Recently, I was contacted by a gentleman who represents Janome who asked if I would consent to having my profile featured on their “Janome Presents” website. So, after answering some questions about how much I love my Janome machines and how well they perform for me 7 days a week, my name was added to the site: www.janome.com . While so many of their other featured seamstresses are famous and certainly established in the fashion world, it was a surprise to be asked to share this blog and my adventures with other hard-working sewers. So what was the result? Over 7oo viewers checked out this little blog from all over the world and I hope I gave them something to chuckle about.
On the professional side I have photos for you of finished BWBs….what? What are BWBs?
Brides with Belts….it seems to be the trend this year, no matter what the dress looks like in terms of lace and beading and texture, they are adding more bling to jazz it up!
Remember that sad sample dress from Melissa Sweet that had had the zipper sewn in and out 4 times and was so filthy with the different label sewn in? Well, here is the finished product with it’s hand sewn (by me) ribbon and rhinestone belt and hand tacked tiny stitches along the top edges of the bodice to hold the dress together for the final wearing. So maybe some of you are thinking…how many hours went into this transformation…hemming 6 layers of fabric, shortening lining and netting, making that bling belt and securing the dress to be ready to be worn for the last time? I charged her 8 hours although you all know there were many more and just when I thought it was an awfully high price to pay for such a raggedy gown she appeared with the shoes that would be worn with the dress…a pair of $945 blue satin Manolo Blahnik stilettos with huge silver rhinestone buckles.
In contrast, I also finished a lovely more classic clean lace dress bought used and the bride bought her belt from a vendor on Etsy. Everything was tastefully done and I was able to add a second layer of netting to her petticoat to show off her mermaid hem.
As promised I have 2 more jackets to share from my client who just loves jackets to cover her t-shirts…you know the lady who has had me make all those sheer silk ones…well here are some new ones for traveling. Both made from the same pattern Butterick 5467 but very different fabrics…one cotton and the other drapey rayon. The neckline has notches cut out and we added deep vents at the side seams for ease of sitting. The first one in the basted stage reminded my client of a scrub top and all she could think of was a nurse calling her name for the next mammogram…it made me laugh and I said that it could have been worse…”it could have been for your colonoscopy!”
What else have I been doing this week? Well just to prove it is not all garment sewing I was given a well worn t-shirt to embroider for a client who is sending her child off to college with a quilt made with love and she wanted a special square…I embroidered the words for her with my 11000 and Digitizer software and the 8 by 8 hoop:
The weather has been hot and the peaches have ripened and here is your parting shot of delicious:
Thank you to all the new Janome viewers and all my faithful viewers…have a super weekend and stay cool!