Renee Phillips

Renee Phillips
Welcome to my "sewing site". Sewing things to make you smile! Call for a consultation-309-868-8650 or email me at: you can dream it up, I'll do my best to sew it up. ~CLICK ON MY PICTURE AND YOU WILL LINK DIRECTLY TO MY ETSY STORE TO SEE WHAT I HAVE FOR SALE~(My Etsy store is currently empty...give me a call for a CUSTOM creation)

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My mother was an expert seamstress and often did alterations on costly garments. She once told me that I would learn more about sewing by taking a well made garment apart than I would from any pattern. How true I discovered this statement was! Recently I was looking over a pattern that a friend gave me. She wants me to help her sew aprons for Christmas gifts. After studying the sewing instructions a bit I came to a familiar conclusion; if I purchased a finely crafted apron it would not be put together this way. Who writes these instructions anyway?!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

new tote bag! A client had an old mail bag that had belonged to a family member and we made a tote and cosmetic bags utilizing it as well as making a cool and functional memorial. The belt that we used as straps had also belonged to this dear deceased one.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012


This was a fun alterations job. This beautiful young gal's dress was too long and did not look youthful. So we shortened the several layers of organdy that has the fun curly edging. The curly effect is accomplished using 80# test fishing line if you can believe it. You'll never guess how the curly effect is achieved!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Baby Time

Cotton flannel fringy blanket

ribbon tag comfort blanket in buttery soft sherpa fleece

tooth toy (mother is a dentist)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

"before and after" pics of bridesmaids dresses--

Discouraged bridesmaids in what turned out to be a much more frumpy dress than was pictured online when they bought them as well as non returnable. So...
I almost totally redesigned the bodice using the original dress as materials...

as well as shortening it to a much more youthful length. The finished dress ended up having 2 satin and lace roses with pearl embellishments at the waist instead of just the one that is pictured.
The happy gals and much more youthful looking dresses!

Suess-esque tree

Friday, November 25, 2011

New Burlap coffee sack bags for sale at Junction Gallery Peoria IL