Monday, April 27, 2009

Bright, joyous, flowerlike.

Ruffle bolero and custom dress embellishment for Kate. Organza, lace, tulle, vintage millinery flowers, pearls, petals, treasures.

Forecast: sunny with a chance of burlap

Still recovering from Sunday night's Forecast fashion show (hosted by the Portland Mercury). Thanks loads to lovely models Ari, Amber, Bree and Rachel. Extra gratitude goes to Amber, who cheerfully endured the scratchiness of this burlap beauty:
Those are Stumptown coffee bags, in case you're wondering. 100% organic!

Tattered organza shrug.

Here it is, at last. Six hundred ruffles, thirty hours at my trusty Husqvarna, three spools of thread, and three shades of silk organza: dove grey, sea glass and ivory. All that, and it barely weighs a pound. For Myra, as promised. I think I need one of these for myself. It's like wearing mist or meringue or the lightest butterfly wings. Oh, it's hard to part with this one...

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Clouds of tulle.

New photos of Megan's dress...a fairylike confection of white tulle and silvery embroidery. This one was really fun. And she wears it rather well, I would say.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Betsy's green wedding.

The English Dept. just received photos of Betsy's wedding. We loved working with Betsy, her mom and her bridal party--nice people with great ideas. Betsy's dress is Jenny Yoo's Mika in silk taffeta, and her bridesmaids are wearing Thread's Tyler in "forest" duchess satin. Married at Portland's World Forestry Center...get it? Pretty ladies in rare April sunshine. Congratulations, Betsy and Ian! Photo courtesy Thomas Patterson.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Mom's chalk pencil.

I get asked a lot if my mom was a crack seamstress who taught me everything she knows. Not exactly--I remember her teaching me the basics when I was in junior high, but I had zero patience. I started a dress for some 7th grade dance or other and she had to finish it for me. She mostly sewed simple things--my doll clothes, curtains, her own maternity tops. But she did pass on to me a handful of sewing tools that have stayed in my life for years, through many shifts and changes (including four cross-country moves and an apartment fire). This little chalk pencil, worn to a nub, is my treasure. It is perfect. It marks darts like a dream, traces patterns with precision. It's an old pro. It's definitely older than me. You can get a chalk pencil at any fabric store, but the tips always break, they're too waxy, they just plain don't work as well as this one. I ration it, these days, since I truly don't know what I'll do when it's gone. Can you get emotionally attached to a pencil? Yes. Yes you can.

Monday, April 13, 2009

I love all my brides equally...

...and then there's Alli. When Alli came to me with her amazing dress idea, I was so excited...this is truly my dream design. Cupcake meets collage. Ruching and ruffles and lacy loop-de-loops...piled over floating layers of organza and taffeta...
SO much fun. And yes, many, many hours with the needle and thread. But to see this girl strike a pose in her perfect party dress, it was worth every stitch. Thanks, Alli (and her lovely mom, Zoe), for choosing me for such a special project. I had a blast.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Because sometimes, it has to be white.

New white taffeta ruffle shrug in the etsy shop. And that pretty pink posy headband is another gift from Myra. That girl--too sweet.

Two more...

...from the photo shoot. My "Oysters & Pearls" dress, and an amazing hat from Twigs & Honey. As part of a long-discussed designer trade (I'll be making her a tattered silk organza shrug--pictures soon!), Myra made that perfect, palest blues-and-greys number for me. It has pride of place in my studio, and I think I need to plan a tea party around it. A mad hatter sort of thing. For spring. Don't you think?