Lilac Fairy- En Pointe


Corsetry as an original foundation of ballet is often overlooked. Many of the ideals of carriage and motion hark back to the original clothing worn for ballet which was not like a modern bodice. The corset and structural underpinnings of original opera ballet costumes of the 18th century show full sets of stays underneath entire gowns with panniers.  In the 19th century, the rise of Romanticism, woman dancers are able to have more freedom of movements in their corsets and tutus sans full gowns.


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Creamsicle Corset for Sale- corset SOLD

I will be taking inventory, measuring, and photographing samples in the shop this week and listing them for sale first through my email list. You can Sign up HEREto get first peeks at what is happening in my workshop and on sale pieces.



I also have the coordinating embroidered, unlined cream skirt to coordinate. It is done up with front and back waist bands so it can fit many different waist sizes easily.

For skirt only- $200 US:

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Spanish Look

The first outfit from my collaboration with Morgana (Threnody in Velvet ) styled with a mantilla veil & peineta comb.

Final for ONLINE use- Spanish1

Model: Threnody in Velvet
Photographer: Iberian Black Arts
Corset & pants: Laurie Tavan

These are my very first set of undies (pants, panties, knickers, underwear – what have you) as well made from silk charmeuse with 3 ribbon side ties.

Blue Silk Charmeuse

I had a lot of fun making this garment :) It is deceptively simple. The main body portion is once piece, with the neckline pleated and a hole cut in the middle for the collar. I loved making the button and self made fabric loop. I added some fine hand worked detail: a hand stitched roll hem & hand stitched thread bar at the center back opening.

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Purple Victorian Wedding Gown: thread loops

Sometimes the simple thing give me such pleasure:

The sleeves are finished with simple buttons with thread bars made from knotted embroidery floss sectioned into 3 strands and looped all the way through the interior of the fabric band for extra security. So much prettier than hook and eyes to me. Continue reading Purple Victorian Wedding Gown: thread loops

Red Wedding Ensemble: sneak peek

The red wedding gown has gone home to its owner and we even got in a photo-shoot! My client was such a trooper and donned her 15+ yards of silk taffeta with grace to do a photo shoot in record high temperatures. I held the fan on her and we did take a water break. A great testament to the comfort of the dress as she was in it 2+ hours.

See how that custom-dyed silk ribbon just glows. Shot-silk taffeta glows so beautifully as well!

Red Wedding Ensemble: custom dyed silk satin ribbon

The polyester ribbon I had on hand was a nice match but just didn’t shine the way the silk taffeta does. So I decided to try out a new-to-me company called Cam Creations. I sent in my order with a swatch of the wedding fabric and was super surprised at how close they came to the look & feel of a shot-silk with a dying progress on a satin ribbon! It can’t be red shot with navy obviously since they are not weaving it but it sure looks good! I satisfied with the results. Continue reading Red Wedding Ensemble: custom dyed silk satin ribbon