Friday, October 28, 2011

Completed Crib Bedding

Today I completed the crib bedding set. Fortunately, I was able to get some pictures using Eloise's crib to display the masterpiece. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Crib Bumpers...Baby Boy Overalls and Hat

This past week I've been working on a set of crib bumpers. We are copying this set because our customer loved it but didn't want it to be silk (not very practical for a baby :-) so we made them from a shantung satin to give it the look of dupioni silk but the easy care of satin. Tomorrow or Thursday I will post some finished photos of the bedding so you can see the whole picture.

Luxurious crib bedding!

The blanket for the bedding set

the bow ties to the side of the crib

Here is the set we are copying but stay tuned to see the completed set we are making!

Don't you love corduroy materials for this fall weather. This set is for a little baby boy for his pictures!

This hat is part of the overall outfit - little English boy style
 Eloise loves to come and play in our shop! Today she was exploring all sorts of new things she hadn't found before!

Eloise found our boxes!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Fall/Winter Coat...Beading

A couple weeks ago it was Eloise's 1st birthday and with this fall weather approaching we knew she would need a nice coat to keep her warm. We set out to make her the cutest, warmest coat ever using a bright pink corduroy for the outer layer and a cotton for the lining. After putting it mostly together we decided it needed to be much cozier so we added a layer of batting in between the outer coat and lining. We quilted it in and it made the perfect thickness we wanted.

We've had lots of people comment on how they love this coat so it is definitely on the list to make more of them and make boy's coats too. 
She loves being outside!

The stitching around the sleeves and pockets is all hand embroidery. 

Recently we also began beading the wedding dress we are making. It's looking so beautiful and I can't wait to see the finished product. We are beading it with Swarovski crystals which will add a sparkling and elegant design to this dress.

Monday, October 10, 2011

A recycled shirt...into a pillow

Do you have any shirts that you've had for a while, but you don't want to throw them away? Or a shirt you might be grown out of that has some sort of design or unique embellishment? Well don't throw it away, because today we are going to show you how to turn rags to riches. 

First off, measure your shirt across the shoulder area. With a straight edge draw a square using the dimension you just measured. Then cut the square out one layer at a time. This way you make sure that you are using the best part of the shirt. 

 Once you have both your squares cut, sew them with right sides together, leaving an opening on the bottom of the pillow to put a form in. 
Fill the pillow, and hand sew the opening.

As you see on our pillow, a button up shirt is perfect to use the buttons in the front, they make great added detail!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Celebrating 2 years...

Saturday marked 2 years since we have been in business! We have learned so much in the past 2 years, about sewing, running a business, and teaching young girls.

When I think back to all the different types of jobs that we have done, I am amazed at the variety of projects we did. I enjoy sewing so much, and I love making people happy with the custom work we do. From alterations to creating wedding gowns, it really is the best vocation!

In the last year we have also expanded our shop, and gotten some really useful tools that help us make
more money! We have found great decor pieces and have had some fun learning to upholster...

Our new area

All finished!

Building a useful new cutting table

Restoring these old chairs

The finished product

Here are a few pictures showing the variety of jobs we have done:

crib bedding

children's clothes

RV cushions

Pageant Dresses

Living Room Boat Cushions

Bedroom Boat Cushions

Cowgirl Dresses

Pageant Dresses

Pageant Coat

Restoring an old blanket


Here are some pictures showing our sewing classes...I look forward to classes every day! It is so much fun to teach the girls, since they are so excited to learn!

Sewing lessons

Cutting out a pattern

Sewing a ruffle