Marimekko Rain Coat

This is the Raincoat I created out of Marimekko fabric


Crafted using a combination of heavy weight black cotton twill,  sweater sleeves, and a multi-colored  print by Finnish textile and apparel company Marimekko, I made a raincoat.  I got the black twill from a local fabric store, Winmill Fabrics.  The sweater sleeves were sourced from from a sweater I bought from Wet Seal.  Not normally a store I shop at, I do not turn my nose up at any store where I may procure cheap materials.  In this case I was able cut off the sleeves, reshaping the sleeve cap to match the existing armhole in the coat I had already constructed.  The sleeve set in beautifully.  The printed fabric was generously donated by the Marimekko store on Newbury Street.

Winmill Fabrics
111 Chauncy St,
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 542-1815

140 Newbury St
Boston, MA
(617) 778-0666

Front and back view of coat. Middle section “siirtolapuutarha” detail

With a number colorful prints and patterns to choose from at Marimekko, it was hard to choose the perfect textile for my coat.  The options were a plenty, but the siirtolapuutarha print really spoke to me.

This particular textile was designed by artist Maija Louekar.  On the Merimekko website, her design is aptly described as:

Dream- A flower blooms from the grey concrete. A morsel of nature in the urban jungle.
Inspire- Strolling the streets of the city, Maija Louekari marvels at the tiny gardens tucked into the nooks of urban life. Siirtolapuutarha is Finnish for allotment, which refers to the community gardens allotted to city dwellers.
Design- Vibrant colors burst from bold, black outlines. It’s a traditional flower pattern renewed into a modern wonder. A splash of life budding into a monochrome landscape.
Story-A flower steals the hardened heart of the city.”

20140110-163226.jpgI decided on a cape-like design for the coat.  I thought the bold pattern might be too over powering if I used it for the entire thing, so I used it only for the mini caplet. I lined the caplet using an accent color from the print: a vibrant teal. for kicks I also made a kind of make-shift label from the selvage of the fabric. creative and industrious if I do say so myself.  Cute and official looking right?


In an effort to keep with coat simple, I decided not to fuss with a lining.  To do this I sewed the body of the jacket together with the seams to the outside, then covering the raw edges in 1″ bias strips of the Marimekko fabric, then top stitched it down for  a nice finish. So I killed two birds with one stone: creating a clean finished garment without a lining and adding some coordinated design details to tie the whole look together.  The inside facings are also finished in narrower bias strips in the same lively print covering all raw edges.  The hemline is also finished in the fun print with a bias binding.

20140110-163747.jpgFor the finishing touch, I made 5 covered buttons out of the same fabric and attached them to the jacket to pull the whole thing together!

…. And made in less than 24 hours

This coat was featured in Boston Magazine!

Peace love and fringe: MFA Hippie Chic Preview Party

After a day of swimming in the ocean, sleeping in the sand and lugging my weekender bag all the way to the Martha’s Vineyard Ferry I was covered in sweat, salt and sand. As I jumped off the ferry and sped off down the road, I realized that I had only given myself 2 hours to drive back to Boston, find an outfit, get dressed, and get to the MFA.

As I sped down 93, I feverishly  made phone calls to track down a good “Hippie” outfit.   With responses like, “Oh I have this tie-dye T-shirt”  or, “how how about that shearling coat?” I was coming up dry.  I did a mental walk through of my closet but could not think of ANYTHING to wear.  It wasn’t until I walked through the front door and ran up stairs that I saw the dress.  This beautiful work of art was just hanging from one of the antique sconces on the wall.  This beautiful ruffled dress had just materialized out of thin air, and it was perfect!  Apparently my mom had bought the dress from Yolanda’s years and years ago, and just forgot to give it to me. As I stood their admiring the dress, I started accessory brainstorming.  At that very moment, my mom showed up with the accessory to complete the outfit!  Can you guess what it was?


The sunglasses of course!  My mom stands firmly in the“Its not done till it’s OVER DONE!” camp.  And I have to say, she really nailed this one! I would look at life through rose colored lenses all night.  With the help from our friends at 20th Century Ltd. we really pulled this off.  Specializing in Vintage Jewlery, hats, and accessories, this little shop on Charles St. is the place to go for all of your vintage, retro, and chic costume needs.  Surprisingly enough, the rest of my outfit came right out of my own closet.  Life really is just one big costume party!

In a half hour turn around, I was out the door and headed to the event.  Dressed the part I contemplated the name of the exhibition: Hippie Chic.  Still covered in salt water, sand and sweat I realized that I was taking the hippie theme quite literally!


Upon arriving at the museum, guests were greeted by the psychedelic sounds of the 60’s and 70’s.  With two old Volkswagen camper vans parked at the entrance, the scene was set!


It seemed as though these camper vans were time machines!  Party guests really took once they sat in the vintage VW.


The real deal hippie Paxton and me, Chynna Cat Sunflower


And of course, my favorite quote of the night:

When Asked by Boston Globe Photographer Bill Brett  where his costume was, Mark responded,  “Where’s yours?”

They were in the same outfit 😀


Once inside, I had to get a little face time with the head honcho at the museum, Mr. Malcolm Rogers


Chynna Pope and Malcolm Rogers at Hippie Chic Preview Party

This was truly a great event.  Great people, fun outfits, delicious food, and a photo booth!


Mingling with the guests.

“If it comes from the ground its probably okay!”


This guy told me he wore these overalls on the commune years ago.

I believe him!

And the exhibition itself: Now open to the public

Here are a few of my favorite pieces





Becoming a part of the instillation….I think i fit in quite well


My favorite Hippie couple of the night and the Author of the fabulous blog, “Joyatri’s Adventures in Vintage”


For more awesome pictures and commentary on the exhibition check out:

Get the look:



Check out Bill Brett’s Party Photos from the event



Happy Bastille Day!

Okay, okay…. I know I totally missed the bateau on this one. Bastille day was yesterday. Let’s just blame my lackluster reporting on a Champagne haze…. That’s very French right?

Every year the French Cultural Center throws a huge Bastille Day party. Shutting down Marlborough street between Berkley and Clarendon, the champagne pops, the food sizzles, and the bands prepare. As the bubbles rush to your head, and the crowed starts to swing, the party truly begins.

In a quick decision to go to the fete, I threw this little ensemble together. With no planning, few resources and little time, my mom threw me her centennial celebration Mumm champagne scarf and said, “here, wear this, it’s perfect!” It was indeed perfect, but it was just a scarf….. Would I be able to pull of a whole outfit with just a scarf? With my moms words of encouragement, “make it fabulous” I tied the scarf in to a shirt and ran out the door.


Necklace: Zara
Top: Mumm Scarf
Skort: Zara
Bag: Marc Jacobs
Shoes: Zara

The party was in full swing by the time I arrived, and the outfit was a huge hit!


Dancing and drinking with some of my fabulous friends….


….and of course raising a little hell on my way home!


For more information on the French Cultural Center visit: