I promised to share pics and details after the OHMJAM Fashion Fundraiser/Gala in support of the Wasaga Society for the Arts which took place on March 18th, 2016,so here I am doing just that and what a night it was. We all know the story of the cobbler’s children who had no shoes – well I worked so feverishly to meet the deadline that I didn’t even have time to make a gown for myself but it didn’t matter so long as my models were gorgeous and they did a fabulous job of showcasing my Spring/Summer 2016 collection.
The theme of the event was Women on the move in Wasaga Beach because while we’re pretty casual and laid back here, make no mistake we are a force to be reckoned with. I don’t know the stats but I’d be curious to see just how many women operate businesses in Simcoe County. Not only do they run businesses, we have some of the most talented, beautiful and athletic women I’ve ever seen. Case in point – my models. There’s no denying they are all natural beauties.
As Treasurer of the newly incorporated Wasaga Society for the Arts (WSA) that I would launch my spring/summer 2016 collection with a fashion show. I also thought that it would be the perfect occasion to also introduce the members of the WSA to the community and bring awareness to the fact that we’re here and we want to do great things. Great things only happen when a community comes together to make it happen and after Friday night I have no doubt that we have the people to do just that.
I’m sure my readers are tired of me continually going on about where I live BUT we truly are blessed to live in this little bit of heaven where the sunsets are the most beautiful I’ve ever seen and the people always greet you with a smile. A short drive and you can be in Creemore where Creemore Brewery is or to Collingwood which is quickly becoming home to many who are tired of the fast paced, often too hectic lifestyle in the big city.
Since moving here I have become involved in a social committee, the Wasaga Beach Film Fest committee as well as the WSA and I’m also in a book club. I have been in the homes of many of our residents and I’m always in awe of the artwork that hangs on the walls (many of which are done by the resident), the photographers who live here and share with us regularly the beautiful scenes they’ve captured and the fact that almost every home here has a library. We have a myriad of talented people from all walks of life. Yes we are a tourist town but we are so much more.
My Fashion Fundraiser turned out to be a wonderful evening thanks to all the people helped me take it from just another event to a night to remember. Here are a few of our guests and models for your enjoyment.
I accomplished what I set out to do and we managed to raise $2,500.o0 for the WSA. I want to extend a personal thank you to everybody that participated.
OHMJAM Fashion Fundraiser in Support of the Wasaga Society for the Arts
Now it’s time for me to get back to the gym and get ready for our next big event – the 5th Annual Wasaga Beach Film Festival.If you’ve never been to our Red Carpet Gala, it’s another event you shouldn’t miss. I’ve got a month so lots of time to make a gown for this cobbler.
June has been a rather interesting month thus far and the last two weeks have certainly gone quickly. Astrologically it was supposed to be a fabulous month for me personally but that hasn’t been the case, not that it’s been bad, it’s just that it hasn’t been fabulous YET. I’ve managed to do a little gardening which I don’t necessarily like but I do love the end result. Unfortunately I just don’t have the time.
I had a medical test done last week, not that I felt I needed it but once we get to a certain point in life – the government sends us letters informing us that it’s time. I was fine despite the fact that I was having this procedure done at a new hospital which can make one a little nervous but I always like to think positively. I was nevertheless fine up until the nurse told me I had to have someone spend the night with me because I was going to be given propofol. In case you don’t know what it is – it killed Michael Jackson. At that point I was ready to jump off the table, pull the IV out and say “changed my mind”. I didn’t and obviously it went well – at least I felt fine afterwards, not so great a few days later though and now I wait for the results.
I also had a photography lesson which helped me realize that despite having 3 cameras, all of which are perfectly fine – the only problem they have in common is ME – I need to learn how to use them.
The purpose of this blog however, is not to tell you what’s going on in my life but to clarify a few sewing terms for you. One of my clients asked me to make a prom dress for her daughter. I drafted the design I had in mind and she loved it. The daughter wanted a particular colour of purple and so we went together to look for fabric. I was glad we went together because purple was not what she wanted at all but in fact fuschia. Unfortunately the only fabric they had in her chosen colour was horrific to work with. The fabric kept stretching and after redoing it for the 3rd time I realized I had to make an alteration to the design. In the interim however, my client had lost faith in my ability to make it work and went to shop for a prom dress. She found a $23.00 dress that carried the Guess label and then asked me if I could take the top from the purchased dress and attach it to the bottom of the dress I designed. I was mortified to be asked but agreed to have a look at it. It was black and the top was nothing more than a stretch sequinned top and would have ruined the look of the dress I had designed, the colours would not have worked together. It would have been hideous, not to mention for the amount of work involved I would have had to charge twice as much as the dress I designed and the one she purchased together. I refused.
