This inspiration for this jacket came from the sportswear of the 1940s. The fully tailored jacket not only features a variety of styling aspects from that era, but is also reflective in the fabric choice. A vintage piece of Pendleton wool was used for this item. Look closely and you will see how the shoulders are inset (not overlayed) pieces that are set on a bias with the main portion of the jacket. There is a slight curve to the front edge that rises into a stand up "collar". The pockets are also cut on the bias of the fabric. The jacket is fully lined and features just enough padding in the shoulders to maintain that '40s silhouette without making the wearer look like a linebacker!
Formalwear comes in many shapes and sizes. This elegant green and ivory dress was created for this toddler to wear to a family wedding. The wedding was held on property at Universal Studios Hollywood as the bride and groom were both in the entertainment industry. The main portion of the gown is a green watermark taffeta featuring a classic jewel neckline, and long sleeves finishing with a narrow band at the wrist. The skirt scoops up in the back revealing the underskirt of ivory eyelet ruffles flowing row upon row from the waistline to the hem. A wide ivory satin ribbon finishes off the dress. The colors and style were selected to match her mother's gown
The jacket of this navy window pane weave suit is fully tailored, and reminiscent of an English riding jacket. It is nipped in at the waist and flairs into a full peplum which has a bit of drape in the back. The skirt is quite full, although not a full circle and cut on the bias which justaposes the window pane as a diamond pattern against the straight square of the jacket.
The gown above was created for a Christmas Dance, and in much of the country December means cold, if not snow! As a complimenting piece of outwear this cape was created. The inspiration came from the historical capes worn when gowns were long and full and not well suited to the coats we know today! This resulted in the voluminous cut of the cape and large drape to the hood which allowed the wearer to protect her up-do with crushing it! The cape is made from black silk velvet and lined in platinum grey taffeta.
This jacket bridges the line from formalwear to ready to wear. It is a waistlength cut with bracelet length sleeves. The lower edge and sleeves are finished in a ruffle of black chiffon. The jacket itself is made from black, acid burn velvet. This is what creates the rose pattern seen in the fabric. It was fully lined in red posh to create the two color effect. The classic notched collar can be worn flat as seen here or up for a more dramatic line.
The spectrum of items that can be considered garments is wide and varied to say the least! On this page you can see a variety of items ranging from children's wear to formalwear. Of course, had I known that one day I would be trying to put together a site like this I would naturally have taken more photos! And focused those photos on the garments rather than the situation taking place! As it is I have collected a grouping that I hope provides you with an overview and some insight into my attention to detail and quality.
This two piece Easter outfit is made from pink linen, with the white linen square collar on the coat. I used a classic bishop cut for both, although there is tucking on the bodice of the dress. The dress is trimmed with white ribbon across the bodice, white lace around the edge of the short sleeve. The sleeves have several tucks which leave a puff at the top and yet makes them close to the arm for the most part. Bunny shaped white buttons trim the front of the dress below the modified peter pan collar as well as the sleeves. The coat features pink ribbon trim on the collar, as well as on the cuff of the sleeve. There is narrow lace matching that on the dress around the edge of the collar. A row of bunnies march down the front of the coat as well.
Sometimes it is the fabric that inspires or dictates the result! When I first picked up this piece of this buttery soft piece of faux suede it immediately brought to mind the riding habits from the old Western tv shows like Big Valley. The skirt has a bodice waist that hugs from just below the natural waistline to the top of the hip. The multi gored skirt has smaller inverted V insets between the major sections which create the full drape of the skirt below the hipline. This 2 piece dress has a button front top the marries a soft brown on brown rose print lightweight velour with the buckskin collar facing and sleeves. This gives the sense of a vest over a shirt.
This pinafore style dress was made from a blue swiss dot for the underdress. It is trimmed with a very narrow white lace at the cuffs, collar, and around the little bow tie at the collar. The pinafore takes a different twist in that I used off white very thin whale corduroy. The reason for this choice was to make it not only sturdier but warmer.
This eggplant taffeta cocktail dress was created from an authentic 1950s pattern. It features a number of unique style details. The "overcoat" look to the skirt is created by a front panel that is separate from the two side panels. The dress goes together with a ribbon encircling the waist and hooking together in the back as well as hidden snaps on the skirt. It finishes with the square knotted tie at the front waist. A crinoline underskirt adds more body to the skirt - however, I made the top tier of the underskirt from muslin so it sits closer to the body and only adds that extra fullness to the skirt and not the wearer's hips!
This set was a really fun piece to work on as well as to watch my little girl wear! The jacket is made from red flannel and trimmed with the crayon drawing corduroy that makes up the jumper. The buttons were a collection of vintage buttons from my collection in the colors featured in the corduroy. The jumper straps and ONE SIDE of the skirt are made from an off white corduroy that is printed with a children's drawing motif. I say one side of the skirt is made of the corduroy because it is reversible with the other side of the skirt being the same red flannel as the jacket. There was also a pair of red flannel pants that were gathered at the ankle but I have no idea where those have gone!
This deceptively simple dress was created for a senior prom. It is tea length and has a fitted bodice that features a surplice bustline and inset at the midriff. Wider straps that gather into the bodice at front and back finish the silhouette of the dress. It is the fabric selection that gives this dress its unique appearance. The under layer of the bodice and skirt is a light blue and white gingham weave in a satin taffeta fabric. This is overlayed with a pale blue chiffon featuring small embroidered bows scattered throughout. The midriff inset is a pale blue taffeta. The neckline is traced in a serpentine trim of pale blue tulle and iridescent beads.