Mulierose is a casual eco-friendly fashion line designed from upcycled clothing in Vancouver, BC

Congrats to Marilyn!

upcycled red print skirt made from men's dress shirt by Mulierose

Congratulations to Marilyn McNeil of Burnaby who won the $50 giftcard to spend in the Mulierose Etsy shop. Marilyn picked out the pretty red print skirt pictured to the right.

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Mulierose on Breakfast Television

jenna wearing mulierose clothing on breakfast television

It seems like only yesterday Mulierose was just an infant, but it’s growing up fast!

Jenna Herbut, co-founder and organizer of MakeIt, was on Breakfast Television yesterday morning promoting the MakeIt craft fair that’s on at the Croatian Cultural centre this weekend. And as luck would have it, she was wearing a Mulierose ribbon tank! It’s so exciting to see someone else wear your clothes. Thanks Jenna!

If you didn’t catch Breakfast Television yesterday morning, you can check out the clip on CTV.

Donate your used clothing for a discount on Mulierose merch

donate your used clothes to Mulierose

I was fortunate enough to meet some great Makers at the MakeIt mixer Wednesday night at the Lamplighter Pub. One of them (I’m not 100% sure who it was so I don’t want to name who I think it is) came up with the idea that I should accept donations of used dress shirts during the show. GREAT IDEA!

Here’s an even better idea! Bring all of your unused clothing to the MakeIt show next weekend. In exchange for your gently used men’s dress shirts (or women’s if they have no darts) and knit items, I’ll give you 20% off on the spot, or a card for 10% to use at a future date (online or at a show). For everything else you don’t need or want anymore (unless you’re a size 7 shoe ;) ) there’ll be a Value Village donation dropoff booth at MakeIt too.

So you’ll get to clean out your closet, give back to the community, get a discount on Mulierose merchandise, which you can put in that spacious closet you just cleaned out. Everybody wins!

2 for 1 admission to MakeIt

Make it Van flyer spring 2012
If you were already planning on going to MakeIt Vancouver April 20 to 22, I’ve got a bonus for you. If you hadn’t made plans yet, here’s the deal you’ve been waiting for! Bring a friend for free with this coupon.

Whether you bring a friend or not, I hope to see all of your awesome selves at my booth at least one of those days. I’ll be at the Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive) all weekend with loads of other great vendors. Come check us out!

Portobello West

portobello west logoI’ve been busy sewing up my creations for the last few weeks and it’s down to the last week before the Portobello West show this upcoming weekend. I’m excited to show and sell my wares alongside other talented designers and crafters of many disciplines.

All of what I’ll be selling has originated as a man’s (ok, there’s two women’s shirts in the collection) dress shirt. I’ve transformed those shirts into cute elastic waistband skirts, ribbon strapped tops, and a couple of summery halter and strapless sundresses as well. The line incorporates elastic details and fits a range of body shapes from small to large.

Other than the small sample I have online in my Etsy shop, this is the first time buyers will have a chance to see the whole collection at once. There’s public washrooms at the venue where shoppers will have the opportunity to try on the clothes if they’re concerned with the fit.

If you haven’t already made plans for next weekend, I’d urge you to carve out a little time to stop by and see what Portobello West is all about. It’s at the Creekside Community centre in False Creek (1 Athletes Way) with underground and street parking. It runs Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 5 each day and costs only $2 for entrance to shop 60 vendors all under one roof.

It’s a great rainy day activity if you’re looking to get out of the house. If we’re lucky and it doesn’t rain, it’s a great opportunity to wander around the seawall after you shop. Perhaps even take a little ferry across to Granville island where you can continue to shop and support our local artisans.

Whatever your plans are, I hope you decide to make Portobello West part of them; I’ll see you at the show!

Mulierose has migrated to the fashion line it was always meant to be

Mulierose clothing by Amanda Healey

I’ve wanted to do clothing since I was in grade 7. I always thought I would get around to doing it one day. About a year ago I decided I was finally going to go out there and do it. I just needed a serger so I could professionally finish my seams. As luck, and a great boyfriend would have it, I got a shiny brand new serger under the Christmas tree a couple of months ago. I already had the name and a vision, and now here’s the first of my clothing line. It’s made out of repurposed men’s dress shirts, and keeps the buttons and hem details with some more feminine styling on the top. I love the satin details in the straps and the whimsical feeling it gives the clothing.

It’s great being back at the sewing machine, and while I still have a few details to work out with sizing, I’m excited to see my drawings take life in fabric. While I don’t want to do jewelry any more, I would love to sell what I’ve made thus far. If you’d like something I’ve made, send me a note and we can work out a deal for a discounted price.

Last weekend at Sublime Christmas Craft Market

Mulierose at Sublime Christmas Craft Market

It’s the last weekend for the Sublime Christmas Craft Market at Tsawwassen Town Centre. If you’re in town, stop on by from 10 to 4 on Saturday and check out my recycled necklaces and handmade pendants. I’ve even got a few paintings left that would make great gifts for the upcoming holidays!

Mini paintings

I’ve been thinking (when am I not thinking?!) lately about how to inject a little more soul into my work. I like the old treasures on romantic ribbons, or soft homey cords, but I’m still in the experimental side of the brand and I wanted to branch out a little.

I’ve always enjoyed painting, but the long time frame required usually prevents me from starting projects. I found myself at Opus on Granville Island this past weekend, and I picked up a package of four 1″ x 2″ canvasses. The original intent was to attach something to the top like an eye screw to create a pendant, but now that I’ve made them, I’m coming with other ideas as well. Brooches, fridge magnets, framing multiples in a nice shadow box have all crossed my mind, but I’m not sure if that’s moving too far away from the ‘brand’ that I’m trying to establish with my experimental work.

In any case, I think these four miniature pieces of art are destined to become pendants. Keep an eye out for the finished piece on mulierose.ca.

Upcycled button-down shirt

button down shirt dress

I thought and thought about it some more until all I had left to do was try it. This is the first of my upcycled button down shirts into summery sun dresses. It was originally a shirt that my boyfriend didn’t want. Little did he know when he put it in the ‘donate to charity’ box that I’d be picking it back out.

I sewed up the front buttoned panel to prevent any unplanned peek-a-boo moments, and placed the pattern in such a way hat I could preserve the hem of the shirt. In favour of leaving the back silk screened image intact, I cut the back all as one piece, and moved the zipper to the side of the dress. I went to the local fabric store where I picked up some cotton the same colour as the silk screening and cut out the front bodice and straps to complete the look.

This was a super fun project and I hope to make more soon. If anyone has any custom orders, or other ideas that they’re like made into reality, feel free to chat me up at amanda@mulierose.ca


Twisted silk rosette bracelet

twisted silk rose bracelet by mulierose

I’ve got some scraps of silk lying around, and tonight I went about experimenting with them. I’ve always wanted to try my hand at making some twisted rosettes, so I started there. Next, inspired by some new necklaces I’ve been working on, I decided to braid strips of the same fabric to make a band. That looked good, so I made a couple more. Before I knew it, I had a bracelet, albeit without a clasp just yet, but somehow it just worked. I love it when that happens. Now if only my studio would just ‘happen’ to clean itself while I was sleeping tonight.