The Tailorette

Friday

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February 2017

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Upgraded Studio Space

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It all started with a few more additions to the crew.  A friend of mine handed over three vintage mannequins from a retired pattern designer for free.  The space in my sewing room was limited, but I knew someday I wanted a large enough space to line them all up.

My sister kindly offered to let me switch rooms so I could have the larger space.  After thinking it over, I quickly moved and rearranged, and before I knew it, I had a new studio.

(L-R) Burnadette, Mavis, Edna, Girly, Francis, and Manly

Absolutely loving the extra window space!  The light in the morning is just right.

Old Studio…

New Studio

A few projects have already made it’s way through this new work space and I can’t believe how efficient work is going!  Last touch to be made is a new cutting table about 50″ by 60″.  That will come a little later… I plan on building it myself.

-The Tailorette

 

Monday

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January 2017

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2016 In Review

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It’s been a full robust year.  Many times I reflect on how fast the year has passed, but somehow 2016 seemed to go by in slow motion.  Maybe it’s because I have learned so many things that my perspective on life is so different from last January.  It almost seems like a different era.  Working on my small business has brought sanctifying lessons, exciting experiences, and a revised vision for the future in many different ways.

After sifting through photos and projects, I am even more motivated to continue to work harder, diligently and manage my time better. 

I did not make these two grey quilt tops below, but I finished them on the longarm quilting machine.

A quilt project for Cotton Berry Quilts.  Longarm Quilted by my Mother, Christa.

Digging into 18th century costumes for the first time.

A custom bridal cape for friend.

A little bit of upholstery.

Little girl’s dress in the process of being made.  This dress will show up in my Etsy shop.

Piecing quilts.

Studio Pictures.

Dresses made for The Tailorette Dress Shop.

A glimps at inventory.

There is one thing that is consistent after every year is learning to walk by faith and trust the Lord every step of the way.  There are ups and downs, but it is the tough times that shape and grow us.  I can say with confidence that I look forward to the hardships as well as the good times in the coming year.

Happy New Year!

The Tailorette

 

Tuesday

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December 2016

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Cream 18th Century Polonaise Dress

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With the new year coming to an end I wanted to get another 18th century dress on list of finished projects for 2016.  This one is made out of the same pattern as the other dress, but I did make a few minor changes to give it a different look.

Here is where I made a change in the trim.  Because the fabric is upholstery it was too thick to do gathers… so I decided to do pleated trim.

Instead of adding the ties to hold up the skirt, I permanently bunched the back of the skirt.

Finished!

One of my next projects for the new year is perfecting the undergarments for this era.  I still feel like I could perfect the shape a little better.  You may see a post in near months of 2017 on that.  🙂

The Tailorette

 

Monday

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November 2016

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1860s Camp Dress

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One of my goals for 2016 is to create several different dresses other than the regency era.  With so much attention going towards restocking my Shop, I am just now getting to the stash of fabric in my closet waiting to be cut up into new ideas.  The year is almost over, but I’m determined to reach the goal.

At the beginning of summer, I stocked up on a few different fabrics to get me started on some new ideas.  This plaid is my favorite from the stash, so I decided to start there.

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The bodice ended up being on the baggy side of things, so I set the mannequin to the right size and started working from there.

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Pinning where the bodice need to be taken in.

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Pressing down the gathers to eliminate the extra puffiness.

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Cutting out out the neckline.

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Successful fitting!

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Below I am measuring the thread so I could hand sew the cartridge pleating for the skirt.

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Hand stitching…

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After attaching the skirt and adding a few finishing touches, the dress was finished!

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Happy Thanksgiving y’all!

– The Tailorette

 

Friday

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November 2016

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Civil War Remake

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You might recognize this gown from a previous post almost exactly a year ago.  It is, in fact, the same exact design, but not the same dress.  I enjoyed making this pattern so much that I decided I would make a replica, with a few minor changes.  This one is made out of a solid print, not a subtle pin stripe like the other one.  I also used less trim on the sleeves and added an extra tuck at the bottom of the skirt.  This time I modeled the dress, rather than using the mannequin.  There’s just something about having a live model that brings the design to life. 

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What I love most about this style is the simplicity.  There’s not too much frilliness, but just enough embellishment to add character and interest.  One thing I have found is how much I enjoy working with solid fabrics.  You can find a basic design and add the extra detail that normally wouldn’t show on a printed dress.  It allows me to exercise more creativity and brainstorming when it comes to constructing the gown.  

I do have many other ideas… hopefully sometime in the near future there will be newer designs coming up in my shop.  You may even see a few more 18th century popping up here and there.

Until next time,

-The Tailorette

Click here to purchase this dress.

