what am I up to this week??

June 5, 2009 at 11:15 pm | Posted in What am I up to this week? | 1 Comment

Im just a girl who cant say no..Im in a terrible fix….

So Im working on something top secret at the moment, and julieannes dress featured below, and i just cant say no. Ive been asked to make another gown and bikini this year for another finalist in miss universe ireland, maybe im a bit of a lucky charm?? im not releasing any details at all until the dress has been seen ( and maybe even win the thing) but i know the bikini should be tropical themed, mmm get the thinking cap on!!

the ony bikini that stood out on the night

the ony bikini that stood out on the night

so last year I met lynn through a friend, and initially I was only meant to make her bikini as she needed a gold one and couldnt find one anywhere in Dublin. I never did make her that bikini, we some how got around to talking about dresses instead, and an idea Lynn had herself for a bikini she had in mind……and the rest is history. Watching it on tv I wished I had of gone on the night(even just to shout at the announcer its BOURKE..not BYRNE)It was amazing to see the gown I made n spent hours slaving over splashed all over nearly every paper the next day, even if no-one knew it was me who made it. I stood in the shop accross from where I work smiling and pointing wildly at the newspaper stand. (“I did that” was all I could  mutter at some guy standing nearby, im sure he thought id lost it altogether)  It was thanks to this that I got to do some other great jobs over the past year.
The girl (and the dress) that stole the show

The girl (and the dress) that stole the show

I got to work with Assets model and actress Ruth O Neill and make her 21st dress which was inspired (ok nearly directly copied but fuck it) by Cheryl Coles dress from the Kit Kat ad. Plunging neckline, short and sassy, and loads of sparkle, it was great fun ( fun? more like incredibly complicated, circular side panels=disaster but it all worked out in the end) to make and looked amazing on Ruth on the night (I have Lynn to thank for this one too, Thanks for passing on my phone number there XX)
‘I adored my 21st dress and thoroughly enjoyed wearing it on the night! Fionnuala caputured  cheryl cole sexiness!! Perfection! I still get asked where i got it from….‘ Ruth O Neill Assets Model
short and sassy

short and sassy

Ruth and Rosanna (birthday girl gets best dressed)

Ruth and Rosanna (birthday girl gets best dressed)

 
 
 
 
Lynn and Rosanna (im noticing a trend here Rosanna give me a call?)

Lynn and Rosanna (im noticing a trend here Rosanna give me a call?)

 

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Aislinn wearing her one of a kind debs dress
Aislinn wearing her one of a kind debs dress

I made quite a few debs dresses last summer and I was delighted that no-one I worked with wanted something boring. Aislinn was no exception, she wanted something classic but contemporary at the same time , so together we came up with a strapless creation with a large over sized bow on the shoulder ( that was detachable just in case it got a bit boring throughout the night)
detachable bow at the back

detachable bow at the back

Aine Morris in her 21st dress

Aine Morris in her 21st dress

I loved doing Aines 21st dress last October, once again it was mainly Aines design and I just made the final idea. it fitted her like a glove and red looks amazing on her.
if you have a special occasion coming up in the future dont hesitate to contact me and tell me the idea you have? no idea to ridiculous!!
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Whose that girl??

June 4, 2009 at 7:58 pm | Posted in DIARY OF A DRESS | Leave a comment
Cut away back

Cut away back

julieanne looking fabulous in a bathroom
julieanne looking fabulous in a bathroom

I like when someone approaches me with new fresh ideas of something special they want made, feels like im making them their dream dress, but when Julieanne asked me to make her 21st dress I thought she had lost the plot altogether. When she told me she wanted something inspired by “When Harry met Sally” I thought what the hell?, but then I started draping on the stand and putting it together and soon enough I could see it.  Julieanne could pull off a black bag ( now this image is only a toille so u will have to stay tuned for future posts to see the real thing, its really going to be in cream), and initially I was sceptical of its appeal but now seeing her in it I think its hot!

     When   Fionnuala   met    Julieanne!

Julieannes inspiration
Julieannes inspiration

Shes got a sexy back!

my very basic starting point on the stand

my very basic starting point on the stand

Structured shoulders

Structured shoulders

Between both of our busy shedules we had to squeeze in a fitting in work in the bathroom, good thing too seeing as ive only a week now to finish the thing.
Stay tuned to see how the finished piece looks on the night?
Coming soon: Im making a top secret dress and can only reveal its diary after its been worn? whose is it? you will have to wait to find out.
Have you got something special you want  made? feel free to contact me….fi.bourke@gmail.com or on www.fionnualabourke.com

while the sun is shining??

June 4, 2009 at 7:09 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I tried a new venture…bikinis…and i like it.

striped bikini

striped bikini

 

these ones have since sold out and I am making more, any one interested feel free to contact me…more photos coming soon of new bikinis!!

gold plaited bikini

gold plaited bikini

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