In late September 2014 while watching TV in my bedroom I was folding laundry and feeling not so pretty. I saw this beautiful picture on the screen and I took a quick pic and posted it to Instagram. Ruby Randall contacted me instantly with a request for a romantic 18th century riding […]
I was already dreaming of going on an adventure when this pattern popped into my hands. I fell in love with what looks to be a very young Liz Taylor on the cover. Famous 1950s designer, Pauline Trigere, makes a gorgeous dress and I knew I had found the perfect way to fill some spare […]
We all want to feel like we belong to a group that shares a common thread? Through a meet up group called, The Dayton Garment Designers Meet Up , I have found my tribe! Connecting with others that share your passion stimulates growth and inspires. While other people may get tired of […]
When I was young, I used to dress my Barbie Dolls in scraps of fabric, creating unique fashions for the various festivals and outings they would attend. When I was in high school, my Grandmother let me use her sewing machine in the basement where I would “Frankenstein” outfits together from thrift store finds, which […]
I met middle school art teacher Lindsay Gustafson through Rosewood Art Centre and quickly grew fond of her. The first things I noticed about Lindsay was her flare for quirky artsy looks, her smile and her positive personality. Besides looking like a ton of fun, teaching and making art, Lindsay is also passionate about […]
When I first started selling and making custom dresses in the early 2000s my entire business was DIY. With the surprise announcement that I was on Blogspots 2018 Best Dressmaker Blogs last winter I knew wanted to have a more professional look. This was simple – I just needed better pictures! Yeah Right!
The Past. […]
Retail is no joke with the amount of hours you put in. 2017 led to a huge purge, a minimalist approach to my lifestyle, daily chore list and defining the places we want to travel to. Pittsburgh was our first culture hop. Photos, art, people watching and coffee are some of my favorite attractions. I am […]
Pattern hacking is simply a new term for altering a pattern. It’s the happy way to say alterations done to an existing pattern to get a new look.
A few summers ago I made a custom romper using this pattern. I added to the design special features for medical tubes and such.
Last winter, for a special holiday gift for my husband, Jeffrey, I agreed to make him a t shirt quilt out of all of his old favorite t shirts.
I am a color worshipper! As I was cutting out all the pieces I noticed the colors were quite similar to a dress I had seen in so many […]