About Peggy

I love designing and producing creative & unique clothing for women. After working in the garment industry for 25 years I decided it was time to start my own business. Having the freedom to express my creative energy through fabric and clothing was my motivation for striking out on my own. I love textures in fabric & so started machine knitting which allows me to explore even more unique fabric & styling. Women should be able to express their individuality through their style and I love helping them do that. accomplish this.

Spring has Sprung

Spring really is just around the corner. Really! It is the time of year when we all start thinking about our spring and summer wardrobes.

As most of you know 22 Shades of Gray launched our Home Party division last year. I am having so much fun introducing my latest  fashions live and in person.

PinkShirtLet me share with you a couple of pictures from my most recent home party.

This  beautiful pink collage pullover is made from 100% Lycra. It sports a very unique form. One side is shirred up with a short sleeve and the other sleeve is long and tapered. It comes in a wide variety of colors. Easy to wear and easy to travel. Wash and dry and wear.

This little jacket is reminiscent of a 1930’s design and one of my most popular jackets. It sports a contrast back belt, lapels, cuffs, front pocket bands and bound button closure. It also has 3/4 length sleeves that allows you to  show off your beautiful jewelry.  Green JacketThese jackets are almost always one of a kind and can be worn in several different ways. With the cuffs rolled up or down, one lapel up or both lapels up with a broach closure. 

You can see how much fun these ladies are having modeling the beautiful designs  for themselves and each other. 

So, If you hate going to the mall and fighting the traffic and crowds why not  consider  having your own 22 Shades of Gray home party and seeing all of our  latest fashions in the comfort and ease of your own home. Just invite a  few of your friends and /or associates to your home and  make your own fun

If you would love to receive free clothing and have a lot of fun in the privacy of your own home contact me to find out how. Email me  @ 22shadesofgray@gmail.com

22 Shades of Gray is now bringing their latest fashion right to your home.

Hi Everyone,

Do you love fashion and free clothes?

If so, have your own private “Fashion Soirée. Invite a few of your friends to your home and let them be  the stars of your party.

22 Shades of Gray is now bringing it’s latest fashion to your front door.

Earn Fashion points for all of the garments purchased and parties booked  at your soiree and use them to purchase your personal favorite pieces.

You and your friends can have tons of fun playing dress up and modeling all your favorite styles. “22 Shades of Gray” 

Start your fashion show today by contacting Peggy Gray for full details:
22shadesofgray@gmail.com  Facebook: 22 Shades of Gray

Classic Summer

Well, I know you haven’t heard form me in a while but, it has been a classic summer for me (busy, busy, busy) and I am sure for you too.
Family visits are always fun and we have a lot of them. Right now my beautiful granddaughter Bella with mom and dad are here for a couple of weeks. Track on Sunday and Washington County fair on Tuesday.

Bella had her picture taken in a dress from my Rated PG children’s’ line. She loves the camera and the camera loves her.

Bella in pink handkerchief dress

Bella in pink handkerchief dress

My sister Sandy came to visit and made the mistake of checking out my latest designs. Two of them just looked so great on her she couldn’t  pass them up.

I love the pleated lavender tank on her.

Layered pleats in lavender

Layered pleats in lavender

 

She also bought a  dress  made from sweatshirt material and hand painted with the beautiful peacock image. She is planning to wear this with a turtleneck and leggings on our trip to Ireland in October. She will fit right in with the red hair. It will be a stunning outfit and from what I hear of the weather in Ireland it will be very appropriate.

Hand painted Peacock dress

As you can see I wasn’t kidding about being busy. Oh, I even managed to get in some sewing. Check out my website for all the new styles or call me and make an appointment to visit my studio.

Also if you are in the Saratoga area on Friday Aug. 23rd and 30th from 1:00 – 7:00 stop in at the Artisans market and see what we have for you. Located on Hi Rock Ave. There are a wide variety of Artisans at the market. Something for everyone.

I love to sew, more than that I love to create

Hand painted tank

An artistic update on an old standard.

Art has always been my passion. All through grade school into high school I thought I would become a professional artist but life happens and I needed to earn a living. There was a job opening in a local sewing factory where my mom worked. They were hiring and for the next  30 years I worked in the garment manufacturing industry as a piece work seamstress, sample maker, and quality control manager, all the while sewing for my own business part time.

I decided last year I wanted to get back to being more of an artist so, I made my part time business my full time business. A friend of mine paid me a great compliment when she said “Peggy is an artist with a sewing machine” I love that!

Today I want to share with you the beginning of my journey back to creating art  my way.

Step # 1 blue swirl paint. Looks like finger painting doesn't it.

Step # 1 blue swirl paint. Looks like finger painting doesn’t it?

 

This is fabric dye swirled into shaving cream.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step # 2 Blue swirl paint captured on white knit t-shirt fabric

Step # 2 Blue swirl paint captured on white knit t-shirt fabric

 

 

 

I love how bright the colors come out.

 

 

 

To see some finished hand dyed garments garments click here….

Asymmetrical hand painted pullover

Asymmetrical hand painted pullover

 

 

Finished shades of blues swirl garment.

