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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Colette Guide to Sewing Knits: Professional Techniques for Beautiful Everyday Garments

Posted by Cassie Ridgway on Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 8:59 AM

The last few entries I've written for MOD blog have been focused on ready-to-wear designers in Portland who sew with knits. As a designer myself, I can attest to the distinctive set of challenges imbued in knit textiles. One of the Portland based designers I admire most for her use of knits is Alyson Clair, and I have been waiting anxiously for the Colette Patterns book, The Colette Guide to Sewing Knits: Professional Techniques for Beautiful Everyday Garments, in which she collaborated to discuss techniques for sewing with knits. The book has been wildly successful so far, selling out almost instantly in most retail locations and has stepped to number one on in the sewing section.

I had the honor of interviewing Sarai Mitnick, founder and creative director at Collette Patterns, about The Colette Guide to Sewing Knits: Professional Techniques for Beautiful Everyday Garments.

The Colette Guide to Sewing Knits: Professional Techniques for Beautiful Everyday Garments
  • The Colette Guide to Sewing Knits: Professional Techniques for Beautiful Everyday Garments

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Monday, April 21, 2014

More from WildCraft Studio School

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Mon, Apr 21, 2014 at 10:59 AM

For this week's Sold Out, I profiled the WildCraft Studio School, a creative retreat out in White Salmon, WA started last year by artist Chelsea Heffner, who brings instructors out from Portland as well as the immediate area to teach seminars on everything from weaving to sandal-making to pottery to dye-making in an idyllic rural setting. It's seasonal due to the harsh winters out in the country, and this year's classes just started up at the beginning of April, and will roll through early November. It's definitely something to consider for your fair(ish) weather to-do list. May's schedule is currently up; it includes an introduction to Ayurveda, mushroom growing, and knife making!

Weaving samples in the studio room.

This rad antique is one of several tools donated to the program.
  • Jesse Champlin
  • This rad antique is one of several tools donated to the program.

A collection of bones found at a nearby predator kill site.
  • Jesse Champlin
  • A collection of bones found at a nearby predator kill site.

The studios large loom, originally brought over from Finland.
  • Jesse Champlin
  • The studio's large loom, originally brought over from Finland.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Alyson Clair and The Colette Guide to Sewing Knits

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Tue, Mar 11, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Well look at which Portland based apparel designer and manufacturer has scored herself a book deal now: It's Alyson Clair of Clair Vintage Inspired, tapped by the also-local Coletterie, a sewing-centric site that also produces a popular series of sewing patterns for sale on their site:

A coat like this at Frances May? Easily $300+. The Colette pattern goes for $12 for a printable download or $16 for a delivered, pre-printed version.
  • Colette Patterns
  • A coat like this at Frances May? Easily $300+. The Colette pattern goes for $12 for a printable download or $16 for a delivered, pre-printed version.

Clair, who's worked for the big sportswear companies as her day job as well as producing her own line, know her way around sewing productions big and small, and her first book on the subject is focused specifically on what you wear all the time, probably without thinking of it: knits, as ubiquitous as they are difficult.

  • Coletterie

We’ve created a gorgeous book that will be available either as a lovely full-color paperback or instantly downloadable ebook. We’ll also be releasing two brand new patterns designed with Alyson Clair just for knits. Think lovely, versatile, feminine basics. All of this is coming to you next month, on April 15th. In the meantime, I’ll be sharing excerpts, the cover, and some behind the scenes stories in the coming weeks as we get closer.

They've also announced (score another point in this local-manufacturing trend) that patterns will have a wider selection of sizes than usual: from size XS to 3X. Look for a launch party coming our way sometime in April or May.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

LA's Famed Fashion District

Posted by Cassie Ridgway on Tue, Jan 7, 2014 at 8:59 AM

I just came back from a trip to Los Angeles. I make this journey often (full disclosure: that's where my grammy lives), and every time I make sure to do my fabric sourcing in LA's famed “Fashion District.” For those of you interested in textile sourcing, you probably know that simply shopping at Fabric Depot becomes expensive quickly—too quickly to build a clothing company. We search for other means of sourcing fabrics, trims, rib knits, threads, and other materials, such as online wholesalers, jobbers at fabric expos, and deadstock outlets, but there isn't much, from a price-per-yard standpoint, that can beat the Fashion District of Los Angeles.

