Jamie Lau Designs will be setting up shop along the Williamsburg waterfront this month. Join us on the first two Saturdays in June at the Renegade Craft Fair Brooklyn Saturday Pop-Ups. Come get your shop on and check out our latest selection of dresses, tops, and totes to kick off your summer. We’ll be showcasing our handmade designs alongside 350+ makers, artists, and workshops. (Smorgasburg will also be happening next door featuring tasty treats from an array local food purveyors.) Plus, our top-selling Black and White Dotted Ikat Midi Dress is back in stock and will be available in other fabric ways as well. This silhouette is the perfect year-round travel uniform and great for summer getaways.
Join me in San Francisco on Thursday, May 20, 2015 for a 2-hour patternmaking workshop on drafting collars at Britex Fabrics. I will discuss different collar types and demonstrate basic patternmaking techniques including a live demo on how to draft styles including the Peter Pan collar, Mandarin collar, and more. I’ll share some expert tips on pattern plot and manipulation, drafting undercollars, and applying interfacing to collars. This workshop is open to students of all sewing levels and may be particularly helpful to students looking to update and personalize existing sewing patterns that you use regularly, or those looking to delve deeper into fashion design and patternmaking.
Thursday, May 21, 2015 from 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Britex Fabrics 146 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94108 Register Now
This minimal silhouette is a great palette for accessorizing, styling, and personalization for year-round wear.
One of our top-selling dresses is a relaxed fit ikat midi dress with short kimono sleeves. I wanted to create a new midi style with three-quarter sleeves in a slightly heavier weight fabric.
This new style is sewn from a slubby textured silk linen blend made in Scotland and features curved seam detailing at the bustline.
This style of dress would not be complete without pockets, and I added them at the side seams.
Given the minimal nature of the fabric in this silhouette, the dress makes a great palette for accessorizing, styling, and personalization for year-round wear. For spring, I chose to style it with a statement ceramic textile necklace, polka dot socks for a pop of color and pattern, and my go-to clogs.
Jamie Lau Designs dress styled with Object & Totem ceramic necklace, Bonne Maison socks, and Rachel Comey clogs.
What I love most about this fabric are the subtle specks of blue yarn woven in with the overall grey and white.
This silhouette is loosely inspired by choir robes and religious clothing.
Visit the Britex blog for my latest article on how to make and sew bias tape using this dress as an example in my tutorial.
Visit us in Booth 3501-4 at the Baltimore Convention Center!
We are excited to participate in our first ever American Craft Council Show this year in Baltimore, a high-end craft show market celebrating it’s 39th year this season. The Council’s flagship show is selectively juried and highly competitive, featuring approximately 850 wholesale and retail exhibitors from the United States with artists ranging from ceramics to fashion wearables. Jamie Lau Designs will be participating in both the wholesale and retail shows as part of the Hip Hop program. (Check out our recent feature story on BmoreArt to learn more!)
I am excited to announce that my hand dyed, handwoven, and handsewn textile art will be on display at the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art (京都市美術館Kyōto-shi Bijutsukan) in Japan this month from January 14-18, 2015. Last spring and summer, I spent two months living in the mountains of Kyoto dyeing and weaving and learning the traditional Japanese art of kasuri (ikat) as one of four international students accepted into the Kawashima Textile School (川島テキスタイルスクール) weaving program.
For the graduate textile exhibition, I have created unique fashion wearables in the Jamie Lau Designs aesthetic, taking an even deeper, holistic approach to design with these handwoven garments. I am honored to have my work on display in one of the oldest art museums in Japan and look forward to seeing you all there and reconnecting with my Japanese colleagues. (For a sneak peek of what I’ve been working on, check out my Instagram feed.)
Kawashima Textile School Graduate Exhibition
January 14-18, 2015
Wednesday-Sunday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM (Admission until 4:30 PM)
Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art – Annex (Kyōto-shi Bijutsukan Bekkan)
Okazaki Kōen, Sakyō-ku, Kyoto, 606-8344
Free admission Access information
Join us for a special artist reception on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Gather from 2-6 PM
Join us in San Francisco for the opening of the Jamie Lau Designs Pop-Up Shop at gather in Hayes Valley. Shop a selection of our handmade dresses and tops, each cut and sewn in our Brooklyn design studio one stitch at a time. Treat yourself to a unique party dress, or pick out a thoughtful holiday gift for that special someone. We’ll have a mix of fit and flare dresses, shifts, sheaths, and easy-to-wear tops.
We’re kicking things off with a special artist reception on Saturday, December 20, 2014. Join us for a designer meet-and-greet, festive treats, and champagne while you shop.
Saturday, December 20, 2014
541 Octavia Street (b/w Grove + Ivy)
San Francisco, CA 94102
December 17, 2014-January 18, 2015
Monday-Saturday 11-7 PM
Sunday 12-6 PM
Catching an unusually sunny day in Brooklyn this time of year
With winter approaching and temperatures dropping, I wanted to create a wool dress to keep warm for the season as an alternative to just wearing sweaters. I was partially inspired by the geometric cuts and stark tunic shapes of 1960s Pierre Cardin.
The Cosmocorps collection in double-face wool jersey, 1967. Photo by Yoshi Takata.
As Cardin once said, he “wanted to give women […] a chance to work, to sit, to take the car and drive in [his] dresses.” As a person constantly on the go and working long hours, I appreciate that sentiment and always aim for comfort and functionality in my designs.
For this design, I chose an aubergine wool blend with embroidered scallops. I wanted a looser fit with some sleeve coverage, so I decided on an A-line dress silhouette with a boat neckline and set-in sleeves.
Get a jump start on your holiday shopping this season. Jamie Lau Designs will be setting up shop at both the San Francisco and New York Renegade Craft Fair Markets this month. Shop our new collection of handmade dresses, easy-to-wear tops, and totes sewn from traditional Japanese prints, handwoven ikats, and our signature textile designs. Treat yourself to a holiday party dress, or pick out a thoughtful gift for that special someone!
The subtle blue and green coloration of teal is perfect for fall
With fall upon us, I thought that a dress in a midweight wool with some sleeve coverage would be a good transition piece. The teal color has a warm, vintage feel to it and the skirt features inverted box pleats for a little bit of fullness.
This designer wool fabric has a nice drape to it and works great for a fuller skirt
A great transition piece for fall
A sneak peek from our latest photo shoot featuring our Pleated Tombo Dress with cap sleeves in a Japanese fabric – follow us on Instagram for more behind the scenes footage
Visit the Britex blog for my full article, featuring this pleated wool dress, which includes tips on working with wool!
Featuring our exclusive Swing Top sewing pattern available only in this workshop
Join me in San Francisco on Saturday, September 27, 2014 for a 4-hour sewing workshop at Britex Fabrics. In this hands-on course, students will learn how to sew a relaxed Swing Top using one of my original pattern designs. I will discuss pattern and fabric layout and demonstrate various garment construction techniques including: sewing gathers, applying neckline and armhole bias binding, and hemming. This fun top features a front and back yoke and is a great canvas for color blocking or mixing solids with prints. This easy-to-wear style slips on effortlessly without the hassle of a zipper and is great for layering or wearing as-is. This sewing pattern will be made available only in this San Francisco sewing workshop, so sign up today!
Sew A Swing Top
Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10:30 am-2:30 pm
Britex Fabrics 146 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94108 Register Now
Britex Fabrics is offering a 20% off discount on regularly priced fabrics to students purchasing supplies for this class. Sewing machines provided by Ray’s Sewing Machine Center.
The top features a front and back yoke and is a great canvas for color blocking or mixing solids with prints