The Penny Rose

I recently was interviewed by writer Christa Martin. She’s awesome and her blog is really great for insight into beauty products, trends, and fashion. Her scope of coverage extends beyond Santa Cruz and includes San Francisco and New York, which is the perfect way for a local Santa Cruzian to feel connected to the bigger picture.

Check out the post here!

Also, two new dresses, yah!

The Dreamer’s Dress…

Silk Cotton Blend. Size 4.

Inside lining

Silk Cotton Blend. Fully Lined.

And yes, I’ve renamed it again. Introducing The Drafter’s Dress (brass zipper and all!)

Vintage Fabric with Cotton Lining. Size 6.

Inside lining

Sky blue lining with french blueprint detail.

Sailing along

The Dreamer's Dress

It’s the time of the season….

For my one woman sweatshop to get back in gear! Check out my first dress for spring. The material is one of a kind vintage. Super soft and lightweight. I love the bright blue/purple color. This dress strikes me as the perfect traveling companion. Easy to throw on, casual enough for day, but unique enough to dress up for dinner.

The bottom still needs to be hemmed but I thought I would share with all of you now!

Woodblock print art by Jen Lape

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

FOREVER 21/ZARA

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

Fabric, Fabric Everywhere…

I’ve just picked out a fresh batch of brightly colored fabric to make spring dresses. Take a look and let me know what you think – what you like/dislike/passionately love or hate.

If you do spot a particular fabric you love, email me (sallyesposito@gmail.com) and we can make a bespoke, custom dress perfectly fit for you. But keep in mind the sooner the better – these sheets of fabric will soon be made into ready-to-wear dresses (that may not be your size!).

Additionally, I’ll be introducing a new style of dress into this season’s collection. Think fitted bodice and flared bottom.

Onward!

“….it is better to have a little of the best than to be swamped with the derivative, the careless, the routine.” — Robert Bringhurst

Let’s slow down for a second and pay attention to the details, the textures. Let’s create something the old fashioned way – with thought, with care. Let’s choose quality over quantity. Let’s use our minds and our imaginations and our hands to make something honest.

When we do this, we build a story. Each garment is designed and created this way. My hope is that every piece becomes a treasure to be admired and worn for years to come.