the fashion disrtict of LA

I was lucky last summer when Leah Stovel, from Make It Good Clothing, gave me the ultimate crash course in textile sourcing. In addition to taking me to LA's Fashion District, Leah introduced me to a domestic miller from whom she sources American-milled fabrics that are specifically made for her company. It was possibly the coolest and most informative trip of my life. Thanks, Leah! (Also: a serious tip of the hat to a clothing company like Make It Good that sources American-milled fabric).

Cute Leah Stovel from Make It Good Clothing
  • CassieRidgway
  • Cute Leah Stovel from Make It Good Clothing

For our clothing company (Mag-Big) however, and for many others, the fabric wholesalers in LA's fashion district will suffice, with a wide array of textiles to choose from. How they operate is they purchase end-of-production surplus fabric from larger companies (like Anne Taylor or Marc Jacobs) who have large scale industrial bolts developed for them, which they often have surplus of. When those companies finish production on their lines, they generally have huge amounts of yardage that can be purchased by wholesalers and jobbers who station themselves in fabric districts across the world.

The Los Angeles Fashion District occupies 110 blocks of downtown LA. Intermittently, there are dozens of florists, and the occasional hotdog or tamale stand. Just be a little careful: it's technically located in the skid row... Keep your wits about you.

We bought our fabric for our SS14 collection during this trip! We're super excited about it, and happy to say that the rate at which we bought it will enable us to price our garments in a “palpable” price bracket. So for all you who sew, and plan to take production more seriously, don't miss LA's Fashion District. It's the best resource we can use on the West Coast.


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Sock It to Me Hosts Design-A-Sock Contest to Benefit Portland Public Schools

Posted by Elizabeth Mollo on Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Sock It to Me, the Portland-based designer and manufacturer of fun and funky socks for men, women and kids, is hosting its 7th Annual Design A Sock Contest to benefit the Arts in Portland’s Public High Schools. Portlanders of all ages and artistic abilities are invited to participate by submitting their unique sock design for consideration in Sock It to Me’s next collection. For each sock design submitted Sock It to Me will donate $1, with a maximum total donation of $15,000, as an Art Grant for Portland Public High Schools. In addition to helping out the schools, entrants will also have their chance to win $1000 cash and have their winning design manufactured and worn by Sock It to Me customers around the world.

Entrants can submit their unique design by downloading the design template here and submit their design electronically or mail it to the Sock It to Me office by 3pm on September 20th. On September 27th Sock It to Me will post the top 30 designs on their Facebook page and the public will vote for their favorite. So get cracking all of you would-be sock designers! I saw and voted on the finalists last year and I have to say there were some really creative ones.

Last Years Winning Sock Design
  • Last Year's Winning Sock Design

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Makin' It with Destination DIY

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 10:59 AM

On a 1-10 scale of "sounds like fun," the plain phrase "craft night" registers at about a 6 for me—which is not that bad! On the other hand, the Makin' It with Destination DIY craft nights hosted jointly by ADX and SCRAP crank that up to a solid 8, because there's free Full Sail beer and Mississippi Pizza Pub slices, a DJ (Bill Hambone), live interviews, and trivia, as well as the usual craft-night benefit of the companionship of fellow DIY-ers (useful for advice), and they also air new episodes of the Destination DIY radio show, so there's no need to worry about uncomfortable breaks in the chatter while you're trying to concentrate.

Tonight's edition features Andrea Leggitt of Salty and Sweet Design in the interview chair, who makes cool laser etched products like this handsome iPhone case:

  • Salty and Sweet

It runs from 7-9 pm this evening at ADX (417 SE 11th) with a $3-5 suggested donation, and is a fine warm-up to those fall nights spent inside with your PJs (that's short for "projects," not "pajamas," because we're adults here).

