Author Archives: mrsmole

Adding and Subtracting

This Maggie Sottero dress fits the model like a glove.   But not all brides are models, are they? Let’s start with what has to be done: The halter neck is supposed to join like this with two crystal buttons: … Continue reading

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Too Much Tulle

This dress is Christiana by Wtoo.   Can you see a wrinkle just under the left breast running horizontally across that center panel? My bride had the same issue with her dress and I tried to remedy it. First, I … Continue reading

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So Many Lace Flowers

                                                          I hate clamps! When I see photos of potential brides with clamps all the way down their center back…it makes me realize that a salesperson could sell any dress if it is clamped tight enough. The devil be damned … Continue reading

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Hot Summer Wedding

                Here is the Maggie Sottero dress on a model.                                                  Here is the dress on a bride. What needs to be done? Shorten straps, shorten lining all around, hem satin layer side seam to side seam to start with. … Continue reading

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Shop-Worn Repairs

This dress is from David’s and quite a bargain right now. Here it is on my bride with bust pads pinned in. It had been tried on by many other brides and there are some damaged areas but first the … Continue reading

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Pretty in Pink part 2

Let’s do a few finishing touches shall we? Once the interfaced facing/collar is attached, it is pinked and flattened and top stitched. The blue thread mark the center front line for button placement. At the turning point just above the … Continue reading

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Pretty in Pink

During the past Covid virus lockdown, I was able to start on a jacket for Nancy. She buys the nicest fabrics in Portland and has a good eye for classic patterns. Back in the 80’s, I had a sewing mentor, … Continue reading

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Making an On-line dress Fit

This dress is from JJ’s House. It is a lovely, well-made modest dress. But like most dresses, it just needs a few tweaks to fit better.  The shoulders look very nice on this model but brides this year seem to … Continue reading

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Repair and Re-Hem

Here are some photos of what NOT to buy when searching for your dream dress. If your dress has been tried on a million times and the whole side of the zipper is hanging loose with no hook and eye…walk … Continue reading

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Rags to Stitches

Does anyone have a terry cloth towel from 1970 still in perfect condition? This little honey came to me from a family member who had one demand:                                                MAKE IT LIKE NEW!                                    Let’s take a closer look shall we? … Continue reading

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