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My first big job!
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Date: 7/7/12 2:38 PM

Today I finished my first big job doing a bridal party. I enjoyed it immensely, and everyone was happy with their alterations. I have been doing prom dress alterations for the past few years and got a request to do my most recent project.

Thinking about making things official for a nice, part-time job.

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Big 4 Pattern size 12, RTW bottom: 6, RTW jacket 8, RTW top (no size fits me well!)
Measurements: 34 HB/36 FB (34C bra)/27.5/36 (and working hard to keep it that way.)
Machines: Sewing: Elna 760, vintage Kenmore Model 33 (1967), Janome Gem Gold 3. Sergers: Babylock Imagine and Babylock Enlighten. Embroidery Only: Janome 300E. Coverstitch: Janome CP1000. Straight Stitch: Janome 1600P.

If you think your sewing is better than everyone else's around here, get out of my way b****. I hate sewing snobs.

My blog: www.phatchickdesigns.blogspot.com

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Date: 7/7/12 3:18 PM

Congratulations! Sounds like you have the makings of a great part time job at hand. Lots of luck if you go that route. You're so brave! Alterations drive me crazy, lol.

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Date: 7/7/12 6:58 PM

Pics please!!!!

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Date: 7/7/12 10:12 PM

It will be a nice partime job. I do about two wedding dresses a year.
I'm waiting for my first one to do this month. the bride is still waiting for her dress to come in Hopefully it will come in soon. her wedding is in aug.
I like to take pictures of the one's I had to redo that others messed or cosmic change.
I also like to do flower girl dresses to.
I have to say you can make some money doing this.
Have fun.

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Ecclesiastes 11:7,8 Nothing on earth is more beautiful than the morning sun. Even if you live to a ripe old age, you should try to enjoy each day, because darkness will come and will last a long time. (CEV)

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Date: 7/8/12 4:09 AM

Go for it Ryan's Mum! It's what I do part time and my only source of income (other than DH). I did a total of 50 ballgowns from 1 hire/buy business here in Perth from January to June just this year. I was their exclusive alterations person, but I couldn't actually do much more than that anyway!
To set up my home business I bought Judith Turners Business Package. It is not a franchise , but is for independent individuals just like me.She is great and the information can be used anywhere in the world. She is always just an email away for any support you might need. Here is the link to her website. Good luck! Genierita
http://www.geniecentre.com/

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Date: 7/8/12 10:02 AM

Thanks, everyone! Very helpful comments, and it's nice to know some money can be made from this via part-time work. Here are some pics before I ironed the dress. The dress spent a lot of time in the bag as you can tell. Took two hours to iron it, and then I forgot to take pics of it at that point.

Back with train

Wedding dress bustled/front view

Wedding dress bustled/back view

Back of dress closeup. I had to remove the zip and insert a laceup corset.

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Big 4 Pattern size 12, RTW bottom: 6, RTW jacket 8, RTW top (no size fits me well!)
Measurements: 34 HB/36 FB (34C bra)/27.5/36 (and working hard to keep it that way.)
Machines: Sewing: Elna 760, vintage Kenmore Model 33 (1967), Janome Gem Gold 3. Sergers: Babylock Imagine and Babylock Enlighten. Embroidery Only: Janome 300E. Coverstitch: Janome CP1000. Straight Stitch: Janome 1600P.

If you think your sewing is better than everyone else's around here, get out of my way b****. I hate sewing snobs.

My blog: www.phatchickdesigns.blogspot.com

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Date: 7/8/12 10:03 AM

Thank you so much for the link! I will check it out.

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Big 4 Pattern size 12, RTW bottom: 6, RTW jacket 8, RTW top (no size fits me well!)
Measurements: 34 HB/36 FB (34C bra)/27.5/36 (and working hard to keep it that way.)
Machines: Sewing: Elna 760, vintage Kenmore Model 33 (1967), Janome Gem Gold 3. Sergers: Babylock Imagine and Babylock Enlighten. Embroidery Only: Janome 300E. Coverstitch: Janome CP1000. Straight Stitch: Janome 1600P.

If you think your sewing is better than everyone else's around here, get out of my way b****. I hate sewing snobs.

My blog: www.phatchickdesigns.blogspot.com

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Date: 7/8/12 1:24 PM

Beautiful work!!

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Date: 7/8/12 1:30 PM

You did such a nice job! Lovely dress.Weddings can be a lot of hassle or they can be just a lot of fun! I hope for all the ones you do to be fun!

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Date: 7/8/12 2:24 PM

You must have the patients of a saint! I would rather make a whole new closet full of clothes, than to alter a ready made garment.

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