Tuesday, November 08, 2005

The Malena Collection

Wehooooooooooo! Good news LaMies! My fashion line will be coming out next spring. I am designing corsets, skirts and dresses like crazy. I spoke with Karolyn at Alter Ego tonight. She reminded me that some of my designs were so extreme that ONLY I would wear them! Wait, doesn't anyone else wear feather hats with veils, 6 inch thigh boots and dresses with slits up to the hipbone? Guess not. Poor Miles. He is always the one who has to say, "Take it down a thousand babe. Think REAL LIFE!" Where would I be without him? Standing in the grocery line at 12 midnight wearing an evening gown, that's where. Hey, it happens.

I'm also designing a line for "plus sizes" although I would never use those words. I've always hated that description. After all.. beauty doesn't stop at a size 14.
Anyway, I need to know what OUR LaMies want! Do you like short skirts or long skirts, corsets with or without sleeves? If you could have any piece of clothing, what would it be? I've always wanted to design clothing. I want to make clothes that FIT! Lorraine is my little guinea pig. I am designing her a zippered school girl skirt right now. It's part of the "Easy Access" collection. (JOKING!) No not really. Wehooooo! Now I can call her "Fly Girl"!
So, make a wish list and post it on the blog. Let me know what clothes you can't find and what you wish would fit better...and Malena will make it happen. Magic wand, crystal ball and ALL!
Your favorite Witchy


At 7:45 AM , Blogger StephanieFroudFairy said...

I wish...I wish...

that clothes were made for "little" people also!

I tire of seeing "petite" clothing that looks like it is made for schoolmarms (Peter Pan collars and all!)

I tire of going into Juniors departments and finding fashions that are made for the 18 year-old crowd. I do not want my jeans so far down on my hips that everyone can see the tops of my butt cheeks.

Although I AM small (size 0-1), I am what my daughter calls "proportioned" for my tiny frame. My measurements are 34-25-35...so I CAN wear a corset, IF someone would make them for my short, 4'11, half-hispanic (read: Full Behind) frame!


I'll take mine without sleeves, please.

Rant over. And out.

At 11:27 AM , Blogger Appleblossombeck said...

Ha! I'm 4'11" too, Stephanie! I've never met someone my height before! How cool! I too wish that I didn't have to hem every single pair os pants of skirt I buy. I found two pairs of jeans in Hawaii once that my aunt told me were made for Japanese (and presumably shorter) ladies, and they are the only ones ever that I didn't have to hem.
Malena, until I can come up with something more precise, I will say that I like shirts and dresses that are flow-y. I wish there was more gothy clothing that was blue, too. Pretty much everything I find is black or red, and I mean, people, it's called MIDNIGHT blue! What's more goth than that? Ok, now my rant's over. ;) I very much look forward to seeing what your line of clothing looks like Malena; good luck!

At 12:05 PM , Blogger Miss Bess said...

I don't know if this is something you'd consider, but, being a corseter in a cold climate (i.e. England!!), I'm always on the lookout for nice things with long sleeves to go under my corset. Particularly floaty things with medieval sleeves, heehee. Quite often I make do with the standard goth staple fishnet/sheer top, but when squished in under your corset, they tend to get uncomfortable, with the seam or label digging into your side ¬.¬ Poo! Also, they always have round necks, which totally ruins the cleavage effect!
So, just an idea..... XD

At 12:14 PM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

This line is going to be so very cool! FINALLY, someone who can make clothes for real women! ALL types of women!

I am looking forward to this skirt, hee-hee....

At 1:23 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

I think the most frustrating thing about clothes shopping for me is the lack of plus/goddess size clothing for tall women. The major clothing manufacturers seem to think that all fat women (and I include myself in that group) are average or short, and must have a big bust. I don't have a clue what my measurements are as the last time they were taken was 5 1/2 - 6 years ago, and I've lost 35 pounds since then. I have an almost classic pear-shaped body. I have wide hips and big thighs, but only wear a B cup - 42B to be precise. Last I checked, I lacked 1/2" from being 6' tall. Any shirt with darts that fits my hips doesn't come close to fitting my bustline, and vice versa. And that doesn't even cover the whole sleeve and torso length problems.

Well, I've lost my train of thought. :P
Happens when you're trying to type and deal with getting 2 kids to take a nap.
Hope I was clearer than mud.

At 1:58 PM , Blogger Malena Medium Cool said...

yeah! THank you so much girls. I will do my best to design something for everyone. Keep the comments coming!
Now, I'm off to go work out. (yeah she says, with enough enthusiasm to kill a bug....a very small bug.) HE HEE

At 3:17 PM , Blogger Maureen said...

Given the wide range of body types, making anything so it's relatively easy to have altered may be an idea.And separates to mix and match. I make a lot of my own things because I can never find what I like in stores around here, and without the lovely salary paycheck I can't fly out to LA to shop twice a year (oh yes I did! It's not my fault the 2 Lip Service shoppes closed. I melted credit cards there!)

I am short (5'3") with very long legs (32, sometimes 34 inch inseam in jeans) and a very short torso. My ribcage practically sits atop my hip bones, therefore I have not much of a waist to speak of. I buy pants in the boys/mens departments because I have neither a tiny waist, nor big hips... I'm fairly non-curvy. I was thrilled when the lowrise jeans were everywhere in the juniors departments because they fit me like a normal pair of jeans fit most people. I know they were intended to sit low on the hips, but on me they actually fell around waist level, so I was a happy camper. I puzzle over corsets... it seems anything that emphasizes my torso and its shortness makes me look dumpy

I like things that can be layered as sleeveless is all very fine, but I'm usually freezing my tail off in most over-airconditioned places, so a sexy/gothy sweater-type garment that can be easily slid on (and out of) but without looking like grandma's cardigan would be an amazingly fine thing.

