Tuesday, November 3, 2015

My Big Costume Project Revealed (VIDEO)......

In addition to the video (see link below), guess this poster gives you a bit of a hint too (wink)!

If you've been wondering about the BIG COSTUME project I've been at work on then this VIDEO (see link below) should sum it up! We've been at work on this project since mid September (as mentioned in earlier post I've been pulling some 13hour work days). A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to fly out to Kansas City, Missouri to the Kansas City Ballet to fit 12 little ballerinas in their costumes---I'll give you the specifics later. These ballerinas are just a few of many who will be dancing in the Nutcracker opening up in December.  I had the honor of being invited to work on this project by THE TALENTED, Mrs. Pat who is a professional Draper with 40 years experience and my draping teacher. Anyhow, I'm still up to my eyeballs in work on this project and plan to share more in the near but in the meantime this video will give a good view into the project. During our fitting the local Kansas City PBS came to the workroom to do some filming. This footage was combined with others to create this video piece. The "Nutcracker" segment is the first and is only about 9 or so minutes long and I and Mrs. Pat can be seen from 7:44-7:47. Well I can partially be seen (wearing the gray sweater with fuchsia scarf and black pants) since part of my face got cut off in the video. There's a quick flash of me in the mirror in the next shot but I'm not entirely distinguishable but that's ok. We're fitting one of the ballerinas in her costume.Nevertheless I'm glad to be in there and to be working on such a HUGE project with so many players, artist, and talents. Makes me appreciate the arts so much more!  This is all the time I have for now but will share more soon. To see the video see below.....

Sorry no direct link to the video----follow these steps
1. Visit http://kcpt.org/programs/local-programs/arts-upload/
2.  scroll down and select the video tab.
3. Open the Oct 29th video entitled---Nutcracker, Scarritt Elementary Mural, Shoes
Enjoy! Will update soon!

Thursday, October 22, 2015


It's good to be back!!! Let's just say I've been away for good reason. 13 Hour Sewing work days had a great deal to do with it! That's right, I've been a sewing fool around here LOL! Truth be told it's felt a bit like bootcamp. I'm an Army Brat and although have never experienced it personally I've heard enough stories! The grueling schedule, training, long hours and all of that. Yup, I've been in sewing bootcamp LOL!  As soon as I made it back from Boston last month I began working with a friend on a BIG COSTUME sewing project (I'll divulge some details in my next post)  in addition to handling my regular business sewing tasks---alterations and custom work for clients. But my daily work schedule started often at 7:30am in the morning ran through about 3pm, picking back up at 5 or 6pm and running through midnight. I started reliving my old college days. I was a part of "Team No Sleep" for a few days---well I got some sleep---the bare minimal. But all of the hard work and sacrifice paid off.   And I can definitely tell you there's nothing more rewarding than that.We're a few weeks away from being done with the big costume project.  Will share in the next post. One thing I must admit is that I've really appreciated the FAST pace and LONG hours. It's really kicked my butt into gear and I've learned a TON---new techniques, my strengths, weaknesses---all that stuff. As we all know diamonds are formed under pressure, I'm always amazed at how the best of oneself can be revealed in high pressure work situations.

(Sending hellos and hugs from bootcamp LOL! Pulled another 13 hour sewing day today! I've got blood shot eyes but I'm still smiling LOLLLL!!! Going straight to bed now! LOL!)

For this week I had to shift focus and crank out 5 dresses for the Miss Blueprint Pageant---a wonderful local organization offering a finishing school/ pageant for young girls---3 to be worn by contestants for the Interview segment, one by a volunteer and a formal dress for one of the contestants. The pageant is this weekend so that will be cool and I'll showcase the pics soon. Ok, I'm off to bed. As I mentioned I'm TIREDDDDDDDDD!!!! Before I go, hope you guys are checking out me and Gentleman Jim's show---The Tailor and the Dressmaker. We've got quite a few epidsodes floating out there. Here's the latest.

 Check out the rest---they range over a lot of topics and have helpful info/demos etc.
Ok, I'm off to bed for real this time. Night, night!!!!

Monday, September 14, 2015

My Trip to Boston----Marketing, Sightseeing & BALLET COSTUMES!!!

Selfie in the Boston Ballet Costume Room---nothing but floor to ceiling beautifully---most in-house sewn costumes)

I spent  last week in Boston and had an amazing time!!! Part of my time was spent roaming the Boston Ballet costume department looking at all of the beautifully sewn costumes. But before I jump ahead to that let me back up a bit and start from the beginning. I was there on retreat with my Business Mastermind group (love these talented and driven ladies), attending the Inbound conference. Side note---if you have the chance to be in a Mastermind group take it. I'm in 2 and LOVE them. As a business owner it's so important to have the right support, encouragement and connections. Ok, back to the conference---there was about 14K in attendance and featured some awesome speakers like Seth Godin, Daniel Pink, Brene Brown and Sophia Ambrosa from Nasty Gal. To top off my trip as aforementioned I also got the chance to visit the Boston City Ballet Costume Department. My Draping teacher helped arrange this visit (she's done work with the Boston Ballet). I was SUPER EXCITED to have this opportunity. And the experience was AMAZING!!!  Pictures say alot more than words so here goes...

