Friday, November 22, 2013

"The Cowgirl Belle"


The Cowgirl Belle // Long // White, Romantic Country Western Skirt with Layers of Ruffles Lace  - made to order custom


















My model:
height:5'7" 
skirt has a 28"- 30" length

Available here:






This skirt above is a generous 42" long...
Drawstring at half back coming out on the inside.
Gives Figure Flattering tummy and drops the hem a little bit lower.

Available here:





Wednesday, October 30, 2013

My Romantic Little Lace Skirt...

Yes... Yes... I am here.
I know that does not happen often.
How has your week been going so far?

At the moment I am dealing with a horrid cold... 
And have forced myself to stay in "my" room.
So I will have to keep it short cause my head just feels...
Oh, well.... not so good and HUgE!

Lately John has been home a lot. 
(Yes, Pray for more work... thanks)
And... when he is, he takes over schooling the kiddo's the household and I get to work the whole day through in my sewing cave.
I wanted a new design to add to my Etsy Shoppe.

I had the idea already in my mind... But halfway through the making of it I decided to change it a lot and I am so happy I did...
I think it turned out amazing.

Here in Southern Cal. it is just not really "cold" yet.
We can wear layers and add a pretty scarf or wrap, but really it is more needed in the evenings.
So... I know that it may seem a bit odd to have a skirt like this made just a couple of days ago...
The other side is... that it is just still too warm to wear winter knits and wool and such.

I really love this skirt and another one is almost finished.
It is something I do not do a lot... but I have several designs that I am working on at the moment.
Sometimes I need to start on them because otherwise my mind just goes crazy walking around with the idea's.
So I start on them... and then lay them aside for a little while.
Or... I also tend to get a love hate relationship and need to come back to them later when I love it again.

Yes, it is weird... but that is how I work the best.

My Country Romance // High Low hem - Mini // Layered Lace // Romantic // Free Size // Ready Made Ready to Ship // OOAK





















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Friday, October 11, 2013

Little Big Town - Take Me Down to the Little White Church "inspired" - Some.... dress!

Hello there how have you been?
Yes, I am actually here, right now and it did not take me 3 weeks (this time...)

Amazing things happen when you "meet" amazing people.
I have had the privilege lately to be part of some very special moments in some very special lives...


It began about 8 weeks ago when suddenly I had the one "convo" after the other on my Etsy Shoppe...
The air was full of October Weddings... It was amazing...

So... early in the morning suddenly there were several messages from this one young lady that was desperately searching for "the" perfect dress.
The skirt she had wanted was sadly for her too small of a fit.
So she bought a wedding dress listed in my shoppe that she actually really had set her eyes on!
And guess what?
She was going to wear it for her Bridal/Bachelorette Party!
I think I was more excited than she was...

After she ordered... she popped "the" question: 
"Do you think you can make this?"
So I checked out the photo's and the video/music clip
she had sent me...

Warning: do not watch if you do not like country music! lol
But if you love it...
Do come back and read the rest...


I was so inspired and in love with that dress and the music clip that I in excitement said... 
"Surely - Yes I can"
I can not copy completely since I really do not know how it was put together...
But I added... "It is a wonderful dress and I feel inspired enough by it to come as close as possible to create the same idea!"

And a temporary partnership was born...
But who would have thought or believed that it would turn out this gorgeous...
And the contact we had was sweet and wonderful...
A new friendship was born...

I wanted to hit the nail right on the head and reach that high impact "Feminine Grade"
and make sure it would reach the "very Sexy yet still covered" level.

So... now you wonder... "What was this dress for and why did she need two dresses?"
One...
To keep my kiddo's in shoes... - Joking yet there is some truth in it... (wink)
Did I tell you I have six! 
Kids that is...

