Monday, June 29, 2015

Fit, Flare, and Flounce

Pastor Gigi is one of my most favorite clients.  She likes everything big and with Flounce and Flare.   She makes me smile, her faith and spirit is huge just like her style.

I used a iridescent silk for the skirt, and of course it had to have ruffles and a train, nothing less for her.  The top was made from a wrap dress pattern.  I just cut it off at the hips and added the ruffles, made the ties bigger and longer.  She was very pleased.

Here is Pastor Gigi wearing her Fit, Flare, and Flounce Blouse and Skirt.

Another Satisfied Customer, Pastor Gigi wearing  #Customhousedesigns original "First Lady Collection".  Flare and Flounce Blouse and Fitted Hi-lo Ruffled Train Skirt. #Customhousedesigns  #Itsmelaniedarling #polishedbou  #customsewing #fashion #firstladyc

Happy Sewing!

Off the Shoulder Side Split Maxi

My client had a Gala to attend and brought me a dress she had ordered that was too short and wouldn’t allow for her to wear heels.  There was not enough hem for me to let out and I couldn’t find a corresponding fabric to add to it to give it some length.  She asked if I could make the same dress for her in another fabric.  

I found this beautiful fabric from a local fabric store here in Central Florida called the Sewing Studio.  The picture does not do it justice as it is covered in very colorful sequin. 

I made this dress by copying the dress she ordered.  I literally just turned it inside out and laid it on top of fabric and traced it, not adding any seam allowance since this fabric has a lot of stretch.  

Off the Shoulder Side Slit Sequined Gown!   #Itsmelaniedarling

Happy Sewing!!!

The Rolled Hem Foot! Genius.

I am so very ashamed to admit that I have tried to use my Rolled Hem Foot that came with my Janome 6600p at least a dozen times and gave up.  I actually sat at my machine and cried on several occasions.  I remember once, thinking that this foot was a joke and just added to my machine accessories to make it look like I got a lot of stuff.  No one can actually use this thing.  I even watched several Youtube videos which of course made it look easy as pie.

I am so embarrassed to share how I use to hem fine fabrics like organza.  It was a dueling task and caused me all kinds of angst.  I would have to start over several times. 

But I am no quitter, and my determination to make Prom Season sewing easier.  I grabbed me a cup of iced tea and I sat in front of my machine, grabbed the Rolled Hem Foot and said I will get this today!  Walla, after about 15 tries on my scrap organza I got.  I am now a self proclaimed professional Rolled Hem Foot Aficionado.  

Here is a picture of a Prom Dress I was tasked to hem.  What would normally take me a couple of hours, only took me fifteen minutes tops.   


Here is rolled hem foot that I have been so scared of:

My new best bud. Happy Sewing!