Enjoying the chill in the air and dreaming up designs in velvet and wool.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Polished Ivory

And they're finally here - the lovely photos from The Studio B Photography of my hemp/cotton Ivory Wicket Gown at a recent style shoot by Fine & Fleurie! It is such a privilege to have joined with these talented women for so much collective prettiness =).

Seriously, I want to go back in time to 1986 or so and tell that little girl, drawing floor plans and making clothes for her paper dolls (because her mother wisely wouldn't buy her the uncreative preprinted ones), about the real patterns she'd make and real dolls she was going to get to dress up one day!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Pink and Purple

A bright and happy custom-made dress for a South Carolinian mother-of-the-bride (I don't wear pink very often, but my six-year-old inner princess has just died and gone to heaven)!

This customer wanted a hot pink dress similar in styling to my Anemone Dress, but with several modifications: a lower neckline, an included self-crinoline, and a pleated sash with three contrasting kanzashi-style folded silk flowers.

Everyone in the wedding party and family were told to wear bright colors. I can only imagine what a dazzling party it is going to be - like flowers everywhere!

(These flowers are so much fun to make, especially if you're using a nice thin silk that finger-creases well. These are three variations I took off the tutorial kindly put up by my friend Deborah of BeeHoney Designs.)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Hemp and Cotton

This happy bride (look at them glowing!) wore one of my custom Wicket gowns at her recent wedding. She wanted a dress in eco-friendly, sustainably produced fabrics, and chose my gown because of the hemp/cotton outer fabric.

 "Everyone was amazed by the dress at the wedding...
they couldn't believe an organic cotton & hemp dress could be so beautiful!"
- T.G.S., Green Lane, PA

It's an absolutely delightful fabric - not as wrinkly as linen, soft and breathable while still being sturdy and substantial. I love working with it.

Congratulations, you two, and all the best in your new marriage!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

White-Horned K'nutson

After waking up abruptly and groggily from my accidental Sunday afternoon nap, I remembered a project that I've been meaning to do for several weeks. A little explanation - a friend, Wes Murrell, does this hilarious little running comic, Scottish & Farfray, about a knight and a fox who get into all kinds of trouble together. I don't follow a ton of comics, but it's always a good day when there's a new post on the comic's Facebook wall. One recurring character is the White-Horned K'nutson - well, actually, there are several White-Horned K'nutsons, they're a lovely cuddly little kind of creature who keep getting entangled in Scottish's terrible ideas. Here's an example.

And here's what one of the little fellas - Hoover, to be specific - looks like up close -


I couldn't resist making my own White-Horned K'nutson! He still needs a little white highlight in his eye but I was out of white acrylic paint, so I'll add that later.

His handsome little profile.

Avoiding peril on an adventure.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

How A Dress Happens

 It has been a month of hard work. I don't have the official photos yet of this recent custom wedding dress job, but I promised the bride a little mini-documentary on how the process went, so here it is for all of you!

First I gathered supplies - fabrics (silk, lace, lining, interlining, interfacing), pins (several hundred of them), and my design drawing and customer's measurements for reference.

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