Sunday, November 30, 2014

December Sewing Classes & Service Hours

Hi Beautifull!
I have finally sat still long enough to make the December Class Schedule.
Next session starts December 7.
I also offer private lessons. Those never stop!
Private lessons can be schedule by clicking the "schedule appointment" tab and selecting "private sewing lessons" as your service.

Service Hours

Clients are seen at the HBB Design Lab 2910 E. Market St
Wednesday - Saturday from 9:00am-7:00pm By Appointment.
Walk ins are welcomed on most Fridays & Saturdays from 11:00am-4:00pm.
All appointments must be scheduled online. Walk ins will be seen between scheduled clients.

Select Retail Items can be purchased:

  1.     The Honey Bun Boutique Online
  2. Design Archives Emporium located at 342 S. Elm St, Downtown Greensboro, Open 7 Days a week
  3. The Honey Bun Boutique Design Lab 2910 E. Market St, By Appt

I have big news coming! Stay tuned.....


Thursday, November 27, 2014

1808 Greensboro

I had the pleasure of modeling for  1808 Greensboro Magazine. This was the holiday issue. I am no model. I normally prefer to stay behind the scenes, but this was fun and I am honored to be included. I did design and make my sequin skirt and top.
Here are a few pics. Review the slideshow on the link below.

I also made this jacket, but it was a bit too much sparkle for me. I do love it though. I can see it with a pair of jeans. oooooo or a black catsuit!

Pattern Review McCalls 6559

I love a great maxi dress. I wear them year round. I can wear this on now with a jean jacket, cardigan or leather jacket.

Pattern Description: 
MISSES'UNLINED JACKETS AND DRESSES: Close-fitting, unlined jacket in 2 lengths has front extending into single-layer tie ends(wrong side shows). Very close-fitting, pullover dresses. E and F: front seam detail, bias upper/middle fronts, and lower front/back (cut on crosswise grain of fabric. All have narrow hems.

Pattern Sizing: I cut a size 22, view E

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It was quick and simple. I love maxi dresses

Fabric Used: Jersey Knit from Hancocks

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I made the bottom flare out a little more. I used bias tape that I made for the neckline and armholes instead of doing a narrow hem as the pattern suggested.

Would you sew it again? Absolutely!

 Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I sewed it on my serger, but can easily be sewn on a regular sewing machine with a zigzag or stretch stitch. 

Conclusion: This was a super easy and cute maxi dress pattern that is big girl friendly. This would be easy to grade up for larger sizes.

Pattern Review Butterick 5463

Pattern Description:
MISSES' TOP, TUNIC AND SASH: Very loose-fitting, pullover tops A, B, tunics C, D have bateau neckline and stitched hems. A: armhole flounce. B: contrast appliques and ends of sash. C, D: side slits. D: contrast above wrist length sleeves. A, C, D: purchased belt.

Pattern Sizing: I cut a size 22

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, with the changes that I made.

Were the instructions easy to follow? I didn't really use the instructions, but I did read them for the review. Yes, They were easy to follow.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? This pattern was super simple to sew and a classic style to wear. Just a few pieces to sew.

Fabric Used: I used fabrics from my stash. They were all silky prints from Joanns.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I cut view C. I shortened the length of the top to view B. I wanted it long enough to cover my stomach, but not too long. I widened the neckline. I needed more room to breathe. I also made bias tape for the neckline instead of using the facings.

Would you sew it again? Yes! This was so quick and easy to make. I will definitely sew it again. This is a versatile style top that I will be a staple in my wardrobe.

Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I do recommend this pattern to others, especially my beginner sewing students.

Conclusion: This pattern has so many possibilities. With a beautiful fabric, you can sew up a great top in about an hour.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

How Professional Dress Forms Are Made

I stumbled upon this great video on how some dress forms are made.  
These are the really good dress forms, not the flimsy ones that we can buy at the local craft store. 
For nosy or inquisitive people like myself, this video should be nice to watch. 
I love learning and watching the process of how things are made. Enjoy!

How Its Made Dress Forms: