Deprecated: Function set_magic_quotes_runtime() is deprecated in /mnt/stor4-wc1-dfw1/386104/392255/ on line 14 SwanDiamondRose SDR Tue, 18 Apr 2017 01:15:09 GMT I have a new SWANclothing blog...

]]> Thu, 18 Nov 2010 18:30:31 GMT SwanDiamondRose,2011-02-12:f894c0f3e05831a29039c14ecdf72092/4baac2eabd2b4bfa7dd0fad1776e8cfc
SAMPLE SALE on Floral Lasso Totes in Lemon & Lilac. [3] Here’s the visually splendid intro to the Floral Lasso Totes from this summer.


UPDATE- LEMON IS SOLD! Buy here USD$55- originally USD$150-

and… the FLORAL LASSO tote in LILAC

Buy here USD$55- originally USD$150-

Both were used in the original shoot, but I don’t have room to store them! They are pristine, and there is only 1 of each.

]]> Tue, 14 Sep 2010 07:03:51 GMT SwanDiamondRose,2010-09-14:f894c0f3e05831a29039c14ecdf72092/39f7b55df18675d9e88c8e91b81ad018
pre-fall notes on SWANclothing stuff to come... [7] just a few photos of things going on around here…

fall stretch lace that i love love love and have 3 different versions of and are part of a new series of SWANclothing thigh-high garters called “Stems”. get it? flowers…. and the loveliest slang word for legs evah. {see Alicia at 1:27}. there’s a 4th Stem style that i am particularly determined to make happen, built very differently and echoing Edwardian embroidery styles and other oddness that i will leave a secret.

an army in waiting… mostly vintage shoes i’ve been sourcing up. the best and newest to me, i admit are hidden so as to be unveiled more dramatically. ALSO, i’m going to start letting go of some of the vintage shoes i use in shoots. yes! stay tuned.

a favourite dorky vintage rose shirt and vintage and very fitted denim shirt i have loved forever.

a cool antique chair. actually a collapsible rocking chair. on it, a beautiful deep green satin braided vintage belt i bought at Becky Plants Trees. so gorgeous, can’t wait to wear it or shoot it or something. and the most amazing 70s gold Lurex {snigger} shirt. i mean it’s covered in little afro’d, big eyelashed, big eyed girls. it’s, it’s just so VERY. and it fits me :) from Lenny & Me vintage.

tiny stars for fall. so nice. made from shells. though i really wanted to say- made! from! shells! these aren’t for garters. nope, they’re for something totally different.

more! lace! and elastic. and elastic lace. you get the picture. i’ve been collecting hardware and notions from all over the planet for this fall. it’s been crazy and nerve wracking actually. matching hardware size to elastic size, and matching hardware colours {!!!} is neurotic. ALSO, get this! i finally realized that most of the garter clips i use are actually VINTAGE deadstock. no wonder it is so hard to find them. sometimes i think being a ruthless sport shopper is a big part of this game, and it is. i am a ruthless sleuthing shopper.

a mint Floral Lasso tote order that went out, which i can happily say was happily received. and a tiny detachable pocket for a Rose Quilted Mini Louche tote that went out too. i STILL love making those Louches. a pleasure to make and gorgeous to look at upon completion, if i may be so bold.

a swan gift from Becky Plants Trees. thank you! i LOVE it.

ALSO- i’m moving my blog over to very soon. will let you know when of course, over and over and over again most likely. i love change. i feel almost like i have been in beta mode so far, and now i really begin.

thanks for dropping by!

]]> Sat, 11 Sep 2010 21:49:48 GMT SwanDiamondRose,2010-09-11:f894c0f3e05831a29039c14ecdf72092/85c31262f18176f24a2fa9bd7820f9d6
The Moonshine Twins tote back in store, just because. [2] I keep loving these bags so they are back in the store. The Moonshine Twins.

The original description…
“A little bit of hillbilly, a little bit of romance. So when I say moonshine, I mean BOTH kinds. The MOONSHINE TWINS tote is simple & useful with just the right amount of decoration to make it special. It’s covered in cutout stars with raw edges that will fray over time to give it more texture. And the twins are hand stenciled in bronze-gold.