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Organize Your Keychain with Nail Polish

Posted by Kayla Rekofke on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 8:59 AM

I totes saw this idea on Pinterest and just had to make my keychain more organized (and fun) by painting each key a different color to remind me of which key goes to what to lock. This DIY is a no-brainer, simply pick your favorite polishes do a coat or two on each key, and voila—you’re all set.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Mag-Big Fabric Sale

Posted by Elizabeth Mollo on Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 9:59 AM

If you sew for a living or as a hobby, you are either always on the lookout for fabric or in dire need to get rid of fabric that you have been acquiring over the years and will never use (I fall into the latter category). Whichever category you might fall into, this upcoming event will surely be for you: Mag-Big is having a fabric sale on April 11th from 5-8 pm. Sewing machines will also be for sale and there will be wine, snacks, and just a fun atmosphere in general. For more info on the event and selling your fabric, check out the Facebook event page here.

  • Mag-Big

Monday, March 4, 2013

Make-Yo'-Own Damn Moccasins!

Posted by Rose Finn on Mon, Mar 4, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Tired of wearing those sad, floppy loafers made by Malaysian slaves? Well, here's your chance to make your own fancy shoes—and get professional help!

As seen on MOD, Halo Shoes is hosting two weekend workshops; March 16th & 17th, and March 23rd & 24th, where master leather craftsman Daniel McRorie will show you how to produce your own soft shoes. The best part? If there's any blood, sweat, or tear stains, you know where those came from.

If you've got the dough to throw down ($525 for the whole shebang), each weekend is limited to 8 spots—better sign up quick!


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Holiday ADX-stacy

Posted by Rose Finn on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 9:23 AM

The Holiday season is ripe with local vendors, creative shopping, and of course, cookies and booze. And this event is no different! ADX is hosting "Gifted 2: A Holiday Affair," Dec 15 & 16 from 10 am-6 pm, with gifts and goodies ranging from sofas to sweaters to scones.
Gifted 2 will include a DIY gift wrapping station, Ninkasi beverages, and with the help of local bakeries, a cake walk. It will also include yummy goodies from Salt, Fire, and Thyme, and a photo booth with Santa and a dog.
Here's what being there will look like:

  • Gifted Tumblr

  • Gifted Tumblr

  • Gifted Tumblr

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Etsy 101 Workshop

Posted by Elizabeth Mollo on Thu, Nov 1, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Do you fancy yourself a maker of awesome things but just don't really know how to sell your cool wares? For a long time now Etsy has helped many people with exactly the same problem, and many have gone on to have successful businesses. Some people, however, don't really know what they're doing (making-of-things-wise or business wise) and end ultimately end up on Regresty for us all to point and laugh at.

Don't fear becoming a laughing stock anymore because there is a FREE workshop on Sunday November 11th, put on by Siren Nation as part of it's 2012 Festival, that promises to get your Etsy shop up and running and ultimately make it a successful venture. The workshop will be led by Christine Claringbold, a graduate of Etsy's June 2012 Educator training, and she will discuss what you need to set up an Etsy shop, how to get started making your first sales, where to go when you need help, and the four keys to Etsy success. The workshop will be held at McMenamin's Kennedy School from 2PM-4PM. (Hit it up before you head to Content!) For more information on the work that Claringbold does click on over to her Etsy shop here.

For when you want to scare someone sober.
  • Regretsy
  • For when you want to scare someone sober.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Natural Beauty Aid: The Blueberry

Posted by Elizabeth Mollo on Mon, Sep 24, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Technically, it's Fall, but the weather forecast has nothing but sunny skies for the next few days, which I will effectively use to pretend like it's still Summer. The fruit I always associate with Summer is the blueberry, preferably local. Not only are they tasty, they also contain powerful antioxidants that help fight off free radicals that can damage skin cells. While it is better to eat them to get all of their nutritional goodness (topical skin care products only address 20% of your skin on the surface while the other 80% of your skin is affected by what you eat and drink) it still is fun to add them to your skin care routine. So go out and pick up some local blueberries (I know they are still out there) and try out some of the following recipes, and you too will be in blissful denial that Summer is over.

