Welcome to my blog

Welcome to my blog. Please feel free to follow me and leave your comments and take my new poll! If you are a current customer and am curious to where I am with your order please click here

Friday, October 28, 2011

Can't fathom how this happened

I'm working on dress one! I have a lot of it assembled and am ready to put a zipper in. I put it on my form one last time to make sure of fit and the skirt and overlay don't match! I know a lot has to do with the weight of the beaded overlay, but 4" worth!
How to fix this? There are a total of 7 godets on this dress. 6 have been sewn. Is is possible to undo the bodice and take it up? No you lose all the curves of the skirt. If I trim the bottom I lose the effect of the godets. Here are a couple pictures so you can get an idea of what I'm talking about. The second one I pinned up to line up to the skirt more. Yes it is time for Ms. Seam-Ripper. I will take out the godets and trim the overlay four inches, then reapply the godets, slitting more to fit. I am very nervous as this fabric is no longer available and I have none left to fix an error. 
 Any pointers so I don't do this again would be appreciated.

This dress is being made from McCall's 4714, what is amazing is the beaded overlay was purchased from Vogue fabrics and it is the fabric from the actual picture on the pattern! The godet fabric was out of stock, but I love what I found to substitute it. The dress is being made of silk and if I get over these little bumps it is going to be one gorgeous dress! With this picture you can really tell why I can't just cut the bottom of the dress.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

21 Dress and it just maybe it....

It has been a rough three months for me and I'm going to take the time it takes to make my 21 paid dresses to make a hard decision to stop designing for others. These last three months have put me over the edge. Of course I have had some happy wonderful customers, but sometimes the bad really out weighs the good.

Join me in my count down of 21 dresses and see what the future brings. I will never give up my designs, but maybe like a lot of other seamstresses out there I will have one heck of a wardrobe! These two dresses are not a part of the 21, but I thought I would share them anyways.
This is another dress I just finished last week or so.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

New Holiday McCalls Patterns

I'm in a pattern frenzy with the Holiday line from McCalls. These two are my favorite. 6463 & 6466. C'mon Joanne's give me that pattern sale already!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

1950's Polka Dress and my first fascinator

This is another version of my polka dot dress, cut is a little different, yes I learned from the first one. I was lucky to find the polka dot fabric, it is an organza. The first version had a deep back this one has a peek-a-bow back. I did not have to use horse tail on the skirt either. I'd love to keep making this, but only can offer it if I have the fabric on hand. If you know of a vendor please share.
I also made my first fascinator. They are pretty easy to make. The next one I make I will do a little tutorial. This not for the above dress. I made an actual veil for that, but did not have my sister's little mannequin to take a picture with, maybe next time.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

A Beautiful Gown

Though ballgowns are a lot of work. I do love making them. This has two layers of tulle, white and ivory. A layer of organza, the skirt and the skirt lining. I'm shipping it on the 11th since the post office is closed on the 10th. I'm guessing it is going to weigh 5-6 pounds! The satin was extraordinary, soft and so nice to work  with. With this order I will making my first fascinator. I will post it when I'm done. I had to special order Russian netting for it. Regular netting just will not do.

Friday, October 7, 2011

New to me patterns

I should be staying off Ebay but who can resist. I just got this great pattern! Simplicity 3505. I think I will be using it partially for my  next order. If I do I will have to modify the neck line to be round instead of square. Love the back a lot! You just don't see many modern patterns with this back and I usually have to modify them to achieve it. It is always nice to find a pattern, helps me stream line my orders without so much work aside from sizing.
My next purchase was a lot of patterns. My main reason for getting it was for the Vogue 2877 Victor Costa. There is a bridal one McCall's 7985 that I don't want! I now have three of them...it may just be time for another pattern give away.

Ewww What is this Frugly Dress?

As you all know I can laugh at myself and my mistakes. This dress when I first started was frugly! I had to take pictures just to post them here. Sometimes I don't know what I'm thinking. It looks frumpy and dated! Needed some serious modifications.
First thing I did was shorten the bodice, then I modified the neckline and added some horse tail to the skirt so it would lay more flared. It went from frumpy dumpy to super cute and fun....if I do say so myself. I would love to offer polka dot dresses but the fabric is really tough to find. I'm doing another one, but I had the fabric in stock.

 Bodice detail. So much better!
This is my first veil. I know you can't see it well, but I thought it would be really rude of me to try it on and take a picture. It has three layers, tulle, the polka dot fabric and tulle again that can be pulled over ther face. It is a shorter veil. I hope I get some pictures to see this dress on a person. 

A Busy Girl the Woes and Triumphs

I can't believe I managed to do so many dresses last month and this month is just as crazy. Stay tuned as I update you on my woes and triumphs of last month and this coming month. I have learned some valuable lessons about people and business last month and I will be sharing them through out the month to try to catch up. It has been very disheartening and frustrating at times dealing with things and I think a lot of you will be shocked at some of the things I share, but I will get into later. Right now I want to start with Happy Sewing stuff!.

I recently shipped out a wedding dress inspired by Marylin Monroe in Gentle Men Prefer Blondes. My client wanted the neckline altered and the skirt she asked to be 25". I love how the sleeves turned out, though my pictures never do the dresses justice.

I'm super excited that all 5 of my dark purple dresses fit and worked out. Even the maternity one was a crowd pleaser. My customer has promised me pictures so I will share them as soon I receive them. She is going to let me use them for my shop and my blog. She is a professional photographer. You can check out her site here.

Congrats to Amy winner of Vogue 1094

I bet you all thought I forgot about you. I've been so busy and missing my blog. I had a give away for Vogue 1094 and the winner is Amy! Congrats to Amy, I hope you enjoy the pattern.