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May 14, 2010

Latest clothing additions to the shop:

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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, I don't keep big bolts or tubes of of fabric lined up in my studio so all these pieces are handmade to order in very small series, which I like to think makes them all a little more special for you.

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Seersucker Bubble Dress, updated in beige on white woven stripes. Hangs below the knee so it can be worn on its own, but versatile enough to be layered over jeans or pants. If you'd like to give it the impression that it's shorter, pull up the hem to create a "pouf" effect.

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Marie Linen Bubble Tunic in a very special woodland forest green. There are only two of these in existence! One has already been sold. There is one more in the shop and it's probably the last as I don't think that I'll be able to find this particular shade of linen again.

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Linen Bustier Tunic in a very special shade of pale greenish gray. Perfect for those trips to the beach or lovely little summer picnics. Wear it with the tie in order to keep it "secure" and in its place. Can be worn many ways, but I think that my favorite is with a pair of distressed denim shorts. P.S. Don't miss the lace detail at the hem - very French country, which is the feel that inspired me in my collection this year.

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Marie Linen Dress updated in an earthy color, perfect for spring, summer and all the way through fall. It's a special shade, a medium gray with just the right amount of green in it. It's a very short dress, so if it's worn alone I do recommend a slip underneath. But again, my favorite is layered over shorts or pants. I like to bike around a lot, so that's usually how I wear my tunics or dresses.

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Montmartre Linen Dress in a GORGEOUS shade of deep bluish gray, I like to think of it as "midnight". It reflects the light beautifully and has a lovely matte polish to it, which makes it go from casual to dressy very easily.

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Pinstripe Bubble Tunic - bordering on mini dress length. 100% cotton shirting with a woven blue on white pinstripe and sweet cotton lace detail at the straps. Another romantic and French country-inspired piece.

New pieces coming this summer, and they will be brand spanking new and never before seen in my shop. (Pssst.....a small peek at one of them can be had in my croquis.)

xo,
TortillaGirl

Posted on May 14, 2010 | Permalink

May 4, 2010

Latest clothing additions to the shop:

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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, lightweight with beautiful detailing.

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Colette: This is a modified version of my Montsouris dress, shortened to a tunic and made in linen/cotton in sand, a big color this season. Clean and simple with a neck detail that makes everyone's neck look pretty.

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Deauville Tunic: Linen and cotton with ruffle trim in cotton voile. Wear it over a skirt for pure romanticism, edge it out with skinny trousers and a belt or with a pair of boyfriend jeans for a beachy, relaxed look.

Posted on May 4, 2010 | Permalink

October 30, 2009

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 town with my draped pieces.

Marianne Sweatshirt Style a la 80s, baybee!
Marianne Sweatshirt Style a la 80s, baybee!

Drapey Tee
Anne Soft and Curvy Tee

This season I'm making most of my draped looks in jersey knit fabrics. The color palette is pretty neutral, I prefer to work in neutrals at the moment because they are the most wearable and easy to mix-and-match. With the way the economy is I like to be practical: I'd rather invest in a few quality pieces with clean lines that can work with different outfits and move from one season to the other.

There are more coming soon. The ones above are currently in my etsy shop - the Marianne top is very limited as there's only ONE available in that particular jersey. I'll probably make others like it in other colors, though. Maybe a print? I'll keep you posted.

*You will now have Depeche Mode's "Just Can't Get Enough" running through your mind for the rest of the day.

Posted on October 30, 2009 | Permalink

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 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?

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Posted on April 15, 2009 | Permalink

April 9, 2009

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 - check, check, check
5) Newly listed in my shop - check
Posted on April 9, 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!
xo,
TortillaGirl

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Posted on April 1, 2009 | Permalink

March 30, 2009

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 - check, check, check
5) Newly listed in my shop - check
Posted on March 30, 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!
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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

March 17, 2009

Sneek peek:

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Inspired by "Le Linge" by Edouard Manet.

Posted on March 17, 2009 | Permalink

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