Monday, February 24, 2014

Bonnet making

I don't call myself a Milliner. I call myself a Costume Specialist. Or a dressmaker, if it needs explanation. But lately, I've been a milliner. It seems the costume work coming my way has got smaller, juts like the budgets at Canada's historic sites. Sigh. What can you do? Our  government doesn't value our history.

Anyway, here's my bonnet. It's an 1840's poke bonnet. It presented a few challenges. First, I had a sample - always good. But (there's always a but) it was going to be the same, but different! Let's add a wire brim and change the interfacing and then the fabric...You get the idea.

The new fabric was a moire. It wasn't easy to hand sew, so adding the bound edge was a test for the fingers. I had to use a pair of pliers to pull the needle through.

I'm quite pleased with it. I had fun trimming it. The ribbon is vintage rayon, made in Paris. It came wrapped in delightful brown paper. The feather and roses work well. I have some white flowers I could use, but I'm not sure. One always has to think about who will use it and how it will be taken care of. I've seen a few sad sights, I can tell you. 

What do you think? Ready for an afternoon promenade?

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Vintage style

This lovely dress is styled after a 1950's dress. It is made in silk, with an organza overlay. The lining is pink, to give a blush effect. The bride wore a vintage headband and carried a bouquet made of vintage rhinestone brooches. 

Photo by Justin Van Leuween, Ottawa

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Spring time is Prom time

Beaded lace skirt with vintage lace yoke, beaded lace bustier

Thursday, June 20, 2013

An island wedding

Here are two lovely ladies hamming it up in the dresses I made for this tropical wedding.
Here they are, with their handsome escorts.


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Vintage 60's

I had the pleasure of altering this excellent dress. Fully beaded, made with love by hand. All it needs now is a professional steaming.
Claire FowlesHere's a few details. It has been shortened at some point, but we left this as is:
vintage beading 2Doesn't it remind you of the ocean?
vintage beading