One big inner pocket, 2 outer pockets with star drawstrings. And a tie-on brass key clasp, again with its own star. More stars run up both sides. Made in natural raw bull denim cotton. It’s another strong tote. The MOONSHINE TWINS tote is elasticized at the top. Each SWAN tote has of course its very own machine embroidered secret swan.”

And Elle S’Ennuie with hers, disappearing into the forest in Estonia, and her twin too of course…

]]> Sat, 04 Sep 2010 06:42:45 GMT SwanDiamondRose,2010-09-01:f894c0f3e05831a29039c14ecdf72092/52e6eef4f3638c2410140adf5689738c
finally put the "SWANclothing FLORAL LACE SOCK GARTERS in BLACK" in the store... [2]

I’ve had these all along but never put them in the store. Why? I don’t know. So here they are.

]]> Thu, 02 Sep 2010 03:00:34 GMT SwanDiamondRose,2010-09-01:f894c0f3e05831a29039c14ecdf72092/d24c62ec4b296fc1f40f38f363b029fc
lovely photo with SWANclothing sock garters by thePhotoZoo.
lovely photo with SWANclothing sock garters by thePhotoZoo.

]]> Sat, 28 Aug 2010 18:12:15 GMT SwanDiamondRose,2010-08-28:f894c0f3e05831a29039c14ecdf72092/2af798d675bbda610f662a801841000f
*NEW* clips for your thicker socks & thigh-highs.
Many people have requested heavier clips on my sock garters and thigh-high garters for their heavier socks and thigh-highs, and I finally found some nice ones. I can use these on any pair, just ask. And I’ll be making up a special pair of heavy duty garters that can be used as a sock and thigh version soon. Because I do love you! And besides all that, hi everyone :) I’m working hard and looking forward to fall, I hope you are too.


]]> Sun, 22 Aug 2010 16:38:23 GMT SwanDiamondRose,2010-08-22:f894c0f3e05831a29039c14ecdf72092/6276e90b19f7e7b0425878fccf671c42
SWANclothing Tiny Rose purse in Mint, done... [3] Continued from here. Now freshly done and on a jet plane…

And if you are all like, damn! Go here.

]]> Sun, 15 Aug 2010 04:46:05 GMT SwanDiamondRose,2010-08-14:f894c0f3e05831a29039c14ecdf72092/d5539932315f5bf30523daccb7947b9c
@jennie Tiny Rose purse in Mint progress. yesterday! hi jennie! this is what happened yesterday with your Tiny Rose purse in Mint…

my sewing machine with lovely view, note the mint thread all ready to go.

(my newly favourite vintage loafers.) side panels of Tiny Rose with top stitching templates in place & half finished zipper. a custom cut to size zipper mind you! so with teeth removed then the end bit put back on with appropriate pliers, then trimmed. i didn’t do that, a sweet zipper genius did that for me. and some bias tape finishing the edges. that bias tape will be throughout the bag interior.

thready bits after topstitching but before the template is removed and the threads are pulled through, individually knotted and then the end bits hidden.

just a happy photo of the topstitching on the template.

photos look much nicer large here.

today all the pieces of the actual bag are being put together, hopefully some pics will happen too.

]]> Tue, 10 Aug 2010 20:11:15 GMT SwanDiamondRose,2010-08-10:f894c0f3e05831a29039c14ecdf72092/5f091b9c9d9f49fa8ae77ef7b509019c
SWANclothing sock garters are finally here! [7] {I’ve just moved this entry up so it stays on the front page. Here’s the original “intro to SWANclothing sock garters…“ And La Meow, Jaana of The door in my wardrobe, and Sabocracy wearing theirs perfectly. More colours here, including Latté. And some mentions.}

Hello pretty leg candy… Are your brogues lonely? Your futuristic wedgie platforms and stilettos need a friend or two? SWANclothing sock garters save the day! Not just for socks. Not just for girls.

Made from thrifted recycled leather and stretchy elastic. Anchored flatteringly with leather at the front & back. Topped off with a silver metal swan bead. And a clip for your socks in front. Keep those socks up!

