Posts from ‘Love’
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My newest creation: a purple wedding dress!
How happy was i to make this dress? Very happy. I even did it at a discount because I was so inspired by the idea of making it. All the lace was hand cut and appliqued with the help of double sided fusing. Choosing a stitch color that didn’t show was tricky. We had to choose a dusty lavender that didn’t show on the mesh with the purple shining through. The lovely bride is getting married in France; lucky girl! Blessing on her wedding.
Here they are, all piling up on the table.
Hearts that take waaaay too long to make! They are pieced from little cut pieces of silk chiffon. Then we spray them with water and fill all the gaps and keep working that way until they become full fluffy multicolor heart explosions!
Appliqued onto tank tops, they come to life.
Here you see them at the early stages of the process. We sew them onto black or white Lycra mesh so that they retain their elasticity. The technique is quite complicated.
Before we sew it onto a top, it gets a little haircut to clean up the edges.
What a mess in the studio when these are in production. Soon we will be making little mini heart pins. Can’t wait.
Here is my art buddie Iris! We love crafting together. She is a brilliant artist (mostly watercolour) and a great graphic designer. She designed my logo and just about all of my corporate branding. We spent a few evenings together over the holidays and decided to collaborate on some paintings together. I dug out some blank canvases and acrylic paints. The goal was to paint her something for her office and we decided to paint some Frida portraits. Afterwards we felt like, with more time, we would love to paint a dozen of them, and some monkeys and parrots too.
I love this fabric so much. I call it the feather mandala. I feel like it has magical powers.
Below are two of my current styles that were cut in this material, a dress and a top. The dress is called the star dress and has the fantastic feature of being very flattering while gently hiding the tummy. The top is called the ballerina top. It is a great cleavage top and also great for breast-feeding, so send all your nursing friends to me for fashionable maternity wear.
Robe Etoile, beige imprimée, XS -XL, $175.00
Robe Etoile, beige imprimée, manches 3\4
Ballerina Top, beige imprimée, XS-XL, $135.00
Ballerina top avec pantalon Abondance
I love making wedding dresses. This one, however, was extra special for me.
Becky has been a client of mine for a few years now. When she came into my shop and told me she was getting married and …would I make her wedding dress, I was thrilled! Yay! How exciting! She tried on my ready to wear gown off the rack and it fit perfectly. I told her I would embellish the front of the bustier to match who she is. She gave me carte blanche to do what I wanted. I promised I would make it pretty, and I would make it “Becky”. Here’s the dress!
The back laces up and I hand sewed beads and sequins onto the bodice. I also made the veil with a small row of hand sewn beads at the top of the barrette.
Lois wrote to me: Matt and I just celebrated our second anniversary yesterday and were reminded of how magical our wedding day was. It just wouldn’t have been the same in any other dress. Thank you for making me look and feel like the most beautiful and precious woman in the world on the most important day of my life. I hope these pictures will help to showcase your incredible talents.
This is Chiara.
She has been a client since before Katrin Leblond Design, when I was manufacturing under the brand name Fairyesque. She is delightful and beautiful and it was such a pleasure to accessorize her wedding dress.
Let’s just start by saying that she is way cool to be getting married in a chartreuse yellow dress!
I made the Veil in Yellow and Ivory tulle. It is long and billowy … and doesn’t she just look fantastic?!
In the background you can catch a glimpse of her fabulous sister in the red apple dress by OCUNID.
It’s wedding season and I am slowly getting back in the saddle, so if you have any last minute wedding dresses that need making, call me!
Here she is on the day she was born. She’s all snuggled up against me, sleeping sweetly.
Victoria. My heart sings for her every day.
If you have ever come into the store on a weekend, you are sure to have met my mother Barbara. The little bean was about 2 weeks old in this picture.
It seems like all I do is sleep, nurse and hold her in my arms. Grateful that it is summer.
Already doubled in length, this child just keeps getting longer instead of fatter. Here she is wearing vintage petit bateau that I wore in the 70’s.
I love getting wedding pictures in the mail. It is a gift to see where my dresses go and what occasions they are worn for. This is the wedding picture of Jennifer and Andrea. (Thanks guys!). They were a delight to serve and play dress up with. Obviously I only did the outfit on the right.
@ Jennifer and Andrea: You both look so genuinely happy and radiant in this photo. I wish you a lifetime of falling in love with each other anew every day. xoxo
Remember the Rainbow Bride, well here she is again! She sent me photos from her destination wedding and it really looks like a dream. The inspiration for the dress was colour colour colour with a little bit of playful and a lot of whimsey. The gown is a fully corseted bodice with rosette and leaf appliqué at the neckline. The petticoat was made from all different colours of tulle with an overlay of mossy green tulle to subdue them all and harmonize the rainbow. The ribbons at the hem added a little bit of gypsy folklore and are some of my favourite ribbons from my private collection. I dig deep into the good stuff when I am making a special order dress. The butterfly sequins are all hand cut and appliquéd onto the skirt of the dress. This is one of my all time favourite wedding dresses. It suits Betsey and fit her beautifully.
Betsy, I just love how the cake matches it all. It looks like it was a truly magnificent wedding day and you and your hubby look very well matched. I wish you a magical journey into married life and I hope you are laughing together into old age. – Kat
Beautiful amazing Anna. You will be a momma soon. You will be in love. You will be afraid. You will be powerful. You will be you. You are amazing Anna and you will be a great mom.
This is for you in anticipation of all the fun you will have rediscovering everyday things through the eyes of your child.
Your life is your most powerful art. See you at the boutique.