Monday, June 23, 2014

A very lacy dress or 2 or 3

I love to sew things. It all begins with the fabric, or with the 2 lace dresses I just made and listed.... it begins with vintage Quaker Lace tablecloths.
A beach wedding, even indoors! for a non-traditional bride, these 2 dresses have a bohemian vibe.

when I was in High School in Napa, I made dresses (and tops and skirts and bags and hats...) just like these for a "head shop" that was a few blocks from Napa High.

Back in the day, us hippies and flower children and those who wanted to be like us, shopped for cool threads, incense, black light posters, hippie bead necklaces and so on...... at Head shops.
We made our own stuff, and we made our own economy.

Both of these lace dresses, are for a medium to large size gal. I figured that tall skinny girls will have a million dresses to choose from.... I wanted to make something bohemian with a vintage flair..... so I drew on my years of design, and the kinds of dresses I used to make.
These are new vintage!
I was very inspired to use the lace patterns to show off the intricate patterns.

Not only for a wedding.... these are lovely to wear to any special event, to the beach, the cabin and to all those summer festivals.
I show them with pearls, or with more bohemian accessories, and you can wear them with moccasins, cowboy boots or sandals.....

It has vintage lace collars and the view from the back is as enchanting as the front (very important for a wedding)

This one is Tea Length, about calf length with amazing full sleeves! They are split from the drop shoulder seam, and then are gathered at the wrist with a band and satin ribbons to tie in a bow or to let the tails fly.  clicky here.

When you plan your wedding, I hope you'll avoid the “wedding industry complex”. No you don't have to buy millions of pounds of commercial food, buy expensive invites and all the $$$$, that wedding planners want you to spend on stuff you don't really need or want.
If you love flea markets, estate sales, and borrowing cute decor and details for your wedding decor, then you can have a gorgeous wedding..... a wedding that makes you happy. And you can and should do a beautiful wedding without going into debt.

Your friends and family will be so happy to help you create the lovely day you want, and buying from artistic and talented people and small and tiny business, and even making stuff yourself, will make your day that much more memorable and much more cheap! and you will be thankful you saved money and put it in a savings account.

This longer dress is 20s in style, very Gatsby era with it dropped waist effect and lots of lavish lace. It has a higher neckline and a vintage zipper on the back, concealed with a satin ribbon decorated with vintage shell buttons.
It has bell sleeves and can be worn with its wrap sash of lace or not....... and of course, you can wear it styled very bohemian with leather and long necklaces. clicky here.

The back neckline has a concealed vintage metal zipper covered with a satin ribbon and tiny shell buttons.....  vintage, of course!