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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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Nancy’s New Jacket 2

Maybe you remember the last floral jacket I made for her with Butterick 3926, a basic shirt pattern with a side bust dart. Then, I made another version  without the collar. This time around Nancy has brought some very cool … Continue reading

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Holiday Work and Harvest

Any bride selecting this dress has to realize that nothing is hidden under that sheer unlined bodice. The side panels are also very revealing…we are talking “side boob” here. Even the model has to keep her arm over the opening! … Continue reading

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Vision of a Winter Snow Princess

If you had to choose a wedding dress and you had a large mature bust would you select a rhinestone encrusted nightgown with NO BONING and sheer panels all around and a front “V” opening down to your waist??? Maybe? … Continue reading

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Lace and Wildlife

This dress is Wtoo Anastasia and I found these images on Google:     The dress on a real live bride: What has to be done? First we add bust cups, then pin out the side seams for the 4 … Continue reading

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K is for Kimono

My client Nancy and I exchange cute Christmas gifts every year. This Fall she gave me this fabric to make into her usual sheer drapey jackets. Having 2.5 yards of fabric was just enough to make into this new pattern … Continue reading

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