Wednesday, March 27, 2013

An Exercise in Alterations

Although I am primarily a costumer and designer, I do have a background in and understanding of alterations. When one of my friends got married earlier this month, I let her know that I would be glad to help with any last minute sewing emergencies. Sure enough, one of the flower girl dresses was too big, and needed to be cut down. 

Here is the dress as I received it. It was about three or four inches too long, plus too large in the armholes. 

Due to the elaborate lace edge of the overskirt, that part of the problem couldn't be solved by hemming. I would have to remove the skirt entirely and reinsert the skirt after taking off three inches from the waistband.

This meant of course not just separating the bodice and skirt, but also removing the lower half of the zipper.

To modify the armhole, I took the side seams in about an inch on either side. I then opened up the top shoulder seam, took that in about an inch, and restitched the top fabric to the lining. This was all done by hand.

Close-up of the gorgeous embellished netting used on the skirt. The Bride's gown also used this same fabric as a similar overskirt.

Yes, this is a different picture than the first one. I had to double and triple check to make sure I was posting them in the right order. This is the finished, altered gown.

And of course after all that, the flower girl fell asleep right before the ceremony! But she did look ever so adorable. ;)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Fixing the Queue Schedule

I believe I mentioned my February migraine... however it ended up being about a month of weekly migraines that would last several days. Really stressful, as you can imagine, and I am now working with all of my clients to make sure that everyone still gets their costume on time. Some of you have been waiting a very long time for answers, and I apologize so sincerely for that! Thank you all for waiting and I hope your custom dream costumes will be worth the wait!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

You know you're a Seamstress When...

... you beta read a manuscript and keep stopping to sketch the different clothing, despite the tight deadline the book is on!

I am, of course, referring to Regina Doman's latest Fairy Tale Novel, "Rapunzel Let Down" which will be available to order on the 18th of this month. And let me tell you, there are plenty of gorgeous clothes in this book and I plan to share my renditions with you as soon as I'm allowed!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Catching Fire Costume Peeks

Still working on "The Hunger Games" post, but for now, lets enjoy a sneak peek at the "Catching Fire" costumes!"


What do you think, folks? If these photos are any indication (and I believe they are), "Catching Fire" looks due to have even more costume awesomeness than "The Hunger Games"!!!