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I got home yesterday from 4 days away at the American Sewing Guild Convention. I laid down on the couch (as I was exhausted) and slept for 5 hours! Woke up long enough to eat some popcorn, then went straight to bed. Woke up at 8 and really didn’t want to get up. Another hour or 2 of sleep would have been heaven!

Anyway – got there early Thursday morning. I had an all day class that day on Couture Fit. It was like drinking rom a fire hose! I always knew I should have a sloper made, but it never made sense to me why? What was I going to do with it? I can’t believe I have been a seamstress most of my life and didn’t know these things! Now I know why I have trouble fitting myself! So now my challenge is to get a sewing buddy to help fit me. Anyway – this class was exactly what I needed. Lots of extremely useful information. I ended up buying the book – Pattern Making made easy. I am sure I will it all the time. Friday’s class was a waste. It was on embellishment. I took that to mean it was a class on various kinds of ways to embellish clothing; embroidery, ribbon embroidery and flowers, soutache detailing, beading, ect… NOT! It was basically a class on bedazzling. Which is fine if that is what you are into. I’m not. SO it was a waste of time for me. Saturday I had a class on The Business of Dressmaking. A friend of mine taught it, and it wasn’t so much that I learned anything new, but a lot of re-enforcing what I already do know. And the finale – was Sunday’s class on Silk Painting. Lots of fun! Got lots of fun ideas of how to and what to paint. May try it on my dress for ICAS this year . . .

But, I digress . . . back to the title. I had entered 2 of my gowns in the fashion show that was presented on Friday evening. Practice was Thursday, so my daughter, Brittany (my model) and I showed up and joined all the other entrants. At the end of the ‘practice’ the director of the show gave everyone their numbers for placement, and my name was never called. Anxious and a little perturbed, I waited to talk to Loretta Phipps after everyone had left. Apparently she never received my entry. But she assured me that if I could write up the details needed for entrance in to the show, she would find a place for my dresses. So, I went back to my room and started typing. About an hour later, I finally had it ready to e-mail to her. I went to bed assured all was well.

Had to get up early for 7 a.m.breakfast, so just by chance, I thought I would check my e-mail. Lo and behold, there was an e-mail from Loretta. She wasn’t able to open my documents. So, I had to go down to the office center and print them off and get them to her that morning. Thankfully my classes weren’t till after lunch. Long story short – we were in the show. Brittany made a beautiful model for me. She was so funny – while waiting for her turn down the runway, she entertained all the old ladies and myself with her funky dance moves to music only she could hear – in a wedding gown.

Brittany in Pearls & Lace

 Brittany in Feather Fantasy










There were so many beautiful outfits presented at the show. Made me feel small and insignificant! Some of the workmanship in these outfits was simply amazing. SO much time put into them! I guess if I had the time, I would learn all the techniques I saw being used, also, and I, too, would be proud to show them off. Simply amazing.

I got to meet one of my ‘heros’ – Linda Stewart. I sat at a table when I first got there, and there she was!  I recognized her right off, and was just so excited to meet her! A very sweet lady, full of knowledge.

All in all an exhausting weekend,  full of information. Now I am looking forward to my next big weekend  – NYC!!


Let’s try this yet again. Yes – it’s my 6th try. I spent about 5 hours the other night trying to get my photos uploaded neatly on here. Had multiple problems. I don’t know if it’s me or the site. They just don’t want to load on here nicely. They end up all over the page in all different sizes.

Anyway- finally got the photos on Saturday. Not as happy with them as I had hoped to be. Can only use about half. The one dress I specifically asked multiple pictures of – I got one. From the back. They will have to do for now. Until I can afford to actaully pay someone to do it. I guess you get what you pay for, huh? Ok- so here goes (again!).

Jasmine Couture from Etaine Bridal


This is a Jasmine Couture Dress from Etaine Bridal in Tyrone, GA. It is an organza gown with pleating and beading at the bodice.

"Blossom" full length


This is one of my gowns;  I call it “Blossom” for the hand appliqued and beaded silk flower blossoms that circle the hemline, and gently frame the waistline and bodice.

My "Blossom" gown


Here is another, closer view of “Blossom”. You an see the detail a bit easier here.

