The Old Church


What started as a drive to Kilkenny ended up as an afternoon in St Mary’s Church in Gowran. What an amazing site. Built in the late 13th Century, it is believed to have been built on the site of an early monastery, and there is an Ogham Stone on display in the chancel suggesting that people worshiped here over 2000 years ago. This area is steeped in history and the tour is fascinating.


So I took the opportunity to photograph my new creation- this shirt dress is made from original 1970s print cotton, from a large stash that came from an old fabric shop. I love making accessories too, so I added matching belt and headscarf. Matching accessories were very important in the 70s.


Look at the exquisite stone carving on the window frame, it is beautiful. Drop in if you are ever in the area, St Marys is really worth a look.






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Lady Diana Spencer


One of my favourite dresses ever is Lady Diana Spencer’s Wedding Dress. It was such an iconic dress, created by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, it was made from ivory silk taffeta and antique Carrickmacross lace from Queen Mary’s collection. Thousands of sequins and pearls were used for the finishing touch. Oh and I nearly forgot the train….25 feet!!


My version does not have the royal antique lace unfortunately, but I have used ivory silk taffeta, vintage lace and pearls, and the train is detachable, just like the original…..




Here is a close up of the bodice:


Bow detail on the sleeve…..


I made a tulle and lace underskirt too…


The background tapestry I found in a junk shop, it is all stitched by hand and is perfect.

Someone spent hours and hours working on this,  I can appreciate all that effort!





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