Thursday, September 4, 2014

More Pretty Mantillas

Here are some examples of the latest Mantillas I've been asked to make:-

One lady wanted a blue and white one for Marian feasts - it 's not easy to find blue and white lace, so I was delighted when I came across this one whilst on holiday in Cornwall! There's still enough left to make one or two more, so if anyone is interested, please get in touch. 

The very pretty floral pattern shows up better on this side, with hints of the blue showing through.

But I've edge finished this on both sides so that it can be worn with the colourful side out also.

I've had quite a few requests for chocolate brown Mantillas lately. This very pretty one, which has a cotton edging, is the last one I have in stock. (See Mantillas page for more details.)

A similar style to the brown one, in a lovely royal blue

Lovely soft, drapey lace.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

For an Owl - Loving Four Year Old!

New Summer rucksack and matching shorts for a little boy who has a soft spot for owls.

The rucksack has its own carry handle at the top...

And adjustable back straps.

Also fully lined, with a pocket inside,
and one on the front for
good measure!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Special First Holy Communion Project

I am delighted with how this dress turned out. It was designed to be an "heirloom" piece, and I tried to give it the flavour of the style of the mother's own First Holy Communion dress, which had sadly not lasted the test of time, being a somewhat yellowed man-made fabric. Using a pure cotton embroidered fabric, and trimming the high collar, yoke and hem with some lovely cotton Nottingham lace, (a rare find, I found on a market stall in Nottingham!) as well as a broderie anglaise trim on waist and cuffs, it has a lovely timeless quality to it. There is a matching rosary purse which is detachable, and a little first communion book bag.
May Amanda be richly Blessed on her big day.

Detachable rosary pouch pocket.

For the old-fashioned veil, in the style of the cap veils of the 1920's/30's I used the same trim as on the waistband and sewed on a lace Chi Ro and Holy Communion symbol. I really enjoyed looking at photos of First Holy Communicants from the first part of the 20th Century, to get an idea of how the veils were made.

I love the satin rose details at the sides, see below Amanda wearing the veil. 
                     The three photos below were taken by Grisel Leyva from X&V Photography in Santa Ana, California.

Another Happy Customer!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Spring and First Holy Communion Time

Just finished making the first of a batch of First Holy Communion dresses, and as the sun is shining gloriously today, I thought I'd take a few shots amongst the flowers and burgeoning buds.

Beautiful lightweight cotton lawn.

A simpler fabric dressed up with some pretty cotton trim.

Back view.

And here are a couple more, hot off the ironing board!

For Two Sisters about to receive Our Blessed Lord for the first time.

I love the way the breeze catches them! They are so light and airy.

Need to get them off into the post as they are going to the USA.

I have just received these beautiful photos of the latest recipient of a dress and two veils, I hope she has a very blessed Holy Communion Day.

Friday, March 7, 2014

My little model is growing up!

From her first stand on the catwalk -

To a Poised Pose!

Actually, you wouldn't believe how hard it is to get her to stand still  in a position that will show off the dress to full advantage (or maybe you would!)

(This was, "Do a ballet pose"  -  that kept her still for all of a minute!)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Winter Confirmation Frock and Matching Hat

 Fully lined dress and beret style hat, in a warm wool-type fabric, for a young lady of 12 yrs who was confirmed in December.
Cecilia's Dress and Hat

Out door View!

Close up to show lace detail and Lace Dove on Hat

Friday, January 31, 2014

Latest First Holy Communion Dress.

I have just been asked to make a First Holy Communion dress and veil for a young lady who is about to receive Our Blessed Lord for the first time in February. It is made from a pure cotton broderie anglaise type fabric, but is lined in the bodice and skirt - I think she'll need some thermal underwear too though! It was a bit of a rush to get it in the post, so I didn't have time for many quality photos. Hope I get some sent from the big day!
Front view showing Peter Pan collar anglaise braid waist trim, and ric rac trim in other places

Back view showing tie bow in anglaise braid

Detail of fabrics

Overall view of tie on veil, with same anglaise trim used as the head band.

Close-up of head band
Beautiful delicate lace cross detail in centre back

I always feel it is a real privilege to be able to make beautiful garments for such a special occasion.