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!
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.
I took some time over this month, around seeing clients and working on gorgeous wedding gowns, bridesmaids and other fabulous pieces, to do some camping.
The #StudioMascot, Sprocket, of course came along with us. Her present harness, which I bought in the spring to replace her previous ones that had clips that snapped, is made from a combination of straps. All of them solid and stiff, with strong rings connecting them.
Sadly, the hard straps and her barrel chest did not work well for the 18km walk day.
Blisters developed in her “armpits” and I did not realize until we were taking the harness off of her back at camp.
She’s very stoic at times. But the sores needed to heal.
We switched to just attaching the leash to her collar and that worked for the most part – when the mole popped onto our site, we have to wrestle with her to keep her from chasing it, but otherwise, the leash on her neck was fine for our walks. We enjoyed the remaining time on the campground and sighed deeply as we packed up to come home.
Back in the studio, I immediately grabbed some of her previous harnesses, which I keep in case I can use the parts. I checked them to see what I could do to get her into a more comfortable but still functional harness.
The choice was made to use one that offered a padded chest support as a pattern and I extended the length of it. I used part of the original straps and added reclaimed ones that I had taken off my husband’s back pack.
Thus, I was able to create a cute denim harness that works well and won’t cause her discomfort if we go on long walk in the future.
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.
Steam/Theme Resize gown* with Customized Matching Hat
Linda’s Gown shows how a vintage dress < this is a TAV Creations piece from the mid 90s for an old west theme wedding> can be re-fit into a different size while maintaining most of the original look.
The size modifications included creating a new bodice from part of the original train, attaching it to the overskirt, creating one solid dress with straps that allow for a regular bra. The lace trim was reapplied with pearl detailing to continue the original feeling.
The over jacket was slightly modified to change up the closure in front, keeping the essence of the button detailing and changing the sleeve fit slightly, again maintaining the button closure at the wrist.
The train was re-finished at a shortened length, still detachable for dancing later.
TAV Creations Bespoke hat
This satin top hat nods gently to the original theme of an old west wedding, while also blowing a kiss to today’s steampunk themes, and allowing for the addition of the “old/Borrowed” broach detailing.
.75 m pellon
Russian netting – .75m
*Original Gown Bespoke to client’s taste:
Strapped bodice into overskirt with bow and bustle attached;
Lace over jacket that closed in the centre front,
Glam Goth Ball Gown with Bespoke Hat
Labour: Gown $1100 -$1500 plus Embellishment $300-$600
Jennica’s gown is a full length, mid-size skirted ball gown. The fitted bodice follows the curves down past the waist, featuring multi-spaghetti strap detailing into the embellished collar.
Ribbon embroidery and iridescent crystals are hand stitched onto the bodice and collar in an original design and can be modified based on the preferences of the client.The side panel corseting detail allows for some flexibility of size change and the zipper opening allows for simplicity. It is worn with a strapless bra, which is suggested, but can be built in for a custom gown.
The skirt features a flat fit at the dropped waist seam, descending into organic scrunching to create texture and flow.
Fabric 8 m total <1m bodice plus 7m for skirt >
.75 m interlining
.75 m interfacing
2m lining @150 cm
12 m tulle
6m crinoline < built into dress – can wear a purchased one>
Notions – zipper, hook and eye, thread, 4.5 m horsehair
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.
*Original Gown: made to Client’s taste:
Labour: Gown $1100-$1500 plus Embellishment $200-$300
Beaded fringe: 2m
Lace trim 3.5m
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