Monday, January 9, 2017

Lovely Lady Lace

Oh la la!!!! I say while dancing with Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass playing in the background. When I get in my zone (my sewing happy place), I have the music playing (loud), while I cut patterns, drape fabric and sew fronts to backs. Add in a two-step and spin here, lol!!


It not just a job, it’s becoming a lifestyle…hmmm I will have to explore this more but my point is I’m passionate when I get in here and make what Disney would call magic. Taking a flat piece of fabric and literally dancing with it until it is complete and a garment is made. Only a few people knew the studio was like this… (yes a mini party) few were present and heard the music and felt the atmosphere, still it is where I create these custom beauties.

Well ok, the last few months I have had a serious addition to lace. I think it started before then, but anyway I will not argue because I do love pretty lady lace. I have made so many things with it and still have plans on making more lacey cuties. I don’t want the ordinary you can get this down the street, something with a bit of sparkle and sass. In colors besides black and white, I already have those… As I will show you later I made a black lace dress that is so perfectly lady like. It was a client request and I was happy to oblige. I did several others for clients and still I want more.

If I were you I would stay tuned to see what else I make and say. I don’t plan these conversations they just come out. If you have any sewing questions I’d sure love to hear them. I also have Facebook and Instagram pages if you would like to follow me there as well.  
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Thursday, June 30, 2016


The Red Orange Silk Halter Top
Silk fabric to me is always fashionable and timeless. It’s one of those special types of fabrics that has extra care written all over it. I could give you a detailed history about silk, but you can Google it for yourself. Some important things I want you to know though is:
You cannot treat it the same as cotton, which is also a natural fiber. Silk comes from the fibers of the silkworm’s cocoon and is woven into fabric. Then it is dyed in various colors.

Silk is used for many things like dresses, tops, pants, jackets and more. There is also silk thread, which I found is like many other fabric threads in that it comes in many colors, but it is not as strong as cotton and polyester threads. It can be and is used in sewing garments but I would say if you have an item that is 100% silk please be careful with it.

The top I showed you last month with my silk skirt…remember that?
Well here it is again just in case.
I made this top to go with a matching skirt but when I made the tapered mini I had to line it up with this top.

For this top I used a vintage pattern 1365 by Simplicity. As you can tell from the pictures I made a couple of tweeks. It’s a beauty and one of my favorites.
I have several colors of silk here; perhaps I will make another in a different color. The pattern was pretty simple, as always though I make my adjustments.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

I Believe

Sew for the love of it.

Every day I am captivated by new dresses, blouses, skirts that find their way into my mind.  I continue to sew for the peace of mind it brings me. Despite life’s changes and challenges, this is the place where things make sense. A seam is always a seam and a hem a hem!

On my Singer machines I craft for others garments that are meant not only to fit, but to look beautiful and gorgeous. Every person is unique and so are the outfits I make for them. Occasionally, I get the request to make an outfit a celebrity has worn, or an outfit from a picture. No problem, just remember I am making a replica and when I do that, and it will be your own outfit when I’m done.
I used to have a slogan when I began… You are the celebrity.

Over the years I’ve learned it is not size that matters. I can sew for many sizes… I think the key is being comfortable in your skin. My custom-made clothing can be and is catered to the individual no matter their size. Oftentimes I use patterns and alter them to get the look I want. Some patterns I do not have to do this at all. It all depends on what a client wants. Last year I got a new software program from Wild Ginger that allows me to make almost anything based on my client’s measurements. So far I’ve had a few requests and got the chance to test it out. I like it and it works well.

Here are a few of the things I’ve made with the new program.
From a flat piece of silk to a very beautiful silk skirt. 
This is a high waist tapered mini skirt made of an exclusive silk tapestry like fabric. When I tell you pictures do not do this skirt justice. I am so serious. This fabric is also textured, which makes it that much more amazing. It’s soft to the touch and can be paired with any color in the skirt.

Here I have it pictured with a silk vintage halter top I made. I will tell you more details about that in my next post.


Thursday, June 4, 2015

Dear 2015

I haven’t written much so far this year on this platform. I have been sewing my heart out. I think this has been the most I have sewn in years. I completed several tops, dresses and skirts. I posted them to my Etsy Shop.

So far a lucky customer has found my shop and placed an order. Off to a good start!

So excited!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Hello Etsy

Hello Etsy

For a while now I’ve been considering selling my garments online. So today after I put my nerves aside I signed up for Etsy. I was considering other online marketplaces; however this is a start to test how my items will be received.

I do not know much about online sales but I will take some pictures and post them to the site.  It sounds easy and this is the marketplace for handmade items so here goes.

Lord I pray this goes well.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Faith Hope Love

… If I have faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
Faith Hope and Love - The Greatest Gift

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails…

From 1 Corinthians 13 NIV

 Happy Holidays today and always

Sunday, September 14, 2014



I’ve arrived in North Carolina… finally! So happy and excited, my plans are working out! Thank you Lord! I have gotten all moved in and mostly unpacked. With the help of family, I got most of the furniture where I want it and have begun working. Sewing is still part-time as I adjust to my living and working conditions here. I think this is going to be an exciting opportunity. That’s my optimism speaking and getting carried away. I am also exhausted from moving but I find the time one Saturday morning to find the local fabric store and get to sewing.

My mom and I visited Mary Jo’s and chose this black and white cotton hound’s-tooth. I was so eager beaver to get in my happy place; I forgot to jot down what pattern it was. As you can see this pleated front sheath dress is almost done. I measured the hem line and ironed it flat so all I have to do is sew it in place. I can’t wait to try it on.