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Studio Sale/ Open house – BY APPOINTMENT!

Ok – I have items that need new homes!
Instead of trying to choose a weekend date or evening date that might work for some, but not others, I will be setting up 30 minute appointments for folks to come and check things out at our mutual convenience this month!

Costume items:

TAV Creations originals
Gently used Halyma pieces < bely dance and/or Bollywood styles>
A very limited selection of items from colleagues who have just a small number of pieces they have left with me, hoping to move them along.

Accessories:

Jewelry – mostly costume/ dance related, some recent retro < 80’s90’s>
Plus:
Other stuff as I go through things.
 
How it works:
EMAIL ME to book a viewing appointment:

Appointments can be made between:

  • October 1 and 29th
  • Tuesday through Saturday
  • 11am – 6pm

When you EMAIL ME for your booking, let me know a few options that will work for you within those days/ times.

 
Prices will be mostly by donation – cash preferred.
Some items will have set prices but I am flexible.
Partial proceeds from sales of my items will go to iSisters

Looking ahead to new adventures.

As my summer break approaches,  I am winding up on the bridal work that I need to finish before I disappear briefly to give my arm a break, refresh my creative spirit and probably lie around reading .

And as always, although I am already fully booked for the first few weeks back, I am looking ahead into the mid-late fall and contemplating some fun stuff to do.

Mainly:

1- An open house to clear out excess fabrics, supplies, costume items etc that need to go on to live new lives instead of being packed in my storage boxes/closets etc.

hemming pants is one option for a mini workshop..

2- actively promoting my Private sewing lessons – both as “Sewing Guru” in my student’s home, as well as some project oriented mini workshops in my apartment studio for limited tiny groups.

SO keep an eye out for these activities in the fall, and if you have any questions or ideas of projects you would like to work on and need some guidance, let me know!

Come see me at Ottawa’s first QueerSphere 2019


This is the first year for Queersphere LGBTQ+ Expo!

And I am very pleased to be taking a quick break in my bridal season sewing to be there, in booth 304, to let folks know that I am here, happy to sew for you!

I just want to make beautiful things with my clients, and I want to know you are a creative soul, and that’s it!

If you are interested in meeting amazing business owners who are members and allies of the LGBTQ+ community here in Ottawa, come stop by!

And if you would like to get a 20% discount on your tickets < Trade Show and AfterParty>, use this code:

TAV20
when you purchase your tickets online here!

 

 

The After Party will feature Chad Michaels..

Capital Wedding Show 2019 – what a weekend!

Thanks to all of you!

Thank you to my friends who helped me prepare for this weekend! Weeks of fittings, the photo shoots, the working the booth- every part helped create a space that was unique and fun for the brides and their crews coming through! And special note to Michelle, my bride from last year wearing her most amazing co-creation and sparkling personality – you rock!

Thank you to the brides who came with their people and stopped to chat, get more information and ask questions- there is a lot to figure out as you are planning your event, so I hope we were able to provide a bit of reassurance that yes, your dream dress is possible!

Thank you to the other vendors and businesses who were great to connect with and are open to creating a supportive system in the Ottawa area for bridal parties and beyond!

Thank you to Shelagh Mills and Steve Mills  of the Capital Wedding Show and all of their staff, as well as the Freeman staff – you folks ran a lovely show from a vendor perspective and all of your assistance and engagement along the way is amazing!

Thank you to my husband of almost 21 years for his support in the weeks leading up to and the few days in advance of it  all- his photography and tech skills help everything look amazing!

Tomorrow I will take some time to process the admin from this weekend as well as take some time to relax before starting back at it this week! Already time to get meeting new clients and get things rolling for an amazing 2019!

 

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.

Artisan Bags for sale…

I’ve had a couple of inquiries about the bags and while I still plan to donate a few to the upcoming Witches’ Gathering Fundraiser, they won’t all go there.

If you are interested in one of the bags below, the prices are indicated, send me an email with your address and I can confirm the shipping amounts.

Email me: tracey@tav-creations.com

TAV Creations “Open house” -costumes-fabrics-supplies need new homes!