Blueberry & Oatmeal Facial Mask

1 cup blueberries, 1 cup oatmeal, 2 tablespoons honey, 5-6 whole almonds

Puree all the ingredients in a blender until finely blended. Spread mixture over your face and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water then splash skin with cool water. This mask is great for dry skin. Source: Yahoo

Hydrating Blueberry Face Mask
1/4 cup fresh local blueberries (frozen berries may be substituted in a pinch), 1 tablespoon raw honey, 1 tablespoon olive oil, Juice of half a lemon, 1 teaspoon sugar

Pulse the first four ingredients in a blender until smooth. Sprinkle in sugar and massage evenly over the face and leave on for ten minutes. Remove with a warm, damp cloth. This mask will make your face feel super moisturized and nourished. Source: Beauty Bets

Blueberry & Yogurt Face Mask

2/3 cup blueberries, 2/3 cup plain yogurt, 2/3 cup honey, 1 teaspoon oatmeal

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend thoroughly. Apply to face and leave on for 15 minutes. Once dry remove with a warm cloth. This mask will make your skin glow! Source: Red Lip Gloss

Blueberry Aloe Eye Mask

Handful of Blueberries, 2 Tablespoons Aloe Vera Gel

In a small bowl mash a handful of cold blueberries. Then add aloe vera gel and dab mixture delicately under the eyes. Lie down and leave on for 20 minutes. Remove with lukewarm water. Your eyes will look refreshed and brighter. Source: Beautylish

All masks may be stored in the refrigerator for up to about a week tightly covered.

Dont let the Blue Meanie steal your blueberries!!!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Natural Beauty Aid: The Cucumber

Posted by Elizabeth Mollo on Fri, Jun 8, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Pee Wees Puppetland Band are Cool as Cucumbers (because theyre beatniks.)
  • Elizabeth Mollo
  • Pee Wee's Puppetland Band are Cool as Cucumbers (because they're beatniks.)

Summer is almost here, and that means farmer's markets, sun, and dehydration! Luckily a staple of these farmer's markets are locally grown cucumbers. Super hydrating, the cucumber has a water content of about 90% and is also packed with vitamin C and fiber, which means inside and out your body will love them on those hot summer days in salads and applied in various ways onto your skin. Here are a few ways to keep yourself cool and beautiful in the coming months:

Cucumber Astringent: Juice half a cucumber (either with a juicer or use a blender and strain away the solids.) Apply with a cotton ball. This will keep your skin shine free.

Cucumber Toner: Mix 1/4 cup fresh cucumber juice, 2 tablespoons witch hazel, 2 tablespoons water, and 1 tablespoon vodka (optional.) A fancier version of the recipe above, it provides the same effects and also helps to tighten pores and relieve mildly sunburned skin. Source: Natural Beauty at Home

Cucumber-Avocado Facial Mask: Place 1/2 cup coarsely chopped peeled cucumber, 1/2 cup coarsely chopped peeled avocado, 1 egg white, and 2 teaspoons powdered milk in a blender and blend until smooth. Refrigerate for 30 minutes and apply to face and neck. Leave on for 30 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Splash cool water after that and gently pat dry. This mask nourishes, tightens pores, and helps slough off dead skin cells to reveal fresher skin. Source:

Straight Cucumber Mask: Grate a cucumber and apply to your face/skin. This is great for sunburns.

Cucumber Body Pizza: Yes, it is exactly what you think. Grab a friend and try this to ease that sunburn after a long day of PBR drinkin' and river floatin'.

The last DIY remedy is a variation of the tried and true cucumber-on-the-eyes thing that I invented not too long ago when I overindulged the night before:

Elizabeth's Hangover Helper: Start with a make-up free face (shame on you for not washing your face before you passed out!) Grab a big glass of coconut water and two cold slices of cucumber. Relax for about 15 minutes and try to remember/forget all the stupid shit you did the night before. After this, flip the cucumber slices over and rub all over your face, this will feel amazing and refreshing. Let the cucumber juice dry, then moisterize the hell out of your skin (or take a shower and then moisterize.) This little ritual will make you feel fresh (or a little less like garbage) and help replenish some of your body's water that you replaced with alcohol the night before.

