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For Carrie

Yes, I know I have been terrible about updating of late. Photos of many projects will follow soon; hopefully several of them today. Of late I have slacked on the blogging BECAUSE I have been so very busy sewing. In the time since I completed the bra I last posted, I have accomplished the following:

– Cloned a bra for my Aunt Bonnie, in preparation for my next big project for her.

– Altered a suit jacket for my Mom.

– Altered a lined dress for my sister.

– Made, from scratch with patterns I drafted myself, a skirt and blouse for my Mom (which I neglected to photograph; many apologies).

– Sewed a muslin for Bonnie’s next big thing.

– Drafted and sewed up a second stunning bra for C.

– Sewed a swaddle for a store that carries baby gear and which will likely hire me to do more sewing for them.

– Accepted a **paying** job to sew some custom purses, and completed the first of them.

– Spent hours upon hours hand sewing tiny little glass seed beads to the piece of fabric which will eventually be the bodice on a dress.

Now, some of you may want to know what has inspired so much obsessive sewing (and remember folks, I also worked 40 hours a week and commuted 10 and spent time with my 2 year old daughter and my husband, in between all the sewing). Here’s the short version: I’m going pro. I’m not there yet mind you, but I am working hard to complete my current commitments, and just as hard to take on more business, so that I can actually have a home based business. Which I need at this point to supplement my dwindling real estate income, and which may eventually make it possible for me to at long last become a stay at home Mom!!!

Those last words are honestly all the motivation I need to do anything. I would move moutains, stop time, perform the twelves labors of Hercules by my mortal self, just to be home with my daughter. And honestly, can you blame me?

Check back later today. I plan to have a few photos up at least.


Goff Couture

Check it out……

I have an actual logo now! (Many, many thanks to my amazing husband for that). Business cards are on order and will arrive soon. I feel like an actual legitimate business!


Ahem, is it still Sunday?

Okay, so I know I said I’d post my pick for the dress form’s new name on Sunday, and then I didn’t. It’s been a bit hectic and I’ve been without a computer for large periods of time. But, here I am now!

Of the names suggested to me, Sally is my favorite. So, Sally it is!

More posting will come SOON, possibly later today. I was tagged by another blogger DAYS ago and need to respond to that and I have a couple of other things I want to unveil. Check back soon! ­čÖé


A bust in need is a friend indeed!

I’m long overdue on my blog updates. Rest assured, it’s because I’ve been busy sewing MORE, not less. ­čÖé Regarding the giveaway from my previous post, I’ve only gotten two responses so I plan to hold out a few more days before I decide. Sunday I’ll pick a winner.

And on to the sewing!

One of my good friends (we’ll call her “C”) has a BIG challenge when it comes to bras. She’s very large┬ábusted on a┬ávery small frame and there are┬áalmost no bra options for her on the market anywhere. Add to that the fact that she’s a dedicated nursing mother, and needs┬ámaternity bras, and the field is narrowed further. Prior to her current pregnancy, C tells me that she was wearing a size 30JJJ. She paid $90 for her bland ivory bra, and despite the fact that it’s the only nursing bra she’s ever find to fit her, it’s painful to wear.┬áThat was before her current (fifth) pregnancy. Now the bra is too small.

In actual fact, hearing C’s story was part of what prompted me to move from just thinking about bra making to actually DOING it. I complain about the challenges of finding clothes that fit me, but the truth is that on the whole I’m happy with my bust. It’s a good size for my somewhat overweight frame, and if anything helps to compensate for my belly. I may have to drive a bit further or pay a bit more to buy a bra that meets my ample needs (or, more recently,┬álearn to make my own!), but I have always been able to find something in the end.┬á

On the other hand, C is at a point where her bust is actually impacting her quality of life. Her bras are so uncomfortable that she hates to wear them, and largely avoids leaving her house rather than have to deal with that discomfort.

So, once I’d made a few bras of my own, I offered to help C find a solution to her rather large challenge.┬áTo complicate matters just a tad, C and I live about a thousand miles apart. I am relying on┬áC and her husband to provide me with good measurements and photos to even attempt a worthwhile custom fit!┬áTo start, she sent me one of her current bras (which is what you saw pictured above) to copy… figuring we could alter the pattern as needed and go from there.

Cloning a bra is easier than I’d expected. I stretched out the individual pieces of the cups and pinned them down along the seamlines, and then took the resulting shape, added seam allowances and elastic allowances, and used the resulting pattern pieces to sew up a bra! (Though, in C’s case, I lengthened the now-too-short band a bit, and added some extra depth to the now-too-small cups). You can see the original bra with the resulting pattern pieces here.

The resulting bra was remarkably similar to her original. While it fit a bit better in the band (and a bit too large in the cups) C told me the new bra was uncomfortable in much the same way as her current bras “It’s almost identical to the pain┬ámy┬áother bras cause, so you can rest assured that you┬ámade a very close copy of┬áa $90 bra!” And for all that it’s a much prettier color, pain is pain and we’re proceeding from here.┬á

Bra #2 is half finished and waiting on my cutting table now (I got as far as I could and had to pause to wait for a supply order). I’m trying something quite a bit different for this next one, to hopefully address each of the causes of discomfort C and I have identified. I’ll update with photos and feedback once it’s completed and sent to her!

And in the meantime, I’ll post about what I’ve been up to while waiting for UPS to deliver my elastic. ­čÖé

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