Marines Keep Me Up All Night

Yesterday I got this text from my brother:

Hey, are you up for any last-minute alterations?

 

Soon after:

Did I tell you that you’re my most favoritest older sister?

 

I’m his only older sister. =0)

Ah, brothers. This particular one, AW, is in the reserves, and it turns out their annual Marine Corps Ball is today. His dress blues coat was much too small, and he wanted me to alter it. I had worked on it last year, but wasn’t able to make it much bigger due to a need for more red trim to sew across the bottom. This time he came prepared; he brought an extra (also non-fitting) coat to use for “parts.” It was a funny way to go about it, but it did the trick. There’s a waiting list, and the uniforms are quite expensive, so at least he has me!

Finished Project – Embroidered Wedding Gown

It’s finished!

I posted about this beautiful embroidered gown last month as I was working on making and adding embellished pieces to the sleeves. Now they are done, and are sewn into the dress. The bride wanted to add sleeves and more coverage to her wedding gown. She chose to have pleats around the neckline (back and front) to match the rest of the dress and embellished tulip sleeves. She also wanted a bustle for during the reception, and she liked the French style, which always looks great with a pick-up skirt like hers.

It turned out gorgeous, and I can’t wait to see her expression when she comes to pick it up!

Current Project – Embroidered Wedding Gown

I am working on this gorgeous wedding gown – adding sleeves and a higher neckline – for an adorable bride. I hope she’s also pretty strong, because this is one heavy dress!

It’s not possible to match the embroidery on the bodice perfectly, so the best plan is to match the skirt. The bride chose tulip sleeves, which go really well with the overall look of the dress. She decided that adding embellishments around the front of the sleeves would be perfect, but it proved to be a problem! I could not find any pieces at the craft stores around town – they just don’t carry them any more.

So I decided to make some myself using my new embroidery machine. I found some similar patterns and embroidered them onto sheer material.

Now comes the hard part! I am (slowly) sewing them all on and adding silver thread around each one. And after that I’ll still have all the beading to do. Very time-consuming, but very pretty!

Nice to Meet You: Six Favorite Things I’ve Made

I found Adventures in Dressmaking a while ago, and have really been enjoying Suzannah’s posts. She and some other awesome bloggers are hosting a Nice to Meet You! series, and I thought it would be fun to participate. The question to answer is: What are six of your favorite things you’ve made? I may be new to blogging, but I’ve certainly made some things! I’ve never really thought about which projects have been my favorites though, so it has been a lot of fun looking back (and trying to find them so I could take some pictures!).

1. Strawberry Shortcake Costume

Do you remember Strawberry Shortcake, the adorable 80s cartoon? Well, you should – ’cause I do! Strawberry was my favorite cartoon when I was a kid, so in high school I decided to sew a Halloween costume after her.

From Hurricane High School year book, 2002.

I’ve made other costumes since, but this is still my favorite. And over time I’ve added more pieces as I’ve found them, such as green- and white-striped tights and a curly wig. I even have strawberry tennis shoes with strawberry laces!

2. Sis-in-law’s Wedding Dress

When my brother got engaged I was more than happy to help his soon-to-be-wifey with her wedding dress. She chose a gorgeous ruched lace gown. The only problem was that it was strapless, and she needed one with sleeves. I thought I’d probably be sewing a little jacket for her. Not at all!

Danielle dress front 002

It took three snowed-in days of sewing, beadwork, and removing and reattaching appliqués. But it was worth it – she loved it and no one could even tell it had been altered!

3. Little Wizard

I’m quite fond of wizards. Merlin, Gandalf, Micky Mouse in Fantasia… Wizards are awesome. So when a coworker got upset about moving to MS Word 2007 and losing his little wizard assistant from the older version, I just had to make one.

Isn’t he just the cutest little wood and foam wizard ever?

Illfitting Dress to Cute Top

I came across this dress while shopping the other day. I loved the color and the shirring at the waist, but it fit horribly. The top was much too big, which put the shirred waist in completely the wrong place. Yuck. But otherwise it was cute, and cheap…

So I got it with the idea of making a few changes. Okay, maybe more than a few. I took out the sleeves, which I liked, and unpicked the waistband from the bodice. Then I flipped the skirt up-side-down, cut off the hem, and cut out the neck and arm holes. So I essentially turned the skirt into a shirt with the same waistband. Make sense? I made a slit in the front and lined it with a strip from the old bodice. I sewed across the shoulders, then sewed around the neck to form a casing and put the sleeves back in. Then all I had to do was thread a cord through the neck casing and hem the waist.

Taa-daa! A much more flattering, shirred waist, peasant top! I wish I hadn’t cut the neck hole up quite so close to the shoulders, but it’s not too bad. Now I can show off the cute “x”s in different colored threads across the waistband without looking terrible while doing it.

 

 

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