The Tailorette

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January 2018



2017 Highlights

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Another year has passed and it still seems like 2016 wasn’t so far away.  So much so that I look back at my project photos from 2016 and wonder if I did them in 2017.  Thankfully, I started labeling my projects by the year so I can get things straight.

Instead of adding photos of everything I did this year, I’m going to review the highlights of certain projects that I relished the most.  Many dresses I made this year were repeat custom orders… I wouldn’t want to bore you with same dresses made in different sizes!  Hopefully that will change this year along with a few other things I hope to improve.

Looking back, I realized that it’s been a whole year since I got my finger stitched up.   My first (hopefully the only) real injury from the sewing room.

Directly following the finger ordeal I moved into a larger space.

And so the work continued to come in and the new space was so much more invigorating to work in.  Below is one of the first orders I Received for 2017.  I never got to posting about this dress, but it’s one of my favorite 1810 dresses I made!


Here I am laying out the sarees to finish drying so they can be made into regency dresses.  Amazingly, it only takes 10 minutes to air dry because they are so lightweight!


A few of my favorite pre-made dresses from this year.


A modern jacket turned into an 1810s spencer jacket.




Custom hemming jobs came and went.


Altering patterns to fit a few ideas I had for the civil war era.


Photographing a few dresses for a friend’s Etsy shop: Vintage Ann


Altering my Sister-in-law’s dress!


Another alteration, except this one is from a standard bridesmaid dress to a maternity style.  For this project, I decided to create my own pregnancy belly on my dress form.  This helped incredibly with the fitting process.

I was so pleased with the outcome and it was such a pleasure working with this customer!



I did have the pleasure of teaching at a local sewing school.  Teaching at Thimble Bees was such a great experience!


And to end the year, I kicked it off with a little creativity. 😉

This past week has been a time of reflecting on the good and shortcomings of the past year.  Instead of thinking how much I didn’t accomplish, I want to think of how I can fix those things this year.  I don’t want to shoot so high in my goals, but think realistically on what can be done by the end of the year.  We’ll see how that goes by the time 2019 comes around!

So here’s to a new year of learning, changing, persevering through new challenges, and trusting the Lord every step of the way.

Happy New Year!

-The Tailorette