The What and Why of Waist Stays

Substitute Assistant Professor Ann is in the house! And class is in session!!! So, listen up! (double claps) Eyes forward. Put your electronic devices away, unless you’re reading this post on one (oh, wait…) and give me your undivided attention! We’re about to talk about waist stays. What is a waist stay? Anyone? Anyone? I’ll … Continue reading The What and Why of Waist Stays

Pattern Review: Puppy Dress, And…

The pattern is also known as BurdaStyle Spring 2014-102 Pattern Description: “The delicate pleating and handmade fabric flowers turn this dress into a true work of art.” Yeah, whatevs. Sleeveless, bateau-neck dress with shoulder and waistline pleats. Optional self-fabric flowers. Sizing: Petite sizes 17-21. I made a de-petited size 20 (equivalent to a regular Burda … Continue reading Pattern Review: Puppy Dress, And…

Pattern Review: McCalls 6713 Dress

Pattern Description: (from McCalls’ website) MISSES’/WOMEN’S DRESSES: Dresses have shoulder pads, close-fitting, bias, self-lined front bodice with gathered shoulders and right side, tucked left side, pleated drape, and stitched hems. C and D: close-fitting through hips. I made View D, the long sleeved, straight skirt version. Sizing: 8 to 24W. I made a 12 at … Continue reading Pattern Review: McCalls 6713 Dress

Pattern Review: StyleArc Kate Dress

Wrapapalooza continues! This week’s wrap dress is one of the first StyleArc patterns I ever bought, the Kate Dress. Pattern Description: (From StyleArc’s website) Fabulous versatile wrap dress – easy to wear, great for any occasion. Try it Royal Blue for that special occasion. Or in pattern to imitate Kate’s Australian wardrobe item. This is … Continue reading Pattern Review: StyleArc Kate Dress

Where I'm At with the Chanel Style Dress

I’m taking a break from order processing and shipping to sit down and relax (ha!). So where am I, you might ask, on the Chanel Style dress? It’s coming nicely actually. I have attached the skirt to the outer shell bodice fabric, leaving the inner lining free at the waist. Some notes on the pattern … Continue reading Where I'm At with the Chanel Style Dress