Thursday, May 17, 2012


Posted by Maya Dahlgreen on Thu, May 17, 2012 at 8:59 AM

In an ongoing series, I'm using a variety of items chosen from SCRAP on which to base a series of DIY projects. SCRAP is a local store filled with extremely low-priced reclaimed arts and crafts supplies. Inspired by creative reuse and sustainable behavior, SCRAP saved 115 TONS of materials from the waste stream just within the last year. That’s about 23 elephants' worth. Not only does SCRAP sell low-priced supplies, but they accept donations of all that old (what you think is) crap you have lying around the house. They turn that crap into SCRAP! Seriously, isn’t that the most genius recycling job ever?

Now that summer is here (yeah, been saying that for weeks), it's time to decorate that otherwise boring backyard of yours. Here's just the thing to spruce up that space.

For this little craft, I am using some cutouts from SCRAP's new product line. The sticker decals would also work (all from recycled materials, of course). With all sorts of shapes and prints, the stickers and cutouts—along with many more crafting goods—can be found for sale in the SCRAP Boutique.

Step One: Supplies. You will need heavy weight paper, scissors, glue, fancy paper, ribbon, tape, and some pretty add-ons.


Step Two: Cut out your triangles. These will be strung across the ribbon, and they will have your letters and shapes on them. So make enough to say what you want, and make them big enough to fit your fancy. Just make sure they are all of the same size, duh.


Step Three: Place your letters and your cut outs onto the triangles, just to get the layout you want.


Step Four: Glue.


Step Five: Tape the flags onto the ribbon. Make sure they are evenly spaced, with no tape hanging over, etc. Just use those little common sense crafting rules you learned in kindergarten.


Step Six: Hang!



Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Four Easy Excercises for a Strong and Sexy Bod

Posted by Elizabeth Mollo on Wed, May 2, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Summer is coming fast, and most of us would like to look somewhat sexy while baring minimal clothing. Luckily for me I am able to utilize my brother, Daniel Mollo, to help me whip my body into shape. (Unfortunately he lives in San Jose, so I only get one-on-one training a couple of times a year.) He has an MA in Kinesiology, is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a Certified Personal Trainer, did consulting work for the NASA Ames research center, and he works as an independent trainer and at a physical therapy clinic. During a recent trip back to San Jose I asked him to show me some exercises that could be done at home that would yield results that could be both seen and felt, (look great and gain strength.) The following exercises are ones I am sure you have done before, and you will maybe exclaim, "No shit! I know how to do those exercises! I have done them before and they are boring!" Well, I suggest revisiting them, because you will soon read they are highly beneficial and are some of the most underrated and effective exercises you can do:

These four simple exercises require no equipment and can easily be done at home. They are effective and also do not require a lot of time to complete.

Push-up: Not only does the push-up strengthen the chest and arms, it also strengthens your back and core muscles as well. Position your hands directly under your shoulders and place the feet next to each other. Elbows should be angled slightly to the side. Keeping the torso straight with the legs, push your body off the ground and then lower the body back down to the point that your nose almost touches the ground. If you can not lift the body off the ground or your lower back arches as you lift up, you can modify this move by placing your knees on the ground. Start with 3 sets of 10 repetitions, building up to 5 sets of 15. Rest at least one minute between each set.

Start Position

High Push-up Postition

End Position (Make sure to hover over the ground!)

Modified Start Position

Modified End Position

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Natural Beauty Aid: Olive Oil

Posted by Elizabeth Mollo on Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Ever wonder why Mediterranean women always look so damn great and healthy? One of their secrets, one that has been used for centuries, is olive oil. This kitchen staple is super healthy when consumed (it has a high content of monounsaturated fatty acids, which are good for keeping good cholesterol up and bad cholesterol down, and a high content of antioxidative substances) and it works wonders on skin by repairing damage and keeping it soft, smooth, and supple. Extra virgin olive oil is best as it is minimally processed and retains the most nutrients for the maximum effect. Try the following tips and you'll be as beautiful and glowing as the aforementioned Mediterranean women (without the tan of course. This is Portland after all.)

