Monday, August 29, 2011


I'm loving working in my new studio and I'm definitely moving beyond the typical apron or at least how we have thought of aprons in the last 30 years. Always loved the history of textiles and there utilitarian function in our day to day lives and to be honest I love the way they look, there is something so humble about a working apron. I'm also very interested in making CLOTHES THAT WORK. Throw it on and your ready for construction, yoga, shopping, gardening, canning, plum picking or cooking.  A modern day uniform?

A new design I've been wanting to make for a while of course finally came to me right in the middle of a pretty hardcore deadline ( happens to be how my best ideas come to fruition). The idea started with a pinafore and I brought the line of my standard apron down the sides and the connected it to the back if that makes any sense. I love it and haven't actually taken it off for several days and I figure if it looks this good on me it will look fabulous on anyone.

 My favorite part of it is the secret pockets sewn on the inside of the u-shape at the hips. I'm thinking about making those super big to carry all that is needed. 
My next thing is making the perfect jeans for myself from my 30"denim.
For now I'm rompin around feelin pretty sassy and ready for anything.

Who's that model?

Making more apron dresses for Belcampo

 I offer all of my aprons with leather lacing or organic cotton twill.

This was a mistake, but  most of my work comes from finding the beauty in what accidentally happens. I really love the two tone thang.

 Sorting Beautiful dried Indigo leaves from their stems

Indigo and Coreopsis growing on Mt. Barnaby in Lagunitas California thanks to Rebecca Burgess that created Fibershed.

Indigo stems

 My new smock had to take a break, such hard work

My favorite color is Indigo


Gorgeous Mt. Tamalpias seen from the ICB in Sausalito


coco said...

i have some coreopsis in my garden. just curious how you use them after harvesting.

Molly de Vries said...

Hey Coco,
Im just learning myself. Have you gone over to Fibershed? Check it out Rebbecca burgess wrote a book about working with local and native dye color. Called harvesting color. good luck!

Molly de Vries said...

Coco, I just went to your blog and so enjoyed it. I realize that you might live in Japan, am I correct?
I also realized that it might not be very easy to get her book but if you go to the fibershed site you can learn. I will ask Rebecca the best process in using Coreopsis to dye. I do know that when they are flowering we picked them and then dryed them. So if they are blooming do that and then we can figure out the next step. Hope to talk to you soon.