Sometimes, kids need superheroes – someone who’s going to swoop in and kick the bad guy’s butt.
That’s never more apparent than when they’re lying in a hospital bed and the villain is cancer or diabetes or pneumonia or another health issue that they’d like to hit square in the face. Biff, bam, pow!
Dozens of brave kids will get capes to save the day, thanks to Sewing for Superheroes, a charity created by Sioux City fashion entrepreneur Joi Mahon.
“Even if you don’t know how to sew, come help out,” she said. “There are helpers there so you can’t mess it up.”
The charity sewing project is part of her second annual Sewing Holiday, which features classes for all skill levels in everything from embroidery, quilting and fitting to embellishments and fiber art.
While three-day event registration costs $395, community members can enter for free to sew superhero capes from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday and 1 to 6 p.m. Friday at Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center, 300 Third St.
The capes will be donated to UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Children’s Miracle Network, which cares for more than 21,000 kids each year.
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To participate, crafters can leave their fabric scraps, sewing machines and scissors at home.
Springs Creative, a textile manufacturer based in Rock Hill, South Carolina, donated about 400 yards of fabric for the sewing kits, enough to make 200 capes, while Baby Lock has outfitted the entire event with 150 sewing machines. Four are dedicated to making the capes.
There will also be an option to pick up cape-making supplies and instructions to complete the project at home and mail it in.
Last year, more than 350 skirts were made for sick kids through Skirting the Issue, a month-long charity sewing project started by Liz Evans and Elizabeth Evans. The bloggers behind Simple Simon and Co., whose husbands are brothers, had a special booth set up during the event.
Mahon, who is a McCall Pattern designer, author, online instructor at Craftsy.com and spokes-designer for Baby Lock, initially planned on making pillowcases this year, but Anne Holmes, director of the Children’s Miracle Network, made a special request for capes since the local organization claimed 2016 as the “Year of the Superhero.”
“We’re looking at all the different ways people can be superheroes because we think our kids show a lot of superhero bravery,” Holmes said. “We think our doctors and nurses make heroic efforts every day and we think our donors do the heavy lifting by providing their muscle and their money to help us help make some miracles.”Read more at:celebrity dresses
A trend to dye for: This season eye catching swirls of colour see Hippie culture get a high-fashion makeover
An era defined by free love, music parents hated and an “if it feels good, do it” attitude, sixties Hippie counter culture is back. Sartorially, this was a movement bound by self-expression so what was the number one garb for elite nonconformists? Tie-dye, of course. With its roots in ancient forms of “resist-dyeing”, the free-spirited tinting technique reached peak popularity in the 70s followed by a short stint in the 90s thanks to a surge in youthful rebellion and do-it-yourself style. But, just how has the capacity to tie, twist and dye become a trend frontrunner in 2016?
This season, tie-dye print gets a high-fashion makeover with a grown-up take on pastel-hued swirls and bursts of colour. One of the most elegant offerings came from Altuzarra who worked with tonal-greens, rich oranges and yellows inspired by the designer’s Spanish heritage. Tie-dyed in saturated colour, the silhouettes retained maturity with crepe skirts cut high to the waist, midi-length dresses and their signature thigh-baring split.
This more considered approach wasn’t for everyone though with some designers sticking to tie-dye’s imperturbable roots, albeit with a high-fashion twist. For Valentino, jacquard coats, cargo jackets and flares were swathed in khaki and burnt range tie-dye with a collection stirred by the wild plains of Africa. For Max Azria though, 70s skate and surf culture took the reins with board shorts, tie-dye knits and multi-coloured bucket hats oozing West Coast style.
Tie-Dye is a great alternative to habitual summer prints such as florals but to avoid looking like you’ve just stepped out of a time warp, there are a few points to consider. Wear it sparingly, one item at a time as like many other patterned trends, it’s important not to go overboard. Source one key piece, such as a top or skirt, and make sure the rest of your outfit is neutral – you want to avoid clichéd surfer vibes and little goes a long way with this one. Don’t be afraid of colour either and be sure to embrace tie-dye’s psychedelic heredities; for something a little chicer opt for pieces that contain shades within the same colour family. This season, it really is a case of do or dye.Read more at:plus size formal dresses | formal dresses canberra
His work is a mix of classic silhouettes with a touch of modernity and reflects grace and style in terms of its detailing and the colour palette. “I was always inspired by the culture of my hometown Rajasthan. I landed in Kolkata to pursue my Chartered Accountancy, but probably destiny had its own plans, and I somehow started to craft my own designs and clothes. I combined my inspiration of Rajasthan and blended it with the richness of Bengal and slowly started my label in October 2014, ”says Ravi.
Considering that the festive season is approaching, his latest collection revolves around the same and he says his focus is on bridal and trousseau wear. He says, “This collection will offer customers elegant yet modern pieces for the pre and post functions. We try to keep the fabrics always rich in its appearance. So fabrics like raw silk, ‘tussar’, ‘muga’ and embroideries are the ones we always experiment with.”
The hues focussed are dark and bold. Colours like red, blue, white, mustard and different shades of these are often used keeping in mind the festive theme. The collection offers an array of choices for both the bridesmaid and the bride.
And it is not just women, they are also offering a collection of smart capes and jackets for men to experiment with.
“My forte lies in embroidery. With the rich ‘karigari’ in West Bengal, we are trying to innovate and give variation to this embroidery,” adds Ravi.
Pointing out that the fashion industry is not that easy and glamourous as it looks, he says that there are always different challenges that come up every day. On a hopeful note, he says, “I guess that’s part and parcel of the industry. You just need to cope up with it.” He advises young designers to love what they do.
“Never give up on what you do best and always try to push your limits. There is no alternative to hard work,” says Ravi.Read more at:evening gowns