-Skin Moisturizer: Just rub it on, easy! (A little goes a long way, and it is best to use on damp skin as the oil will absorb more easily and won't leave skin greasy.)

-Exfoliator: Mix olive oil and sea salt together and use all over the body. Much cheaper than the stuff you buy at the store and works just as well. Add essential oils to make it smell nice.

-Make-up Remover: Add a little to a cotton ball and use as you would regular make-up remover. It removes facial make-up as well. (When used consistently olive oil can soften the skin around the eyes and smooth out wrinkles.)

-Hair: Apply to dry hair, concentrating mostly on the ends, wrap your hair in a hot, damp towel or a shower cap, and leave it on for at least half an hour. You could leave it on overnight as well, but make sure to put a towel on your pillow so you don't end up with an oily mess. Shampoo/condition as usual.

-Nails/Hands: Just rub a few drops on your cuticles and your nails will be moisturized and healthy. For really dry hands rub a generous amount all over hands, put on gloves, and wear overnight.

-Scars: Olive oil is great for minimizing the appearance of scars due to it's high vitamin E and K content. Just rub 1 tbsp. of olive oil on the scar for 5 minutes to loosen the scar tissue. Leave on for 10 minutes and wipe off. Mix 1 tsp. of olive oil and 1 tsp. of baking soda and rub on the scar (to exfoliate.) Rinse off. Do this everyday to speed the healing process.


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

SCRAP DIY: Jewelry Box

Posted by Maya Dahlgreen on Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 8:59 AM

In an ongoing series, I'm using a variety of items chosen from SCRAP on which to base a series of DIY projects. SCRAP is a local store filled with extremely low-priced reclaimed arts and crafts supplies. Inspired by creative reuse and sustainable behavior, SCRAP saved 115 TONS of materials from the waste stream just within the last year. That’s about 23 elephants' worth. Not only does SCRAP sell low-priced supplies, but they accept donations of all that old (what you think is) crap you have lying around the house. They turn that crap into SCRAP! Seriously, isn’t that the most genius recycling job ever?

I'm always on the hunt for a great jewelry box that doesn't take up a lot of space, and doesn't play music or feature a spinning ballerina when you open it (remember those?). If you're experiencing the same problem, here is a fairly simple—and very effective—solution. The best part? This SCRAP-sponsored DIY only cost me six bucks.

Step One: You will need a wood box or frame, hot glue, cup hooks, mat or cork board, and some fabric.


Step Two: Cover the board with your fabric. It's better to glue on the back of the mat board, it will look neater in the end.


Step Three: Glue the fabric covered board into the box.


Step Four: Start screwing in your screws. You can really put them wherever, it's nice to have them on the bottom and on the sides so you can hang longer necklaces.


Step Five: Voilà! Hang and hang!



Monday, April 23, 2012

Urban Garden: Succulent Wall

Posted by Kayla Rekofke on Mon, Apr 23, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Succulents are seriously trending. For any green thumb planning on planting a garden this spring, try some succulents to spruce up your garden or living space. Whether you have a small patio, or large backyard, find inspiration in these gorgeous green plants. I found a few (click here, or here) different methods on how to DIY your very own vertical succulent wall. With the weather warming up, this is the perfect project for a sunny day. Even putting a few different types of succulents and cacti into a fun painted pot will do the trick. Check at local garden supply stores, or a greenhouse near you. I love to spend an afternoon admiring the flowers, and grabbing a few for my patio, out at The Portland Nursery on Stark.

  • Flora Grubb Gardens

  • Falling Waters

  • Luna-See

Monday, April 16, 2012

DIY: Studmuffin Jorts

Posted by Kayla Rekofke on Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Lately the fashion world cannot get enough of spikes, studs, and all things shiny and sharp. Enter the studded jean short. Perfect for summer and the upcoming slew of music festivals, this DIY is one of the more complicated projects I’ve tried, but totes worth it! These jorts took a few hours, and was quite the workout for my little fingers. I can’t wait to rock these bad boys at Coachella, and now I kind of want to stud everything. Here’s the lowdown:

-About 100 studs or more depending on what you are making/how many studs you prefer (I purchased 100 for about $5 at Oregon Leather Co)
-Exacto knife

1. I stopped by the a couple different craft stores before stumbling upon Oregon Leather Co., located downtown in Chinatown. This place full of awesome materials and much more than just leather. They have a lot of options for studs and spikes, but I went with #641, the medium-sized square silver option. They also sell a special tool that makes the perfect sized cut into whatever you are studding, but I just opted to use an exacto knife since I already have one.

