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Category: Alterations

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Making a Simple Waist Stay
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Making a Simple Waist Stay

A simple ribbon waist stay can add support to a heavy skirt making the bodice appear smooth and stay in place. Plus it alleviate strain on the zipper at the waist. A great, simple couture technique that can be added to any dress!

Vintage Dress Transformation: 70s to Futuristic
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Vintage Dress Transformation: 70s to Futuristic

My latest video is really a “making of” diary of my latest vintage project, transforming this 70s style gown into a futuristic inspired look complete with cape. This dress was my Aunt’s and it was made by my Grandmother Elise originally. It was pretty amazing to work on it and eventually sew on my label...

First Vintage Expo at Crystal Garden
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First Vintage Expo at Crystal Garden

This past weekend I attended the Vintage Expo as an exhibitor for the first time! It was a lot of fun and I’m glad I put in all that effort to prepare my setup, definitely made it go incredibly smooth! Thanks to everyone you stopped by to chat, it was really nice hearing all those “oohs...

Victoria Vintage Show
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Victoria Vintage Show

I will be at the Victoria Vintage show this year! Come drop by my booth (#79) if you have something vintage that needs altering or just need some sewing tips. Offering 20% off alterations on any show purchase! September 30 – October 1, 2016

Vintage Redressed
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Vintage Redressed

First of all, Happy New Year! Can’t wait to start on some new projects (and some old… let me explain). I believe second chances, especially when it comes to well-made clothing. I have been working on restoring my Grandmother’s wedding gown for quite some time. I had to take a break when things got too busy,...

Vintage Wedding Dress Restoration: Repairing
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Vintage Wedding Dress Restoration: Repairing

This is the second video in a little series I am documenting with the restoration of my Grandmother Elise’s dress. Watch the first video to see how I have cleaned it to restore it’s whiteness. The main thing I want people to take away from these videos is that vintage gowns do not have to...

2014 Design Projects Video Compilation
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2014 Design Projects Video Compilation

Well, 2014 is officially drawing to a close and I have finished my last projects for the year! That means another compilation video for this year’s favourite projects (really that’s all of them) is in store. Please enjoy 🙂

A Vintage Rehabilitation
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A Vintage Rehabilitation

So you have this yellowing, dingy, crumpled up wedding dress from your mother’s second cousin, twice removed that is just sitting in a box. But hold on… you take a closer look and think this dress could  be something amazing. I got to alter a dress for a client that was her mother’s recently. True...

Why Choose a Vintage Wedding Dress? – The Etsy Blog
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Why Choose a Vintage Wedding Dress? – The Etsy Blog

Came across this wonderful post Why Choose a Vintage Wedding Dress? on the Etsy Blog that really summarized everything you need to know if you are contemplating a vintage wedding dress. I have been getting a lot of requests for this recently, especially for altering them into second options for the big day, I am currently working...

Upcycle Gown: From Prom to Wedding Reception
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Upcycle Gown: From Prom to Wedding Reception

What to do with that old prom dress in your closet? Wear-it-again to your wedding reception!

I recently finished a project that was a little different than my usual design ones. She wanted to take her old prom dress from 10 years ago and turn it into a shorter, more modern cocktail dress for her reception. It's a common occurrence these days where brides want a second dress that's is a bit more casual and easy to party and dance in. This is the first time I had been asked to take someone's prom dress and turn it into one of these dresses, I jumped at the chance!

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