Saturday, April 30, 2016

Hey sewing friends

Wow it's been a while since my last post! I've been super super busy!  

Wedding and prom seasons vary for me.  I don't advertise.  My work comes by word of mouth, and a friend who has a full time sewing business sends folks my way when she is booked.  

This year they came early and strong!  I've hemmed four wedding gowns and a mother of the bride gown.  The gown feature here was gorgeous!!!!  It required a lot of taking in of the dress portion of the gown. The bride purchased it secondhand for a great price.  It was too big all over and too long. The dress portion had a heavily beaded/sequined/pearl lace overlay.   No matter what you do when working with this type of fabric needle breaks are bound to happen.  I also had tons of beads, pearls, crystals, and sequins to deal with!!!   After taking the dress apart, I found that it had already been altered.  Funny thing was, the alterations were all done by hand.  Someone had literally hand sewn the seams without cutting the sequins and pearls out or trimming the seams. They were just folded to the back!!!!   Looks like the previous owner purchased a larger size for her bust, because there were no alterations made to the top.  After two fittings we were all set.  Hemming the gown was easy.  I just removed a layer of the ruffle, cut and hemmed the lining and shorten the tulle! I did most of the seaming by going into the side seams of the lining.  I didn't want to take the skirt off the dress!!!!!  Taming that bottom skirt was a bear, but I got it done.  Luckily the lace was not seamed, but stretched over the dress.  I love it when that is done because you don't have so many seams to remove beads/pearls/sequins from.  She was very pleasant to work with and happy with the results!


On to the next project!!!!!!  Happy Sewing!!!! Thanks for stopping by!!!!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Academy Awards

This is one of my favorite gowns from the Academy Awards!
Halle is absolutely gorgeous in this gown.  Jim Suzio, a sewing/embroidery instructor I met at the Sewing Expo in Chantilly, VA, many, many years ago did a great knock off of this gown.  
This is his version worn by a model and his daughter, Merri! He nailed it don't you think!  He embroidered the lace appliqu├ęs and didn't use stabilizers. He used spray starch to stabilize the organza and simply washed it away when the embroidery was completed!  Amazing!!!!!

I'll be watching tonight drilling over the eye candy!!!!!  

I had surgery last week to correct my left thumb which had trigger thumb.  I'll be all set to sew prom gowns next week they remove the stitches. The thumb was in pain pretty much all of Feb!!!! curtailing my sewing quite a bit!  

I'm feeling better already!!!


Enjoy this beautiful day!  It's supposed to be 65 in Baltimore!!!!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Another Amy Butler Bag

Well I changed course on my sew-cation projects.  I whipped up this Amy Butler reversible market tote found in her Style Stitches book.  



This is a cute little cosmetic/accessory bag I whipped up using the remnant pieces.



My friend, Annye, loves Betty Boop and wanted a bag with her as the theme. 

Although the directions call for adding fusible fleece, I only used Pellon Shape flex fusible interfacing. 

The fabric is from Patches Quilt Shop, Mt. Airy, MD.  I'm sure Annye will love the bag as well.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

One skirt down

  Well the snow finally stopped and one skirt finished so far! Self-drafted with box pleats, unlined, with a side zipper.  I purchased this fabric from A Fabric Place in Baltimore, MD.  It's an Italian silk brocade. The picture doesn't capture the iridescent shimmer in the fabric. 



 The Feds are closed tomorrow so I'll continue my sew-cation.  Hopefully the plow will come through my neighborhood so that I can dig out my car and drive to the main road!