Refashioning Vintage Scarves into Wearable Fashion Garments - Lori Marsha

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

LoriMarsha, from Redlands, CA, a self-taught, independent designer, creating handmade one-of-a-kind fashion, made from second-hand materials.  Lori works without patterns or sketches, relying on the dress form as her guide.

Her signature pieces are quite unique, she sews beautiful tops and dresses, using vintage scarves.  All images seen here, are from Lori Marsha's resort collection.

Lori has taken some time to answer questions for Recycled Fashion readers:

Q. Can you tell us a little about your inspiration to start working with vintage scarves?

I love working with scarves because 1) they allow me to recycle 2) I love the drape of silk 3) They're the perfect size to allow mixing pattern and color.  I am currently creating yardage from silk scarves and silk remnants to be able to design in a more creative way on the dress form.

 Q. I notice your background is not so much in fashion, but your creative career started with card making after working in the corporate world.  I wondered if you'd had any formal training in sewing, or are you completely self taught?

My mother had a tailoring business so I was in a sewing environment when I was growing up. My parents also gave me a sewing machine for my high school graduation which I used for 30 years before I purchased my vintage Bernina. Before I began designing clothes I did a lot of personal sewing- mostly home decor projects. The only formal training in sewing I received was a basic class in high school as a part of a Homemaking course. Many of my greeting card designs incorporated stitching collage images on paper and that activity provided a natural segue to sewing clothes and accessories. The kind of sewing that I do- without patterns or specific details- is more intuitive than learned.

Q. Is LoriMarsha your full time job, or do you supplement your income with a 'day job'? 

LoriMarsha is my full time job. I am fortunate to be able to do what I love full time, at home.

Q. Where do you obtain your scarves from?

Primarily flea markets, textile shows and online venues like etsy or eBay. I rarely find silk scarves in the thrift stores anymore.

Q. I notice your etsy store does not have too much stock at present, where do you sell most of your work? 

I am finding that Etsy is not a great venue for me.  Because everything I do is one-of-a-kind, the amount of work to photograph and describe each piece is quite time consuming. At this point in time, I enjoy designing for existing clients, hosting open studios in my home and doing a few outdoor shows a year.

Q. Would you be able to show us your personal favorite finished project so far? 

This particular piece incorporates a deconstructed Jean Paul Gaultier jacket.  It took courage to cut up a designer garment but I felt great about how I transformed it

Q. What is the future of LoriMarsha?

I hope to be able to continue doing what I'm doing...while exploring alternative ways to recycle and restore clothing and accessories.

You can find LoriMarsha here, and on facebook



3.1 Phillip Lim said...

fabulous one piece dressses...

Anonymous said...

Oh those are so CUTE!

Stacey said...

Wow, these garments are amazing! Scarves are such interesting pieces to work with.

Zoe said...

These are so beautiful and unique!

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