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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

With the ups and downs this makes it worthwhile

These blue dresses were such a frustration at times. From cutting 6 of these in a color the bride didn't like, to having to alter one. The stress gets to you, but in the end when you receive a great picture like this. 6 lovely ladies looking so happy and beautiful in the dresses it really makes it all worthwhile! Thanks so much for sharing the picture!
Thanks justkim for finding my error in my post lol!

Friday, July 15, 2011

OMG my night has been made! Thank you thank you

Out of all my dresses this is the one I wanted to see my customer in. My "Sketch Dress". She has allowed me to share her wonderful day and pictures. Such a fairy tale wedding that I'm so honored to have a small part in. The bride and groom outshine anything I could ever think to create.

 Thank you again so much for sharing these pictures it means a lot to me!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Unique 50's inspired gown from my sketch with modifications

I struggled and struggled getting my first design right only to have to redesign it some. For this version I added lace at the bottom, hidden pockets which changed my intial skirt. I also changed the back to a princess seam back. This is by far the hardest dress I have in my collection. I have never gotten the bodice right with one try. I will still blame it on the tape measure. I love off the shoulder dresses.
I do love the lace detail.

Audrey Hepburn Funny Face Wedding Gown Complete

It is boxed up and ready to ship. I took everything in me not to try on the dress for a twirl! This was so much fun to create even with the little hiccups. I hate putting zippers on slitted skirts. I have a hard enough time with regular zippers.
I sure hope she shares some pictures! Here is Audrey in all her beauty I morphed my version of the dress in the picture. I should try making a veil sometime.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Audrey Hepburn Funny Face Gown

Made some progress today. I'm very scared of my next steps. For those that use vintage patterns it is the slit for the zipper! What if I cut too much? I purchased this beautiful fabric at fabric.com it was called Elegance Taffeta and it is no longer available. I used just about every bit of it. NO MISTAKES ALLOWED! Here is the bodice with the tulle. I know strange that the tulle is without the skirt. I don't know what it is but every time I cut tulle or sometimes chiffon it is never the exact same size as the fabric. Any suggestions on how to get pass this is appreciated. So to make sure everything is lined up perfectly I put the tulle on the bodice first and then I will gather the skirt attach it. Because I haven't been brave enough to cut the slit it is pinned on the form so it may look funny. Funny but not as in the Funny Face Gown. I just adore that low waist and can hardly wait to see how this turns out.
I don't have pictures but the skirt is attached. Tomorrow I will attach the skirt lining, brave the zipper and then work on the hem. She wants a 25" hem line so I will be cutting 6 inches off. Yeah I was off when I cut, but like I always say better to cut too big than too small. All visible seams have been Frenched seamed. The wedding date is the 17th of this month so it has to ship on Monday! 

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Dodge Super Bee Mod Dress

She wanted short and she is getting short! Here is my version of the Super Bee dress:
For those that have been anxiously waiting as much as me my next dress will be the Audrey Hepburn gown from Funny Face. Had a delay in getting the measurements and the wedding is on July 17th!

Monday, July 4, 2011

My Brother LS-2125 RIP my friend

Yes it is a basic machine. A Walmart special under $100.00, but it has been my friend and has helped me make over 100 dresses since 2004. A couple of weeks ago it died. I was so heartbroken. You get use to your machine and now I'm getting use to a new machine. I dream of making a quilt so I purchase a Brother SQ-9000 FS. I've made 1 1/2 dresses with it so far. I do recommend the Brother LS-2125 for those who want to try sewing but don't want to spend a lot. The pink is the SQ-9000 FS and the blue is my long lasting friend.

It was refurbished but by the factory. The only thing I didn't receive with it was the CD instructions. I was lucky to get the optional feet with it. Most refurbished machines don't include these.

Honestly for my sewing machine I pretty much use it for straight stitching and zippers. So I never thought to purchase a high end machine. I have older sergers an Elna and RICCAR that if I lost those I think I would be more heartbroken than my cheap little brother machine.

The salesman was shocked that my LS-2125 lasted so long. I certainly put it to work.

Out of my element but had to make

I love the 50's styles as everyone knows but I also love the 60's. This dress I would date about 1968 or 69 because of the Mopar Super Bee. I love classic cars especially Mopars. My brother sent me this picture from a old magazine and he thought I should make it. Look at that hair! Love it and wish I could get that bump. Don't laugh but I actually own the "As seen on TV Bump It". It actually works. My hair is fine so I can't keep the bumps in my hair but I use them to shape my hair to get that sexy bump. Lots of hairspray. OK back to sewing...
I've been working some bugs out and still not complete but here is what I have so far. It will look better when it is done I promise! She wants it really short. I will be taking off at least 2 inches off the dress. I used a stretch sateen for the fabric.
 I got the reproduction patch on Ebay. Not exact but pretty close.

Friday, July 1, 2011

A dress in action

One of my customers graciously allowed me to use her picture. I wanted to share it with everyone. Va voom is all I have to say!