Friday, May 29, 2009


I'm back in town, and whipping up a few little accessories--this one's my current favorite. Silver vintage velvet millinery flower, silk tulle, birdcage veiling, feathers, pearls.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Gingham getaway.

It's nice to have new things before I go on a trip--little soaps and shampoos, a new book to read, music I've just discovered. Fresh supplies give each journey a unique scent and sound. I stitched up this little top so I can have something new to wear when I'm traveling next week (undisclosed location--no internet or email!). Gingham linen. See you in a few.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Little Shrug on the Prairie.

Kirsten gave me her mother's prairie-style lace and cotton wedding dress to see what I could make of it... I made this little guy. The front is made from the dress bodice, which had lace panels and pintuck pleats. The ruffle collar came from the sash ties, the cap sleeves from the deep Victorian cuffs of the original long sleeves.
The back was made from the skirt of the dress. I poached a little extra lace from elsewhere on the dress to spice it up. And it needed a few little shell buttons, I think.

Checks, dots.

Swiss dot hair accessory and a handful of corsages for Brittany--her bridesmaids are wearing green check skirts, so I thought it would be nice to bring in a fresh bit of gingham. The swiss dot echoes the trim on her dress--can't wait for wedding photos so I can show you that one!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Let the games begin.

I love this time of year, when wedding pictures start to make their way back to me. Stephanie and I never met in person, but we worked together on a custom organza "Dreamland" bolero for her beach wedding.
Isn't she a dish? Oh, and he looks nice, too. Thanks, Stephanie!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Head to toe.

You may remember Carrie, my cupcake bride..I also ended up making her accessories--a cashmere-and-organza ruffle bolero and a hair piece with chenille dot netting, feathers and flowers. I just received some lovely photos from her wedding via Shawn Ingersoll Photography, and I wanted to share a couple of my favorites. Cupcake, meet cake:

Thursday, May 7, 2009

For Chelsea, Forever Ago

Chelsea is a talented floral designer, stylist and all-around tastemaker whose fresh and inspiring blog, frolic!, is a daily read for me. She and I collaborated on a photo shoot recently, and I can't gush enough about the styling job she did. I marveled at her ability to take my inarticulate mumblings about what I was going for, and turn them into such a pretty story. The least I could do to thank her is make her this dress:

It's a riff on something she mentioned liking, made up in my current fabric favorite--grey striped linen. I think she needs to wear this dress to the farmer's market. Wicker basket not included. But then, being Chelsea, I'm pretty sure she has the perfect one already.

Slipper satin - saved!

I'm terribly excited about this dress redesign for Leila. The original dress, her grandmother-in-law-to-be's (still with me?), was also worn by her future mother-in-law for her own wedding. Leila wanted to honor tradition, but it was soooo much dress. It had a high neckline, billowy leg of mutton sleeves with lace cuffs, a peaked 1930s waistline, gathered skirt, and truly the longest train I have ever seen. The whole dress was made from drop-dead glamorous slipper satin, and it weighed about 10 pounds.

What I did: dropped the lace neckline and bound it with a narrow bias strip of the satin. Recut an A-line skirt from two of the original skirt panels. Fashioned a new waistband from the leftovers. Made fluttery lace sleeves from the cuffs. Abbreviated the train by about 6 feet. Reattached the original covered buttons and loops. Made a modern dress out of a retro relic. Hurrah!

And, they're off!

It's been a very busy couple of weeks, finishing many dresses and sending them off with their lovely owners. Some recent feats:
Abby's dress: ivory silk shantung with v neckline, fitted waist, full skirt and pearl and lace embellishment.

Leah's dress: fitted bodice in cream silk shantung, full skirt in ivory polka dot organza. Flower embellishment.
Feather and flower hairpiece with dot veiling, tulle and ribbon.