 Hanging out at Inbound---managed to sneak in before the huge crowds did!

Me and My Girls!!! These are some talented and hard working entrepreneurs!!!

 Opening talk with Seth Godin very inspiring---he has the best marketing advice

 Super excited to hear Sophia Amoruso---creater and designer for Nasty Gal clothes...

 She gave great entrepreneur advice about how to build a great business. I LOVED her dress---it's held together with hook and eyes!!!

 Comedian Amy Schumer stopped in.....she was her usual "unfiltered self" (clears throat) LOL

Chelsea Clinton was also a guest speaker in addition to many others and session speakers too! I learned a great deal from the conference.

Also, did some sightseeing.....
 Visited the Harvard bookstore....

 Saw this book there----it's actually going to be a movie. Would love to see it!

Was pleasantly surprised and moved to stumble upon the Shaw Memorial depicting the 54th Regiment --the first Black infantry in the Civil war (remember the movie "Glory" with Denzel Washington and Matthew Broderick---which I LOVE---depicts the story) This statue sits across from the State house and is huge. The detail is magnificent made me teary eyed!!!

I got to go to the popular tourist attraction----The Cheers bar where the show was filmed. My Dad used to love that show LOL!

After a LONG week of sessions and learning I couldn't think of a better way to end my trip than by visiting the Boston Ballet!

 Exterior view...

 The building was huge consisting of several floor and lots of dancers in their various classes. The school is very prestigious and one ranking high in training excellence! It was great seeing the dancers!

 I was taken to the costume work room where I got to meet all of the talents behind the costume production, alterations and maintenance. Here's an underskirt that was being worked on.....

 Time out for selfies and smiles!

 This bodice was made impeccably with amazing skill and attention to detail:)

 Charles, who oversees and runs the costume department  took me into the costume closet where he allowed me to roam freely and introduced me to some great pieces. Here's one---there are a ton of ruffles on that can-can skirt.

 BTW, the black velvet trim was sewn on top of the orange fabric. Each strip! Amazing accuracy and lots of work!

 A lovely tutu! I like the layers and how it's engineered to stay up and flared! It has a "panty" built in which makes it easy and secure to wear!

 BEAUTIFUL ballerina costume! I couldn't stop staring at it. Pics don't do it justice....

 I had to touch it for myself!

 Love these bow details. Everything was sewn amazingly well! There were hundreds of costumes all with their signature detail!!! All so artistically beautiful!!!

 A stack of tutus! It's funny that making one of these can take as much as 22 hours!

 Men's tailored costume. Most are borrowed since the shop primarily focuses on  dressmaking 

 Hand painted and pleated---I forget the fabric but I believe that 1200yds total was painted and used to make a whole lot of these skirts!!! Talk about a job LOL!

 Printed Organza butterfly! What a great effect! They were spread out on this skirt.

 Another tutu with a TON of beading!!! Took several weeks to do!

Charles and the rest of the group were such GRACIOUS hosts!  I enjoyed seeing the work space, costumes and meeting such great people! I thoroughly enjoyed my visit!!!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Butterick 5913---The Birthday Girl Top

This has been a very sentimental week! I celebrated my wedding Anniversary with my Wonderful Hubby (I love me some him!) and our daughter turned 8! We had a party/sleepover with some of her girlfriends over the weekend. I wanted to make a cute little top for her to wear to her party. Months ago she saw a fabric in my stash (It's colorful with gold shimmery streaks) that she really liked so the night before I cut out this pattern and whipped it together right before we had to leave.  I used pattern---Butterick 5913. I love the cute "bat wings"tops as I like to call them. I don't have a formal review for this top since it's SOOOO EASY to make. I cut out the size 8 adding 3" to the length. But no other changes were needed. I did have her wear a little cami underneath I'm planning on making a few more. I like the style---it's a mix between cute and playful!

(Front view---I can't believe how fast she's growing!)

(Look at those sleeves)

(The saucy attitude pose LOL)

Ok, now I'm resuming wardrobe sewing for myself. I have an upcoming out of town trip that I need clothes for!!! More to come....

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Sewgenious interview and T& D Show Catch-up!

The lovely Anke over at http://www.flamencodressmaking.com/ was so kind to interview me for her newly created Sewing Business Success Stories interview program. She is a wonderfully talented Flamenco costume designer and I was all too thrilled when she asked for my participation. She came up with the marvelous idea to conduct interviews of business sewers to inspire and encourage those who may want to turn their sewing into a business but don't quite now how.  You can see the interview below if you're interested.

Also, I'll be posting about sewing clothes in my next few posts but before I do I need to catch up on some house cleaning. Have you been able to check out my new sewing show with Gentleman Jim---The Tailor and The Dressmaker. By now hopefully you've seen the first episode, signed up for the Giveaway, seen the Mini-Episode (just released yesterday) and received our newsletter. If not then the links for all are below.

