Archive for May, 2009



19
May
09

Relocation

It’s been hectic this past week (hence the lack of posts). Our family moved into a beautiful new home, which really was quite the experience. I had no clue that we had so much STUFF in our old home. We sorted, packed, and made a series of frenzied trips up to the new place before the official “moving day” with helpers and a big truck and whatnot. Somehow, everything made it here and we’re gradually getting unpacked again.

In the midst of all this we were without internet service for MUCH longer than we’d anticipated. My sincere apologies to all of my clients who heard from me far less promptly than usual! Thankfully we are back online as of this afternoon and I feel much calmer and more in control of the world around me now that I can do those simple things like reference an email message to confirm I wrote down the correct measurements for my client, or log in to PayPal to see if I’ve received the payment I needed before shipping an item.

I can get back to more frequent blog posts too, so stay tuned! I’ve been a busy bee and there are many lovely things that I’ll be able to share with you soon. 🙂

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07
May
09

A Merry Maiden

angren4I promised before that I would post again with some of the costumes I created for this year’s Renaissance Festival. At long last here is one maiden wearing the fine garments I was able to make for her!

The full length skirt for this ensemble was made from a brightly colored woven cotton fabric that’s comfortable and cool. It has a gathered elasticized waistband.

Her chemise is made from white cotton muslin. It’s a short chemise, coming just past the waist, with three quarter sleeves and a gathered neckline. The shorter lengths are ideal in the blazing Florida heat.

The crowning jewel of the costume is the gorgeous Victorian style overbust corset. Made from soft crushed velvet over a sturdier support fabrics, her corset is both beautiful and durable. Inside, the corset is reinforced with 20 pieces of thick steel boning for a supportive fit and beautiful shaping! The back is studded with closely spaced steel grommets to allow tight lacing and a snug fit.

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06
May
09

Bridal to be

Here’s another bridal gown in progress. It’s not finished and I promise there will be more and BETTER pictures when it’s hemmed, pressed, and on a person, but I couldn’t resist sharing a little sneak peek:

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06
May
09

The Plunge

I did it.

Actually, we took the plunge a few weeks ago, and so far things are going great.

I quit my day job. I’m officially a seamstress and dressmaker full time.

I’m officially a work at home mom.

I’m my own boss.

And I’m doing something I LOVE without having to leave the child I love each day to do so.

Anyone out there wonder how I feel about this? I think this grinning Girly says it all…

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04
May
09

Training Corset

ubllcorset1This custom piece was made for an etsy client who has recently begun waist training with a tight lacing Victorian style corset. She told me that she feels so much more confident wearing her corset, that her clothes fit better and her back is better supported to boot! But her original overbust Victorian style corset squishes her chest (and a flat chest is not so very fashionable today as it was a few centuries back), and furthermore stopped too high up so that her lower belly and hips were left peeking out below the corset.

ubllcorset5So I drafted a pattern for her for an underbust, long line corset to cover the areas she wanted covered. I used high quality steel boning (rigid flat boning on the front and back seams, and the more flexible spiral steel boning on the side seams) and steel grommets spaced close together along the back. In the front I inserted a steel busk to make this corset much easier to put on and take off than her orginal corset (which was also a back lacing corset but with no busk so that she had to completely remove the lacing each time!) I had original suggested coutil fabric for her corset, as it is specifically designed for use in corsets and holds up beautifully to the strain of tight lacing. But when she expressed to me that we were a bit over her budget, I offered to use a medium weight canvas fabric instead.

The result is a beautiful and functional training corset that will allow her to continue enjoying the support and shaping this type of garment offer, with a better fit and greater convenience than before. Enjoy!

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02
May
09

Achievable cloning

sundresscloneGarment cloning is a great option for a client who already has a garment they love which they would like to replicate or replace. An etsy customer recently asked me to clone a cotton dress for her. She sent me the original dress, along with the fabric she wanted for her new dress, and I drafted the pattern directly from the original garment and sewed up the new one. She was thrilled with the result!

02
May
09

Amy Butler custom skirt

Here’s a custom skirt I created recently for a customer on etsy. The skirt is made from Amy Butler’s Lotus collection Lacework Grey fabric, with a matching solid blue woven cotton fabric lining. I custom drafted the pattern for her to her size and with the pleats she had requested. It closes with a back zipper closure.

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Enjoy your weekend everyone!




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