Monday, September 14, 2015

My Trip to Boston----Marketing, Sightseeing & BALLET COSTUMES!!!

Selfie in the Boston Ballet Costume Room---nothing but floor to ceiling beautifully---most in-house sewn costumes)

I spent  last week in Boston and had an amazing time!!! Part of my time was spent roaming the Boston Ballet costume department looking at all of the beautifully sewn costumes. But before I jump ahead to that let me back up a bit and start from the beginning. I was there on retreat with my Business Mastermind group (love these talented and driven ladies), attending the Inbound conference. Side note---if you have the chance to be in a Mastermind group take it. I'm in 2 and LOVE them. As a business owner it's so important to have the right support, encouragement and connections. Ok, back to the conference---there was about 14K in attendance and featured some awesome speakers like Seth Godin, Daniel Pink, Brene Brown and Sophia Ambrosa from Nasty Gal. To top off my trip as aforementioned I also got the chance to visit the Boston City Ballet Costume Department. My Draping teacher helped arrange this visit (she's done work with the Boston Ballet). I was SUPER EXCITED to have this opportunity. And the experience was AMAZING!!!  Pictures say alot more than words so here goes...

 Hanging out at Inbound---managed to sneak in before the huge crowds did!

Me and My Girls!!! These are some talented and hard working entrepreneurs!!!

 Opening talk with Seth Godin very inspiring---he has the best marketing advice

 Super excited to hear Sophia Amoruso---creater and designer for Nasty Gal clothes...

 She gave great entrepreneur advice about how to build a great business. I LOVED her dress---it's held together with hook and eyes!!!

 Comedian Amy Schumer stopped in.....she was her usual "unfiltered self" (clears throat) LOL

Chelsea Clinton was also a guest speaker in addition to many others and session speakers too! I learned a great deal from the conference.

Also, did some sightseeing.....
 Visited the Harvard bookstore....

 Saw this book there----it's actually going to be a movie. Would love to see it!

Was pleasantly surprised and moved to stumble upon the Shaw Memorial depicting the 54th Regiment --the first Black infantry in the Civil war (remember the movie "Glory" with Denzel Washington and Matthew Broderick---which I LOVE---depicts the story) This statue sits across from the State house and is huge. The detail is magnificent made me teary eyed!!!

I got to go to the popular tourist attraction----The Cheers bar where the show was filmed. My Dad used to love that show LOL!

After a LONG week of sessions and learning I couldn't think of a better way to end my trip than by visiting the Boston Ballet!

 Exterior view...

 The building was huge consisting of several floor and lots of dancers in their various classes. The school is very prestigious and one ranking high in training excellence! It was great seeing the dancers!

 I was taken to the costume work room where I got to meet all of the talents behind the costume production, alterations and maintenance. Here's an underskirt that was being worked on.....

 Time out for selfies and smiles!

 This bodice was made impeccably with amazing skill and attention to detail:)

 Charles, who oversees and runs the costume department  took me into the costume closet where he allowed me to roam freely and introduced me to some great pieces. Here's one---there are a ton of ruffles on that can-can skirt.

 BTW, the black velvet trim was sewn on top of the orange fabric. Each strip! Amazing accuracy and lots of work!

 A lovely tutu! I like the layers and how it's engineered to stay up and flared! It has a "panty" built in which makes it easy and secure to wear!

 BEAUTIFUL ballerina costume! I couldn't stop staring at it. Pics don't do it justice....

 I had to touch it for myself!

 Love these bow details. Everything was sewn amazingly well! There were hundreds of costumes all with their signature detail!!! All so artistically beautiful!!!

 A stack of tutus! It's funny that making one of these can take as much as 22 hours!

 Men's tailored costume. Most are borrowed since the shop primarily focuses on  dressmaking 

 Hand painted and pleated---I forget the fabric but I believe that 1200yds total was painted and used to make a whole lot of these skirts!!! Talk about a job LOL!

 Printed Organza butterfly! What a great effect! They were spread out on this skirt.

 Another tutu with a TON of beading!!! Took several weeks to do!

