One year ago last Monday, this young man was killed in his own yard by a drunk driver who ran off the road. That same evening, his sister Nicole was in the hospital giving birth to her precious baby girl, Brielle. I can't even imagine the emotional impact on their family of having the anniversary of Brielle coming into this world and Andrew leaving it on the same day. 
To help honor her brother on her daughter's birthday, Nicole gave me the privilege of making this dress for Brielle from Andrew's shirt.
There is some comfort in knowing Andrew is in the arms of Jesus and these two will meet someday!

Widows Ministry in West Africa

This is the first update in awhile! This one is actually personal, not business. 

I will be taking a 2 month leave of absence this winter to serve with my children who are missionaries in West Africa. Specifically, I will be helping in a program that helps widows get on their feet. And probably working at the sewing school, as well ;). 

My daughter sent authentic West African wax cloth, with which my friends are helping me make tote bags to help finance this trip. Here is the selection:

You can message me on the Contact Us page if you would like to purchase one or two. I am asking for a minimum donation of $40 per bag. Please consider helping me help others!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Kylie's wedding

   Kylie searched high and low for the gown of her dreams.

 She found this beautiful Lazaro gown at Bridals by Lori in Atlanta, GA, and brought it to me for                                                                   alterations to perfect it!

We took in the bodice for a better fit, shortened the front, and added a bustle. She was absolutely stunning for her wedding in Presque Isle, Maine!

Exceptional photography by Emily Bard.

Welcome to our new website! More photos of beautiful dresses to come!

Making the perfect gown more perfect!

A beautiful, happy bride makes it a good day! We shortened her gown and took it in for a better fit; changed the straight neckline to a sweetheart; bustled the train; and made a matching veil to her exact specifications. Now she's ready to wear her dress confidently on her wedding day!

Bridesmaid dresses

The selection of options for bridesmaid dresses is seemingly endless - styles, lengths, colors, fabrics, embellishments . . .

After a bride decides on the look she would like for her wedding, it is wise to consider the individual bridesmaids and what they are comfortable with, as well. There are many styles which flatter all body types, such as the empire waist or A-line with a side sweep. One option is to choose the color of dress, and let each bridesmaid choose the style she would like to wear. One of my brides purchased the fabric she wanted - white satin with an eggplant lace overlay - and let each bridesmaid choose the pattern she wanted to wear. They were all similar in length and skirt shape, but each had a unique bodice and neckline. Each bridesmaid had the dress she wanted, custom made for a perfect fit. They enjoyed wearing their dresses and looked beautiful! And of course, the bride was happy.

You can see pictures of these and more at !