Saturday, March 31, 2012
Friday, March 30, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
In a nut shell, this is how it happens. You take everything away per manufacturing from group "A" and give it to group "B". Now it leaves group "A" unemployed and no money to purchase, hence an economic down fall. Group "B" who is making the products now, is in trouble because there are no sales orders because group "A" has no money to spend for they are now unemployed.
If manufacturing would have been shared by each country, it would keep all employed around the world. However, the greed for cheaper labor by USA corporations caused the economic down fall around the world.
Manufacturing needs to be distributed and shared around the world. You cannot give one country everything and expect to see sales from other countries when the other countries like the USA are now unemployed.
The domino fall has now happened that began decades ago. Watch this video below and pay close attention. This is an excellent documentary. This is why each country around the world needs to bring back their own manufacturing so people are all employed, and can share the sales. Sounds really simple doesn't it? It is, but greed stands in the way.
Many USA corporations are pulling out of China and are moving their production to places like Vietnam and Bangladesh for even cheaper labor. It really won't matter how cheap the labor is, if people in other countries have no jobs, it means no money to buy.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
This is the third time I was invited to Atlanta Sewing Center in Georgia to teach.
The wonderful people in Atlanta are serious about learning the skills to make it themselves in the USA, and bring textile manufacturing back.
Not only was this class one of the most fun to date, but the bonding and friendships made will last a lifetime !
Thank you to my students who attended, and a special thank you to Atlanta Sewing Center for hosting my Celebrity Bags workshop.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
Please watch this video on how the last of a leather company generation is reaching out to help train the homeless and jobless to give them a skill, and to help bring production back to the USA making leather goods such as bags and belts.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
The Center For Pattern Design
Saturday, March 17, 2012
I am loving this!
If the male politicians are wanting to tell society how to run their lives and who they are allowed to marry, then these men should be required testing before any sexual stimulant drug is given.
Let's face it, there wouldn't be a problem with abortions if the men would wrap their willy's (use condoms).
And let us not overlook the fact that these male politicians that are telling women and gays how to live, the politicians are usually caught cheating on their wives or having affairs in secret with another man and escorts. It is such a sad shame that the majority of the American people fall for believing them just because they have the title "Christian" in front of their political status. But you know what they say,,, insecure with their own sexuality....
Good for these group of women and other women around the country fighting back. The men need a taste of their own medicine. BTW, aren't some of the commandments--
"thou shall not commit adultery",
"thou shall not steal", and
"thou shall not lie"?
Interesting isn't it?....... It is because of these type of men that our economy is in the mess it is. Why are they concentrating on other people's bedrooms instead of how they are going to bring jobs back to the USA and be sure people can afford health care?
Friday, March 16, 2012
After I moved to Florida in 1988, a few years later I was shopping for some new dance music to play for some of my house parties.
I found an artist that could belt a dance tune and leave you begging for more. Her name is Lonnie Gordon.
Many years later, through the internet, one of her producers saw my work on my website, and contacted me.
Within a few days, Lonnie personally emailed me, then called me ( I was out of this world in heaven when she called), and then we started a friendship. The day she sang to me over the phone was the day I thought I died and went to heaven.
All those years I was playing her songs at my holiday parties I had hosted in my home. And then, to have her become my friend, wow -- thank you to the inventors of the internet!
Back in the beginning of Lonnie's and many other famous singer careers in the UK in the 80's & 90's, there was a production team called Stock Aiken Waterman.
They were the producers of such famous artists as Lonnie Gordon, Rick Astley, Kylie Minogue, Bananarama, and so many more.
That production team were known as the "hits factory". Pumping one dance hit out after another.
However, they thought Lonnie should be more of the underground club girl. She was never featured in the main light such as people like Rick Astley, Kylie and Bananarama.
But if you were a dance music collector and a club person, you knew who she and many others were. Because you were dancing to their tunes.
Later, the production team wrote a song for Donna Summer, but she turned it down. They gave it to Lonnie and it took her to the top of the dance charts in the UK . The song was called "Happening All Over Again." And American clubs were on fire with the song.
Later, Donna Summer did have the team produce an album for her and that album brought Donna back on the charts in the USA again with the hit "This Time I Know It's For Real" .
Lonnie is back in the UK now and recording some new material for the dance floors and for her one woman show called "No Apologies".
