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Darts and Scallops

This Enzoani Maya gown fits the model well but not all brides can pull it off without alterations.    Thee main challenge would be getting all of this skirt bustled up for dancing. The first challenge is making the bodice … Continue reading

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Rodeo Queen

Just got a call from a desperate mother needing her daughter’s floor length gown shortened. Since there was a break in between brides, I agreed to see the dress. Of course, it was bought online from one of the many … Continue reading

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Too Much Tulle

How about this gown for a real fairy princess look? It has a Grecian touch too with the Petersham ribbon straps that wrap around the body as many times as you wish. Willowby Virgo   In the beginning, I thought … Continue reading

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Bead and Sequins…Oh My!

You would think after all these years, I would have learned the hard lesson of saying no. Every time I get a request from a friend to take on a wedding dress from BHLDN I end up regretting it BIG … Continue reading

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Making Two Pieces Work

Once in a season, a two-piece gown comes into the sewing room. Normally it is when brides travel way out of town with their entourage for a 3-day hunt for the perfect wedding gown. Here we have a classic example: … Continue reading

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Gunne Sax and Safety

Hands up…who remembers Gunne Sax wedding dresses from the 80’s? Here are 2 patterns popular during that time:   Yes, women could not get enough ruffles and ribbons and pearls all crammed unto a prairie-type dress with long sleeves. Here … Continue reading

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Sleek and Simple

How about something simple for a change? This dress came in from David’s Bridal called Galina.  A basic empire style trimmed with 3/8 inch Petersham ribbon under the bust and also used as a back tie. In this photo, the … Continue reading

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Kimono Fix

After sewing for clients for 50 years, you would think that maybe, just maybe, I have made all the stupid mistakes that can be made…wrong! When making the second version of the kimono pattern, for Nancy, I was so busy … Continue reading

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Shape Shifting

Let’s return to the basic strapless Wtoo Agatha wedding gown and high expectations.               The story goes like this: “I bought my dress a year in advance, it was too big for me then … Continue reading

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Short Waist Challenge

When you are searching for modesty in a wedding gown, this Wtoo Fillipa makes a nice statement.         For the first fitting the bride was wearing a black bra…not a great idea. The shoulder seams were hanging … Continue reading

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