I'll second appleblossombeck's vote for blue too. Midnight blue is lovely.

At 3:45 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

I second sexy covers or long sleeves underneath, as I am always cold. I like the tank styles too (I went over to Alter Ego to see what the styles were like) How about some in fabrics (I only saw leather)? Satin/velvet/cotton knits for summer? While I love black, grey is really great too. Also a specific - how about some a bit longer in front for those of us who have nasty surgical scars and who are VERY self-consious about them, I can't bear to wear anything if there is even a chance that skin will show. shudder. I think this can really be a very cool venture! do we get to see pictures of the easy access skirt?

At 4:40 PM , Blogger Issy said...

You know I'd go for something with shoulders exposed but with long sleeves and the corset in blue and black hues. Also don't forget the short plus size ladies. Although I doubt I will have enough income to buy any. Not unless I start making money with my Internet shop.

At 11:40 PM , Blogger Kitty Cat said...

***wolf whistle***
a shout out to miss Malena, my goodness woman,
you do stop traffic!

At 1:29 AM , Blogger K said...

Do you think mass-market clothes are made to fit ANYBODY?

I only ask because I'm average height (5'5), curvy, small waist, probably a size 10 or 12 US (guessing - I'm mostly 14 on top, 16 on the bottom in the UK) and I can't find fitted-type clothes that fit either.

My problem is exactly the opposite of Maureen's: short legs, long torso. Low-cut jeans would fall off me (I buy boys' jeans too. This doesn't sound as though it would work given that I'm curvy, but it does.)

Can I vote for things with floaty sleeves too? My arms are quite chunky and best hidden away. All the sexy tops I see are sleeveless.

Satin (or velvet) sounds great too - I'm a vegetarian and feel slightly dodgy about wearing leather clothing (although I wear leather shoes, so I'm a total hypocrite, basically). How about black with some touches of green, or dark greens and blues?

At 4:53 PM , Blogger Malena Medium Cool said...

Did you know Alter Ego corsets are made from leather that comes from slaughter houses? (So, as long as people eat meat, there will be leather)AND the ink and dye is eco friendly! NO slave labor either. How cool is that? I will design a few different outfits for each and every body types. I'll work on those fabric shirts! I too, am self conscious about my arms.

At 7:59 PM , Blogger Appleblossombeck said...

I had a friend who was my height, but skinny everywhere I'm curvy. We used to get in these, I guess you'd call them "complaining-fights" about who had it worse. She'd say how no one treated her like an adult because she had small breasts, and I'd complain about my back hurting from my notsmall breats, and on and on. I'm finally starting to learn that neither of us was right, and that everyone is unhappy with some piece of themselves. And I think that's kind of okay. First of all, if we all looked alike, how boring would that be? What I'm trying to say is that reading everyone's comments, sometimes I catch myself thinking, "Hah, I should be so lucky as to have that 'problem'", which is bogus. I guess the point is, in the immortal words of Morgan Freeman, "Allah loves wondrous varieties."

At 6:41 AM , Blogger K said...

Ah Beck, you are so right. I have had exactly the same conversations with a friend of mine who is the physical opposite of me.

Though I just clicked back to look at the picture of Malena just there, and Malena? You have beautiful arms. I'd swap. Not that I want to deny you your right to feel self conscious about something... ;)

At 9:04 AM , Blogger Malena Medium Cool said...

Hey girls! Good news. I found a great company who is going to supply us with the coolest shoes and clothes ever! Soon the Malena shop will be open, filled with Renn. Fest costumes, gothy shoes, tiaras, wigs and all things glam. Here's a sneak peak:

I'll keep you posted when the store is stocked and ready. So far, I only have shoes. I'll be adding the Malena Collection from ALter Ego in April. I will post what will look good on what body type so there's no guess work.

At 12:02 PM , Blogger adriana said...

Here's another tall, pear-shaped girl who can rarely find fitting clothes in witchy varieties. Size 8 (34A) on top, size 10 on bottom, and RARELY can find a corset that will fit and do anything to enhance the cleavage.

I love gothy clothes and even like to veer into Edwardian/Victorian/Empire territory, so I'm all for lovely flowy gowns of any variety. That your dyes and leather are eco-friendly is a HUGE plus.

PS, Malena, that picture is making me sweat. :)

At 12:19 PM , Blogger Appleblossombeck said...

Ah! Those shoes are awesome!

At 12:36 PM , Blogger Malena Medium Cool said...

If you have a pear shape, buy underwire corsets!

And for all you petite skinny girls, I've got lingerie coming out this week you'll love. Good prices too!

I am also getting a "Goddess" line together for those of us who have dangerous curves.

The shoes are only available to LaMies right now. I haven't advertised it on the WWW yet.

At 3:05 AM , Blogger Titz McGee 8)P said...

i have a problem finding lingerie that fits me properly in the bust area...i'm only 5'2" and my measurements are 38-27-36. so what ever fits me in the bust is loose in the waist and hips, or if it fits my waist and hips, my boobs are stuffed in the top, and half hanging out. very frustrating...aaaaaaah!


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