Shift Astoria - We Love A Dress With Pockets!

You may already be familiar with Shift Astoria. They make those rad suspender dresses with pockets? We’re not going to lie, we are pretty obsessed with a factory girl, worker woman look that is easy to clean rooms in but is also adorable. What do we mean when we say this? Well, we are talking about a dress that is totally comfy, but has a bit of an old world, vintage look without being fancy or stiff, but still offers some structure. Something you can stretch and kick in (if the occasion presents itself). These suspender dresses are the ideal dress for any sort of badassery you might need to accomplish.

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We were so impressed when we went to Becky’s studio to find that not only is she making these great dresses with pockets but she is also making extended sizes! Her medium is a large and so forth. Her sizing goes up to a 2x, which is really a 3x and the way she designs her clothing they are flattering and forgiving. The suspender dress can be worn different ways. If you are smaller under your chest you can wear it in more of an empire style with the suspenders pulled tighter and if you are blessed with a smaller waist you can bring the suspenders down and wear the dress lower, around your waist. Long story short, these dresses are made to fit many different bodies. Thank you for acknowledging real women’s bodies, Becky!!!

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Here is Becky working away at her cutting/drafting table. She apologized for the messy work space, but we totally understand the creative work isn’t tidy. It’s about the process and finished piece not the messy byproduct.

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These are Becky’s tools - Her sewing machine and serger. She makes many more items than just the suspender dresses. She also makes simple shift dresses, and she just started making a cropped shirt that we totally want to buy when she has them available.

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As Becky showed us around her studio, she excitedly pulled out this old dress, that she called a house dress. She said she knows this one is old and pretty much at the end of it’s life but she wants to use it as a basic pattern for a new dress she wants to make in the future. It would unzip all the way down so you can wear it as almost like a doctor’s coat, with a collar and with pockets A.K.A. a amazing house dress, duh! We’re pretty sure we’re going to need this dress too once she gets this into production.

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We were eyeing this cotton, corduroy suspender dress, but decided to go with the black denim version instead. We absolutely love it!

This is Jen, one of the owners of the Starry Night Inn modeling her new suspender dress. Click on photo to see different angles of the dress.

Becky sells her wares pretty regularly at the Astoria Sunday Market, which is pretty great and worth the trek. It’s about a 25 minute drive from Seaside. If you are a Portlander you can just head home byway of HWY 30 after a jaunt to the Sunday Market.

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May Featured Artist - Raven Lloyd

Saturday, May 5th from 5-7 pm we will be featuring the art of Raven I. Lloyd.

This art opening is part of a larger event - known as the Seaside Art Walk. This event happens the first Saturday of each month from 5-7 and many participating galleries and businesses are involved. Here is a map of the the Art Walk. Participating businesses are listed in the link as well.

We just loved how Raven's work looked like constellations in the night sky twinkling through a dark night, but we see stars in everyone and everything.
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To quote Raven, "The images I created for this body of work were inspired by negative spaces I observed in nature during the snow storms last winter here in Portland. Specifically the snow covered bare branches on bushes and trees and the spaces created within the structure of the plants. The theme of Spaces In-Between carried over to thoughts on breath, time, notes in music, ocean waves and stars in the night sky. All of the empty spaces in-between something tangible influenced my creative process to produce this body of work."