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PajamaGram recently launched a small collection of specialty pajamas designed to help people who have difficulty sleeping get a good night’s rest. They selected Poppy Gall Design Studio to design the new 8-straight Performance Sleepwear collection for women. We started the design process over a year ago so it’s nice to see everything finalized now and available to consumers.

Having never designed pajamas, I found the similarities between designing technical layering pieces for active users and pajamas was an easy transition. Selecting a weightless breathable and wicking fabric to help control temperature fluctuations was essential. Well placed flat seaming was critical to avoid any pressure points or irritation while in sleep positions. Precise styling was needed to avoid “princess and the pea” conditions caused by twisted or binding fabric. The pajamas also had to be pretty.

We added some nice finishing touches. A small pocket holds an aromatherapy packet to enhance relaxation. Smooth heat transfer labels are inside the neckline instead of  scratchy ones. A calming watery print in a soft blue was used.

A note from a satisfied customer makes me feel as though we accomplished what we set out to do

“I’m going through hot flashes at night and these pj’s absolutely relieved some of the frustrations with that. It really does wick moisture away from my skin and is much more comfortable than my 100% cotton pj’s. Also I have Fibromyalgia and the softness of the fabric along with the soft seams and lack of tags made a real difference for me. I love this!”

I’d like to thank my Poppy Gall Design facebook followers for ideas and testing fabric during the design process.

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The Tibetan tiger rug that I designed last fall and had hand woven in Kathmandu arrived bundled in burlap.

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As I slit open the package, I was excited and anxious at the same time. Did the weavers follow my design exactly and match the wool colors I requested? Would it “work” in my living space?

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As I rolled out the carpet, I was delighted! It is as wonderful and lush as I’d imagined it. And it “works”!

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To see more about my inspiration and design process for the tiger rug click here.

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After spending three and a half weeks in the land of ice, snow, sagas, volcanoes, hot springs, trolls, sheep, northern lights and endless daylight it’s been a tad difficult to readjust to my day-to-day life. Iceland, surreally shaped by fire and ice, perpetually inspired me with her landscapes, colors and textures. It is truly a place of wonder and I’ll be sharing some of my experiences here.

I spent my first two weeks skiing in the mountains near the Arctic Circle on the Troll Peninsula, and my last week touring around the western fjords with my camera at my fingertips and my eyes and brain on visual overload.

As my traveling companion and I packed our skis in the back of the rental car and leisurely headed back toward Reykjavik, the snow was just beginning to melt from the mountains leaving ribbons of it behind in steep and narrow gullies creating lovely patterns. Waterfalls cascaded thousands of feet from rocky cliffs. After awhile I started seeing Icelandic sweater designs in all the mountains!

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I used a delicate Asian peony motif to adorn a collection of seamless body layer – a bra, brief, and long underwear bottoms and tops, designed to be worn as performance layering pieces. Because I chose a wicking yarn that  has a slight shimmer to it, the pieces transition well from active/outdoor use to everyday and evening wear. Imagine this cami under a pretty cashmere sweater. The comfort of wearing a garment with no seams (literally!) is another plus!

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Who would have thought that there could possibly be enough red and white quilts in the world to dramatically transform the Park Avenue Armory’s historic 55,000-square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall? Between March 25 and 30, 2011, the American Folk Art Museum is presenting an dizzying array of 650 one-of-a-kind examples of appliquéd and pieced American quilts, all of which are on loan from the collection of Joanna S. Rose. The quilt designs, which will hang in spirals from the ceiling so that fronts and backs of the quilts can be viewed, range from geometric to fanciful florals, and span 300 years of artistry and craftmansship. Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts will be the largest exhibition of quilts ever held in the New York City. As a gift to the public, entry to the exhibit is free.

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1-Collection of Joanna S. Rose 2011-02-28 at 8.56.16 pm

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Photos: American Folk Art Museum/Thinc

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I spent New Year’s weekend exploring the winding and cobbled streets of Quebec City on foot (when I wasn’t skiing that is). My Snow Queen Coat, which I designed for Isis, was the perfect choice for the city’s climate – damp cold and sometimes windy.

