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Bad Backroom Alterations

This morning, the phone rings and the voice says, “Hi, I’m Lydia and I need some advice if you have the time”. So, I say, “what do you need?” It seems that a group of 5 bridesmaids just received their … Continue reading

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Free and Breezy

When a friend gives you a free new Haute Couture by Maggie Sottero wedding dress in a garment bag and tells you it will be perfect for you…it just sounds so wonderful doesn’t it? But if you wait 13 years … Continue reading

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Heavy Lace and Pearls

Isn’t this just a dreamy wedding gown? It is Wtoo Elise. The lace is very heavy and looks and feels crocheted so the trick is to work with this very bulky textile and make it look airy. The nude satin … Continue reading

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Shortening Chiffon Sleeves

One of my brides from last year called and told me that she had a jacket that just needed the sleeves shortened to wear to her nephew’s wedding. I agreed to see the jacket as it sounded simple…but you know … Continue reading

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Strap Me In!

If you have brown hair and tan skin, this is the dress for you. The bodice includes a mid-range shade of tulle so it looks like the lace is just floating on the model. But if you have light skin, … Continue reading

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Nancy’s Sofa Jacket

Remember the last jacket I started for Nancy? Well, as the fabric looks more like expensive home dec, it sort of has a nickname now. Well it has progressed along and it is finished…yea! Since the muslin stage, I used … Continue reading

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Well Fitted Gown…almost!

Here is a classic wedding gown from Casablanca. So, it makes a seamstress wonder why a dart has to be added to eliminate the excess fabric here: The bride has plenty of her own breasts and we added push up … Continue reading

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