Sunday, July 27, 2014

And the winner is...

Well I was one of 47 models in the American Sewing Guild Annual Fashion Show!  I wore my ode' to DVF wrap dress!!!!   I used McCalls 6959.  The fabric is a waxed cotton print from Ghana.  The fashion show was lots of fun!!!!!!!  There were so many beautiful models and outfits!!!!

Guess what!!!  I came in third place!!!!!!!  Yeah me!!!!!  I won a table top revolving case full of Gutterman thread!   Only problem is, I cant carry it home on the plane----  it's like 14 lbs in the case!  Today is Sunday and I will be on a tour all day tomorrow, no time to ship.  My roommate and I brainstormed, and I decided to just take the thread home.  I gave the case to a local ASG member who drove to conference.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

More ASG Conf - Bound buttonholes

I completed a great bound buttonhole class!  The instructor was  Daryl Lancaster.  

Her method requires a few steps but the results are well worth it!!!
Until next time!!!  Happy sewing!!!!

Friday, July 25, 2014

ASG Conference

I'm attending the American Sewing Guikd's Annual Conference in St. Louis!  I arrived a day early so that I could go to this wonderful restaurant!   Sweetie Pie's!!!!   The food was Delicious!!!!!������������������

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Progress, progress

Well the wedding gown is coming along very nicely! We had the final fitting Saturday and I just had to take in the seams around the hips to make it more "mermaidy"!!!  I also made a minor adjustments to the bodice to make sure no wardrobe malfunctions on the wedding day.  This is my first bride that will also have a reception dress.  I was disappointed about this as I wanted her to wear my dress all day!!!  Yes, I consider these gowns my dress!  A statement of me!  My pride and joy, just like a new born!  So I'll have to settle for seeing it sashay down the isle of the church and that's it!!! 

I did find that I need a stiffer petticoat netting to make the gown set out more.  So I'll be off to A Fabric Place on Friday to pick up some.  Should have gone there first instead of Joanns!

I'm also working on a wrap dress that I'll be wearing in the ASG fashion show in St. Louis next week!  I'm using an African print from Ghana.  It's a waxed cotton and the colors are luscious and vibrant.  I'm making View A with the piping.  Until next time!  Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wedding gown in progress

Well during this long holiday weekend which begins for me tomorrow!  I'll be making a friend/client's wedding gown.  I decided to use Vogue 2931  with a modified bodice.  I also cut the mermaid bottom fuller.  I won't post any actual pics until after the wedding.

Today I'm actually in Philly finishing up a business trip.  Our trip was cut short, but since I had the room reserved I decided to stay and get some rest in anticipation of my planned marathon sewing over the next few days!

I began working with the bride a few months ago.  She was loosing weight so I'm just starting her actual gown.  She successfully lost 12 pounds, so I had to really adjust the first muslin!  That's what I love about making a muslin---imagine if I had cut this expensive satin!!!!!  We had a second muslin fitting last week and she put on about 2-3 inches.  She has strict orders to eat lots of salads and drink water until her wedding day!

 I'll hit the deck early tomorrow morning to begin working on the gown.  Her wedding is August 15 so I want her to have her dress no later than the 20th of July!

I won't post the inspiration pic just in case someone she knows happens to check out my blog!

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a wonderful July 4th!!!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Happy Summer

Hello everyone!  It's been awhule since my last post.  I've been chcking out my bloglovin peeps and enjoying the posts!!!

I've been very busy with client work!  Here's some priest stoles I made last month.  I made 14 of them!  I digitized the patches with Palette 9!  I was happy with the way they turned out!  The used a poly linen from Hancocks and a Easter cotton (crosses) from Joanns.  The poly linen is on the backside   The kente is from my stash.  

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Riley's birthday dress

I can't believe my 3rd GD turned 4 yesterday!  In keeping with tradition, her mom requested a birthday dress for her to wear to pre-school.  Here's our Riley in her Minnie Mouse dress.  Fabric purchased from's preshirred.  I digitized the birthday patch in PE Next Version 9.  I selected the applique feature on my Entreprise and embroidered it on pellon craft interfacing.  I painted it with Mod Podge to seal it.  I think it turned out rather nicely.  Happy Birthday Riley!!

Here's Riley at her fitting!

I think it's too early in the morning for picture taking!  Thanks for stopping by!!!!