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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Dress 7 and 8

This picture of my top and skirt do not do the outfit justice. It is so pretty. I couldn't wait to make it just to use the pretty overlay.
Number 8 is a 60's mod plaid dress, something I expected to be easy wasn't at all. I love the final outcome, but felt it took me too long to make.

Next up is my PS I Love You Dress, but with a tartan fabric. I am about done with it and hopefully it will ship tomorrow. Because of the wool, I had to fully line it. It is so much easier with facings when doing a wrap dress, but as Tim Gunn would say "make it work".

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

In Etsy Finds for a second time

I'm so happy to be in Etsy finds again! This was Fashion Holiday Fashion. You can see it here. I do have to share another dress though, I'm so in love with it! If I could afford it, it would be mine. The shop is Mackenzie Mode who was also featured. Click here to buy this fabulous dress and be sure to check out her entire shop you will be drooling!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Dress 6

Well not a dress but another circle skirt. This skirt was a HOOT. If you look closely the fabric is little owls. My customer supplied the fabric. It as a pretty heavy fabric, but I got it to work.
With such cute fabrics, I couldn't resist to make my customer an extra gift so I made this hobo bag to match. I sure hope she loves it. 

Dress 5

This is tea length ball gown. Nice and puffy! I didn't think I would like the grey but I love it! I hope she did too!

Dress 4

Well not a dress, but a 1950's circle skirt. I've been working on bettering my photos and love how this one turned out.

Dress 2 and 3

This was such a sweet order. The lady initially ordered two dresses for herself, but decided to use the order for her 86 year old MIL. She picked out two vintage dresses from Etsy for me to try to recreate. I knew the 1900's one I would not be able to completely because of the fabric , but I do think I captured the vibe of the outfit from CoralVintage.
Her second choice came from another Etsy seller simplicityisbliss and it is a 1960's dress. She wanted a aqua blue, sleeves to the elbows with cuffs.
Now my dresses:

Dress 1

This is the McCall's 4714. To fix the issues I had with it, I took up the godets and added horse hair braid to the skirt. It lifted it thank goodness. My customer loved her dress and said she would send some pictures in the future, since my pictures don't do it justice.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

I made the front page of Etsy! Of course someone has to bring you down

I made the front page of Etsy I think it was on Nov. 6th, I was so happy and excited about it since I've only been on the FB once back in 2009, for a computer mouse thing I made. Sure enough three days later I get an e-mail from Etsy telling me my items and tags are not within the rules of Etsy. Of course they don't let you know what listing they are talking about so you frantically try to figure out what is wrong. I had a feeling it would be the listing that just made the front page and I was right. It seems and this of course is a case by case basis but if you use an inspiration photo it is not supposed to be the first thumbnail. I had a picture of Grace Kelly you can see below as my inspiration photo next to it my version of the dress:
Without getting into all the details I was basically told this when I said I never seen anything in the TOU about the inspiration photo not being allowed as the first picture:

Since it isn't an example of your actual work in the first thumbnail, it violates this policy. Listing descriptions and photos must accurately describe the item for sale so buyers know what is included in the purchase. Technically, all photos are supposed to be of the item, but we allow some other photos in certain cases, within reason.

I don't mind taking off the picture of Grace Kelly, but it was a pretty sharp stab in the gut, unless I took it wrong that Etsy is basically saying my listing is not as described, that it does not look like the dress that it was "Inspired" from and not reasonable to compare the two dresses.

So heads up anyone that uses "Inspirational Photos", you may get flagged and you can count on getting flagged if you start showing any kind of success because that is just the way some users on Etsy are. Also to Etsy if I was against the TOU I should never have been allowed on the front page. You may also check out your Etsy Finds as I see a violation in it right now a picture of a pattern, never made...oh I forgot it is a case by case basis. BTW I am not flagging the user in the Finds, I hope the shop gets lots of views and a sale from it! Okay my vent over....

Hair Fascinator Netting and a Butterball Turkey

So I have been having some fun making hair fascinators. I have purchased Russian Netting and French Netting, my next is English Netting. My sister came over the other day and said she didn't like the netting because it reminded her of what turkey's are wrapped in. She is so right. If I ever need a yellow fascinator do you think anyone would be offended if I used a butterball turkey net? I'm kidding of course :)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Eco Friendly 1950's Wedding Gown

Thank you to my wonderful customer below for sharing your day with me. Photos were taken by Linda Wildemann. This was my Eco Friendly Hemp dress. The tie on the groom was made from the same fabric of the dress. What a wonderful picture. Thanks so much for allowing me to share them
I'm still putting my 21 dresses, 19 in perspective. As I say I love what I do. Then I think... Will I have some stressful times? Will I encounter more dishonest people? Will I have people not completely happy? Yes I will....that is life, but the ones that I've made happy are worth the small amount of negativity. I had a follower e-mail me with some great suggestions. The first being raise my prices and lessen my work load. This is some sound advice! I really appreciated her taking the time to contact me.