Tuesday, April 27, 2010


With the show rapidly approaching, Grace and I are wrapping things up. Most of my work was on the front end of the project, so poor Grace is sewing her little heart out, and I am helping where I can. Since Grace and I are super perfectionists and pay very close attention to detail, we decided it would be great if we had tags with our name in the garments. No one will see the tags, but we will at least know they're there. Last week, I screened the logo onto some hand dyed fabric and stitched the edges for a nice clean look and voila!

Still no pictures of the clothes, but at least you can see the tags!

Hope to see you all Saturday!

Anne Douglas


Here's a sneak peek of some of our work. Shh! Check out this article written about us in our hometown's paper (yes, we're from the same hometown). We're pretty excited! Only 4 more days until the show!!

Anne Douglas

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

We're Still Here

Just a quick post to promise that we haven't forgotten about our blog! Grace DuVal and I have been slaving away preparing for our "dry run" THIS Sunday! Sheesh! Time has really flown by and we are working down to the wire. Everything is coming together and looking beautiful. I can't begin to explain how excited I am! We will spend the next couple of weeks tying up loose ends and preparing for the actual event!

I thought I might include some details for the event because we hope to see you all there! The show will be on Saturday, May 1st at 3:30 pm at Can Can Brasserie (3120 W. Cary St, Richmond). The models will walk the bar as the catwalk to live music written specifically for the collection. After the show, we will hold a reception for guests to view the garments more closely and ask the designers any questions. We will NOT be posting any progress photos, so you'll have to come to the show to see the looks! We can't wait to see you there!!

Anne Douglas

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Thursday, March 4, 2010


Douglas and I finally managed to have a great photo shoot with Mel for promotional materials for the fashion show. VCU was kind enough to let us into the Scott House, which is this huge mansion on Franklin Street that’s full of beautiful old furniture. I’m really pleased with how they turned out!


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Dying Dying Dying

Up until now, Grace and I have been working diligently on all of the planning and housekeeping aspects of our project. We have finally gotten to the fun part- dying and construction! Woohoo! I spent all day this past Saturday in the studio dying fabric. I had to start out with a sample to see if our chosen fabric would even take the dye- thankfully it did! After the test I proceeded to dye 3lbs of fabric, breaking it up into 3 dye baths. The dying took just under two hours and turned out beautifully as for the rinsing... Ohh the rinsing, my least favorite part of fabric dying. I recruited Grace's help for the rinsing since I knew it would be quite a task, especially since we were dying the fabric a shade of red (my worst enemy- it is the toughest color to rinse). With the two of us continually rinsing, it look us well over 3 hours to get the water to run completely clear. For those of you who aren't well versed in fabric dying and rinsing, it is essentially the same thing as washing clothes the old fashioned way- imagine doing that for three hours. Sheesh! While I hate the process of rinsing, I love the end result of hand-dyed fabric which makes the labor intensive process worth it. I was just very grateful for Grace's help, otherwise I would have been there ALL night!

Here are some before, progress, and after shots!

Until next time,
Anne Douglas


Anne and I are well under way with our project. Here are the sketches of the eight outfits we've designed. (excuse my messy drawings) Oh goody!!

xx DuVal