The Tailorette

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Friday

10

February 2017

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Upgraded Studio Space

Written by , Posted in Studio Update

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.

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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

 

Wednesday

20

July 2016

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Polonaise 18th Century Day Dress

Written by , Posted in 18th Century, Finished Projects, Projects In The Make

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

12

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

22

June 2016

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From Basic To Unique

Written by , Posted in Finished Projects, Studio Update, Uncategorized

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

Thursday

28

January 2016

6

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Civil War Ball Gown

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My first civil war dress of 2016!  After working on this gown, I am so motivated to experiment on other designs from the 1860s era.  I also learned a couple new techniques that I hope to use on many other projects this year.

Here I am fitting the bodice according to the customers size.

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Hand stitching the edges closed.

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The trim my customer picked out.

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And here goes more hand stitching.

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Because I didn’t have a grommet setter I had to hand stitch the holes by hand.

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Adding trim to the skirt.

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Weaving the ribbon through the holes.

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Voila!

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I am so glad I was able to start out 2016 with a bang!

– The Tailorette

Monday

16

November 2015

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Navy Civil War Gown

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Last week I had the opportunity to work on a custom civil war dress for a customer on the west coast.  I’ve noticed that my skills have improved since the last time I made a dress like this one.  What seemed so difficult to me last year was a breeze this time around!

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Assembling the basic part of the bodice.

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Fitting the bodice to the customers size.

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Successful custom fit!

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Hand stitching the inside seams to prevent the fabric from fraying.

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Adding the boning to add structure to the bodice.

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The bodice with boning and finished seams on the inside.

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Adding cording to the bodice.

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Unfinished edges all cleaned up.

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For this project, I had to make my own trim to match the bodice.

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Trim and sleeves complete.

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Constructing the skirt.

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Finished!

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And I’m off to make another civil war ball gown…

– The Tailorette

Tuesday

20

October 2015

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New Regency Collection

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Finally, after all my dresses almost completely sold out in my dress shop, I was able to burry myself in my studio and make more dresses for my Etsy.  One of the best parts of creating these gowns is choosing the fabric, trim and style.  These dresses are a basic design, but learning to cut them out on a Indian saree (without making it look like I threw it together) was a learning curve.

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I have a few more that might pop up in my shop pretty soon.  A new shipment of sarees came in last week and I am thrilled with the quality!

‘Til next time,

– The Tailorette

Monday

12

October 2015

2

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Busy In The Studio

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Many projects have passed through my little studio these past couple weeks.  From making quilt tops, long arm quilting, making more dresses for my shop, filling custom regency orders to a wedding alteration project.

Here, I am seam ripping the wedding dress to take the skirt off of the bodice.

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The lace was beautiful!

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Sewing the beads back on.  To alter the side seams, I had to take some of the beads off.

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Dresses ready to be photographed for the Etsy shop.

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Making an arrow quilt for Miss Polly’s Piece Goods.

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Looking at the final result of the saree dress.

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This past weekend I visited a the YLI thread mill.  I really appreciate how they use the old machinery!

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Until next time everyone!

– The Tailorette

Friday

7

August 2015

1

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Weekly Routine

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If you’re one of my family members or a neighbor of mine, you’ll know that this sight isn’t uncommon at our house.ERB_4092-2

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Photos by Emily Rose

Every week there is usually custom order that needs to be photographed for the customer to see the finished product.  By the time I am done making a dress for a customer, I feel like I’ve developed a small friendship.  It makes me want to take that extra step to take presentable photos.  After working with them and trying to find just the right color they want, I get so excited to show them how it turned out.  Plus, it’s so much more fun being outside. 😉

– The Tailorette

Wednesday

21

January 2015

4

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Regency Lace

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After making this dress a couple times for my Etsy shop, it seemed right to do a blog post.  It all started with a simple custom order requesting ruffles in the neckline.  From there, I continued to experiment with different fabrics and colors.  I still have lots of ideas for different designs, just a little different than this one.

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One of these days I will have to do a tutorial on how to add the ruffles to the sleeves.  It does take a little extra time but it was all very worth it.  The more time to work also means more time to reflect on God’s Word.

There is one verse I have been pondering since the new year.  After learning so many things in 2014 it has such an new meaning to me.

…yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.

Galatians 2:16

Have a splendid week!

The Tailorette