Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Please Take the Wedding dress poll!

If you are already/getting married, how much did you spend on your wedding dress?

Monday, December 12, 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Friday, November 25, 2011

Dresses : Wedding

Several weeks of hard work and the wedding dress is complete [no I am not getting married, it's for a competition]. I didn't utilize any of the fabric manipulation techniques that I have been trying out, but embroidering the bodice with fabric was something new for me [if I may say so myself, it was quite successfu]. 100% silk, except the middle section is linen covered with raw edged silk. Bodice: embroidered and hand stitched with crinkle chiffon fabric. Internal bodice corseted and has a grossgrain belt, so everything stays where it should :) Lining and bodice of silk broad cloth, skirt: 2 layers of crinkle chiffon, beneath 3 layers of silk organza. A detachable train, also two layers. Fingers: bleeding!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Fabric Manipulation - 4 of 9

If you have been following my fabric manipulation entries, at this point you'll know the drill.


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Fabric Manipulation - 3 of 9

This is yet another fabric manipulation entry. Similar to my other entries: 1st and 2nd.



Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Halloween Costumes 2011

Every year I am faced with the inevitable challenge of coming up with the perfect Halloween costume, ideally something unique and creative that sets me apart from the pack of zombies and sexy witches. I don’t buy costumes, I make my own. Sometimes I know a year in advance what I want to be, sometimes I dilly dally until it hits me. So what's a girl to do? My favorite place to look for inspiration is the runway. Shows always have tons of costume ideas. So I thought I’d put together an entry that will hopefully inspire others to also create their own, unique costumes.

"Who What Where" thought these were the top costume-ish looks from the FW 11 shows, I couldn't agree more.

What has inspired me in the past...

Anna Sui's - Pirate, I even made the hat!

Sofia Coppola's - Marie Antoinette.

What will I do this year? Stay tuned to find out!

Thursday, October 20, 2011


I've been practicing my sketching - a lot. I have a long way to go, but I really enjoyed working on these, and wanted to share them. Done in water color and pencils, having fun with wedding dresses.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Fabric Manipulation - 2 of 9

My second entry for experimenting with fabric manipulations. The instructions are pretty much the same as the 1st one. However, the pattern is a little different.



Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Big Girl Dress Form

I don't know what decade this mannequin is from, but I found it interesting how sample size forms have changed over the years. Currently it is size 8, which really translates into size 2* in the store. However, this was size 40 [today size 40 is maybe a large 4]! She was busty, hippsy [if that's a word - to have large hips] and beautiful in the eyes of the beholders. Sadly this form is battered and falling apart....Some TLC could really spruce her up :)

*USA sizes

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Fabric Manipulation - 1 of 9

I have been experimenting with fabric manipulation. Specifically, gathering to create volume. In the next couple of posts I plan to show the patterns and their outcomes.


Mark the the guidelines on your fabric, then use gathering stitch. When all finished pull the ends of the threads.

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