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Something Blue

Dollface! Once again, I need to apologize for my much overdue post. I think you’ll like this one though… I thought I’d share with you the headpiece and veil that I made for my loverly friend Jaci’s wedding.

The finished product was a result of much collaboration between the two of us. We compared many ideas and shared many pictures of our inspiration. All I can say is, Thank You, Internets – being able to fire emails back and forth was a real life saver when it came to designing and trouble shooting.

So, without further adieu, may I present my piece de resistance:

Jaci’s colors were navy and white, so we chose several types of blue-toned feathers to give the piece some interest and add pops of color. I used Swarovski crystals to add sparkle.

I constructed the piece by stitching the hand-curled feathers to a felt backing – no glue was used in the piece apart from attaching the crystals and attaching the backing to the piece. I designed the headpiece to be easily detachable from the birdcage veil, so that Jaci could remove the veil after the ceremony and still rock her feathers for the reception. Here’s the secret message I added as a suprise for Jaci:

 
We decided on Russian veiling to give the piece more of a vintage feel:

Jaci’s dress needed something special too, so I designed this flower brooch for her to attach to the ruching at her hip:


And finally, on her big day, here is my beeyouteeful Jaci with her beeyouteeful headpiece:

All in all, I’d say our little project was a smashing success. Please contact me if I can help you design a custom headpiece and veil!

Happy creating!
-Betty

Betty + Etsy #3

Hey ladies! Here’s another one of my Etsy treasures… kind of makes you crave a Dreamsicle, right? This lovely 1970’s sherbet-colored dress is from Miss Megan at Bad Cholla Vintage. Please please do yourself a favor and check out all her lovely pieces! Her prices range from pretty inexpensive to out-of-my-price-range for her most gorgeous items – but I’ve gotten several wonderful bargains (this dress was $42 including shipping) and I love to visit her store often.

I do plan on making a few alterations to this dress… it is in wonderful condition but I can’t pull off head-to-toe orange. I’ll be shortening the sleeves and taking the hem up from a maxi length to knee length. I plan on adding strappy gold heels and a vintage gold clutch along with my new trademark: false lashes and some shimmery eye makeup. Instant summer outfit!

Happy shopping!
-Betty

A new leaf.

Hello gorgeous! It’s me, Betty. I have to make my apologies as I haven’t posted anything in ages! I did want to update you on my latest project, though.

Recently I have been trolling Etsy… too often, probably… for vintage dress patterns. I’ve managed to collect quite a few lovely patterns, and I’ve started a dress that I’m very excited about. Here’s what the finished product will (hopefully) look like when I’m finished:

I think this little number will be a great addition to my wardrobe. It looks like it will be super comfortable and it has pockets. Pockets! Just think of all the curious and wonderful things I can hide in those pockets…

So far I’m very proud of my work. I have a nasty habit of rushing through sewing projects and then wearing the item once or twice before I discard it out of frustration with the finished item. I’m trying very hard to turn over a new leaf by taking my time and following the pattern closely so that I’m able to have some pride when I debut the dress. I’ll be posting a few pictures of my progress soon, and I hope to be able to show you the finished product within the next week.

Happy sewing!
-Betty