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Sharon Picone, Oviedo, FL, US

I am a dressmaker and the owner of Sharon Picone Sewing & Alterations. I focus on creating custom-made garments as well as clothing alterations for men, women and children. My services include working with bridal, prom and formal wear as well as business attire, casual clothing, dance costumes, recital costumes and more.

craft interests: sewing

Gender: Female

Member Since: 03/03/2012

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Boat-Neck Dress & Jacket Ensemble

This dress and jacket ensemble was created for one of my client's attending her son's wedding. The dress is constructed from silk crepe de chine and the accompanying jacket from silk Dupioni and lace.

Charmeuse Evening Gown with Rhinestone Trim

This dress was constructed for a client who was attending a formal military ball. Individual curved tucks, using Kenneth D. King's technique (December 10, 2013, Issue 271, Threads eLetter), were...

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Re: 2015 National Serger Month Giveaway

There is still so much I need to learn on my serger and I know have not even scratched the surface on what my Babylock serger can do. Winning these DVDs will definitely make the learning process less intimidating. Thank you for this contest and I hope to be lucky by winning a set of these DVDs!

Re: Take a Tour Inside a Chic Couture Skirt

Thank you Susan! I've learned something new :) It seems like a great technique to use when wanting to incorporate some subtle shaping into a skirt.

Re: Take a Tour Inside a Chic Couture Skirt

Hi Susan,
Thanks for sharing this information. I have a question: You mention that the skirt has been pegged along the side seams. Please could you clarify what this means? I've never heard of this term in sewing before. Thanks!

Re: Enter the 2014 National Sewing Month Giveaway

I plan to finish a silk dress with matching jacket. My Threads subscription ends at the end of September, so I would love to win a free year's subscription. A win would come at a very convenient time. Thanks for the opportunity.

Re: Pattern Giveaway: Simplicity SewStylish 1542

View A is my absolute favorite. I love the jacket shaping and the fact that I can get really creative with buttons down the front. Size 4-12.

Re: Enter Threads Storage Solution Giveaway Sponsored by

I would use the Go Storage Solutions by organizing my different types of fabrics, interfacings and notions into the various compartments of the units.

Re: Simplicity Pattern 1664 Giveaway!

I would make D in a silk-rayon. I would need the size 4-12 pattern if I'm lucky enough to win (fingers crossed! :)

Re: Christine Haynes Pattern and Book Giveaway

I love, love, love the Emery dress! The book also would be extremely useful as a reference guide when constructing clothes.

Re: Video: Use Elastic to Space Buttons

I too am very confused by this video. It's impossible to hold the stretched elastic with both hands and mark at the same time.

Re: Simplicity Pattern 1466 Giveaway!

I would love to make View A in a dark navy blue chambray. I would also use two African- or animal-inspired (zebra, leopard, or cheetah) buttons for a fun detail. I would need the size 10-18. Thank you (and I'm crossing my fingers that I'm one of the winners :)

Re: Vera Wang inspired spring-time wedding dress

Absolutely gorgeous! Great job.

Re: Vote for the Winner of the 2014 SewStylish Spring Fashion Challenge

Congrats to all the semifinalists for a job well done. Though everyone did beautiful work, I've voted for my personal favorite.

Re: SewStylish Featured Giveaway!

I have the potential opportunity to work on a very elaborate wedding gown for one of my clients. Even though I've made dozens of wedding gowns, each one is unique and offers its own set of challenges. It should be an exciting and a rewarding project.

Re: Second Annual National Serger Month Celebration and Giveaway

I've owned my serger for almost 2 years and still have not scratched the surface on what it's capable of doing. I must say that I feel a bit intimidated, so winning a copy of this DVD will be extremely helpful to me and a most welcome addition to the development of my sewing knowledge and skills.

Re: Book Giveaway: "The Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction"

I am a dressmaker and own a custom clothing and alterations business. This book will be absolutely invaluable in all aspects of the sewing I do in running my business. I would find the visual information on pattern drafting especially helpful.

Re: threadfollower hand-sewing kits and patterns

These are absolutely adorable!! You have done a great job.

Re: Charmeuse Evening Gown with Rhinestone Trim

Thank you so much, I sincerely appreciate your kind comment.

Re: Video: How to Create Curved Tucks

Professor King,

It so happens that the dress I did was also a strapless gown with a foundation, and the tucks do work very well with this type of gown.

Thank you for the tip on how to apply the zipper. I will definitely be applying this technique in the future.

Re: Video: How to Create Curved Tucks

Professor King,

I absolutely LOVE this technique and several months ago, I actually incorporated it into an evening ballgown I made for a client. While drafting a pattern for my client's dress, I wanted pleats, but felt the gown needed something special--not just any pleats. I started to thumb through my Threads magazines to look for inspiration. And Voilia! There it was; your article on how to make these beautiful tucks. It was exactly the answer I needed. Several of my clients as well as fellow dressmakers saw the dress while I was constructing it and couldn't stop talking about the pleats and how stunning they looked.

I want to thank you for sharing this wonderful technique with us. You are indeed an inspiration and truly a master at your craft.

Re: Cut Longer Facings for Better-Looking Garments

This isn't clear to me at all. Why is only a portion of the bottom cut as shown in the photo? If you're cutting the facing 2 inches longer than the final length of the garment, won't you be cutting off the curve in the fabric when you finish off the garment to its actual length?

Re: Book Giveaway: Dressmaking: 200 Q&A

I've had the pleasure of sewing with Mary and I would love to win her book. TIP: To lengthen the life of your patterns, especially ones you've customized for you or that you use a lot, sew fusible interfacing to each piece. It will prevent the pattern pieces from tearing through many uses and over time.

Re: Enter to Win a One-Year Subscription to Threads!

Threads is the one-and-only magazine that I find worthwhile subscribing to. I own my own business as a seamstress, and although I've been sewing for 25+ years, I always learn something new from Threads. It's an invaluable partner in my sewing business. Whenever I need to re-visit a technique or find a way to improve upon my sewing skills, Threads is my go-to source every time.

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: "The Art of Fashion Draping" by Connie Amaden-Crawford

I am still learning so much about sewing and how to improve my skills and would love to be able to add this book about draping to my ongoing quest for knowledge.

Re: Book Giveaway: Summer Mystery Reading for the Sewing Enthusiast

A helpful set of books for sewers who want to hone their craft even more.

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: A Field Guide to Fabric Design

I've always wondered what it took to design fabric and would love to have a shot at winning this book.

Re: DVD GIVEAWAY: Industry Insider Techniques with Louise Cutting Volumes 1-4

This DVD set would be a great way to improve my sewing skills even further. Thanks for the opportunity to win these DVDs. Louise Cutting knows her craft!

Re: Book Giveaway: "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty"

I would love to win this book!

Re: MAGAZINE GIVEAWAY: The New June/July Issue of Threads (#161)

I just bought a dress form for my sewing business, so the article by Kenneth D. King about how to make the most of one's dress form for multiple figures could not have come at a better time. Thanks so much for this valuable information!