astitchintimeAn Evening of Vintage
Fashion Exploration
By Angela Esler-Whelan, Michelle Frese
and Cassie Hitchcock; Photos by Gina Jones

On September 22nd, 2011, the Circles team joined with many influential community members to bring about “A Stitch in Time” Fashion show and Fundraiser, showcasing vintage fashions from the 1920’s through the 1980’s. Our fashion show had an explosive beginning with brainstorming for a name. In a focus group at the publication office, we explored our brains, and with each suggestion another name was shouted out, again and again, until we had the best 15 and then decided to select the best 5. From that, “A Stitch in Time” was born. It seemed just the thing to fit our theme for this issue as well as the exploration of clothing that has been created throughout modern times.

We found the materials to hand make tickets from recycled wedding invitations, that included logo decals from The Bar + Bistro, The Attic, and Circles Magazine, along with a smaller picture of the event poster that was generously designed by Ed Rivera and Kellie Kroplinski of Line Design creative studio. All were stitched by our team members on a sewing machine, as were the event programs, designed by our own managing editor Angela Esler-Whelan.

Rehearsals started at the Circles Magazine publication office on Industrial road. Models from both Circles and other Transition Services locations arrived for the initial “runway” experience. Our practice runway was tape placed on the floor and our audience was our fellow team members — we were ready!! Models in the Showcase Models from our organization as well as community models from local media,

Models in the Showcase

Models from our organization as well as community models from local media,

business, and the art community included: Scott Arkkelin, Amber Barker, Alex Carbet, Debbie Cernuto, Elisabeth Daniels, Brett Dassen, Angela Esler-Whelan, Angel Gonzalez, Joey Herkert, Kathleen Jones, Sue Manteris, Victor Rodriguez, Daniel Romero, Nick Roque, Lizzy Samlowski, Melissa Sommers, Shautief Toenniges, Abhilasha Wadwa And Eirc Washington


On With the Show

Taking over the patio at the Bar + Bistro at the Arts Factory for the evening was a simple feat thanks to the efforts of Ryan Reason, who was welcoming and eager to help us with our event. The team of Myra Politis, Alex Carbet, and Angel Gonzalez made the process of styling 20 models over 3 days at the Attic vintage clothing store seem like just another day at the office. Before the show even started it was obvious the models were having the time of their lives. “I know my family is really proud of me,” said Joey Herkert about the event. His mom, Judy, sat

excited in the audience. As the professional hair and make-up came into place, thanks to stylists Melinda Borsek-Pollard and Grace Parsons, and it was time to change clothes, Eric became even more excited about his 60’s rocker look. When it came to shoes, Melissa was more than ready; she had been practicing wearing wedge-heeled shoes for her outfit everyday for 2 weeks! Everyone was ready, and even a little nervous, though it didn’t show when they hit the stage and the runway. They were all cool and kept the audience cheering with each passing style. To add to the excitement of the evening, the Flameology crew really put on the right touch with their flaming hula hoop performance after the show. Other team members helped with the show, selling tickets, ushering guests, and tending our display and raffle tables. Pictures were done by Gina Jones and Dominique Clay-Brown, and video of the event was done by Circles team member Quinton Giles. Music was provided by MOJO Entertainment, and the MC of the evening was Cat Dixon of Eurie Creative.astitchintime2

The Show Was a Hit

The Fashion Show was well worth the time and effort. Everyone was great, the audience was awesome, and our fundraiser was a success. By meeting our financial goal, we will be able to upgrade our own website with an audio version of our magazine,sales of electronic subscriptions, a blog for additional articles, and video tutorials of recipes and DIY projects. We will also be able to purchase another much needed computerGruop 1

 Quinton Giles

Fashion Recycles Itself

Fashions change almost every decade. In the early 1900’s we saw long skirts and hi necks. Kneelength beaded Charleston dresses came about in the 1920’s, and more open bathing suits by the 1940’s. By 1950 we had poodle skirts and Buster Brown Shoes. The 1960’s brought bell-bottom jeans. The 70’s and 80’s made tank tops popular, and by the 21st century all the dress that had gone around was back at the second hand stores being purchased by the next generation of style-seekers

 Fashion Show