For as long as I can remember, my two favorite things have been history, and fashion.
My passion for history and fashion led me to New York City, where I lived for 12 years. There I earned an Associate degree in Fashion Merchandising ,and a Bachelor's degree in History.
After graduating I worked in a costume shop specializing in period clothing for Broadway and Opera. This is where I learned to sew professionally and to make my own garment patterns.
After moving back to my home state of Michigan in 2000, I opened my own business doing alterations and custom sewing. Working with full-skirted and tight-bodiced costumes in New York translated into working with wedding gowns here in northern Michigan. I've made bridal my primary focus and today I specialize in the expert alteration of bridal gowns.
My own wedding gown.
While living in New York I visited the costume exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I saw a wine red taffeta and velvet Victorian gown. I thought it was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. That's when I decided "if I ever get married I'm going to wear a gown just like that". Ten years later I did indeed get married, and made for myself that red Victorian gown that I loved so much.
My Elk Rapids Fitting Studio
I'm lucky to come from a creative family, so I share an art studio with my mother at her home in Elk Rapids. I love my little studio! It's warm and charming and filled with beautiful sparkling accessories for my brides. Having a home studio as opposed to an expensive retail location, allows me to keep my prices competitive and reasonable.
In my studio you can try on and purchase veils, jewelry, belts, sashes, hair pieces, shawls, and a lot more. I can even custom create accessories specifically for you. All the extras that make you and your gown unique and lovely.
You can also shop my online boutique!