Charles and the rest of the group were such GRACIOUS hosts!  I enjoyed seeing the work space, costumes and meeting such great people! I thoroughly enjoyed my visit!!!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Butterick 5913---The Birthday Girl Top

This has been a very sentimental week! I celebrated my wedding Anniversary with my Wonderful Hubby (I love me some him!) and our daughter turned 8! We had a party/sleepover with some of her girlfriends over the weekend. I wanted to make a cute little top for her to wear to her party. Months ago she saw a fabric in my stash (It's colorful with gold shimmery streaks) that she really liked so the night before I cut out this pattern and whipped it together right before we had to leave.  I used pattern---Butterick 5913. I love the cute "bat wings"tops as I like to call them. I don't have a formal review for this top since it's SOOOO EASY to make. I cut out the size 8 adding 3" to the length. But no other changes were needed. I did have her wear a little cami underneath I'm planning on making a few more. I like the style---it's a mix between cute and playful!

(Front view---I can't believe how fast she's growing!)

(Look at those sleeves)

(The saucy attitude pose LOL)

Ok, now I'm resuming wardrobe sewing for myself. I have an upcoming out of town trip that I need clothes for!!! More to come....

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Sewgenious interview and T& D Show Catch-up!

The lovely Anke over at was so kind to interview me for her newly created Sewing Business Success Stories interview program. She is a wonderfully talented Flamenco costume designer and I was all too thrilled when she asked for my participation. She came up with the marvelous idea to conduct interviews of business sewers to inspire and encourage those who may want to turn their sewing into a business but don't quite now how.  You can see the interview below if you're interested.

Also, I'll be posting about sewing clothes in my next few posts but before I do I need to catch up on some house cleaning. Have you been able to check out my new sewing show with Gentleman Jim---The Tailor and The Dressmaker. By now hopefully you've seen the first episode, signed up for the Giveaway, seen the Mini-Episode (just released yesterday) and received our newsletter. If not then the links for all are below.

Tailor and Dressmaker First Episode
Giveaway details
Mini Episode
Tailor and Dressmaker Newsletter Volume 1 Issue 1

Also don't forget that Episode #2 (Topic: How to Achieve Sewing Mastery) comes out on Tuesday, Aug 25th. Ok, I just wanted to make sure everyone stayed in the loop. Ok, I've got to move on to finishing some work for clients so I can do much needed sewing for myself!!!! I'm working on my pre-Fall wardrobe. Details to come.......

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Tailor and The Dressmaker Youtube Show Launch!

Well our first episode of The Tailor and The Dressmaker just launched on yesterday. We were all too pleased and excited to get that out to you guys.  Thanks to all who tuned in and found the info valuable and who also made requests regarding future show topics. Thanks for all of your kind comments!  We really did put our heart and soul into making this and are excited about bringing you future episodes. You can watch episode 1 here.....

To celebrate the launch of our new show we are hosting TONS of Giveaways. Here's a list....

1. Pretty polyester blend fabric bundle
2. Good quality wool suiting
3. Seamster Pattern Advocado Hoodie
4. True Bias pattern Sutton Blouse
5. Gentleman Jim's Basic Alteration 2 DVD Disc Set
6. Gentleman Jim's Tailored Pants DVD
7. Gentleman Jim's Online Tailored Jacket Course
8. and a SEWING MACHINE!!!!

To get the Entry rules please visit our Facebook Page "The Tailor and The Dressmaker" and look for the GIVEAWAY ENTRY RULES post.

We're already at work on Episode 2 which will air on August 26th and the topic will be "How to Achieve Sewing Mastery". Trust me this will be an exciting and informative episode with some great demos. You don't want to miss it! New episodes are released bi-monthly---every other Wednesday.

So don't forget to follow us, sign up for the Giveaways and stay tuned for future episodes:)

Friday, August 7, 2015

Sutton Blouse Review & my New Youtube Sewing Show

Happy August! This month will be full of lots of sewing for sure. I finally get to start it off by sewing for me. Haven't done that in a while LOL! I was excited when Mari Miller creator of Seamster patterns asked me to  be a part of spreading the word of about the upcoming Sewing Indie Month (SIM). To celebrate she has teamed up with other Indie patternmakers to create a wonderful bundle of patterns that are on sale through the 12! The top I'm wearing is one of the patterns. It's the Sutton blouse by True Bias and let me just say that I love this top! I love the interesting design lines and drape. I pulled out this beautiful Asian inspired dark berry polyester from my stash and I think it's a match made in Heaven. I LOVE this top!  See pattern sale details below! Also, before I forget did you know I have a YOUTUBE show coming out in just 3 days???? I've posted it for a while on my FB page.  I'm teaming up with that well known Master Tailor---Gentleman Jim--- that you guys know and love so well.  To hear more details check out this post...... More details tomorrow......Happy Sewing!
 (Front view. Hubby was gone, was in hurry for visiting friend to take a pick so I threw on some old capris. I plan to wear with black leggings and strappy heels. I like that this top can be dressed up or down.)

