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Mermaid costume

Mermaid costume

My daughter wanted to be Ariel from The Little Mermaid this year.  I made the hair by knitting a stretchy hat and then weaving in strands of sparkly yarn.  The t-shirt was purchased, but I sewed...

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle

 I took on this costume for a friend of mine so she could surprise her little boy during his costume party. It took a lot of time to carve the head out of foam layer by layer. Then used spray...

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Cornation Dress

Cornation Dress

The bodice is based on Butterick 5935.  Katie is more comfortable with shoulder straps so we went that way with the pattern.  It needed to be plain on the front and lace up back so I shuffled the...

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Orchestral Concert Dress

Orchestral Concert Dress

This is a full length concert dress made for my college aged daughter. Vogue pattern V8787 was used as a base with custom modifications. The flower trim design was specially created and hand...

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Agnes Unicorn Princess - Despicable Me 2

Agnes Unicorn Princess - Despicable Me 2

Unicorn Princess Agnes from Despicable Me 2    Inspiration: Agnes is my favorite character from the Despicable Me movies. And when I saw her in this costume the first time I saw the second movie, I...

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Renaissance Gown

Renaissance Gown

This is the first garment of this type I have ever made, and the first garment that required so much hand construction due to the bulk of the skirting, bodice layers and the layered trimsThe...

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Its a pirate matey.....

It's a pirate matey.....

A priate coat for a dapper young man. Black jacquard tone on tone. Trimmed with blue satin ribbon and gold venise trim. Fully lined with inside and outter pockets.

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Altered jacket by Rita Summers

Altered jacket by Rita Summers

I made this jacket by cutting up 3 items of clothing - a red knit cotton top, a grey linen skirt and a black/grey/white tunic. I deconstructed them before restitching them together in a new way by...

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Sunset Fall Dress

Sunset Fall Dress

I made this dress to attend a fall wedding in Colorado.  The fabric is a gorgeous double cloth crinkle gauze purchased online and I used the Leanne Marshall Simplicity 1877 Pattern.  I made a...

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Flower Girl Dresses

Flower Girl Dresses

I designed these two flowergirl dresses to the bride's (my cousin's) specifications for an end of August wedding. The empire bodice is gathered dupioni and the circle skirt is five layers of tulle...

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Two Understitching Techniques

Two Understitching Techniques

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Discover two more understitching methods in this Web extra from SewStylish Fall 2014.

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60s Style

60s Style

Hello summer!  It's back to sewing!   I have finally been able to get back to a dress I've had on my project list since last year.  It's Simplicity 1609 - 60s retro/vintage, a-line.   I made...

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2 Prom Dresses

2 Prom Dresses

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I have twins girls and made a prom dresses for each.  They both have very different tastes; the two piece black dress ismade from black RPL with an embellished bodice.  The blue dress is made from...

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Linen dress using couture method

Linen dress using couture method

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I've loved constructing this dress.  The zipper is a dream and I created my own technique with the stick on ruler tape.  This let me measure exactly 1/4 inch from the edge and each stitch is 14...

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Hand-Embroidered Peasant Blouse

Hand-Embroidered Peasant Blouse

This blouse is ready for spring!  Made of crinkle cotton gauze, it has bell sleeves and a split neckline featuring an original pattern of hand-embroidered flowers.

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The Broadway Play Dress

The Broadway Play Dress

The Broadway Play Dress When I was presented with the opportunity to attend a Broadway play, my thoughts turned to my attire.  I wanted to wear something dressy, yet accommodating to the Spring...

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Vera Wang inspired spring-time wedding dress

Vera Wang inspired spring-time wedding dress

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I made my wedding dress! I'm getting married May 31st (less than 2 weeks away!) and for our spring wedding I wanted a wedding dress, soft & flowy and beautiful. I found my dream dress, the Hayley by...

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Charming Cleo: A Shining Star

Charming Cleo: A "Shining" Star

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Style takes time to develop. What I've learned over the years is that less is more (in most cases, anyway). The same can be said for good design. Oftentimes, we're overwhelmed with options--to the...

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Met ball

Met ball

Lace corset paired with window pane pencil skirt. Design inspired by Marie Antoinette era. 

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The Little Black Dress

The Little Black Dress

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This is a one shoulder party/cocktail dress, very sexy, with a 12" long fringe. I used a embroidered net with sequins. Dress is all lined, but with an sheer back.

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