I’ve been blessed over the years to have folks leave fabric with me, give fabric to me, and I’ve made and carried a small variety of dance and other costumes and supplies that I would love to see in use kin the world, as opposed to sitting in my studio/ closet.

I also have just received a few boxes of costumes and supplies from the estate of Anjali, and hope that these well loved but in immaculate condition pieces can also find new life and want to give folks a chance to come take a look and see what calls to them.

The plan:

  • RSVP and the address will be provided.
  • Choose the date that works for you, email or message me on the Facebook event<s>, and grab a tote bag and come on over.
  • Items will be in 3 categories:
    1. as priced < payment options will be visa/ MasterCard / e-transfer/ cash>
    2. by cash -pay what you can- into the “Karma Pig” – I won’t ask how much you are giving, so there’s no pressure!
    3. for Anjali estate items – cash donation of your choice to culturalhorizons.ca  < I’ll have a separate donation box for this that I will then deliver to Tony Gaston for the charity

Dates:

Friday, September 14th from 4 pm to 9 pm

Sunday September 23th  from 1 pm to 5 pm

If those dates/ times do not work for you, you can message me to set up a private viewing appointment of the items.

It’s Official – 2 locations to serve you!

Although it’s in black and white, here’s the sign for the door.

Sign for suite 203, My studio is at 739 Ridgewood, suite 203, this is just off Riverside, near Mooney’s Bay, in the strip mall, up on the second floor.   My workspace is a small area where you will both change in and have the fitting.    If you wish to bring someone with you for a second opinion, please limit it to one person per visit, as it is a very cozy space.   Appointments are booked for 30 minutes maximum and usually only take about 15-20 minutes.  Payment is due at final pick up, though "pay as you go" is fine if that is better for your budget.    Payment options are: cash, Visa, MC, email interac, and paypal.  HST is applied and indicated to all final totals.  Availability :  I see clients Tuesdays and Wednesdays, occasionally Thursdays, and most Saturdays, in general I can be in from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. - occasionally later. Starting June 3, I will be available later most days I am in, for after work appointments  Let me know if there's a day/time that suits you and we'll set it up! I may have other clients having already booked the time you want, so you can send me a few of your preferred choices and I'll confirm which are available!  Email is best, so that is it written down where I can refer back to it, but for last minute changes, my phone number is 613-241-3397.  Please note: due to allergies resulting in respiratory reactions, the studio is as SCENT FREE as I can maintain. PS. you can also  visit my website for more details on my process: http://tav-creations.com/ecotav-couture/alterations/    “The Present is a Gift from The Past, and an Inspiration to the Future.” -Tracey “Halyma” Vibert, TEDxOttawa Talk, December 2009. Ridgewood

 

Today, I start paying the rent on the studio space I’ve made my second sewing home since last June!  Thanks to the lovely ladies at Luxe for helping arrange the transition to my new adventure!

Still by appointment only, so book me well in advance as the summer is filling up!

I look forward to serving brides, dancers, and other creative souls in both my home studio < with a mascot>, and my new   studio at 739 Ridgewood, suite 203,  just off Riverside, near Mooney’s Bay, in the strip mall, up on the second floor.

Time to get biking!

Would you like to book an appointment? Contact me either via email – tracey@tav-creations.com or fill this in:

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Holiday Season quickly approaching…

No ” holiday themed music” here…

Subtle in front, fun in back
Subtle in front, fun in back

just a simple reminder that there will be some fun soirees in your life in the next 6-8 weeks and you might be almost ready to start looking into that modern dilemma, ” Whatever will I wear?”

 

 

If you’ve:

  • got the perfect outfit, but it needs a bit of tailoring;
  • you thought you had the perfect outfit, but now you think it could use a redesign;
  • been gifted gorgeous fabric and now want to have it made into that creative vision;
  • or just want something new and cannot find it out there already

    Bridesmaid dresses matching concept and unique for each!
    Bridesmaid dresses matching concept and unique for each!

Who you gonna call? < um, sorry, couldn’t stop myself>

Actually – Email me please… send me your details:

  • What are you looking to have done? repairs? redesign? new piece?
  • When will you be wearing it?
  • Do you have time to come for fittings and what times are you generally available?

Then we can start playing! Either fill out this contact form or email me directly – tracey@tav-creations.com!

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