Saturday, January 31, 2009

Like Christmas Eve, only...

...more stressful! Our bridal fashion show is tomorrow (yes, Superbowl Sunday--I didn't even realize it at first, now I think it was an accidental stroke of genius). There are dozens of last minute details to sew up, so I've been too busy stitching to b-l-o-g, but here's a hint of tomorrow's hijinks:

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Yellow Dress No. 5



, originally uploaded by sea shanties.

Soft lemon-ice-colored ruffles, like the first petals of spring. We got more snow last night...no, really, thanks, we've had enough...and if I don't see a crocus soon I may scream. Via sea shanties flickr set.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Third generation dress.


This is Emily. This is Emily's dress. It is, miraculously, a fusion of her mother's and grandmother's wedding gowns. Grandma's gown supplied a very sweet satin panel for the bodice (see those little satin "petals" in the center?) and some fine 1940s lace. Mom's high necked, long sleeved dress became the template for a sweetheart bodice gown with cap sleeve style lace straps. I added yards and yards of tulle underneath the skirt to give it some pouf, and the gathered lace straps are made from the salvaged sleeves.
For a bit of polish, I added covered buttons down the back, made from the slipper satin of Grandma's dress. That lace waistband was, on mom's dress, a ruffle that wrapped around the shoulders, prairie-style. Much nicer this way, don't you think?

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Summer of Love.

I'm already feeling warm and fuzzy from the inauguration, so it's a perfect day to post these dreamy, sunstruck shots from the new issue of Oregon Bride magazine. Above: Glastonbury dress--silk georgette with handmade flower corsage.
The rainbow frock in the background is my "rich hippie" wedding dress from Spring 2008. Painted silk crinkle chiffon.
Oh, summer. I remember you.

Precious.

New beaded shrug in the etsy shop. It will be hard to part with this one.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

The back story.

Thanks ever so, lovely stylist Allison Jones, for using my striped organza halter dress for this shot. Photographer Lincoln Barbour shot this series of images for the Ardea, a new architectural project on the Portland waterfront. These pictures hang in the lobby and landings of the building.
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Monday, January 12, 2009

A-spiraling we will go.

I've been locked in the studio making dozens and dozens of these. Snips and snails of gathered tulle and organza for Alli's wedding dress...funny how something so weightless and playful can take a lot of effort! It will all be worth it in the end...

Friday, January 9, 2009

Yellow Dress No. 4

It's mid-winter and I'm awash in wedding dress projects (white, ivory, cream, oyster, and still more white), so my soul sings at this splash of sunlight. From the web site of talented stylist Twig Hutchinson.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

This Thursday.

I'll be showing new dresses (and sharing a booth with the lovely Sarah of Lille Boutique) at this boutique bridal event. If you live in Portland and are planning a wedding for 2009, come say hello!