The Bainbridge Bluegrass festival was a stompin’ good time and we saw about 3,000 attendees for the all-day bluegrass and country music festival. Food vendors and artisans were there, including me (Tiger Lilys Attic) with my clothing line I call “Raggedy Ends.” As it was a country themed event, I went deep into denim with skirts, aprons, and shorts made from complete garments and bits and parts from denim jeans.
I also made silk flower head crowns for the ladies to wear in the sun. There’s nothing like an outdoor music fest that brings out the flower child in all of us.
The booth was cute and looked country casual . The tables were draped and layered with bed dust ruffles with fabrics of eyelit, mattress ticking, and floral print then finished with a burlap top. The tent was framed with cutwork white cotton curtin swags and there was even a cute changing room made from a 3 panel floor screen with vertical mirror. Outside of the tent a torn fabric strip garland fluttered in the breeze and bunches of bright sunshine yellow sunflowers provided pops of color along with a galvanized bucket filled with fresh white paniculata hydrangeas.
I had about 35 tops revamped and up-cycled from gently worn clothing. I use many different techniques to up-cycle the tops: some of which include removing sleeves entirely or changing over to ruffled edges or adding chiffon to have a softer sleeve; cutting the hem to create a frayed edge, or cutting the front of the top and finishing the newly-cut edge with lace or ruffles to create a light weight jacket to wear over a camisole. A special moment for me happened when a lady purchased a top and decided to wear it . As she left the booth, she said “I feel pretty.”
Raggedy Ends and I will be showing next month, September 14, 2013 at the Taste of Lynwood, Bainbridge Island, WA. The fall and holiday line of tops will be featured using velvets and brocades and I will be introducing the denim jackets that I have altered.