Category Archives: challenges

Hike me up, Judy

Phil Davis portrayed the deliciously nasty moneylender Mr. Smallweed in the BBC adaptation of Dickens’ Bleak House a few years back.  Here is a YouTube video of his granddaughter, Judy, shaking (hiking) him up: Bleak House.  My UK viewers may … Continue reading

Posted in challenges | Tagged , , | 13 Comments

Perfect Prom Dress

The prom season has begun and what a nice change to see a dress that actually looks nice instead of the usual hoochie-mama-tube-top ballerina tulle skirt I-can-see-your-underpants concoction. Here is what we started with…not a seamstress’s dream fabric….that fluffy embellished … Continue reading

Posted in challenges | Tagged , , | 21 Comments

Bargain-hunting Bride

So many brides want me to know about what discounts they managed to get on their dress. They are so pleased if they get 20% off or more and I admire their determination to try to save money where they … Continue reading

Posted in challenges | Tagged , , | 22 Comments

Ponte Pants Success

Remember a couple weeks back when the ponte knits shrunk and I was disappointed that I could not cut out my leggings? Well, I did come up with a way to cut the top edge with an extension to at … Continue reading

Posted in challenges | Tagged , , | 19 Comments

Nancy’s Jacket

All of us have been waiting a long time for the very much altered/redesigned Butterick 6106 jacket for Nancy. She has been patient and gone along with my suggestions and additions and subtractions in order to get the perfect fun … Continue reading

Posted in challenges | Tagged , , , , , | 43 Comments

1974 Revisited

Hands up…who remembers Gunne Sax by Jessica…the long flowing lace embellished voile prairie dresses that were everywhere hippies gathered? So, just when I think the bridal season is coming to a close…in walks a treasure. A wedding dress that now … Continue reading

Posted in challenges | Tagged , , , | 51 Comments

Too Tall and Too Tight

A bride came in with a dress she ordered from NY from David’s Bridal without trying it on. Vera Wang produced this little honey complete with her signature over-sized organza roses. Like so many brides, the first time they see … Continue reading

Posted in challenges | Tagged , , , | 33 Comments