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I’ve worn this deer skirt so many times this past year, it’s by time I made a blog post about it!
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I share the experiences that led me to sew my first garment and some valuable lessons I learned. If you sew, you might find them pretty entertaining 😅 Link in bio!
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3/07/2018 (Wed) ❤ 59
👰🏼NEW BRIDAL BLOG POST! Cameron’s overdress gets fitting-ready. Flower popping, tea dyeing, satin trimming… and the whole look comes together for the very first time! 👰🏼
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Check out “Fitting-Ready Finishes for Cameron” on BrooksAnn.com. 💗Link in bio!💗
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3/07/2018 (Wed) ❤ 298
👰🏼Tea Dyeing for Flower Finesse! To give an extra pop to some flowers on Cameron’s custom printed sheer silk, I planned to back them with opaque fusible cotton interfacing.
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You may recall that I tested this earlier in the process, but there was one thing about it that still kinda bugged me….🐛
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The contrast between the white white of the interfacing and the sheerness of the organza fabric was a little stark on the few flowers featured on Cameron’s arms, back, and shoulders where her skin shows underneath.
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To remedy this, I tea dyed some of the interfacing. I’d add the slightly more skin-toned backing to the flowers with Cameron’s skin behind it and the white backing to the flowers with her white dress behind it.
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Cameron would be moving to England after the wedding so I chose my favorite English tea for the project. Any other #ladygrey  fans out there?👰🏼☕️💕
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For lots more details, check out my newest photo-filled bridal blog post “Fitting-Ready Finishes for Cameron” on BrooksAnn.com. 💗Link in bio!💗
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3/07/2018 (Wed) ❤ 88
👰🏼To finesse some of Cameron’s sheer floral print, I used templates of each photocopied flower to cut the exact flower shapes out of heat-fusible cotton interfacing. At my ironing table, I worked from the inside of the dress, carefully matching and adhering each interfacing flower to its corresponding sheer flower. I 💗 how it made the flowers look! 👰🏼
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For lots more details, check out my newest photo-filled bridal blog post “Fitting-Ready Finishes for Cameron” on BrooksAnn.com. 💗Link in bio!💗
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3/07/2018 (Wed) ❤ 101
👰🏼The flowers of Cameron’s top were backed and poppin’! I was finally able to close the cut-in-one gusseted-sleeved puzzle by basting the top-of-the-sleeve seams before trying it back on the dress form. Step-by-step her overdress was really shaping up!👰🏼
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To follow the full story, check out “Fitting-Ready Finishes for Cameron” on my blog at BrooksAnn.com. 💥Link in bio!💥
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3/07/2018 (Wed) ❤ 273
👰🏼Though I love making my own couture bias binding, Cameron was on a tight budget. I was able to find reasonably-priced double fold bias tape in both white and cream satin. We chose the cream which worked like a dream! I started with the skirt (where I "sprinkled" a few more flowers with white backing)…👰🏼
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For more, visit “Fitting-Ready Finishes for Cameron” on my blog at BrooksAnn.com. 💗Link in bio!💗
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I also share “Learning Curves” the Guide to Bias binding I wrote for Seamwork Magazine. ✂️Link in bio too!✂️
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3/07/2018 (Wed) ❤ 188
👰🏼To add satin double fold bias tape to Cameron’s wedding overdress, I first used my stay-stitching to line up the edge of the bias tape while machine stitching along the tape’s inner fold.
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Once I stitched the tape around all of the very full skirt, I took it to the ironing table for folding, trimming, and pressing.
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With the tape finally in place, I finished the outer edge with a machine stitch.👰🏼
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For more, visit “Fitting-Ready Finishes for Cameron” on my blog at BrooksAnn.com. 💗Link in bio!💗
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I also wrote “Learning Curves: A Guide to Bias Binding” published in Seamwork Magazine. ✂️Link in bio too!✂️
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3/07/2018 (Wed) ❤ 191
👰🏼Another dreamy sneak peek after I pinned the newly trimmed overskirt to Cameron’s dress. Adding the satin bias binding to the top would be next…👰🏼
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To follow the full story, visit “Fitting-Ready Finishes for Cameron” on my blog at BrooksAnn.com. 💗Link in bio!💗
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I also wrote “Learning Curves: A Guide to Bias Binding” for Seamwork Magazine. ✂️Link in bio too!✂️
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3/07/2018 (Wed) ❤ 331
👰🏼Hi there! After the skirt was trimmed, I added the satin to Cameron‘s top! Swipe to peep the process→
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First, I stitched one edge of the satin bias binding to Cameron’s top to check how it looked on the dressform before trimming the excess organza away.→ I added hook and eye strips as the front closures to the inside of the bias trim → before folding over the tape and enclosing the raw edge with hand stitching. → So beautiful…
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→ Once both the top and the skirt were trimmed in satin, it was finally time to join them and see Cameron’s unique wedding overdress together for the very first time. Stay tuned for more!👰🏼
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Can’t wait to see? Follow the full story by visiting “Fitting-Ready Finishes for Cameron” on my blog at BrooksAnn.com. 💗Link in bio!💗
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I also wrote “Learning Curves: A Guide to Bias Binding” for Seamwork Magazine. ✂️Link in bio too!✂️
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3/07/2018 (Wed) ❤ 321
👰🏼Squeeee! Though some bits were still basted for the possibility of last minute changes, the finishing work for Cameron’s overdress was finally fitting-ready.💫👰🏼
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For more, visit “Fitting-Ready Finishes for Cameron” on my blog at BrooksAnn.com. 💗Link in bio!💗
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And I guess this means it’s time for me to get to work on a new blog post about Cameron’s fitting! More soon…
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3/07/2018 (Wed) ❤ 353
👰🏼Once the work on her wedding overdress was ready, it was time for Cameron's basted fitting.
