just finished this sweet wedding dress for miss Katie..
the trim at the neckline is from her grandmother’s waistcoat, a victorian piece from her own wedding.
i love how this one turned out.. it reminds me of gingerbread, fairytales & old european houses.
having a lovely time working with simpler lines.. they still take a lot of work, it’s just behind the scenes :)
a sweet picture from Michelle & Dale’s wedding day.. it makes me smile.
i never saw her before making the dress, & it ended up matching her perfectly.. such a beautiful faery~
what a strange & busy time it’s been..
many folks have been asking when there will be new things in the shop.
the answer is.. soon!
i am in a bit of an interim, finishing up a batch of custom orders & the new website.
^ a trio of fancies that flew away before they made it to the internet..
just started a custom wedding dress.. using some pieces from a waistcoat the bride’s grandmother wore at her own wedding.
i love stitching family histories together :)
i’ve been spending some time in the forest & on my friend’s farm this last month,
it’s really helped my spirit. being in the trees always feels healing.
they seem to dissolve much of the clamor picked up in the city.
some new crystal friends
these days my stitches are powered by beautiful (& delicious) living foods~
directing a lot of time & energy towards taking health in hand right now..
it feels really good.
about to start on a new line of simple dresses, for my friend’s shop..
more pictures & news coming soon
time has been flying by. i’ve been immersed in the project of overhauling my home & studio (again).. sorting what to keep, what to let go of, and laying a foundation for the future. haven’t had much time to post here, so this is just a bit of a random catch-up :)
one of my bridal clients sent this picture awhile back, it seems her kitty has claimed the wedding dress! starting to suspect that my cats are sending secret messages in the clothes, around the world to their comrades. such clever, mysterious creatures these felines are.
this is the beautiful oakland jungle right outside my door..
it’s so lovely to live in a little sea of green.
fabric gathering for a recent custom makeover..
i just finished it, hurray! pictures coming soon
a beautiful new friend, inherited from an old friend.
i’m excited to have more time for music this summer.
some lovely 70 year old dye i experimented with a couple weeks ago.
putting the finished touches on Kassidy’s wedding dress..
it was lovely to hear from her upon receiving the dress,
she adores it & it fit her perfectly. i can’t wait to see pictures of the ceremony..
i won’t be taking on any custom orders
(besides those already scheduled) til the fall/winter..
going to devote more time to the ideas jumping around
in my head & prepare for a stint at my friend Trinity’s beautiful
store Field Day. i’ll be making a little army of beautiful simple dresses
& other garments/adornments & they will be available there during
the month of September. i’ll have more details soon..
those of you in the bay area might want to come out to a sale
happening this Saturday, May 31st..
held from 10am-5pm at 5th avenue & Embarcadero in Oakland, near Jack London Square.
some friends and i will have large amounts of treasures for you to hunt through.
i’ve been seriously downsizing my vintage clothing & fabric collection, and will be selling
these pieces at very low prices. there will also be some old gibbous pieces available.
there are lots of pictures & new projects on the way, once i finish this de-stashing process :)
i just completed this custom wedding gown, for Kassidy in Austin..
it’s been months in the making.. so many layers, ruffles, tatters..
it really kept me on my toes!
made entirely from reclaimed antique & vintage materials..
sculpted on a form with many pins + stitches.
silk, cotton, linen, saris, dress lining, eyelet, corsets, slips, pinafores..
a little bit of everything went into it.
the decollette` has lace from the 1800’s, hand stitched & adorned with
ancient pearls & tiny flapper beads. i sewed in bits of fur & feathers too.
it’s definitely one of the most complex bridal pieces i’ve made; with this dress
it really became apparent how much the process has developed over the years..
there is a large amount of planning, maneuvering, grace & forethought directing
the ship now. it used to be a lot more chaotic, with lunges forward and difficult backtracking.. sometimes an element of panic. that seems to have faded away..
my mind’s eye & sewing hands have gotten much stronger, steadier.
such a good feeling :)
Corpus Christi procession, Ireland~ Henri Cartier Bresson, 1952
felt work by Jacqueline Leblanc
Diana e la Tuda by Luigi Pirandello, 1926
Alexander Graham Bell and his wife Mabel kissing within a tetrahedral kite, October 1903.
some inspiring things i’ve collected from the inter ether..
a few images i couldn’t find sources for,, tell me if you know! :)