Getting Married In Old West Tombstone…

Some formal images taken in our Tombstone parlor, just before we left for the Courthouse. The bride is wearing a brocade gown in the mid 1870s style, with silk pleating and soft cotton netted ruffles with a corseted bodice in a ballgown style.

This gown has a detachable train, so she can wear it later for a Victorian Ball as a formal gown.

The bodice and skirt front had vintage lace applique and bobbinette (netted) ruffles all pinked with my antique tools and hand finished.

And the payoff… 🙂

We fell in love with Martin as well…now they’re the prettiest couple in the West. 🙂

And For A Little More 1883 Harper’s Bazar…

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! 

1883 Harper’s Bazar Day Dress Project…

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.