Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Honorable Mention

Snippet & Ink is a stylish wedding blog that provides daily inspiration in the form of gorgeous palettes and mood boards. I was honored to be included in this silvery, ballet-inspired composition (ruffly dress, second row).

What's in store.

I finally have a moment to look up, and admire the new goods here at The English Dept. I love my little shop today.

Sometimes it's like magic.

Occasionally a wedding dress comes together so beautifully, so easily, that I feel like I can't even take credit for it. Holly was a pleasure to work with and her dress was such fun to make. Ivory silk shantung v-neck dress with box pleated, tea length skirt. Pleated ruffle hem, flower-embroidered shantung waistband. I can't wait to see the wedding pictures.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Cool in crepe.

Kelly's wedding dress is four ply ivory silk crepe layered over pale grey silk crepe de chine. We used the matte side of some bright orange silk charmeuse for the straps. Considering how fussy and overwrought wedding dresses can be, Kelly's dress is proof positive that sometimes something simple and effortless is the most elegant choice. I'm really inspired by this dress...I want to make them in fifty different color combinations. Watch for this design's recurrence in my fall collection.

O, organza.

I love organza--it's the closest fabric comes to tissue paper. And tissue paper, as we know, means presents. Maralea's dress is tissue organza over silk shantung with a pleated bodice, princess seams and godets, and appliquéd lace salvaged from her mother-in-law-to-be's antique tulle veil.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Quite possibly the best fun I've ever had making a skirt.

Trusty English Dept. shop assistant Clara has another job--running the non-profit Bikes to Rwanda. On a recent trip to Rwanda, she brought back several lengths of beautiful wax batik African fabric. She asked me to make her a skirt out of one of the pieces (doesn't the print kind of look like ears of corn?). When I asked, "What kind of skirt?", she made wheeling gestures with her hands and said "Pouf! And short! With a waist up to here!"

This is the skirt. I designed it without making a pattern, just freehanding the yoke and pleating the fabric as I went, starting at the center and layering two inch deep double box pleats at four and a half inch intervals. It's spooky how quickly it came together, and there was exactly the right amount of fabric. What's better in summer for bike riding, rope jumping, and just generally messing around than an airy little skirt like the Double Box? I plan to make myself one post-haste.

Weird how refreshing rain looks right now.

Some shots from Elisabeth's wedding in spring of 2007. Her dress is made from this cool linen-silk blend fabric, with a champagne-colored sash made from frayed and pleated silk charmeuse and antique lace appliqués.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Boston bride

Some images from Gwen's wedding last summer in New England. She found me through a friend who lives in Portland. We only met for one in-person fitting (when I happened to go to Massachusetts for my boyfriend's college reunion), so we kept up a close email correspondence during the design process. Striped organza over duchess satin. Chocolate brown silk sash.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Summer love

I made Courtney's dress back during the winter, when the days were short, the rain was wet and a sunny July wedding seemed like something out of a far-off dream. But summer did come, and here she is. This delicate dress is made from ivory crinkle silk chiffon, silk charmeuse and vintage lace trim. Such a soft and romantic look for a beautiful girl. Congratulations, Courtney!

Adrienne in Action

Some wedding shots of Adrienne in her maid of honor dress. Pretty girl.