Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Finished up-cycle project!

Hello! Hope everyone had a good Christmas!

I wanted to post about that lovely up-cycle project I was working on in November. Remember that lovely vintage wedding gown? Full lace bodice and full chiffon skirt?? WELL here are the results! I can't wait to see pictures from the happy bride! I'm so sorry the pictures are sideways again. I really don't know what is going on in my iphoto! I keep turning them, but when I download them they are sideways again!
The original dress.
This is my sketch of the design.
This is not her wedding dress. I put on a waist band on the original skirt, so it still could be used as a wedding dress.
This is original lace off of her Mother's gown. I had to cut each motif out one by one! So worth it!

And the result of the cat suit/ jump suit. This is made out of the silk she purchased on trip to India. It split down the front and back, so you could see the corset pictured above through it.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Gown sale!

Know anyone looking for a original wedding gown, for a great deal? Well, here is a fantastic opportunity! The Lily Bride Designs 2010 Greece collection is now up for sale!
These are the sample gowns and are sold "as is"

You can view the gowns HERE on ksl.com

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Oh, just some neat news to share :D

So, the photographer who did the press photos for Art Meets Fashion. Submitted her work onto Vouge.it (Italian Vouge) which has always been a dream of hers to shoot for them. Anyways they accepted her work right away, and the first photo's they posted, were from the AMF photo shoot we did earlier this summer at the Pleasure Palace! Which meas MY gowns were published on vouge.it as well, it also mean I can officially now claim vouge.it as a publication!!

HERE is the link to the photos on Vouge.it. And HERE is the link to Zuzanna Audette's website.

Also you can view the Venus photographs from the shoot at Ulysses Salon in SLC utah.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Happy December!

Kaitlyn's plaid dress was ADORABLE
Franklynn's skirt.
Sophie's awesome dress!
Julie made her draped and sewed up her dress with out transferring to pattern!
My gown in the works! The top getting draped.
Angie, sketching her cute dress.
Franklynn hard at work on his creation.
Cecile helping Sophie, plot out her amazing design.
Kathy's cute checked dress!
Cecile and me!

I wanted to share about my experience with pro draper Cecile Pelous. Cecile, used to work for big fashion houses in paris; namely the House of Dior, under John Galliano! Who has always been my favorite designer.

Cecile is one fantastic lady. She comes to Utah on her own time and money to teach this workshop. She does it to raise money for her school she runs in Napal. Which she started with the money she got from selling her house in Paris. Her school, houses 150 kids now. She knows each of them by name and goes several times a year to spend time with them. She also has one in Marocco, she just opened. What I love about her school, is she does not allow adoption, which I thought was sad at first. She then explained that her whole goal in doing this school, is to make sure her kids learn how to be self sufficient. Several of her students have moved on to successful careers with the skills they learn at Cecile's school.

Another thing I find cool, is that Cecile is a convert to the LDS church. She converted in the 1970's. I find this incredibly inspiring. She worked hard to learn her craft and was able to work in a worldly environment and still be in strong in her faith. She saw what the lord had given her and wanted to give back and opened the school in Napal.

It is the coolest thing to watch her work, she knows exactly how to mold the fabric to the dress form. I need to keep practicing my draping, so I can master it as she has. I love watching the fabric succumb to my creation in mind. Which is why I love working with fabrics like Dupioni, Chiffons, Silk 4-plys, Charmeuses and other harder to tame fabrics. You really need to know how to handle them, in order to make them behave and shape right for your designs. They can be very moldable and fantastic for draping.

I hated draping, when I took draping last semester in school. I kinda knew the idea of how it worked, by watching the drapers at Utah Opera and Ballet West. But all the rules and prep to get the fabric ready, seemed such a pain. But the more I did it and learned the tricks to faster prep. I loved it. It's so cool to see your project come to life right in front of you on the dress form.

About are photo's from the workshop....Enjoy! Sorry they are side ways. Even when I turned them in iphoto...it didn't show up that way, when I downloaded them...I will post better pics of the finished gowns once I get them from the photographer, we had at our reception and mini fashion show.

Also, HERE is the link to the YouTube video about Cecile and her orphanage.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Latest Project!

This lovely vintage gown, is my latest up-cycle project.

My bride, is geting married in December and still wanted to incorporate her Mother's wedding dress into her wedding, with out compromising her wearing her dream dress. So I'm taking apart the top of the dress to make a rehearsal dinner jump suit. We are making a corset out of the lace and the rest of the outfit, will be made from a gorgeous cut of Sari fabric from India. A lovely pink/red and blue ombre piece with a neat gold trim along the edges. My bride purchased the fabric on a trip to India.

I love projects like these....I get to create something so meaningful to so many people in one family.

Many girls wonder, "what can I do with my dress after the wedding?" There are many options...first if you know you want to save your gown in whole. Get it professionally preserved. Many local bridal stores and cleaners offer this service. Your gown is removed of stains, oils, and food spots and preserved in a box, if left un-opened is usually guaranteed for about 20 years!

