Second Look

Continuing on with my RAWards New Orleans looks, my second look went through a slight transformation from sketch to final design.  After dreaming up my first look, I decided I wanted to play with military-inspired colors (primarily an army greenish-brown), lace and brocade.  I ended up with 3 green/brown & cream looks and 3 red brocade & black/brown looks.  This second look was designed to go along with the first.

My initial sketch included my signature ruffled capri leggings, a lace tunic, spats, & the tattered lace ruff:Image

I’ve already discussed that the spats were the main element to go, due to my inability to make my brain play nice and create a work-able pattern that I liked.

Onto the first incarnation of the design–again, I don’t work in muslins, so I went right for the fabric:


I re-purposed some mens dress-slacks (wool) for the very top of the tunic.  There is an under-lining to the tunic, and I used a really lovely cream moleskin–so soft–that kind of gets lost under the beautiful lace.  I cut this so that I could take full advantage of the scalloped edging on the lace.  The tunic has a zip-back for closure.

At the first fitting I realized that the ruffled leggings just didn’t work–I hated them so much with this that I didn’t even nab a picture with them on.  Plus, hello beautiful legs! (I sound like I have a leg-fetish!)Image

You can see one of the (five or so) incarnations of the spats here.  I love the idea, but I’m glad I opted for sanity and gave them the boot.

The fitting went well–just ditched the leggings and put in the zipper.  Done.

Final design walking the runway:



Above photo by:


And, from the pre-show photo shoot:





The dress will be listed soon in my shop–contact me if you’re interested.

Clothing by me:

Hair & Make up by:  Amanda Bravender
For inquiries :

Model:  Jennifer Culicchia

Final images by:  Underexposed Photography

TnT Tuesday

I’m featuring one of my all-time favorite type of shirts for today’s Trapped In Time Tuesday.


It also happens to be in one of my all-time favorite prints.


(I had to make myself a shirt in the same print, fyi)


It’s a simple cropped cowl neck shirt with long, full sleeves.


I like to layer, so this speaks directly to my fashion aesthetic.


These images with the model are actually from my first-ever (rather impromptu) shoot–and where I happened to meet the amazing photographer, Britt of Underexposed Photography.


We were actually doing a trunk show (with lackluster sales), and still joke today that the best thing that came out of that day was our meeting each other, as well as a couple of models that we’ve worked with a number of times since.


You can find the shirt in my shop here:

Photographer: Underexposed Photography
Model: Hillary Nelson

Darker Side of Things


Some pretty for your Monday.


I initially started out looking for Dark Victorian inspired images, but that quickly devolved into “Ooooo!  That’s pretty!” territory.


So, you take what you get. 😉


I’m off to work on some orders, as usual.


A peplum, a tunic, and some ruffled leggings are all in my near future.


In talks with a potential customer regarding a pretty cool costume…..


Also:  totally rearranged three rooms of my house yesterday, after proclaiming I would rest and relax all day.


It’s still not done to my liking, but it’ll do for the week at least.


Was your weekend productive?


I hope so.  I hoe you have a lovely day, too–filled with random fashion images!  Oh, wait–MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!  Well, there, you can strike one thing off your to-do list for the day.