Saturday, December 30, 2006



Costumes are always a lot of fun to make. This was a costume we made for a client during the holidays. She was a tour guide for a festival held in Waco where they dress up in early 20th century attire.

The dress is made of 51% cotton 49% acetate floral embossed bengaline faille




The bustle is detachable and filled with heavy duty crinoline for lots of "puffing".



She decided to keep it plain, no flowers.




This is a easy and fun costume to make!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006





I received my new Essence January 2007 issue in the mail yesterday! It is my favorite issue of the year. This is the one that features women who look decades younger than their actual age.
You must get this issue and turn to page 101. I can't believe she is 90 years old!! I can only hope and pray I look half that good at 60!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Measurement Chart

Someone (I can't remember who) shared this measurement chart with me some years ago. I saw it recently and wanted to share it with my fellow sewers. These measurements are from arm crease to arm crease as used by the "Big 4" (McCalls, Simplicity, Vogue, Butterick). Start measuring right above the crease where your arm meets your body, go across your chest ending at the crease above the other arm.
By using these measurements, you will get a better fit in the neck and shoulder area (very difficult area to alter). Your bust measurement will probably not correspond with the size indicated on the chart, but the bust area is easily altered up or down. Make a copy of this to keep. I hope it will be helpful in the on going quest of "the perfect fit".