatouille Trouser Dress" made by deconstructing and reconstructing chef's trousers made in France. Traditional houndstooth print in dark navy on white background. Hand-stitched pleats. All trouser elements left intact. The hem has elastic panels at the back for a...

Posted on February 13, 2009 11:14 AM

La robe Pont Neuf est de retour!

In my shop, that is. I'm carefully making each one to order and is very limited edition due to what I have left of this French fabric in my little stock. If you had your eye on this charming...

Posted on February 10, 2009 12:40 PM

Ratatouille in the making!

[Er...not the edible kind.] Yes, my friends, what you see hanging on my dress form is another authentic French chef's trousers in mid-transformation. Another Ratatouille dress in houndstooth print is in the making! Each one is unique as much...

Posted on January 30, 2009 3:58 PM

Look what's coming!

Psst...another French lace bag in gorgeous slate gray brushed cotton canvas is fresh off the sewing machine and on its way into my shop! Bonus features: Adjustable strap, metal zipper closure and cute plaid lining with interior bound pockets. Woo...

Posted on October 27, 2008 4:17 PM

Merino and cashmere....oh la la.

Here's another sneaky peek at something I'm working on right now and plan on listing in the shop: "Luxury Button Scarflette" It's another luxury button scarflette hand knit in merino cashmere blend yarn and accented with some gorgeous French vintage-style...

Posted on October 23, 2008 7:31 AM

Psst...a quick sneak peek:

Fresh off the sewing machine and on its way to my shop! "Cocoa French Lace Bag" I built this bag in sturdy milk chocolate colored cotton canvas, topstitched a hand-cut lace applique onto the front, and added a zipper closure...

Posted on October 22, 2008 1:37 PM

Urban cool and stylin'

Fresh off the sewing machine and right into my Etsy shop! "Plaid Bubble Bustier" (Click here to purchase) As promised, another bubble bustier. This one is in a gorgeous lightweight winter madras woven black and gray plaid. Wear it alone...

Posted on October 17, 2008 5:57 PM

Pont Neuf

Now in my Etsy shop! "Pont Neuf Painter Dress" (Click here to purchase) This season I'm very much inspired by 18th century painters and the draped clothing in 18th century paintings, particularly La Cruche cassee by Jean-Baptiste Greuze (found in...

Posted on October 16, 2008 9:43 AM

Of Painter's Tunics and Sleeky Bustiers

Now in my Etsy shop! "Montmartre Painter's Dress" (Click here to purchase) "Sleek Bubble Bustier" (Click here to purchase) I can't get enough of these bubble bustiers. I mostly wear mine layered over teeshirts or under boleros, or on their...

Posted on October 11, 2008 12:13 PM

Sneaky peek:

Inspired by the painters of Montmartre and the draped clothing in 18th century paintings. Lightweight winter crinkled madras which makes this piece ideal for travel. In purple, black and gray plaid for a modern touch. Coming very soon to the...

Posted on October 5, 2008 9:35 AM

Fresh off the drafting table

I love red. It's bold and it's stylish and it adds a spring to your step when you wear it. I don't know why. It's just the way it is. "Spicy Pepper Trench Bag" (Click here to purchase the Spicy...

Posted on September 22, 2008 5:39 PM

I'm Mad for Plaid

This season! Seriously. Plaid is always visible but this season it's in even more than usual, thanks in part to Dolce and Gabbana's tribute to the Queen Mother in their Fall 2008 collections. I love me a good trend, so...

Posted on September 19, 2008 8:31 AM

Fall Previews

Just a peek. Lots more coming :-) "Wannabe Punk Armwarmers" (Click here to purchase Wannabe Punk Armwarmers in forest green and black.) A few years ago I designed a pair of opera-length armwarmers for myself and showed a picture of...

Posted on September 5, 2008 12:36 PM

Summer Dresses!

I've made a few ready-to-wear dresses as offshoots of my summer fashion collection, where I was inspired by prairie dresses, moulin rouge and 18th century clothing details. My color scheme for this collection is red, white and blue (or bleu...

Posted on July 3, 2008 6:40 PM

Light and airy

I'm focusing my spring and summer designs on airy, light and romantic in easy to care for fabrics that travel well. Just a couple of my inspirations are nautical stripes and French vintage, reworked and modernised in my own personal...

Posted on May 20, 2008 5:25 PM

More freshness from the traveller series....

Part of my "traveller" series: Washed sturdy cottons, rustic details, touch of exotica, slouchy and casual...I've been building accessories with a personnage I imagined and for whom I wanted to design this spring and summer: She's someone who travels often,...

