Friday, November 11, 2011

Project Sneak Peak - Good Luck Day!

If you've read some of my earlier posts, you know about the Kermit Flail.  I now introduce the Honey-Senpai Eyes.

Let me explain, sometimes the perfect fabric drops in your lap.  It's gorgeous, has the perfect weight, is easy to handle, and looks exactly like you want it to.

  This fabric had me making Honey-Senpai eyes the entire time I was working with it.  I almost sniffed a little when the project was over.  I'll be posting pictures in the next few days, after the recipient has had a chance to see it.

Upside of the project?  I have several yards left.  I see Honey eyes being made again!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Moving is Done!


It’s been a long haul, but the move is over!  As of 9pm on Sunday, TTC has a new residence in Norman, Oklahoma.

I promised updates, so here it is.  This is the room the studio was to move into.  It’s been largely un-touched since the last Billingsley child moved out, so it’s become the home for everything that had nowhere to go.

I took the pictures after we’d already started to move things.  It amazes me that even a neat room explodes the instant you try to move anything.

See more photos and exhausting work after the break.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Two Cities is Moving!

Tailor of Two Cities is moving!

Since TTC is a home grown business, it goes where I go.  Being a mid twenties professional (note to self, do an into to the seamstress blog) I have to make some pretty tough choices about what I want and where I’m going.

Things I want: a house.  Houses mean many things to me.  Security.  Stability.  A chance to shock the neighborhood by painting the house an outrageous color.  You know, all the good things in life.

I want a house that makes me happy to look at.  I'm thinking orange.

When I started looking into houses, I realized mortgage payments on a house a smidge bigger than my apartment would be roughly equitable to my rent, and was quite doable.  The down payment however, was not.

See more after the break

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Items in Depth - Gold Tucked Skirt

Gold Tucked Skirt

This is the first of many new posts which will look in depth at items available from Tailor of Two Cities.  The idea is give you guys a closer look at the materials used, sewing techniques, and even the inspiration behind each of my pieces.

See more after the break.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Companies you love to work with

I’ve had a lot of questions over the last couple of days about various topics, from where I get my boning to who did my business cards.  It all boils down to one thing: the companies I love to do business with.

There are a lot of reasons I prefer some shops over others.  It could be the atmosphere of the shop, or the people I know who work there.  Some have great deals or discounts, and others have a friendly staff.  Some shops simply have the best quality goods.

See more after the break.

Friday, September 2, 2011

The First Two Cities Photoshoot

A couple of weeks ago we had our first real photo shoot!  Despite me being a complete bundle of nerves, it went smashingly well.  The models all had a good time, and our photographer Jessi, of Shades of Gray Photography, was fantastic.  I adore every one of the images she took.

Some of the photographs are up in our gallery.  Go take a look!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Drafting... More Drafting

The most exciting part of sewing, at least for me, is when these scraps of flat fabric start to look like something you have in your head.  Sometimes that happens as soon as you draw it out, sometimes it doesn't happen until it's all sewn together.  On the new coat pattern it's starting right as I cut out the pieces.  I can't wait to sew it together!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Oh My! A Blog

Sewing has always been one of my passions.  I learned at a young age from my Aunt, who was a professional seamstress, and kept practicing.  I sewed costuming for stage shows, Medieval fairs, parties, and Renaissance festivals.  While I enjoy sewing everyday clothing, nothing delights me quite as much as making something inspired by history.

I've been asked for years now where I got various parts of my costume, and it always disappointed people when they find out there was no shop to buy them in.  No longer!  I have stopped sewing costume after costume for myself (I don't have enough time to wear the ones I already have!), and have started sewing for others.