Panels in Palm Springs

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Check out the latest pop up shop for the Group Formerly Known as smocksup!  This one was actually part of Mt Fuji pop up at at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs.  Catharine, Danielle, Peggy  and I worked the sale. Peggy met a guy who she used to go to school with who now owns a spa on the east coast.  He bought her crazy sequined body-bag panel (check out the photo of her performing in it in the entry for the Swapmeet)

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Also, for those of you not familiar with the Palm Spring Ace, one of the hot features of the hotel is a crazy hipster pool scene there on the weekends (“swim club”) which means that we had shoppers in the store wearing teeny bikinis and one even wearing only a towel (an escapee from the spa next door) in the middle of December.

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New Panels for GFKAS

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Two new panel garments for our GFAS (the group formerly known as smockshop) sale in Portland Maine next month! This design is really wide so it drapes over your arms like sleeves.

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And I’ve been having a long-running inner idealogical debate about whether the garments should be one single panel folded over, like this, with a cutout for the head –

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or two panels stitched together like this.  So I tried one of each.

First FKAS Product

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After the project “smockshop” was archived we realized that we were really going to miss working together.  So we started a new group called “formerly known as smockshop” – or more casually referred to as FKAS.  Our new products won’t be entirely clothing based and will eventually be available for sale both at pop-up sales, and via an on-line store.  And since every startup I’m involved in has a rule, so does this one.  The dictate for FKAS is that all of the products have to be made in the form of a rectangle – so each item is a “panel” of one sort or another – though these are all intended to be useful objects (similar to the “A-Z Personal Panels”, “A-Z Carpet Furniture”, and “A-Z Cover” pieces that I have made in the past).  Each member of FKAS is supposed to come up with their own panel product line so I’m trying out a new and very simple pattern that is loosely based on Guatemalan Huipil.  Here is my second try (sewn out of left over fabric from the bathroom curtain) – I thought that the first turned out great until I realized that the neck was sewn in crooked.. dang!