Monthly Archives: February 2008

Student Interviews

I have received several requests lately for interviews by students.   I really appreciate your interest in what I do & I would love to help you all out, but I am in the middle of my busiest time of the year.  I’m a one man band and I just, unfortunately, don’t have the time to take out of my limited work schedule at the moment to answer requests for 10-20 questions from what is at this point over 50 different students.  I wish you all the best of luck on your studies and hope that I have not offended you by not being able to fulfill your requests.  Perhaps this time next year, I’ll anticipate the rush and work up a document ahead of time.  My time this year, however, is extremely crunched.  Thanks so much for your understanding and again, best of luck in all you do.




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I have finally worked up my “how to measure yourself” chart. Several of my clients are waiting on this, thanks gals for your patience.

There are, as you can see, quite a few different measurements. I will do my best to walk you through how to take these. If you have any questions, please e-mail me to set up a phone consult so that I can walk you through it over the phone.  It’s easiest to print out this post & fill in the information as you go.

*If at all possible, have a friend take your measurements. When you turn your body to look at the tape measure, you actually change the measurement. If you absolutely must take your own measurements, do so in front of a mirror standing as strait as possible & looking forward. Mark the measurement with your fingernail, then look down to see what it is.

*Wear only an unpadded bra & panties, bathing suit, or some other very close fitting garment (or if you are ordering a gown, wear the bra that you will wear with your finished gown).

To begin, you will need to stop by Joann’s or your local fabric store & purchase 3-5 yards of elastic, a measuring tape, and a package of safety pins. I just use the most inexpensive skinny elastic & buy it off the roll by the yard. You should spend $5 or less on these 3 items all together. You will also need a marker felt tip pen.

Cut lengths of elastic to secure with safety pins around points 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, & 7. Yes, you are going to look like you’re trying out for the part of “skeleton” in the next school play, but I need to have these points marked and stationary during your measurement taking process.

Next you are going to use your marker to make small marks on the elastic for “side seams”. Imagine you have a plum line falling directly from the middle of your armpit to the floor. Now just make small marks on each piece of elastic going straight down your imaginary plum line (on each side).

On the above chart, the numbers go horizontally and the letters go vertically. Some only apply to full gowns or gowns with sleeves. I’m going to color code them as follows:

Red * Fill in all these for corset and gown orders

Green * This measurement only applies to skirt or gown orders

Blue * This measurement only applies to corsets or gowns with sleeves and/or necklines

O.K! Now we’re all set to measure!


Just circle the basic sizes that you generally wear

Bra size: 30 32 34 36 38 40 42 44


Shirt size: (number) 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24

Jeans/pants size: (number) 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24

or Juniors sizes 1 3 5 7 9 11 13

Height: _____________


1) * Upper Bust: _____ (for corset orders, make this where you want the top of the corset to be)

2) * Full Bust: _______

2.5) * Front Full Bust: _______ How far is it across line 2, just from “side seam” to “side seam” (remember you marked “side seams” on your elastic earlier)

2.75) * Desired Corset Bust: _______ This measurement is only for corset tops. Sometimes in a corset, you want the nice fluffy décolleté coming over the top. This requires that your bust actually be squished just a bit. Put the tape measure around your full bust, put your hands on top the girls, and push them in & up to where you want them to be. Now, look at what the measurement is. (this may require a few attempts before you get all the acrobatics required!) It should be somewhere in the neighborhood of 2-5 inches smaller than the actual full bust measurement, just depending on how full busted you are.

3) * Underbust: _________ (your rib cage at the point where the bottom of your bra band is)

3.5) * Front Under Bust: ________ How far is it across line 3, just from “side seam” to “side seam”

4) * Bust point to Bust Point: ________ (yes, that is “nipple to nipple”, but “bust point” sounds so much nicer, doesn’t it?)

5) * Waist: _______ This will most likely be higher than where you normally wear the waistband of your pants. Find the smallest point in your torso or where your body bends when you bend to the left or right while standing.

5.5) * Front Waist: ________ You’re getting the hang of it now, right? Line 5, just from side seam to side seam across the front.

6) * Abdomen: ________ This is a tricky one. Generally it’s about 2 fingers above your hipbones, but if you are especially curvy, the elastic will try to roll up. For corset orders, please make a note to me how far above or below this line you want the end of your corset to be.

7) * Fullest part of your hips: _________ I need this even for corset orders. It helps me establish the curvature of your body.

