Day of the Dead meets the Date Night Dress

What’s more fun for your birthday than going fabric shopping with one of your best friends? This is my friend Brenda, we had so much fun looking fabrics and discussing them. There is so much education in a fabric store. This is what I bought. It is 2 separate fabrics. The black skulls fabric is…

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The Tent Dress

What is my sudden craze of the tent dress? Well, it is the most comfortable dress because it’s very loose fitting. It fits no matter how much your weight fluctuates and has no darts or waistline. You can dress it up or dress it down. It can be belted or work as a great Saturday lounge…

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The Gardening Dress

I’ve had this Simplicity pattern with the carrot pockets to the far right on my to do list for 6 years. I get it out, lay it all out, press it out, study it and then put it back in it’s cover. I’m not sure if it was because I wasn’t up for the challenge…

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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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