Saturday, May 29, 2010

the Citizen Rosebud: Behind the Seams

Here's a little peek behind the scenes here at HQ of the Citizen Rosebud. We love to be inspired, especially by flowers, and use floral prints extensively in our re-made fashionables.

 There's quite a bit of chaos in the beginning. First we select a a handful of second-hand clothing that  make-up a "story." This month we are playing with the theme of "Garden Party." We might come up with a basic idea of simple cotton dresses with floral prints, and select ones that seem to compliment each other. No scrap is wasted, as we collect them and save them for re-use. Often times,  you may find the material snipped off of one dress on the hem another. Instructions are written out and attached to the item. They are then taken to the sewing studio and re-worked:

Like our flower arrangements, we like to keep it fresh and simple. We rescue quality clothing from second-hand sources, clean & mend as needed, and update the piece to be relevant, not just for the present season, but for many years to come. We like classic yet quirky prints & well-designed cuts. And voila!
An old cotton patchwork slip-dress from the '90's turns into a refreshing remake complete with a vintage butterfly print petticoat under hem (made from fabric scraps) and is the perfect ensemble to wear while thrift shopping in Modesto!

Now Wearing: 
  • Blue/multi-print cotton slip dress, the Citizen Rosebud
  • Navy tights, Target
  • J. Crew Oatmeal wool cardigan, thrifted (Thrift Town)
  • Vintage red leather shoulder bag, thrifted (Salvation Army)
  • Black leather Dansko clogs, Violet Folklore


The Wh0le Story said...

Looks like a lot of work, but still, I am very jealous of the work you get to do :o)

Marla Singer said...

thanks for the sweet comment! i really appreciate it. it's always nice to have a new reader <3
i love your dress! and the rest of the combo is fab <3

Marta said...

i wish i had such an exciting work! you look fantastic, bella!

the Citizen Rosebud said...

Thanks. I wish for all of you to do work you love as well. xo.

tobes said...

wow ! such skills hun! i love the final outcome!
xo tobes keep in touch

strawberry moth said...

i love all your little notes pinned to the clothing...such a good idea! I have a stack of clothes to fix almost as high as my ceiling. Crafty Chicks are the best kind!
xoxo, Jessie