• Vintage Wedding Dress Updated

    Vintage Wedding Dress Updated

    When Jennifer brought me  her grandmother’s vintage wedding dress, it really showed the difference between today’s wedding fashions and the styles from 1945. The dress was a knee length sheath made from a beautiful cotton lace. It had a jewel neckline which was way to close to the neck for Jennifer’s taste and it was sleeveless. The hemline probably hit the much shorter grandmother just below the knee. It had yellowed in few places but nothing that couldn’t be fixed. Unfortunately, I did not…

  • Being a One-Person Business Has its Advantages

    Being Self-Employed

    I love being self-employed. I really do. Otherwise, I would not have chosen this path over 30 years ago. And I have had employees and interns in the past and that was…okay. But really I prefer to work alone. It’s peaceful. I can set my own schedule and not have to worry about what someone else is doing…or not doing. I don’t have the headaches of paperwork and taxes and payroll. I like being the only person  responsible for the work that is done.…

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    “The Wedding is this Saturday!”

    Even if you are a guest for a wedding and not actually in the wedding party, you want to look your best. So why would you wait till the last minute to find the perfect outfit and then expect your alterationist to fit it for you? In my one-person business, I almost always have a two week turn around time. Sometimes, if I get a little ahead on my work, I will take on rushes but I will charge a rush fee because I…

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    Welcome to Barbara Stone Designs!

    Hello! This is my very first post on my new website. My name is Barbara Stone and I’ve been a dressmaker and tailor for over 30 years here in Northern California. Please peruse the website ~ I have many pictures of wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, mob, and mog dresses that I have altered or custom made. I work on all men and women’s clothing. In addition to showcasing my portfolio, I also want to impart information on fashion, fit, design, and running a one…