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Melrose, MA, United States
Hi there, and thanks for visiting my Blog! How did I get started? Well, when I was pretty young, my mom taught me all the basics of sewing. It seemed to come natural to me, and by the time I was in middle school, I began to make lots of my own clothes. I did some sewing for people I knew, (including my mom!)and then bought my first sewing machine in 1986 when I decided that I would make my own wedding gown! I live in Melrose, MA with my husband and our 3 boys. When expecting our first, I started to make dolls, just in case I had a girl. I continued making and selling them as they were fun to make and customize for a special girl. I work out of my home and have had the great experience of making gowns, home fashions, dolls and doing many alterations over the years. My work has been largely word of mouth, with very little advertising. I think you will find my work unique and would like to create something special just for you!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Photo op...

This past Saturday I received a phone call. It was a request to make a curtain for a photo booth. Sure! Sensing some hesitation in his voice, I asked when he needed it by. The event is "tonight" he said, and that he'd need it by late afternoon. OK. So he came by at noon.....with 13.5 yards of black satin fabric plus another large piece of fabric! This separate piece he needed for a photo backdrop. From the yards of satin he brought, he needed not a single curtain as I had thought, but 6, for the photo booth! All 6 feet long, by various widths. When do you need this? I asked again....So I worked diligently on Saturday, first measuring, then cutting...by that time it was 1:30, for  a 3o'clock pick up time, and I hadn't even begun pressing the seams and sewing. I texted him that 4 would be better.  After working over 4 hours on these, I received a text at 4:15, that he'd pick up on another day....oh my....and with that, I turned off my sewing machine, and turned out the light...to be finished on another day!

After several attempts to schedule a convenient time pick up the finished curtains, we decided that shipping the curtains would be easier! So off they go to the photographer....I can't wait to see a photo of the photo booth!!!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Emergency alterations!!!

Well, this has been one busy couple of weeks with quick turn-arounds! Let's see. I was contacted on April 8th to do a hem on a prom dress.  But wait, the prom is the 10th, which really means she needs it on the 9th. One day. Sure - no problem! Next, contact was on the 12th, a Sunday, for a prom on the 16th, to be picked up on the 15th - so I had a few days for that one! (phew!). Then there was a zipper replacement. Customer came to  my house at 8AM on the 20th and was leaving for NYC for a destination wedding, on a train at 3:20 that day - picked up at noon! Next in line, that same day, comes someone who had already had her dress altered for a wedding, but hadn't tried it on until getting home. Realizing that she had lost weight since trying the dress on just 2 weeks before, it was now too big, and needed to be taken in. She needed the dress by the 23rd. Done! Lastly, on the 23rd another dress for a wedding was just a bit tight, so I needed to add gussets to make it fit better. Trip to the fabric store on my lunch break to find a color that matched; no easy task but I got it done. That one was needed for the 24th! One thing all these wonderful ladies had in common, is that they were so grateful that I was able to do the work in such a short period of time, and all were extremely happy with the results!