Why Your “Internet Clothes” Don’t Fit

Why Your “Internet Clothes” Don’t Fit

Prom season's just around the corner; and if it's anything like last year, I'll be busy! I have the Internet to thank for that. In fact, the Web has brought a lot of business to me for proms, graduations and weddings. Here's what's happening. Buying garments online When you buy clothes online, you need to keep in mind that you're not always getting a custom fit. For Continue reading

Alteration Tip: Access Points for Lined Garments

Alteration Tip: Access Points for Lined Garments

Alterations are pretty straightforward most of the time. But when working with garments that have a lining, it gets a bit more complex. When a garment – a jacket, for example – is fitted with a lining, it is assembled inside out. By placing the inner surfaces to the outside, the seam stitches will be hidden when the jacket or other garment is turned right side out Continue reading

There’s No Place Like “Foam” for the Holidays

There’s No Place Like “Foam” for the Holidays

I'll admit it. That title may sound a little bit silly. However, making gifts such as pillows, cushions and other items using a foam pad for the filler can present serious problems. It never fails that the polyfoam batting or formed foam that is available is never in the exact size that you need. For example, I recently made a cushion for a client's wicker rocking chair. It Continue reading

Don’t Mark Your Pants’ Hems

Don’t Mark Your Pants’ Hems

Well, at least you shouldn’t try to mark pant leg hems by yourself. I know a few people who’ve tried and the results were less than satisfactory. The reason is simple enough. When your body moves, so do your clothes. If you’re sitting down while reading this, you can get an exaggerated example of this. Look down at your pant hems and note where they lay. Now, stand up and look Continue reading

T-shirt Quilts – A Perfect Gift for Sports Moms

T-shirt Quilts – A Perfect Gift for Sports Moms

This past week, one of my clients picked up his finished T-shirt quilt. He actually got a little choked up when he saw it. He’s a runner, participating in marathons and other long runs. This quilt represented 25 of the races that he participated in and I’m sure it brought back a lot of memories. That got me thinking.  I can remember the sports I participated in during high Continue reading

Dog Vest Tip – Getting a Custom Fit

Dog Vest Tip – Getting a Custom Fit

With winter approaching, you might want to get your four-legged companion a nice cozy dog vest. Not only do they keep your doggy warm, but they’re fashionable, too! When I make vests for the adoption center, I have five sizes that I use. Because you don’t know how big the dog is that will wear it, the sizes are kind of generic. However, when I’m making a dog vest for a Continue reading