Tailor and Dressmaker First Episode
Giveaway details
Mini Episode
Tailor and Dressmaker Newsletter Volume 1 Issue 1

Also don't forget that Episode #2 (Topic: How to Achieve Sewing Mastery) comes out on Tuesday, Aug 25th. Ok, I just wanted to make sure everyone stayed in the loop. Ok, I've got to move on to finishing some work for clients so I can do much needed sewing for myself!!!! I'm working on my pre-Fall wardrobe. Details to come.......

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Tailor and The Dressmaker Youtube Show Launch!

Well our first episode of The Tailor and The Dressmaker just launched on yesterday. We were all too pleased and excited to get that out to you guys.  Thanks to all who tuned in and found the info valuable and who also made requests regarding future show topics. Thanks for all of your kind comments!  We really did put our heart and soul into making this and are excited about bringing you future episodes. You can watch episode 1 here.....

To celebrate the launch of our new show we are hosting TONS of Giveaways. Here's a list....

1. Pretty polyester blend fabric bundle
2. Good quality wool suiting
3. Seamster Pattern Advocado Hoodie
4. True Bias pattern Sutton Blouse
5. Gentleman Jim's Basic Alteration 2 DVD Disc Set
6. Gentleman Jim's Tailored Pants DVD
7. Gentleman Jim's Online Tailored Jacket Course
8. and a SEWING MACHINE!!!!

To get the Entry rules please visit our Facebook Page "The Tailor and The Dressmaker" and look for the GIVEAWAY ENTRY RULES post.

We're already at work on Episode 2 which will air on August 26th and the topic will be "How to Achieve Sewing Mastery". Trust me this will be an exciting and informative episode with some great demos. You don't want to miss it! New episodes are released bi-monthly---every other Wednesday.

So don't forget to follow us, sign up for the Giveaways and stay tuned for future episodes:)

Friday, August 7, 2015

Sutton Blouse Review & my New Youtube Sewing Show

Happy August! This month will be full of lots of sewing for sure. I finally get to start it off by sewing for me. Haven't done that in a while LOL! I was excited when Mari Miller creator of Seamster patterns asked me to  be a part of spreading the word of about the upcoming Sewing Indie Month (SIM). To celebrate she has teamed up with other Indie patternmakers to create a wonderful bundle of patterns that are on sale through the 12! The top I'm wearing is one of the patterns. It's the Sutton blouse by True Bias and let me just say that I love this top! I love the interesting design lines and drape. I pulled out this beautiful Asian inspired dark berry polyester from my stash and I think it's a match made in Heaven. I LOVE this top!  See pattern sale details below! Also, before I forget did you know I have a YOUTUBE show coming out in just 3 days???? I've posted it for a while on my FB page.  I'm teaming up with that well known Master Tailor---Gentleman Jim--- that you guys know and love so well.  To hear more details check out this post...... http://finetailoringbyjim.blogspot.com/2015/07/my-new-sewing-show-tailor-and.html. More details tomorrow......Happy Sewing!
 (Front view. Hubby was gone, was in hurry for visiting friend to take a pick so I threw on some old capris. I plan to wear with black leggings and strappy heels. I like that this top can be dressed up or down.)

 (Back View)

 (On my body double form)

(Excuse after wear wrinkles. Just wanted to show that top was assymetrical---front shorter than back)

Here are the details about the sale.....
  • The sale will run from Monday August 3rd to Wednesday August 12th.
  • Please link to the sale at: https://www.sewindependent.com/index.php/product/sewing-indie-month-pattern-bundle-1
  • 20% of bundle proceeds will be donated to the International Folk Art Alliance, which provides education and exhibition opportunities to folk artists from around the world. Just a few examples of what the International Folk Art Alliance has been able to accomplish by helping artists create stable, year-round livelihoods includes helping shelter women from domestic violence in Ecuador, building a school for children in Pakistan, empowering women in repressive cultures around the world, and feeding villages in Niger.
  • Sewing Indie Month (SIM) is a month-long celebration of indie sewing patterns where designers collaborate to bring you fun blog posts and informative tutorials. This year SIM will take place in September. It's accompanied by a sewalong contest with fantastic prizes. Since the patterns in the SIM Bundle 1 are mostly wovens, this sale gives you time to make muslins before the contest begins in September while supporting small women-owned businesses and raising money for charity.
  • This year the Sewing Indie Month HQ will be Sew Independent, which Mari from Seamster Sewing Patterns took over from Donna, who decided to step back from the site. You can buy the bundle and keep up to date with the latest SIM news on SewIndependent.com 

Pay what you want for the bundle! The more you pay, the more rewards you'll receive. 
  • Pay $25 or more to get the Sutton Blouse, Cressida Skirt, Sugar Plum Dress, Mississippi Ave Dress & Top, and the Ultimate Trousers.
  • Pay $32 or more to get the Cookie Blouson and Bonnell Dress.
  • Pay $38 or more to get the Melissa Dress, Blouse & Skirt, the NEW Saltbox Top, and the NEW Sorrel Dress & Top.
  • The 10 people who spend the most will get printed copy shop versions of the patterns mailed to them as a free bonus.


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