The SWANclothing sock garters come in black, white, satin cream, white lace, latté, baby blue, and ballerina pink. And are available in all sizes, please include your calf measurement when you place your order. If you want a thigh high version, just include your thigh measurement instead.

Find them in my SWANclothing store.

Follow me on my new SWANclothing blog.

]]> Tue, 10 Aug 2010 05:35:40 GMT SwanDiamondRose,2009-10-07:f894c0f3e05831a29039c14ecdf72092/db9433cce6cc6f9b75e66df87dd7f312
me in my new space just workin' [2]

]]> Mon, 09 Aug 2010 18:00:20 GMT SwanDiamondRose,2010-08-09:f894c0f3e05831a29039c14ecdf72092/ebc349735a3ac81dfc05c3f54e221a72
me with a head with Floral Lasso tote. [2]
to balance out all the headless pics. yes, i have a head.

]]> Mon, 09 Aug 2010 17:22:02 GMT SwanDiamondRose,2010-08-09:f894c0f3e05831a29039c14ecdf72092/5c5183603784ccd0f06793a2b7031f1c
The newly new SWANclothing Floral Lasso tote. Photos and lots of words. [7]
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I made these bags twice. At first they were too fussy. What I really wanted was something simple, humble, pretty. The bags work. They hang well, are strong, and feel good, with a bit of body and a bit of slouch. And I love the cotton upholstery florals, I hunted for them for a while… Mint with tiny roses. Big luminous flowers on midnight black, like flowers in moonlight. A muted circle of dusty roses on tan. My favourite lilac floral fabric. And lemon-lemon yellow with big pale pink climbing roses too. That one just glows. The interior is lined in light grey with a single big pocket.

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I was obsessed with the handles being florals that encircled you and not the regular flat handles. So I made these rounded cotton filled handles, very easy on the shoulder. I love the idea of tubes of flowers. I found matching embroidery thread and hand whipstitched them together from end to end, and hand embroidered the swan logo.

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The wood swan charms were made for me by The Wood Garden. They work with “wood from sustainably farmed hardwood trees”. I think the swans are beautiful. They feel great, and the more they are handled the better they will look. They’re tied on with a little fabric loop. Something about threading the flowers through the wood swan, I love that too. I guess I am a little bit in love with these bags.

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So yes, finally a tote from me for summer!

Find them in my SWANclothing store.

]]> Mon, 26 Jul 2010 16:51:38 GMT SwanDiamondRose,2010-07-24:f894c0f3e05831a29039c14ecdf72092/edd3d874392b186e3962ce86a47ce862
first photo of SWANclothing Floral Lasso tote. yes it's a bag!
1 of many colours. more coming later today. see big here.

]]> Fri, 23 Jul 2010 18:06:27 GMT SwanDiamondRose,2010-07-23:f894c0f3e05831a29039c14ecdf72092/42cb7fe91c74d26baf36e10aa1e49444
Spring became summer, and finally the SWANclothing Floral Lasso totes are... like a floral frankenstein. [4] Remember this? Still in Toronto, the Floral Lasso totes were only a few stitches in. Now back on the west coast, I finally made time to finish them. I love the fabrics so much, it took me a while to source them out. I love the wooden swan charms I had made for them too. More on those later.

The last work in progress shots taken at my second cousin’s place while I waited for my new apartment, mixed in with some really pretty photos of her growing up …

My cousin in amazing mary janes. I’ll post this big on Flickr.

Whipstitching on the handles… like a floral frankenstein. It makes me nuts in a good way doing stuff like this. Just the idea of embroidery thread matching or complimenting a fabric, and making something in such a basic and really functional way. Love it.

My cousin at boarding school.

A lot of whip stitching. Which I enjoy doing. I did some simple embroidery too.

The front door peep hole grill thing.

Edit and here is that sweet but really sad scene with the girl and the flower, from the 1931 Frankenstein film.

]]> Sun, 18 Jul 2010 06:09:47 GMT SwanDiamondRose,2010-07-17:f894c0f3e05831a29039c14ecdf72092/c04e7dbe0c6bf96b9c6fbc5bc14b2ef9