It was refreshing to be in a city where fashion conscious women know how to dress for the weather. For once I felt like I fit right in! The majority of women were wearing some type of long down coat with a hood – from ankle length to above the knee. Most were from major outdoor and ski brands, predominantly The North Face. Not surprisingly black was the prevalent color.

The practical and stylish boots I saw parading through the slush also impressed me. Knee high boots with good tread and insulation, from brands such as Merrell, outnumbered boots with narrow heels and thin soles.

It appears that Quebec women are not afraid of hat hair. I have never seen such an assortment of headwear outside a ski area – from stylish cable beanies to earflap hats with animal faces and ears (I’ve observed their popularity in the Big Apple too) and everything in between.

My Snow Queen kept me toasty walking from the old port along the St. Lawrence to the New Year’s eve street party up on the Grande Allee where we rang in the New Year with 50,000 other revelers. My camera and wallet were secure in easily accessible pockets. I opted to snap on the removable faux fur ruff that’s around the hood so it could catch snowflakes and keep them out of my eyes.

Here’s to keeping warm and stylish in 2011!

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Finding the new Title Nine holiday 2010 catalog in my snow-laden mailbox was a real treat. I had a direct hand in creating many of the jackets, knits and hats in it. The gals at Title Nine are real pros at laying out products, coordinating colors and showing off the best of embroidery, trim and print details. Their catalog copy is always entertaining to boot.

It takes a long time to bring a collection to market and I started this one for Isis at the end of 2008. My team of talented Product Developers, designers and fit model spent endless hours making the product just right. They are also thrilled to see their hard work in print! Happily a number of those members are now part of my Poppy Gall Design Studio.

Here’s a peek at some of my work…

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My husband and I made a quick dash out of town last weekend before the holiday madness descends, and skiing commands all of our attention. One of our stops was Yin Yu Tang, the two hundred year old restored Chinese house at The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.

Yin Yu Tang is a stately sixteen-bedroom courtyard house from China’s southeastern Huizhou region that was dismantled and moved to the U.S. The house arrived in Massachusetts in thousands of wooden and stone pieces, many in sad disrepair – all tagged with Chinese characters. My husband, an architectural preservationist, was part of a team that spent over three years putting the puzzle back together, painstakingly restoring the intricate timber frame structure and wooden details. For him, visiting the house is like visiting an old friend he knows intimately.

It was impossible, as the wife of someone working on such an immense endeavor, not be lured into it the excitement of it. Dinner conversations revolved around its progress and challenges. I met and became friends with my husband’s co-workers and started reading Chinese literature and history. I traveled back and forth between Vermont and Massachusetts to visit him during the reconstruction and was fortunate to see many phases of Yin Yu Tang’s rebirth.

Standing again in Yin Yu Tang’s courtyard I was awed by the immensity of the undertaking and by it’s unequivocal multi-layered success. I was looking forward to taking pictures, but found that no cameras are allowed. The pictures here are some that I took before the house was open to the public (and before digital cameras were much good), but they’ll give you an idea of what a special place this is. If you get the opportunity, you should really see it for yourself. This is the gem in The Peabody Essex Museum’s crown, but other the exhibits are a treasure trove for designers and non-designers alike.

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“We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.” 

Thomas Jefferson. 1787

These posters make it clear – Get out and vote today!

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To see more voting posters from AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) click here.

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On the far end of the fashion spectrum – the runway end – I’ve been spotting extraordinary knitwear for the last couple of seasons. These garments defy definition; they are architectural and sculptural, and are knit with a high level of skill and artistic vision. They resemble woolly armor.

I find them fascinating and absurdly un-wearable (for my lifestyle at least). But my fingers itch to pick up a pair of jumbo knitting needles and a luscious skein of yarn and to start knitting outside the box.

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I spent way too much time yesterday afternoon playing around with Map Envelope, a free online app that allows you to print paper envelopes lined with a Google Maps.  You choose the location, add a personalized message and the recipient of your snail mail receives a nice surprise!

