• 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…

  • 3 Ways to Get the Creative Juices Flowing Update
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    3 Ways to Get the Creative Juices Flowing

    It’s been some time since I’ve written an article for anewscafe.com. I had a crazybusy wedding season this year (and if crazybusy isn’t a real word, it should be). My “real work” has to come first and even though I love writing, the ideas haven’t exactly been rushing to me. Writer’s block, stagnation, apathy; whatever you want to call it, anyone who works in a creative career has experienced it. I thought I would share some of my ideas to remove that block and…

  • 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…