10 Tips for sewing silk chiffon

Silk chiffon is soft, floaty, and so, so, delicate.  Yes, it’s a bit finicky, but so worth the effort if done right. I’ve been working on a chiffon kimono, and thought I’d share my notes on working with silk chiffon. Here are my ten tips for working with silk chiffon, an elegant and often expensive […]

My Padded Dress Form

Padded Dress Form

That’s my padded dress form. I sew and design in my dining room so she has to be presentable. Her measurements are pretty close to mine but I had to do a little padding. I made some pads by creating pads from batting . Then I tucked them under this lace shapewear camisole. I think […]

Slashed Bias Strip Fabric Tutorial

There was a gorgeous dress on Project Runway recently made from what looked like little shreds of fabric. I was trying to figure out how to do this fabric treatment and this is what I came up with: This may look like I spent hours sewing little strips of fabric on this dress but this […]

The Chanel Jacket : My Sewing Bucket List

One of the weekly challenges coming up on Project Run & Play is the fashion icon challenge. Who do I consider to be a fashion icon? Well, obviously I have a few, but Gabrielle or “Coco”Chanel has always been a designer  I have admired because she changed fashion. She was the epitome of classic and […]

Madeleine Vionnet and Learning Bias Cut sewing

Below is my post about Madame Vionnet and my experiences with making dresses cut on the bias over the past two years, since I got into dressmaking. I posted this over at Cation Designs earlier this week.Actually this is also an old post and one of my faves that I rewrote and added to, hence the […]

1915 Circus Girl Costume

This is the first costume I completed for the play The Elephants Graveyard, which I am costuming. It takes place in 1916 and is about a group of circus performers.  This first costume is for the circus girl who rides the elephant. 1915 Circus Girl My Inspirations were these old photos below of circus girls […]