Monthly Archives: January 2015

Liz Riden Launch!

January 25, 2015

It’s been a long time of brainstorming, sketching, sourcing, and sewing but my line is finally here! I am so excited to start off my own brand with The MNML Collection, a line of handcrafted leather goods! To kick off the launch, happening February 8th I will be hosting a pop-up shop at LOFT (Park City Lancaster location) with champagne and special sales! The website and online shop will go live February 9!

Here is a sneak peek of what’s to come! I hope you all love it!


Welcome to New York

January 16, 2015

Somehow, I always manage to plan trips to New York in the freezing cold. Last year, I booked a train in February for fashion week, only to get stranded at home for the entire week due to ice on the tracks!

This year, I wasn’t going to let anything stop me! We packed up our bags and headed to the city for two big fabric, manufacturer, and apparel trade shows.

The two days we spent in the city were so much fun, and so successful for what I was able to source for my business! I can’t wait for our next trip..hopefully when it gets warmer. Enjoy the recap of our trip that Jeff shot with his iPhone! I will be posting more about the trade shows later!



DIY Market Tote

January 2, 2015

toteheaderI love stopping in to local thrift stores to look for great deals on housewares and always look for fabric yardage. Recently, I found a whole bundle of this great chambray fabric, but have yet to put it to use! When I saw this quick and easy pattern on BurdaStyle, I knew this was the perfect use for it!

This project is great for absolute beginners who want to learn how to sew. It’s quick and easy and only cost me about $5 to make!tote1To start, you can either download the pattern from BurdaStyle, or create your own by tracing the outline of an existing tote. I will be following along the pattern though! When you get the pattern, it will print out on separate sheets of printer paper. Cut and tape the pieces together to match up each notch. It will look like this when you are finished!tote2Next, cut out your pattern pieces from your chosen fabric. I recommend pressing your fabric first so it’s not as wrinkled as mine is here!tote3If you have a serger, great! If not, don’t fret. You can finish your edges using a decorative bias tape (there are really cute options on Etsy). Serge or finish all of the edges of your pattern pieces.tote4Then, sew together the bag. Start with the pieces facing right sides together. Sew the rectangular pouch piece on 3 sides, leaving one side open. Sew across the top of the bag straps. Next, sew the sides and bottom of the tote including the pouch into one of the side seams. The opening of the pouch should be facing toward the middle of the bag. tote5Your tote is almost finished! Remember that random pouch in the middle? Well the tote folds up to fit into this pouch so you can store it in your purse or car so you’ll never forget it when you’re grocery shopping!tote6And just like that, It’s done! tote7