Lily of the Valley gown

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Vienna, Austria at the Hofburg Palace Balls

I love to see where gowns from our shop make their way out in the world. My client was kind enough to share some images of the lovely Wisteria in Velvet gown at her ball in Vienna, Austria. The final design has a sheer ruffle added to the bustline and flowers trailing down the skirt in continuation of the flowers on the corset.



My first ever gown – upcoming auction

When I was still in college my now Mother-in-law Ann made me a pink bog dress for Halloween. I went to my first Renaissance Faires in 2001. I was so proud of that pink dress she gifted me but she determined it was time for me to sew my own.

Gold gown with arch for sale

I wasn’t convinced by the colour gold but fell in love as I sewed it together. I’ll try to sift out original photos from when I wore it to Scottish events in Northern California in the early 00s. It was originally gold and burgundy. Through the years it has seen many alterations. Ann walked me through the entire construction. It was the first “gown” I had ever made. I had made doll clothing and stuffed animals up to that point and maybe an apron in home ec class in middle school.

Gold in Window for sale
“Looking forward, Looking back” Tavan Photography- I am wearing my first gown that started my adventure into starting my business making custom clothing peering into the front door leading to my new space at the Woman’s club in downtown San Jose.

The detail shots of the gown in its current incarnation are on Flickr. This gown and many other of my personal costuming will be sold on auction to help fund the move to my first non-home based work space!

Details on the auction, how to bid, and measurements of the dress forthcoming.

Rose & Red Surcoat: details & interior shots

Grainy photos are irritating me but it is what I have to work with today. The lighting situation isn’t the best in the new workroom. White I do have individual task lights the overhead light leaves much to be desired. I had the electricians stub out for a new set of lights for the ceiling but don’t have the budget to put them in yet! So bear with me as I show you some photos taken at night.

Back yoke and pleats:

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