Other up-cycle projects, I have done for past brides are blessing/christening gowns made from the skirt of your dress. This works best, if your gown is a ball gown with a full skirt. A lot of times, there is enough fabric to make more than one dress. Or a baby gown and enough fabric to make a top to a child's dress for a baptism/1st communion dress.

I had one bride, give me the skirt of her gown (it was a 2 pc. dress) I made a blessing gown from the skirt and she put the bodice into a shadow box along with other memorabilia from her wedding day.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

New product at LBD!

I just sent this adorable dress off to North Carolina! So excited to see her wedding pics!

This is a new product, I am now offering at Lily Bride Designs! Custom sketches of your wedding gown for wall hangings! I can sketch a croquis (french for fashion sketches) of you ready-to-wear gown or custom gown! If you have had your gown made (preferably through us;) bring in some scraps and I can include that in your piece. There is also a place for you to add a bridal photo of you in your dress!

ready-to-wear gowns and gowns made outside of LBD: $75
Gowns made by LBD: $50

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

AMF Pictures!

I'm still waiting on the disc of pictures, that the designers from AMF are to receive. But in the meantime. I've gotten a chance to see some work, done by Ethan Killian. And I have to say, I'm very impressed! Check out his shots of the whole runway performance...HERE....click on AMF 2011 and my gowns start on pg. 8. You can see my opening piece, the blush two piece with the off the shoulder feather detail, in the bottom right corner.


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The ONE pictures I have from AMF

I thought I'd get the chance to take more pictures, but things were so crazy backstage! I only got this one shot, this is the second half of my collection.

But do not fear!

Pictures are starting to show up on FaceBook, I will get pictures as soon as I can to post more.

Sunday, October 16, 2011


Last night was THE day! The show went wonderful! We had wonderful hair and make-up provided by Landis Salon, the look was very red carpet and Hollywood. I do have a few pictures and promise to post soon!

I'm so grateful for the experience and want to thank (a)peture marketing, for inviting me to participate. It really pushed me and I love all the new gowns that have come from this! I'm doing a photo shoot with the photographer, who did all the media shots for this event! I am very excited!! I love love all the picture, that she took. Her name is Zuzanna Audette and she is hands down amazing!

If you're visiting me in relation to last night's event and want to keep up with me and my work look for me on FaceBook under Lily Bride Designs.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Good Things Utah!

Well, the feature went great today! I wanted to post the link to ABC 4's video of the feature, we did for AMF today. :D Enjoy!


Sunday, October 9, 2011

Good Intentions

I had really good intentions to get to bed before 12:30. Nope. Didn't happen! I may hate my self tomorrow, when I have to get up early. But this post is staying up worthy as.....


Just a wee bit excited...I know.

But this means, I have one top to make and minor finishing details left to do. So, the top is for tomorrow and two zippers to fix. And then, a helper on Tuesday, to knock out the lining hems (these would of been done as each dress was made, but I JUST got my surger back from being 5 weeks in the shop...)

THEN....the other good news is; I will be featured on Good Things Utah, Wednesday around 9am. So be sure to tune in and get a sneak peek at, some of the new gowns that will be featured at AMF, this Saturday!

Saturday, October 8, 2011


It has come to my attention, that in the post on Salt Lake/Park City Bride and Groom's blog. That part of the post says, I have designed costumes for Ballet West, in the time that I worked for them.

I would absolutely love to say this is true. It's not. While I did get to work, directly with the shop's head; David Heuvel. I never did design any costumes for the productions that were produced while I was there.

I learned so much in the almost three years, I worked there. I loved seeing David create this absolutely amazing costumes, out of materials that were so unusual. He has an amazing eye for color and patterns. I'm so grateful for my experience there and all that I learned. I must credit my attention to the movement of, how fabrics flow with a particular design or how it will move on a body, to my experience there.

I left the shop on very good terms, and would be saddened if any of this mishap caused any misunderstandings. I also did, a read back on all my interview materials, to make sure there wasn't a misprint on my end.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Well...it's officially crunch time!

Down to the wire...and all that jazz..

And I am SO excited! Now all the fun stuff is happening in regards to being in a fashion show, like features!!! I'm thrilled to post a feature on Salt Lake/Park City Bride and Groom's blog.

Click HERE to be linked to the blog.

I was lucky enough to also be mentioned in the post below my feature. Cool huh?

Anyways, enjoy! Also this next week I will be featured on Good Things Utah! Along with fellow designer Danni Nappi. I'll post details, so you'll be able to tune in and get a sneak peek of some of my new gowns...

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Art Meets Fashion!

I am down to the last three gowns for AMF. I am sooo ready to be done! It has been a very busy three months. I can't count all the hours I have spent sewing to get ready, I'm looking forward to the event; but also excited to have a little more me time and catch up on my school work!

