Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Winter 2006 Mailer

100% Wool

60% Rayon 40% Wool

35% Wool 33% Polyester 32% Acetate
Designer Dana Buchman

Thursday, November 16, 2006

All Wrapped Up With Somewhere To Go!

The 2 wraps featured were made for our client, Shelia, who unlike most of us has somewhere to go. Come on, you remember, its called a Social Life!!

Wrap #1

The first wrap is reversible. One side is black velvet and the other side is a silk velvet burnout. I used 2 yards of 45" wide fabric and cut the fabric down the middle giving me two 22 1/2" wide pieces of each fabric. This will yield two wraps -one for you and a friend!

This wrap was simple to construct. Sew around all four sides leaving an opening on one side large enough to turn the wrap to the right side. Once turned slip stitch the opening closed. The key to this wrap is to press the seams open without flattening the pile on the velvet. To prevent this, I covered a wooden dowel with a piece of velvet and placed the open seam on top of it.

With a burst of steam on the seam, I used a Popsicle stick to press the seam open.

Wrap #2

This wrap was also easy to construct, but the fringe and its application took some work. There are 3 colors of fringe-purple, taupe and gold.

To get the purple fringe, I dyed white rayon fringe dark navy and kept rinsing it in a bath of vinegar and cold water until I achieved the shade of purple I wanted. The gold and taupe fringe are purchased tassels taken apart. The fabric for this wrap is 2 1/4 yards of 100% silk folded in half lengthwise. I used a blanket stitch on the ends of the wrap and applied each strand one by one using my version of a slip knot.

After I got all of the fringe attached to the ends, I applied Fray Check to the knots to keep them from coming undone. While this was VERY time consuming, it was fun to make!-Written by Cynthia Mitchell

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Early Winter 2006 Mailer

50" 100% Merino Wool Knit 18.00
(button on left) 1" 3.00 (also 5/8" 2.25)
(button in center) 1" 7.50
(button on right) 7/8" 6.00

60" 100% Worsted Wool 18.00
(button on top) 7/8" 1.80 (also 13/16" 1.60 & 1 1/8" 2.50)
(button in center) 1 1/4" 4.30
(button on bottom) 7/8" 5.50

60" 100% Wool 17.00
(button on left) 1" 3.25 (also 3/4" 2.75)
(button on right) 3/4" 2.75 (also 1" 4.00)

60" 60% Wool 40% Silk 17.00 per yard
Button 1" 3.50

60" 100% Wool 18.00 per yard
(button on left) 7/8" 1.40
(center button) 7/8" 1.90 (also 13/16" 1.50)
(button on right) 1" 5.20

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Bridal Alterations

Bridal alterations are fun although labor intensive. But despite the work, the fabrics and beading are a pleasure to work with. This gown has a strapless bodice and full skirt. There were two alterations - take in the bodice 2" across the top and bustle the back. The gown has a corset on the inside that hooks seperately from the gown. This is fitted to the body without ease. The outer gown is eased into the corset but not taken in as much because the fabric cannot withstand the stress.

The skirt is bustled in three places.
Satin buttons are placed under a
beaded applique and the thread loops are sewn over the next applique.

When the bustle is put together the beaded appliques form a straight line.
Congratulations Diane! You are a beautiful bride.