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?!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

I love doing alterations!

This classically styled black dress has beautiful lines but was quite a bit too long and was originally strapless. In order to give this dress a more modest appearance, simple straps were added from the cut off length. Small strap guides were added on the underside of the black satin straps to keep bra straps where they belong!

The lavender dress originally had only spaghetti straps. It looks wonderful with this attatched shawl in a matching shimmery organdy. It was also shortened a bit and a strip of this satin banded the shawl by the neckline. It really complimented the dresses style and changed it up abit giving the dress a "new life" enabling it to be worn again.