Sunday, March 15, 2015

Joining Forces with MimiG!!!

Hello Everyone! Forgive me for being away. I've been doing alot of filming (I have some online courses coming out---details soon), been hanging out on Facebook (see the link to my page on the right of my blog) and I have some exciting plans in the works. One exciting plan is I'm teaming up with Mimi G to be a presenter at her 4th Annual Fashion, Sewing and Style Conference. Although the conference has sold out you can find details HERE. I'll be giving a workshop on constructing a Tailored Jacket. I'm SUPER excited to be able to showcase some of my signature techniques & short cuts and I'm delighted that Mimi G asked me as I greatly appreciate her efforts to motivate and inspire others. I hope I get to meet some of you all. Please let me know if you plan to attend. Again, I'm excited about this opportunity and look forward to this wonderful opportunity:) Also, to get updates on my upcoming online courses please sign up HERE at

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Tie Sew-Along: Final Sessions 3 & 4 (6 videos included)

Sorry for the delay folks but here are the FINAL Tie Sew-Along videos.

(screenshot from one of the videos. You'll find all 6 below)

There are 6 videos, yes 6, below and I show you how I sew the lining on the tie, baste it together and then do the final sewing using my fellon stitch. I also have helpful advice on how to work with slippery tie fabrics. Of course you can go back and view my Session #1 videos HERE and Session #2 videos HERE. I was delighted to put this together and share this information with you all.  Be on the lookout my Tailored Vest Online course. It's coming soon. Enjoy the videos.....

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Made 2 More Fancy Vests!

I had to interrupt the last segment of the Tie Sew-Along so I could show you 2 vests I made for one of my favorite clients. One is a deep burgundy velour vest (that's right, velour. It's what he wanted) and the other is a white polyester fabric vest. He likes his vest with specific pocket placement and lapel style---it's his signature. Of course it only takes me about an hour to whip one of these up. Wonder how I do it so fast. Well you'll have to wait and see when I offer my Men's Vest Tutorial Course----DETAILS ON THE WAY. You'll get all on the juicy details on how I'm able to make these so fast and so flawlessly. Enough about that for now---see my client's vest pictures below!

 (Burgundy velour vest before buttons)

(Finished product)

 (Took pics outside so you could see the details better)

(Working on the white vest)

 (Lining up close)

(Finished product---perfect!)

Friday, February 6, 2015

Tie Sew-Along Session 2---Laying and Cutting Out Your Tie

We are nearing the end of the Tie Sew-Along. Just one more session to go. In this, session 2 I'll cover why it's so hard for most people to sew a tie pattern and how my strategy of using an actual tie and deconstructing it and using it's tie filler is one of the easiest methods to use in creating a tie. One thing that I address in the video that I don't want to confuse anyone is which part of the tie to machine sew and which part to hand sew. The tie will only be sewn where the linings are added at both ends. Otherwise you'll be following your deconstructed tie's "roll lines" so you'll know how to fold the tie fabric in on itself before hand sewing down the middle.  Check out this video for the clarification and details.

Now let's move on to laying out the tie pattern and cutting it out. Here you'll learn about the importance of cutting your tie out on the bias among other important details.

Ok, now we're ready to move on to our last session which is sewing.....

Monday, February 2, 2015

Winners of the Tailoring Supply Kit Giveaway/ Upcoming Webinar!!!

The time has come for me to announce the the winners of the 2 Tailoring Supply Kits I'm giving away.........Ok.....I'm going to do the drawing and pull the names out the bucket.......

.....and the winner's are Titi and Dawn Hardy!!!!