My "White Tea Rose" dress


This is another of my dresses – “White Tea Rose”. It is a tea length chiffon dress with a lace inset waist, and finished with a black satin ribbon at thewaist. It has a full attached crinoline.

Matthew Christopher's "Lily"


Matthew Christopher is one of my favorite designers. His “Lily” has intricate lines to contour the curves a womans body. Just gorgeous! Available at Etaine Bridal.

Disney Princess gown from Etaines Bridal


A full ballgown – princess style! From Kirstie Kelly’s Disney Princess Line. Available at Etaine Bridal.

A lovely Justin Alexander tea length gown. Heavily beaded bodice, very full crinoline under an organza skirt. Very Audrey Hepburn style! From Etaine Bridal.

A lovely lace gown by Cymbeline, from Etaines Bridal


This beautiful gown from Cymbeline, is actually 2-pieces! It has a ‘slip’ under-dress, and the lace over-dress. Very feminine and delicate. From Etaine Bridal.

"Blush" a beaded lace and pink silk gown


I named this gown “Blush” for the unique color of teh silk and lace. Not quite pink, but definetely not ivory! The lace bodice is beaded with ivory pearling, and the left shoulder strap is an embroidered and beaded trim that seperates into 2 straps that divide across the back.

We called this the "Cupcake" dress; from Etaines Bridal


LOVE this fun dress! An alternative to the traditional wedding gown. A Justin Alexander from Etaine Bridal.

Classic Ivory Rose


In the forefront is my “Classic Ivory Rose”, shown here with a black sash. It also can be made with an ivory Organza sash, silk doupioni sash (color of choice) or an oversize silk tafetta sash.

In the background, is a lovely Renella gown of silk charmuese; from Etaine Bridal.

My beautiful flowergirls!


 These are our two lovely and sweet flower girls! Aren’t they adorable!

Feather Fantasy


And Finally!! Here is my “Feather Fantasy”. Just the back, so I will also post some of the photos of it I took in my sewing studio. I love this dress!!!

Here is a full front view. Sorry it’s a bit blurry. The other photos are better!

Anotherview of the back. Again – sorry for the blur!

This is a pretty good view of the front bodice. Don’t you love the line details!!

The back again – a little less blurry!

So – that’s my show! There were lots more dresses (32 in all), but, as I said earlier, these were the only ones worth using.  Hope you enjoyed the show!

OK – I just ‘previwed’ this post. The wording  and photos have become un-aligned (again), but it’s better than it was and I truelly dont know how to fix it. It looks fine when I type and insert on the edit page. When it goes to publish everything goes all caddywampus. I give up! Hopefully you can make distinctions between the photos with the descriptions I wrote. Good luck!

I tried to start a blog on another site. But no matter what I tried, I couldn’t find myself. It’s a very sad thing to not be able to find yourself, especially when you KNOW you are there .. . or here . . . whatever. So, to eliminate the confusion ( atleast on my part), I eliminated the blog! So here I am trying and hoping that this one will prove that I do exist after all.

In this blog you will see that I have a passion for sewing. For fine fabrics, design, creating and making my clients (most of which are brides) feel unique and special in their gowns. Most of my work is alterations, but my real love is in the design and creation. 

Most recently (this weekend as a matter of fact) I ‘directed and produced’ my first bridal fashion show! It was in conjunction with the Bridal Show put on by Southern Charm Wedding and Event Professionals, in Peachtree City,GA. We featured gowns from a local bridal boutique, Etain’s (whom I do all the alterations for), and some of my own designs. We also featured bridesmaid and Mother of the bride dresses from a shop in Fayetteville, Ga, ‘Once In A Lifetime Events’. I had some lovely models who showcased the dresses beautifully. I’ve had very positive feedback so far, so I feel good about how it all went together. I plan to post pictures as soon as I get them back from the photographer.

So – Here I am – and I hope you enjoy hearing about my adventures in sewing. I know that not everybody likes to hear me go on and on about my sewing escapades (and believe me – I would love to go on and on – if only somebody would listen!), but unless you also have a passion for sewing, chances are you won’t be all that interested. Hope to hear from you (who ever you are!)!!!

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