Well okay, I’m wondering, where did June go? Fly by it did, though, and now it’s time to share our First Friday in July, slow fashion walk. What I happily want to share, dear readers, is a look from a local Kansas City designer, April Madden of April Madden Studio.
April uses vintage Indian Sari and ethnic textiles to create one of a kind pieces. She is one of the most elegant up-cycle designers that I know. Her pieces appeal to my hippy chic side. This top is created from a vintage sari; the front and back are different. It is like I have two tops in one!
I can’t decide which side I prefer. Mustard yellow and a dusty violet are superbly mixed in this print. To me, these two color wheel complements are maybe the hardest to use together. However, when each color has been either darkened or lightened, they can be a very striking combination.
Here I wear my April Madden with a pair of purple/brown leggings. I guarantee I will wear this super comfortable outfit when the kids come this weekend for a our family 4th of July/birthday (mine) fling.
Not My Only April Madden
Below is a dress April created from a silk and gold metallic thread sari. I just feel so elegant in it!
April also creates prints using antique wood printing blocks–which I find fascinating. Below is an example of a black shirt with gold prints. Further below is April holding one of her antique printing blocks. Can you see how she uses the block to print out a circle design?
Most of you know about my DIY tendencies. So…I’ve wondered if one could find a vintage sari. Of course! On eBay, I won my auction for $16 (no shipping) but had to wait about three weeks to get it shipped from New Delhi, India. As if on cue, it arrived today, the very day I’m putting together this post. I’m pretty excited to just have it, five yards of gorgeous fabric. I’m contemplating making a Caftan but am in no hurry to make any decisions.
I’ve finished my walk for today. Now it is time to have all of you share any Instagram photos or blog photos of anything you think is slow fashion. Here’s just a few ideas: thrifted, locally made, Fair Trade, DIY, traded, borrowed and just been in your closet forever (or a least 10 years). I look forward to see what everyone been up to.
To get in the spirit of things I created a collage the wonderful slow fashionistas that linked up in June.
If you don’t follow any of these ladies, you are missing out on great inspirations. They are:
- Maggie of Thrift Shop Fashionista – her IG is@thriftshopfashionista
- Kate of Time Travel With Kate Kitsch – her IG is @kateskitsch
- Sally of Spicy Philosophy-her IG IG is @Sally_Moonsilver
- Patti of Not Dead Yet Style-her IG is @notdeadyetstyle
It’s now time to start our new Slow Fashion Walk for July. It starts today and stays open until July 31st.
To link up, Just click the blue button below and it will take you to a new page. Copy your URL, crop your photo and that is just about it.
Visit some of the other bloggers and above all else have some fun.
I link up with some great blogs every week. To see who they are go HERE.
Michael gets credit for the photos of me and editing. If you spot a mistake, it’s his fault.
Again, thanks for stopping by. Take care……..