A story of DESIGN
Fun facts about me:
I was born and raised in Alberta, Canada.
I find my biggest inspirations from music (and Pinterest).
I was trained in pattern drafting, in 2007, but didn't start making PDF patterns till about 9 years later.
I've never done street wear, till I started doing my non-maternity patterns (my focus has always been gowns and dresses).
I made my own wedding dress and didn't try it on till a few days before my wedding (thank the Lord, it fit).
I'm a collector of skills - including photography, videography, doula services, birth photography, art, and I dabble in graphic design. You can also find me at Chelsea Bootsman Doula.Photo.Film. On Instagram at www.instagram.com/chelseabootsman or Vimeo at vimeo https://vimeo.com/user75694553
Hey friends! I'm a Canadian mom of four with a diploma in Costume Cutting and Construction (graduated 2007), and a passion (I have a few) for designing and creating - it fuels me!
Over the past, ahem...15 or so years (this ages me a bit), since attending college, I've worked on theater productions as head costume cutter, made bridal gowns, bridesmaid gowns, graduation gowns, maternity gowns....basically, I've just made a lot of gowns, with some clothing for my kids, and photo props sprinkled in there. I also started and sold a clothing business called Gracefully Birthed, and have mentored and taught other designers.
As a trained pattern drafter, I never really gave PDF patterns any thought, until one day, back in 2016, I decided to give in and try to navigate this unfamiliar world. Since then, my focus had been on maternity prop patterns, under the business name Chelsea Celeste Designs. You can still find my photo prop patterns in my etsy shop, but my new focus and love is to continue with my mix and match patterns as well as ready-to-wear patterns into the women's size non-maternity world.
My vision for these patterns is to give you a template for your own visions. I encourage people to play with and modify these classic shapes, simply using them as a stepping stool, while also being fairly quick and easy builds.
So browse through the pdf sewing patterns that I've done up for you, and happy creating!
Below was a custom graduation gown for my cousin. Her inspiration was "bride of Frankenstein"!
The fashion fabric is silk that I hand dyed. The bodice is a fully boned corset with steel and spiral boning. I had originally made this gown slightly too short, so I added a little pleated dust ruffle detail and I just pretended it was always meant to be there!