Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Garbologist's Wife

[This is the first in a series of twelve posts designed to feature a wildly creative and exciting group of crafters and artisans. Please take a moment to visit the shop featured in this post and all the shops featured on the left and right hand sidebars of my blog. You'll have the opportunity to learn about two fabulous shops a week - just in time to get all of your holiday shopping done. Enjoy!]

The fashion landscape is often grim for us larger gals - we've either got to choose from a bevy of ill-fitting business casual ensembles in black, gray and dark purple or there's the modern and hip clothing that doesn't last more than a season because of its lack of quality. And what for the eco-conscious lady, interested in clothing her curves with something sustainable or upcycled? I don't think I'm the first person who groans at the thought of finding an entire wardrobe at a thrift store. Impossible! That was me, anyway, until I clicked a link shared by friend for a brand new skirt she was acquiring on Etsy.

The Garbologist's Wife is a one-woman sewing machine based out of Baltimore, committed to designing and creating ecologically friendly clothing for all women. Her sizes range from small to 3x and manage to be equally adorable and jaw-droppingly flattering. Her skirts come in a range of styles: a casual wrap, a neat and tidy a-line, and even a fun pleated and structured piece that would complement the curviest of curves or the squarest of hips. Her Sweetie Pie dress made my best friend gasp in delight and she also has a line of vintage button accessories. Her color choices are inspiring, considering that she rescues all of her fabric from vintage, preexisting bolts and other pieces that she digs up at consignment shops, thrift stores and tag sales. She compares herself to Fraulein Maria, who managed to make an entire wardrobe out of a few panels of curtains. With her delicate, feminine and unique collection, she is both a fashion inspiration as well as a motivational designer. I'm confident that she makes all women look beautiful in the skin they're in.

I've elected to write about The Garbologist's Wife first not only because she is top notch, but because I think that we should all endeavor to incorporate one of her pieces into our holiday wardrobe or gift-giving plans - and sewing takes time! She takes custom orders quite enthusiastically and offers detailed sizing information on both her website and Etsy shop. She was one of the busiest vendors I saw at this year's Crafty Bastards, and I can imagine she will stay just as busy at her appearances at the Craft Mutiny's Holiday Booty Market on December 19th and Pittsburgh Craft Mafia's Handmade Arcade on December 12th.

You can also keep track of this lovely lady by reading her blog or following her on Twitter! She is also a member of the venerable Baltimore Etsy Street Team! The Garbologist's Wife is a breath of fresh air and I assure you that you will be just as happy as I am to have discovered her.

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