Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Process of Design: Part 3

In Part 2, we created a complete muslin gown catering to Tina's measurements and showing the elements of the actual design.
In this next step, I create the final gown from the inside out. First, the muslin gown is taken apart and patterns are adjusted to the last fitting Tina and I had. These patterns are now transferred onto the actual silk fabric that will make up the final gown. Once cut, these patterned pieces are put together in a state where we can re-fit Tina again to confirm that nothing has changed, or if there are some more adjustments, they can now be done at this stage.

It is also at this stage that I build the actual under garments into the gown. For Tina, we are creating a corset type foundation, which also gives support and structure to the gown. This silk "base" gown will now act as the foundation for the rest of her pleated and ruffled overlay.
The next stage is the fabrication and application of all of the fine details of her gown. But, for those photos, you will have to wait until after the wedding! We don't' want to ruin the surprise for her fiance and the rest of the Party.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Angie & Joe

My dear Bride Angie, was referred to me through a Jeweler that was in the Pasadena Jewelry Mart across the street from the Salon. She was searching for her ring, when the subject of her gown came up and so the Jeweler actually walked her over to meet me. Angie came with her fiance at the time, Joe, and her sister, who was also engaged. After a brief discussion, they both went home to put together all of their tear sheets and gown inspiration and came back to the Salon for a second meeting the same day. After discussing their idea, budget, and timeline, I signed both sisters on the spot.
Angie also wanted custom gowns made for her sister, who is her Maid-of-Honor, and her best friend who is her Bridesmaid. Being the modern woman that she is, I created a gown out of silk crepe that fit Angie's beautiful figure as well as her own unique style. The bridal party were also given that modern fitted look to compliment the Bride.
Congratulations Angie & Joe!
One sister down, one to go...