Thursday, August 30, 2007

Button for a Bride

I've been having such a lovely time working on bridal collections recently. We've had wonderfully adventurous brides who give me their color palettes and then tell us to make a group of one-of-a-kind clutches in that that color family. Before we start to sew, I always photograph a materials palette that includes silks, buttons, and ribbons. I want the brides to get an idea of the direction we're going. Once they give approval, we start cutting, stitching, embellishing.

Right now I'm working with a bride on her collection. I'm going to save the bridesmaids bags to show you once they are done. Here's a picture of the button that I have sent off to the bride for approval. My mom bought me three of these glass buttons at an antique store in Florida. One was used on a bridal bag for a wedding in Chicago. Another, we stitched to a wristlet for a Seattle bride. This, the last one, may end up out of state if the bride gives me the go ahead.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Something Old, Something New...

Debbie, quilter, cutter, and LBD crewmember extraordinaire, had two nieces get married over the summer. She brought in a small cutting from her mother's wedding dress - a strip of a patterned semi-sheer fabric. She wanted to incorporate the special dress fabric into a wedding wristlet for each bride. She decided to pair the sheer with a lovely ivory silk dupioni, and we inset a panel of the treasured dress fabric.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Button Journey

"Where do you get all of your buttons," customers often ask us. The truth is I'm always looking for buttons for our bags in all kinds of places - thrift shops, Ebay, junk stores. Often really cool buttons come our way in old cookie tins or dusty boxes. Usually these buttons are dirty and dingy.

So grimy are some of these treasures, that they need to be washed in soapy water. These are some photos that Ashley took over the weekend. You can see Rebecca's hand in this shot. She's another terrific Ballard High senior who is part of our Saturday crew.

After we soap up and rinse each button, we lay them out to air dry.

Finally, the buttons are all shiny and clean, ready to embellish a new clutch or handbag.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Turquoise Rules

Hello readers, you voted on your favorite color and it was blue. You voted on your favorite shade of blue and turquoise won, hands down. Turquoise lovers, I thought I'd offer you some eye candy: Here's a little assemblage of some of the turquoise things we have in the store.

Button Thursday

I could take pictures of buttons all day. Somehow shooting photos and then looking at each button larger than life on screen makes me notice new details.

I'm going to try something new: each Thursday, or as close as I can get, I'll post a fresh button photo. (Now that's great excuse to play with the button dishes even more...)

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Buttons and Teamwork

Choosing a button to put your custom bag is kind of like choosing a pair of earrings to wear with your outfit. A button can take a purse from subtle to flashy, vintage to modern, casual to dressy.

Here are some silk wristlets that Ashley stitched up for a bridal party, featuring teal, silver, and some lovely vintage buttons. These bags are the perfect illustration of our team here at LBD: I worked with the bride to design the bags, Debbie cut the many pieces of silk, ribbon, and lining for the bags, and Ashley sewed them up for our customer.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Golf Cart Wristlet

Here's a newer product from our wristlet collection. It features a handy dandy metal snap clip that you can use to lace the strap through a tote handle, stroller handle, or, as in the camera phone image below, golf cart.

High style on the links!