Archive for July, 2009


Paisley Charmeuse Custom Dress

This dress was a lot of fun to make! The client is local to me, so we were able to meet in person to purchase fabrics and for her fittings. She needed a dress that was very modest to wear to a conservative church, but that still flattered her figure and reflected her personal sense of style. When she came to me, she had already spent a good amount of time looking through commercial dress patterns, and had fallen in love with Vogue 8408 for its dramatic, asymmetrical collar. So we started with the Vogue pattern, but altered from the original to have a narrower, pencil skirt, a closer fit through the waist, 3/4 sleeves with cuffs, and a longer skirt with a small side slit instead of the kickplate in the original design.

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Custom Swimsuit

This suit was cloned for a client from her old swimsuit. The original suit had fit her beautifully once upon a time, but wear and tear and chlorine had taken their toll on the fabric, which wasn’t nearly as tight or well fitting as it had been. And, since the suit was a previous season’s design, she couldn’t purchase a new one from the original manufacturer. So, she sent the old suit to me and I was able to draft a pattern and create an identical suit in brand new custom dyed fabric.

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Custom bridal veil

This beautiful veil was custom made for a client on etsy to match her bridal gown. The mantilla style veil has an offset comb to fall over her face as well as down her back. The veil is made from ivory colored bridal illusion tulle, and the entire edge was hand beaded with beautiful Swarovski bicone crystal beads, real freshwater pearls, and sparkling sequins to match her gown.

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Strapless Silk Gown

This custom dress was created with beautiful hand dyed silk satin and silk crinkle chiffon fabrics. The strapless dress has boning through the bodice for support, and the skirt is finished with a machine rolled hem.

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Silk Brocade Corset

brocadecorset2This beautiful corset was made with a stunning silk brocade fabric over high quality cotton coutil. It was custom designed with a high back and open bust. The corset has a front busk closure, and laces up the back through 44 metal grommets! 22 pieces of steel boning provide incredible support and beautiful shaping.

This stunning corset was created for one of my clients on etsy. If you haven’t seen it already, check out my shop to view other items available for sale or to request a custom piece!

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A Day at the Office

A Day at the Office

I love this job. 🙂


The Girl Back Home

VirginiaFlowerDetailMy friend’s husband joined the army recently and he’s been away in Basic Training for the past couple of months. She hasn’t seen him at all, and has only gotten to speak to him a couple of times for brief intervals – about 15 minutes in the past two and a half months!

This coming week he graduates from Basic and she’ll get to visit him before he starts AIT. She asked me to make a new dress for her to wear when they go out, something beautiful and flattering to her newly-pregnant shape, something summery and comfortable. This is the custom dress I created. It has princess seams with godets below the hip for a full, swingy skirt. I cut it a little roomier than her current waist measurement, but with a tie back, so that she can adjust the fit depending on how much her figure changed between taking the measurements and seeing her husband. The hem falls just below knee length, and the sleeveless bodice should be comfortably cool in the summer heat.

Have a Happy Fourth of July everyone! My sincere thanks goes to all those fighting for our freedom, and for all the wives and children back home whose sacrifices are just as important.

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