Sunday, June 1, 2014

The Roxy Dress

This is Roxy.  Her wedding dress was a project and a half and I enjoyed every second of it!  When she first asked me to do her dress she wasn't quite sure what she wanted.  She knew that she wanted a splash of color and a mermaid silhouette.  I suggested she go try on a few gowns for ideas.  She came back to me with several pics of different gowns she liked and what do you know, the one she liked most was BY FAR the most complicated and intricate gown in the bunch.   Don't worry, I didn't get discourage.   I actually got excited for the challenge.  Some of the challenges included but were not limited to: a really crazy, criss-cross, pleated lattice pattern throughout the entire bodice-fitted through the hip, my first ombre dye project-ivory faded to a nice champagne/gold color,  and a really intense ruffle job for the skirt. Without further ado, here are some shots from Roxy's big day! 
 I think Roxy wore this dress really well.  Its A LOT of dress and for a minute, I was worried it was over designed.  I really didn't want the dress to overpower her.  But as you can see in the pics, she looks stunning and her personality definitely shines through.  The bride wore the dress, not the other way around.  

These last pics are just some detail shots that my friend took for me before I sent the dress off to get married.  Yes, I did this all by hand, and yes is was not easy, and yes I am amazing.

I think my favorite detail of this dress is the raw edge finish on all of the ruffles.  This finish technique is done by cutting all the ruffles on the bias (diagonally across the fabric) and then fraying them by hand.  Because of the way they are cut, the ruffles don't continue to fray and it makes for a really organic and natural look.  Man, that was a lot of ruffles. Also, did I mention that I dyed all the fabric myself?  Well I did.... with the help of some early grey tea, of course

Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Britany Dress

This is Britany.   I really love these candid bridal photos taken in her backyard.  She's so pretty and these pics really capture her fun-loving and carefree personality.  She had less than two months to plan for her wedding and she was in India for 3 of those weeks.  I was more than happy to help her with the dress aspect of her wedding planning.  Britany gave me a lot of artistic freedom when it came to her dress.  I knew she didn't want a white gown and I knew she preferred a high neckline.  I also knew that she loved my wedding dress.  So in the end, I felt like Britany's dress is my dress's little sister.  Similarities between the two are hard to miss: a flounce at the neckline, a tiered skirt with lace and different ruffles, an empire waistline, a modified a-line silhouette.  The best part of making her dress was choosing the color story.  I used tea to hand dye all the different fabrics on her dress.  Such a fun project.  Didn't it look so fabulous on her tiny waist? 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Bridal Inspiration Saturday

Welcome to the first installation of my new segment, "Bridal Inspiration Saturday."  In these posts, I will be sharing images that inspire me.  This pic is from the Zuhair Murad Haute Couture runway show. Clearly, this gown a little more suitable for the runway than for your average bride.  Obvious wardrobe malfunction issues aside, I think this gown is quite stunning.  I know those thighs are distracting so maybe try to imagine this over a champagne colored lining.  Love the long fitted sleeve, the placement of the lace appliqué,  the high neckline, and the subtle trumpet/slip silhouette. BUT, upon further investigation I think that the most eye catching detail of this beauty is that wonderful belt!  Its hard to tell the material, I was thinking it looks like some kind of bronze or copper metal cut into those nice leaf shapes.  Looking a little closer, it may be a velvet fabric.  Either way, I just really love it.   Click here to see more amazing belts and great looks from this fabulous collection.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

The Emily Dress

This is my sister Emily.  When she asked me to make her dress she knew there wasn't much time so she said she didn't need to have a say in what it looked like.  That was obviously a very silly idea.  We worked long distance. I did several sketches 'til we had one that she loved.  Her dress was perfect for her winter wedding.  
My favorite design detail of Emily's dress is the sage green contrast layer at the bottom  of the skirt.  I love wedding dresses that have color, but most brides are pretty skeptical of the idea.  Lucky for me, Emily is adventurous enough to give the color a try.  I love how it turned out. 
Design Details of the Emily dress include:
Full A-line silhouette
100% silk chiffon and silk charmeuse
Layered ruffle skirt with alternating fabrics
Ivory color with sage green contrast
Scoop neck with radiating darts at neckline
v back neckline
Elbow length sleeve
Shirred waist band
bow at center back waist
Here's the sketch for Emily's dress. As you can see, we change our mind about the sleeve length last minute.  Someday, I would love to see this dress with a long bishops sleeve as shown in the sketch.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Every Dress Starts With a Sketch

One of the best parts about being a dressmaker is watching a gown come  to life.  Every dress I make starts with a sketch that I also make. I'm not the best fashion illustrator but I get by.  The point of sketching the dress first is so that you have a clear vision and direction for the rest of the production process.  I'm always proud of myself when the sketch looks like the final product…'cause thats the goal.    
Here are the sketches for the Kristin dress (left) and the Liz dress (right).  Since I make my dresses from start to finish, I am the only person that needs to be able to decipher the important information within the sketch.  As you can see in the above sketches, I usually just do some scribbles to communicate "lace" so myself.  In the pictures below, you will see that other scribbles mean "shirring", some other scribbles mean "pleats" and still more scribbles mean "scallops", "buttons", "draping", "flare", and "ruffle".  Like I said, I'm not the best illustrator I know.  But I am excited to meet the lucky bride who will make one of these sketches come to life.

Which one is your favorite?