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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Vintage stitches Sewing and Design School

Vintage Stitches Sewing and Design School.

Formally Vintage Stitches from Alstonville, now offering new and exciting classes starting in March.

Learn to sew, gain confidence as you are guided through different machine techniques needed for all your requirements in making a garment or soft furnishings.
Learn to make patterns to your own measurements. Starting with a straight skirt, then adding design and adaptation to suit your taste and figure.
Learn to make a whole garment that fits you perfectly. Plus much more!

Suitable for beginners and advanced as I teach each student at their level, helping them to improve with skill and sew with confidence.

Classes are held in my peaceful home studio, in Goonellabah from Tuesday to Thursday for 2 hours each.
There is a maximum of 4 students per class as this gives me more time with each student.
Please contact me if you are wanting to attend as I am limited with numbers and still in the process of organising classes to suit students needs.

Afternoon class for school students on Wednesday from 4-15 to 6-15
$30 per class

Morning classes will be from 10am to 12pm
Afternoon classes from 12-30 to 2-30.
$35 per class
Classes are made up of a five week block during school terms. ( two blocks per term) total cost for a 

five week block is $150 for students class and $175 for all other classes.

Fabric is provided for machine techniques.
Morning and afternoon tea is also provided.

You can bring your own machine or if you do not have one I can supply you with a machine to use. I also have a range of industrial machines you are welcome to use including an overlocker, straight sewer, blind hemmer and cover stitch machine.

In the near future if I have enough interest I would love to have a class dedicated to vintage inspired sewing. I have many gorgeous vintage dress patterns and would love to share my skills by guiding you through making your own vintage inspired dress.

For more information please contact me on 0412 179 919

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Remaking a vintage wedding dress

This very cute dress was found in an op shop about 15 years ago by a lady who brought it into my       studio, hoping it could be remade. 
I always love a challenge and the thought of remaking such a gorgeous dress was something I couldn't resist. 
The dress is made from silk chiffon, silk organza and satin, with very cute 
Flowers stitched to the bodice and skirt.
The new version of the original dress, 
Just gorgeous :) 

I love the fullness this dress has with the freshness from the fabric
Compared to the flat worn look of the original dress. 

The flowers really finish this dress off beautifully.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Just For Me

Occasionally I have a chance to do my own sewing
I took advantage of some unexpected spare time
to use up a remnant piece of fabric.

A cute little knife pleat skirt that is beautifully teamed 
up with a red bolero and belt.
Not to mention the ipad cover , lol....

Vintage Stitches wedding day :)

 My gorgeous man and I were married on a very special
Valentines day.

We had an absolutely gorgeous day,
Married at our house in our back yard 
Under a shady tree scattered with hanging love hearts.
As always my own sewing is pushed to the back of the list,
So,it wasn't a shock to finish my wedding dress the night
Before our wedding.
A few years ago I. Found a treasure trove of vintage lace 
In a hat box at a garage sale.
I knew that this would one day be the perfect wedding dress.
Some lace had dated from 1920, it had been carefully wrapped
around pieces of cardboard and stored away,
especially for me :) 

Craig and Netty 

Blue, Green and Yellow floral Frock

I had the pleasure of making this gorgeous frock for Sharyn,
Who was wanting a vintage inspired dress
To wear to her daughters wedding.
She was so happy to have a dress made to fit her perfectly. 

                               This bodice is an adaptation of another one of my cotton frocks.
 Sharyn and I worked together on a design that she 
Was happy with which also complimented her figure.

Cotton Tea Frocks

Wearing dresses is beautiful! 

I must admit, I am a dress freak.
Feminine, pretty, comfortable, timeless, 
Romantic and practical as well.
A properly made dress can last a lifetime.
I have a few dresses that were made in the 1950's 
And they still are gorgeous dresses to wear.

Fabrics also make such a difference with each dress. 
I am loving the quilting cotton for the perfect dress.
There are so many beautiful prints and colour to choose from, 
The quality of quilting cotton is also extremely good
In comparison to many other fabrics. 

A new design I have been working with is pictured here,
The dress has a front bodice and skirt panel which is cut all in one.
The fitted bodice is stitched together with piping.
in the seams and around the waist. 
The skirt is pleated and sits beautifully over the hips.

Bridal Gown alterations

One of my favourite things to do in my studio is Bridal wear. Frequently I am called by brides to be who have a dress which is a bad fit. Often these stresses are bought online, or they are second hand dresses bought at a special price.
Belinda came to see me with her dress which was a few sizes too big. She also wanted to make some changes to the fullness of the skirt, which had many layers of tulle she did not want.

Here she is now with a perfectly fitted Bridal Gown. It is very rewarding to see the dress fit as it should and even more rewarding to see a happy Bride to be.