Tickets are on sale! They are looking to sell out this year...yay! Click...here...to buy yours! Part of ticket sales go towards the YWCA. Also there are student tickets at $25 if you use a valid student ID

Check out this promo video, featuring my gowns and fellow AMF designer Roberto Leone and his snazzy suits.

Hope to see you there!!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Silk Ribbon Embroidery

I have been facinated by silk ribbon embrodery, since I was a teen. I knew I wanted it on my wedding dress, which it had. I spent hours making flowers and hand emboidering my wedding dress. I finished it 2 days before the wedding!

I've continued my love for the art of it. By first featuring it on my gowns and by my new line of heirloom sashes.

An heirloom sash is something, I've intended to be passed on and worn for each special occiasion in a girls life. A young bride, first wears the sash at her wedding, to add a little pizzaz and color to her wedding dress. Her bridesmaid can also have head band ribbons made up to match the brides sash. The bride picks her colors and flowers to cordinate along with her theme. Each flower is hand made and embellished with crystals.

When this bride has her first daughter, the sash can then be used to adorn the baby's blessing or christening dress. Creating special memories of the promises made on that wedding day and reminding the Mother of the promises she made that day to her new family.

As the daughter grows, there is the religious coming of age ceremonies, baptism and first communion. The sash then adorns the child's dress. It then can be worn for other coming of age ceremonies like a Quinceanera.

Once the daughter, finds that special someone and plans her wedding day, the heirloom sash can then be used again, to embellish the wedding dress or even as a bouquet wrap as the bride walks down the isle.

Each sash is completely customizable. Sashes can be made as a full sash made out of fabric (in a variety of shapes and sizes) stitched on as applique to a grosgrain ribbon belt or head wrap. The bride chooses her sash color and fabric and then picks the style of design, a cluster (pictured above on the baby pink sash) or a vine-like design (pictured on the taupe grosgrain ribbon) and then her colors and flowers. Lily Bride Designs can do any type of flower to match your wedding's flowers. Roses, violets, lilies, exotic flowers, cherry blossoms, forget-me-nots, even birds and butterflies just to name a few! Our silk ribbons can even be custom dyed!

Looking for a special thank-you gift for your bridesmaids or flower girls? What about grosgrain ribbon (also pictured above) headbands? Each one again created in the theme of your wedding colors and flowers. What a great gift, she can keep on wearing!

Lily Bride Designs will be hosting a contest on FaceBook soon! Find us under Lily Bride Designs and "like" us to stay tuned for details on winning one of these amazing sashes or a set of bridesmaids head wraps for your 2012 wedding day!


Aimee is a young photographer, who lives by me. I asked if she'd like some bridal photography practice and she was thrilled to do a shoot for me. She suggested taking the pictures at the Hindu Temple in Spanish Fork. I thought the location was perfect to feature my Greece inspired gowns.

You can find Aimee's work on facebook under aimsphotography. This is one bright photographer, who will take the fashion/art world by storm, very soon. She is very talented at such an age. She has already received national awards for her work..and I heard one of her photos will be a book cover! Congrats Aimee!

The day we picked happend to be perfectly sunny as we left, but as we arrived at the temple, it was a typical August rain dump storm. I was so worried, we'd wasted our time and would not be able to shoot. Thankfully, our Utah weather cleared up a bit and we had a rain free window of almost 2 hours. The storm also worked to our advantage, as you'll see in later shots. The wind blew the chiffon dresses around to make some amazing shots. And we were lucky enough to score on the fact, we were able to capture a beautiful storm sky in grayish blues and sunset colors thanks to the storm.
This beauty above just won Miss teen davis county (if my gossip is correct ;)

I was so lucky enough to use Wyatt who later rocked the runway at NY fashion week.
(Wyatt is booked through Echo Models)

I love these shots (above and below)

Afore mentioned amazing after storm sky

Wyatt totally rocked my Yvette dress..

I love love love these series of photos of my Jayne dress.

More Jon Woodbury

I couldn't help my self! I had to post more pictures from Jon Woodbury Photography :D

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Photo updates cont...

Well...I'm a little behind on updating on pictures. Things are so busy getting ready for the Art Meets Fashion show, October 15th. I am on my last group of gowns and have 4 weeks to finish them!

Tickets are on sale!! Click...here...to be taken to the AMF website to buy tickets! Hope to see you there!!

Today's photographer is JON WOODBURY! Here is the link to his webpage.

Jon shot my dresses for the grand opening of Tissue Fine Fabrics and Design Gallery. It's my friends fabric store she opened last March. He was so amazing and wonderful to work with. He immediately knew what I wanted for my photos and made the girls modeling feel so comfortable by keeping the mood light and fun. His sense of vintage flair, were perfect for the four tea-length gowns I was showing that night. Jon did a lot of fun editing too, which I thought was unique. Just all around a pleasant person to work with and I would for sure recommend him for your wedding and bridals. I can't wait to find an excuse to make more gowns to work with him!!

Here are a few of my favorite from the shoot...enjoy!