2. You can stud just about anything, but I had an old pair of jorts that definitely needed some sprucing up. (Read: True Religion shorts circa 2007.) As I mentioned before you’ll need an exacto knife, pliers, or any tool you have that will make a small cut, and a tool that can fold down the prongs.

3. Figure out where you want the placement to be and then get studding! Once you have a pattern in mind make two small cuts where you’d like to stud to be, stick it through, and then fold the prongs down with pliers.

4. I went in a circular pattern around the pocket of my shorts, then filled in the center so the rows/columns would stay pretty even.

5. I thought a few studs on the front pocket would look cute, so continued on the front as well.


Friday, April 13, 2012

SCRAP DIY: Hair Crown

Posted by Maya Dahlgreen on Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 8:59 AM

In the upcoming weeks, I'll be using a variety of items chosen from SCRAP on which to base a series of DIY projects. SCRAP is a local store filled with extremely low-priced reclaimed arts and crafts supplies. Inspired by creative reuse and sustainable behavior, SCRAP saved 115 TONS of materials from the waste stream just within the last year. That’s about 23 elephants' worth. Not only does SCRAP sell low-priced supplies, but they accept donations of all that old (what you think is) crap you have lying around the house. They turn that crap into SCRAP! Seriously, isn’t that the most genius recycling job ever?

For yourself or your child, this is a fun DIY that takes the flower crowns that fall apart in 10 minutes, and keeps them together to grace your summer hair all day long. I have seen these in stores for around $30—mine cost $2.50 using supplies from SCRAP. You do the math, or have your kid do the math, cause it's pretty easy.

Step One: You'll need fabric, fake flowers, scissors, and glue (preferably of the "hot" variety).


Step Two: Cut three long thin pieces of the fabric and tie them together on one end. Tightly braid the fabric, and tie the ends together using your head for measurement. This will serve as the headband of your flower crown.


Step Three: Start gluing the flowers on. Try to glue the stems of the flowers into the folds of the braid, this will help them hold.


Step Four: Go find some sunshine.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Collage Customer Appreciation Day

Posted by Maya Dahlgreen on Mon, Apr 9, 2012 at 8:59 AM

If ever you’re feeling exceptionally artsy, I recommend you check out Collage. This local arts and crafts store offers a whole slew of creative classes ranging from jewelry making to collage-ing (imagine that!).

I also recommend you hurry up and become a customer before April 12th so that you can attend Collage’s AWESOME Customer Appreciation Day. To express their appreciation, Collage is offering discounts, giveaways, and a special raffle. The event lasts all day, so get in there and tap into that creative side you probably have. Plus, who doesn’t love free stuff?

Friday, April 6, 2012

Natural Beauty Aid: The Lemon

Posted by Elizabeth Mollo on Fri, Apr 6, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Spring is here, the time of year for regrowth and renewal, and it’s time to get our bodies and skin looking fresh and healthy with the help of a little yellow fruit. While you may think lemons are just useful for lemonade and a garnish for your cocktail, they are actually super good for you. Consumed and used on the skin, lemon juice can do wonders for your health and appearance.

Drinking warm water and lemon juice each morning will give your body a jump start by re-hydrating you and flushing out toxins in your system. It will also restore your body’s PH balance if your body is overly acidic. Lemon juice is also great applied directly onto skin. It is a 100% natural and cheap alternative to expensive beauty products. Here are a couple of ways to use it:

-Dip a cotton ball into some lemon juice and apply to your face before going to bed. Wash off the next morning. After a few nights of this, your skin will be glowing as the citric acid helps to exfoliate the skin, clearing away dead, dull cells to reveal new ones.

