KRAFTY KORNER: Trendsetters



Rafu Craft Editor

(First published in The Rafu Shimpo on March 24, 2010)


“One day you’re in . . . the next day you’re out.”

Words that a future fashion designer does not want to hear from host Heidi Klum on Lifetime TV’s “Project Runway.”

Sure to turn heads is a stylish jacket with a fiery red kimono accent on the back from Judie Jew and Mayumi Shiira of Sierra Madre. (Courtesy of Naru-Mi Designs)

Talented wannabes stress out from “in your face” challenges on this addictive reality show. Style and experience count, but, who has the keenest eye and dramatic flair to bring it all successfully together?

A savvy designer locks in the client’s wish list first. The rest is a given. Sketching. Color palettes. Fabric choices. Pattern making, draping, shaping. Machine and hand sewing. Finishing touches.

Former NYC’s Parsons School of Design headmaster, Tim Gunn, ever the gentlemanly critic, offers insightful spins on works-in-progress. Each hour-long episode ends with a runway show. Judges Klum, fashion director Nina Garcia, designer Michael Kors and a guest critic pull no punches. Someone’s packing up.

In the anticipated April finale, the final four will duel in NYC. The last one standing pockets a whopping $100,000 to launch their own fashion line and other nice perks.

Orange County’s fashion show takes place in Anaheim this Saturday. Local fashionistas can check out American Rags, Billabong, Lucy’s, Money Dress, Nutmeg by Jazzmin and Raw Earth Wild Sky at the 52nd annual So-Phis fundraising luncheon.

Smart shoppers arrive early, 9:30 a.m., for their anticipated Asian arts and crafts boutique. Local artisans offer interesting, well-made wares and wearables. To chow, you need a ticket.

Want a style with East-West flair? Catch Naru-Mi’s collection of Asian creations. Partnered for the past 14 years after a kimono shopping binge, designers Mayumi Shiira and Judie Jew know what it’s all about. They do their own pattern making and sewing.

These gals work magic with black fabric and kimono and obi pieces selected for an artistic yin-yang balance. Color and design elements dictate the end results.

Satisfied customers return for these timeless pieces. Prices start at $200.

A DIY kit includes a pink silk chiffon scarf with added bling via Gaye and Leslie Hayakawa of Carson. (Courtesy of Sales International)

Be tempted! Lots more sparkle, gift ideas and munchies for Easter baskets on Sunday at the Beary Best Friends spring show in Buena Park.

Always the fashion necessity, scarves add a dash of flair while keeping us toasty. See the do-it-yourself scarf kits from Sales International, a die cast machinery business.

Owners are the Hayakawa sisters who like to think outside the box. With Gaye’s business/law background and Leslie’s retail experience, these empowered gals recently launched this artsy venture.

Kits start at $45 and include a hand-dyed scarf, yarn and embellishments. A tool set with mat is separate. Key is a unique Japanese device from Clover. It’s a needle felting tool used to weave colorful ribbon strips and natural fiber yarn onto a silk scarf.

“Once you start, it takes on a life of its own,” said Gaye. “Your mind goes crazy, no two look the same.”
For someone needing stroke rehab, this project can be helpful. Repetitive hand motions aid coordination while making the brain think. Voila—a cool scarf!

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Saturday, March 27, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
So-Phis Spring Fashion Show & Boutique
Anaheim Hilton & Tower Hotel
777 Convention Way, Anaheim
714-345-1401, Debbie Chiya

Sunday, March 28
, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Beary Best Friends
Holiday Inn
7000 Beach Blvd., Buena Park
(562) 865-2637, Ellen Mabuni

Friday, Saturday, April 23-24,
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Touch of Nature Spring Show
Diamond Bar, call for location
909-594-5964, Lily Saito

Sunday, April 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
A Time for Sharing Spring
Elks Lodge
1735 W. 162nd St., Gardena
(310) 329-5874, Stephanie

Sunday, April 25, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Nikkei Matsuri
5th & Jackson, San Jose
(408) 241-0900, Warren Hayashi

Saturday, May 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Children’s Day/Arts & Crafts Faire
244 S. San Pedro St., L.A.
(213) 628-2725, Janet Hiroshima


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