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The Thoughts and Workings of Tara Tonini

Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your business.

I have always had a passion for vintage fashion and creating unique looks. In 2005, I graduated from the fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising with a degree in Product Development.  After several years of working in the fashion industry in Southern California, I was hired as a lead fashion accessories designer for a manufacturer in Dallas, TX.  Working in a corporate environment was not for me and I soon felt restricted in my creative process and set out to create Tara to the T- a realization of my own vision for the fashion industry.  I feel that my creations are fun, colorful and always unique!  Tara to the T designs are available at boutique’s thought out the US and online at

How did you first get involved with crafting?

I have been crafting since I was a kid.  I grew up in a small town where shopping was very limited, so I would up-cycle my winter clothing into cool summer digs.  I have always enjoyed looking different, so crafting has always been a creative outlet for me and a great way to learn new skills and create wearable art.

What are your favorite materials to work with? Do you have a favorite color palette?

Fabric has always been my material of choice and lately I have been working a lot with knits in bright bold colors.  An example of those colors can been seen in my Sky Girls dress line.

What are your inspirations in your art and in life?

I am always inspired by designers and artists who mix and match materials to create work that is very unexpected.  For example I love the way Betsy Johnson mixes paid with floral, the two don’t go together, but some how she always makes them work.

What is your favorite song or album to listen to while working?

Recently I have been blasting Enon, High Society.  Every song on the album is very unique and I like to take a break when I’m sewing to have a little dance party.

Who are some of your favorite indie artist/crafters and why do you love them?

I really enjoy Jennifer Perkins of the Naughty Secretary Club.  Her designs are colorful, bold, happy and over the top.  I love her positive attitude and the way she has been able to spread the word about DIY though her Television shows, Books, Blog and features in all types of magazines.

Any exciting future plans or developments in the works for your business?

As of January 2009 I am running Tara to the T full time!  It has given me the time to put all of my energy into my passion and participate in shows and events all over the USA.  My major accomplishment this year has been the launch of my 1960’s inspired stewardess dress line called Sky Girls.

You can find out more about Tara and her products at

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