Please visit the new website at

2 Feb

Until Ibecome tech-savvy enough to roll all of my blogs into one, please click on over to  the website at to see what’s going on. You can read all about the store and all of our adventures there!


Mignonette in Racked Chicago’s Holiday Gift Guide today!

20 Dec

Yay! Mignonette shared some (but no means all) of our favorite finds in the shop with Jared from Racked Chicago for their Holiday Gift Guide. SO lucky to have all these amazing artists in the shop!

Click here to read all about it.

And…..we are open!!! (with a little help from Daily Candy)

13 Dec

I got this buffet from the estate of an Italian tailor. Seems appropriate.

In case you’re wondering, the store is officially open!
Please come and visit the new home of Mignonette at 1747 W. Belmont in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood!
Mon-Tues by appointment only
Weds-Sunday 11am-7pm
Gown consultations by appointment only
Please call (773)880-9141 or email mignonettestore[at]

In addition to custom gowns and vintage menswear, the store is also filled with incredible handmade gifts for everyone on your list, including yourself! Shop ceramics, jewelry, organic bath and body, hair adornments, stationery, and even vintage collectibles, most locally made! If you just feel like hanging out, the cozy fireplace makes a perfect spot to sit and browse through design magazines before heading back out into the chilly day.
Many items are under $50, so finish off your holiday shopping with gifts that make procrastination actually pay off!
Special thanks to Daily Candy for the sweet mention last week, too! Check it out here.

This little nook is perfect for tea time (or nap time!)

Lucky is the person who buys these Sarah Pedersen greeting cards

The expression of the girl on the right is priceless.

Sweet dreams, Mignonette!

What better way to highlight ceramic jewelry from Material and Movement and cards from the Sweet Unfolding than on an old Singer sewing machine?

Inspired Creations Contest at Indie Wed

13 Dec

Mignonette is thrilled to have been chosen, along with our friends from Naturally Yours Events, Julie Hannan Designs, Loft On Lake, Luscious Layers, and Julia Franzosa Photography, as a finalist at this year’s Inspired Creations contest, sponsored by Indie Wed, The Sweetest Occasion, and Elizabeth Anne!
Read all about it here!

Our team entry for the Inspired Creations Contest

The Vintage Library at Mignonette

13 Dec

The Vintage Library collaboration with Humble Collective.

This week Anne and I have been arranging, rearranging, and generally obsessing over the layout of the store. Every night after we lock the doors we start moving furniture, unpacking boxes, and setting out goodies for customers to browse the next day. Among the more exciting developments since we opened last week (omg!) is the creation of the Vintage Library, a collaboration with local styling team Humble Collective. Owner Johnathan meticulously scouts vintage menswear, much of it in smaller, woman-friendly sizes, and then sources all of the perfect accessories to go with it. If you’ve always dreamed of having a pristine 197o’s Armani suit, or an Yves St. Laurent button down that doesn’t require a trip to Paris to procure, or even just a sterling silver razor from the 1960’s, the Vintage Library is your one-stop shop for amazing finds. Johnathan has found everything you’ll need to live the Mad Men lifestyle, from Homburg hats to patent-leather dress shoes to perfectly broken-in wool fisherman sweaters. Anne has already called dibs on half the pieces, and I’ve got my eye on a camel hair coat, so hurry in before all the best items are gone! With prices ranging from $25-$600 for clothing, and $20-$100 for accesories, this is a perfect place to find holiday gifts for the Don Draper (or Joan Holloway) in your life!

Men's furnishings from Humble Collective.

Iron horsehead lamp c. 1962, $100

This barometer forecasts that you will look AMAZING.

A cozy little nook to sit and check out the offerings.

A curated selection of offerings in Mignonette's Vintage Library.

Quickie post

28 Nov

This has been an insane fall – massive styled photo shoots, prepping for, applying to, and getting into Indie Wed, three big weddings, two new brides in process, a trip to Toronto for another photo shoot, a snakeskin wedding gown, watching lots of Boardwalk Empire for inspiration, and oh yeah – the opening of the Mignonette store here in Chicago!
So much more to come, so in the meantime, here are some candids of new gowns and actual weddings – can you spot the dress made from faux metallic snake?

A few pretty dresses on a few pretty girls

And here’s an awesome quickie video from Angela Martin, the photographer in charge of the Toronto shoot.

Gemini Photography – Angela Martin from Gemini Photography on Vimeo.

New York, New York – Quickie Pic Post

20 Sep the Van Cleef in Central Park

Anne and I drove out to Brooklyn last week so that I could have fittings with a bride who is getting married in October and needs a dress asap. We had four whirlwind days of fabric shopping, fitting, visiting, looking at photos, and frantic sewing sessions, resulting in a dress that can best be described thusly:
Cream snakeskin over cream silk chiffon, with a gold leather belt.
No seriously.
The dress started out as cream chiffon, a bride’s mainstay, with some kind of striped metallic lace over it, and then, as we spent more time in Mood (my favorite fabric store and the only one I will take my NY brides to), I noticed that my bride still wasn’t really smiling or loving any of the options.
I took her over to the costume and theatrical fabric section of the store, where she immediately pounced on a shiny, segmented cream faux snakeskin. It shimmers subtly and drapes beautifully, and I can’t wait to finish it and watch her walk down the aisle. Every time she came for a fitting and I wrapped the snakeskin around her shoulders she broke into the biggest, most gorgeous smile. What makes this whole process of designing custom wedding gowns really special for me is not just getting to make something pretty, because I sew all the time, it’s helping someone look the way they always envisioned themselves looking. I’m really happy that we stuck it out until she found something that reflected how unique, gorgeous, and special she really is. This dress is going to be nuts in the best way and I’m so excited to see it.

the Van Cleef in Central Park

The Van Cleef looking dreamy in Central Park

Also last week, because I too am nuts in the best way and love to over-commit, I was part of a bridal photo shoot with Sasha Chou Photography in Central Park. I have really been wanting to set up another shoot in New York, so this was the perfect opportunity, and I was doubly pleased because I got to work with an Asian model, finally. I don’t know if I’m advertising in the wrong place or what, but I have the hardest time finding Asian models, so Sasha asked a beautiful friend who is a tv personality on Sinovision to come be part of the shoot.
The Rhodes Dress on Eliz, Central Park 2011

Rhodes on Eliz, Central Park, Sept 2011

I wasn’t able to be there because I was busy sewing the cuff of my shirt to the lining of a wedding dress (not really, but we had some close moments), but Sasha did an incredible job and really captured some wonderful moments. I can’t wait to see the rest of the pics!