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School’s Out: Summer Sewing Camp for Kids
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School’s Out: Summer Sewing Camp for Kids

Fun. Fabulous. Fashion Camp 2013 I am teaching another Summer Fashion Camp this year for the Youth Arts Festival in Sidney. This time ’round I’ve allotted more time to spend practicing 1/4 scale designs and overall construction. The skirt we will be working with is very basic, straight flare and a facing (no waistband). Students will have...

What to Expect at a Muslin Fitting
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What to Expect at a Muslin Fitting

A muslin or “toile” is a crucial step in the design process of your gown. It allows the fine tuning of any ease and any slight adjustments that need to be done to the pattern. The fabric which is an unbleached cotton, is not pretty at first sight. Sometimes my clients are a bit taken-aback because they...

First Photos of New Bridal Collection
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First Photos of New Bridal Collection

Ever want to transported to an enchanting world where magic is real and your wildest dreams can come true? That is how I felt when I read the novel The Night Circus by Erin Mortgensen. It’s the most visual book I have read and I found it really inspiring. So… I’ve got some exciting news, Elise Tonn Designs...

Bridal Pattern Update
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Bridal Pattern Update

This is my intern Lucy… she turned out not to be too helpful with making this wedding dress pattern for my client Cassie. It is quite the complicated pattern. Since it is asymmetrical every piece is different and must be cut as 1. No folding on a nap here! I have made a total of 18...

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Current challenge: copying a designer dress…for less!

My current client has asked to have a pattern made for her wedding gown. Her Aunt has always wanted to make her dress. A good way to save money on your wedding! I was happy to do this unusual request. She would like to have her dress as close as I can get to this...