 

 

 

 

 

Shades of green hand painted pullover

Shades of green hand painted pullover

Swirls of greens, yellows and blues on white t-shirt knit. Trimmed with a beautiful sea green lycra knit.

Swirls of greens, yellows and blues on white t-shirt knit. Trimmed with a beautiful sea green Lycra knit on neckline, armholes, and hemline.

 

 

Cherry blossoms hand painted on silk shantung.

Cherry blossoms hand painted on silk shantung.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last but definitely not least is this beautiful hand painted wrap kimono. I can only take credit for the sewing on this one artist Mary Frances Millet painted the beautiful Cherry Blossom design on lavender silk shantung.

Vintage Fashion 1930’s – 1940’s

This is the next installment of my vintage fashion series (not as long as the last one) which covers the 1930’s & 40’s.

My mom. She loved to dance.
My mom loved to dance.

This era is very near and dear to my heart because that was the time my mother and her sisters were in their teens and early 20’s and thought they were “the bees knees” of fashion. They apparently loved to ham it up for the camera and so there are lots of pictures from that era.

I have also included a couple of pictures of vintage reproductions that I have sewn. I am planning on creating more in the future. So stayed tuned for that

I hope you enjoy my family vintage photos as much as I do. They are first hand memories of the fashion of the times.

 

My mom on the left and her sister Marie sunbathing.

My mom on the left and her sister Marie sunbathing.

Suntans (called at the time “sunburns”) became fashionable in the early 1930s, along with travel to the resorts along the Mediterranean, in the Bahamas, and on the east coast of Florida where one could acquire a tan, leading to new categories of clothes: white dinner jackets for men and beach pajamas, halter tops, and bare midriffs for women.
Fashion trendsetters in the period included The Prince of Wales (Edward VIII from January 1936 until his abdication that December) and his companion Wallis Simpson(the Duke and Duchess of Windsor from their marriage in June 1937) and suchHollywood movie stars as Fred Astaire, Carole Lombard and Joan Crawford.
Fashion and the movies
Throughout the 1930s and early ’40s, a second influence vied with the Paris couturiers as a wellspring for ideas: the American cinema.

My mom and my Aunt Marie in their evening gown with crinoline slips
My mom and my Aunt Marie in their evening gown with crinoline slips

Vogue credited the “Scarlett O’Hara” look with bringing full skirts worn over crinolines back into wedding fashion after a decade of sleek, figure-hugging styles.Lana Turner’s 1937 film They Won’t Forget made her the first Sweater girl, an informal look for young women relying on large breasts pushed up and out by brassieres, which continued to be influential into the 1950s, and was arguably the first major style of youth fashion.

My mom and her sister my Aunt Marie in the fitted sweater
My mom with a high waisted midriff below the knee dress and her sister my Aunt Marie in the fitted sweater

Feminine curves were highlighted in the 1930s.

Through the mid-1930s, the natural waistline was often accompanied by emphasis on an empire line. Short bolero jackets, capelets, and dresses cut with fitted midriffs or seams below the bust increased the focus on breadth at the shoulder. By the late ’30s, emphasis was moving to the back, with halter necklines and high-necked but backless evening gowns with sleeves. Evening gowns with matching jackets were worn to the theatre, nightclubs, and elegant restaurants.

My mom (right), her sister-in-law Stella (middle) and her sister Jean on the left
My mom (right), her sister-in-law Stella (middle) and her sister Jean on the left 

Skirts remained at mid-calf length for day, but the end of the 1930s Paris designers were showing fuller skirts reaching just below the knee; this practical length (without the wasteful fullness) would remain in style for day dresses through the war years.

The war years

My mom and I think her sister  my Aunt Eva kneeling
My mom and I think her sister my Aunt Eva kneeling
My mom and her sister Eva holding the paper announcing the end of the war.

My mom and her sister Eva holding the paper announcing the end of the war.

Wartime austerity led to restrictions on the number of new clothes that people bought and the amount of fabric that clothing manufacturers could use. Women working on war
service adopted trousers as a practical necessity.
Most women wore skirts at or near knee-length, with simply-cut blouses or shirts and square-shouldered jackets. Popular magazines and pattern companies advised women on how to remake men’s suits into smart outfits, since the men were in uniform and the cloth would otherwise sit unused. Eisenhower jackets became popular in this period. Influenced by the military, these jackets were bloused at the chest and fitted at the waist with a belt.

 

I wanted to include pictures for my family here.

My Aunt Evy she is missed

My Aunt Evy she is missed

Aunt EvyAunt Evy

 

Aunt Marie & Uncle Henry

Aunt Marie & Uncle Henry

 

Aunt Lucy & Uncle Carrol

Aunt Lucy & Uncle Carrol

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aunt Edna

Aunt Edna

 

 

 

 

 

 

Style gallery 1930s

1930's casino dress reproduction
1930’s casino dress reproduction 

This dress is made from an apricot & rose floral chiffon. It was in the 1930’s that the handkerchief skirt first became popular.

 

1930's Day dress

1930’s Day dress

 

 

 

1930’s day dress in brown & black rayon with black chiffon neck tie.