• Lace Wedding Gowns
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    Lace Wedding Gowns

    Lace wedding gowns are still very much “on trend” this season and you may be wondering why the alterations on these gowns are so expensive. When I think of lace, I think of the art of collage: lace is made to cut apart and stitch together in whatever pattern most flatters the body. That is why so many brides like it. Done right, it can flatter and slim the body in a way that no other fabric can. Some lace dresses are cut out…

  • 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…

  • Wedding Trends 2014
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    Wedding Trends 2014

    If you have recently gotten engaged, you may be wondering what the current wedding trends are. Fortunately for us here in Northern California, the weather is mild and that makes it a bit easier to shop for a Spring/Summer gown. I hate to think about trying on a strapless dress during blizzard temperatures. Wedding gowns come in all shapes, sizes, and colors now. So no matter what your figure is like, you can find a dress that suits you. There are many guides in…

  • Custom Lace Wedding Gowns
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    Custom Lace Wedding Gowns

    Lace Wedding Gowns are really on trend this year and with that in mind, I’d like to share my process for a custom lace gown that I  made recently for a New Year’s Eve wedding. After consulting with the client, we decided on an ivory beaded Alencon lace re-embroidered with gold thread. The base was a 40mme silk charmeuse, lined in silk habotai. I like to prepare a fabric “sketch” for the client so she can see how the fabrics look and feel together.…