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50 Years in the Making Skirt

50 Years in the Making Skirt

I always find the most wonderful things in my grandmother’s basement. On my last trip home I unearthed 3 unfinished sewing projects began long before I was even born. They were all nearly done and were on track to fit me perfectly. I decided to […]

New User Interface

New User Interface

Finally updated the user interface on my website. I am very pleased with it. I figured out some JavaScript, I installed some PHP, I coded complicated buttons in ActionScript 3, and check it out on how it looks on your phone! Now hopefully in the […]

Striped Vintage Top with Back Buttons

Striped Vintage Top with Back Buttons

I made this top quite some time ago from a remnant piece of $1.99 fabric. The pattern is a vintage top from the 50’s. It had a side invisible zipper but I wanted big buttons down the back. I found some nice big pearl ones […]

Adele’s Wedding Dress

Adele’s Wedding Dress

My friend Adele had a lovely wedding and I had the honor of making the dress. I have chronicled a bit of the process in some previous posts and here is the final result. The dress is made of vintage lace from my great aunt’s […]

Making Adele’s Wedding Dress: Some Final Details

Making Adele’s Wedding Dress: Some Final Details

I had originally been posting on this as I progressed so Adele could watch as her dress developed and so I could share some techniques, but a major flood in my apartment curtailed this documentation. I had to just focus on finishing. This post is […]

Tree Dress

Tree Dress

I got this great vintage fabric on Ebay. I used a vintage pattern as well. It had a back zipper, but I found the fabric had enough stretch to eliminate it. I felt it needed a little something else so I added some studs on […]

Marble Pencil Skirt

Marble Pencil Skirt

Just got a nice new camera and had a nice time in Central Park taking pictures with my boyfriend. I have quite a few projects piled up that I haven’t taken pictures of so hopefully more to follow. I’ve had this fabric from the $1.99 […]

Making Adele’s Wedding Dress: The Top

Making Adele’s Wedding Dress: The Top

I start working on the bodice by sewing the lace and underlining together. When I make a dart or a seam, the edges will be hidden under the underlining rather than showing through the lace. I am not going to stitch the darts permanently until […]

Making Adele’s Wedding Dress: The Skirt

Making Adele’s Wedding Dress: The Skirt

Now that I have finished the seams on both of the skirts, I have to sew them together. I made a loose stitch along the top edge to keep them lined up together while I make the pleats. The skirt is now so big it […]

Making Adele’s Wedding Dress: Lace

Making Adele’s Wedding Dress: Lace

I am now working on lace skirt of Adele’s wedding dress. The lace itself is very special. It is from my late great aunt who worked in the lace and textile mills in West Warick. I inherited several huge barrels of lace a few years […]