Friday, March 21, 2008

A dress and it's designer

one.dress.finished

my.collaborator

I love them both.

These aren't the final ad shots, but we did get that done. In the nick of time, naturally. Designed it, she did. Now if I could just get her to not surf on my computer while I'm drafting the pattern she might learn a little more. Not complaining. I do have to say something mom-like.

Have a Bright and Beautiful Easter. Eastern Orthodox Easter is still a few weeks away for us, but I will be thinking of many of you out there cracking eggs and celebrating renewal!

love, Anna

96 comments:

  1. The dress, the fabric and Juliana are all beautiful. The basket of flowers motif is great--I really, really want some of that fabric!
    Congrats on getting it all done.
    Joan

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  2. Beautiful, beautiful -- both of them of course.

    Please!! Please tell us that there is a way for us to get the pattern. I can't express how much I truly adore the dress.

    Congratulations Julianna!

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  3. That dress (and the lovely model) is GORGEOUS!! Will there be a pattern?!? It is too cool.

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  4. That dress is gorgeous! And so is the fabric. And the model :)

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  5. That dress is really beautiful and chic. The fabric simply makes the dress. What I noticed is the small "V" notch. That must have been a little difficult to get just right (snipping, trimming, turning, pressing). The effect is simply wonderful.

    I'm nominating Juliana for the next round of project runway.

    - Suzanne, the Farmer's Wife

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  6. Ahhh- to be that young and beautiful! What I wouldn't give! She has so much out there just waiting for her to come and get it. I know you are proud... and you should be!
    Congrats to you both for a job well done!

    Love,
    Jill Johnson

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  7. I can't tell you how much I have enjoyed your blog since coming upon it a week ago. The first day I ordered your fabric, and I've already put it to good use. You truly give me inspiration to follow my dreams, which include writing, crafting, sewing and having lots of kids! :) So far, though, I only have the first three things in production. Thanks for all of you openness in sharing about your life. What an inspiration.

    Oh, and the dress and daughter - perfection!

    Many thanks,
    Jill O'Hanlon

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  8. Kimberly9:28 AM

    The model and dress are beautiful. It made me think of the years my mother made all my sisters and my clothes. Only I wasn't a talented designer like Juliana.

    I also love how you photographed it on the couch covered with my favorite fabric from your new line. You inspire me!

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  9. Just gorgeous. Stunning.

    And Happy Easter on the 4th! (Mom's side of the family is Russian Orthodox).

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  10. Wow......Just beautiful. Both lovelies :)

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  11. Wow! Everything (dress, model, fabric) looks amazing! SO beautiful.

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  12. Many many congratulations!! And happy easter!

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  13. So beautiful. I can't wait to see your new prints in person. I've really enjoyed your blog over the past year.

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  14. Lovely. Both of them. Hope you enjoyed the process despite the rush to get it done!

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  15. I cannot believe how you got the pattern to line up so precisely on that front pleat! wow!

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  16. both are beautiful ^-^
    and it looks as if my guess about her inspiration was right. can't wait to see the final shots!

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  17. The dress and the fabric are beautiful!

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  18. Tell me that is your fabric, so that I can buy some of it!! Wow, beautiful color and and very beautiful daughter of course!! I just finished a blouse for my daughter and posted it on my blog. Your daughter reminds me of mine a bit, I think they would be good pals. :)

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  19. That is a beautiful dress. Looks like she has inherited her mother's talent. I can't wait to see the ad pics. Take care and God bless, Cory

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  20. Mother and daughter -- both gorgeous and talented!
    If Juliana doesn't care for the drafting lessons, I will gladly come to the next session and not even glance at your computer! Thanks for sharing this little snippet of beauty and inspiration with us!

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  21. Please tell me that there will be a pattern. What a gorgeous gorgeous dress and model! Great job!

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  22. Amazing...your daughter, her dress, her seamstress.

    Congrats on finishing it and getting your pictures in time.

    Thank you for always adding something beautiful to my day!

    Caroline

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  23. Gorgeous dress (and designer)! You are such a talented family! That fabric is perfectly lined up...and just the touch of black. Question: what shoes would you wear with a dress like this?

    Happy Easter in a few weeks to you, too. Some Greek friends of ours are celebrating the Orthodox holiday with a lamb roast. I can't wait!

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  24. what a beautiful dress! the colors and pattern of the fabric is just so bold and lovely! great job!

