Monday, June 29, 2009

Would you ever guess...

that this demure damsel...
also has fun flounces? Or...
...a secret chartreuse crinoline? For Sharone's stylish San Francisco wedding. Silk taffeta, tulle overskirt and flounces, silk moiré ribbon trim.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

And the bride wore ruffles.

I just received these amazing photos of Alli rocking her ruffly lace and organza wedding dress.
It's not every day I get to make a dress this fun, or work with a client so lovely. Congratulations, Alli, and thanks so much for asking me to play a part in your big day.
Photos: Kevin Kubota

Friday, June 26, 2009

Love knot...sold!

My best-laid plans for a cute photo shoot of this dress were dashed when I came into the shop to find it had been already sold! So, many apologies for the blurry studio snapshot. I love the design, though, so there will be more of this lil girl in the near future...maybe in a wild batik?

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Love knot.

Taking a tiny break from wedding dresses, making something summery for the shop...

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

My Brooklyn bride.

My introduction to the wedding blog world was Brooklyn Bride--a refreshing resource for wedding ideas outside the bridal-industrial complex. It inspired me to start my own blog out here on the West Coast, and having a presence in the blogosphere (someone please improve upon that word) has put me in touch with some lovely brides outside my Pacific Northwest orbit. One is Angie--a gorgeous, willowy girl getting married in Brooklyn later this summer. I love all the choices she is making for her wedding, from her flowers (by Saipua) to her dress, which I was privileged enough to design:
Vintage lace collage bodice with pearl beading, silk shantung band, ivory silk organza and silk taffeta skirt. My dress form is definitely too curvy to model this dress, so an on-the-hanger display has to do:

A peacock tale.

Okay, I'm not normally a fan of "tail/tale" puns, but since I'm experiencing a peacock theme this week I couldn't resist. The first project is a ruffle shrug. Kirsty lives in Ontario and will be having an intimate wedding ceremony of 2 on a mountaintop in Slovenia this summer--she found me through etsy and was hoping to have a shrug made to match her shoes. Shipping me one of her shoes was discussed, but knowing the postal service, I worried about that one. So we hit on a solution: paint swatches! She hied down to Home Depot with her dancing slippers in hand, and matched them to a color: "Peacock Tail."
I found a gorgeous peacock blue silk taffeta that comes pretty close. Also, um, it's beautiful. Seriously, this color is so pretty it makes me want to cry. Kirsty, I want pictures of you on that mountaintop! Next up, a peacock-themed dress embellishment for Annie's dress. Her wedding has some nods to India (well, certainly more than nods--her fiancé is Indian). Also, her dress is one-shouldered and has a gauzy, sari-like drape in ivory chiffon behind it. Since peacock feathers are a traditional symbol of good luck, we worked a few into the dress:
Also featured--vintage paste gems, velvet ribbon, sequin trim, violet-blue chiffon. Her bridesmaids will be wearing that lovely inky indigo. Summer must be here at last--I'm loving all the rich color!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Hot off the Husqvarna.

Some new pieces: custom Snow & Smoke dress for Sarah, with embroidery and vintage button detail. Dress embellishments (flowers, lace, tulle straps) for Jenny. And custom (big!) hair flower for Jessica: silk shantung petals, pearl stamens and feathers.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Let's run away together.

We just got lovely pictures from Jenny's San Francisco elopement. She's wearing Thread's "Liddy" minidress in ivory duchess satin. So fresh and pretty--I think the dashes of lipstick red are genius. Congratulations, Jenny.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Thistledown dress.

A new one for the shop...white silk shantung with pinked ruffles. I do love this little dress--for a rehearsal dinner or a dash to the courthouse...