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Sewing a Bridal Gown Part 1: Muslin Making
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Sewing a Bridal Gown Part 1: Muslin Making

The first step of constructing any new design is the muslin mockup. This covers pattern layout, cutting, thread tracing your pieces and then sewing them together to create the basic foundation of the dress. Can’t wait to have you follow along with the progress of this project! Next, we’ll be fitting the muslin and looking...

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...

Give The Gift of Sewing This Holiday Season
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Give The Gift of Sewing This Holiday Season

Want the perfect gift for a friend or family member you loves to sew or learn new things? Give them a gift certificate for Sewing Lessons! I teach all my lessons one-on-one and it’s great for anyone aged 10 and up – beginners to novice sewers. No machine required! Learn more about my flexible plans, but...

Off-the-Shoulder Gown in the Making
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Off-the-Shoulder Gown in the Making

I’ve been busy with a few things- a brand new website for one, and this beautiful lace and taffeta off-the-shoulder bridal gown. This one is a special case where I am using/altering from a commercial pattern at the client’s request. It’s a time and money saver! It’s almost complete and I thought I’d give a quick...

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...

Dorothy Tea Party Dress
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Dorothy Tea Party Dress

I recently got the chance to update my Dorothy dress for a WoW Event. The theme was Alice in Wonderland so the colors of the original dress went perfectly. Basically I redid the top of the dress which involved removing the straps and cotton cups. Replacing those with a new white sweetheart shape underneath an overlay...

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...

Youth Arts Festival Summer 2012
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Youth Arts Festival Summer 2012

I will be teaching a fashion design course to youth (ages 10-16) at the Mary Winspear Centre during these dates: July 23rd – 27th (mon – fri) 1:30pm- 4:30pm The cost is $200 plus $45 for materials. Contact the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney if you or know someone who would like to enroll!

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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