Inner Workings

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_gallery type=”flexslider_fade” interval=”3″ images=”11198,11150,11140,11067,10355,8935,8743″ onclick=”link_image” custom_links_target=”_self” img_size=”400×600″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]I am a true believer of a few sayings…..

  • you get what you pay for….
  • the inside should be as beautiful as the outside or vice versa

I often get asked about how I finish my edges, or show me more close up pictures, or how long have you been sewing?  Some of you are fellow sewing enthusiasts, some are customers, but no matter I enjoy talking to each and every one of you.  So as I do at least once a year, I would like to take a moment to share a few of our conversations.

First of all I have been sewing since I was 23.  Let’s just say that it is more then 25 years.  That does not make me an expert, but I do love to sew.  I am also not the type of person that is content with learning just one method.  I love to stay up-to-date on my favorite things, whether it has to do with sewing, photography, or website building.  I no longer advertise what patterns I use, because of a few reasons, but let’s just say I am very picky.  I like patterns with a good fit.  My daughter, and my customers do a great job of letting me know what fits, and what does not.    I also judge the patterns I use for my shop, based on the professional grading of a pattern, the instructions, and diagrams that are given – not pictures.  I like to take my mom’s advice, and use just a few patterns and hack them whenever I get a great- or not so great – design idea.  I have four favorite companies.  That’s all.

I am also a true believer that the inside of a garment should look just as pretty as the outside.  I am a big fan of heirloom sewing, but I rarely use those techniques anymore, because they are time consuming and expensive.  I do hand sew my bows, some buttons and maybe a binding, but that is all.    However, I like the inside of dress to look clean and finished, so I use a serger, and toptitch all my seams, and I give each and every dress a good press before I mail it, even though it may not look like it by the time you get it.

The pictures above will give you a good idea of what I always try to achieve with every garment that is being shipped out of my shop.  I hope that will answer some of your questions.  I wish I could tell you that I never make a mistake, but that is just not true.  I have sewn a skirt on inside out.  I have had flutter sleeves lean towards the neck, and  I have sewn crooked seams.  I have even had buttons fall off during the packaging process.  I am not perfect….no….but I strive for it each and every day.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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