Wednesday, 2 December 2009
Monday, 16 November 2009
My own designs are not quite completed but as soon as they are I will post some pictures. The customers pictures I have requested still have not materialised. My cardigan is lovely and I will also take a picture of that .
I had a stall at a prom fair in Devizes at the beginning of November, it was not very busy, but I handed out plenty of information and had quite a bit of interest. It was nice to meet some lovely stall holders. One was from Devizes, she has a shop and she sources her items from Italy. Gorgeous bags. Another lady was from Pewsey, tiaras and hair decoration was her forte. I have tried to encourage her to visit www.misi.co.uk and get herself a shop.
I went to The Paintworks, Bristol , to visit the Misi Craft fair. Some lovely items on sale. I went to try and get some Xmas pressies, but came out with a bracelet for myself from Tollykit (on Misi) she also has a website on http://www.elainehillson.co.uk . I have not dared look at that yet, there is bound to be something else I want !!!
Finally, I am pleased to say, I have got around to having a new website done . I am so pleased with it. Feel free to look and leave me any comments that you might have, I love to hear what other people think. www.inspired-brides.co.uk It has taken me a while, and will hopefully be available on search engines soon, its only just gone live.
Thursday, 24 September 2009
Tuesday, 8 September 2009
The wedding dress was white and gold, so we had a gold satin bodice and white tulle skirt.
The older bridesmaid dresses came with stoles, I used these to make the sashes for the little dresses.
I think they look very complimentary.
Wednesday, 2 September 2009
I normally stick with wedding items, proms, anything dressy really.
However, this lady had been let down by some-one . She had been given the fabric, which a family member had brought back from his travels to the Orient, bought a pattern and needed some-one to make it.
Tuesday, 1 September 2009
A lot of input came from the lady herself.
We started off with wedding dress pictures , and the dress evolved from there.
Because this was to be a non church wedding, the lady wanted a shorter, straight dress than the pictures that she brought, but the top part was similar to one of the pictures.
In order that we were both on the same wave-length , a sample dress was created and we went from there.
She sent me this photo and a lovely email to say how pleased she was , also that she had lovely comments from her guests.
Thursday, 14 May 2009
The dress I have put on the previous blog was for a girl I have done some work for. This morning she sent me a lovely hand drawn card. Inside was the following;
I just wanted to say a big thankyou for making me 3 wonderful dresses that I love very much.
Its amazing how you made exactly what I saw in my imagination. I'll definately come to you if I have any more ideas.
Well, it made my day. Its lovely to receive comments that are totally unexpected.
Monday, 11 May 2009
Saturday, 9 May 2009
I have been soooo busy.
I have been working on several different things and will have to get my photos sorted so that I can post some pictures.
I also took a trip to London, on my own, staying at relatives. We went all over the place. I actually got to go into the Tower of London and see those fabulous jewels of the Queens. Wow, wouldn't mind some of those. We were lucky enough to have a fabulous Yeoman Guard guiding us around and giving us a talk , it really made it much more interesting and he was most amusing. Highly recommend it.
Ate in lots of nice places, there is a new mall, largest in Europe I believe. Fabulous eating places. I tried not too look in the shops too much . However, clothes-wise , most of the shops that I looked in were not really that impressive. Too much stock I thought, with not much in the way statements , that stood out. Mind you, I am limited to a middle of the road price range.
One shop that did stand out , for me, had to be Karen Millen. Dresses to die for. And matching shoes !!!! Bliss
However, if its shoes you want, and you can walk in high heels . WOW, loads , everywhere and sooo gorgeous, in all of the shops I went into.
Also had a trip to Harrods, cant believe that, at my age, I have not been in there. Some fabulous things. I did tell my Uncle that I would like him to save up for my Xmas present. A beautiful bangle with diamonds. Only about £8000 , bargain, I thought. However , was pleasantly surprised in the cake dept. Very reasonable prices fro London. Cheaper than some of the cafes we went into.
I was nearly drooling in the chocolate shop !!!!! Wow.
Sorry, gonna have to go now. Cant see the letters, watching Philadephia, the movie !!!
Wednesday, 25 February 2009
Tuesday, 24 February 2009
Monday, 23 February 2009
My sister asked me to make some seat covers for her two sofas. Aaah !!!. She has two dogs and cream sofas, I just wondered what took her soooo long to ask me, she was washing the covers several times a week in the bad weather.
So I got out my trusty sewing bible, Reader Digest Complete Guide to Sewing, wouldnt be without it xxxxx , and had a little look in the back . It has complete instructions for this task , thank goodness.
She had picked the fabric from a shop we visited in Trowbridge, Fabric Magic its called .
So, I got cracking , and here is the result.
Trouble is, we have enough left over for a couple of cushions too. She ordered extra fabric on top of what I said we needed, so I guess I should have seen this coming !
Monday, 16 February 2009
Tuesday, 10 February 2009
Sunday, 8 February 2009
I made the sample up in the lining fabric first, the bust area needed some alteration because patterns are generally in a B cup and we needed a bit more in that area. Once the sample had been tried on we found it still came down a bit low on the bust so made a fresh top part. Luckily it had a seam underneath the bust so that I knew I would not be wasting much lining fabric if I did have to re-do it.
We only just had enough fabric to make the dress, it could have done with being fuller on the skirt but I had to work with what I had.
Normally the fabric is organized after I have seen the pattern, but this was a bit different.
The silk was a gorgeous grape colour which changed in the light and it was lovely and soft. She was very pleased with the end result, the counselling and the speed at which it was started.
There is always counselling involved in the making of wedding dresses you know !!!
Hope you like x
Thursday, 5 February 2009
This is where I work,its at the bottom of my garden ,he he. Treacherous journey saved .
I am self employed , so a good talking to will do I think.
My sister popped round with her dogs, max and homer, who absolutely loved the snow. They are both now asleep because they wore themselves out. Max is the black dog and is getting on a bit now, but as you can see he was jumping about. My sister said he was like a puppy again.
Enjoy it while it lasts, I say. We dont normally get any that stays for this long.
Wednesday, 4 February 2009
Monday, 2 February 2009
At the moment its lovely and white outside, I am writing this at my dining room table whilst my son is wrapped in his duvet , on the sofa, drinking hot chocolate.
I am a dressmaker by trade and, although at times, this can be stressful, its what I have always dreamed of doing.
I have a workshop, which , although only at the bottom of my garden, I am a bit loathe to go to because of the snow.
I have several projects on the go at the moment. A wedding dress, a prom dress, and a costume dress.
I have just finished beading two little bridesmaids dresses so that they are not quite so plain and it matches the brides dress, she is getting married abroad so I hope the weather is better for her.!!!!
I have a site on www.misi.me under the name tazbride and also a site on www.etsy.inspiredbrides.com which are quite new and really need to be added to more often but I find I work better with a deadline , which a wedding date definitely is .
Hope you find the time to have a little look. I believe in supporting small crafts people, I love the individuality and I know how much care and creativity go into these things.
Have just re-read that, it doesn't mean that they are small people , just meant, smaller businesses. Ha