I Know I Just Said I Wouldn’t Do This….

Didn’t I JUST say that I wanted to break the cycle of posting just photo shoots?

Ahhh, well–this is new!  And I wanted to share it before I forgot ALL ABOUT IT!  (which I’ll do over the weekend, most likely)

Just a little product shoot with the beautiful Yuri, who I’ve gotten to work with a few times now–you’ll recognize her from the Boa Shoot and the Mardi Gras Shoot.  She lives down the road–how lucky am I?

A few new pieces, a few new shots of older pieces.

Some new Swing Tanks, a new Crop Top, new Babydoll Tunics, new Sweetheart Neckline Bustiers….

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And new shots of capelets and a cincher skirt.

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We had so much fun, even though I had hoped to have more to photograph–as I mentioned, orders have been rolling in, and that means less time to create new things.

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What do you think?

New Babydoll Tunics

New Babydoll Tunics

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Spring!

Vintage Handkerchief Skirt

Vintage Handkerchief Skirt

I’ve been working on new Spring and Summer things for the shop lately–neglecting the blog, neglecting the yard, neglecting the garden.  *sigh*

Linen Tunic Dress

Linen Tunic Dress

Just sewing, sewing, sewing, SEWING!

Chiffon Swing Tank

Chiffon Swing Tank

Also re-working (or attempting to re-work) the photography for my etsy shop.

Floral Tunic Dress

Floral Tunic Dress

While I love the editorial photography, the lighting, the mood, the setting…..it’s not as cohesive as I’d like it to be.

Gauze Gypsy Dress

Gauze Gypsy Dress

So, I decided to try a new style.

Giraffe Tunic Dress

Giraffe Tunic Dress

Went out with the lovely Nancy Jane a couple of weeks ago and snapped a bunch of new photos with new things, as well as old.

Kimono Jacket

Kimono Jacket

While I love them……they’re still not right.

Floral Babydoll Tunic

Floral Babydoll Tunic

And so, today, we’re trying this again.

Print Swing Tank

Print Swing Tank

But in the wee little photo studio I have set up this time.

Yellow Sundress

Yellow Sundress

Going for more simple.  Less distraction from the clothing.

Butterfly Tunic Dress

Butterfly Tunic Dress

But I think I’m going to miss the backgrounds.

Polka Dot Sundress

Polka Dot Sundress

Trying to get your business the way you want it is a never-ending process, it seems.

Pinstripe Babydoll Tunic

Pinstripe Babydoll Tunic

But worth it.

Linen Sundress

Linen Sundress

Happy Almost-Weekend to you!

Work In Progress

The Wicked Witch replica dress is still in the works.  *this close* to being done.

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I only have the dress photographed (and poorly at that) so far.  Note the dress form she’s on is slightly too small….

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Can’t wait to get better pictures and the whole costume together!  Hopefully this weekend will allow me some time to do so.

It’s definitely been a longer process than anticipated.  Cobbling together the pattern and making it all work together proved to be more intensive than I had imagined.  But, it’s looking beautiful, and will soon be offered on a made-to-order basis in my shops.  🙂

In Progress

I’ve been working on a custom full costume order.

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I actually *gasp* made a mock-up for this one.  I’m combining a few existing (highly altered) patterns, and draping a few of my own pieces for this, so a practice garment really just HAD to be made.

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Plus, I can use it as the final pattern moving forward, as I do plan to offer the costume in my shop.

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There are a few tweaks to make for the customer before I start on the real fabric.  The sleeves need to have less puff, the corset needs to be a wee bit shorter.  Nothing too substantial.

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So, it’s back to the studio with me, armed with a cup (or 2, or 3) of hot tea.

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I can’t wait for this to be done, so I can post images of the final!

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Bits and Bangs

Back to the everyday workload.  I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a hard time getting back to the regularly scheduled programming after our Thanksgiving festivities (and then getting sick for a week).

I have orders in, and am hoping to get a couple special dresses sewn up for my nieces in time for a special Birthday celebration–which means some overtime sewing this weekend.

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This lovely tunic (technically one just like it in a different size–it was a made to order item) is on its way to the UK.  I hope it has a happy owner in its future.

I have a ready-to-ship one up in the shop right now, and it’s marked down to $56.25 from $75 for my Winter Sale:  http://www.etsy.com/listing/127712901/sale-black-tunic-top-velvet-tunic-velvet?ref=shop_home_active

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New hair-cut yesterday–I’ve been sporting side-swept bangs for years, and just got the itch to go with the full-on blunt bang.  So far I’m in love.  The verdict is still out on how everything will look with my regular curls.  I generally don’t have the stamina to straighten my hair daily, so the only time it’s done is at the stylists, after a cut.

Hope you have a fabulous weekend.  I’m hoping for colder temperatures, good sewing, and getting the guest room cleared out for my sister’s impending Christmas visit!

TnT Tuesday

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This slinky number was made specifically for a photo shoot.

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I have to admit, it’s a little sexier than I normally go for.

I’m kind of a costume nerdy girl…..more Helena Bonham Carter in regular life than Victoria Beckham.

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So, I went back and forth and back and forth and back and forth on the neckline.

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I did compromise a wee bit–the original idea was for it to be cut to the navel….

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I used the dress in my RAW runway show, too.

And, WOWZA, Mary brought that baby to LIFE.

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I recently listed it in the shop.  (yes, it’s been cleaned)

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The belt is part of the sale–it’s actually made from a re-purposed leather purse strap.

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I hope to make more of these in other colors and fabrics.

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One of these days….

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You can find the dress here:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/156283125/dress-brown-dress-womens-dress-pinstripe?ref=shop_home_active

Modeled by:

LouAnn Eads

–Mary Andrus

Images featuring LouAnn photographed by:  Gustavo Escanelle

TnT Tuesday

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite tunic dresses from my shop.

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I had *just* enough of this fabric to make this one dress.

I’d purchased the fabric eons ago as a remnant and could never quite figure out what to do with it.

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Then, I was preparing for my runway show a few months ago.  I had hit that place, that place where I’d completely lost my vision and couldn’t figure out WHAT I was doing.

I started scrambling about, making random boho-style things, because that was the style I was really feeling at the time.

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And, out popped this beauty.  I originally intended to include this in the show itself.  But that was in the haze of doubt and confusion.

As much as I love the tunic, it didn’t belong in THAT show.  And, so, it wasn’t included.

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I’m a layering kind of girl, so I love it layered with a tank top, and over jeans.

Don’t get me wrong–it’s cute alone, too.

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You can find the listing here, in my shop:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/127897194/tunic-tunic-dress-tunic-floral-dress?ref=shop_home_feat

Modeled by the gorgeous Hannah (www.modelmayhem.com/795520).

Images featuring her hair up:  Hair and Make Up by Amanda Bravender
For inquiries: www.ahbweddingandevents.com