Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Emmylou Vest









This handmade vest is inspired by one of my favorite musicians, Emmylou Harris. This vest was made by hand and took weeks to design and finish, making it one of the pieces of which I am most proud.

The patchwork cropped vest is a unique design created from reclaimed denim fabric for the outer shell and vintage flower-printed cotton for the lining and trim. The high neck can be worn up or down, however you like. The vest features round vintage wooden buttons handsewn onto the front with sturdy, bright red crewel thread. This is a truly outstanding piece and will be cherished by the wearer, I believe.

The vest fits like a S or M. Measures 16” from the top of the shoulder to the bottom of the cropped waistline; the collar is 4” tall from the collarbone to the top. The bust is 34” around and tapers slightly towards the waist.

The Emmylou Vest is SOLD, but I can sew custom versions of it upon request.

The Wildflower Sunrise Dress









Perfect for summer, this special handmade dress reminiscent of the 1960s is inspired by the pastel pink and orange hues of wildflowers against a sunrise backdrop.

The dress features a wide neckline gathered with gathers at each shoulder, as well as an elastic empire waistline accented with a cord belt that matches the shoulder tassels. A burlap pocket accents the front. I used vibrant vintage fabric in pristine condition to make this one-of-a-kind dress.

This piece should fit like a S or M. Measures 30” in total length from top of shoulder to bottom of dress hem. Empire waist fits a 22”-28” waistline.


The Wildflower Sunrise Dress has SOLD, but I can make a custom version of it for you; just ask!

The Green Tambourine Dress






Bright and classy, the cut of this sweet and versatile handmade dress is reminiscent of semi-formal gowns from the 1970s, but this simpler creation is best worn as a casual sun dress on a beautiful day.

The strapless dress features a ruched elastic back for support, as well as side halters that can be tied in the front or back, depending on your taste. The dress is calf-length and features a classic empire waist. The bottom of the dress is embellished with white lace and brown trim to match the green, white, and brown colors found in the dress fabric. I used vibrant vintage fabric in pristine condition to make this one-of-a-kind dress.

This piece should fit like an XS or S. Measures 35” in total length from armpit to bottom of dress hem. Empire waist fits a 24”-28” waistline.


The Green Tambourine Dress is on sale for $35 at my Etsy store by clicking here.

Somebody to Love Dress








This lovely handmade dress has a breezy, feminine design inspired by the unique clothing worn by amazing '60s vocalist Grace Slick.

The dress features a plunging neckline on both sides of the dress, an elastic empire waistline, and butterfly sleeves. I used vintage fabric in pristine condition for the dress.

This piece should fit like a S or M. Measures 37” in total length from top of shoulder to bottom of dress hem. Empire waist stretches from 22”-32”, perhaps a little more if you don’t mind a snug fit.

The Somebody to Love Dress has SOLD, but I can make a custom version for you; just ask!

Midnight Primrose Dress






Sprinkled with delicate handmade rosettes, this upcycled black dress has an old-timey feel to it with its asymmetrical gathers and unfinished bottom hemline.

This dress features a black cotton lining with a black lace overlay gathered at the cap sleeves, along the waistline, and above the knee. Three exquisite handmade rosettes adorn the dress, two above the knee and one at the shoulder.

This piece should fit like an XS or S. Measures 37” in total length from top of shoulder to bottom of dress hem. Waist will fit a 22”-28” waistline.


The Midnight Primrose Dress has SOLD, but I can make you a similar dress; just ask!

The Dewdrop Dress








I made this pretty, sparkly frock with images of '70s glam rockers in my mind.

The Dewdrop Dress is a versatile upcycled dress and is special indeed; the body of the piece is lined black cotton adorned with golden embroidered flowers and sparkling sequins, while the straps and sash are made of shimmery green/gold reclaimed gown fabric.

The dress is somewhat formal, but could be dressed down, depending on the accessories. This dynamic piece is mid-length and features an optional sash that can be worn up high to transform the piece into an empire dress, or worn low around the hips to make give it a flirty, party-frock feel. You could even forego the sash altogether for a free-flowing dress, or wear it around your neck as a scarf.

The dress fits like a S around the chest; it measures 32” above the bustline, and the straps are 14” from front to back. The dress measures 28” from chest to bottom of dress hem.

The Dewdrop Dress is SOLD, but thanks for looking!

The Dusty Rose Dress








The music and incredible style of Buffy Sainte-Marie inspired me to make this one. Here is where cowgirl-meets-flower child: this stunning handmade smock minidress is perfect for someone who is a little bit sassy and a little bit sweet.

This minidress features a "v" neckline collar that can be tied with a sweet, black ribbon. The 3/4 length sleeves gather mid-forearm, fluttering softly from the shoulder. This dress has a free waistline accented with a two unique, circular ruffle pockets. I recommend pairing this dress with opaque tights and boots. I used vibrant vintage fabric in pristine condition to make this one-of-a-kind dress.

This piece should fit like a S or M. Measures 32” in total length from top of shoulder to bottom of dress hem. Empire waist fits a 22”-28” waistline.

The Dusty Rose dress is available to purchase at Wild Card in Pittsburgh.