So here’s the thing – people are prepared to buy anything that has a known label whether it’s quality or not. Here’s what you need to understand – when you purchase a custom made dress it is by far more valuable than a dress with a known label because it has been hand made for YOU.
What is a label after all? If I took any of my pieces and photographed a celebrity wearing them my label would be more desirable whether it was worthy or not because of the person who wore it. What does that say about you and your self image? Not much.
Here’s the other thing, people keep asking me if I will take in a dress they purchased – I AM A DESIGNER, I DON’T DO ALTERATIONS unless it’s on one of my designs.
These are the definitions I would ask you to familiarize yourself with so that you can make an educated decision the next time you want a dress that will make you look like a knock out.
A SEAMSTRESS – is a person who makes their living sewing. They can range from someone who does a hem, fixes a zipper to someone who can make a custom dress from a pattern.
A TAILOR is a person who makes, repairs, or alters clothing professionally, especially women’s suits and men’s clothing.
A DESIGNER designs clothes which are functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. They consider who is likely to wear their garment and the situation(s) in which it will be worn. They have a wide range and combinations of materials to work with and a wide range of colors, patterns and styles to choose from.
While everyday wear is considered a more conventional style, unusual garments are mostly sought for special occasions such as evening or bridal.
When a designer makes a piece for an individual, it is often referred to as haute couture/tailor or custom made. Today most clothing is designed for mass markets and is considered casual or every day wear.
Haute Couture is French and basically translates as elegant sewing and has literally become more well known as the business of designing, creating and selling custom-made high end women’s fashion.
So never belittle that dress you’ve had made by someone whether it be a seamstress, tailor or designer just because nobody else has something with their label. Wearing a label that other’s don’t have means you have made a conscious decision to be well dressed with a design that will set you apart from the crowd.
Oh and in case you’re wondering – I redesigned the top of the prom dress and it turned out stunning. That’ll teach you to not have faith in me.
It is with much excitement that I wanted to let you in on the changes we’re making at OHMJAM. My hope when starting the company was to eventually make it into a family business and share my vision and love of fashion with the kids who make up the label. However, circumstances and geography have made that impossible and I have been itching for some time now to do what I truly love – clothes for women.
Some of the clothes that we gave away during our Friday Giveaways in February have gone to people with teenagers. To my surprise the Mothers decided to keep them for themselves – because they fit and they loved them. People have been asking me to design pieces for them for quite some time now and I can’t say no any longer.
On March 6th I was an exhibitor at the International Women’s Day Expo in Collingwood, Ontario where I met some incredible women. One of the highlights from the Expo was a fashion show in which all of the models wore fabulous clothes from local stores in the area, all of which were pieces from well known designers. I was the only designer in the show, with only one model and two pieces from our spring collection in the show; it could have been intimidating but it was anything but. My pieces were very well received by the audience and I was thrilled to hear the comments from the audience when my pieces were presented. I couldn’t have been more proud.
While waiting to go on stage my model received compliments from people who worked at the venue as well as from other models in the show. That wouldn’t have come as a surprise because she’s beautiful and would look good in anything but they were complimenting her on her clothes as well (she was wearing my designs).
I will continue to do the Mommy & Me line for special occasions or by special request but from here on in we will be featuring women only clothing. If you follow me on Pinterest you will have noticed that I’m a little obsessed with wedding dresses and I’m hoping to be able to create a wedding line as well – think I’ll start with bridesmaid dresses however. I am also collaborating with a very talented local artist, a wonderful young lady Tania Wood and we are looking at creating a very special line which I will tell you about shortly. You won’t want to miss it so stay tuned.
For the time being I will continue under the OHMJAM label.
So ladies, tell your friends our spring collection will be here shortly and will be for YOU.
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