Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Simple Placemat

A placemat can be any size but the most common sizes are 18" X 14", 18" X 16" and 16" X 14".  If you don't know what size would be pleasing and what would fit for your table and place setting, I suggest you cut up a newspaper page to the three sizes above and try them on your table to see what you like.  Once you decide your finished size, add 1" to the width and the length dimensions.  This will give you 1/2" seam allowances around all four sides.  Cut out two rectangles for each placemat and one batting piece.  Put the placemats right sides together.  Then pin the batting to one of the wrong sides.  All three will be sewn together.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

How to Add Lace Sleeves and Shoulders to a Strapless Lace and Silk Taffeta Gown


When I added my first post regarding adding sleeves to a strapless dress, I had not taken enough pictures to be able to take you on a step-by-step process of adding shoulders and sleeves.  I recently went to Los Angeles and visited FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design Merchandising), an amazing place, and bought this used silk taffeta and lace dress at their scholarship store.  I bought it so that I could teach my bridal couture students how to make a strapless bridal gown into a modest gown with shoulders and cap sleeves.  I am all about promoting modesty.