24 Feb

1950s Wedding Alteration Project

 As you all know, I love vintage!  So when a bride came to me to ask me to help with her 1950s themed wedding attire, I was so excited! She got her dress from a wonderful consignment store in Phoenix called Almond Tree Weddings.  It is a full-length dress with a train, but I am going to alter it to be a tea-length swing dress, similar to the dresses below.

Because we are going to have so much fabric leftover from the dress alteration, she has asked me to create a bolero jacket from the extra!  I found a vintage 1950s pattern on Etsy that I am going to modify for the jacket.  Isn’t it cute?!
  To top it off, she purchased a bright yellow petticoat that will peek out under the dress when she swing dances with her partner.  I am going to also help her make some cute shoe clips and a hair clip!  How fun!

‘I will post photos of the alterations process as it comes together!

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17 Feb

Classic gowns on film

Today I thought I would share a few of my favorite gowns from cinema.  These are designed by some of the most famous and forward thinking fashion designers of the day.  I love classic movies for so many reasons (better dialog, more compelling and well-rounded characters, more interesting cinematography, etc), and one of these reasons is the fabulous costumes!  They just really knew how to put together an amazing gown back then.

The first of these is the classic ostrich feather dress worn by Ginger Rogers in “Top Hat” during the fantastic dance scene “Cheek to Cheek”

You really have to watch the movie to appreciate the grace of this dress.  It is also a really funny movie!

Next, I have always loved this Travella dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”.  Maybe it is because it is orange…maybe it is because Marilyn is so gorgeous…

Last, although the white strapless dress that Grace Kelly wore in “To Catch a Thief” is more famous, I prefer the sky blue one.  Both were designed by Edith Head, one of my favorite designers.

Now I want to go watch a movie…

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14 Feb

A sign makes it official!

As you know, I have moved in with Cameron + Kelly Studios in downtown Flagstaff.  But today I think I can say that the move is official because I have a sign!  The very talented Howie Hern, a steel artist in town, made my sign and hung it for me.  Check it out!

I love it!  Howie did such a good job making my sign blend in with the Cameron + Kelly Studio sign.  Come down to Heritage Square and check it out in person! 

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31 Jan

Custom Wedding Dresses

It has been a really exciting month for the business!  I have moved in with Cameron + Kelly Studios in downtown Flagstaff, I was a vendor at the Northern Arizona Wedding Expo, and I am now an official retailer for Lynn & Monroe Custom Wedding Dresses!  Connie Mosson with The Chic Bride has created a streamlined service that allows a bride to custom design her own dress or to order an existing design that is tailor-fitted to her measurements.  It is truly an amazing service.  I will work with the bride locally to design the dress, take measurements, choose fabric, and make any alterations needed.  The really incredible part is this service starts at only $600!  Why buy a designer dress for $2000 to $4000 that isn’t even guaranteed to fit when you can get a custom dress for less than $1000!  Below are some of my favorites.
Ruching looks good on everyone!
I love this vintage looking lace and the lace train!
  I am really into lace straps right now, I think they are so delicate and feminine!
Contact me to start designing your own dress today or look through my catalog of Connie’s designs.  We can also design or custom tailor an existing design for bridesmaids dresses in any color in the rainbow!

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24 Oct

Bridal Happy Hour, November 3, 2010, 6-9pm

Anne’s Alterations will be at the Bridal Happy Hour!  The event is at the High Country Conference Center, Wednesday, November 3 from 6-9pm.  Think bridal show, add cocktails, subtract overwhelming amounts of vendors, add the opportunity to actually talk to vendors and of course add in some tasty food.  This event is a must for Northern Arizona brides and I am really excited to participate!  There are going to be some fantastic door prizes…even a gift certificate from yours truly!  There is so much to do before the event, order a banner, figure out my booth design, etc….in between all the sewing!

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