Tuesday

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August 2016

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Fripp Island

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Living near the east coast has our family exploring a little more than when I was growing up.  With the many different historical towns and beaches, it’s too much to resist.  This summer we ventured out to Fripp Island and Beaufort, SC for a little exploring. Four days was just enough to get a good flavor .  I loved discovering the nooks and crannies of small towns, the beach, daily bike rides and quality time spent with people I love.  

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In my wrestling and in my doubts
in my failures you won’t walk out
your great love will lead me through
you are the peace in my troubled sea

In the silence, you won’t let go
in my questions, your truth will hold
your great love will lead me through
you are the peace in my troubled sea

-Rend Collective 

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After a few days on the beach, we were ready to see outside our vacation area.  Beaufort was beautiful!

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Beaufort’s neighborhoods were fascinating! 

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I do enjoy vacation, but I am glad to be back in my studio!  There’s something about working with my hands and keeping my creative juices going that I miss when I’m away.

-The Tailorette

 

Wednesday

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July 2016

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Polonaise 18th Century Day Dress

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Before I dove into my stash of beautiful florals, I decided to make my first gown from this era with a solid linen.  This fabric is %50 cotton and %50 linen which made for an excellent material.  I knew I didn’t want a polyester mix with cotton since I’ve had disappointing results with how the fabric preserves over the years.

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Cutting out the bodice.

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Making a rolled hem for the edge of the ruffles.

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Gathering the ruffles.

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I did press the ruffles after I stitched them on.  Pressing them made it look a little flatter, rather than looking so frilly.

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Bodice back.

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Sewing the casing to the inside of the lining.

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Outside fabric attached to lining, fully boned and ready for trim.

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I got the trim inspiration from the movie “Poldark”.  After watching this series with my family, I had so much inspiration!

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Pinning the trim to death for a uniform look.

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End result!

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Surprisingly, this dress was much easier than I thought it would be.  I hope to make a few more dresses from this era this year.  There are a few design ideas I have in the back of my mind… thanks to Pinterest!

-The Tailorette

Tuesday

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July 2016

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18th Century Stays

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Within the last couple weeks, I was slowly making my way toward starting on a new era.  I hope to work on many other styles and eras, but for now, the Colonial/Revolutionary War time period is where I plan on spending most of my time this summer.  

To get off on a good start, I wanted to make all the correct under garments to create the right look.  It’s easy to jump to making the dress out of excitement, but if the right undergarments are not underneath, it just doesn’t have that special touch that makes it look authentic.  Thanks to Red Threaded’s 18th century pattern, I was able to accomplish the stays I had in mind.

After saving this fabric for a few years, I finally found a use for it. There was only one yard, so I set it aside for that one project that it would go well with. It’s one of my favorites from my stash and I finally had a use for it!

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Preparing the pattern pieces to make a mock-up.

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Mock up successful with a few alterations according to my size.

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Marking where the casing for the boning will be.

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All the corset layers basted together.

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Casing finished and ready for boning!

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An external view of where the boning will be.

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Inserting the boning.

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I added the bias tape around the edges after I inserted the boning and voila! 

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Even though this will go underneath the dress, I still wanted to take the challenge to make it look somewhat appealing.   This is the second corset I have made, and I have to admit, I’m too embarrassed to blog about the first one I made. 😉 

Stay tuned, the dress itself is in the make as well!

-The Tialorette

 

Wednesday

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June 2016

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From Basic To Unique

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When you’re in a pinch, you tend to grab at anything you can think of to solve your problem.  This is a perfect example of one of those “I’m toast” moments.  After cutting out most of the dress, I realized I didn’t have a large enough piece of fabric to cut out the sleeves.  Also, the fabric was a one of a kind discovery, so there was no way to find more of this fabric anywhere.  This in fact, was not a pre-made dress for my shop, but a custom order for a valued customer.  There was no room for chucking the project for later.

Immediately I started brain storming with ideas of how I can pull this off, and then light bulb went on.  I realized I could cut my scraps into strips, gather them and sew them together to make a more intricate sleeve.

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Gathering the strips

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Sewing the gathered stripes together.

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Ready to cut out my sleeve piece!

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All cut out and ready to be shaped into a sleeve.

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Voila!

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I’m thankful for those moments when things seem to be going wrong, but in the end it was a sharpening tool to get my brain thinking more creatively. 😉

-The Tailorette

Monday

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February 2016

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Studio Update

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It’s been a crazy February… I think I need a bigger studio.  That’s just wishful thinking, but it’s definitely on my mind.

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The fabrics just won’t stop coming in!

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Delicious scraps!

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In the midst of all the sewing and trying to get my Etsy shop filled up, I’ve taken a little time here and there to experiment with photography.  Below is a lighting experiment.  The first photo is without a shoot through umbrella, and the second is with the umbrella filtering the direct sunlight.  It immediately cut out the contrasty lighting in the whole scene of the photo!

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Hopefully a little practice here and there will help improve my pictures a bit.

Happy Monday!

– The Tailorette