Friday, July 31, 2009


Corsages and feather flower hair ornament for Leila, made from the small bits and pieces left over from the redesign of her dress.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Isn't it romantic?

Chantilly lace bias cut gown with ivory silk charmeuse slip and flower detail for Audrey. I wish I'd taken more photos, but I think we were all fluttery with the moment and how very pretty she looked.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

It's party time.

Multi-hued tulle strapless gown with breakaway skirt for Corinna. When she tried this one on in the shop, people came in off the street to tell her how amazing she looked. I'm just saying.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

I have potential.

Okay, maybe my taffeta's a little rumply, and I know my high collar's not quite the fashion anymore.
My ribbons and lace have probably seen better days. But, what do you say? A little nip here, a tuck there?
One more night on the town? For old time's sake?
Vintage dress made into ruffle bolero for Emily. Go get 'em, girl.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

We went to the sweetest wedding.

in a secret garden.

There are certainly lovely photos of the actual wedding--as in, bride, groom, bridal party (attired in assorted and sundry English Dept. dresses)--but I kind of think those belong to the happy couple for the moment. Clara and I did enjoy ducking in and out of the hedgerows, skittering over hill and dale in our party shoes, and reveling in the warm evening light...

Martha & me.

I was totally thrilled to be included among favorite etsy designers in Martha Stewart Weddings "DIY Weddings." Read the whole piece here.

Friday, July 17, 2009

petals and paste diamonds...

Champagne silk organza dress embellishment for Leslie. The sparkles are vintage rhinestone eardrops she inherited from both sides of the family (the fourth is for her hair).

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Something old.

Sunday was moody and cool, so I spent way too many hours at the Vintage Expo (Clara patiently accompanied me). Among my finds was a dear little grosgrain ribbon pillbox hat, adorned with these flowers:
So sweet and pretty, but the years had not been kind. Something sentimental in me can't help rescuing little pieces like this, so I gently took it apart, soaked, cleaned, sun-dried and reassembled it:
I also added a little swath of netting that dips over one eye. Probably not "worth" the hours it took to do it, but a little labor-of-love is good for the soul, n'est-ce pas?

The ghost with the most.

New ghost dress for Jillian's San Francisco City Hall wedding.

Saturday, July 11, 2009


Custom dress embellishment for Brittni. Silk organza flowers, streamers in silk organza, chiffon, satin faced organza, tulle.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Deep blues.

Custom dress embellishment for Susie's Chicago wedding. I really like this one, so I gave it quite the photo shoot.

Organza extravaganza.

New tattered organza shrug for Raegen. I love it! I want it!

I at least want to try it on. Okay, sort of the wrong outfit. And nice sunburned nose, Dye.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

The world is my oyster.

A while back I loaned out my dear Oysters & Pearls dress to talented photographer Corbin Gurkin for a photo shoot in Santa Barbara. To my dazzled surprise, I spied the pictures on Once Wed this morning. Once Wed always features such beautiful wedding inspiration...I'm pleased as punch to be in such company. Here are a couple more photos from the shoot:

dot dot dot

Quick snaps of custom dress flowers, dotted tulle ruffle bolero, and dotted tulle dress flounce for Christine, a lovely Los Angeles bride who's been correspondence-collaborating with me on her dress...