Posted on April 22, 2008 6:47 PM

Vive la France!

Living in France definitely has an impact on my design sensibilities, especially when it comes to historical France. During my fashion studies I took two years of specialized courses in fashion history, and it goes without saying that historical France...

Posted on April 18, 2008 1:05 PM

Warm weather bags are coming!

Spring and summer are on there way in France and I've got the urge to work in sturdy fresh cottons and bright prints! Many of these bags are from my "traveller" series: They're items that I designed and made with...

Posted on March 18, 2008 11:12 AM

Fancy Pants!

Something REALLY exciting is about to happen. I don't want to spill the beans yet, but it's Etsy related and I'm so excited about it I haven't been able to sleep! I'll let you know about it very soon, but...

Posted on February 12, 2008 9:16 AM

Happy Hearts Day!

In preparation for Valentine's Day and just because I like hearts (awwww!), I'm currently creating a mini collection of original bag designs, all limited edition for a limited time. A few of my inspirations: Hearts, plaid, kilts, sport chic, flowers...

Posted on January 15, 2008 7:34 PM

Debut of a new bag design:

A hip bag in swirly print cotton, fashion denim in black and French cotton serge for the lining. Adjustable strap, fab metal rings, decorative interior pocket and white contrast topstitching at the seams make this an oh-so-cool thing to carry...

Posted on November 19, 2007 1:31 PM

Mimi Handbag

I'm still playing around a bit with the textile samples I made for my Hey Dolly clothing collection, and I came up with a built from scratch cute and functional handbag with a zippered interior pocket, interior patch pocket with...

Posted on October 24, 2007 11:59 AM

Lara Handbag

I've been playing around with the textile samples I made for my Hey Dolly clothing collection (for kicks, a few of my drawings/designs from this collection are in the backdrop), and I came up with this dainty little bag: Pink...

Posted on October 8, 2007 8:04 AM

Pretty Butterfly Petit Handbag

My latest design from my Hello Pretty Butterfly collection: A dainty little handbag for your dainty self! I made this bag available for purchase in my etsy shop, and best of all, this dainty little bag was featured on the...

Posted on October 6, 2007 7:16 AM

Viva Frida!

A little something for the stylish knitter who is a fan of Frida Kahlo: Side pockets with decorative topstitching, wooden handles to add to the folklorico, a touch of red for Mexico, and some blue denim for hipness. I've made...

Posted on October 5, 2007 11:47 AM

Something for the stylish knitter :-)

I recently designed a bag for the stylish knitter (or a regular bag for the stylish non-knitter :-), and made two of them for sale in my etsy shop. Before I could post about them here they sold, so I...

Posted on October 1, 2007 11:00 AM

Celebrando lo mexicano!

Mexican artist Frida Kahlo in her garden messenger bag, corazones and black lace tote, and a metallic sugar skulls* messenger bag. Viva Mexico! Click here to purchase the Frida Kahlo messenger bag. Click here to purchase the Corazones and...

Posted on September 6, 2007 5:25 PM

Pretty Butterflies for Everyone!

My Pretty Butterfly Bags have found some wonderful buyers (I truly heart my buyers!), so I've made some more available in both my etsy shop and my online boutique. These are limited editions, and in order to make each one...

Posted on August 31, 2007 9:33 AM

Pretty Butterfly Goes Neutral!

This morning I was looking through my cahier d'inspiration, and I discovered a montage I had put together in Photoshop a while ago. Here is a part of it: I obviously had butterflies on the brain for some time. And...

Posted on August 27, 2007 1:17 PM

Shoulder Bags!

Earlier this week Miss QueenB of QueenB Lingerie asked me, "Do you ever make shoulder bags? I'm a shoulder bag type of girl." And I said, "I sure do!" So I did :-): "Pretty Butterfly" Shoulder Bag "Afternoon Tea" Shoulder...

Posted on August 24, 2007 10:59 AM

Pin-Ups!

Pin-Up tote bags are now in my etsy shop at Casa Tortilla, just because I love 'em :-) NEWSFLASH: After just one day, two of my pretty pink pin-up totes have already been snatched up. There's only one left, so...

Posted on June 9, 2007 3:33 PM

Calaveras!

About a month ago I used this fashion fabric to make myself a tote I use to carry small knitting projects and/or my lunch. I've gotten so many comments on it I decided to whip a few more out and...

Posted on May 19, 2007 3:07 PM

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