This dress was solely inspired by these authentic 1950's headpieces from stylist Melania Leocadia with styledbyML and WARLORDme.
I love the lace cutout off-the-shoulder 'sleeves' I created. They are so feminine and remind me of Cinderella's moms dress with the pink velvet bows.
There is also a hi-lo skirt with a 4" horsehair braid that is flirty and fun. It really shows off her vintage kitten heels.
I had the great pleasure of working with the talented Fine Art Photographer, Angie Candell. I saw right away her style was different, and all her photos look like paintings in the end. She also created this backdrop to make all the photos take you back in time.
Some of my favorites from the shoot are below. Featuring my 'Gardenia' Wedding Dress.
Custom made in your measurements, and custom changes available.
Custom Jumpsuit and handmade birdcage veil
So elegant! Probably the most "minalmalist" garment I have made. I love working with clients when they have a clear vision, then I make pieces I would have never made before.
I have never made a maternity dress before, but that did not stop me from creating this great fitting, velvet dress with bell sleeves and Hungarian hand embroidery.
Behind the Seams
I traced a Hungarian embroidery pattern from my great grandmother's design that was on a kitty cat wall decoration using tracing paper.
I then transferred my design to water soluble stabilizer and applied it to the front side of my design. Since I was using a dark velvet material, I was not able to use chalk or pencil like I normally do directly on the fabric. Plus the stretch material required a stronger stabilizer. I used a medium weight on both sides of my design for extra support. This, of course, made it much harder to hand sew, and caused days of hand cramps...
I made this dress with pink sequin fabric from our local Texstyles fabric store. Along with the USA made Silk Chiffon, Silk Charmeuse, and Silk China Lining.
I'm so excited to share these photos. This pink number has been sitting in my closet for months, waiting for the perfect photoshoot to join, and it did just that. I didn't have the opportunity to attend the shoot, but what a tremendous job everyone did. Credit below. 👇
•Makeup: Ashley Gabrielle Spikes, Instagram @goreglitter, Website www.goreglitter.com
•Photographer: Desiree Rose, Instagram @elkkphotography, Website www.elkkphotography.com
•Hair - Shellie Vega instagram @shell.vega, Website: www.shellvega.com
•Stylist: Melania Leocadia, Instagram @WARLORDme_ , Website www.WARLORDme.com
•Florist: Lady Kingsbury, Black Petal Floral Design, Instagram @blackpetalfloraldesign
•Models: Jess Marshall @outragejess, Mark Rector @markrec_
•Designer: Desiree Marie
Over the weekend, I held a DressMaking Class for two eager ladies. With little sewing experience, and a lot of direction, we are creating custom made dresses!
Before even bringing out our fabric, they were taught how to change the standard size 8 sloper into their bust cup size, and measurements.
I was impressed with how they both wanted to really understand everything, and why it was, even with the grading, and pattern making. ----(which is not always the 'fun' part)
The 'fun' part!
I made some Earl Grey tea for the hardworking gals with my great, great Grandmother's china. I love using my antique pieces, and I also have some other tea cups from her around my sewing room as decoration. Eric wants to make me a china cabinet. :O Need a bigger place for that.
The iron is always on while sewing! Pressing is key.
These two ladies had no idea how to make a dress before attending my workshop, and now they are both wearing a custom made dress they drafted, and sewed themselves!
So excited to share photos from my most recent photo shoot with Aluma Photography. I love showing this dress with a rock n' roll inspiration, thank you to our stylist for this shoot, Melania with Warlord Me.
For the environmentally conscious bride who is a little edgy, a little feminine, and a whole lot of fun!
This 'Sally' wedding dress is available for $1375 + shipping.
Aimee found me on Etsy and fell in love with my Navi dress from the Into the Woods collection. We added more coverage to the back so she could wear a bra.
♪ "I want to Dance the Night away with You" ♪
Real bride Sandra contacted me early in the year for a custom gown she was dreaming up. She had lots of ideas, and I added a couple of my own details as well, to create this one-of-a-kind beautiful gown.
Behind the Seams...
Look at that lace collar! We created a higher neck on the overlay for a princess/royal look. I think it made her even more like Princess Kate Middleton! Don't you agree?
I really love this lace we used, it is a French Chantilly. It has a dot print throughout that really makes it young, also it was super soft! The sleeves are connected to one of her fingers on each hand for a fairytale detail. Love her flower in her hair, and her blue earrings to match her new hubby!
"It was also very comfortable and easy to move in, which was important to me for dancing purposes."
Finished the back with over 50 buttons, a small corset at her waist, ruched bum, and a waterfall of extra silk chiffon at center back for a 'faux train'
On 9/18/2017 Sandra D
"Desiree did an amazing job crafting a custom gown for me that was very reasonably within my budget. She took the time to listen and really make sure that she understood all of the details that I was asking for, then pulled them all off without a hitch. I loved my gown, it fit perfectly, and I got lots of compliments from our guests on how beautiful and intricate it was. It was also very comfortable and easy to move in, which was important to me for dancing purposes. I would highly recommend Desiree Marie Designs for a wedding or any custom piece - you will not be disappointed!"
My sister, Jes, recently eloped in San Francisco at City Hall. She came to me for her elopement dress that can be 'worn for other occasions'. Inspired by the popular self-portrait dress, I inserted ladder trim in between the bodice seams, and at the bottom hem.
The combination of the trim and the thick guipure lace was difficult to sew but was it rewarding to see it finished. We upgraded the dress with a unique 3D guipure lace. The dress is lined with a nude kona cotton that she matched with her heels and clutch. The pleating on the skirt gave us a a subtle bell shape that emphasized her waist.
