Category Archives: Creative journeys

Couture Journey: Fantasy Gown

Michelle’s Fantasy Gown – Full Renovation
Labour Approx $950-$1200

Michelle was one of my last amazing brides that I met through Norde Bridal in 2017.  When Erin asked me if I would be comfortable adding lights to the skirt of a dress, I was ecstatic too have the opportunity!  And when I met Michelle, I knew we were on the same page and would have a blast together!!  I will be creating a more detailed post in the future on the who process, for now – a concise overview!

Special thank you to Michelle for providing the photos, other than the cinderella carriage one – I got that at the Capital Wedding show! Isnt’ she stunning?

Michelle’s gown was purchased when she was a larger size, and while it was a good canvas for her final vision, it was NOT EXACTLY what she wanted.

The “Renovations” for her dress involved both major re-sizing and redesigning, including: taking in sides and reshaping the bustline, lowering the back neckline, lengthening the satin underskirt, adding pale pink and purple tulle to the skirt, and creating a strong 3 point bustle.

And the glorious bonus – adding 4 battery powered strips of lights  to the skirt and determining a plan for how this can work.

Supplies:

  • 6m tulle in each colour
  • .5m satin
  • 4 battery packs of light strips and batteries
  • Purchased Hoop skirt

Couture Journey – RE-STYLE and Re-Fit

RE-STYLE and RE-FIT*:
Labour $350-$450

Katheryne’s dress is an example of a re-fit and re-style option.

The original dress < made by TAV Creations in the late 90s> was slightly large and had full shoulders. With a bit of discussing, it was decided that a portrait neckline would showcase her shoulders in a more flattering style.

The original dress was the correct size, needing only minor tailoring adjustments to fit more smoothly; boning and cups were added to better support the new design.

Supplies:

  • Boning 3m
  • Cups
  • Elastic .5m

 

*Original Gown: made to Client’s taste:
Labour: Gown $1100-$1500 plus Embellishment $200-$300

Supplies:

  • Brocade: 2.5m
  • Lining: 2.5m
  • Chiffon: 5m
  • Beaded fringe: 2m
  • Lace trim 3.5m
  • zipper
  • Boning 3m
  • Cups
  • Elastic .5m

Couture Journey – Retro Goth-A-Billy Gown

Retro “ Goth-a Billy” Party gown
Labour $650-$800

Christina’s Dress is an original design by TAV Creations based on retro/pin-up style lines.

The fitted bodice and circular skirt flatter most figures and the full straps allow the bride to feel secure in a regular bra. 

The scrunched portrait collar adds an element of luxury and elegance, while being removable to allow for that extra freedom and versatility for later on during the festivities, or an option for future wearability.  The lace appliqué detailing connects the collar to the dress in a subtle and discrete blending.

 

 

SUPPLIES:

  • Fabric total 6m < 4.5m red; 1.5m burgundy>
  • Interlining .75 m
  • Horsehair for hem 4.5m
  • Tulle for collar .75m
  • Zipper
  • Hook and eye
  • Lace appliques

Purchased:
Crinoline
Fascinator in black
– personalized with matching fabric $30-$40

 

 

 

Couture Journey – Inspired creativity informing my 2019

In the spring of 2018, my focus shifted back to fully embracing my home studio space and re-examining my approach to how I wanted to proceed with TAV Creations.

Designing, custom sewing, bespoke gowns and accessories are all my favourite things – and while I LOVE to sew almost anything  and will welcome any creative challenge, I really wanted to get back to my first loves…

Couture

Design

Collaboration

So, I posted an invitation to some of the wonderful creative souls in my world to join me on a couture adventure  and I was blessed with 5 awesome willing participants.

From November to January, we met, we chatted, we explored ideas and began the process, each of these “clients” going on their own journey with me, and finally culminating in 3 new “bespoke”/ custom garments and 2 re-designs/ re-fit ensembles.

These pieces will be on display in person at the Capital Wedding Show this weekend, and we enjoyed the fun of having photos shoots so that I could also share some great images of the dresses for those who may not make it out this weekend!

 

TAV Creations Studio News goes up this month too!  An occasional burst of creativity into your email box!  Sign up today – look right – and everyone who signs up by January 14th will receive a 10% off coupon for 2019 sewing!

I created these pieces as a way to showcase a few fun examples of the many different areas of design and sewing I have visited since I began sewing for clients in 1988.

There is room to adjust and personalize, and the process is an organic journey on which the client and I co-create something unique and amazing.

Booking a consultation gives us time to talk in my quiet home studio space and really explore the options together.

Thank you to the many clients who have inspired me over the years to get creative in different ways and bring their style and ideas to life!

Tracey

Percolating on a plan…

The juxtaposition of being a highly skilled couturiere

Lace covered shoes to match dress

with over 30 years of experience and on the job training, with the strong need to create whacky fun things, sometimes puts my marketing choices in a quandry.

Add to that the recent connections I have had with 2 local bridal salons, where they provided a direct line of brides to my studio space – whether it was under their roof or under my own, and I’ve been letting my own marketing slide a bit to the back burner.

 

It is now fall of 2018 and I’ve made it through the heavy bridal season, and have been doing some relaxing projects of a geeky and practical nature, and I am ready to look at my plans for January 2019 – I’ve signed up to have a space at the Capital Wedding Show at the Shaw Centre, January 12, 13, 2019.

 

 

Now I want to get creative and plan out what to present!

After listening to Robert Sawyer‘s talk at Can*Con on Sunday morning, interesting questions have been brought to the forefront of my thinking.  What is the theme*?  What is the message**? It was inspiring to formulate more cohesive thoughts regarding my own creative endeavours as I listened and percolated 🙂

What is the theme* of TAV Creations?

