Thursday, August 2, 2018

Visiting Vivienne in Paris

Recently I had the opportunity to visit the Vivienne Westwood store in Paris, France. Of course, it was inspirational and fabulous. Her shoes have little spaces for toes, everything is asymmetrical and a feat of design, the colors are somewhat muted yet varied . . .

A Very Magical Swimsuit
So, you're wondering . . . what was my favorite creation at the Vivienne Westwood store? The magical swimsuit with snake patch! I don't know if I've ever been so excited about a one-piece swimsuit as I was today. There are unicorns and swans and scenic landscapes. Need I say more?

A Sweet Farewell
After visiting the store, I stopped by the very French café next door and had a tray full of sweets.  Actually, my boyfriend had the tray of sweets, and I had a delicious rustic-style apple pie. I felt so stuffed of creative Vivienneness and cinnamony pie that I thought my head and tummy might explode. Then I walked the rest of the day and definitely didn't feel guilty about the sweets, and I wondered if those toe shoes would be comfortable to wear all day.

A Lasting Memory
Visiting the Vivienne Westwood store was definitely one of my highlights of visiting Paris. Check out Vivienne's website to see her latest creations and philanthropic endeavors. And #StaySweet, @SoooSweetDesign

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Costuming for the Walker Art Center

This past fall, #SoooSweet Design's owner, Jenny, had the privilege to design and construct costumes for renown American social practice installation artist Theaster Gates and the Walker Art Center ( on a special project to honor Joseph Beuys ( and commemorate ash trees in light of the emerald ash borer epidemic sweeping the nation.

This project brought Jenny's passion for forestry, for which she has dedicated countless hours volunteering her time toward, together with designing, sewing, and costuming. She designed and constructed two costumes for a performance art piece that was videoed in Minneapolis, MN. The film and more info will be available at the Walker Art Center soon -- stay tuned and follow @sooosweetdesign on Facebook for more info as it's available.

Theaster's other work is on display in the Walker sculpture garden and in art galleries around the world. He also started a program in Chicago to use ash wood so it is not wasted:
Stay sweet.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Favorite Downton Abbey Costumes

The Dressing Downton Exhibit was recently in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and if you're into costumes or fashion it's definitely a show to check out. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

You'll get a uniquely 360 view of the costumes in real size (you may be surprised how petite everything is), an up-close look at the finishing touches made (or not!) for the camera, and discover clever designs throughout the eras that span the popular TV series (1530s to 1925) Downton Abbey®.

Photos will not capture the experience of seeing the costumes up close, the details of the stitching and unique folding, pleating, shirring, and more that achieve the final looks. So, to find the exhibit and attend when it's at a loction near you, visit the official website: Dressing Downton.

Still want more? Visit the official Costumes of Downtown Abbey website at Winterthur. The exhibit opens in the spring.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Get Inspired for Porch-Sittin Season!

Porch Inspiration

Summer is just around the corner. Sooo Sweet Design in St. Paul, MN, offers custom sewing for outdoor cushions, pillows, and blankets. Contact us to get started with your outdoor living design.

Sooo Sweet Design offers custom sewing with Sunbrella fabrics in St. Paul, MN

Custom sewing St. Paul, MN

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

In Memory of the Fashionable Nancy (Davis) Reagan

Presidential First Lady Fashion

First a Hollywood star, then beloved wife, then First Lady. In memory of the late Nancy Regan, here are some of the dresses that communicated her style. From the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California.