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To Market, To Market

Alexander Henry Print 


I had so much fun at this seasons Quilt Market! I have gone to all the quilt markets (two per year) for the past few years and this one was especially interesting. It was also memorable, because I got to spend time with Melissa in her hometown. It was neat to see some “faces” (usually we’re on the phone or email from across the country!) I catch up with only at this show.

My favorite fabric designer, Phillip De Leon from Alexander Henry Fabrics, had some really great prints that were new for the upcoming season…young looking cotton prints great for a little pop in your wardrobe. I was honored to do two demos of projects from my book at Krause Publications and Brewer distributing. I showed buyers the projects from My Style, My Place and gave away signed copies. It was really cool to talk to people about the young customers that come into their stores and what they have to offer our age group.

I also got to catch up with my good friend Mark Lipinski the editor in chief of Quilter’s Home magazine. I’m not skilled at quilting but I love his magazine (if you haven’t checked it out, you should)! I was also really excited that Robert Kaufman debuted their new line of knits! I love working with knit fabric. They are a fabric company that specializes in wovens, (I even used their fabric in my book) and now they make knits too. My favorite part about market was doing my very first schoolhouse presentation! I had the opportunity to present my book to buyers, show the projects, and Melissa and I presented our McCalls patterns.

Market is a great way to connect with what’s new in sewing, and this trip was perfect for that. If you ever get a chance to attend a trade market, GO! It’s really cool to see all the new stuff that will be in the stores in the coming months, and to talk with the people who design all of it. Too cool!

Allyce   XXX, OOO

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A Moment to Breathe!

fashion show

Last week was the Face Off 3: School Daze fashion show that I was a part of, and I am very relieved to take a short break from sewing! The show was so entertaining and full of energy from start to finish! Since the theme was “School Daze” each designer got to choose a category that went along with the theme, and my category was ‘class flirt’. It was fun to design with a particular theme and concept in mind! I’m looking for more shows to be a part of in the next year, so keep your eyes open for Christy Ryan! You can contact me or check out more of my stuff on MySpace.

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Quick Take #2

Hi Creative Chicks!

Hope you are enjoying your summer. We just got back from Chicago, where we held our very first DIYStyle Party. It was a lot of fun, and the energetic folks who attended sewed up a storm. Keep watch for an in-depth update complete with pics coming later this week.

We have posted another Quick Take on the homepage (click on the arrow in the big turquoise box!). This time we show you DIYStyle’s debut on live TV! Allyce and Melissa were guests recently on AM Northwest……..get the insider’s glimpse as to how this all came together.

We’re all gearing up to tape for our Season #3 that will start uploding on September 2nd. We’ll have a new vodcast each Tuesday, so make sure you subscribe to our RSS feed or through iTunes to get the latest episode, and to see all the new projects we’ll be adding. And, stay tuned this sumer, as we keep posting more DIYStyle Quick Takes (and a few bonus projects too!)

 Keep cool………Cindy :)

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Chicago, Chicago is my kind of town!!

Chicago Time! 

Have you started planning your trip to the Windy City, yet? While there will be tons of fun things to do at the DIY Style Party…you may want to plan a little side trip to Vogue Fabrics in Evanston, Illinois, which is just north of the City.

Oh, my gosh!!! I was lucky enough to visit there this past weekend and in an instant I knew I had made it to fabric/notion utopia! There were silks, woolens, cottons, knits, bridal, home décor, machines, buttons galore, trimmings, ribbons, patterns from many unique designers as well as the standards and remnants…a whole magnificent area devoted to remnants, large enough to make a garment, all organized by fiber content. Need I say more…I sure could because there was so much more! Well, I did restrain myself and only walked out with two pieces of fab, but I had to use sooo much self control!

So, pencil in our Style Party on your calendar now and treat yourself with a visit to Vogue Fabrics, as well. Then afterwards, head over to the Lake and chill! Are you diggin’ the snappy little beach towel I used? It was a piece of fab I bought at Vogue Fabrics for an “Eco-Friendly” beach tote (episode 6).

Chicago Beach

See you in the City!   Elizabeth

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And the Numbers are In!!

Melissa and I are proud to announce that the DIYStyle patterns from McCall’s are a success because of you! The May numbers are in and they are awesome! Both of our patterns are in the top 25. The knit top is a top seller and the lingerie has been very popular as well.

Melissa and I are already working on our 2009 patterns, so look for five new patterns to come out in 2009. I know that sounds so far away but don’t be too disappointed….we have two patterns coming out mid-July! Our designs have made it to be on the cover of the McCall’s pattern books in sewing stores…how cool is that??!! I’m particularly excited about our new fall patterns, and can’t wait to make them myself to wear. I hope our patterns, designed with you in mind, will help inspire people our age to sew. :)

Allyce xxxooo

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Working All Summer Long!

School Daze Fashion Show


Hey everyone! My name is Christy Ryan, I’m working with DIYStyle for the summer! I just graduated from Lindenwood University in St.Charles, MO, where I studied Fashion Design. It feels so great to be out! So far this summer I have been working for DIYStyle, in addition to my part time job, and busily preparing for another fashion show. Somehow I find time to relax and hang out with friends, but it’s not always easy!

 The fashion show is called School Daze- The Definition of Fresh: Fashion 101.  It is on July 19th at St.Louis University, and is a charity event for the Ronald McDonald House. I love being a part of fashion shows, especially this one where my garments are being showcased! But first up is the DIYStyle Party in Chicago on July 10th, so I have that to look forward to. I cannot wait to see the designs from Project Design, and I am really looking forward to the Fashion Forecast. Well I’ve got to get sewing, I’m sure you’ll hear from me again this summer! See you at the DIYStyle Party!


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DIYStyle in the Classroom!

Being in Portland again felt like I was coming back home! Last summer I had an amazing time living there, interning for Pati Palmer and living with Melissa. We were super excited to be back together for the week, in her hometown! I got in on a Wednesday night and the very next morning we had an early appointment!

We were invited to visit a high school in Oregon City where the FACS department (Family and Consumer Science) received a grant for a classroom full of brand new Babylock sewing machines. The teacher had also been using our DIYStyle vodcasts, website and projects to teach the class how to sew.  How exciting! Melissa and I visited and talked to around 30 girls and guys about our experiences working in the sewing industry, what we do in school, and the opportunities you can get in the fashion industry. It was exciting to see a lot of students expressing an interest in design or fashion merchandising after graduating high school. We felt it was also important to talk to them about Melissa’s experience in business school as well as my experience with fashion design school……..every designer has to learn to be a good business person to be successful.

When I was in high school we only had someone come in and talk about fashion design school and not the importance of business school too. I hope that giving them our personal experience about college instead of a school recruiter helped them have a better view of what to expect after graduation.

 Thanks Oregon City High School and Jayne Vetter…..we had a great time……keep watching DIYStyle in the classroom (and at home too!).

 Allyce xxxooo

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