Throwback while we were in New Westminster

Reposting Hilary’s wedding album. One of my best client. I will be redesigning this dress again in the future.View More: http://ackenstudios.pass.us/hilarylovesdrewView More: http://ackenstudios.pass.us/hilarylovesdrew View More: http://ackenstudios.pass.us/hilarylovesdrew View More: http://ackenstudios.pass.us/hilarylovesdrew View More: http://ackenstudios.pass.us/hilarylovesdrew View More: http://ackenstudios.pass.us/hilarylovesdrew View More: http://ackenstudios.pass.us/hilarylovesdrew View More: http://ackenstudios.pass.us/hilarylovesdrew

A wife asked her husband to expel his mother from their wedding:

……because of what he did, the whole world admires.

At his wedding, the son put his mother at the forefront of the table. His wife came in and asked;  why this old woman is here? kick her out from our wedding immediately. Wrote by ‘ Balkanspress’. He answered, “it’s my mother” But she still insisted that she will be expelled from the wedding, knowing it’s her husband’s mother. The son went to the microphone for the guests to hear and said; who will buy my mother? I am selling her today. Any price you offer for her? because my wife does not like her.

Everyone was staring at him and no one answered. He walked over to his mother and grabbed her hand and said, Nobody will buy my mother? Well, I will buy my mother. He went out with his mother in arm and left his wife with her guests and brought his mother into his house.

After a few days, a very rich man appeared at the door and said, “I heard what happened on your wedding! For this I will give you my daughter, because if you are so careful of your mother, you will surely care and respect my daughter”.

Process to make this dress

This is just an example on what you will learn from the professional designer on the blog.

Being a designer is an art. You have an ideas in mind. You sketch. You  envision the style, fabrics, colour, texture, silhouette of the dress you want to make. You also have to make it from the start to finish to test your skill. Is a long process but is worth it.

A bride who wore her mother’s wedding dress….

………38 years ago. Ahhh, maybe you wonder what I meant by it…! Just imagine what would be the wedding dress look like in the 70’s perhaps?  Vintage lace, lots of ruffles, some puff sleeves, some looks likes a nightgown, etc.?

The case of this dress before the changed was a camisole and long sleeves lace overlay. Too bad I don’t have the picture before I took it apart. But just use your creative imagination.

After many changes and a few fittings, it became Helen Thomas beautiful wedding dress. The most delicate vintage lace I ever redesigned and made.image1-1 Thank you all!:)

THE MISS CANADA UNIVERSE CANDIDATE, CAMILLA AND ME!

Hope she wins. Ellebay is one of her sponsor! Good luck and God will bless you!

We’re having a fashion show with ALDO Shoes in Robson Street at down town Vancouver at 8:00 pm tonight. 10 models, two to three dresses for each model, we have 41 dresses in our boutique. So, most our dresses will be at Aldo store location. Kamilla is one of our model. She  is  beautiful inside and out, polite, and pleasant to be around. I have met her mother today too.
DSC_0482DSC_0478Until next time!!!!!!!!!!!                  Merly Bayona

This photos was taken by Kristy Ryan “Blush Photography.com”

I thought would be nice to sharing this beautiful pictures to all of you. Kristy Ryan is one of the best  photographer exist. All her pictures is amazing! And I love all of them.

Correct me Kristy if I’m wrong:  “These was taken from Netherlands.” Kate2012-05-16 09.45.24 Maya2012-05-16 11.06.00 Lizzie2012-05-16 11.11.23 Lizzie2012-05-16 10.34.03 Kate2012-05-16 10.23.29 Kate2012-05-16 09.55.28 Maya2012-05-16 10.45.06 Kate2012-05-16 09.49.01 MayaLizzie

CHEERS EVERYONE

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It’s a few days late, but HAPPY 2013! I’m sitting here trying to fall asleep (but who am I trying to kid), so I figured I’d put together a little month-by-month of the past year, both for you and me. It scares/amazes me how quickly this year has gone by, but most importantly I am thankful for how blessed and lucky I’ve been at the shop. I’m sure I can say the same for my mum too. Thank you.

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January :
We had finally settled into our new space at 708 Columbia Street, and prepping for our product shoot was underway. Got to work with some talented people, and got some great images thanks to their help. Anna & Ching-Lin started interning for Ellebay also – our very first interns! Love you girls to bits.

Thank You : Jeremy Lee, Kyla Slusar, Alissa Hansen, Krysta U, Stefanie Cepeda, Marian O, Caroline, Ching-Lin Lo, & Anna Cheung.

January

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February :
Got photos from Jeremy Lee, sent them off to friend / graphic designer Jeffrey Britanico, and Ellebay finally got a proper website! I had lots of fun posting a dress a day on the blog.

february

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March :
We went to our first fabric convention, and it was in LA! School (for me) and peak season at the boutique meant a hectic schedule for my mum and I, so it was certainly a nice little getaway.

March

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April :
 We got so much fabric. We started buying material in bulk, and I must have carried over 2000 meters of fabric into the shop’s basement that month. We also started working with a new supplier, and got beautiful laces from France! I have this thing for French lace. We also got new business cards and proper dress bags!

April

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May :
This is the month when my mum and I do not sleep. All of the grads happen May/June, and most of the weddings May/June/July/August. For us, this means lots of final fittings, lots of alterations, lots of pick-ups, lots of last-minute adjustments.

May

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June :
May melted into June. Another month of no sleep, but we sure made some beautiful things. It’s hard to stay stressed/grumpy for long when you get to make dresses all day. I also got an iPhone this month (aka I got instagram).

June

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July :
Grad season wrapped up and made way into a manageable wedding season. It was so nice to sleep. The best experience. We also made this dress, worked with a new notions wholesaler, and began a huge basement renovation project.

July

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August :
This was a good month. Our workflow was the perfect amount, the weather was beautiful, and things were happening. Took our interns to Seattle. Alix and Nicole started interning. Did photo shoots with friends. Did photo shoots with photographers. Finished school. Renovated the shop. Made and altered so many new things for myself. Sewing Club. We made Nicolina and Cristen this month too! Good month.

August

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September :
Made so many things this month! Veils, this one, that one. I also made my first dress without help from my mum. It wasn’t anything super great (hence the lack of any blog posts about it), but hey – gotta start somewhere.

 September

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October :
So much time was spent in the shops basement, and with the best people. We also made this dress.

October

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November :
November is dead at the shop.  Barely anybody walks in, and we have hardly any appointments. This means time for new samples, and we did just that. During this month, we made 5 new gowns, but I only had time to blog about Kirsten! I also had time to explore New Westminster and have a bit of an obsession with this city.

November

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December :
December – that just happened, didn’t it. What a crazy year it has been.

December


All the best, you guys are the best. I’m excited for 2013, and I hope you are too 🙂
– Merly

The Sequinned Godet Dress // 5

As promised! Looking through the photos, I can’t help but think how pretty this would look with those raw silk bows we seem to be quite popular for. But of course, I’m happy with it just the way it is 🙂

Sequin1Dress Specs :
Dominant Material : Almond High-Multi Chiffon
Godets : Blush Soft Sequin
Bodice Lining : Off-White Stretch Satin
Skirt Lining : Off-White Charmeuse

Sequin2 Sequin3Sequin4– Merly