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Mrs. Frosty

In early December one of my regular clients commissioned me to make this costume for her to wear to a Christmas themed costume party. She went as “Mrs. Frosty” and wanted her costume to be voluminous, a puffy white impression of a snowwoman. I made the very full skirt and bolero from white faux fur fabrics, and she wore them over a dramatically full white petticoat and a white and silver tight lacing corset. To create the full, rounded shape she wanted for the bolero, I actually stuffed the sleeves with scraps of petticoat netting!


Another Christmas Gift

Quick post today, as I’m pleasantly exhausted from a long day playing with my Girly. The following pics are of a custom skirt and top that I made for another loved one for Christmas. The skirt is a rayon batik fabric, cut into a very full and flouncy 2 1/2 circle skirt! The top is made from a nylon stretch fabric, hand dyed royal blue to match the skirt.


Playing Catch Up

I’m behind. Months behind. My apologies to those of you who have followed my blog in the past, when it was updated routinely.

Thankfully, it’s a matter of too much, rather than too little, to say. Business has been booming and I’ve enjoyed a wide variety of projects to occupy my time. The result however has been that, at the end of twelve hour days of sewing, I lack the creative energy to write about what I have made. This month, I seem to have a bit of breathing room for the first time since early last September, and I intend to make the most of it! I have already updated my website with photos of many of my recent creations, and I plan to work this month on playing catch up here on the blog.

More will follow soon, but for the time being, please enjoy this photo of a corset I made as a Christmas gift for one of my loved ones. The fabric is a beautiful hand dyed silk charmeuse, with black lace accents. Inside the corset, sturdier fabric and multiple pieces of steel boning provide phenomenal support and shaping. The gift was well received, and the woman for whom I made it is thrilled to have the option of wearing strapless garments for the first time in a very long time!


Princess Lily

Every little girl deserves to feel like a princess now and then. So, for Christmas this year, I custom made a lovely little Princess Dress for my cousin’s 4 year old daughter Lily.


Unlike most of the previous custom projects I’ve done, I had no opportunity to fit Lily in her dress, or even to take her measurements – this was supposed to be a surprise after all! To determine how large to draft the pattern and make the dress, I searched for toddler growth charts online. I know Lily is a little taller and a little more slender than most girls her age, and I planned to make the dress just a bit on the large size for  her so she can wear it for a while. And fortunately the result is a dress that fits great and should continue to fit for at least the year!

princess3The design was a lot of fun. With no specific requirements in place, I was able to really leave it all up to my imagination! I sorted through my drawers of fabric remnants and paired up different colors to ultimately choose the pink and gold that are lovely on Lily’s complexion. I browsed the aisles at JoAnn’s to pick out ribbons, beaded trim and satin bows to embellish the dress. And I bought yards and yards of baby pink tulle to make a layered, ruffled petticoat so the dress would have a nice full skirt!

princess4I made it up as I went along, holding pieces of trim up to the bodice first one way, then another, until I was happy with the result. Even I didn’t really know what the dress would look like until it was nearly complete. I don’t normally allow myself such a fluid creative process, and it was very enjoyable!

A very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!


Vogue 8082

v8082Vogue 8082 is out of print now, but I’m reviewing it anyway since I  used this pattern to make a skirt for my mom for Christmas. I made view C (the green one in the picture here).

Pattern Description: Below mid-knee, flared skirt has layers and side zipper closure. A, B: waistband with tie end. C: gathers on front and back yokes.


Pattern Sizing:

Pattern comes in sizes 6 – 20 I believe; I think I cut a 14 or a 16 and made minor adjustments for fit.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, but to be honest once I’d read them through a couple of times I set them aside and sewed the thing mostly by common sense. Which I suppose speaks well of the design. Or me. Who knows.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It’s a fun style, very flirty and it has a lot of movement in the finished garment. It took a LOT of fabric (4 1/2  yards for a knee length skirt!!) and a lot of time because of all the layers. I was reeeeeally ready to be done hemming by the time I’d gotten through them all.

a>Fabric Used:
100% rayon Batik in a brightly colored leaf print.

momchristmasskirt4Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
 I adjusted the fit a bit in the waist. I also ended up gathering the yoke more than the pattern called for. The original pattern had two lines of long stitches in the front and two in the back to gather the yoke. I found that the space between them was too great and at the center front and center back the small gathers fell into a poofy mess instead. I don’t know if that’s because of the fabric I used (on the list of recommended fabrics on the pattern envelope) or just the design of the thing. In any event, I stitched a few extra places and I’m happy with the result.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Conclusion: This is a fun skirt to wear with all those flouncy layers and my mom was quite pleased! I expect I’ll also make her another one in the view B at some point.


Christmas gifts have begun!

I suppose it’s only natural that I’m sewing quite a few of our Christmas gifts this year. Most of them won’t be posted until after the recipients have received them, but in the case of my young 2 and 4 year old cousins J and C, I doubt that they follow my blog closely enough for the surprise to be ruined!

I asked my aunt Suzanne if she thought her kids would enjoy a handmade gift, and when I mentioned puppets among the possibilities she was very enthusiastic. So, I Google’d “how to make a puppet” hoping for a free pattern of some kind online, and I was ELATED to find this video tutorial. Absolutely awesome!

boygirlpuppetArmed with far more knowledge than I’d expected to find so quickly, I was super excited and went straight to the fabric store on my way home from work, and made these up in an evening. Little puppet versions of my cousins! Merry Christmas J and C!

Now to make a few more for my daughter. Otherwise I’m not sure how I’m going to pry these away to get them wrapped!

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