• Repairing and Altering Antique Clothing
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    Repairing and Altering Antique Clothing

    It was quite the wedding season this year! At one point I had to stop answering the phone because all I could do was turn down work. I apologize if you were one of those who called me and couldn’t get through. As a one-person business I have to sometimes choose between completing the projects I already have  and getting more work. One of the projects I enjoy the most as a dressmaker is working with vintage and antique dresses.  Whether it’s a wedding…

  • Vintage Wedding Gown Restyling
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    Vintage Wedding Gown Restyling

    It’s so impossible to keep up with my blogging during wedding season and this one was a doozy! Now that I’ve come up for air, I want to share a vintage wedding gown restyling with you. It was interesting because of all the beadwork and the addition of a train. If you have ever altered a fully beaded gown, you’ll appreciate the work that went into this dress. (Check out my blog on working with beaded gowns.) The base was a bias-cut silk chiffon…

  • Wedding Gown Alterations Beadwork
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    Wedding Gown Alterations: Beadwork

    Wedding season is upon us and if you are one of the many brides who got engaged over the December holidays, you are (hopefully) looking for your wedding gown. If you are like most brides, you will need some kind of alteration to the gown. Like all clothing, dresses come in basic sizes and then must be tailored to fit an individual body. Almost every gown needs at least a bustle; most need to be hemmed. Maybe you need the waist nipped in a…