How it works:
Appointments can be made between:
- October 1 and 29th
- Tuesday through Saturday
- 11am – 6pm
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
If you are interested in meeting amazing business owners who are members and allies of the LGBTQ+ community here in Ottawa, come stop by!
The After Party will feature Chad Michaels..
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?
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.
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.
*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,
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.
Matching Bespoke Hat
RE-STYLE and RE-FIT*:
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.
*Original Gown: made to Client’s taste:
Labour: Gown $1100-$1500 plus Embellishment $200-$300
Retro “ Goth-a Billy” Party gown
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.
Fascinator in black
– personalized with matching fabric $30-$40
Andrea’s bridal coat represents an option to dress up an existing dress or add to a full ensemble custom concept.
The unlined jacket features some fun body flattering shaping with princess seams into pleats. The high low hem shows off the skirt while still creating a formal look.
Made from the coat fabric to be either separately pinned into the hair or all in one piece.
“Ursula” Base Gown:
Labour unlined gown: $600-$900
Or – Adding upper bodice on existing strapless dress $150-$300
Andrea’s Ursula gown represents the possibility of adding upper bodice coverage to strapless gowns, the flattering lines of a princess style dress, and the options of having long sleeves in a slightly stretching fabric added to a solid gown. With the added coverage, a regular bra can be worn.