With up-cycled fabric as her medium, Kim McCormick of Kimmi Designs hand-crafts stunning wedding gowns that each have a story to tell. Whether it’s piecing together a gown with the vintage lace she collects or elegantly updating a bride’s mother’s gown, Kim McCormick has a knack for turning something borrowed into something new. “I just love the creative process and working one on one with brides,” says Kim. Get to know the creative mind behind Kimmi Designs below:

Tell me about the inspiration behind Kimmi designs. Have you always dreamed of designing wedding dresses? My inspiration comes from my love of lace and nature. My grandmother taught me how to sew, and I originally didn’t set out to make wedding dresses. I just kept getting asked to make wedding dresses, and then I realized how much I loved making them. I use up-cycled fabrics and often times a bride will also come to me with an heirloom fabric, such as her grandmother’s curtains, to incorporate into her dress. I love working with heirloom fabrics for wedding dresses because it’s an opportunity to carry the bride’s family’s history into the future. Weddings are so much about family, so it’s very special.

The designer at work. Image by Jenah Smith

What is one of the most memorable experiences you’ve had working with a bride?
I’ve had so many memorable experiences, but one of my favorite was with a bride named Rachel. She brought me her grandmother’s drapes and went shopping together to pick out the perfect lining. The end result was that she invited me to her wedding, and it was a beautiful outdoor ceremony.

How do elements of the Pacific Northwest transcend into your work? A lot of my brides have outdoor ceremonies, and the Northwest is very outdoor-oriented. If a bride is hiking to get to where she is getting married, as some have, that is a big influence. I want the dresses to be very comfortable, easy, beautiful, and reflective of nature that surrounds us.

A stunning hand-stiched open-back gown. Image by Winona Grey Photography

What is your favorite part of a wedding?
I love when the bride first comes out. Everybody is anticipating her, and it’s a really special moment when the groom sees her. And then the cake is my second favorite.

What else would you like potential bridal clients to know?
Brides are welcome to come and make appointments with me. I also have a small selection of dresses at Pretty Parlor in Capitol Hill. As far as design goes, I have a great selection of lace and other fabrics that I’ve been collecting for years to choose from, so you don’t have to come with fabric of your own.

Be sure to check out Kim’s Etsy shop here.


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