We hope to see you all on Saturday at CoRK Arts District's Open Studios. It's the ONE DAY a YEAR the art district is open to the public -- AND we'll be hosting a live sewing demonstration from 1-2pm in the North Gallery!
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.
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 Problems with the dress, before: shoulder pads are hideous, too big, too long, sleeves too outdated, and I'm not a huge fan of the neckline.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:
around 30" of 1/4"-1/2" wide elastic
rolled hem foot for your machine
chalk hem marker
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.
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.
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.
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.
Big things coming up and always working. Story of my life as the owner of Sally Ann and this mobile boutique we call Shelby. But I can't complain. Life is good.
On July 4th, our mobile shop will have been open for business for TWO YEARS! I can't believe it. It seems like just yesterday I was polishing all that aluminum to make it shiny, and now we're prepping the celebration by doing some slight modifications and updates to the shop. Sunlight, awning, new layout, new displays, etc.
What's your favorite thing about Shelby? Excited to see the remodel? We'll share more on the awning and sunroof when we finish next week! In the meantime, keep up with us on Instagram and Facebook.
It's official. We've added more sewing classes --- AND --- they're going to be every week. Every Tuesday night we will host sewing classes in our workshop, starting next week with a Sewing 101.
When we had the last sewing class at Southern Roots, there were 10 students, and only a handful had ever used a sewing machine. Since the lesson plan was to make a skirt (that even had pockets), we were all a little overwhelmed. The new classes are limited to only five students per week, and the first class is a very simple and basic "let's get to know your machine". We will review all the parts of the machine, explain the way the machine works, and then start with simple straight stitches on scrap fabric.
By the end of the lesson, the student will leave with a market tote bag and a new outlook on sewing.
After taking the 101, students will be able to take our other beginner and intermediate classes. Lesson plans include a throw pillow and slip cover, a zipper pouch, a skirt with an elastic waistband and pockets, and more. We're currently writing new lesson plans for more intermediate and advanced classes.
All reservations for the class will be made through Eventbrite since space is limited. You can also follow our event schedule, along with all pop up stops, on our Facebook page.
How may of you out there have a bridesmaids dress just sitting in your closet, collecting dust, because it's too formal to wear again, floor length, and not something that could pass as a casual spring dress? Watch the above video to turn the bridesmaid dress from a formal gown to a fun dress you can wear again.
You will need a chalk hem marker, scissors, a rolled hem foot, matching thread, and about an hour. Maybe two if you've never used a rolled hem foot.
Using a chalk hem marker, mark the desired new hemline all the way around the skirt, on all layer of the dress. The bridesmaid dress may be floor length, or shin length, this alteration applies for any dress you want to shorten.
VERY IMPORTANT: be sure to wear your proper undergarments and shoes when marking the dress. Depending on your body type, a bra will change the fit and fall of the dress, and if you hem it without these on, and then put on heels and a bra, the hem won't be uniform all the way around the skirt.
One Spark 2015 -- we placed 9th in our category of Art, 55th overall out of about 550 projects. "Sally Ann Vintage Fashion Truck" was our project, and we proposed our expansion into a drivable fashion truck, upgrading from our little pull behind.
The festival took place from April 8th-12th, five long days hanging out in downtown Jacksonville. My business partner, Jenna Richey, and I were seeking $15k for the expansion. We were also "selling" vintage clothing with certain suggested donation values to help our project.
"Pitching" the project idea to about 100 people on Forsyth on day two. Who needs written speeches when I could just wing it! The crowd and thousands of people we were able to speak to over the course of the festival really gave us the motivation and drive to keep on pursuing this project.
And while placing 9th didn't get us funded, it still got the word out there about our business. A vintage and sustainable fashion truck is something our city needs, and we're going to deliver.
Jacksonville spoke, and we heard you. Thank you so much for everyone for their support and positive encouragement. More news on the expansion coming soon!
Sally Ann One Spark 2015 from Sally Ann on Vimeo.
Our One Spark is almost here! From April 8th-12th, we'll be pitching our project: Sally Ann Vintage Fashion Truck. We are raising funds to get a larger camper for an exclusive mobile boutique and fashion truck.
Come see us at Hemming Park in downtown Jacksonville, and don't forget to vote for our project #22169!
Do you even wonder the work that goes into setting up at a pop up stop? Well it's work, I'm not gonna lie. Shelby, our mobile boutique, is usually the first to arrive at a show. Bright and early we arrive, because if our neighbors are already there, it's quite a pain to get her in place. So the earlier the better.
With most of our tables and fixtures tucked away in Shelby's interior, we start by unloading chocks, jack stands, and a jack. Lower the front, place the jack in the back, crank her up, put the jack stands in place, and then crank up the jack to level her out.
Next: table, racks, merchandise, tools. In that order or not. Every day is different, no two ever the same. Enjoy the time lapse I took last weekend at the Riverside Arts Market. With the new iPhone software, I thought it'd be fun to document the two hour setup.
In other news: we've closed our Etsy shop, and relocated to Big Cartel. Our website is still the same, www.shopsallyann.com. The only difference being the look and a big update coming soon.
Earlier this Month, I hosted my first group sewing class at Southern Roots in Riverside. Ten students, ten machines, and ten skirts. With pockets! It was a blast. Lots of work and at time overwhelming, but we had fun.
Little did I know when the class began, only 2 of the students had used a sewing machine before. ONLY TWO! Oh my was that intimidating, teaching all simultaneously. But we did it. Some fabrics I brought weren't the best to work with at a beginner level, but overall, it was a HUGE success, and we can't wait to host another.
It was a bit of a nasty day, with drizzle and misty cold rain, but hey, we were able to hang out with friends, meet new people, and sell our goods. We're looking forward to more markets in Hemming, like Vagabond Flea the first Saturday of every month and One Spark!