Tuesday, September 30, 2008


I've been working for weeks on a do-it-yourself design project for an upcoming fashion craft book. This project's an old favorite of mine--turning an outdated, overdone wedding dress into a cocktail frock with just enough fancy.
The original gown came courtesy of ebay, and dutifully submitted to the shears. I pared away a lot of the froth (neckline, sleeves), turned the sleeves into a waistband, shortened the skirt, and added a chiffon overlayer for some fun and float. I'm in love with this honey-caramel-ochre color right now, and the dress took a few dips in the dye bath to get it just right. Now the dress travels to Texas for its inclusion in the book. Safe travels, Honey.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Made in Portland.

Gorgeous bride Aerin in her Thread "Tori" dress from The English Dept. I customized the dress by replacing the skinny straps with wide bands of gathered pewter silk chiffon. Local designer Holly Stalder made a custom bolero.and our beloved Twigs & Honey made her veil. I was happy to be part of this hometown talent collaboration. Isn't she a knockout? Photos by Jessica Hill.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

On the wings of love.

Beautiful Dove in her white silk crepe gown for her September wedding in Chicago. I can't get over those ruffles! Custom headpiece by Twigs & Honey.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Two If By Sea.

Some recent pictures of Kate's wedding at a family home in Gloucester, Mass. This time of year I always feel a little wistful about New England--nobody does fall better than the colonies. We finished Kate's dress back in the spring and it's nice to see it have its day in the sun. Silk cotton pleated gown with gold bias organza and beaded band.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Bridal Season Finale: Double Episode

The 2008 bridal season is winding down, and I've just finished two of my favorite dresses of the year. The first, for Chris, is off-white satin-faced silk shantung with grosgrain ribbon sash and flower detail. The ruffle bolero was a last minute inspiration, but it really makes the dress--don't you think? And yes, she is pregnant (so adorable). Congratulations, Chris and Todd.
The second, for Dove, is so perfect for her willowy figure and sleek haircut. White silk four-ply crepe with ruffle neckline and back cutout. She's jetting to Chicago for her wedding, then onward to a new home in Boise, so we had mere minutes to take a few quick snapshots. Congratulations, Dove...can't wait to see wedding pictures of this stunning young lady.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Fall Trunk Show!

The English Dept.
1124 SW Alder Street
Friday, September 12th
3 pm to 8 pm

I'm so excited to be collaborating with jewelry designer Hazel Cox for this event. We're hosting an open house to showcase our new work for the autumn season, including a few one-of-a-kind pieces. If you're not familiar with Hazel's work, take my word for it--it's fantastic. Or don't take my word for it...see you on the 12th!