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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...

Vancouture Course With Claire B. Shaeffer
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Vancouture Course With Claire B. Shaeffer

I had the pleasure of spending the best three days learning from one of my idols, the couture guru, Claire Shaeffer. The first book I took out of the library on couture dressmaking was written by her and have bought/read several of her books since then. There are lots of elements that define couture but...

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...

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...

Vintage Wedding Dress Restoration: Cleaning
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Vintage Wedding Dress Restoration: Cleaning

The amazing thing, I find, about a vintage dress is the history it seems to hold. But what if that history has left a beautiful dress yellowed from age? About a month ago I got around to looking through my Grandmother Elise’s suitcase that my aunt had bestowed upon me. I was merely expecting to find...

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...

Video: Lapped Zipper How-To
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Video: Lapped Zipper How-To

Been trying really hard to come up with a video with each project I do. Usually, it ends up being something I don’t do a lot of or just something I think would be helpful to the sewing enthusiasts out there.

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