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A Going Away Dress

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Just how many of these 1980’s high necked, big sleeved lace wedding gowns are still out there? Well, your guess is as good as mine, but all I know is they keep ending up in my sewing room and on my chopping block! This one is going to be a little different, in that it is going to become the brides ‘Going Away’ dress. The one part of the dress that she really loves is the paisley shaped lace appliques scattered on the skirt and the bodice.  So, the plan is to remove the high lace neck, remove the sleeves, carefully remove all...

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A Peacock Prom!

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A Peacock Prom!

This was a smart girl; she thought ahead for her prom dress. She came to me way back in November with her dress ideas. That gave us plenty of time to fabric shop, make a muslin and get it completed for her without feeling rushed! Her original design was a little different than the finished product, if only because we had to change one little thing. She had invisioned the skirt of her dress covered in real peacock feathers. Gorgeous, right? Gorgeous price, too! Even buying in bulk, the feathers would have been more than she had anticipated....

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The Rhthym of Beading

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Growing up I was never musical and I was never coordinated enough to follow specific dance steps.  Jazzercize? Bombed out pretty quickly. Even a step class was a diseaster.  Just never had any rhthym. But I have found my groove in a sewing technique – beading. There is a certain rhthym to the art of beading.  Pushing the needle through the fabric, catching the bead, and pushing the needle through the fabric again.  When you find your rhthym, it can be a very calming act. Today I spent several hours in this calm place, rebeading a dress...

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Satin & Lace; 1980’s to 2014

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Satin & Lace; 1980’s to 2014

Ah yes . . . yet another Vintage make-over! As many of these as I have done, it still amazes me how simply constructed dresses were back then!  No lining, no seam finishing, bare bones construction at best. I do wish I had a picture to share of the original dress; however, by the time it was brought to me, it had already been partially taken apart! The brides grandmother had thought she would re-make it for her, but after removing the sleeves and opening the back, decided that it was work better done by a professional! I can tell you this:...

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In Remembrance of Jane . . . .

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Every year during the first part of December, my second family congregates in Las Vegas for a working vacation, i.e. conference. It is the annual ICAS Convention (Interenational Council of Airshows), where performers, promoters and lovers of airshows all go to plan for next year and remember and critic the last. One of the most somber parts of our time in Vegas is always remembering those that left us far too early. Of course, this year we will be remembering our friend Jane Wicker, who was killed this summer while doing what she loved best...

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A Lovely New Lace Bolero

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The fall wedding season has been busy! Things are finally settling down to give me time to catch up on sewing for myself, as well as taking care of my home again (you don’t want to know when the last time I dusted was!). Last week was a busy week for me. I finished up 2 adorable Flower girl dresses (that will appear in another blog!), and I made 2 sweet jackets. The first one is for a bride who brought me her goreous lace dress that she had purchased at a consignment store. It had already had previous alterations done to it, and whoever...

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Mom’s Dress

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Finding The Perfect Mother of the Bride Outfit Finding the perfect dress for any occasion often proves to be a challenge; this is no different when looking for a mother of the bride or groom dress. In fact, if you ask me, it can be much more difficult. With so many dress styles and colors to choose from, it still seems like nothing ever fits the way it should, or looks the way it should, for that matter.   The way a dress or even suit looks on the hanger doesn’t always translate when put on. As a dressmaker, I have seen countless dresses...

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Vintage Re-Make

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It seems to be my year for Vintage Re-makes! Here I will share with you about the second one of the year; although I started today on yet a third! This gown is another 70′s design, worn by the brides mother. You know the era – the full sleeves, high neck, gathered waist, lots of lace and ruffles around the neckline. In working with these older dresses, I have found that they don’t make dresses like they used to! A lot less structure, a lot less finishing. In remaking this dress, I first had to remove the sleeves and the lace ruffles on the...

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Becoming Reality

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Normally I wait until the bride takes possession of her dress before I post about it. But this time I simply can’t wait! I won’t post her name, though! This bride came to me almost a year ago with the idea of a very simple dress for her beach wedding. Basically just a dressed up t-shirt dress. But she had another idea, and brought me a picture, of a gown that was her true dream dress. How much would it cost? Could I make it with just a couple changes? Absolutely! The biggest difference was that she wanted the main satin layers in a soft pink....

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For Jane

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The last post I made here was to share with you about a project coming up that I was so excited about.  Jane Wicker, Airshow performer, and Wingwalker, had asked me to make her a very special wing walking outfit for her upcoming marriage. The plan was for her and her fiance, to get married while wingwalking! I hadn’t a clue how this was going to be done, but I had no doubt that Jane could do it! Sadly, and tragically, this project will not be happening. Today, Jane was killed while performing her act at an airshow in Dayton, OH. I have been...

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