Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Teaser Video - Textiles from our Winter 2015 Collection

Teaser - Winter 2015 Handbag Collection from Sally Ann on Vimeo.

Take a look at the five textiles we're using to create our new collection. 
Purchased September 29th at two Jacksonville thrift stores.
The collection debuts at the Southern Women's Show on October 15th.
Runway Fashion Show Sunday, October 18th at 12 noon.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Revisiting "Drab to Fab" Dress Makeover

Remember when we used to refashion ugly vintage dresses? A thrift store find you'd never even consider? Well our closet is still full of them, and every time we wear them, we think back to the tutorial, and show friends what our outfit originally looked like.

This past weekend, we went to a cookout in one of these said dresses. No one ever believe the before picture! Let's revisit this old tutorial, reposted below:
Do you ever find the best dress at the thrift store, fabric-wise, and the cut is horrific?! Use this tutorial as a guideline on how to alter a dress that's a few sizes too big and create a more modern summer dress! This tutorial is for the moderately experienced seamstress/sewer, but if you are just starting out don't be afraid to dive in and try, it's the only way to learn, right?!

My sister, Rachael, bought me this dress when I first moved to Georgia. I took before pictures over two years ago, with this dress in my work line way back then. I can't believe how much different I look with only two years having passed. I was definitely skinnier back then, but I'm a lot more fit now. Obviously the hair has changed and many more wrinkles and grey hair!

Anyways, back to the dress. I can't believe it too me so long to get to it. Other projects got in the way, and this was shoved back in my closet for years. It's almost hit the Goodwill pile a time or two, but I just couldn't part with it! The fabric was too amazing. I love the irregular polka dots. But it needed work. Problems with the dress, before: shoulder pads are hideous, too big, too long, sleeves too outdated, and I'm not a huge fan of the neckline.

For this alteration, you will need:
  • dress, obviously
  • scissors
  • matching thread
  • around 30" of 1/4"-1/2" wide elastic
  • rolled hem foot for your machine
  • chalk hem marker
  • tape measure
  • seam gauge or small ruler
1. Get rid of those shoulder pads! I like to save them for my project one day of making Barbie couches and arm chairs out of old shoulder pads like my mom used to do. Or you can toss them. 2. Remove sleeves. Cut as close to the seam as you can, but be sure to cut off the seam! 3. Measure your waist where the dress hits, and take away a few inches, my waist is 27" so I cut a 24" piece of elastic. 4. Instead of dealing with all the work of removing the old elastic, and possible removing the top of the dress from the skirt, I just sewed the new elastic over top of the old. Pinning at both end, which meet up at the front center line, and at the side seams of the dress. Stretch as you sew. Try your best to sew over the previous seam so it's not noticeable from the right side of the dress.

Now time to finish the shoulder and seams. Since you removed the shoulder pads, the shoulders will need to be taken up. Not pictured: Put the dress on and pin the shoulders until the bodice fits comfortable and sits at your shoulders well. Take off dress and time to sew. 1. Make a note of how much the shoulders will be taken up before removing pins! Remove the facing from the bodice on both shoulders, leaving a few extra inches. Sew both bodice and facing separately, the amount to be taken up. 2. Cut excess fabric off facing and bodice, zig zag stitch. 3. Pin facing to bodice, sew back together. (Hint: it's easiest to remove the top stitch that is on the entire length of the facing a few inches wider than this alteration so it's as neat as can be.) 4. Top stitch on the side of the facing, sewing the raw edge underneath to the facing. 5. Not pictured: use a rolled hem on sleeve openings.
Now for the skirt. Get out your chalk hem marker. Use a pin to mark the desired length of the skirt. Move the chalk hem marker to this height and mark all the way around. Be sure to stand up straight or you will loose an inch or two! Cut 3/4 of an inch below chalk marks, and use your rolled hem foot to hem the skirt.
I also changed the neckline, but that's a bit much to also add to this tutorial. I'll show you all how to do that in another post. This dress couldn't have turned out better! I LOVE IT!
Zeus makes outfit pictures so much fun to take! I love this dog.
So whatcha think of the dress reconstruction? Questions? Comments!?
Original post here: http://www.sallyannk.com/2012/06/drab-to-fab-dress-reconstruction-and.html

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

My Hero

Ok this just made my week or year! My friend, Savannah, just started 4th grade and this was on her "About Me" page. Never underestimate the impact you can have on our amazing youth. Children are our future. I'm so thankful I can devote some of my time to helping inspire young people, whether it's through sewing, art, or just aspiring to do what you love and love those around you. ❤ Thank you to her mother, Rachel, for sharing and hug that amazing child of yours for me.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Shelby's New Skylight

Stepping up Shelby's game. We installed a skylight last month right before her birthday celebration. I purchased it on Ebay for less than $30, and the install was pretty fun. Matt and I backed her into the garage, and used one scaffolding to get up on the roof.

Since we'd already rebuilt the interior and the interior ceiling a few years ago, it was quite simple. We removed the 'skins', the thin wood that lines her interior, and mapped out where we wanted the skylight. We positioned it so we'd only have to cut into one cross beam. Then we built a new roof frame around the skylight. The hardest part was cutting the metal, but I left that to Matt with a pair of sheet metal cutters. Since the skylight sandwiched the aluminum exterior between the skylight and wood frame, the edge didn't have to be super smooth. We used silicone caulk to seal her up.

Once the skylight was in place, Matt built a beautiful frame in the interior, and the skylight looks like it's always been there. We also changed the interior layout. I'll show you that next.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Shelby's Birthday Celebration

Can you believe it's been two years?! Agh seems like yesterday we debuted at the market after months and months of renovations. We had such a blast over the holiday weekend, and special thanks to everyone that came out to see us.
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