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orsinimedici1951

N. Providence, RI, US
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I am an award winning apparel/costume/millinery designer and teacher. I design and make handmade wearable art, millinery, and accessories, and sell online on ETSY.com. My web address is www.orsinimedici1951.etsy.com. I teach apparel design, pattern drafting, sewing skills, and fashion history and sketching in my N. Providence, RI studio. My work has been recognised by the RI StateCouncil on the Arts and Humanities. I have been designing and sewing professionally for over 35 years, and 20 of those years, have been intermittently spend working in costumes in the theater.

craft interests: crochet, embroidery, knitting, sewing

my etsy page:
http://www.orsinimedici1951.etsy.com

Member Since: 05/17/2010

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recent comments

Re: ANATOMY OF A HAT IN PROGRESS

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments!!! I would love to write an ebook, but have no clue how. Alas, my technical skills are restricted to dressmaking and millinery!! I love the idea of approaching Threads with a tutorial, and let them figure out the techno stuff. If you would like to stay in touch, and join my email list, please head on over to thistlecottagestudio@gmail.com, and leave me yours, and I'll let you know what develops.

Re: Turning Pillowcases Into Dresses

It is shocking to me how most of these comments have bypassed the altruistic spirit of this project with personal ego, and personal agendas!! Whatever happened to ""clothe the the naked"???? If you don't like the project, DON'T DO IT!! The pillowcase idea is perfect in it's simplicity for even the beginner sewer, and even young 10 year olds learning to sew. As a matter of fact, I will present this project to my 10-17 year old students, who in their uncomplicated sense of altruism, would JUMP at the opportunity to help these children!! Shame on you nay-sayers!! If your not going to be part of the solution, get out of the way!!

Re: Suggest a Designer for the Spotlight

I am an apparel designer, milliner, patternmaker, and teacher with more than 35 years in the business. I have owned a womens' boutique in the college district of Providence, RI, and have done custom dressmaking for more than 20 years for some of the most prestigious clientele, and have also designed many shows for the stage. My two most notable clients were Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Paula Vogel, and Joan Countryman, who helped Oprah set up the Leadership Academy for Girls in S. Africa!! At the moment I teach fashion related courses in my studio to adults, college students, children, and professionals. I also design and sell my work in my online retail shop on ETSY.com. My work was recently featured on ETSY's front page blog, The Storque. I'd LOVE to do an interview with Threads about my lifelong passion (fashion), and my rich and diverse career!!!

Re: Hurrah for Hollywood!

Wish I had access to Western Costume right now!! I'm costuming the 1911 tragedy play, Triangle, about the shirtwaist factory fire. Making most of the womens costumes, but the menswear is the challenge for the period! My passion is hats too, and speciaise in period hat reproductions. My greatest wish is to be discovered by Rebecca Eaton!!! LOVE Dowwnton Abbey too!!

Re: 1810 Regency Gown

Beautiful dress! Jane Austen would swoon!! Thanks for the link--I'll check it out. You might like some of my hats at www.orsinimedici1951.etsy.com

Re: Mystery Sewing Machine Attachment

On secoond thought, it looks like it could be a cording foot.

Re: Mystery Sewing Machine Attachment

Could it possiibly be a rolled hem foot that has been bent and damaged, thus disguising its' original form??? It looks mishapen and I can't quite see how it could line up with the needle in its' present shape.

Re: Create a Detachable Flower Embellishment

This is so apropo! I've been obsessing with silk ribbon embroidery and ribbon flowers for years!! Nice to see a renewed interest in this beautiful art form!!

Re: Create a Detachable Flower Embellishment

This is so apropo! I've been obsessing with silk ribbon embroidery and ribbon flowers for many years, and am glad to see a renewed interest in this beautiful art form!! I have many ribbon flower items in my ETSY shop if you'd like to take a peek!

Re: 10-Year-Old Designer Creates Her Own Fashions for Kids

I just love it when young girls find their calling so young! I teach sewing to children as young as 7 years old, and am alway amazed at how quickly they pick it up like little sponges!! My Mom was a master dressmaker, and taught me to sew on a toy sewing machine when I was just 10. I've been sewing professionally now for over 35 years, and my studio has produced 3 Arts Scholarship winners in the past 2 years!! This young lady has a huge career ahead of her! My only advice to her would be, pursue a proper college education. When the time comes, I see a winner on Project Runway if it is still up and running!!