What is the message** of TAV Creations…?

In reference to practical marketing, how do I garner the interest of folks who want interesting and outside the box dresses, which still taking care of more traditional brides –  in custom designs, re-designs/ style modifications, and alterations ?

King and Queen – White chess pieces…photo by Jared Young

I want to make every client feel the most comfortable and confident in their outfit – whether it’s cosplaying a character from a well known comic series, being the Princess for a day, or King and Queen of the chess board…

 

What I love about custom work, is the collaboration – working with someone who has lovely ideas, a clear vision, or a fun concept and making it happen.  It might be a quick fix, or it might take multiple visits, but it is a journey together.

Practical ideas:   I want to make 2 new pieces, modify 2 existing pieces and I want to have live models assisting in my booth at the bridal show, wearing garments I have made/adjusted specifically for them.

I’ve already had a couple of great suggestions and I am looking at numbers and timing and realize I need to get the word out there.

Stay tuned, and I’ll get a proper game plan and indicators of the bodies I would like to have available for January 12/13 weekend within the next few days!


Definitions:
*Theme: noun: an idea that recurs in or pervades a work of art or literature: love and honour are the pivotal themes of the Hornblower books.
**Message: noun: a significant political, social, or moral point that is being conveyed by a film, speech, etc.: a campaign to get the message about home security across.

Funky bags finished!

My previous post focused on one bag- but I made 7 total – They are intended as donations for events, and I’m done now for the weekend!

We shall see if I decide to create more next week!

I’m a leaf on the wind – original bag by TAV Creations

 

The fall brings cooler temps, warmer colours and, for me, rich memories of organizing the Ottawa Browncoats fundraising events for about 6 years with an awesome crew.

Having retired from that a couple of years back, I now choose my volunteer efforts carefully and try to make sure they still touch my heart, without breaking my body!

This year, TAV Creations will be donating to two October events and I’m making artisan pieces with reclaimed textiles for these events.

One will be the 20th annual Witches Gathering, and the other will be the Vixens Victorious Back to the 80s dance party.

This is today’s bag- and as I took the photos it reminded me of that moment- if you are a Firefly/Serenity Fan, you know which one I mean….

Prom – Oh my…

I had the pleasure of helping two young ladies feel their best this prom – and that is fine.

Altering one dress to give it more support – there are a LOT of knit lined dresses out there, which is a mixed blessing – there is some flexibility provided by the knit linings and thin boning, but the support is just not the same as a woven inner structure.

Adding extra boning, take in the dress to follow the curves more closely and she’s a statuesque goddess ready to take on the night!

 

And then there’s the custom dress I began while working with Norde Bridal. Thanks to Meg who found the beautiful beaded fabric for this lucky young woman!

I’ve been posting teaser shots over the past few months:

 

And then I finished it, after 5 fittings, many small and large adjustments in the process…

– how wide should the straps be?

-how deep can the neckline be and still provide a secure fit?

-how much interlining and boning will give the right support without feeling too constricting?

And then I waited until her prom was over – and her mom started sending me shots right away – which was amazing!

close up of back view – fitting her curves!
Yyes - there was an issue with the weight of the beads and the back slit. And it hurts my ego to post this, but I choose to acknowledge  the imperfection and constant need to keep working towards the perfect fit and line...
Back view
An amazing young woman on her way in the world!

And then she sent me these lovely shots the night of her prom!!

I love  the energy and spirit of this woman who came through my studio with such clear ideas of what she wanted! She’ll go far, no matter what she chooses to do!

 

 

Costume styling- a fun change of pace!

Costume styling is also one of my things – or even just inflicting my costume visions upon friends and having them be talented enough to do their parts!

And TAV Creations helped dress everyone – with assistance from a few awesome sources and the members of Meowvellous themselves!

All of the members assisted in personalizing the pieces they wore, with 2 dresses from the now closed Norde bridal, my own corset having been made by my student/ friend Letitia; embellishments added and the skirt made by TAV Creations < me> and the crinoline from the now closed Luxe bridal salon.

Some causal clothing from my personal closet topped things off for our sexy dude, along with her own fabulous pieces!

And…drum roll please….  I give you…

2nd place winners of the 3rd annual Pete’s Lip-Sync Battle on May 5th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATE – VIDEO of the performance!!:

Back home it is…

Life is a circular trip around the sun, through the universe and Around and Around…


Yesterday Erin helped me move things…

And today, I returned the key to the adorable little bridal store on Cumberland  AKA Norde bridal, Formerly the Handmade Bride, as the owner’s own journey is taking her focus to her ArrohandBow business < congrats and all the best to you Meg!>

In the den of my wonderful apartment are 3 garment racks.

Filled with costumes that I am transitioning through as I retire from teaching belly dance classes after this spring session, the realization that some of my Bollywood costumes will never fit me unless I work really hard and give up certain foods I really like < still deciding on that>, and an assortment of TAV Creations original clientele pieces and previously Norde, now TAV Creations client pieces.

In my studio is another 72 inch high rack that has this week’s dresses  on, and the calendar is filling up.

I am super grateful to have met and worked with Meg, Erin, Tegan and Victoria, as well as the original crew that were at the Handmade bride when I started with them back in December of 2016 – Jenna, Chelsea, Amalia, and Kessia < am I forgetting anyone?>.

It has been a pleasure and an adventure, and I have worked with some amazing brides, and look forward to continuing on the journey with this still in progress and those I am to meet in the future.

So, this weekend being a very powerful one for folks of religious persuasion, it also marks a wonderful transition for me.

You need some work done? Head over to my contact page then drop me an email!

Happy Chocolate Consuming weekend – I’ve got dresses to go sort, and fabrics to store!