Tulgey Wood Designs

Custom costumes and bridal wear
  1. Recent Works

    Nicole & John’s Fairy Wedding

    July 10, 2013 by Robynne

    My lovely friends Nicole and John had a fairy wedding in the woods. My gift to Nicole was her wedding bodice and corset. The bodice is closely fitted and made of silk duchesse satin lined with taffeta. There are flat steel bones on the darts and spiral bones on the curved back seams. nicolewings nicole2
    The rest of the gown, including the wings, was made by Nicole herself, and you can see how much work she put into it with all those pleats. Her gown is based on a historical design from the late bustle period. Not pictured: Fairy lights in her dress! Lights! She looked amazing.

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    The leather corset and skirt that the officiant, Summer, is wearing is also from my workshop. The corset is Edwardian style, with long lines over the hips and contrasting stitching in purple to match the suede leather bindings. This corset is fully boned with 1/4″ flat steels and is fused to coutil. The skirt is based on an early 1900s 7-gore trumpet skirt, adapted with a high-low hemline to show off her boots. summerkyn

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    One of the bridesmaids (that’d be me) wore an Edwardian-inspired gown. This is the classic pouter pigeon silhouette popular circa 1900 – 1910, with that Edwardian S-curve. The skirt is a full bias cut circle skirt, and the skirt and blouse are trimmed with vintage lace.

     

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    But wait, I’m not done yet! There was another guest at the wedding in a Tulgey Wood Design: This is Rachel, looking beautiful in a mermaid gown of silk crepe satin.

  2. Recent Works

    Lobster Tail Bustle

    May 18, 2013 by Robynne

    This bustle is based on a period Victorian design. It has seven arcs of hoop steel giving it shape and a pleated ruffle on the bottom to give it movement.  I added a draped skirt front, making it suitable for modern wear. I love the way the pleather makes it look organic.

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    Lobster Tail Bustle

  3. Recent Works

    Christa’s Wedding Gown (featured on Offbeat Bride)

    November 7, 2012 by Robynne

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    When Christa approached me to create her wedding gown, I knew I had a high bar to reach. She has a finely developed aesthetic sense and is a talented artisan herself, as evidenced by her spectacular art car Syren.

    She had definite priorities for her gown, one of which was to show off her knee-high platform buckled boots. We accomplished that with a full underskirt that is drawn up in front to reveal her boots and blue petticoat. Her other wish was to have a 6-foot train that bustles up to floor length. Her train is of silk jacquard and floats beautifully behind her.

    The corset is pinstriped wool, sourced by Christa from New York’s garment district, with buckled straps to match the boots and a batwing flourish to echo the sleevelets, which are silk chiffon.

    It was a real pleasure to work with Christa and create this gown, and it was an even bigger pleasure to see it in action on the day of her wedding!

    See more at Funcrunch Photo and Offbeat Bride. All photos by the very talented Julie Bernstein.

  4. Recent Works

    My Little Corset Project

    February 29, 2012 by Robynne

    I have a new project in the works and I thought I’d give a preview of what’s to come.

    Yes, this is exactly what you think it is. Rarity is a costume designer; how could I resist?

    Up next: Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Applejack… and a surprise pony!

  5. Recent Works

    Heather’s Wedding Gown

    January 1, 2011 by Robynne

    Heather’s one of a kind wedding gown is made of ivory silk taffeta. We worked together to arrive at a design that showcased her elegant Art Nouveau tattoo. The custom corset has a sturdy three-layer construction. The skirt drapes gracefully across the front and falls to a series of pleats at the back.

    Heather was an absolute delight to work with, and I was pleased to be able to create something for her beautiful wedding!

    All photos by Jessica Palopoli

  6. Recent Works

    Recycled Couture – Business Corset!

    November 3, 2010 by Robynne

    This cute little corset and skirt set was built from a secondhand men’s suit. The fabric is a light wool blend, and the pink godets in the skirt were taken from a thrifted women’s blouse. The godets match the pink lacing on the corset. The buttons on the front of the corset are also from the original suit.

    This particular set is available for $275. If you would like a custom version, I’d be delighted to make one – please contact me at info@tulgeywooddesigns.com for details.

  7. Recent Works

    1905 Schoolteacher

    July 16, 2010 by Robynne

    I created this period outfit for the Museum of the Great Plains in Oklahoma. I’m a bit of a museum nerd, so I was very happy to take on this project!

    The shirtwaist is Gibson style, popular in the early 1900s. It is made of fine cotton batiste, and has extensive pintucking and insets of antique lace. The shaped belt adds to the S-curve silhouette. The worsted wool skirt is lined, and the flared shape is typical of the Edwardian style.

  8. Recent Works

    NifNaks Carharrt-Inspired Work Corset

    October 4, 2009 by Robynne

    In partnership with Nifer Fahrion of NifNaks, I created this rugged work corset inspired by the Carhartt line of clothing.

Other Recent Works

  • Lobster Tail Bustle

    This bustle is based on a period Victorian design. It has seven arcs of hoop steel giving it shape and a pleated ruffle on the bottom to give it movement.  I added a draped skirt front, making it suitable for modern wear. I love the way the pleather makes it look organic.

  • Christa’s Wedding Gown (featured on Offbeat Bride)

    When Christa approached me to create her wedding gown, I knew I had a high bar to reach. She has a finely developed aesthetic sense and is a talented artisan herself, as evidenced by her spectacular art car Syren. She had definite priorities for her gown, one of which was to show off her knee-high […]

  • My Little Corset Project

    I have a new project in the works and I thought I’d give a preview of what’s to come. Yes, this is exactly what you think it is. Rarity is a costume designer; how could I resist? Up next: Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Applejack… and a surprise pony!

  • Heather’s Wedding Gown

    Heather’s one of a kind wedding gown is made of ivory silk taffeta. We worked together to arrive at a design that showcased her elegant Art Nouveau tattoo. The custom corset has a sturdy three-layer construction. The skirt drapes gracefully across the front and falls to a series of pleats at the back. Heather was […]

  • Recycled Couture – Business Corset!

    This cute little corset and skirt set was built from a secondhand men’s suit. The fabric is a light wool blend, and the pink godets in the skirt were taken from a thrifted women’s blouse. The godets match the pink lacing on the corset. The buttons on the front of the corset are also from […]