corsetry / inprogress / Ocean blue Mid-bust
September 11, 2008
inprogress / undergarments
September 5, 2008
It is always great to figure out the shrinkage for fabrics in different cleaning processes. Here is the example of one of my test swatches before writing on the final results:
events / inprogress
August 21, 2008
I’m back in town and sewing up a storm. This week a huge amount of progress has been made on a stunning Modern style wedding gown, awedding corset is going through the final stages,...
Caramel cream / inprogress
August 1, 2008
Hanging: The white on cream spiral trim really stands out just enough to catch the eye. The gown has additional gem accents that can be added along the trim for a fancier look when...
gowns / inprogress
July 31, 2008
Edged with metal on the interior, this collar really stands nicely. Three flat steel bones finish up the underlying support which includes hair canvas and cotton duck.
Now this bodice has been a bodice of DOOM! It has a extreme like for oily substances and will find any oil in a room and suck it up. I’ve watched Rene very carefully...
gowns / inprogress / Our very Own Wedding oufits- TM
July 23, 2008
The quilted petticoat I made for my wedding has a layer of blue silk, wool batting, and linen lining. I thought the linen side was too pretty not to show. Here it is all...
corsetry / inprogress
Here is a mock-up that I plan to add to my samples for my workshop: You can see I was getting ready to insert grommets and boning. Last comes the bottom binding and lacing....
Rene sent me a progress photo of the hand-sewn embroidery :) The front will take longer as some mystery spots appeared on the front portion of the bodice. She has re-done the front and...
July 8, 2008
Rene asked me to adapt an embroidery design for her bodice by making a continuous design that would be curved around the top edge. The inspiration source was only a small section so I...
Caramel cream / gowns / inprogress
June 5, 2008
Here is the final set of trim, all rolled up, with the beading complete: Now it is time to apply it to the caramel velvet and then to hand sew that to the doublet!...
corsetry / inprogress / menswear
A recently completed mock-up:
events / inprogress / menswear
I’ve started going through all the photos I took of the wedding garments in progress and decided some might be nice to share. Here is one showing how I cut out the shape of...
May 12, 2008
Each bead is hand sewn on individually knotted to ensure they will remain secure through use of the garment: I’ll be beading the rest of the trim in between other segments of this project....
May 8, 2008
These photos show the detail at the busk including the planned lace treatment along the girdle. The lace was custom dyed purple. The first dye batch turned out too red but the second batch...
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75 S. 11th St. San Jose, CA 95112
Hi, I'm Laurie Tavan. I run my own custom sewing business making bespoke, one-of-a-kind designs for weddings, dress-up, and fun. Stick around for a behind-the-scenes look into my workshop, photography, acting, and travel.