For fashion designer Alicia Wood, the "work" day doesn’t start until 7:30 p.m.; after she’s put her daughters, 3-year-old Anais and 1-year-old Jade, to bed and fed the family’s 85-pound Rottweiler-shepherd, Rukus, and pair of yard-dwelling chickens. And after she’s kissed husband Ben good night in the woodworking shed next to their 1,000-square-foot North Portland home. Only then does Wood retreat to the 10-by-20-foot sewing studio Ben built for her in...

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