Sorry to admit though that even though I am very happy (Now) with how it turned out...
When I was half way through the project I was upset and almost wanted to give my client her money back.
In my eyes I could not do it and thought I over estimated my sewing skills.
It had become "the nightmare dress".
But several text messages and conversations with my hubby and him advising me... studying... and calming me down...
I suddenly saw the light!
The dress was shipped one week later 
(and arrived 2 weeks ago at her home in Colorado).

My client wanted a dress for her Rehearsal Dinner Party which will be this evening!

And this is what she will be wearing...

Wedding Dress // Karen Fairchild - Little White Church // Lace // Romantic // Made to Order // Custom // Country Western




I am sorry that a dressform/mannequin does not really do this gem any justice...

This dress was made with new and used lace.
Just about 1 week before it was finished I found in a local thrift boutique wonderful soft vintage lace curtains.
I am almost sure that they were at least 25 years old.
They had the perfect ruffled edge and colour.
I knew exactly what I was going to use one of the panels for... (do know I bought all the panels that were available).

The top of the dress was made by making a bustier/corset cup top.
The back has shirring for some give...
So my client will be able to wear the dress even after gaining or loosing a little bit of honeymoon pounds.



The back panel is cut in an angle (it seems).
However... the under that is more of a solid fabric I made myself and added lace at the edge.
Over that starting at the back at the waist I added the curtain panel.
And turned the panel, gathered the largest width had the ruffles at the side going down in a point.

It came together perfectly!

Luckily I had used some satin ribbons to cover the seams on the inside to give it a more professional touch and hide ugly seams as well.
Also... I found that by covering the seams it would be more comfortable to the skin as well.

Since I thought the bodice was a little bit heavy...
I needed a heavy look to keep the bodice from being see through...
I noticed that the bodice was sagging a little here and there...
So I decided to slide boning through the satin covering the seams and use it as a casing!
It worked out perfectly!
The bodice became more stiff and looked wonderfully finished.

The cap sleeves in the video did not have  a real function.
I decided to add them hanging to the side...
And I stitched them on by using tiny little slip stitches and stitched them by hand.

It was a labor of LoVE!



Since it is/was a custom order I do not do photo shoots in a clients' order.
I will however very soon make another and have it available and ready to ship in my Etsy shoppe.
And...
I need one in black! (for Moi...)

Here is a picture that I borrowed from Pinterest...
The original dress worn by Karen Fairchild - Little Big Town 
An amazing Band of Country Singers.



I am extremely happy with how it turned out!
And my client?
She wrote me a convo and cheered so loud that it felt she was in my sewing cave (work studio)!
She said that she is extremely happy with her new favourite dresses...
(Amazing... they were made by me... with help from the hubby - of course)
And when my clients are happy... 
That is what makes me happy.

Do you have a favourite little dress? 
I would love to hear what it looked like...

I wish you a wonderful weekend!

XOX

This is me...
Sandy




Tuesday, October 8, 2013

"Do Love Me..." Wedding gown




Wedding gown:
Separates
Tops with attached lace skirt
Long Skirt with Swarovski Crystals hand sewn at front.
Available in Raw Silk Dupioni


















































Sunday, August 25, 2013

Not just a memory! - Memory Wire easy to make Bracelet

Hi there it is Friday again! Yay...

Not so long ago I mentioned that I really feel like Bracelets is just totally my thing!
So here is another one!
I love the ones with all the hundreds of little beads or pearls on them.
But I surely do not have the patience for it.


So, I went to Etsy again... 
And I ordered some wonderful Memory Wire 
I got my memory wire from a wonderful seller Renee from Michou Beads here is the link
She is so sweet she will even convo info and take time to explain what size and gauge you need.
And... she is fast at shipping!

I still had these Mother of Pearl little odd sizes beads/rocks.
I had them in red as well...
I had only a few of the red ones so that worked out with just using them for a little pop here or there.

I cut mine off at about 4 loops.

Here it is:




All you basically do is string 'm onto the wire. 
Do put a little loop at the ends so that, okay you guessed it. 
You do not want to loose them all right?

