The Jeffrey Dress

My dear sweet husband Jeffrey, asked me to make a cute little black dress last winter. After searching all of the patterns online I decided I was going to have to get crafty and marry two patterns together. This is a review of some of what I did. I found two patterns that were close to the…

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1970s Sweater Knit Dress Replica

Sweater knit seems to be the hot fabric this season. It is soft, warm and comfortable, how can you not love that? Honestly it’s been a tough hot summer and I wanted to do something for fall and start the changes now. I went to Joann Fabric and found what I was looking for.  …

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The 30 Minute Dress and under $3!

This is one of the easiest dresses I have ever made on my serger! Don’t despair if you do not have a serger you can use your sewing machine with the zig zag stitch and it will work fine.  Here is how I did it….. First I went to my local thrift store in search of…

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Absolutely Fabulous 1970s Maxi Dress Pattern Cover Replica

Staying up late at night and sewing dresses is usually a big NO NO, although my husband Jeffrey was at one of his Yellow Springs Brewery events and I wanted a dress for the movie premiere of Absolutely Fabulous.  I never need a reason to make a new dress and this was the perfect time to squeeze…

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1920s Yellow Fairytale Wedding Dress

For my 2nd solids challenge I wanted to learn more heirloom skills and since I am addicted to the 1920s styles I wanted to make a little something like this. Jeffrey and my tea cups were my colors. First I started with my design. I wanted to learn mitered lace, using a triple drilling needle,…

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Flapper Fringe Dress

I wanted a flapper fringe dress and Hancock Fabric closing was my perfect opportunity. Long fringe usually sells for $9.99 a yard and I needed 7-9 yards for a dress. This dresses could cost over $150 in just supplies. Sad Hancock Fabric is closing, very happy to be able to buy everything for this dress for under $60….

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1950s Suspender Skirt Hack

This summer I have a big shiny new venture (my very own studio).  I started accepting custom orders and boy did they come rolling in. One I especially enjoyed was this 1950s skirt. The problem was after getting my pieces out and laying them on the fabric I knew the design would ruin this beautiful print on the…

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Natural Dying Part 2 and Viking Apron Dress

After my first round of natural dying I was really set off by the lack color. For my 2nd round I would try to color my Cotton and Steel double gauze with the spice turmeric, it worked! Here is what I did! I decided to soak my fabric in 4 quarts water, 1 part vinegar for…

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Natural Dying pt 1 and the Bohemian Peasant Dress

For 2016, I have been on a long flowing bohemian kick. Last week I thought I would give natural dying a try as part of my solids challenges for 2016. I used a 1970s pattern for my Dayton Dressmakers Club Meet Up’s pattern swap. My idea was to buy our white Cotton and Steel double…

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Unprinted Vintage Dress Pattern and Resizing

Resizing a pattern with no print has to be the hardest skill to acquire in sewing garments. Especially if your garment is complex with many little pieces. For Memorial Day weekend I wanted to make something a little patriotic and a little from the bombshell WWII era. When you sew you have to constantly problem solve….

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Victorian 1899 Era Suit Making

When my etsy shop does well I spend money! I got this awesome pattern from Wearing History called the Sophie Jacket, circa 1899. It reminded me of one of my favorite vampire movies, Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I wanted to invest into my skill set more than simply sewing with solid materials (#solidschallenge~ sewing with solid materials show my mistakes, craftsmanship and they…

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Sewing and Designing Sleepwear that is Comfortable

I started making and designing my own sleep wear about 3 years ago and I’ve learned so much about the garment! Most sleepwear is not comfortable for sleeping and I hope my tips help you along this journey. This was my first summer gown. My families favorite thing to do is go thrifting. For 3 years I’ve been…

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1940s WWII Era Inspired Tulip Dress and Matching Prints

Prior to 2013 I was scared of matching prints. It seemed like too big of a challenge, like such a struggle to spend that much time on a dress plus sewing time. Life is short, right? In 2012 when we first got our own little sewing shop, we had a lot of time and endless Moda brand…

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1930s Nightmare Vogue Pattern Turn Around

In 2009-2010 I was absolutely crazy about any patterns, movies or styles from the 1930s. I rented every movie Wright Library had from the 1930s. My favorite was Stage Door, it had the most pretty, elegant and fun garments. At the time there were not a lot of indie pattern designers making replicas. Decades of…

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Replicating Swimwear Made Easy

Want to replicate your swimwear easily? First find a swimsuit that has a great cut/fit, one that you don’t mind cutting up. Next gather your supplies before getting started! Some of the things I found very useful: Fine needles, you will be pinning a lot. Ball point stretch machine needles, you don’t want skipped stitches….

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Strawberry Queen Festival Dress

What makes a dress worthy of a queen? Something that makes you feel beautiful, feel comfortable and cool. Every year I celebrate summer’s arrival  by making a beautiful red summer dress right around the city of Troy’s Strawberry Festival. One of the biggest festivals in the Dayton area and this year they’re celebrating 40 years….

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Collaboration with The Mural Machine

Last April two wonderful Dayton artists Etch and Tiffany Clark of the Mural Machine asked if I would be interested in making something out of their drop cloth from painting the East End Community Center, Cornerstone below. I quickly sent them a sketch of something that could work with thick heavy muslin. Once I received…

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Goth Deco Fairytale Wedding Dress

I can’t believe it has already been a week since my big fashion show. I’m excited to see all those professional pictures come back from the lovely photographers. Today I’m going to write about the 1970s replica I made as my 3rd Solids Challenge of 2016. (using solid materials will clearly show craftsmanship as well as…

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Quilt Inspired by Yves Saint Laurent and Other News

Last winter, for a special holiday gift for my husband, Jeffrey, I agreed to make him a t shirt quilt out of all of his old favorite t shirts. I am a color worshipper! As I was cutting out all the pieces I noticed the colors were quite similar to a dress I had seen in so…

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