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a coat for an elven groom

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I just finished this special coat makeover..
it was a custom project for Copernicus,
the elven groom of the beautiful mermaiden Yuri.
She is the bride that my last wedding dress was made for.

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their wedding is going to be held outside and the colours
are green, purple & gold. I’m so excited to see photos.
they are such a sweet and lovely couple!

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this was really fun to work on~
I think green is one of the most invigorating colours
to work with, I feel more alive when surrounded
by these growing tones. my table was covered
with leaves for a day to pick out the perfect ones
for some elven epaulette action

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this reminded me how much I miss making dapper elven clothes,
I’m excited to delve back into them this winter.

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really happy with how it turned out.. I think it’s getting
a bit easier for me to not go overboard :)

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onto the next! the shop is slim right now, and it’s
because I’m focusing on clearing out my studio home before
winter arrives! I’ll be spending so much time indoors
that it’s become a priority to make space in here.

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I’m selling lots of relics, vintage, fabric & old projects
over in my ( garage sale ) on etsy. take a peek
periodically if you like my world/work and great deals!
you never know what will end up over there :)
I surprise myself sometimes and
I’m the one who collected all this stuff, haha~

xo
S

a wedding dress for Yuri

 

 

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happy to introduce you to the latest wedding dress~
this was custom made for Yuri, a magical fae mermaiden in California.
she & her groom visited me in the forest for a fitting and
they are both such beautiful, bright faery creatures. they brought me
some lovely orange flowers. it was a really fun afternoon

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my dressform and I got in a fight the morning of these photos, haha..
& the dress is pinned to fit it, so that’s why it looks a lil asymmetrical.

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this piece took me about a month and a half (amongst other projects) which is probably the fastest dress of this caliber I’ve ever made.

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honestly, this kind of sewing can be maddening! working with old fabrics, around stains, wear, with limited size remnants that are oft one of a kind is like putting a surreal patchwork together. half the time I feel like the Universe is communicating with me and the other half I feel like I’m utterly mad, playing divination with scraps.. desperately searching for ‘the one’ piece of lace to complete the puzzle.

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this dress was different..
once I laid the map out of the shape and plan, it just
led me through and I didn’t have much stress or worry
about it being right. the perfect piece of fabric would
just show up at each stage, without a wild hunt.

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perhaps the magic started with the underlayer.
the dress is built on a 30’s liquid satin gown turned inside out.
this is the best-feeling fabric I’ve ever encountered, like velvet
water on the skin. I was conflicted about using it, but the gown
had flaws and it seemed ready for reincarnation.
I think it’s also really incredible sometimes to turn the
lush side of fabric inward, so you feel it & really experience it,
vs. it being on the outside for everyone else to see.
this is definitely going to feel amazing to wear.

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I was excited when Yuri asked for some purple thrown in, and flowers..
and for it to be a bit ‘extra’.. I love doing these flower explosions
and it was a great prompt. Often finding myself trying to rein in
the weirdness or whimsy so that my creations can find a home
in the modern world, but think I’m going to stop that soon!
it’s just not as fun

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the back was so fun to plot.
I actually made this dress backwards, which is a first.
like, I finished the back first and then planned & stitched the front.
it’s prolly cause of the flowers..
I love when my sewing table is covered with foliage~

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the bodice is an assortment of patchwork lace remnants
from damaged edwardian petticoats.. Yuri wanted a
trumpet silhouette, and the effect of it with the lace & the
lavender & low front ruffles gives me such a thrill,
it feels like many different eras at once, yet also new as well.
I think that’s one of the big goals of my sewing, and when
it hits that mark, I feel such a sense of completion.

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the silhouette was a challenge for me, I haven’t done this shape much.
but I absolutely fell in love with it. elegant and sexy and teatime.
you will prolly see this shape showing up in my future dresses

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the waist has lavender ties for adjustability.
I can’t wait to see this on her..
it was an interesting challenge to create such a form fitting dress
without stretch, that still flows right and is comfortable.
crossing my fingers I got it right!

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my studio feels so still now that the dress is gone!
but it’s great.. I’ve already lined up all the next projects,
now playing catch-up and cleaning. there’s so much beauty in here,
I can’t wait to unleash it on yall :)

<3
S

a wedding dress for Jamie

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this beauty is finally done and getting ready to fly off for her wedding~

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I’ve been working on this dress for about 4 months now..
it’s quite the labryinth. I had a nice stash of edwardian
skirting fabrics and used many layers here.
all the side textural work is hand-sewn.

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it can be tricky with commissions because they need to be
fairly planned out, without many surprises or diversions from
the original path. so the challenge I play with
(so as to keep growing & having fun)
is continuing  to bring in new elements/try new
things while staying within the safe zone, so to speak.

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the bride who commissioned this is a beautiful celestial faery
named Jamie, and she has incredibly vibrant red hair.
when I saw her in the dress at our fitting, I was
stunned by the gorgeousness!
can’t wait to see the wedding photos.

