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August 3, 2010

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 it here for you to see. One thing that I did tell my kind buyer before I even listed it for her: the Tuileries in white needs to be worn with a slip underneath or layered over leggings, shorts, jeans or trousers. But that white! So utterly crisp and clean it makes me want to hug it.

I don't plan on putting it for sale in my shop until next spring, but if you'd like to have one before that I may be able to do it upon request only. Contact me at my Etsy shop to see if I can set up a "reserved" listing for you.


To learn a little bit more, read:
She's baaaaack...
Sneak peek.
Posted on August 3, 2010 | Permalink

July 2, 2010

She's baaaaack....

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 using 100% linen in the color of the mother's dress in that same painting. Well, the color is exactly the same but Tuileries is now in 60% linen and 40% cotton. Same drape, comfort and coolness provided by natural fibers. Don't you just heart 'em?

Tuileries in lin-coton, in my Etsy shop right now. Go get her, then take a romantic walk through a park.
Posted on July 2, 2010 | Permalink

June 15, 2009

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, gathered full skirt, above the knee - check, check, check
5) Newly listed in my etsy shop - check

P.S. Only a couple of these are available due to the exclusivity of this linen!

Posted on June 15, 2009 | Permalink

June 9, 2009


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 intended in my sketch. So all you sassy lasses who like outdoor picnics and nature can wear your own grass skirt this summer 'cause it's already up in the shop. Available in French sizes 34-42 (measurements in the listing), and if you'd like it below the knee I can add on up to 12 cm. Hula!

Special offer for my blog readers: 10% off this skirt until June 11. Mention "I read tortillagirl.com" in the message to seller and you will be refunded after purchase. Please don't forget the code - the discount will not be applied unless the code is written in the message to seller. Thanks!

Posted on June 9, 2009 | Permalink

May 28, 2009

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!" from its bolt at my fabric supply: Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe because one of the underlying themes for my collection this season is 19th century "en plein air" impressionists. Then I thought of a skirt, a very simple and straightforward one with no embellishments because the print does all the talking (or screaming, as it were). So I quickly sketched this:

Grass Skirt

Pattern has been drafted and fabric has been cut. All I need to do is sew and fit it on the mannequin, and I'll do that as soon as I finish up some orders I want to ship out by the end of this week. Frankly, I can't wait to see the skirt in finished form! If I'm happy with it, in the shop it will go for all you sassy lassies who like summer picnics and nature.

On another note, I'm very happy to have recently done an interview with Emira, co-author of The Boss of You. See the interview here (it makes my day when people show me they've read it by commenting on it!), and check out the book, too.
Posted on May 28, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (6)

May 13, 2009

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 loose and lightweight gray dress with its puff sleeves and hand-finished collar, you can order one for yourself here.

UPDATE: This little number has been quite a success, and that makes me happy! Thanks to those who have supported my work by purchasing one. I've just listed the last one I'll be able to make in this fabric as I've reached the end of my little stock. Here is the last Pont Neuf dress listing in my Etsy shop, available as handmade to order in two different sizes.
Posted on May 13, 2009 | Permalink

April 29, 2009

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 or shorts. [Why yes! I do wear mini dresses over pants. Makes jumping on and off the metro less risky and allows me to bike around the city. Bikes are nice.]

If you'd like for Tuileries to come over to your house and be your BFF, she's hanging out in my shop and at etsy. But for only a short time, so don't keep her waiting.
Posted on April 29, 2009 | Permalink

April 20, 2009

"Oh, you sexy thaaaang"

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 or at etsy.

P.S. I only cut a few from this fabric and I'm not the kind of designer to have honkin' huge bolts of fabric lined up against my walls because one-of-a-kinds and limited edition are all I do in my little home studio, so if you have your eye on this one...don't wait too long. And that's all I'm gonna say about that.
Posted on April 20, 2009 | Permalink

April 15, 2009

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 it makes me happy. Thank you for that! [Bows head in reverence.]

Find it in the shop or here. As always, limited edition so don't wait too long, 'k?

Chaumont in Beige
Posted on April 15, 2009 | Permalink

April 1, 2009

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 it alright. Of course, those happy things inspire me to swing out dresses to wear in the pretty scenery you're making right now, especially short-sleeved little numbers with ruffly details to wear on peaceful little strolls and promenades. So I made one just for that, and added it to my shop already. Just for you. Hope you like!

Ta for now!

Posted on April 1, 2009 | Permalink

March 20, 2009

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 as a layering piece or as a dress on its own so that it could be worn in spring and brought into summer. Nice and flowy, I added a thin belt that can be wrapped around the waist twice for some curves or worn low on the hips for a 20s feel. In my Etsy shop now. Yay!
Posted on March 20, 2009 | Permalink

March 18, 2009

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 much, I kept the prototype for myself! I had intended to have it as a layering piece so it could be worn in spring, but it looks so cute on its own I have a feeling I'll be wearing it more in summer. Nice and flowy, I added a thin belt that can be wrapped around the waist twice for some curves or low on the hips for a 20s feel. In my Etsy shop now. Yay! Tuileries Sleeveless Linen Dress Tuileries Sleeveless Linen Dress
Posted on March 18, 2009 | Permalink

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