A native of NY, Lonnie's career was actually born in the UK after she had moved there.
Here is a video clip Lonnie sent me of her back in the studio behind the scenes.
And below that video are the tunes I danced to before meeting and becoming friends with this wonderful person and incredibly talented artist.
Love you, Lonnie!
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
If you have been following the sewing shows on TV the past several years, you will see the prime time networks have been producing sewing reality shows on garment fashion sewing.
We have not seen this much interest in sewing since PBS starting airing quilting shows in the 90's.
Though garment fashion and accessory sewing has never really left, it was just not as popular and we never saw it like we are seeing it now.
For the most recent generation of sewers, it all started with Project Runway. Since then, many more reality sewing shows have been on the air.
All searching for the next big fashion designers.
For several generations, sewing was put on the back burner when it was considered a domestic duty and not cool anymore. It was once considered for the home a woman's job. That all changed years later.
Then quilting came into the homes of people who wanted to sew but outgrew their desire to measure and fit their bodies to make their own clothing.
Sewing never really left, it just diversified it's genres. Sewing machine stores concentrated heavily on quilting the past few decades. Since the age group they cater to were not interested in garments, quilting became quite popular. No measuring or fitting the body anymore.
Though garment fashion and accessory sewing has never really left, it was just not as popular and we never saw it like we are seeing it now.
So you may ask yourself, not as popular? Well perhaps not as popular in the home sewing machine stores, but in the big league, for the career minded people, it is HUGE! So huge in fact, all these prime time networks created the reality sewing shows and major hair and makeup companies are sponsoring these shows. Big bucks in fashion!
But who knew all these people were sewing at home wanting to be fashion designers? And who knew so many of the home garment sewers were men as well?
We all wear garments and carry and wear fashion accessories. Many seasoned sewers and younger people wanting to learn how to sew, are, and have found a way to express themselves by creating their own garments and fashion accessories.
Then when the fashion shows started to air on TV, the explosion happened. Suddenly, America and the world began to see people come out of the woodwork who could use a sewing machine and make garments, handbags and even shoes!
Men and women using that sewing machine. The average person at home sits there and thinks - "Who knew so many people at home are sewing garments?" I thought home sewers were all just making quilts."
In the past, each time someone would ask me what I do and I tell them I sew, 98% would tell me - "Oh, my grandma quilts too".
The average person does not realize sewing and quilting are two different genres.
Now when people ask me what I do and I tell them I sew, they ask me if I watch Project Runway? Well, yes I do as a matter of fact!
So where are all these young generations learning to sew, and sew garments is what they are doing. (Many high schools across the country pulled sewing out of their class rooms.)
They are going to college and fashion design schools. They are investing in educational DVD's to learn from.
And some, if lucky enough, still have a family member who knows how to sew garments.
Also, many are lucky to live by a progressive sewing machine dealer that offers a whole selection of the different genres of sewing classes today, including pattern making, fitting, draping, and construction.
On top of this, the new generation of sewers are wanting to sew for a living. To make it their career. Some make it, and some do not. However, they still go home and make garments.
From the creation of a sewing machine that was brought into the homes, to being known as a domestic duty, to pushing it in the closet for years until quilting became popular, to now with the explosion of people wanting to sew their own garments of both men and women, it is incredible today!
It is a highly respectable art form and a competitive career..
And we are seeing the new generations creating their own textile factories here in the USA again!
And for those who do not sew that want custom quality garments, and fashion accessories made for them, people who are sewing can make a career from it.
It is all about creating with your hands, expressing your creativity and having yourself and others enjoy wearing your creations.
There are big bucks producing these TV shows on major prime time networks. And the ratings and viewership are over the top.
More and more of these shows are popping up all over now.
No, they do not teach you to sew, but for a person who already is sewing or wants to sew, it is a huge inspiration to keep that sewing machine out and use it.
If one is not going to buy made in USA, we surely have seen how many are making it themselves again in the USA, and for that matter, around the whole world.
The sewing machine is more popular now than it ever was! Check out some videos below.
As a teacher and a designer, I teach my students to produce quality work, to pay attention to details. If you want the return value, you have to produce the quality.
A friend brought the following to my attention and I had to write about it.
It appears the fashion designers and several upscale stores are telling middle class America, that this is quality, (see the photos here and look at them well).
Raw stitching showing, no lining, and exposed zipper tape.
