Wednesday, May 30, 2012

New featured gown

So the wedding season is slowing down for the Utah area, whew! It's been a busy one. I'm very much ready for some quality R&R to let my hands and fingers have a break!
I will be ready once again to take clients come around August/September, so book your appointments for your fall/winter weddings now.

But fear not! I promise to not leave you hanging on posts. As I have LOTS of pictures I have not yet posted from all my new samples from the last year.

Plus, I have been promised pictures from all my recent brides and I can't wait to show you the rest of the results of my busy summer season. AND I have just received the STUNNING bridals from my featured bride; Angela to share with you as well in upcoming posts. She is the bride who I documented the process of making a custom dress for.

In the mean time I wanted to share with you one of my newest samples from the Art Meets Fashion show.

This is the Marie gown, a two piece stunner in a soft sea blue-gray. The contoured corset accentuates the figure, giving it an old world feel while the fluttery flowers across the top of the corset and floor length skirt with flowing bias strips give a unique modern feel. The skirt moves, flows and flutters beautifully when in movement. This was one of my favorites from the show, I particularly love how photographer Zuzanna Audette caught the romantic feminine feel, I was going for in this design.
I was inspired by the movie Marie Antoinette (the one with Kirsten Dunst as Marie) I was instantly drawn to the color palette of the costumes that designer Milena Canonero used. All the soft tones of green, blue, pink and blue-grays were so yummy and I was particularly drawn the "I want candy" scene  where she indulges in all the fabric, dresses, shoes and jewelry.


Sunday, May 20, 2012


Jeanette knows what she wants in life and that also goes for what she envisioned with her custom gown I made for her company's annual conference is Reno.
She had a vision of a white iridescent gown with a high dramatic ruffled collar and open neckline. We did an asymmetrical waistline that flowed into a slightly fit-n-flared A-line skirt. 
That stunning necklace of hers, is her trademark necklace. She has worn it to each of her conferences and  it graces her thank you post cards each year. I found rhinestone applique pieces to match the beautiful aura borealis stones. 

The iridescent fabric is a silk chiffon lurex, meaning the iridescent-ness of it is literally spray painted on to the silk chiffon. I have never worked with a fabric like that before and I ended up really liking it. I've been dreaming up some new cool creations of my own I'd love to make with it.
I kept telling people I felt like a fairy god-mother making the dress as some of the iridescent would rub off on my hands and clothes while I worked. I would sparkle like a Cullen vampire after emerging from my sewing room :) The effect was particularly cool if I was wearing black. Much of my equipment and sewing tools still sparkle even after being done with the dress almost a month now.

If someone were to ask me what is the best part of my job? First I'd say it's making someone one happy on a very special day and while this dress wasn't for a wedding; Jeanette called the gown "The wedding dress I never had" 
And second, I'd have to say it's the people I get to meet and work with. They can be so inspiring and Jeanette was so fun to get to know while I made her dress. She has a drive in life that I found very inspiring to continue to work hard at what I love and passionate about.