Author Archives: mrsmole

Nancy is Back

Anyone wondering about the Vogue 1561 pattern for Nancy’s  jacket? Well, how about some photos of the paper pattern alterations? Starting with the front, it needed more length to drop the bust point. You can see the yellow paper added … Continue reading

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Shiny Objects #2

Maybe I have been complaining too much about the number of tulle-skirted wedding gowns so the universe has sent me the reverse…totally beaded.     Yes, just like recent gowns the back is shear and the bride wants it tighter in … Continue reading

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Adding Support

This Casablanca dress didn’t need too many alterations except to add straps and more support. See the under-bust crease wrinkle? I like to cross the straps in back for real stability and this way they will never slip down. The … Continue reading

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Shiny Objects

What might be coming up for the 2018 season? Here is a sneak peek at one challenge: Yes, this is from the late 1980’s and yes, that is staining all down the front of the dress. It came in a … Continue reading

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Who Remembers 1978?

I don’t know about the rest of you, but that year brought me my 3rd child in 3 years with the 4th and final one arriving by 1980. Daily life was a blur of diapers before disposables and making baby … Continue reading

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Sample Dress Labor

This dress is Mon Cheri Enchanting. It was bought at a new local salon with no tags whatsoever inside which is bizarre! There were no labels as to fabric content or size or country of origin…all removed for some reason. … Continue reading

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A Surprise and a Stunner

Reading comments from other seamstresses and hobby sewers about their encounters with clients and family members can really brighten my day. My sewing sister, Sharon on the East coast shared this flashback recently: Had a customer back during the ‘Dry … Continue reading

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