Thursday, September 24, 2015

Custom Order: Bridal Cloak

One of my custom orders this summer was extra special. My lovely friend is getting married in November, and she needed a cloak to wear over her bridal gown! She also wanted a dressier cloak for special occasions and such, so we found the perfect fabric and lining for it! 

She selected her clasp from Etsy, and it looks absolutely beautiful next to the blue wool. 

Here's what it looks like completely closed-- the first image was merely to demonstrate the contrast between the silver and the navy. I just love the drape of the fabric! 

The hood is nice and full, allowing ample room when pulled up to look elegant... or elven. Whatever you're in to. 

Cloaks are always in fashion and are a definite head-turning, eye-catching, and WARM garment! If you want to commission me to craft one for your wedding or just as an awesome winter layer, then please don't fail to contact me! There are unlimited color/fabric choices just waiting to be chosen... 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Custom Order: Pink & Lace Dirndl

As mentioned in this post, one of my summer custom orders involved a dirndl for my college's Oktoberfest! A fellow student commissioned me to do this for her, and here's what we came up with! 

I just love the color scheme, the trim/ribbon choices, and the overall pattern! 

I layered a braided trim over a lace trim, creating a unique look for the neckline! 

Overall, I'm super happy with it, and she is too! 

Would you like your own dirndl? Let's talk! 

Thursday, September 10, 2015


Smocking is one of those things I thought I'd never learn because it seemed like one of those majestic seamstress secrets that was so difficult that only a select few could master it. Like, I never thought I could actually become a 

In any case, I was a little apprehensive when I saw that my Prince Caspian Shirt project required some honeycomb smocking on the sleeves. So, I tried looking up a bunch of tutorials on different blogs and websites, but they really didn't help me much... then, this video from The Handmade Dress popped up on the search results:

God bless this woman, her southern accent, and those perky green nails of hers. I swear. She's the Shifu of Smocking. Nothing made sense until I actually saw it being done slowly and carefully... of course, I am a visual learner, so having someone demonstrate a technique is much better than trying to read about it or even peering at pictures. 

So I made my little dots on the fabric, just below the completed sleeve embroidery motif. The smocking, according to the Narniaweb costuming site, sits roughly above the elbow, so the sleeve would acquire a distinctive shape.  

Here is the first row. I was so excited. Like, unbelievably so... I ran downstairs to show my professional-seamstress mother, and she looked at me like, "Well done, my padawan." 

When row two of six was started, I began to see the classic honeycomb shape. I was ecstatic. 

My euphoric state of mind lasted pretty much through the whole project, both sleeves. While I'm still no expert at it (I'm sure my rows are all uneven and ugly and stuff), but I loved doing this smocking... if you happen to want to try it out, please do! It's super easy and way more fun than it looks! I want to try other smocking patterns, so I'll be sure to post my attempts on here. 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Custom Order: Prince Caspian Linen Shirt

This summer's all-consuming custom order project, mentioned in this post, was Prince Caspian's linen shirt from the movie Prince Caspian. 

The original and my version! 
My version isn't nearly as detailed as the original, which has insane embroidery all over the place and stuff that I didn't have time or the energy to do. But I think I did manage to capture the overall look of the shirt. For a good eyeball on what the original looks like, here's an amazing website that I used for research, as well as this AWESOME Narnian costuming blog

The shirt is constructed out of linen, with embroidery floss, piping, and buttons to add to the fun. 

It's hard to get the sleeves looking right on a dress form because so much of their shaping depends on an arm being in them. But trust me. They look good! 

So, for the sleeves, I had to learn two new techniques. 

Cartridge pleating, to set the sleeves in properly... 

...and honeycomb smocking, which I've never ever done before. It was insanely fun, by the way. I'll have a post about smocking up soon! 

The collar and neck facing featured piping, a three-button closure, and a tad of embroidery. 

And even though I didn't do all of the embroidery that is visible on the original shirt, I still did a ton! Proof: 

Below the neck facing...

Shirt front... 

Shirt back and sleeve cap... 

Back center embroidery... 

Front and back side embroidery...


So, that was my magnum opus of the summer. Hope you enjoyed taking a look at it! 

So, if you should so desire a Caspian Linen Shirt of your own, please contact me and we'll discuss prices and the level of detail you'd like. I would be most happy to craft this shirt again!