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Vintage Restoration and Restyling

One of the aspects I love about working with wedding gowns is restoring a cherished heirloom.  I have worked with gowns as old as the late 1880's, reworking hand stitched gathers, repairing lace and beadwork. 

They often need alteration to fit the new wearer and sometimes the style doesn't suit the bride but they want to use dress because of the sentimental value.  It can be total restyling to modernizing the cut of the sleeves and neckline.  Headpeices can be reworked or recreated, veiling replaced or repaired.

I love it when a bride brings in the original wedding picture.  A nice thing to do is put it in a tabletop frame and use it as a centerpiece with the guest book.  That way your guests get a sense of history when seeing you in your vintage wedding gown. 

Call me at 425-238-3644 for a free consultation if you're interested in wearing an antique or vintage gown.

Prom Dresses

Prom's just right around the corner and now's the time to plan for that special dress. Give yourself two months from start to finish. To begin, I'll sit down with you while you share your design ideas and show you color swatches of fabrics. Plan on 2-3 fittings plus delivery.  

You won't have to worry about showing up in the same dress as someone else when you have a custom dress in the style and color of your choosing!

Having a Christmas Wedding?

by Deb Carpenito, WeddingPhotoUSA

Here are some ideas for your Christmas theme!

Planning a wedding for the Christmas season adds even more magic to the spirit of the holidays. We put together some ideas to help with your Christmas Wedding Theme.


For the bride, a traditional white gown with a velvet or fur shawl and a fur muff rather than a bouquet to keep you warm.

For the Groom, all white tux with tails.

The bridesmaids can wear silver, red, or green dresses and the groomsmen in white tuxes with silver bowties and vests.


Red Calla Lillies, Poinsettias, or red and white roses will look beautiful and also add a touch of holly, ivy, pine or ornamental berries. Also consider a crystal bouquet instead of flowers for the bride.


A magical arrival in a horse drawn sleigh or carriage with an added touch having the sleigh driver dressed as Santa!


Check with your church beforehand because they may already have decorated for christmas. If not, try chris…

Fabrics Available

For those of you sewing your own wedding fashions and need a source for quality fabrics, consider a fabric store that comes to you.  I have hundreds of swatches of silks and synthetics and a complete collection of colors available.  Silks by the yard and synthetics by the bolt; exceptional quality for a very good price.  Designers and students welcome!

Holiday Dresses

It’s almost New Year’s, and you’ve got parties to go to. Now it's time to find a dressy holiday look: one that will work for most black tie, cocktail, business formal and formal holiday parties. Usually the event invitation will clue you into the formality of the event, whether it's casual or black tie. But sometimes even that will cause confusion (short dress or long?) In general, the later in the day the event (after 6 p.m.), the dressier. Long dresses are usually reserved only for formal (black tie) occasions.
You could just wear a little black dress (classy, flattering and slenderizing), but why not explore some of the other dressy options? Red, bold prints, even gold are dramatic enough for evening wear. Choose from silks, brocades, organza, velvet and other luxurious fabrics. Look through magazines and catalogs for inspiration. Can’t find the perfect look? Now’s the time to call me for a consultation to put your ideas together and create the dress you want.

Having a Thanksgiving Wedding?

by Deb Carpenito, WeddingPhotoUSA

Here are some ideas for your Thanksgiving theme!

All of your family and friends are in town for Thanksgiving weekend....spending time with them and eating delicious food, what a wonderful combination. Why not make it even more special and add in a celebration of marriage!

Make sure to send save the date cards as soon as you know since it is a holiday. Off white or ivory invitations embossed with pressed autumn leaves are a beautiful touch, you can also use acorns, fall flowers, or seasonal fruit.

Carve out pumpkins and put votive candles inside, or use leaf or pumpkin shaped floating candles in a bowl placed on a autumn decorated plate, or lay out seasonal fruits sprayed with a golden sparkle on gold plates with votive candles randomly placed ontop.

Use cornucopias with fall flowers or seasonal fruits, pumpkins, gourds and corn stalks throughout the room.

Autumn colors: Rust, Burgundy, Brown, Tan, Gold, …

The Importance of Alterations

When you buy a dress off the rack, alterations should always be a part of your dress budget.  The majority of wedding gowns and formal wear are fitted gowns; meaning that a manufactured dress is made to fit a set of measurements, usually not completely your own, but you buy the closest set of measurements to yours.  While back in the '80s wedding gowns were made to be altered with large open seam allowances, these days you will get a well made gown that is not. 

