What is the Difference between Junior and Misses_

What is the Difference between Junior and Misses?

One of the most confusing parts of shopping is trying to figure out what size to try on and ultimately what to add to your wardrobe. Are you even trying on clothes from the correct department? What is the difference between Junior and Misses clothing? Misses clothes can also be Petite or Tall, and at […]

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Adding Side Pockets | Easy Sewing Project

Oh, yes – I love pockets!  Here is my previous post to add a basic top pocket, now let’s move on to a basic side seam pocket. Pleated or full skirts are ideal for this hidden pocket.  I selected this dress with a back zipper and minimal stretch to the fabric.  Trying to match this […]

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How to Add Pockets to Clothes, Super Easy Methods

Pockets are great!  They are built-in compartments that can supplement or replace a handbag or purse.  Here is a previous post about the hidden treasure of sewn pockets, but what about the majority of fabulous dresses & skirts without pockets?  Let’s add them! The easiest garments to add pockets are non-stretchy fabric (cotton is my favorite) […]

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Effective Strategies for a Closet Purge

As the temperature cools down for fall, I have purchased a wardrobe refresh and now I need to clear out some old & outdated items to make room for it all. I encourage a wardrobe “check-up” at the beginning of each season.  Trying to go through an entire closet all at once is quite daunting.  I prefer to […]

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I shrunk this, now what?

I am normally very careful with laundry.  I know what fabrics to wash and how to wash it.  That does not stop a rogue shirt or dress from being washed incorrectly and shrinking. I found these instructions to Fix a Shrunk Shirt from Lafehacker website, and I decided to give it a chance. I started with […]

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Get the stain out

Here are some of my common stain remover techniques, using natural chemical-free techniques. Blood – Rinse with cold water as quickly as possible, and keep the stain wet.  Dab or pour hydrogen peroxide directly on the blood stain.  It will “bubble” up and start to remove the blood immediately.  Let it soak in for at […]

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Sewn Pockets

Do you know the difference between decorative pockets and real pockets that are sewn shut? Many high quality garments leave the manufacturer with the pockets stitched closed to prevent the garment looking worn, prior to puchase in the store.  Stitched pockets maintain shape better and are less likely to be damaged in the fitting room.  Some people will […]

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Can I bleach my dress?

Recently, I received this email from a customer wanting to repurpose an existing dress for her wedding. I bought a prom dress from you in 2010, and I loved the way it looked and felt on me. It is 100% polyester, floor length, and beaded with a cinch at the waste. I am now getting […]

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Night Out Essentials

Before heading out of town or for a special night out, plan ahead and pack a few essentials in case of disaster. Do not let a minor disaster turn into something bigger on your Honeymoon, Bacherlette Party, Prom night, Wedding, Military Ball, or other special night out. A little planning can save your sanity during […]

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How do I measure myself instructions

How do I measure myself?

The three most important measurements for dress sizing are Bust, Waist, and Hips.  Bust is also important for determining shirt size.  Waist and hip measurements are critical for skirts, pants, and underwear.  Grab a tape measure or string, and following these quick and easy steps to measure yourself. Bust: Measure around your body, under your […]

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Tailoring and Alterations Guide

Quick Guide to Tailoring and Alteration Basics

Some lucky women can find a dress that fits perfectly off the rack, and for the rest of us sometimes a little adjustment is necessary. Ask your dress retailer to recommend a seamstress or tailor. Some corporate stores are actually not allowed to recommend a seamstress. Check with independent dress boutiques or your dry cleaners, […]

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Can I Wash This? When dry clean only label in clothes is merely a suggestion

Can I wash this?

Can I Wash This Dry Clean Only Garment? Or, will I regret it later? We have all been there, the label says “Dry Clean Only”, but does it really HAVE to go the dry cleaners? Most delicate fabrics can be gently washed and air-dried, the problems arise when a dry clean only garment goes into […]

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