• 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…

  • 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.…

  • Bridal Fairs
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    Bridal Fairs

    I participate in bridal fairs every year, in January, and that pretty much jump starts my bridal business for the year.  Oh, I also get a lot of referrals and internet business but the bridal fair is a great way to meet brides-to-be in person and show them what you can do for them. In our area, there are only two fairs a year so it’s not like there’s a big choice but if brides want the “one stop shopping” experience, bridal fairs are…