Kim’s Kustom Dress

This darling lil dress is made with 100% cotton Ikat print designed by Amy Butler. The lining is a cotton-silk blend. Exposed brass zipper in back and hidden pockets on sides. Enjoy Kim!

The oldest new dress


Side pockets!

Pleated Pleats


Photography by Kristin Jones Heitzler

Put the izzy in busy

Jeesh life’s been nonstop this summer/spring/ALL THE TIME. Luckily much of that recent busyness has been filled with camping trips, city adventures, thrift store bouts, long beach days, and many mai tais. Unfortunately, it’s also been filled with intense work obligations and not enough sewing time. Sigh.

Somehow, I did manage to get one item done (and about six dresses half way done).

Introducing….the Koala Shirt!

Koala Shirt Front

Koala Shirt Back

Koala close up

The front is a vintage (never used) tea towel, 100% linen from Ireland. The back is an organic off-white cotton with a vintage blue zipper.

Waist: 30″
Hips: 42″
From Neck to Waist: 15″

I think this shirt would look great with a pencil skirt or fitted shorts. Out of all the stuff I’ve made, this one seems to me the most like something you’d find in an Anthropologie catalogue.

However, unlike Anthropologie, this item is truly one-of-a-kind. Enjoy!

The devil is in the details

So, I’m about three steps away from finishing this dress (zipper, inside lining, hem) AND I’m torn on what type of zipper to use, brass or full black. The brass zipper has kinda been one of the signature traits of my dresses, but this one has other fun details (like print on the shoulders).

What’s your pick?? Which do you think works better?

Here’s the front of the dress:

Brass Zipper (I promise everything will be straight when I actually sew it in)

Black Zipper (Again, I swear, straight!)

A reminder for those times when we get lost in the music/colors/endless racks of clothes


If you must shop there
For rompers and belts and tops
Think of bloody sweat

A dress for ten bucks!
Is the industrial plea
For you to forget

That shit is heinous
Fits you weird and won’t stay nice
Rips in the laundry

Fast fashion feels gross
It’s not high and it’s not low
It’s just middlebrow

By: Kate Carraway