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  25. Julianna, very nice job on the dreaming, designing and an eye for the details like the black piping and the v-slit on the bodice. Now, if you watch your mom make the pattern out of it you are really off like a rocket! :o)
    Anna Maria, I think this fabric is my absolute favorite..but, that may not be entirely true as I dont have all of the others in front of me right now. LOL!
    Lori

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  26. Wow - just a lovely dress and designer. The beauty is from it's simplicity and the small, careful details. Thank you for sharing it with us! Congrats to you both on a job well done!

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  27. what a talented daughter!!! she is lucky to have such an incredible teacher as her mom. she will think so too one day! :0)

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  28. Stunning!
    Please let us know when that pattern will be available - because my 15yo is just gushing!!! Gotta love those big girlies.

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  29. I'm so jealous of that beautiful dress. Will you share the design drawing and the inspiration behind the dress?

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  30. I love how soft yet bold this fabric is! I love it! color is great one too...especially on your daughter!

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  31. Oh she is such a beauty! I have a one year old beautiful daughter whom I adore myself! I enjoy your blogs, you are very inspiring!

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  32. Kerstin1:53 PM

    FAB-U-LOUS!! Gorgeous neckline and the black piping is genius! Such talent, both of you. Please make the pattern available.

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  33. Oh, would love to know how to draft a pattern for this one myself. Will have to see if I can figure that one out. What a blessing to be so talented and to have such a lovely daughter. Can't wait to get my hands on some of this fabric. My 11 darling daughter is drooling over it as well!

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  34. Very cool, I love it!

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  35. Just beautiful. The dress and the designer, both. You must be so proud, mama!
    Ula

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  36. Just gorgeous ~ girly, fabric and dress.

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  37. Terriaw4:04 PM

    Both the dress and the designer look fabulous. Makes me feel like celebrating!

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  38. I just love this dress, this delightfully beautiful designer and the entire scene. WOW!

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  39. Anonymous5:06 PM

    Love the dress and the model- it came out so nice. Are you going to publish the pattern because I'd love to have it to make. Sometimes it's hard to find a stunning pattern like that anywhere. Let us know if it will be published. Thanks!

    goldengirls59

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  40. Gorgeous! Both the dress and your daughter. What a team you make.

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  41. Wowsers. I don't know who I'm more impressed with, your daughter for designing the dress or you for being able to sew it up. It's really gorgeous..umm has that word been used too much already? O.k. then it's splendiferous!
    I also like the sofa/chair she is sitting on, do I recognize your new fabric there too? It must be exciting to see your designs come to live in projects...cool!

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  42. Really pretty dress. And what a great way to spend time with your daughter. Happy Easter to you.

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  43. Karen H6:36 PM

    What a talented daughter you have, I wonder where she gets it from? :)
    Both are beautiful. Thanks for always sharing with us.

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  44. WOW! Im impressed! They're both gorgeous!!

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  45. OH I Love it! Both the dress and your daughter are lovely!

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  46. I LOVE it!!! Ok, now I'm dying to get that fabric!!

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  47. WOW! I am definitely gonna have to get that print and I am so impressed that Juliana designed the dress! We might see her on Project Runway one day!

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  48. Mary Ann/Ca10:14 PM

    The fabric and the girl...fabulous! The pattern and the dress, I am so impressed the absolute symmetry of the print, amazing technique Anna Maria!

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  49. That is gorgeous, lovely design and a talented young lady.Gets it from her mum!!

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  50. I adore this dress; the color, the style, it's wonderful.

    :)

    Teresa

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  51. Beautiful, beautiful! Fabric, daughter, design, photography - gorgeous!

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  52. As th esaying goes....Apple doesn't fall to far from the tree....Juliana has beauty and talent just like her mom :)

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  53. Wonderful blog!I love all your things what you do!
    Happy Easter!

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  54. Beautiful dress and gorgeous model, I too can't wait for your new fabric line to come out.

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  55. Please tell me we'll be able to get our hands on that pattern! It is soooo beautiful. Your daughter has learned well from you. =)

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  56. Wow! What a stunning dress, and I love that fabric! I'm so wowed with it all! You are both very talented! x

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  57. Wow!

    What a talented mother/daughter duo. I'm going to be watching for the fabric and may try to craft a dress like it for myself! What a fun inspiration!

    Happy early Easter,
    Brin

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  58. anary2:52 PM

    delightfull!

