My 10 Year Blogiversary! (pt. 1)

Ten years ago this week, I published my first blog post!

The Backstory

After making my (now)husband’s sister’s wedding dress and then his other sister’s wedding dress,  I made my own wedding dress. My friend Jonathan brought a woman named Leah as his date to my wedding and they got engaged not long afterwards. Leah remembered that I made my dress and wondered if I might make her a custom wedding dress too.

At the time, I had left my career in theatrical costuming to move back to North Carolina. I’m grateful for my time working on Broadway shows in New York City, sooo glad I did it, but am even more glad that I am not still doing it. I’ve discovered that I need a slower pace than New York and theatre, so I left them both and haven’t looked back.

When Leah asked if I’d make her wedding dress, I was working as a custom museum-quality picture frame artisan but I had a home sewing room and I had a blast making those 3 custom wedding dresses. Her request made me wonder… could  a custom wedding dress side-hustle be a thing for me?…

I decided to agree to create a custom wedding dress for Leah IF, along the way, she would help me figure out how the process could become a business. Though I did not know Leah well at all (which is funny to think about since I now consider her a dear friend!), I had a feeling she would be a really smart and savvy collaborator (and I was right!). Also- Jonathan’s parents were both lawyers in my county and offered to help me with contracts etc…

…so we all happily said yes to me making the dress and my small business was born!

Early on in our dressmaking and business-creating process, Leah (who is a writer) suggested that I start a blog.

I barely knew what I blog was! But it sounded like fun (I love writing and taking photos almost as much as sewing!) so Leah’s 2009 dress was the feature of my first bridal blog series, and I’m still blogging ten years later. Each bridal blog series shares the behind-the-seams journey as each dress was custom-made from the bride-to-be’s first inquiry,  through the design and custom sewing process, all the way to the wedding day. I detail the birth of the blog in more detail in my post Retrospective: The Making of a Dress, A Blog, & A Business.

In this post you are reading now (which is my 287th post!), I’m going to share links to each bridal blog series (+ a link to each completed dress in my Portfolio)! In pt. 2 (post #288! Coming soon!), I’ll share my most popular non-bridal blog posts!

Bridal Blog Retrospectives by Brooks Ann

The 3 dresses I made before Leah’s suggestion of starting a blog did not get their own bridal blog series, but I did manage to pull together enough progress shots to do a single “Retrospective” post for each:

Katie's custom wedding dress by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture
Retrospective: Katie’s Bias Cut Silk Charmeuse Wedding Dress
(1 post)

See more of Katie’s dress


Melissa's custom wedding dress by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture
Retrospective: Melissa’s Silk Chiffon Maternity Wedding Dress
(1 post)

See more of Melissa’s dress


Brooks Ann's own custom wedding dress by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture
Retrospective: My Own Raw Silk & Cotton Lace Wedding Dress
(1 post)

See more of Brooks Ann’s dress


Bridal Blog Series by Brooks Ann

Then, starting with Leah back in 2009, I blogged the custom process slowly bit by bit! Following along with each bridal blog series, you’ll see a clear evolution in my business, my skills, my writing, and my photography. Pick and choose your favorites, or binge them all!

Leah's custom wedding dress by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

Leah’s Bridal Blog Series
(23 posts)

See more of Leah’s dress


Jill's custom wedding jacket by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

Jill’s Bridal Blog Series
(21 posts)

See more of Jill’s jacket


Michelle's custom wedding dress by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

Michelle’s Bridal Blog Series
(23 posts)

See more of Michelle’s dress


Greta's custom wedding dress by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

Greta’s Bridal Blog Series
(23 posts)

See more of Greta’s dress


Lila Rose's custom wedding dress by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

Lila Rose’s Bridal Blog Series
(26 posts)

See more of Lila Rose’s dress


Margaret's Mother of the Bride Dress by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

Margaret’s Mother of the Bride Blog Series + Mary’s Custom Wedding Overdress posts
(16 posts)

See more of Margaret and Mary’s dresses


Loula's Custom Wedding Dress by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

Loula’s Bridal Blog Series
(18 posts)

See more of Loula’s dress


Diane's Bridal Ensemble by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

Diane’s Bridal Blog Series
(7 posts)

See more of Diane’s ensemble


Caitlin's Custom Wedding Dress by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

Caitlin’s Bridal Blog Series
(9 posts)

See more of Caitlin’s dress


Heather's Custom Bridal Accessories by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

Heather’s Bridal Blog Series
(6 posts)

See more of Heather’s accessories


Erin's Custom Wedding Dress by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

Erin’s Bridal Blog Series
(11 posts)

See more of Erin’s dress


Sally's Custom Wedding Dress by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

Sally’s Bridal Blog Series
(13 posts)

See more of Sally’s dress


Cameron's Custom Wedding Dress by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

Cameron’s Bridal Blog Series
(16 posts)

See more of Cameron’s overdress


Deborah's Photoshoot and Delivery Day by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

Deborah’s Bridal Blog Series
(14 posts)

See more of Deborah’s dress


…and…

To avoid spoilers (and because I work s l o w l y ), I don’t begin to tell each story until after the wedding day. That means lots more blogging goodness awaits!

Including…


Tiffany's custom wedding dress by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

Tiffany’s Bridal Blog Series
(Coming Soon!)

(Yay!)


Thanks Leah!

If you like following my blog, thank Leah! It was her idea!

Leah and Brooks Ann, September 2009
Leah’s Wedding Day!

Back in the beginning, I thought having a blog would attract potential custom brides (and maybe it does) but I never imagined that it would attract ‘sewing people’. I didn’t know there were ‘sewing people’! As someone who first learned to sew as my profession, I have been thrilled and delighted to discover that there are amazing people in this world who sew their own clothing as a hobby. It has been an unexpected true pleasure to meet and geek-out with sewing nerds via my blog posts and social media… Which inspired me to start teaching classes and creating online courses…

I wonder where I’d be today if Leah had gone shopping for her wedding dress…

 

NEXT POST: Not all of my blog posts follow a dress’s progress! In “My Ten Year Blogiversary pt. 2”, I’ll share a round-up of my most popular posts on other topics! Thanks for following along!

 

ALSO: The last 2019 session of Skirt Skills, my intro to custom sewing online workshop, opens for registration soon! Learn more at SkirtSkills.com

 

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Hi there! I'm Brooks Ann.

I’m an independent designer and couture dressmaker for one-of-a-kind bridalwear located in Hillsborough, North Carolina. I also teach the sew-curious both in-person and online.

My blog follows along with the couture process of how each heirloom-quality custom wedding dress is made from idea to wedding day, as well as other interesting tidbits related to sewing, weddings, and body positivity.

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