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Friday, October 2, 2015

Transforming a wedding gown

A dear friend is getting married.  This beautiful young lady embarked on a weight loss journey a few years ago and transformed her body into a more healthy slender look!  She was and is a beautiful lady inside and out!!!!  I was truly honored when she asked me to help her transform her simple straight wedding gown into something a little more fab!!!  She's getting married in Jamaica this October.

She purchased the gown from David's.  Not my favorite place for wedding gowns although they are getting better.  The beads kept falling off, the store told her they had reattached the missing beads!  I was gluing and re-sewing beads throughout the entire alteration process.

Perfect gathers using the ruffle attachment.
Wigan from
The most dramatic part was creating a removable mermaid tulle skirt.  It's seven layers:  the bottom layer is poly organza with horse hair braid hem, 4 layers of bridal netting/tulle; and 2 layers of sparkle bridal tulle on top.  I gathered all 7 pieces using my treasured gathering foot!!!  The top of the skirt is bound in wigan.  Because it is cut on the bias it attached beautifully to the skirt top!  The final touch was adding a pleated satin trim adorned with pearls to the outside of the wigan.  Because the bride wanted the option of removing skirt at the reception, I sewed hooks inside which will be used to attach the skirt to the tiny thread hooks I strategically sewed around the entire dress.
I waited until she was married today to post this!  Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Brooks!!!!  God bless!!!!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Just Sew Retreat

My first winter retreat!!!!  Hope you can come!!! Limited to 16 participants.


Friday, January 15 through Sunday, Jan 17, 2016
arrive 1 pm ~~  depart 4 pm
Dickerson, MD
$275 per person
 (includes room, board & 5 meals)
$100 deposit due 9/30 @ Paypal
2nd payment $100 due October 30, 2015
Final payment $75 due November 30, 2015

Come for fellowship, food, and fun!!! Bring your sewing machine, supplies, and creativity!  Pattern swap!!!

To reserve your spot make your deposit at Paypal (friends and family)


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

brides, bridesmaids, wait a minute porch cushions?????

Sometimes it's like this....very slow sewing spell and then all of a sudden there are tons of last minute sewing emergencies... my wedding gown needs to more stunning; my seamstress is in the ER; I've put on a few pounds, and I'm pregnant and my gown needs alterations.

Yes, I encountered all four requests last month!  I happily solved the dilemmas of these excited brides and bridesmaids.  I always feel good about helping ease the anxiety of my clients.  If the request is not too absurd, that is!!!!!!!

 Home Dec!!!!  I don't know what it is about Home Dec.  I just loose my sewing "mojo" when confronted with task.  I know, I know, just say no.  But this was a dear friend, my sister girl!!!!  I had to help her and she insisted on paying me!!!!   She wanted 6 lounge chair cushions recovered.  We went shopping for fabric and settled on a red/rust solid from Walmart and a nice floral from Joann Fabrics. 

I carefully inspected how they where sewn together, carefully took one set apart so that I could use the pieces for a pattern.  The cushions were in excellent condition.  I was surprised to see that a form rope like substance was used to make the piping---not cording.  To save $$$, she decided to ditch piping in her new cushions.  Less work for me too!!!! 

 All in all I loved how they turned out.  I think I'll do my own porch furniture cushions next spring!!!!

National Sewing Month

It's that time again!  For me it's 24/7!!!!! What can I say I love to sew!!!!!

My sewing guild, the American Sewing Guild (ASG), will hold several public events to promote sewing and bring awareness to our fine organization.  We'll be at the Hancock Fabrics in Pasadena. MD, and the Govans Library in Baltimore City on Sept 12.  Check out your local ASG Chapter at  There's always something fun going on!  Lots of opportunities for improving your sewing skills and meeting new sewing friends!  Happy sewing everyone!!!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Sewing for others...pretty lady

The reason why I love sewing for others.   This is a text I received today:

I couldn't remember if I had sent these to you or not! I am still recovering from the trip which was awesome!! Evvvvveryone loved the dress, literally almost stopped traffic!!!
I can't thank you enough!
I will call you about those alterations in a week or so."

Previously posted about here.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Tribute to a sewing icon...

Although I have never sewn a "Stretch and Sew" pattern, I'm grateful for this women's legacy!!!  She paved the way for us sewing entrepreneurs and home sewers across the globe with her innovative techniques on sewing knits!!!  Look at all of the great knit garments we are fortunate to have created!!

Rest in peace Ms. Ann Person.