This winter has been a lot colder and rainy than what’s been the norm for the past few years. Today I took a short break to head downtown for a bit of fabric and notions shopping and decided to take Pacific Coast Highway instead of my normal route. It was definitely worth it. 🙂
This is a continuation of a project that I’ve been working on for myself starting back last Fall. and it’s provided inspiration to a bridal dress project I’m currently working on that will be made in ivory.
Do you ever have a “dress crush” and you have to have it at all costs? I waited for a few years until the one perfect fabric came my way, and then I pounced on it!
Pattern matching fun…can you find all the areas that I used that concept? It was fun!
To the eye, this era appears to looks “upholstered”, but it’s deceivingly lightweight when done correctly. Everything is hand tacked in place, there’s not much of a chance of this gown flowing in a breeze. 🙂 Stay tuned for more updates!
Finally, pictures of my 1883 Harper’s Bazar gown completed with train attached. Three coordinating silks, original button suite and lace. We’re currently making this style for a bride (in ivory) and adapting it for other client orders. Patterning from original pattern sheets is difficult, but it’s all a part of our evolution to achieve the perfectly authentic shape…and it allows me to “enjoy the journey” a bit more.
It’s been a busy winter and I haven’t been posting…but here’s gown images, complete with train. I’m already making client gowns in this style with different fabrics, of course! Now imagine this in layered cottons sheers…yeah, gorgeous for Spring. Check back for more updates.
Wrapping things up – January is our Inventory Month, we just got the last load from last year’s move (not in frame) so now I can post pretty pictures again of our work…my Inner Luddite has been limiting my social media time until we finished all this! 🙂