Category Archives: challenges

Tackling Vogue 1561

In the past I have used Zandra Rhodes patterns for my client Nancy. They are flowy and soft and suit Nancy’s Type 2 summer personality. When I saw this newest pattern with the curvy lines and flowing skirt, I just … Continue reading

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Take In and Trim Off

This dress really makes a statement. The lace is very much like Battenburg, thick and dominant. Wtoo Lapis      The first fitting reveals a hemming job and the recommendation for tighter undergarments. We try bustling up the tulle into 5 … Continue reading

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Trim, Twill Tape and Repair

This feminine wedding gown is a Wtoo Della. This poor model doesn’t seem to have enough bust to make the bodice look good. On a real bride, the bodice looks quite different and you can see the little section of … Continue reading

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Stitching Memories

Whenever a grandmother dies in our valley, word gets around to the family that her sewing stash and UFO’s and machines should be donated to the local American Sewing Guild chapter…in other words…us. We do our best to help the … Continue reading

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Return of the Satin

First of all, I want to thank everyone who left comforting comments last week about my dad. With little time allowed for grieving, the business side of my life continues. I did leave a comment last time about the twill … Continue reading

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Two Piece Two

Buying the $875 Wtoo Bree bustier and coordinating it with a $1000 Effie skirt should make this alteration a piece of cake…no?     How about a real body instead of a model…that top edge is not fitting well and the skirt … Continue reading

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$20 Bridesmaid

Sorry, earlier today, a reader has pointed out that the top half of this post was already posted…so I have deleted it and still keep the dress below:   This bargain is this Aidan dress: The skirt is like a … Continue reading

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