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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Don't forget to check out the videos I have posted. Each is only $5.00. There are 3 so far. Click on the name of the video. It's toward the top of the left column. Your choices are "Take in Jean Waist", "Rolled Hem Video" and "Add Gusset to Skirt Video". You will get a brief preview of the video. If you decide to buy, you can pay through PayPal or with your own credit/debit card. I have more in the works, so stay tuned and thanks again for reading the blog and website.

Sometimes Your Favorite Doll Needs a Little Lovin'

Not all of my customers have fitting problems to be solved. This week a lady had an heirloom doll that she loved as a child. Somewhere along the years she lost her apron. She wanted my help creating a new one, as close to the old one as possible.

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We'll start with a photo of the finished product. I got some photos off the internet so I could see what the apron was supposed to look like. Some versions had a little eyelet detail, but we opted for the plain version.
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I made the straps of the sash long enough to tie in a cute bow.
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I angled the straps so they would keep the apron on Raggety's shoulders. Raggety Ann is good to go.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Even Pattern Printers Make Mistakes

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I'm trying out a new software program. I'd like to post more often, but handling my images is cumbersome and time consuming.
This software should help with that.

Enjoy your upcoming holidays and I'll be posting soon.
Thanks for your patience.


Monday, February 25, 2013

Two New Alteration Videos for Sale!

I have two new Alteration Videos for sale.
You can get to my Home page

Do you want to shorten a prom dress or bridesmaid dress? This video will show you how to do a quick easy job that will look super professional! You'll find it Here

Do you have a skirt with torn lining? Do you have a garment that could use a little extra room under the arms or in the seat? This video shows you how to put in a gusset. I did this alteration on a skirt lining, but you can use the instructions in many garments. You'll find it Here

Each video is only $5.00

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A New Webpage: Fitting Room Interviews

Fitting Room Challenges

Do You Know How to Talk to a First Time Client?

When a client come to you with an alteration she wants to have done, you have more things to think about than just pinning up a hem. You actually have to interview “the job”.
My new webpage Fitting Room Interviews explains some of the techniques you can use to make sure both you and your client are happy with the job. Go check it out and let me know what you think.

Oh, and I am in the process of redesigning the website. It needs lots of polish at this point, so please bear with me.

As always, thanks for reading. Leave a comment at the end of this blog post, or in the “Contact Me” tab on the sidebar on the left.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Great News! The first of my videos is on my site and ready for purchase.

You will find it on my site here: at

Although this video is close to 27 minutes long, the introductory price is only $5.00

I actually alter a customer's pair of jeans. She needs to have the waist taken in (that gapping problem so many of us have). I take off the beltloop, split the waistband, and put it all back together so that you can't even tell. You see every step.

Please check it out and let me know what you think. For $5.00 you really can't go wrong, right?

*When you pay through PayPal, you don't need to have an account there. Just click at the bottom where it says "Don't have a Paypal account?" ** Be sure to click all three of the orange buttons PayPal asks you to click.

"Review and Complete", then

"Pay Now", then

"Complete Purchase"

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Ever Have Your Skirt Lining Rip All the Way up the Center Back?

Edited  3/26/13
This alteration is now available on video at

The lining on this skirt was really tight. Lining fabric doesn't have any give in it anyway, so this one just split beside the seam. The rip was several inches up from the hem, along the seamline. I had to add fabric to give the girl some room for movement. That is called a gusset.