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I worked in tiny galaxy details for a starry feeling..
there are tiny silver stitches and little silver & pearly beads.
it’s amazing how much they catch the light when the dress moves~
looking forward to experimenting with this more!

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I often find/inherit the lovely embroidered edwardian dresses
& skirts in ravaged states.. where the cotton is rotten
but the flowers are intact. I hand-stitched some of
these blooms trailing down the right side of the torso.

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one of the main inspirations for this was a dress I made many years ago
called Celestine. she had one of these stars too ^+^

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it was lovely to just use subtle bits of silver fabric in this.. the torso has
some behind the lace, which gave it an interesting moonshadow look.

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ok, next to finish is a pastel dream dress! see you in a bit :)

xo
S

the Ida bonnet

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finished this beauty last week- a custom sister to the Ada bonnet
from last summer. I’ve been calling this one Ida :)
Ada lives in Japan now, and Ida just flew off to China.

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this was really fun to make. it’s odd- sometimes ‘remaking’ a piece is like pulling teeth
but sometimes it’s easier on the second round. grateful this was the latter.

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I lovve how it looks in the light.. I’ve already been plotting some ethereal diaphanous
dresses for quite awhile and this really convinced me that those need to exist!

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It’s  funny, when repeating something, how difficult it is to stay on track. my brain
doesn’t like repeating, it wants to try new things, and I have to constantly rein it in on
commissions. but they do give me tons of new ideas in the process.

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hurray! another piece done and en route to it’s new life.
I also just finished a wedding dress that’s been in the works for 6 months,
will be sharing photos here soon :) I love finishing things!

xo
S

a little treasure

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Hallo diary, and guests!
It’s been ages since I posted here, which I’m looking forward to remedying.
there are lots of interesting new tangents afoot that will be making their way
to this little window soon. but for now, I just really want to show you
this pincushion I made~

 

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a lovely client in Seattle asked me to make one for her and I kind of blanked,
but said yes anyway. i made the body of it outside on one of the first warm,
sunny days we’ve had here.. my cats were gallavanting around
and thought I was making them a supreme new cat toy, haha

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I stitched all the flowers, beads, leaves on last night and it slowly went from
a strange lil blob into.. something elegant and fae and dreamy.
it looks delicious. I couldn’t stop bopping it around
& everyone in my house wanted to eat it.

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ticket~ for being pushed into a new way of looking at what you do.
when there isn’t enough time for experimenting & play, things get
mechanical, boring & lose their luster. this definitely seemed like an
obligatory project at first, but it became really inspiring.

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this is the end of my pincushion speech.. i love it, it feels awesome, and now
I want to make more plushy stuffed things :)
Happy Spring~

xo
S

a leaf dress for Karis

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just finished this custom autumn dress for a lovely lady..

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it’s been ages since i did a dress commission!
at times it was really challenging, but i learned alot.
it took 4 dyebaths to get these colours & many, many hours just
comparing/arranging shades of rusty & orange fabrics before even
starting to sew. i went farther off into colour
study-land than usual and got quite inspired.

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it felt really auspicious that this was my october project.
when i began the leaves had just started to turn & now as i’m
finishing they are in full pageant; orange-yellow-red-brown-green
and all the shades between.

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fun facts:
-i cut up one of the first faery dresses i made (like 14 years ago) for this, it was
the perfect golden fabric you see in the middle front of the torso & along the decollete’.
-the rusty skirting in back used to be a sleeve from a shimmery 1920’s dress.
-the orange velvet along bustline is a remnant from an orange (wedding!)
dress i made a long time ago.
-there’s a formidable pocket hiding under the reddish tatters on the left side of skirt.

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i’m really happy with the way it turned out,
and looking forward to the next colour study~

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Happy October & Happy Halloween !

xo S

pictures with Kelly

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i had a rare photo day a few weeks ago, with the lovely Kelly Murphy~

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we’ve been friends for years & i’ve always wanted to make photos with her,
so it’s exciting to be living in the same area now..
she is a lovely, magical lady and has a strong kinship with nature & animals.
one of the neatest things about moving here is that Kelly is now the
veterinarian for my cat pack! we are so lucky!

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Kelly is also an awesome photographer- she has a really good eye for beauty & angles.
her (instagram) is a kaleidoscope of forests, nightlife and creatures

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this is the first shoot i’ve done at my new home,
a 37 acre piece of beautiful faery land on the outskirts of Olympia, WA.
after years of running around cities and parks trying to find a bit of privacy for photos,
this feels like hitting a serious jackpot.. so grateful to have some space, to be unobserved.

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this dress was made with reclaimed silk, velvet, vintage coat lining & lace.
after this shoot i dyed it a bit darker.
it went to live with a magical doll-maker in Japan this week

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watching the autumn come in has been so comforting

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and the pageant has only just begun~
i missed seasons so much.. it feels right to be back in the northwest.
Happy Equinox to you all

xo S