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  59. You've raised design genius- the dress is really perfect and clever in so many ways! Beautiful.

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  60. OH, the dress is fabulous! I love how the print is being used. Gorgeous! You are both way too talented! :-)
    ~Angela :-)

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  61. Happy Easter! I didn't realize that your Easter was celebrated later... hopefully it will be a warmer day for all of you and this beautiful dress!! I love the fabric and the retro styling. And the fabric on the couch behind it is gorgeous too! Your life is like a painting!

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  62. it is so stunning! congratulations juliana.

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  63. The dress and the daughter are GORGEOUS!

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  64. They are both adorable! That dress, and the fabric, are divine. Such creativity in your family. As others have already expressed, I hope that a pattern may soon appear on your site.

    Happy Easter to you and your family.

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  65. Anna Maria, I love your attitude, of course you go see that new baby, and of course you talk on the phone to a dear friend, and the coffee, well, I can relate, and if you love a mug, who cares if it's cracked!!! This dress is fabulous, the fabric, everything, love it! Oh did I say I love how the pleats come out from the waist and I love the piping and how beautifully you matched the print, etc.

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  66. Stunning! Both the dress AND the designer :)

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  67. Oh that is so pretty!!!

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  68. With 70 comments ahead of me... do you really read them all??

    I love the dress. I'd snap it off a rack without hesitation. You have a very talented daughter! Applause to you Mom for being such a great role model.
    Joni

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  69. Amazing! Congratulations, Juliana.

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  70. Oh, such a beautiful dress and such a very beautiful model. this is my first time to visit your blog. It will not be my last.

    Cookie

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  71. Gorgeous!
    The pictures are beautiful, the dress design is fabulous and works so well with the lovely fabric design (I'm a sucker for the nouveau). And the model looks beautiful.

    (I've ready your blog for quite a while but don't think I ever commented, have got behind and just been catching up. So glad to be back reading this blog and feeling uplifted, inspired and wondering how I could manage to get a fraction of the amount done that you do!)

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  72. Very feminin dress:) and girl so beautiful!

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  73. What a gorgeous dress! You must be so proud!

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  74. Hi Anna Maria,
    I so totally enjoyed your interview @ CraftSanity. It was very cool to hear all of your thoughts and answers to some of those very well thoughtout questions.
    I was in the middle of some sewing disaster that I had to sort out and your interview was just what I needed to help me complete the task at hand. I loved how you shared your kind of thought process on desiging fabric and all that goes into it.
    I was especially encouraged by what you said about blogs and comments... I seem to blog to the air without many comments but I know they will come - maybe I should do a giveaway.
    Great interview - loved it!!
    mary

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  75. That fabric is beautiful!!!! The dress is also gorgeous!!!!

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  76. Gorgeous dress and gorgeous girl! Love your inspiration Anna :)

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  77. A..MAZING. I love, love, love, love.

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  78. Wow, so where'd you pick up the pattern making skills? I don't think they teach that in art school. I have a degree in fashion design and I could do that at one point....ok, well, I was better at draping than pattern making. Anyway, so wonderful that you have a partner in crime...a lovely talent and model. I'm the only girl in my house!

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  79. Renee7:45 PM

    just beautiful!!

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  80. Julie Tiu10:31 PM

    Simply beautiful... the young lady and the dress!

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  81. Oh, so beautiful. And the dress is just precious. She has the eye, I think!
    --Anna

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  82. Alicia1:44 PM

    Wow! Crossing my fingers that I'll be able to get my hands on that pattern.

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  83. Anonymous2:01 PM

    I can't believe that first photo was an out take--I love it. Can't wait to see the 'real' photo for the ad.

    The dress is stunning! Sheer perfection.

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  84. This is wonderful! I am staring...:)

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  85. what a gorgeous dress! and I love your blog header - so many bright colors. your blog continues to be an inspiration to me. thank you!

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  86. I love browsing on your website, it always cheers me up :) I am Russian Orthodox and yes, Easter is very late for us this year :) ( the difference between the two is almost a month and a half )

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  87. I love the fabric and the dress! pretty please, make us a pattern?

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  88. Both are beautiful... I love the red and white fabric!

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  89. Damn, that is an awesome dress and a lovely young lady.

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  90. i LOVE that dress!!! everything about it is wonderful.

    is the pattern available somewhere?

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