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Monday, February 28, 2011

Guy stuff what is up with that?

So as a bonus with the bridesmaid dresses I sent a long 4 ascot style cravats and 1 tie. My customer sent me a PDF pattern but here is where it originated from. The tie was made from Simplicity 4762. I actually think it would be a good idea for me to offer this because often brides want the ties to match the dresses. If I'm making the dresses then I would obviously have the matching fabric.
Not sure if I tied the cravat right. I had to Google on how to tie a tie and the cravat. Honestly I had to do a few times before I got the tie right lol

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Grace Kelly Rear Window Reproduction

I'm so excited that I've been requested to recreate the dress that Grace Kelly wore in Rear Window. It is one of my dream dresses to recreate so much so that I had the fabric on hand except the black which I'm debating on using the Robert Kaufman faille I love so much from fabric.com or a black satin. My customer doesn't care about the wheat but if possible I'm going to try to either embroidered it or do some beading. Not an expert at either but have dabbled in it.
Stay tuned it needs to be completed by April 21st!

Bridesmaids & Wedding Days

I will be shipping these two dresses for a couple of bridesmaids. It is always scary doing bridesmaid dresses. You always have the chance that it will fit one and not the other. I am sending extra fabric along just in case either of them need any alterations. They are going to the UK and France and there would be no time with shipping to go back and forth for any adjustments. I love this dress. Numerous patterns from McCall's, New Look and See and Sew have this cut. The one on the mannequin may look funny because it is pinned to it.
I used a Rayon Satin fabric from fabric.com. They requested a breathable light fabric for the hot France summer. I must say the fabric is pretty. The color gorgeous but it was sucking my will to live working with it. Hard to iron, hard to pin, hard to keep it from slipping under the machine. Had a heck of time finding zippers to match I ended up finding some at Create For Less. I needed two but had to buy a minimum of 6 so now I have 4 extra coral pink 14" zippers if you need this color contact me I will be more than happy to share. As a extra gift to the bride she will be receiving a tie and 4 cravats made with the same fabric. Don't get me started again!

I'm also finishing up this cute little dress that my customer is wearing to a 50's themed wedding. It  does not have a zipper in and it hasn't been hemmed yet but I'm so excited on how cute it turned out I wanted to share. I used a light pink polka dot cotton fabric for the dress. It has a built in two tier petticoat that I made out of organza. It is a twirler.
I used four different patterns to create this look. Got to use a vintage one for the petticoat! McCall's 6332. I had  to add some length but it is perfect for petticoats and also has a petticoat included. Very cute pattern!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

My newest dresses

I've been a little overwhelmed with orders. I just shipped out these two dresses today and am almost done with two bridesmaid dresses which I hope to post tomorrow or the next day.

I have made the bow dress numerous times but love this color contrast. The yellow is my interpretation of the Lauren Bacall dress. I am happy with the outcome of both dresses. My bridesmaid dress are being a pain. I used a satin rayon and the fabric is pain to work with. I would rather work with chiffon any day!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Great pattern site

This site has a lot of variety of patterns at reasonable prices. I'm sure it's been around but I just came across it today. It is call Out of Ashes Collectibles.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

When a pattern calls for facing sometimes just do it

I am not a big fan of facings. I prefer the bodice to be lined with the exception of wrap dresses. Though I have an idea for a wrap dress that as always if I have time I will try to recreate it. This dress is combination comes from this post. The faux fur dress mixed with the bodice of a Vogue pattern.

Here is the pictures. My concern is the back. Forms are not bodies and I'm hoping that on a body it will look better but will have to wait to find out.
Everything I touched on this dress I had to do at least three times. I was so frustrated with it. Even my hand sewing gave me problems. This if you can believe it is now deamed the hardest dress I've ever made. She didn't want the bow, but I did leave the belt thing in the back. I thought it gave it a little more something.
This dress I did last month. The pictures do not do it justice. It is really lovely in person and will be even lovelier on a person. I think it has a very nice flow from the waist to it's tea length skirt. My customer was a leery of a full skirt but I want to have some pouf so I made a petticoat that only gave fullness to the bottom of the skirt. This is a beautiful silk that I purchase at Silk Baron. They have nice silks but are a bit slow in shipping so if you have need it in a rush order early.
I have three possibly four more dresses to get done this month so...I maybe a little slow in my posts. One and I'm really excited about it is going to be a pale pink with white polka dots. A organza underskirt it is going to be so cute!