New Neckline

New Neckline

Now that I have 2 bodices that fit me well thanks to the class I took with Gretchen Hirsch I was thinking that those two bodices can be the basis for lots of future dresses. I've never been a pattern maker and so this felt like a good step on my journey. So I started...

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Class with Gretchen Hirsch Pt 2

Class with Gretchen Hirsch Pt 2

Last week I gave just an overview of my three days with Gertie in Beacon, NY. Today I want to show you what we did to each of the muslin bodices I brought to class and how we changed the patterns to match the changes that were needed. I started with the princess seam...

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Class with Gretchen Hirsch

Class with Gretchen Hirsch

Last November - if I remember correctly - I came across an Instagram post announcing the classes Gretchen Hirsch aka Gertie would be teaching in 2019. At that time I was just beginning to dip my toes into sewing seriously again. I had a goal to get better at fitting...

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Who Loves a Party?

Who Loves a Party?

Remember Tupperware Parties? How about Longaberger Basket Parties? Or Pampered Chef? Actually Longaberger and Pampered Chef might still be a thing. I'm not sure. But I had a great idea! What about a skirt party with me? Picture this! I show up to your house or venue...

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Every Day or Special Occasion?

Every Day or Special Occasion?

I bought the fabric for this outfit a few months ago when Maggie, My Mom and I went on a little road trip to check out a fabric store in Grand Rapids that is almost 2 hours from m house. I heard about the store from a lady who makes super intricate cosplay costumes...

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Ankara Fabric Meets Gertie

Ankara Fabric Meets Gertie

I've been making Gertie Night and Day dresses. I wrote a post about my plan back in March. Things haven't been going as smoothly as I expected and also, even though the pattern has the opportunity to make 72 different dresses I've been focusing on the same bodice...

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#30DaysofDresses

#30DaysofDresses

I'm kind of excited about the Instagram Challenge for the month of July that I'm going to take part in. It's called 30 Days of Dresses and it is being hosted by @thestitchsistersUK There are two reasons that I'm excited. One, I have to get some work done and a daily...

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Disney Bound

Disney Bound

In December we are going to Disney World. I'm a huge fan. And actually today I need to be making my dinner reservations for the week we will be there. I have plenty of Disney themed clothing. A couple of skirts that I made which have princesses and some t-shirts I...

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Tie Bustles – Not just for brides

Tie Bustles – Not just for brides

One of my favorite ways to bustle a wedding gown is with ties. This is often called a French Bustle, Victorian Bustle or Under Bustle. It doesn't work with every style of dress but if you want a poof of fabric that falls over the bottom of the dress this is a...

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