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Growing up as the daughter of a small town newspaper editor and publisher it was hard not to get ink under my fingernails. From an early age I was intrigued by the alphabets of old wooden type stored neatly in sliding trays in the back shop, and by the linotype machine that spat out miles of lead sentences.

I spent afternoons arranging different sized and style letters to create posters by inking them and running them through a hand press. Later when the newspaper modernized and “went offset” I had many more type faces and fonts to fool around with. As a teenager I was put to work in the lay-out room pasting up ads. Now, with Adobe Illustrator my letter world is joyously even broader!

It was with great delight that I discovered The Museum of Letters in Berlin, Germany. The museum is devoted to preserving and documenting letterforms and signs regardless of provenance or language. Here is a sampling of what’s in their collection. There’s more on their website.

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It’s always exciting to finally see a design project come to fruition. Months are spent sketching, selecting fabrics, developing prints, choosing colors, finalizing design details, working with factories, fitting the garments and getting samples made before the product is finally ready to be unveiled before store buyers.

I started working with Kim McElhinney from Dude Girl on a cycling jersey design project back in April. It’s my great pleasure to give you a sneak peak here of some of my new Dude Girl designs. They’re being introduced at the Interbike Show in Las Vegas later this week.

Working with Dude Girl has been rewarding for me on many levels. As an avid lifelong cyclist and former U.S.C.F. racer I find it very difficult to find cycling apparel that takes women seriously by offering graphics, color and fit that work for dedicated cyclists. The idea of wearing Pepto-Bismol pink flower jerseys that are flooding the market lately makes me think I might need a slug of the stuff!

When Kim and I hatched the idea of working together designing something different, something feminine without being flirty or fussy, I was ecstatic! Because she’s a hard-core cyclist, we speak the same language and the ideas flowed effortlessly. Kim’s passion, energy and dedication to her young business reminds me of myself when I started Isis. It’s really fun and inspiring to work with someone like her.

Ever since I first sewed cycling tights and warm-up jackets (out of wool!) on my mother’s sewing machine I’ve yearned to design women’s cycling apparel. My dream has come true! I’m very excited about my first-ever cycling collection, and thank you Kim for giving me the opportunity!

If you’re going to be at Interbike, stop by the Dude Girl booth #4805 and say “hi”!

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All photos: Daphne Hougard Photography

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I’m not sure where this piece of vintage ski fabric came from. It’s stitched into what looks like it may have been one of a pair of curtains that probably hung in a family’s A-frame in the 60′s. I can just see the orange shag carpet, the brown couches and the big hanging globe light fixtures hanging from the ceiling. I bet the family played Twister after a day on the slopes! And had fondue for dinner! And the kids probably slid down the trails on stolen cafeteria trays after dark. Ah, the memories!

I’m not sure where this piece of vintage ski fabric came from. It’s stitched into what looks like it may have been half of a pair of curtains that probably hung in a family’s A-frame mountain get-away in the 60′s. I can just see the orange shag carpet, the brown couches and the big globe light fixtures hanging from the ceiling. I bet the family played Twister after a day on the slopes, and had fondue for dinner! And the kids probably slid down the trails on stolen cafeteria trays after dark. Ah, the memories!

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The overall fabric repeat in brash colors…
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Isn’t this skier’s technique classic? I love the big baskets and the Colorado ski promotion.
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Remember when collecting ski patches and sewing them on your parka was the cool thing to do? Some “patches” from some of my favorite ski areas…
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This jump was probably considered pretty outrageous back in the day. No one had even considered the possibility of a terrain park or half pipe yet.
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I still miss those slow old doubles where you could have a private conversation with someone. On second thought, I really like getting in six fast runs on the detachable quad before work!
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Liberty of London fans, myself included, have been waiting for the arrival of the new Liberty of London collection – especially the bicycles – to be unveiled at Target this week. I wish owning a 30 lb. cruiser was practical for me, but living on a muddy dirt road in Vermont, miles from the nearest grocery and coffee shop, it really isn’t. But for $199 perhaps I could just prop one in my studio so I could admire it…

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