Congrats Ladies!!! Looks like you'll both be winning 2 Tailoring Kits full of essential tailoring supplies. Please email me your address at

The 2 Kits each contain the following Premium Tailoring supplies:

-1 Yard of both Woven Black and White Interfacting
-3 yards Ban-Roll
-1 Pair sleeve heads
-1 Pair Shoulder Pads
-2 Pieces of Disappearing Chalk
-1 Skein of Waxed Thread

Thanks for all who entered and for all of your helpful webinar requests!!!! Due to an overwhelming request looks like the webinar for this month will be on .....
Fitting and Sewing Custom vests

People rave about my vests! And I'm excited for this first webinar that I can show you all the details on it concerning doing the proper fitting, sewing, matching designs, etc. That's right I can make one of my vests in about 1 hour with pockets and all. Let me show you my methods from start to finish!
Be on the lookout for that in the next few weeks. I'll start with showing how I do my Men's Vest and will do a Women's vest separately shortly thereafter.  Also, I'll be wrapping up the Tie Sew-Along this week. Again, stay tuned! Lots of exciting things coming up!!!!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Tie Sew-Along Session #1

Hello Folks! As promised here's the start of my Tie Sew-Along. It will consist of 3 sessions which will entail the following:

Session 1: Supply Review, Deconstructing a Tie, Fabric Prep and Pattern Creating Tips
Session 2: Creating the Tie pattern, Cutting out the Tie and Sewing Machine Assembly
Session 3: Finishing the Tie with Hand Sewing Techniques, Pressing the Tie, Fabric Care and                              Modifying the Tie pattern to create various styles.

Here are the 3 videos in session 1.

Video 1: Getting Started and the Intro & Explanation of Supplies used

(Larger view of supplies being used)

Video 2: Deconstructing the Tie and Pattern Creation Plans
I will warn you that due to a technical difficulty this video came out a bit blurry. Much apologies for that!!! I didn't scrap it since there was so much good information in it that I wanted to share. Not to worry, I'll recap it at the start of the next sessions. But definitely listen  to it and follow along as best you can so that you can work on creating your pattern. 

Video 3: Tie Fabric Details. This video details the types of fabrics used for making a tie and pre-treatment recommendations.

I hope you thoroughly enjoy these and much apologies about the blurriness in video #2. I'll be recapping/ reshooting it so again you miss anything but by all means please follow it's tips so you can create your own tie pattern!

Next up I'll show you the tie pattern I created from my used store-bought tie and I'll cut out the ties in both fabrics and start the sewing process! Stay tuned!!!

Also, don't forget to enter my Tailoring Supply Kit giveaway! The entry deadline is almost over. Please visit my blog post HERE!

Monday, January 26, 2015

We Interrupt the Regularly Scheduled Program for a Move!

Hello All!!!! Yes, today was scheduled for my next installment of my Tie-Sew Along but I had a minor interruption----I moved! That's right I had to relocate my sewing studio which meant moving 6 industrial machines, 2 industrial irons, one vacuum board, a large cutting table, tons of patterns, fabric, thread and supplies. I apologize for the interruption but it couldn't be helped.  I spent the last 4 days quickly making this happen to ensure we don't have any more interruptions in the future and I'll resume with the Tie Sew-Along on Wednesday, I promise!!! Thanks so much for your patience!!!

I ABSOLUTELY love my new sewing studio. It's spacious and I believe will be a welcoming environment for all my students and all those of you who choose to visit for  my workshops or private lessons. You won't believe it but out of my 53+ years of Master Tailoring I've moved dozens of times ---literally! There's nothing like finding the right spot.

 (Breaking down the old space. Nearly finished)

 (Old pics of the studio)

(Another view of the old studio)

 (Here's my WONDERFUL new space!!! Can you see me all the way in the back?)

  (How about now? I love the layout and space. This is the main room with more space in the back)

 (Lots to unpack and still move around. Then on to some decorating.)

 (Digging through patterns)

 (One of my prized and most envied possessions---my 12 foot custom built cutting table. I made it myself many years ago and it's traveled and moved with me so many times!)

 ("Bare bones" of my cutting table)

(Almost put together. Just have to add the dark wood top panel. FYI--I plan to extend another 8 feet on this table to have a 20ft long table!!!) 

Ok, I'm moving fast to get things all set up and as mentioned I'll be ready to send you the next Tie Sew-Along video on Wednesday! See you then:)