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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Here's "Dress Two" or "The C&B Dress."

When the aforementioned sister, Lindsey got married last summer she received lots of goodies in the mail from Crate&Barrel. The folks over there were so nice as to wrap each gift and tie it with these lovely black-and-white ribbons.

She bestowed these glorious strands upon me with the suggestion that I "make a wedding dress out of them." Great idea, Lindsey!

Here are some in-progress shots for the C&B Dress. The base is white cotton muslin. I'm attaching each ribbon by way of straight-stitch in layers all the way down the dress.

Unfortunately, I've run out of these wonderful ribbons and the dudes at Create & Barrel won't let me have any more unless I order a gift online... so... anyone feeling generous?

Just as some brides might get married just to get the gifts, I'll buy the gifts just to get the ribbon.

(Note: Lindsey also received a nice husband, Danny, when she got married last summer, though not in the mail.)

Bridal Begins!

... And ends a week from today!

In typical Annika style, I was over ambitions AND indecisive.

I decided to do two dresses in two weeks.

For anyone who is not super familiar with the bridal industry, one does not make two dresses in two weeks. One does not make one dress in two weeks. Usually, bridal gowns are created carefully and painstakingly over the course of months and even years. It takes weeks to alter a wedding gown, let alone construct it from scratch.

That being said, I'm doing this. This is what I call "Dress One." I'm going for a rustic/edgy look fit for a fall wedding in the Pacific Northwest. Think pretty, crunchy, yoga-freak.

The fabric is a "cafe-au-lait" colored silk charmeuse. I'm also using some fancy lace care of my big sis Lindsey and a little cool silver-y belting I found in Colorado with my "other" sister, Maija. This one goes out to you, SisterFriends!

Please note that these photos are preliminary! Almost nothing is sewn, so I'd be surprised if the final product turned out as drapy and soft as this.

Wish me luck!

Gorgeous Everly Yours Production Stills

[Photo Credit: Jill Foley, courtesy of Tessa Olson]

Workin' it on the set of Everly Yours

Here are some new photos taken by our awesome still photographer, Jill Foley. These are courtesy of Tessa Olson, the director.

The actors were great to work with. They didn't complain too much when I jabbed them with sewing needles. Sorry, guys!

Everly Yours

Thursday, March 25, 2010

In case anyone's wondering why I dropped off the face of the earth, it's because I was on the set of Everly Yours all weekend.

I was the costume designer for the flim byt Tessa Olson (pictured) and, along with Kelly Chow, I put together these looks for the film. These photos are from the second day of filming when we were on location in Danvers, Mass.

We mostly just styled and put together outfits for the shoot, but we created a few dresses ourselves. I be sure to post them when I have pictures!

Set in 1910, this film addresses the closing of the red-light district in Chicago at the time. As such, the majority of the wardrobe seemed to consist of lingerie. And lots of it.

This project was so amazing to work on. I'd never costumed a film before and it was quite enjoyable. Everyone was so wonderful to work with, but I'd especially like to thank Tessa, Kelly and, Aly (the producer), for making me feel so comfortable on set.

[Photo credit: Aly Isaac and Kelly Chow]

The Evening Dress is done!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

So here it is, everyone! The dress that my professor called "fugly." That's right. As in "effing ugly."

I love this dress and I'm really
pleased with how it turned out. I
wish I had a red

carpet to wear it on. Or an occasion
to even be on a red carpet!

The fabric is a MariMekko design that I got on sale at Crate &

Barrel for $4 a yard! It's %100 polished cotton with a metallic floral design print. Not sure what to call the color. Purple? Brown? Mahogany? Mauve? Taupe?

I took a close-up of the belt which I hand beaded with purple fresh-water pearls, black swarovski crystals, and shell paillettes. The other close up is of the back detail -- an obi-style bow.

Can't believe it's done! Now onto bridal. Any suggestions?

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