I also created some fun bridal accessories for the happy couple as well.
Congrats Mr. and Mrs. Leffler!
Elopement Photography by Lilouette
I love everything fashion and sewing, so owning an embroidery machine was always a dream. I thought it would be a little less hands-on, but am thrilled to be taking wholesale embroidery orders, (email about custom wholesale orders) and monogram embroideries for brides & bridesmaids.
I work for Artista Apparel a few days a week designing and sewing, so as soon as she needed embroidered hats, she came to me.
I order the hats wholesale from a USA vendor, so I am only able to take wholesale embroidered hat orders. (increments of 12)
Embroidered standard style baseball caps (available in USA made and imported), and (imported only) flat bill style hats. (pictured above)
Staci came to me looking for something fun and sexy and we came up with this deep 'V' faux wrap wedding dress.
Pretty with pink details. Staci styled her dress magnificently with velvet pink Betsey Johnson heels, dainty gold jewelry, crstyal belt, and a gorgeous crystal headpiece.
I added lace appliques to all the edges of the bodice instead of hemming for a more romantic look. Keeping the back very open and lining free was another way we kept this dress on team sexy.
Photos by Stefanie Arnette
Congrats Love birds Staci & Jose!
Promise first came to me looking for a romantic custom made wedding dress that she couldn't find in stores. I was excited when she mentioned it would be a blush gown.
We were going to add pink flowers throughout the gown, but decided early on to leave them out.
She had a clear vision of what she wanted and was great to work with. She came to visit for a fitting as well where she found out she wanted to add a matching veil as well. It really made the whole look come together perfectly.
In order to create the unique style of her dress, I cut out around 100 of these lace pieces and created my own pattern of lace on the bodice that trickled down throughout the dress and veil.
Love her country vintage style she added to the gown.
You can take the girl out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the girl.
She loved it too, see her feedback below:
"Desiree did an awesome job putting all of my ideas together to make the perfect wedding dress. It was beautiful and totally 100% unique. I got compliments on it all night!!" -Promise Newman
Tannie was introduced to me years ago by a mutual friend of ours at one of my fashion shows. I immediately fell in love with her look and continued to work with her on shoots. We had such a similar style, she even purchased a couple custom pieces from me.
Tannie represents the Desireé Marie girl because she's confident, an entrepreneur, and absolutely gorgeous inside and out.
You can find all the dresses she is styling in the shop section
A fun dress and veil to match the fun shoot we had at Walnut Creek Park, Austin Texas. Model, Dora Russell is such a joy to work with, we laughed the whole time. Sometimes we forget that wedding dresses do not have to be white or ivory. With spring around the corner, you can't help but smile after seeing this dress on Dora. Video captured by Gabe Hodge.
Photos and listing coming soon!
Can you believe we're almost in February? I've been busy in the new year, with 3 photoshoots already!
I first contacted my friend, Aubré Salas of Gypc Girl Photography, when I knew I needed some new shots of all these dresses I've been creating, and storing away in my closet.
Here is one that I am really proud of, and is near to my heart, because my Hungarian roots.
(Model Kimberly Mejia is having fun standing over the air vent)
Flowers ^ by The Flower Studio
My grandfather, Julius, came to America from Hungary with his brother when he was only a teenager on a boat. When he met my grandmother, Marcia, she fell in love with his heritage and embroidered the pillow you see in this picture. I used tracing paper from another one of her designs to hand embroider the dress above.
I love hand embroidery, I find it very rewarding. I also have an embroidery machine for different looks, but some things just need to be done by hand.
The bodice fabric is natural recycled organic cotton, (Hemp and Polyester Muslin), and the skirt is an American made silk, and American made silk lining.
(Hair/MUA Samantha JoAnn Cronk, Location Pearl Snap Hall)
Another week gone by, another leading lady to admire, and inspire.
This week's Sunday Style Icon is Sarah Jessica Parker. My favorite role of hers, as many of yours, is Sex and The City. And one of my most favorite looks is the famous tutu, and tank. This outfit works because of balance. She wears such a fun, dressy bottom, and pairs with a neutral, plain, casual tank.
She's a style icon because of the styles she starts, the amazing designers she wears, and the effortlessly perfect way she puts it all together.
"Maybe the best any of us can do is not to quit. Play the hand we've been given, and accessorize the outfit we got!" Carrie Bradshaw
Past Designs Inspired by this style
What's your favorite Carrie Bradshaw look, or quote?
"I'm looking for love. Real love. Ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can't live without each other. Love." Carrie Bradshaw
Mindy Kaling is this week's style icon. I fell in love with her comedy in the Office, and fell in love with her style in The Mindy Project.
Mixing prints, peplums, crop tops, and full matching ensembles are all fashion risks that Mindy tackles and makes look easy. Her style is inspiring, and fun. She doesn't worry about what is meant for her body type, she wears what she wants, and looks great in everything. Some of my favorite looks are where she mixes feminine and edgy details for one awesome look.
Past Designs Inspired by this Look
Fashion no-no's often become new trends that only the brave risk at first. Be a Mindy, wear what makes you smile!
I'm starting a new series for my blog, Sunday Style Icon. This is the first post. I am working hard on designs, but will be sharing style icons that inspire my personal style, and brand, since I can't share any photos.
They're in no particular order, these ladies are too fabulous to compare!
Besides being completely infatuated with her style in the 80's Pretty in Pink and Breakfast Club, I love how she plays a talented seamstress, she's beautiful and tall, her unique style, and how she made me fall in love with vintage.
Past designs influenced by this style