Sheer, gauzy dotten linen, light and flowy. The tucks on the skirt have pastel 1″ ribbon running through them, as do the sleeves and waist, and a narrower white ribbon closes the neckline. The yellow can be switched out for a different color. This was a a very narrow fabric, and took some tricksy work to avoid vertical seams all over the skirt. 🙂 Because the fabric is so delicate, all seams but one are French seams, and all are reinforced with extra rows of stitching. This is a NorAria Designs gown, bodice pieces cut by Lady Jersey, the sleeves and skirt and all sewing by yours truly.
This gown was top-secret for the longest time! In pageants, you don’t share what you’re wearing. Can’t let the competition know. 🙂 Nora Fosberg Azevedo approached me about a gown for Miss Plus Northwest Brittany Hudson, and it was a no-brainer. YES!! This gown is a collaborative design between me, Nora, and Brittany, and a joint creation between me and Nora. Months of tweaking and fittings, a dozen yards of charmeuse and silk dupioni, several hundred Swarovski rhinestones, and many, many hours later, and this is the result! Brittany made it to the two 10 (Nora and I screamed so loud that the emcee teased us), but did not place. She did, however, with the WeCare scholarship.
When I found out my daughter’s Teacher Rashelle was getting married, I had to make the dress for her, as a gift to her for all she has done for Charlotte. My family supports our educators wholeheartedly, and Rashelle is such a sweetheart and we all love her dearly! I was so thrilled when she said yes!! She wanted something that isn’t the typical poofy princess dress, but still beautiful princess and elegant. I suggested something based on Tiana’s wedding gown (not the green lily pad dress, but the one she wore for her church wedding), and Rashelle loved it! Instead of cream, in white satin, and on the cowl neckline, a rainbow of jewels. And a rainbow veil!! The film version has a higher hemline in the front, and was lower in the back. I left this one a bit longer than the film version, and raised the back a bit, but otherwise kept pretty faithful to the film. This dress closes on the left side with an invisible set zipper. The veil is a seven-colored rainbow. 🙂
She’s still a part of our lives, and we are so lucky for that. She is the type of educator we really need more of. Support you educators!
In the US, it’s possible to have medical coverage that doesn’t cover doctors. Literally. This leaves people needing to see a doctor in the lurch. Without getting into too much detail, there’s a situation going on where someone in my household has a medical issue easily correctable early on, almost always with surgery, but that becomes progressively more difficult, and with the medical history involved and only 25% of a set of involved organs remaining, waiting until it’s an emergency that an ER can’t turn away is too late and comes with a substantially elevated risk of death as it involves cutting off blood flow to part of that last 25%. All options to get more coverage have been exhausted at this point, and an appeal on the one chance is going to still take time. We’d rather not put off going in for a few months. So we’ve got to jump-start medical care and pay out of pocket. And the way I’m helping with this is through a sale. It’s really all I can do.
I will be posting several things in my Square shop, viewable here: Aria Couture at Square. Some ready-to-wear gowns, custom corsetry and stays, etc. More will be added over the day. Please take a look, and please share this, and check back again later. No one should have to worry about how to access medical care, especially with an active health situation going on, but this is the hand we’ve been dealt, and, though it sucks, we’ve got to deal with it however we can instead of waiting, if there’s any way at all to make that happen.
My daughter saw the School of the Oregon Ballet Theater’s Genzano costumes in the middle of 2014, and fell in love with what she called the peacock dress, and wanted one. What is a mama to say? 🙂 I took some costume notes (I had the opportunity to see the up close), and on the way home from the studio, got supplies. The skirt is five layers–green, navy, cream, green, cream–with a brown satin ribbon waistband. The bodice is lightly boned for structure, and is five panels of navy velvet with a wine piping, and hydrangeas decorating. The original bodices were either navy velvet (for the lead female dancer in this scene), or hunter satin, and closed with hooks. I wanted more versatility, so used grommets and lacing. These pictures were in downtown Portland just after OBT’s OBT Exposed event. She wasn’t even five yet!
Another regency gown! This one is made from a delicate, slightly sheer cotton and closes with a drawstring at waist and neckline. The ribbon sash is just tied on. I have tons more of this fabric! Due to the border print, this gown is limited in length, and for most wearers, would be dancing length.
NEW HI-RES PHOTOS and updated information! Click on any photo to see a ton more detail. The photos shown here are large, and will get much larger (thousands x thousands for the resolutions) when clicked.
As promised, I returned to MoPop with my real camera instead of my iPhone camera. I already gave a good deal of information in the first post on this gown. So this post will be mostly photographic, with commentary on new information or things to pay extra attention to beneath some photos. Some shots will be close to the same, but sometimes a lightly different angle shows something just differently enough for it to be clearer. I’ll upload more of these photos to this Facebook album today, though the resolution might get squished.
In the following pictures, pay special attention to the edges of the lace. Two types were used, an eyelash lace for the front half, and a different lace in the lack.
I hope these additional photos are of some help to some of you! I’m already sourcing fabrics for a couple inquiries as my schedule allows me too, and my daughter wants one as well. Because of course she does. She loves fancy things. Like mother, like daughter. 🙂
Up soon…Jareth! Subscribe to get notified of the one. It’s a few weeks out yet. My commissions schedule is too busy for me to start breaking that one down!