Posts from ‘Wedding Dresses’
I love it when people ask me if what they are wearing is TOO MUCH.
In fashion there is no such thing as too much. It is all about context and occasion and mood. Sometimes, and in this case especially for a wedding, I believe you really are allowed to go all out and be too much. I have been designing and making custom wedding dresses for 6 years now and every bride presents a new challenge. The dress below was designed for one of my fashion shows. The woman who purchased it saw it in the store window one evening when we were closed. She came back twice with friends just to make sure it was not too bold. Below she is photographed with her daughter (who is also wearing one of my art dresses) and her father.
I met a fairy bride yesterday and she wants a fairy dress!!!
Since I had to spend 5 hours of my day waiting for a Bell technician yesterday, I took advantage of that time to do some full colour sketches. This amount of time was a treat I rarely indulge in – I opened the color pencil box and they were all still long and perfectly sharpened.
Here are the three sketches I have sent to my future bride, along with photos of the materials I would suggest.
Green, Ivory with a touch of lavender
All fabrics I feel could be appropriate for this project…I especially love the ruffle chartreuse mesh at the far right.
I’ll let you know what she chooses:)
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.
This dress was made for Andrée and is the first example of the Divine dress from my Spring 2014 collection.
It is a layer of sheer silk chiffon over ivory jersey. We stitched linen lace onto the under layer (not visible in the photo). The top panel of the dress is a piece of vegetable dyed silk and the bride added some beads to the neckline herself.
Blessings on this beautiful couple.
May your love last long and grow stronger every day.
Here is the crinoline on the sewing machine getting a custom black hem. Ohhh… it’s for a bride!
Now this is no shy lady, as you can tell from her color choices.
This dress is based on one of my dresses in the store, but we customized the colors for her.
….and I embellished her shoes for her!
every stitch made with love.
This is Lizanne Ryan and doesn’t she look splendid? She needed an outfit to go to a wedding and liked one of my made to measure wedding dresses, but wanted a skirt and top to go with a silk jacket she already had in her wardrobe. We started with her jacket which needed some modifications. We changed the buttons, took out the shoulder pads and took in the sleeves a bit to slim the whole look. The camisole was on my sale rack (yay!), and the skirt is custom made in my studio. It is a layer of ivory jersey with petals sew onto it and then an overlay of ivory sheer mesh. The jewelry is by my new favorite designer Ayala Bar!
Taken during a fitting in the change rooms of my store, this is the biggest crinoline I have ever made!
She is getting married this summer and her wedding is going to be a big summer pic-nic. She plans on sitting in the grass (or on a pic-nic blanket) sipping champagne surrounded by tulle and loved ones.
What she is wearing: Ivory bustier embellished with lace, sequins and beads. Custom made circle skirt with built in crinoline of yellow and lettuce green.
Here are the hilarious pictures of the crinoline getting made in my beautiful sunny studio. You can feel the vibe from these pictures below and you can tell that it was made with love!
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.
This delightful woman walked into my store and decided try on my new short wedding dress… what resulted was a spontaneous fashionista moment. I added the bibi (fascinator/headpiece), the cardigan and the nude leaf embellished shoes and she was so stunning we all decided it was time for a little fashion shoot on St-Laurent. The sun had come out after days of rain and I took advantage of the beautiful moment and the beautiful girl!
I made this dress for Lyne Tardif. I customized a dress from my collection, making it longer and adding a crinoline and a bibi. She looks happy and natural….what a beautiful bride!
The dress is a sheer ivory mesh over a cotton jersey with silk flower petals sewn into the two layers.
The bibi was made to match the dress. It had a long strand of tulle hanging down tha back, a silk orchid and silk flowers with gold stitching.
This project started with a phone call. Can I make a mermaid dress for a graduation in New Jersey? Sure.
Grace had been a client last summer. We met at my boutique when she purchased a long black dress with a pink flower print that I designed. She told me she would be graduating in the study of Fish oils and omega-6. Wow! What we needed was a fish dress, not a mermaid costume. I was very concerned that we make her a dress she could wear again to other occasions.
I started by researching images and colours for Fish oils.
I wanted to build a colour palette around a small piece of “fish scale” fabric that I had designed 10 years ago while working as a textile designer for Tricots Liesse. I guess I saved it for a special occasion like this.
I was able to make a pair of long opera sleeves, so the dress would be sleeveless and floor length.
Below you can see the sleeves and the fabric choices, as well as some small silver fish I made out of silk, but didn’t use for the final dress.
I cut silk chiffon into bias strips and notched them. This was the water. On the final dress I distressed the chiffon slightly with a spray bottle of water and frayed the edges a bit.
I found three little green glass fish beads! Yoohoo! Combined with hours of setting Svarovsky crystals, we have ourselves a gala dress!
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.
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
This is the wedding dress for the bride of a dear old friend. They are getting married this summer barefoot in the grass by the side of a lake – good ole’ hippie style. On a little road trip to Montreal this January they made time to shop for her dress at my store. We wanted something off the rack that could be customized for her to feel self-expressed and unique. Working with fabric pins and scarfettes, we were able to come up with an embellishment that suited her curves and colouring. Look at how the blue leaves bring out her stunning blue eyes. The side slit on the dress is actually quite racey and the sheer voile just barely covers her bum. Somehow she pulls it off perfectly, looking both classy and cute and sexy and just perfectly “Lena”.
When we took the dress back to the studio, i steamed all the pins off the back of the embellishments and stitched them to the dress. On the back of the dress, I continued the stitching of an ivy and leaf pattern in blue and bronze coloured thread. I added some sequins by hand and voila! A custom dress is born!
It was a true honour for me to be asked to make her wedding dress. Every time a friend asks me to make their dress, i feel really blessed and happy.
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
Here is a fun flash back. These are all still great pieces. I wish I had bought the floral grey party skirt with the chicken crinoline under skirt. Anyway I liked seeing it again and I thought you would too.
Your life is your most powerful art . See you at the boutique.
Aya and Kat designed a dress in one mornig for Aya’s “Bal en Blanc” (that means the white ball) for Aya’s graduation from Daycare Ceremony.
She was soooo proud of herself.
She asked me if I cried when I watched her do her Song and dance with the rest of the kids in her group.
Lovin’ the cowgirl style!
Here’s a new goddess dress that Kat designed for high summer August weddings and parties.
It has a layer of ivory silk chiffon over a soft jersey lining. The embellishments are all silk and beadwork and lace.
And of course some Bridal bibis…we love headpieces!
Summer heat is still here.
Now you are tanned.
This is the time to wear white and ivory and feel like a fairy queen.
See you at the boutique.
This is about Betsy. She said to me on the phone that she wanted a rainbow wedding dress. I was delighted. Just my kind of project. We talked and I got a sense of her personality and then I took the time to make my first three sketches.
Elements of all three dresses became her dress. We chose her favorite silhouette, neckline and mixed up the embellishments to create the boquet-butterfly-fiesta party dress. The butterflies that I used as sequins on her dress have also been used by Martha Stuart to make this fab rainbow butterfly cake.