Saturday, December 30, 2006

China Blue

This was my first 'Off the Rack' and I loved it so much I was upset when it sold. The fabric just reminded me of some china tea cups my nan used to have, hence the name. I could have sold it about 10 times over had it been the right size and even Kelsey, the new owner, had a list of dancers from her school ready to buy it if it hadn't fit.


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This has also been a lucky dress for the new owner, who after 2 years in Prelim, without placing, placed at the 1st two feis after buying the dress.

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The main fabric is a printed cotton and parts are overlayed with a white chiffon with tiny hologram discs, appliqu├ęd with blue diamond foil fabric and silver hologram sewn sequin this dress sparkles all the way

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Jacqui's Dress

Jacqui's TC contacted me and asked if I was willing to make a dress with their fabrics and design....course I was, who can afford to turn down work? The main dress is made from a flannelette with a sparkle chiffon overlay. We stuck to the design with just a few tweaks here and there.

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As you can see once Jacqui took delivery of her dress she 'pimped' it herself :o) Nice add ons Jacqui. She also recalled at the SRO this year which was great news.

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Monday, December 18, 2006

Nicola's Dress

Nicola is 10 and lives in Scotland. Her mum contacted me and asked if I could do the new wrap dresses. I said I could.... then panicked, I'd never done one before eeek! Nicola wanted lilaccy/purple with pink and white soI did some sketches and this is the one decided upon

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She also wanted stripes on the dress and I decided to do the ruffle in a stripe, but, I couldn't find a striped fabric to go with the main facric, which is a beautiful pure silk tie dye sari fabric with flowers made up from purple sequins so plumped for pink and white gingham which went with it perfectly.

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^Nicola being fitted

Turned out fine for a first attempt I think

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Tori's Dress

Tori is a dancer from North Carolina. Her mom contacted me after my shameful self promotion on the Voy boards. After many e-mails discussing the type of dresses Tori and her mom liked I came up with the drawings below.

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Once these were approved we set to work making it and as you can see by the following photos it didn't turn out far from the drawings.

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Hope it brings you lots of Luck Tori

Brigid's dress

Brigid is a dancer in the MAtR. I was contacted by one of the senior dancers at her school who had been given the job of liasing with the chosen dressmaker. I was very lucky that this was me.
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^This was the original drawing I did and e-mailed to Brigid and her mom for their approval. They liked the design, apart from the striped fabrics in the pleats so we used the pink and green combo. My trusty assistant, well my friend, Margaret and myself started the dress and despite a few unforseen delays along the way, we finished it in time for Brigid's 'O' in Philly

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^ front of dress

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^ back of dress

This is the headband we sent over, together with a regularone which could have been a backing for a tiara.





The dress, unfortunately, was water damaged when it got there and to date we're waiting for UPS to make a decision about compensation.

Rhiannon's 2006 Dress

Rhiannon's 2006 Dress
In Derry

back of her dress