Posts Tagged ‘dress’

Tess - Knit Cowl Dress with sash

Julia - Knit Ruched Dress with split bell sleeves

Now available in my shop πŸ™‚


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I know I’ve lost my marbles, but I can hardly walk through my craft room. Also, my son is in college and we need tuition money badly. So, my loss is your gain! All Samples in my Sample Sale section of the Etsy shop is 40% off. Simply use SAMPLE40 during the checkout process to receive your discount. Sale ends May 31st. You’ll not see a lower discount on these items and it’s the lowest I’ve ever done πŸ™‚

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I can’t believe April has gone by sooooo fast! Today is the last day for my Secret Zuul Sale. Take advantage now! It’s the best price you’ll see between now and Halloween.

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So, after having the lining done and all the rhinestones attached, it was time to put the two halves together. She also wanted the bustline to have tulle poking out of it, to give interest to the eye at the bustline. I put the tulle between the outer and inner layers and they were sewn together:

tulle at the bustline

After that, it was time to work on the back closure. I really like making lace up backs. I think they are so wonderfully versatile and still so feminine. I mean really?! Who doesn’t the ability to lose or gain 5-10 lbs and NOT have to go out and get a new wardrobe! I think those Renaissance ladies were on to something πŸ˜‰

There are a couple of different options for a lace up back. It can have a modesty panel, so no skin is showing (like the one I made for my customer); or it can be done without one (for the not-so-timid!)

open lace up back

After adding the panel and the cording, then attaching them to the dress, I threaded satin ribbon through the loops and voila! Here it is:

The dress hasn’t been through a final press, and I’ve discovered that mermaid flare at the bottom isn’t poofing enough. Next, Trouble with Tulle….

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Putting rhinestones on a dress. Hmmm, well there are flatbacks, which definitely helps. Flatback crystals, like the name implies have a flat back to sit flush on the fabric, but have a faceted topside – making the crystals look like they’ve been imbedded into the fabric. There are glue-on and sew-on flatbacks. Glue-ons are used most frequently – think BeDazzler; but I didn’t think that would suit my beauty queen customer. What if they start popping off while she’s walking onstage! Or just as bad, what if all those dots of hot glue stiffen up the satin – booo! So I went with the sew-on kind. They one tiny hole in the center vertically. I got some transparent thread, which looks very much like thin fishing line, and an embroidery hoop and began the task at hand (pun intended!):

sewing on rhinestones

Each one has to be handsewn twice, backward and forward, so the thread creates a bracket the rhinestone can’t escape from. Since the design is a starburst, I kept them in a line so I wouldn’t have 200 knots on the backside of the fabric. Several hours later, the starburst was complete. I was quite taken with the finished effect and wouldn’t have a problem working with sew-on flatbacks again in the future.

completed rhinestone starburst

Putting it all together coming soon….

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I’ve been busy. I know, it’s no excuse not to post. Maybe you’ll cut me some slack if I show you what I’ve been up to πŸ™‚ A lovely, young beauty pageant contestant approached me about making her upcoming pageant dress. I thought how exciting it would be to have one of my dresses on stage and quickly agreed. I was given these sketches to create the design:



The dress would be a sweetheart neckline, mermaid style silhouette with tulle at the bottom, lace up back with a modesty panel, and a rhinestone starburst at the waist. Very glamorous, indeed, and a bit of a challenge for me since I’ve not worked with rhinestones before. But I was up for the challenge!

It’s important to start with a good foundation, so I began with the lining:

the bare bones

A good foundation is critical to every strapless garment. If not done correctly, with the proper materials, the dress will fail miserably. What you see here is the part of the dress you don’t usually see. When it’s complete, these inner workings will be concealed between the layers. I’ve used a teal poly lining with medium poly/mesh boning (black strips). This type of boning is flexible enough to let the wearer’s body be the star of the show while still providing support and control, as opposed to stiffer, corset-type boning. You also see the tulle layer here; the lining continues under the tulle so as not to be scratchy on the wearer’s legs when she sits and walks.

Stay tuned…. More photos coming soon πŸ™‚

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My sister, Lori, is a Lia Sophia Jewelry Advisor. If you’ve never heard of Lia Sophia Jewelry, you must check it out! I hadn’t heard of it either until she started selling it. I’m a girl. I love a little sparkle in my life πŸ™‚

This month, their promotion is that you buy the lowest priced item at full price, and you get 2 items for half price. That’s right! The full price item is the lowest priced item!

Now, you may be asking, “What’s in it for Callidora?” Absolutely nothing, besides the fact that I’ve brought a little more sparkle into your life (which my dear readers, you know is ALWAYS my goal!), and I’ve helped my sister.

And to make the deal even sweeter! A Special Accessory Savings Deal for you, my fans! If you make a purchase by January 14th (to take advantage of the sale), I will give you a coupon code for 20% off any future order with Callidora’s. Just tell me you ordered, I will check with Lori, then I will issue your discount – that simple πŸ™‚

MEN: Order now for Valentine’s Day, you will still get the Callidora’s discount to pass along to your lady! How awesome would you be?! “A little sparkle for you, my lovely, and a custom made dress. When it arrives, we are going out for a night on the town!” Mmm, yes, Hero of the Day, oh Knight in Shining Armor!

BRIDES: Yes, this is good for you too! Ask Lori about the bridal jewelry – great gifts for the maids. Buy it now and save a little on the wedding budget. Use the Callidora’s discount for your bridesmaids dresses, your Mother of the Bride dress, or your own gown!

Go look, right now, before you forget!

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