Sally’s response: She loved it! It was everything she asked for! But seeing exactly what she asked for inspired her to change her mind about the design……
In my previous post, I introduced my most recent bride Sally and shared some initial ideas for her custom wedding dress. After reading the answers to her questionnaire and having a few phone and email discussions, my mind was absolutely buzzing with possibilities for her one-of-a-kind design!
I collected dozens of inspirations on a Pinterest board for Sally. I printed out my favorites so that, when were were together, we could draw on them and mix-and-match elements to create something truly unique.
The Design Consultation
Sally and her mother came to the consultation at my studio in Hillsborough and we had an absolute ball together. I learned that Sally was interested in:
- a striped fabric: cream or white with brown or gray
- an interesting neckline, perhaps a high collar
- knee or tea length
- short cut-in-one sleeves
Sally is someone special.
Back in December, I got an email from a dear friend named Sally that I had lost touch with. The subject line: “dear lord i’m getting married…”
I met Sally back when I was getting my Master’s Degree in Costume Construction from UNC-Chapel Hill. At the time, Sally was an undergraduate student studying fine arts. We had a mutual friend in common and quickly became friends with each other.
Sally is very artistic and has a wonderful sense of design. When I read her email saying that as soon as she got engaged she thought of how she’d love for me to design and build her dress, I was not only thrilled, my mind started buzzing with possibilities.
Sally is super-gorgeous and has an outstanding sense of style, so I knew we would have a blast dreaming up her unique wedding dress design. That said, Sally is also really shy and doesn’t like to be in the spotlight. I couldn’t wait to find out what her ideas were!…
When Jennifer Wiese of Camp Workroom Social asked if I would be interested in teaching at her sewing retreat this Fall, it made me fall out of my chair (almost). Camp Workroom Social is a sleepaway camp for grown-ups who love to sew. And as much fun as that sounds, it gets better…
Camp Workroom Social is not a typical sewing retreat. It’s a new approach to sewing education. At Camp Workroom Social, perfection is not the goal, learning is. It’s an escape from your everyday routine where you can socialize and learn from other adults who share your enthusiasm for sewing. I can’t imagine a more fun and productive way to spend a weekend!
Needless to say, I said “yes”!
The Line Up
The five teachers I’m lined up with are total sewing stars! Can you believe this list of classes and teachers?…
Skirt Skills starts July 11! Registration opens June 3!
As many of you know, I recently started teaching my custom sewing and pattern drafting techniques to women who want to make clothes for themselves. I chose to start off in a digital platform and offer the course online. It has been very well received and I have had an absolute blast getting to know women of all skill levels and body types as we learn from each other!
Being new to teaching and “home sewing”, it seems that I’m offering something a little bit different than what can be found in “big box” classes online. One difference is that it has limited enrollment so that the students can get to know each other (or not, if you want to stay private) and I can offer very personal one-on-one guidance getting to know each student, her body, and her skill level.
Why learn to sew online?
Skirt Skills is very much like an in-person class, but instead of scheduling and commuting, you get to work at your own pace in your own space! …
Before I get into blogging about my newest bride, I thought I’d write a general post detailing an overview of my process and what to expect when commissioning your custom couture wedding dress.
I know! I know! This big long post looks like a lot of work. And it is, but it is also a lot of fun! My bespoke dressmaking process is designed to be enjoyable and stress-free for both of us, as well as produce beautiful results. I love the process, my custom brides have loved the process, and I think you will love the custom process too!
Here’s a general idea of how your custom gown is created from the first contact to your wedding day:…
Erin was married on the beach in the Outer Banks of North Carolina in June. Her wedding day was fun-filled, laid-back, and incredibly beautiful. Photographer Brooke Mayo (who seems like a lot of fun herself) was there to document it all.
I’ve been blogging about this for months and I know you want to get to the Big Day photographs, so without further ado, I’ll get on with it already…
After Erin’s basted fitting, it was finally time to FINISH THE DRESS!
As you can see in the photo above, I had done a lot of the lining before the fitting, but still had some finishing work to do. While it’s fun to peek at all the hidden couture guts of the dress, like the graded seam allowances cross-stitched to the waistband interfacing that you can see above, it was time to make this dress look as clean and beautiful on the inside as it does on the outside….
Yay! Erin’s seersucker wedding dress was finally ready for her basted fitting!
For this fitting, some parts of her dress were completely finished and others were lightly basted together so that we can easily make final adjustments. Up until now all of our fittings were in muslin, so I couldn’t wait for Erin to see and try on her actual wedding dress in the real fabrics for the very first time!…