-Slice a lemon in half and dip it in sugar. Scrub (gently!) all over body and face. This will have an even greater exfoliating effect than just using lemon juice alone. It should only be done once or twice a week on the face, however, since the skin there is more delicate and could become irritated.

And of course do not do either of these things after shaving or waxing or on/near an open wound, because it will sting like a mother!

As stated, lemons are also very useful in cocktails. I've recently been ordering vodka with lots of muddled lemon and a splash of soda water. This is a great alternative to the sugary juices that accompany most cocktails, and less sugar means less hangover—we all know hangovers are not pretty.


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

DIY: Temporary Ombré Hair Color Chalking

Posted by Kayla Rekofke on Tue, Apr 3, 2012 at 9:46 AM

The ombré trend has been a staple among celebs, fashionistas, and stylestalkers for the past couple of seasons, but “chalking” is a fresh spin on the ombré obsession. I found this recipe for fun pastel pretty hair on my fave beauty blog the beauty department. All you need are soft pastels found at most art stores (locally I’d check Utrecht or Blick) but make sure they are indeed soft chalk pastels, not pastel oils because that would be a disaster! The brand I used is called Schmincke, and worked great, the beauty department recommends Senellier- either or will do. Last week while visiting home in Eastern Washington, I set out to the one art store in town and grabbed the prettiest seafoam green, and brightest cobalt blue I could find. My mother thought I was going to make some artwork, and was rather miffed when I explained I was going to put these colors in my mop. Alas, I set out on my experiment with high hopes because I’ve always wanted to take the plunge of really dying my hair a crazy color, but have never gone through with it. Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to achieve your own ombré look:





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Friday, March 30, 2012

Mani Madness: Nails Trends To Try Next

Posted by Kayla Rekofke on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 8:59 AM

The past few seasons one trend has remained on top: Nails! Ranging from claw-shaped mitts, neon colors, to pretty patterns, nails are an easy and affordable way to change up your look. Sometimes my hands are steady enough to attempt the DIY looks, but most of the time I take my crazy ideas to my trusted mani magic maker Kim at Lace Salon. I’ve scoured the web to find a few of my favorite emerging looks, and here’s what I came up with:

Via Pinterest:

Meow Mani: Try your hand at this kitty cat mani, it looks like you need black, white, and neon green polish (a pen style might be easier to work with) and a toothpick.

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Lilac and Gold half moon nails: Get step-by-step instructions here. All you need to complete this look are reinforcement stickers (like you’d put on your notebook paper) and lilac and gold polish, shown here are Essie’s Lilacism, and Opi’s Glitzerland shades.

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Outer Space Nails: Get this far-out DIY style here. This look is a process to achieve but the results are totally worth it. For this look you’ll need your favorite dark blue or black polish for a base, a couple metallic shades, and a glittery polish to get that starry night effect.


Via The Beauty Department:

The Beauty Department is one of my go-to beauty blogs, with in-depth how-tos on all the latest trends in makeup, hair, and nails. Hills alum Lauren Conrad is one of the co-founders along with her team of trusted beauty junkies, and this site chronicles what’s next in all things glam and girly. Their mani Monday posts are super cute, here’s a couple of my favorites.

Rarr! Find out how to get this cheetah print nail pattern here.

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Polka dot party, click here for instructions on how to make your own nail dotting tool.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Now Hiring: MOD Freelancer

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 4:14 PM

The MOD blog is officially seeking a new contributor: We strive to keep our readers abreast of all the news and events in the world of Portland fashion and retail, as well as adding coverage of craft, fitness, beauty, décor, and design. If you would like to join us in the never-ending quest to keep up with these active communities, please send a short cover letter explaining your interest and area(s) of expertise/point of view, a resume, and writing/blogging samples here.

Versatility is a great asset in the biz, but if you have a specific niche (street style photography, hair, shoes, etc) you think needs to have a bigger presence on the blog, I'd love to hear your ideas. This is a (modestly) paid position, and you will be expected to contribute a minimum of three posts per week. Easy! Got questions? Fire away.

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