Not trying to offend the designer or diss them by any means. Nothing is wrong with the overall design, I am questioning the lack of finish and quality, (look at the photos of the inside and outside of the bag). Middle class consumers who are buying these bags are truly ripping themselves off!
I teach my students about quality and if we are to bring production back to America, we need
quality products and quality producing skilled artisans to make them.
So you would think a stripped down model like this would cost a whole lot less.
But get this, the consumer is still paying the same price for raw and left out materials and lack of finished quality.
And the item isn't even made in the USA.
Now this bag (which I am not going to name the designer) is selling for $450 at one of the high end department stores. I find it hard to believe high end stores accept unfinished quality like this.
You would expect this from a beginner leather artisan selling their work at a flea market.
If you want quality American made bags, check out the following website -
I guarantee you will get more bang and quality for the buck! And they are MADE IN THE USA!
Now after looking at these photos, go to Hayden Harnett and you tell me who is producing quality for a lot less?
And they say it cannot be done in the USA! Well it is being done.
Pass the word my fashion queens out there. It is your dollars and your economy.
If you accept poor quality with a designer logo,, you will be laughed at all the way to the bank!
If you are going to shell out the bucks, be sure the quality and finish is there.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Why buy foreign crocs when you can buy MADE IN USA
Here is their website
See videos below
Monday, March 12, 2012
Sunday, March 11, 2012
What is hot today? SEWING!!
Thanks to shows like Project Runway that grabbed the attention of the new generations, and the seasoned sewing generations.
More and more sewing machine dealers across the USA have opened up garment fitting and sewing classes.
This is great news! People are going back to sewing their own clothing, fashion accessories, and home dec items again!
Jobs have been lost in our country for the past several decades because of off shore production. And now, we feel the brunt of the economy today.
It is time to get back to creating again and rebuilding the skills to rebuild new jobs and manufacturing in the USA!
Americans are fed up with our economy and are taking the bull by the horns to learn and create their own again.
A couple generations had been lost in the hands on sewing skills. Schools have even pulled these programs out.
Americans are now learning again to become self sustaining, and having that accomplishment of "Wow, I made this and I am wearing it proudly!".
Visit your local sewing machine dealer today, and sign up for sewing classes.
Change your life and learn a new skill.
Make a difference for the economy, and for yourself! Proudly say
"I MADE IT AND I AM WEARING IT IN THE USA !".
Pass the word, and share the photo above with all of your friends.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Here is an example of how the new generations are making a difference to bring back textile manufacturing in the USA! Watch the video.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
They say the economy is bouncing back. However, I have yet to see major labels open up manufacturing plants back in the USA. With a few exceptions like GE refridgerators, ATM machines, and smaller businesses making their products in the USA (hooray for the smaller business who are creating new manufacturing jobs. And it is the youth doing it! Not the fat old CEO's on their way to retirement)..
The word out there is American companies are having issues with China manufacturing. From lead infused products, to poor quality, to communication issues, to the rise of China's employment, and mostly the word is shipping costs.
Talk out there is many companies are bringing manufacturing back to the USA because of shipping costs. However, go to many of their websites and we still do not see the MADE IN USA sign on their websites or on their products.
If shipping costs are the topic for pulling out of China, and companies are to be bringing back manufacturing to the USA, why are there now so many country of origin labels and stamping on their products saying made in Vietnam now? There are still shipping costs from Vietnam, aren't there?
If we expect to be really united one day with the whole world, there has to be a balance.
There are some companies that have the actual components made overseas, but put the product together in the USA. Well hey, that is a start wouldn't you say? That is helping everyone out.
I used to be very upset at the corporations. After all, it did not just happen -- all this off shore sourcing. It began many, many decades ago. And we that are alive today, are now feeling the brunt in the economy from what our previous generations have done.
But we also have to put much of the blame on the consumers.
How many actually read their labels in their products to see where they were made?
Let us talk about fashion, and I wrote about this subject before.....
Fashion accessories especially. There are the so called authentic items and the knock offs.
Let us be truthful and real here....
If a company was created in the USA and originally had their products made in the USA, then out sourced overseas, yet still charge a good amount for their item, then stamp and have a card of their product's authenticity,,, in my opinion, it is no different than a knock off.
Because the "real" deal was originally made in the USA by that USA created company and USA workers.
