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Italian Renaissance

Italian Renaissance

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My Halloween costume this year is an Italian Renaissance inspired hat and gown:  ·         Fabric The dress is made with two different fabrics.  The outer skirt, sleeves and bodice are...

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Masters of the Universe

Masters of the Universe

Inspiration: My husband and I grew up in the 80's, and as kids our favorite cartoon characters were He-man and She-ra. Every year I like to do a group family costume, so when discussing what we...

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Coronation Elsa

Coronation Elsa

Coronation elsa Frozen costume. Everything was hand made but the crown. Skirt, bodice, shirt, cape and shoes were all hand painted by me. It also has gloves but unfortunately she was hot and took...

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washable fabric picture frame sewing pattern

washable fabric picture frame sewing pattern

6 sizes of washable, fabric photo frames, tabletop, with pockets on the back for removable easel back & strut leg board, ribbon connecting strut leg pocket to back panel, pocket for photo and sheet...

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Video: Meet Silamide Thread

Video: Meet Silamide Thread

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Watch this quick Threads Essential Techniques video to learn about waxed silamide thread and its uses.

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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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Ignite your Handbag Creativity

Ignite your Handbag Creativity

Try these fun products to inspire your purse designs.

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Modular Chiffon Coat

Modular Chiffon Coat

This modular coat was based on Kayla Kennington's Paris Evening Coat pattern. The body of the coat is made with a watery effect chiffon fabric then individually lined with aqua chiffon. I chose to...

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RAVEN MAD MADELAINE SHIRT

RAVEN MAD MADELAINE SHIRT

The design is the Madelaine raglan sleeve shirt with beautiful lace on the lower sleeves that is extra long so it can be scrunched around the wrist. The shirt features a tantalizing applique of your...

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Mother of the Bride

Mother of the Bride

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Using Marfy 2137 I made this stunning mother of the bride dress. The fashion fabric was a fuchsia silk jacquard with silk organza underlining, and a china silk lining. I used china silk because it is...

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Ombre Satin Prom Dress with Rhinestones

Ombre Satin Prom Dress with Rhinestones

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This is a dress I made for my daughter's prom.  She liked the reference to the 1940's pinup style. The heavy ombre dutchess satin fabric gave the the mermaid train just the right amount of body and...

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Cheering for the home team

Cheering for the home team

My niece wanted to be a cheerleader for Halloween and asked me to make her a costume.  Well, my other niece said being a cheerleader for Halloween was ordinary.  I went out of my way to make sure...

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Future *tart*an

Future *tart*an

I will be creating a line of dresses, skirts, blouses, and jackets over the next few weeks, mixing plaid with lace and jackets made of wool for shell and silk lining. 

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Slip Simplicity

Slip Simplicity

This is the slip that goes under the christening gown, "The Anglican". Made of white Imperial Batiste, the front view of the slip has hand sewn baby pink bullion roses in the center and two baby pink...

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Bishop Dress with Angel sleeves in pink Swiss Batiste

Bishop Dress with Angel sleeves in pink Swiss Batiste

Basic Bishop style pattern, using Pink Swiss Batiste, French seams, Hand Smocking, hand sewn Swarovski pearls, and delicate French baby lace on Angel sleeves, with a basic hem at the bottom of the...

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Bishop Dress with Angel Sleeves in Periwinkle Blue Gingham

Bishop Dress with Angel Sleeves in Periwinkle Blue Gingham

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This dress is constructed from a basic Bishop style pattern. A 100 % Cotton Periwinkle Blue Gingham fabric, was used.  100 % Cotton French Lace adorns the Angel sleeves.  French seams are used in...

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Vera Wang Inspired Dress

Vera Wang Inspired Dress

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When my son got married, his fiancée told her bridesmaids they could pick their own dress styles. My daughter found a gray strapless Vera Wang wedding dress that she really liked, and asked if I...

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Three Piece Outfit Inspired by Alexander McQueen

Three Piece Outfit Inspired by Alexander McQueen

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My daughter casually dropped a picture from Marie Claire Magazine on my desk and said, "You could make me one of these if you get bored."  We discussed potential changes and I filed it away until I...

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summer flapper dress

summer flapper dress

this dress is my own design the woman in the picture is me

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Peplum & Ruffled Top

Peplum & Ruffled Top

I used the Simplicity 1699 as my base pattern but I altered it by lowering the neckline, making a ruffled pattern for the neckline, changing the sleeves, adding volume to the peplum (6x the volume...

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