Friday, November 12, 2010


Every time is sew for someone I discover steps that I need to take to insure success. I feel that I was unsuccessful this time dispite the Bride saying she love everything that I did for her.

My finish product did not look the away I envisioned it. But that happens a lot because what I envision does not always work with the fabric type that I am working with or I just keep changing my mind. That will be one of the first things that will have to change. My need to change my idea when I do this I lose the original idea!

this is the almost finished product. She wanted to wear this under her dress so she could have sleeves. She was being sensitive about how her arms looked after losing so much weight.

This is what it looked like on salliemae but of course sallie is not her size so this is somehthing that would have to change on the next client. I have to make a body double of the person. eHow has information on this. If this is not possible then the client must stick to a strict scheduled of fittings! They must be available to ensure completion on time.

I created the pattern myself!

I wanted to make sure the seams would not show under the dress so you would just see sheer sleeves! The halter type top made this a challenge. The other challenge was to get rid of too much bunching under the arms once it was on.

I had a picture of this but my camera decided that it wanted to keep that one and not download it on the computer! grumble grumble...

Wait a minute let me try again.

As you can see not a lot of bunching but she wanted it completely smooth. I would have need some type of stretch knit sheer fabric like in ice skating costumes but they did not have that fabric here and there was no way to get it here in time for me to complete what she wanted before the wedding.

On the last night of the fitting she decided that it still bunched up too much and i could not get her to understand that organza does not have any stretch to it so there will be some folds in the fabric as she wears it. She wanted it to fit very tightly but that could not happen with this fabric. I apologized to her. She said that she have every confidence in me and that everything would be just fine.

So I redid it.

created a new pattern and came up with a different garment. and presented her with both and left it up to her.

I was at the wedding and held the door for her as she got out of the limo.

this is not the best picture but you can see she did not wear it.

I talked to several of her friends and found out that a friend of hers from out of town told her she did not need sleeves and hid them both from her.

All I could do is shake my head.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Oh I have a headache! no I am not done.

Oh wow I have a headache the final fitting was last night, did it fit? Yes it did but, there is always a but. But it does not look right once she has on her dress.

Here is the deal most wedding dress have no sleeves and this one is not exception to that. It is a beautiful dress.

As you can see but she wants sleeves. At the bridal store they told her that she could wear a bolaro style jacket.

But did not want all the lace all over it she just wanted it to be sheer and she wanted to wear it under the dress so that it would look like it was part of the dress.

This should have been easy to do, and now that I think about it I should have taken the jacket right out of my mind but did not. So since October 20 I have been working on a jacket that she could wear under the dress and of course it work perfectly when she did not have the dress on. Once she had the dress on it bunched up and puckered all over the place and did not look flattering in the least.

Last night the night for brain storming because no matter what I it would not work.

I am typing this at work because my computer has no internet at this time. I brought my camera but left the USB cord so I cannot download pictures. In time I will.

So I gave her back her dress and I am making a trip to the fabric store again to buy new fabric just so I can make the lingere type thing that in the style of a shirt she can wear under the dress. The sleeves will the the only thing visible and it will be long enought for her to tuck it into her slip, spanx so that it stays down and snug but still enable her to move without fear of ripping the sheer fabric.

When did this idea come to me. When I was ranting last night about how this is not worth it and how I should have never taken this stupid job and I have to come up with something because her wedding is friday morning at 8:00.

the Hubby says" why not just make a nightgown, yea a sheer nightgown it would be v cut deep in the front so it would not show through dress and you can still make the sleeves fit her and she will be happy. After the wedding all she has to do it take of her dress and hey it on for the two of them. "

I looked at him and he mistook my look for anger and quickly apologized for acting so silly but it was exactly what I needed to hear.

With the jacket it was always coming open and did not have the length to tuck it in. Everytime she moved it pull out and did not stay in place and that is what the problem is more than anything else any way.

So tonight I will be up all night creating this and putting the finishing touches on it and then I can get it to her Wednesday and be done for sure! Which will be ideal! Keep your fingers crossed!