 (Back View)

 (On my body double form)

(Excuse after wear wrinkles. Just wanted to show that top was assymetrical---front shorter than back)

Here are the details about the sale.....
  • The sale will run from Monday August 3rd to Wednesday August 12th.
  • Please link to the sale at:
  • 20% of bundle proceeds will be donated to the International Folk Art Alliance, which provides education and exhibition opportunities to folk artists from around the world. Just a few examples of what the International Folk Art Alliance has been able to accomplish by helping artists create stable, year-round livelihoods includes helping shelter women from domestic violence in Ecuador, building a school for children in Pakistan, empowering women in repressive cultures around the world, and feeding villages in Niger.
  • Sewing Indie Month (SIM) is a month-long celebration of indie sewing patterns where designers collaborate to bring you fun blog posts and informative tutorials. This year SIM will take place in September. It's accompanied by a sewalong contest with fantastic prizes. Since the patterns in the SIM Bundle 1 are mostly wovens, this sale gives you time to make muslins before the contest begins in September while supporting small women-owned businesses and raising money for charity.
  • This year the Sewing Indie Month HQ will be Sew Independent, which Mari from Seamster Sewing Patterns took over from Donna, who decided to step back from the site. You can buy the bundle and keep up to date with the latest SIM news on 

Pay what you want for the bundle! The more you pay, the more rewards you'll receive. 
  • Pay $25 or more to get the Sutton Blouse, Cressida Skirt, Sugar Plum Dress, Mississippi Ave Dress & Top, and the Ultimate Trousers.
  • Pay $32 or more to get the Cookie Blouson and Bonnell Dress.
  • Pay $38 or more to get the Melissa Dress, Blouse & Skirt, the NEW Saltbox Top, and the NEW Sorrel Dress & Top.
  • The 10 people who spend the most will get printed copy shop versions of the patterns mailed to them as a free bonus.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

B5982 & M6955---The Lovely White Embroidered Floral Mesh Dress

I was happy with the outcome of this pretty dress that I recently made for the lovely Mrs. A to wear to a church conference. The style is classic and the floral mesh fabric overlay added wonderful texture to this dress.  I used 2 patterns---Butterick 5982 bodice and McCall's 6955 skirt. I love the combination of the fitted bodice and circle skirt. This dress called for alot of fabric and it consisted of the floral mesh overlay, stretch cotton sateen as the base fabric and a jet set as a lining for the bodice. The mesh had a small amount of stretch which is why the other fabrics used in the dress had stretch as well. Of course the stretch factor insured I could get a really great and close fit in the bodice. The addition of a store bought crinoline helped give the dress added flare. This dress was a bit involved but was fun to make and I'm delighted my client loved it:)

 (Front view, you can get a slightly better look at the texture of the dress. The texture of the dress upclose is really pretty.)

(Seated, looking pretty)

(The floral mesh up close. I added a stretch cotton sateen underneath it and a jetset lining to the bodice only. The crinoline helped serve as a lining for the skirt.)

Saturday, July 18, 2015

McCall's 6075---The Cream Lace Backless gown

I LOVE when client projects turn out great! Such was the case with this gorgeous gown that I make for Mrs. B to wear to her Mom's birthday party. I particularly liked making this. Mrs. B gave me a picture of a gown she liked as an inspiration piece and this one manifested. I used McCall's 6075 which is an out of print pattern from back in the day. Since I sew for clients I'm more concious about picking up patterns with varying styles. You just never know what your client may request. I actually forgot I had this pattern and thank God I found it! I'm delighted I had a great base pattern and all I had to do was make a few changes to transform it. I changed the look of the straps, lowered the back waist and added a train. Also, this dress is a knit with a lace overlay---it's hard to see from the pictures. I LOVE making dresses with lace overlays (I've made a few) it definitely adds texture to the dress. It takes extra time since I like to hand sew my larger  All in all I'm more then delighted with the outcome of this dress and more importantly I'm happy that I created a dress my client loved and felt beautiful wearing. That's what it's all about and that's why I love doing what I do :)

 (Back view, backless with straps around the arms and ruching at back waist and a small train)

(Plunging neckline in the front)

(Gorgeous lace that was overlayed on matching knit fabric. Love the texture to it.)

(the Base pattern)


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