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I am an artist "obsessed with dresses" particularly vintage and vintage inspired OOAK handcrafted gowns using only the finest materials and findings available. My fashion sense is extremely eclectic, but seems to be based in my love for classic film. In fact, I currently have been working in the film industry as a costume mistress. I love creating fantastic looks, custom wardrobe requests, and gowns for that special occasion.

While not all of my items are currently listed, as many are "on hold" for potential future use in film, I do have over 300 items in my personal collection to draw from for your special request. I will gladly tailor any existing vintage item in my collection to fit your need, or create for you that special OOAK item. My collection ranges from vintage Edwardian lawn dresses, frivolous flapper frocks,…

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  • Joined January 10, 2012

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silk, cotton, wool, unusual vintage fabrics, bamboo, wood, glamorous, and Mid Century items, Art Deco, and MOD anything

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About

Greetings!

I am an artist "obsessed with dresses" particularly vintage and vintage inspired OOAK handcrafted gowns using only the finest materials and findings available. My fashion sense is extremely eclectic, but seems to be based in my love for classic film. In fact, I currently have been working in the film industry as a costume mistress. I love creating fantastic looks, custom wardrobe requests, and gowns for that special occasion.

While not all of my items are currently listed, as many are "on hold" for potential future use in film, I do have over 300 items in my personal collection to draw from for your special request. I will gladly tailor any existing vintage item in my collection to fit your need, or create for you that special OOAK item. My collection ranges from vintage Edwardian lawn dresses, frivolous flapper frocks, glamorous depression era gowns, WWII era attire through the golden age of Hollywood and the fabulous fifties, and fun and funky 60's and 70's MOD. My sewing style is couture, using French seams, and many seams and details are tediously hand stitched. Every custom request is a One Of A Kind Creation, and each pattern is individually made to insure your personal fit.

My New Year's resolution is to open two more stores here on Etsy to complement Obsessed With Dresses. "Nuttin' Wrong with That Vintage", will feature vintage clothing and accessories; while, "Souxie Homemaker" will feature both vintage and handcrafted housewares! Please check back often for more quality vintage finds and creations made from the finest materials available!

For those of you interested in my professional background as an artist, my 15 minutes of fame can be claimed as the artist responsible for creating the life-size statue of a giraffe made from junk collected from the streets of Baltimore for the Maryland Zoo's (#1 in the Nation) children's exhibit "Recycle Railroad", as a Fine Art student at Towson University in 1995. My studies in fine art continued as did my career as a professional artist as a sculptor, yacht designer, and architectural model maker. When the economy took a nose dive, so did my traditional design opportunities. It was by accident that this shop happened!

I was working as a courier to pay my bills, when I became engaged. I found myself walking around delivering packages obsessing about my own wedding gown. I had my mind set on an Amy Kunchel gown, but simply could not afford it. Also, it did not really fit in with my fiancé's desire to wear a heavy woolen kilt. Contemporaneously, I won a Vera Wang gown bidding on a mystery box through a charity auction. Everybody thought that I was so lucky, but the fact was that the gown while very pretty was not my size, or nor not my style. I thought of altering the dress, as I have had to alter all of my dresses all my life. I have a petite stature, but a womanly figure. So, as a bride, seeking the perfect gown, I became obsessed with dresses literally! I was very dissatisfied with what I could find elsewhere. My main point of contention with "off the rack" wedding gowns is the fact that all the silk gowns I could find, were actually lined in polyester! This just would not do, so as usual due to my petite stature, I found myself creating my own dress! It was a complete success as everyone agreed that my creation was much better fit physically and stylistically than my $4500.00 Vera Wang gown could ever be.

Thanks to the encouragement by my husband, friends, and family, Obsessed with Dresses the store was born! I am so pleased to be starting my third year here on Etsy! It had proven to be the perfect venue for my passion for custom creations while allowing me to maintain my other freelance work. I have fallen in love with the Etsy community, and rarely shop elsewhere these days. I feel honored to have been embraced by this community. Thank you so much Etsy!....and THANK YOU for visiting my little shop.

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