The items being made now out of the USA are knock offs,,, all of them!
Here is some food for thought... I used to be upset with people running out to buy the knock off products. We all know it is copyright and intellectual property violations. But if these fashion companies are having their products made in China, Vietnam, etc.... They are handing over the blue prints to a country that does not obey or abide by the copyright and intellectual property laws of the USA.
So why feel sorry or defend these USA companies? After all, they killed the manufacturing and laid all those workers off in the USA. Then freely handed their blue prints over to places like China. Obviously they know China will knock off everything!
And oh, no,, consumers,,,, you are not off the hook...!!!.
By buying these products made overseas like fashion accessories which is not a real necessity, it is like telling your neighbor "who the hell cares you don't have a job? I look good with my made off shore item I am sporting."
(Then when you get handed a pink slip at work, suddenly you will care, won't you?)
People are not aware of things that do not directly affect them.
But they will.... When sales in your company drop, and one gets their hours cut or even gets laid off, it is coming from what other business corporations have done out there.
Now let us not get off shore production confused with companies in France, Italy and other countries that originated and still manufacture their items in their own countries.
And let us not ignore fair trade around the world. This is all good!
Every single consumer is responsible for jobs leaving the USA because you buy and support those items made off shore. When are we going to realize we have become a throw away society? Where are those items our great grandparents had that lasted for many, many years??
Ever wonder why the majority of senior citizens always had money when they retired?
Because they bought items that lasted in their generation and did not over spend. If they bought high end ticket items, they lasted and rarely ever needed to replace them !
And many come from a generation where they learned to make their own items, grew their own vegetables, made their own clothes, and more.
I could name a list of brand named items most every female in the USA HAS TO HAVE, and many of the "brand" items are made off shore.
So why not find a brand that is made in the USA?
Is the average consumer that ignorant to not be aware of what the domino effect is?
Do some research, Google the generic name of the item and write in the search- Made In USA.
If we all as consumers do not try to make an effort to look for USA made items, there is no reason to blame the politicians or the corporations for off shore production.
Oh yes, the government can do more in laws with taxes to encourage corporations to keep and create manufacturing in the USA. But if and when they do, it is still up to the USA consumer to support MADE IN USA items.
Google, and do a research for items you are interested in for the MADE IN USA label.
Seriously, your job could be next.
Or the next job created could be because you and a billion other's in the USA started to read their labels and care again.
We may not find everything we need made in the USA, but we have to make an effort each time we are at the stores.
And that includes everything, right down to your meat and canned goods at the grocery store.
Why do we need to buy fish from China when we have fish in the USA????
Ask your grocer at the meat counter where the seafood and meat is from before you buy it. Because places like China have no regulations about contamination. And it is difficult to track down where the seafood product actually came from.
I have a client that works for Sweetbay supermarkets. He was telling me they stopped buying seafood from China because of this issue, and now only sell USA seafood.
Remember, it is not just you eating, you are feeding your children and you are responsible for the quality (or contamination) you buy for them.
People used to blame unions for the downfall of jobs. But because of unions, people were protected, safety laws were created, and products for the consumers were safe. Unions were a front runner not only for the workers, but for the consumer product safety.
No matter what item you are buying, look at the labels for where they are made. Make that effort to buy made in USA and fair trade items.
Look what I found on the internet. Check out the photo of the feet on the left! There are no unions to enforce regulations and the protection of people and quality of the items in places like China or Vietnam.....
And this article / video made me wonder,, what jobs in the USA? Minimum wage sales jobs??
If you live and work in the USA, support MADE IN USA
see video below
Friday, March 9, 2012
MADE IN NYC
Congrats to Mondo who won the challenge on Project Runway All Stars.
This silk dress features a bateau neckline and tie at back waist. Slant pockets at sides. Ruffled hem.
- Designed by Mondo Guerra of Project Runway All-Stars. 100% of the profits will go to the Save the Garment Center Organization.
- 31 1/2" in length
- Fabrication: 100% silk
- Dry clean only
- Made in New York City
- This item is currently sold out, but is available for back order. Expected ship date is May 15th, 2012.
Nanette continues to design in her atelier in New York City alongside her husband, Robert, who helms the business side of the worldwide brand as its President. Manufacturing the majority of her line in New York City, Nanette is an outspoken advocate for New York City’s Garment Center.