I made another one as well...
With pearls and some bling...
Oh, I added charms as well... 
And added a shank button here or there...
This one I cut off at 6 loops.

Here it is...


What I like the most of these...
There are no exact rules...
You can just add whatever you have left...




Hope I inspired you a little to create one of your own? 
Maybe even for this weekend...


I am going to select and edit through about 100+ bridal gown photo's I took at a Bridal Fashion show (catwalk) just last weekend.

Also...
I am working (right now as I am typing)...
on a new wedding gown myself.
I am almost finished...


Of course I will be back to share...


Blessings

Sandy



Monday, August 19, 2013

Suddenly I love Big Fat Bracelets! - DIY too!

Hi there, Are you enjoying your Monday! No?

Lately I have been really falling in love all over with bracelets!
The heavier the better!
The fuller even more better!
And if they make a sound while moving? Great!
And... do I have a wonderful little DIY for you right here

I went through some old Country living Magazines I came upon this easy peasy DIY and thought...
Hmmmmm I can make this!

So...
I made this one...
All out of buttons...





I found my buttons at a wonderful shop on Etsy! 
Just type in "Brass buttons with shank" (the shank part is the most important part!)

I measured the chain to the length I needed for my wrist.
And got started...
I decided to just mix the different buttons...
I like how suddenly the gold and the silver look very rich and all compete in their own way!
Please for ease I just gave you a link Button Bracelet .

All credit go to Country Living Magazine okay?

But in the mean time...
I am happy with my Button Bracelet!


A little update:
Do you remember my last post of the gorgeous Batik dress?
Well, I just received an e-mail from a friend of mine and she could tell me that the original dress - my inspiration dress was from Victoria's Secret. 
And she actually purchased it about a couple of years ago.


Wishing you a wonderful Monday!

Sandy



Friday, August 16, 2013

For Fall a Batik hand dyed summer/Fall dress

Hello how are you? Glad it is Friday... Finally.

Well, I just could not help myself when I was flying and pinning away on Pinterest.
Several months ago I spotted this beauty.
I love, love, no LOVED IT!

My inspiration photo:

I love this! Oh my...
source: Pinterest


Maybe it was the bare feet in the sand, the ruffle at the hem, or just the color.
I do not know...
I LOVED IT!
I tried to find out the designer or where to find it.
None, zip... Nothing.

So when I was shopping around for fabric and I found this gorgeous Brownish, Rusty hand dyed Indonesian Batik I was sold. Unfortunately the photo's don't do this fabric much justice because what I like the best of this fabric is the blue/aqua lines that are in it here and there.

But seeing these photo's
I can say...
even if we do not want to see the end of summer yet...
Fall, is right around the corner.




I took everything left on the bolt. 5 Yards exact! 
I took a pattern for a Peasant blouse/top and played with the pieces.
Made the body.
Took the halter top part of the pattern...
And extended the top to make the first tier of the dress.


Anyway...
When the dress was done... Cheyenne modeled it for me.
We decided it needed shoulder straps. (for extra support and hide unsightly bra straps)
I added some elastic inside the straps to give it that stretch and off the shoulder option.

And that did it.
The dress was well to my wishes.
Since I am not a fold over halter top kind of gal I decided to put it available in my Etsy shop.
But as soon as I can I will make a dress like this one again but than with a peasant top - all for myself.





 




I like how it turned out! Guess what... I used all 5 yards!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sandy





Thursday, August 15, 2013

What Keturah wore (a Kyoko with Obi)






Every year when it is the birthday of one of our daughters I make them a special outfit.
This year I made for Keturah (4) a Kyoko - Asian inspired dress.
I loved the Obi that goes around the waist.
Without it the Kyoko will be great as a very easy going 
baggy dress!
The pattern for this Kyoko is a design by Patty Young - ModKid
Patty Young is also a designer of gorgeous fabrics.