Saturday, February 12, 2011

Vote for Me!!!!

I made the top ten on Seven Thirty Three's Knock it Off Contest....come on over and vote for me, PLEASE!!


Thursday, April 29, 2010

THE dress

The hardest thing i've ever made; at least it was for me;)

My original inspiration was an Ines di Santo wedding gown that was way out of my budget. So I decided to make it myself at about 1/5th of the price.  I used silk taffeta in a pale pinkinsh ivory color (15 yards of it!!).  The flowers, all 80 of them, are constructed of silk taffeta and silk organza with glass pearl centers.  While the dress is quite fitted, it is constructed in a way that the only visible seam on the outside of the dress is the center back seam where it zips.  It was very challenging to wrap the the ruching around the dress without any side seams.  Each ruched area had to be sewed in place by hand.  The dress is actually three layers; the inside (lining), the center layer contains the fit and has princess seams as well as the inner support bodice, the outer layer is the ruched silk. 

These are the inspiration dresses that I tried on, they were both by Ines di Santo.  The first Ines di Santo dress I tried on had a bubble hem.  It was actually a strapless dress but one of the trails of flowers fell off the skirt so I pinned it on the shoulder and it was really cute but then she told me the price.....$10,000 (beautiful, but way too expensive for my budget).  The consultant then remembered that there was a one shoulder flower dress that would be in the next week, so I went back.......
and tried on this dress.  This is Francine.  I loved the sweetheart neck, mermaid silhouette, and bunches of flowers at the knee and over the shoulder.  This dress was still too expensive ($5,000) plus I wanted my dress to have a pinkish ivory color but it was not available in that color.  So I decided to make it myself.  It took me two days to figure out how to make the flowers and about 250 hours of patternmaking and sewing to complete the project.  I used these pictures that I took at the salon plus the magazine picture that I found to recreate my version of the dress.
This is Francine in their magazine ads.....BEAUTIFUL!
The side by side comparison.

All of the hard work was worth it.  I think the dress looked pretty fantastic on our special day!

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Check me out and vote for my design at seven thirty three's knock it off contest.


Friday, January 8, 2010

Dressing Heidi Sage

I found some adorable striped tights and I just knew that Heidi Sage needed them. After I bought the tights I knew I had to make some adorable onesies to match. I am relying on Heidi Sage's mom to dress her in the onesies, tights, and a cute denim skirt:)

lavender and green tights with matching onesie

hand-painted H with decorative stitching and buttons

hand-painted heart with hand-stitched reverse applique

purple and pink tights with matching onesie

Feeling Crafty,

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Baby Brady

Brady is scheduled to be born this week. His wonderful Aunt Amy asked me to make him some onesies. Boys are so much harder to make things for, because it can look girly real easily. I'm still working on figuring it out but check out what I made for Brady. Brady's dad is a football coach, in case you can't tell.

the whole group

reverse applique "b"

reverse applique football

Baby Brady's Aunt Amy sent me this adorable picture of him.


Monday, November 2, 2009

Hey, what's cooking?

That's right I'm cooking in the sewing room. This semester I'm researching slow design and sustainable design. I'm using the information that I gathered from the survey that many of you took to figure out ways to create better garments with a smaller carbon footprint. One way to make garments more eco-friendly is to dye them using household items. I've been experimenting with onion skins, Kool-Aid, mustard, and vinegar to set the dye. Keep in mind that this only works on natural fibers and silk seems to take all types of dye best. It is also messy and may dye your fingers if you don't wear gloves. I'll keep you posted on the progress, but for now you'll have to settle for the BIG mess that I'm making:)

Wishing I had worn gloves,

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


I am in the process of putting together a portfolio of my work through this blog. Please take a chance to look at my work using the My Work tab in the header bar. I haven't had time to download all of my projects yet, but I'm working on make sure you check back for updates.


Fanciful Onesies

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