7.5) * Front Full Hip: __________ Yep, you know what you’re doing now!

8) * Neck: ________ (I don’t know why that shows up as a smiley, it’s an ‘8’ in the draft!)

(the following lettered measurements are all vertical!)

A) * 1-2: _______ How far is it vertically from ‘1’ to ‘2’. The illustration shows it to the inside just because there was only so much room to draw a readable picture, but please take this measurement from the bust point on line 2 up to line 1, then the following measurement from the bust point on line 2 down to line 3.

If you are ordering a ‘sweetheart’ neckline, please make a note to me of how far down from line 1 you would like the tip of the sweetheart to dip. ________
B) * 2-3: _______

C) * 3-5 at center front: ________

D) * 5-6 at center front: ________

E) * 5-7 at center front: ________

F) * 1-5 at side seam: _________

F.5) * ________ If you are ordering a corset, please make a note of how far down from line 5 you would like the side of your corset to end.

G & H are only needed for gowns or over the shoulder corsets

G) from Bust point to Neck: _______ (at the point where a shoulder seam would intersect the neck)

H) from Bust point to Shoulder tip: __________


9) * Shoulder tip to Shoulder tip: _________ (needed for gown orders, but not for corsets)

10) * Bicep: _________

11) * Wrist: _________

(the following measurements are all vertical!)

I) * Back waist: _______ How far is it from the prominent bone at the base of your neck down to 5. I need this even for corset orders, it helps me establish your body dimensions.

J) * Corset Back: ________ I only need this measurement for corset orders, not for full gowns. This measurement should be from the point where you want your gown to end at the top, down to 5.

K) * 5-6 at center back: ________

L) * 5-7 at center back: ________

M) * Back skirt length: ________ Measure from 5 down the floor, standing in bare feet.

M.5) * Heel height: _______ What height of heel will you be wearing on your shoe?

N) * Arm length: _________ from the tip of your shoulder to your wrist, with your arm slightly bent.

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30’s dress pictures

These pictures are for a client, but feel free to take a look through the eye candy. These are all copyrighted by either or various pattern companies.














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Camo wedding / Camo prom


One of my prom girls has (the point of the post) commissioned me to make her a camo prom dress. So I did a little research and found that camo prom dresses and camo weddings are somewhat of a trend. What I saw was quite a bit of mocking going down on several message boards, but I always promote my clients own unique individual tastes as something special. If you’ve found me & like my style & have possibly thought of actually wearing my gowns, you know that it takes a bit of nerve and personality to step outside the white dress box.

I grew up in a little town in Arkansas, somewhere between Booger Holler (pronounced ‘holla’) and Skunk Holler, in a town who’s annual festival is Toad Suck Daze. (Need a t-shirt? I can get you one. My list of friends who need one each year is growing!) Anybody remember my post about Christmas dinner? So I get the camo wedding thing. It might not be my style, but it is most definitely somebody’s. So don’t mock it. Camo bride isn’t mocking your steam punk wedding.

So…keep your britches on while I vear from my norm of showing the latest in Victorian finery, here is the current list of everything I found for camo weddings and prom. If you happen to have camo wedding needs, give me holler (pronounced “hawller”) and let me know!

Some ideas

Message Board 1

Message Board 2

Message Board 3

Colorado Carla my fav is the bride dragging deer hunter. Ever heard of a deer widow? If not, you or your mama never was one. 🙂

Just Camo mostly for the groom, there are 2 pages


Ideas & quite a few links

Daisy-Days camo favors and gifts

Arkansas Duck Hunter some table and giftware…and an odd assortment of t-shirts that my brother would sell his truck for. Any of you Arkansas gals know if this is the big place in Stuttgart?

Throw away bouquets

Snyder Creek scroll all the way down & they off two patterns in bridal satin

Erika Sarkozi some ideas from a custom designer

Some ideas for camo prom

An actual camo wedding

Bridal People some more camo gifts, not sure what pattern that is, though

Some advice


White lace & promises more examples from another custom designer

More gifts & garters

More garters why does this list these as prom garters? Please tell me you don’t wear a garter to prom. I’m just too old to know that.

Even MORE gifts and garters

Another actual camo bride Do NOT show the topper on the grooms cake to my brother. He will make my poor sister-in-law re-do their entire wedding.

You have to see this to believe it The site says this could only happen in Louisiana. No. It could happen in Arkansas, too. Trust me.


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