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The Wedding Dress of Anna Murray Douglass

This is the last in the series, Making of the Anna Murray Douglass dress. The dress was created from a plum silk taffeta. I machine quilted the center front and then beaded with garnet beads. Although I sewed the majority of the dress on the sewing machine, my thoughts is that the dress in it's time period, would have been made by hand. I didn't have that kind of time. Link in bio for other videos in this series Anna Murray Douglass    It was such a beautiful event. Ms. Lana Turner planned this event in a short period, but the real miracle was how she met Michelle V. Agins from the New York Times. At a party they met...

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Anna Murray Douglass Dress: Making the Stay

At first I thought I would just buy a corset to wear under the dress, but then quickly changed my mind. I wanted to get the full effect of what Mrs. Douglass might of felt like on that day. I knew that an 19th century woman may have worn some type of corset/stay under the dress, but needed to find out which she might have worn in that time. My research turned up a Stay. I found this from a website called The Dreamstress: The term stays probably comes from the French estayer: to support, because that is exactly what stays did. Stays turned the torso into a stiff, inverted cone, raising and supporting the bust, and providing a solid...

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I Got the Call

You can see the full look here styled and in all it's glory New York Times Best Dressed It was Monday or Tuesday (it's all a blurr) and I got a IG message from  Rick Ramsey of Style Council (  He's a celebrity stylist and he was dressing a Pulitzer Prize Winning Writer, Lynn Nottage for the Tony awards.  Did I have any gowns hanging that would be appropriate for the Tony's......UHHHHHHH.......NO. Thinking that was it, but there was more.  He had peeked at my IG page and one of my skirts was picked as a do you have this one.  I thought I can make that and got to work.......not so fast.  I was going to the...

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