Thursday, May 22, 2014

Flower Girls Dress

This was a custom order from a friend, she sent pictures of her cousin's (the bride) dress and asked for something to go with's what I came up with.
 Beautiful beaded lace bodice. This was pretty expensive so I only bought exactly what I needed!
This zipper started out as an invisible zipper and it was beautiful, but with all the bulk in the middle it took 3 people to zip so I switched it out for a traditional zipper.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Windy Day Snow Queen

This photographed way more blue than it really is. It was a windy day and hard to take pictures of but I like that you can see how full the cape is.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Snow Queen - Turquoise

This new color is headed across the pond to England!
The customer requested this fabulous gem detail.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Cool Guys

These two were FedEx'd to NYC super quick to make their appearance on time. 

Next time I will make the neckline on the gray one differently but I like how they turned out overall.

Monday, April 14, 2014

A unique take on an old favorite

I managed to get two mermaid fins done this week, I'm very impressed with my time management skills, I have to admit. I also have to admit it will probably never happen again.

The first has an embellished waistline and the fin fabric was supplied by the customer. 
She lives near the LA fabric district, jealous much? Oh yes, a lot!

This mermaid the tail fabric was supplied by the customer, I've seen it at trade shows but was never brave enough to buy 20 yards of it in hopes of selling 20 people on how beautiful this fabric is. The color is hard to catch on camera but it's amazing in person.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Mermaid in the Sun

It's a warm 80* day here and this little mermaid just sparkles like nothing else when she's out in the sun!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A Dynamic Duo

These two are headed out to MY first customer. When I purchased the business just over 7 years ago I received a list of previous customers, they are great and I love having them, but there is a special place in my heart for the first customer that I won over and sold costumes to all on my own.

She takes Princesses out to ball games and other events in Iowa. It has been a few years since she needed anything new but look for these Princesses this summer!

I think my first Chinese Princess went really well. I lucked into amazing fabrics that have a lot of texture and subtle design elements that add a lot to this costume. 
It is a 5 piece outfit, shirt, obi, sash, double layered skirt and wrap.  

The Chinese Princess is $450.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Snow Queen

The Snow Queen has been completed!
A 4 piece set, shirt, corset, skirt and cape.

Sparkle, everywhere!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Purple Princess

I did another Purple Princes, this one had bigger beads and dark purple cording detail.
Even though there were less beads it still took a long time to get them all on! Luckily this time I was "watching" the Olympics while I sewed.

This dress was sent later than expected. I received the measurements late, which pushed the whole project back. I can't sew a dress without knowing what size it needs to be.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


It's quite embarrassing to admit how long this Rapunzel was in the works.The client has special requirements for the fabrics that her dresses are made out of, specifically home decor type fabrics. 
 Finding the right pinks and purples in that type of fabric takes a while, like maybe a year and a half kind of while to finally track down!
The color combination is even better than the pictures look.

The best part of this outfit is that the customer works for charity. She will wear this dress and a short brown wig to cancer floors to talk to little girls about losing their hair, and how the magic is in them, not in their hair.

Little Lady Lorelai

This week over on Project Run and Play it's movie week! I chose to be inspired by Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, Mansfield Park... well you get the idea.

I was not a Jane Austen fan until I was an adult. As a teenager I was scared away from the movies with the 9 hour mini series of Pride and Prejudice, who had time to watch all that? I did watch A Town Like Alice, it was only 5 hours.  I also didn't read her books, I was much more a good sci-fi/modern novel kind of kid. 

Once I was older and BBC started making new movies, I was in love. The clothes, the parties, the fancy (if somewhat odd) foods, the gossip. Yes, please! I also took the time to read her books, they weren't the boring, snoozefest I had always imagined them to be. Maybe I shouldn't have judged that book by the cover?

I started my dress with a piece of fabric I'd had in my stash since Peter Pan, this is the last piece of Wendy Darling's nightgown and there was just barely enough! It's a crinkly muslin that is light, airy and soft. Perfect for this dress.
I used Janey's Dress from Olabelhe as my jumping off point. I sized it way down to fit Jack-Jack and added the extra details to the skirt. 

Front and back,I loved the cute buttons with loops. It gives it a vintage feel.
 Pintucks and a lace pieced hem, certainly a learning experience.
I added lace trimmed bloomers too, easier to run and play in. This will be another church dress for Jack-Jack. I just wouldn't let her wear it until I got pictures!
I'd like to think that the little Darcy or Ferrars girls would have run around in something like this, because you know with moms like theirs, they would have been allowed a bit of fun!
Check out the other at home creations over at Project Run and Play as well as vote for your favorite contestant. My favorite? The Moulin Rouge look by Paisley Roots.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Running Costume

I was asked to make a running costume for the Disney Princess Half Marathon. 
I did some research and came up with this, Queen Elsa inspired running costume!