Sunday, March 20, 2011

Great Britain Bound

We will be visiting England and Scotland :o) I will be gone until the 29th, but I will answer all emails when I return. Please pray for a safe trip for us. Thank you!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Sunday's Best.....

I have a client whose daughter competes in a type of beauty pageant called a "Sunday Best" pageant. This is a non-glitz pageant where little girls actually look and act like little girls. :o) When I heard the word "pageant," all I could think of was the TLC show "Toddlers and Tiaras" lol Fake tans, fake fingernails, flippers, etc. :o) However, in these pageants, the little girls wear hand smocked bishops and hand smocked yoke dresses, and patent leathers............just adorable!! So I created this dress for my client. It is a peacock blue silk dupioni dress. (the one I pleated in my pitiful tutorial):

Here is the closeup of the smocking:

This was the first time that this little girl was competing in an older category. She is 3 and she had to compete against 4 and 5-year-olds. I am very happy and proud to say that she won QUEEN!! So congratulations to her!! :o)

Monday, March 14, 2011

Shabby chic country set finished!

Here is the set that I showed a sneak of a week or two ago. It includes the hand smocked suntop, double layered twirl skirt, matching purse and headband........what little girl doesn't love accessories??

Please excuse the fit on the is a 2-4 and the set is a size 5
Here is a closeup of the top/headband:

Here is the matching little purse:

If my friend, Pat from the UK Sewing Room is reading this, could you please email me at I will be in England next week and we will be visiting the Yorkshire area :o)

The weather here is absolutely gorgeous. I LOVE Spring!! The flowers are stunning this time of year. I hope everyone reading has a great day!!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Pleating silk dupioni tutorial

I needed to pleat a dupion silk dress for a customer today. Since I have had several people ask me for tips on pleating silk dupioni, I decided to make a little video :o) NO LAUGHING! lol I know I sound like a Smurf! I had to make it in two little videos because I couldn't hold the camera and turn my pleater handle. This is just a VERY simple tutorial, not anything amazing or elaborate, but I hope it might help someone.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Another work in progress...

I am working on a custom sun top and skirt set order. This sun top features smocked panels with embroidery in between the smocking. Here is a sneak peek of some of the embroidery. The flowers match the flowers in the fabric of the skirt. :o)

I'll post the finished product next week :o)
Have a lovely week!