I finalized the draping on this incredible bridal cape yesterday. Wait until you see the gown this accompanies - the most perfect silk crepe with one asymmetrical, fitted sleeve and a GOLD METAL BELT. It's so gorgeous - I love every bit of this gown. Can't wait to see it all come together for a wedding at the end of the month.
Oh HELLO THIS WAS WAY MORE DIFFICULT THAN I HAD IMAGINED. This heavy, heavy, solidly beaded border is NOT EASY. It's just soooo muuuch beading on a verrrry larrrrge scale. We had already decided to avoid the border in the sleeves and finish the edges by piecing together lighter sections of lace, so that was totally easy, no prob, all done.
And I was able to use the heavy border along the waistline in both the skirt and bodice - it laid beautifully and made a lot of sense. THE NECKLINE, HOWEVER.
I could honestly, happily just do this for the rest of my life - this super delicate, detailed hand sewing. I never want to cut and sew another lining ever again, I'll tell you that much - Y A W N - but this always feels good, even when I'm reeling under the stress of a deadline. Fortunately, I'm deep into the applique portion of this gown and can sort of disappear into it for the next few days. UNfortunately, I have to sew a lining too. W A H.
This (beautiful, kind, dream-client) bride came to me after having looked all over town for a gown with a dramatic silhouette, embellishment AND coverage in the bodice and sleeves. She has a wonderful figure - slight, but with curves - and wanted something that would enhance her shape, not just cling to it, but she couldn't find anything that checked all of those boxes while also having structure and elegance.
Work on my vintage blue velvet restyle has picked up a bit since my last post - something about sharing in-progress photos makes me worry about being judged (guys, I've decided this is the year that I just publicly claim "artist status" and dive head first into my paranoia, fear and insecurity, instead of trying to convince you all that I am a well-adjusted person. HELLO IT'S ME.), so I felt the need to hurry up and demonstrate what's happening in my head. Anyway, funny thing here is I don't even like grape motifs - I actively DISLIKE them. Why I created a giant bunch of grapes to hang from my shoulder is beyond me ...
I recently thrifted this vibrant blue velvet dress, and even though I wasn't totally in love initially, the $4 price tag made it sort of a no-brainer purchase. It's a basic unflattering sack dress, so I was essentially just buying it for the fabric, but I didn't expect it to be a perfect fit and actually sort of exciting in the bodice and sleeves (on my body anyway - looks prudish and a touch medieval on the form). It was home sewn, and needs a little cleaning up around the neckline (the gathering is uneven and starting to unravel a bit), but there's so much possibility.
This was a quick project, but I'm really happy with the results. I went back and forth so many times about the neckline finishing and whether or not to use bows, and if I used them, where should they go? Should there be one bow? Two bows? Is black too much? Should I add some of that beaded border from the bottom into the neckline as well? Does the organic edge on the lace look too prairie? What am I even doing? Does everyone know I'm a fraud??
Tamara Gruner, a wonderful fine art wedding photographer, will be hosting a workshop in Provence this spring and has asked to take along a few of my pieces. She needed a look for their 'honeymoon' editorial, and I had a bit of this really beautiful Chantilly lace we used last year on a veil - it's very lightly beaded on the lower edge with an interesting floral pattern - and I thought it would work well gathered and draped into a flowing chemise.
... that's everything, right? Not sure what else a person could need, but that about covers what we'll be discussing here. You may know me from the once-semi-popular, now laid-to-rest, My Hands Made It, a blog with essentially the exact same focus, but ... younger. I was planning a wedding, making my first few dresses and building my business from the very ground up, while decorating a rental that was never quite right. Now I'm ... OLDER, married, a mother, transitioning my business into something that brings me more joy with less stress and more stability (please tell me that's possible) and decorating a home we own and love.