Fashion Show 2014

The Atlanta Chapter of the American Sewing Guild celebrated September, National Sewing Month, in style with a Fashion Show. All the fashions were designed and/or made by our talented members. Anthony Williams, Designer, and known from Project Runway Fame, was our guest speaker and MC for the show.

What can I say about Anthony, he is extremely talented, professional, endearing, and HILARIOUS. We all had so much fun!

For those that didn’t see the show, and for those that want to relive the fun, enjoy the following pictures.Anthony Williams

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Red Silk Sheath

Me 3There is something about a simple sheath dress that states sophistication.  The classic sheath can be dressy or casual, but even in a casual fabric it is still classy.

One day at Gail K’s, I was shopping for fabric to make a prototype for one of my husband’s inventions, I found this beautiful red tone on tone silk.  I love silk so I just had to have it, my immediate thought was to make a simple sheath dress, and this is what I came up with.

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Fashion Ladies Skirt

Me 4I love embellishments and little decorative details on fashions and that is why I love embroidery.  I have a Bernina 200E/730 that I bought years ago and I still love this machine.  It has the capability to do hundreds of decorative stitches and to do machine embroidery so I can create one of a kind fashions.

One year when I was at the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo in Atlanta I discovered this embroidery company that does their own designs, which have an Asian design flare and not a lot of stitches per inch so the embroideries come out light to the touch and not stiff, which makes their designs perfect for flowing fabrics, light weight fabrics and knits.  Momo-Dini Embroidery Art is owned by two sisters, Momo and Dini, Fine Art Professors originally from China, they do their own artwork and sales and they have won many awards for their paintings and designs.

Momo-DiniI look forward to seeing Dini Yan at the Expo every year not only to see what new designs they have created but because she is so nice and friendly.  This year I was really excited to be able to show her what I created with their embroidery designs.

One year they came out with these designs called Fashion Ladies and I immediately knew what I wanted to make to show off these designs.  Unfortunately the design CD went into my “stash” like so many other fabrics and embroidery CDs do, but this year I made this skirt a priority on my sewing list. And I am so glad I did because it is beautiful and fun to wear.  For some reason I feel like a little doll wearing it.  It makes me happy.

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With Love – Prom Dress 2013

Prom for BlogBoo Hoo, my grandaughter Angelica is a senior in high school. That means it is my last year to make her a prom dress; therefore, it has to be spectacular.  This article is all about her prom dress I designed and made.  It is full of pictures showing some of the sewing processes, the thought processes, and many couture details of the dress.  I hope you enjoy the beauty of the dress as much as I enjoyed creating it. Continue reading

What Fabric are you?

LingerieI LOVE, LOVE, LOVE lace!!  There are so many different types of lace, so I can’t say that I have a favorite.

Lace can be very elegant for wedding gowns, lingerie, evening wear, or it can be dressed down. Lace can be mixed with all types of fabric including velvet, denim or leather.  It can be made with cotton, silk or wire.  I don’t care what it is made of as long as it is lace.  Ahh, Lace!

Lace is romantic, provocative and sexy.  Lace can be the whole garment, appliquéd on, as a decorative accent, or it can just peek through.  It can be plain, simple or embellished with beads, sequins or feathers. It can be country, victorian or royalty.  Lace can be sweet, demure and innocent.

I think lace is the most versatile fabric there is, because there are so many options on how to use it.

If I had to describe myself in the use of fabric I would probably describe myself as a piece of French silk lace hand embellished with exquisite beads and sparkling gems.

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What Is Your Fabric Saying?

Coat

Fabric speaks to me, LOL.  Sometimes I have an idea and I search for fabric, other times fabric jumps out at me and inspires me or challenges me to come up with a design just for it.  That’s what happened with this fabric.

I don’t know what the fabric is called, or what it is made out of, it was a remnant I bought many years ago at an American Sewing Guild event.

The fabric is very soft, kind of spongy, stretches, and has a unique gimp looking pattern.  When I looked at it, I thought hand cut fringe.  I decided on making a coat out of it that would allow it to flow as I walked.

When I wear this coat, sometimes for special occasions and sometimes with jeans, I get a lot of compliments on it from people I don’t even know, asking where I purchased it.  To me, that is one of the greatest compliments a seamstress can get.

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Preview of Things to Come

IGarden Party Jacketn this gallery article I want to give you a little preview of some of the things that I will be blogging about throughout the years.  I will not limit us to only these creations, they will be filling in, between other new designs, ideas, organization, and thoughts I have along our journey.

I love to sew and I tend to sometimes think outside the box.  I like to push myself to try to out do my last project.  I also like to just make something easy and simple, kind of like cleansing my sewing pallet.   I am not in competition with others but with myself.

I love the appreciation and admiration that the sewing community have for each other’s talents.  We are all at different levels and we all have a different flare for fashion, but yet we all inspire and help each other “grow” our sewing skills and our confidence in our sewing and confidence to wear our creations. I hope I can be an inspiration to you.

Let’s have some fun together creating! Remember to laugh at your learning mistakes, making them into a creative challenge, and to dance at your victories and throughout the sewing process.

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