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Sunday
Mar242013

Explosions of Tulle

‘Ti s the season for brides!

Even though I’ve got my full-time gig going full tilt, I’m still working with brides when I can. A local bride found me on Etsy and now I’m making her a custom belt and veil! I love working directly with brides. Custom is definitely my thing.

I’ve got her Lazaro gown holding court in my studio right now. We started off our meeting together sipping Chinese tea and talking about her wedding style and what kind of ideas she had. We ended up on the floor together, with all these goodies spread out everywhere, pulling together the bits and pieces of vintage goodies for her belt.  She got really into the sentiment of possibilities and is going to check with her grandma to potentially add to the design with a little borrowed something or other.

Here’s what the space looked like when we were done.

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It looks like the Tulle Monster vomited up his lunch.

  The bride spied a lace she liked and asked if I did veils too. Pfft Do I do veils?  Of course I do veils! And the lace she spied, it’s small, vintage-ish re-embroidered lace that matches her gown so well, it’s a little scary. She’s wanting a mantilla style veil and I love that style of veil! My mom wore a mantilla and I made my veil from her lace.

Oh, and notice the micro-pleating on the gown? I adore it! It totally reminds me of the Mori Lee gown I tried on in one episode of gown shopping. It also reminds me of the Essence of Australia gown with the crazy pleated train that was a contender for a day or two.

I just LOVE micro pleating! And I still love wedding gowns. Now I have to make sure that I make the time to get this stuff MADE! The wedding is in June. It’s going to be all about time management over the next few weeks.

Stay tune for more photos of wedding belt love and mantilla veil madness!

Wednesday
Jan022013

TruLu Couture Does Monique Lhuillier

So do you remember that gorgeous Monique Lhuillier gown my bestie wore in her wedding? No? Here’s a cute little reminder:

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You can read about Marie & Vic’s Unfake Wedding here, here, here and here.

You might also recall the unfortunate dress disaster that befell Marie and her gorgeous Monique Lhuillier gown.

Marie had the gown professionally cleaned and preserved, spending over $600 to do so and there were still some spots on the gown. Boo. Hiss.

But the smart girl sent the gown to me to see what I could do with it. I’ve been working on the dang thing for FOREVER and with the move and the job, blah, blah, blah. Well, I have FINALLY finished it and it’s up for sale!

So here’s the story….

Wine stains on the skirt. I got them out for the most part, but being the person I am, I couldn't very well sell a gown with spots, for goodness sake. I don't care how light they are.  So I got creative and totally redesigned the dress.

OK, not TOTALLY, but a whole lot. Check it:

 

I redesigned the pick-ups all around the skirt and added hand-bead appliques all around the left side of the skirt.

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Corset Front

I added beading to the silk flowers on the STUNNING corset. Some of the little flowers on the corset now show up on the silk gazar skirt too!

Bustier Back

 

I added pick ups to the back of the gown creating a slightly shorter train with more hand-beaded appliques trailing down and around the back of the skirt.

The French bustle is still the same, just with pretty little appliques now!

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Close-up of one of the appliques.

So now I’m helping Marie sell her gorgeous Monique Lhuillier/TruLu Couture skirt and corset. The woman paid $6800 for the dress, $300 in alterations (corset was lined and bust changed to a C-cup) AND she paid $600 to clean and preserve the gown. AND, it’s been redesigned and updated (couture methods only, natch) my yours truly.

Gown is for sale on my Etsy shop and also over on OnceWed. If you have questions, want to see more pictures or have even a hint of interest, please contact me ASAP! FYI -  since I’m about to go to China day after tomorrow, I won’t be able to send it until January 26th.

So do y’all love? Tell all your engaged friends.

Friday
Nov232012

Black Friday! Crazy-Ass Sale, Happening NOW!

Get ye to yonder Etsy shop and start saving the crazy-mad. EVERYTHING has been discounted, some things up to 60%! Here's a taste of what's going on! 

This one is 50% off! it's a mere $22.50 (plus S&H, natch).

This one is 25% off and is $67.50 (plus S&H, blah, blah, blah).

This GORGEOUS veil (seriously, total love) is 33% off - $250 (you know what else...):

 

So go tell all your friends. Go on....you know you should. Head on over to TruLu Coutureand get ye yors!

 

Thursday
Nov152012

Black Friday at TruLu Couture!

I think I’m gonna have myself a Black Friday sale. I think it’s time. I’m kinda sick at looking at some of my merchandise. It’s time for it to go and go at good prices. Probably at cost.

What do you think about that?

I think it will make room both in my studio, which is still in a state of total disorganization, and make room in my mind for creativity to flow. You feel me?

These are some of the things I want to sell, fo sho.

The Delilah Capelet          Beaded Wedding Headband, The Shirley Headband

Velvet Wedding Fascinator, The Beatrice Fascinator

Flower Wedding Sash, The Adelaide Sash

Bridal Pouf - The Peony Pouf      The Penelope Bandeau Birdcage Veil

Or maybe I should auction them off one by one here?

Nah. Lame idea.

Let me know what you think. Check out some of the prices at TruLu Couture and let me know what pieces you want to see on sale the most!

Maybe someone might win something! I  mean it’s been like, forever since I’ve done a giveaway.

Thursday
May312012

On Being Published

Sometimes it just doesn’t happen the way it’s supposed to. Or, more aptly, I don’t know dick about how to be published.

It kind of makes me happy that I have a full-time gig again. The constant let down of managing your own business? Meh, perhaps my skin is just not thick enough.

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So you might remember when I went and did a photo shoot for Premiere Bride magazine? It was back in October, but I couldn’t post much about it because the shoot was for this April’s edition.

So April came and went. No magazine. I looked for it on stands and online and it was nowhere to be found. So I contacted the person who contacted me for the shoot.

“A change of direction.”

“Didn’t capture our vision.”

Sigh.

I’m sure you can figure out the rest.  I did get a few images, but not enough to warrant the full day of basically feeling a bit like the on-set stylist.

Photography by JMT Photo

Accessories by TruLu Couture.

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This little feather number sold!

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Um, for the record? That fascinator is NOT in her hair the way it should be. Someone moved it…and not in a  good way.

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What do YOU think?