Over the last twenty three years, I've seen these changes and have altered hundreds of gowns.  All types of hems, bodices, bustles, and other sizing issues.  Fittings are few and it's service at your door.  The average alterations take the initial fitting plus the final try on and delivery.  Wedding gown alterations can average between $150 - $350 depending on what needs to be done.  Bridesmaids should budget between $80 - $100 on an average alterations ticket.

It's important to have all your undergarments and…

In Home Consultations and Fittings

Now that you've been around to all the area bridal stores and you've not quite found "that dress," it's time to pull all your resources of pictures and ideas and sit back while I come to you.  Poetry Of The Dress services the Pacific Northwest from Portland to the Canadian Border and the Olympic Pennisula. 

Whether it's alterations or creating your bridal gown, bridesmaids, or formalwear, I have everything I need with me to make your dress planning perfectly stress free.  Consultations are free and there's no obligation.    Every fitting is done in the convenience of your home including delivery of your dress.  Instead of being limited to what the local fabric stores have, I've got lots of different fabric swatches from companies near and far that I bring to help you design the dress you've been wanting. 

I've also got resources for slips and bras, making it easy to get everything you need for that perfect look.  Have a custom veil and headp…

Custom Wedding Gowns

Whether it's an original design or a reproduction, having a custom wedding dress made is an experience and one that makes your bridal gown more than just a dress.  Having your pick of luscious silks or luxurious synthetics, in all sorts of bridal hues or expressive color, makes designing the dress of your dreams easy in the fabric and color you choose; each fitting a metamorphis from muslin to a beautiful garment. 

Custom wedding gowns start at $1300 for labor plus fabrics and embellishments and take 4-6 months.  Need a dress in a rush?  A wedding dress can take as little as six weeks if my schedule allows.  At your consultation be prepared to express yourself with sketches and/or magazine photos and I'll bring fabric swatches and expert guidence to help you design the wedding gown you've been wanting.  Plan on four fittings plus a final try on at delivery.
Make your wedding day special with a gown made for you; a garment cherished for a lifetime, a reflection of that spe…

Custom Bridesmaids

Having a hard time finding that perfect color for your bridesmaids dress?  How about a style everyone's happy with?  Trying to match a junior bridesmaid and flowergirl dress? 
Custom bridesmaids start at $250 for labor plus your choice of fabrics.  I carry many different types of fabrics, both silk and synthetic, in an array of popular colors.  When you order a custom dress all fittings are included to give your gown a perfect fit. 
While tradition suggests bridesmaids wear matching dresses, added sophistication can be given by giving your maids a little definition with coordinating colors and individual style. 
Have an out of state bridesmaid?  No problem.  I'll make it as close to her measurements as possible and ship it to her where she can have it altered at her convenience.  Thinking of having your out of town bridesmaid hire a seamstress in her area?  The big problem with that is even though they have a piece of the same fabric all the other dresses are made off, different…

Halloween Costumes

Now is the time to start planning your costume for Halloween 2011. Custom costumes take about 4 months to complete and can be inspired from many different sources like movies, art, history, or your own original idea.

From vampires to fairies, sci fi to fantastical, bring me your ideas and let's develop an eye catching display of that other self you've been seeking to be for a night of Halloween party fun.

Historical costuming is also available for men and women. Whether true to renaissance or medieval fashion history or with added whimsy or creativity, let me create a lasting garment to add to your wardrobe.

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My inspirations come from many different sources. Movies, magazine spreads, books on designers. In particular, among others: Balenciaga, French bridal fashion, Nichole Kidman, Resident Evil: Afterlife's Jovovich's costume.

As a wedding gown designer I don't confine myself to traditional materials, often contrasting them with unusual choices of textures and textile. Wouldn't this picture (the bodice and belt) be interesting in leather or metal (or both?!) with a flowing silk shantung swirling behind her. Or a stone washed denim affair for a completely different look. And then there's the cream crushed velvet with washed silk crepe for a more traditional style. We've been stuck in the strapless era for too long. The eighties may have been over the top, but at least they had style. We've let the manufacturers set the trend on wedding gown styles, but remember they're profit oriented and it's a lot more cost effective to have one basic pattern then have …

Original Designs

These designs were made for Victoria's Bridal Couture and are available through their store.

Original Designs

These designs were made for Victoria's Bridal Couture and are available through their store.

Original Designs

These designs below were made for Victoria's Bridal Couture and are available through their store.

Original Designs

These designs were made for Victoria's Bridal Couture and are available through their store.