Friday, February 6, 2009

Frock and Roll

www.leichic.comYou’ve been there before. Two hours shopping, and still nothing you like. The dresses are too long (or short), the fabric isn’t soft, the color washes you out.

If only you could just make exactly what you wanted.

That’s what 21-year-old Cassandra Rull did. She had always altered her clothes to better fit her own style, but a little more than a year ago she began making pieces from scratch. Proud of her DIY creations, she posted pictures of her clothes – fun, casual cotton jersey dresses that mixed colors, fabrics and patterns − on her MySpace page.

And then the requests started coming in. “Where’d you get that?” or “Can you make me one?”

Soon she was sewing six hours a day, every day, and participating in local fashion shows. She’s taken her self-education to the next level too and enrolled in the fashion program at UH.

But she’s still turning out her handmade, one-of-a-kind dresses, tops and skirts at a fast clip, and selling them at events around the island, including this weekend’s Fashionista’s Market.

So you too can find what you’re looking for.

Find Cassandra Rull clothing at Fashionista’s Market, tomorrow at Luana Hills Country Club, 770 Auloa Road, Kailua, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More info at or visit her MySpace page here.

Posted on Friday, February 6, 2009 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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