I am beside myself I’m so excited to share this update with you. A few months ago I was asked to create a pattern for espadrille shoes exclusively for BUST magazine and the issue is out on the newsstands now! I worked together with the folks at BUST to decide on a design and we landed on these strappy, summery, hot pink shoes. Ta da! Espadrilles in BUST magazine. Someone pinch me.
An extra super bonus bit of amazingness is that Constance Wu is the cover girl for this issue. If you aren’t familiar with her she plays the mother, Jessica Huang, on the tv show Fresh Off the Boat. It just so happens that show is our family’s absolute favorite. We have just started watching conventional TV shows together as a family and have watched every single episode of Fresh Off The Boat and often talk about how funny Constance’s character is. As a result, my boys are suitably impressed with me for being in a magazine with her. I’m, on the other hand, am totally floored. Me and Constance are tight, y’all.
Seriously, though. The entire experience was really wonderful. Because I live relatively close to Brooklyn where the main BUST office is, I grabbed my supplies and headed over to Brooklyn for the photo shoot.
It was so great to be a part of the process like this and I am so grateful for the opportunity. This is (from left to right) Seher Sikandar, the photographer, with Meredith Felt, the Art Designer at BUST alongside Debbie Stoller who is editor-in-chief reviewing the photos. Being the uber-talented woman she is, Debbie is also the author of all the Stitch N Bitch knitting books (affiliate link). Debbie was super involved in the photo shoot and in the editing and she and I got a chance to sit and have lunch after the photo shoot.
This is a super cute video about the beginning of BUST with Debbie and Laurie, the co-founders.
Here I am working on the the step by steps for the process shots.
Here is the result. It was my first time sewing under watchful pressure but I survived.
The hot pink fabric is fabulous, isn’t it! It’s a special organic screen print that I ordered from Ellen Baker of The Long Thread. It’s pricey but those evil eyes cannot be beat and in hot pink. Mwah! I love it.
By the way, I have ordered a limited number of prints in this hot pink color from Ellen so I will be adding them to the Etsy shop in the next few weeks. It makes me so happy because it will be my first all-organic espadrille kit!
For now, you can order the fabric from her and a kit from me to make your own strappy espadrilles (FYI, the strappy espadrille pattern requires only one panel of Ellen’s fabric while a standard shoe requires two panels). She also has this print in the blue color I used to make these.
Of course, you will want to pick up an issue of BUST for the full pattern and pattern download. Thanks for joining me in my gushing excitement.