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The basted fitting is often the final fitting where the dress is mostly finished, with only a few areas basted for the possibility of changes. Since most of the pattern and fitting work happens through mockups, the final basted fitting is often the first time the bride gets to see and try on the real dress made of the real fabrics. (And in Cameron's case, the real fabric was a gorgeous floral silk organza, custom designed and locally printed at @red.canary !)
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Cameron brought her beautiful mom to this fitting and we all had a great time together!👰🏼
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Don’t miss “Cameron’s Final Fitting!” on my blog at BrooksAnn.com! 💕Link in bio💕
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3/07/2018 (Wed) ❤ 253
👰🏼I love it when wedding photographers capture the "first look" of the groom seeing his bride in her dress for the first time.
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As a wedding dressmaker, it's a treat to see another "first look": when the bride sees her dress for the first time!
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I was happy to catch these smiles of Cameron’s first look at herself in the mirror…
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If you thought the dress was pretty before, I think you’ll agree it’s 1000 times prettier on Cameron!👰🏼
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There’s a lot more gorgeousness in “Cameron’s Final Fitting!” on my blog at BrooksAnn.com! 💕Link in bio💕
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3/07/2018 (Wed) ❤ 322
👰🏼While it’d be easy to just call Cameron’s dress perfection, this was a fitting! The point of a fitting is to observe and experiment ways to improve.
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Currently, Cameron’s cut-in-one sleeves were only basted together with lots of extra seam allowance for the possibility of changes. We decided to slim the sleeves ever so slightly for an even more amazing silhouette.
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I was excited to clean up and finish these final seams and thankful that the basted fitting offered this opportunity!👰🏼
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Learn more in “Cameron’s Final Fitting!” on my blog at BrooksAnn.com! 💕Link in bio💕
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3/07/2018 (Wed) ❤ 225
👰🏼Adding the veil gave another rush of excitement in Cameron’s final fitting! Her mom did the honors…
→Swipe for more gorgeousness→
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To learn more, find “Cameron’s Final Fitting!” on my blog at BrooksAnn.com! 👰🏼Link in bio👰🏼
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3/07/2018 (Wed) ❤ 249
👰🏼During Cameron’s final fitting, I worked on her bustle. I set the bustling points and made sure everything looked great and worked nicely while Cameron was wearing the overdress and moving around.
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It was fun having Cameron’s mom in the studio to snap a few action shots! 📸
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For lots more, find “Cameron’s Final Fitting!” on my blog at BrooksAnn.com! 👰🏼Link in bio👰🏼
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3/07/2018 (Wed) ❤ 213
Do you use a thimble? Today in my eCourse #skirtskills  I teach hand sewing skills and profess my undying love for the thimble. 💌❤️💌❤️💌❤️💌
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If you are thimble-curious, I recommend checking out my blog post “How to Choose and Use a Thimble” on BrooksAnn.com. 💥Link in bio!💥
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#sewing  #handsewing  #handsewn  #thimble  #sewingtools  #customsewing  #couturesewing  #onlinesewing  #sewingteacher  #sewingblogger  #isew  #slowsewing  #slowfashion  #makeitsewcial  #sewinglessons  #learntosew  #makersgonnamake  #handmadeisbetter  #sewingstories  #sewingstory  #sewcurious  #sewingnerd  #ncsews  #sewcialists  #sewcialists  | 📸 Shane Snider
3/07/2018 (Wed) ❤ 219
YOU: 👋🏼 I’m Brooks Ann Camper. I teach custom sewing, make custom wedding dresses, and like to wear shirts with animals on them. I’m 5’ tall (okay, 4’11) and am based in Hillsborough, NC USA. I have a Masters Degree in Costume Production which landed me jobs sewing for Broadway shows, the Rockettes, the Muppets…👀
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Though I sew professionally, I have pretty much zero experience or interest in “Fashion sewing”, which uses standard sizes. I’m a different type of #sewingpro  who designs and sews only for individuals. “Custom sewing” is fun, freeing, nerdy, and I 💗 it! 🤓 (For more about the difference between fashion sewing, home sewing, and custom sewing, find my post “Two Myths of Learning to Make Your Own Sewing Patterns”. 💥Link in bio💥)
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Currently, my jam is teaching! I teach a Couture Hand Sewing Intensive at Camp Workroom Social as well as my own interactive online courses.
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Oh! Did I mention I make one-of-a-kind custom couture wedding dresses and blog my #behindtheseams  process for all you sewing nerds?
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During the month of March, while blogging the story of a custom floral overdress for a bride name Cameron (👰🏼newest post linked in bio👰🏼), I’ll also be teaching my Intro eCourse “Skirt Skills” #coutureforbeginners  (✂️link in bio✂️) all while creating/producing a ⭐️brand new⭐️ follow-up eCourse “Top Class”. I hope you enjoy following along!
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Ah! Ok! I could chat all day but I better get back to it! Today is only Day 1 of #MarchMeetTheMaker ! Thanks for hosting @joannehawker. I’m excited to meet other makers…
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3/07/2018 (Wed) ❤ 154
#MarchMeetTheMaker  WHERE: My sewing studio is in an 1890s textile mill in Hillsborough, NC, but I originally moved here while working another job in the same mill. So the Eno River Mill is WHERE I’ve been working for 14 years!
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When I left New York and sewing for Broadway, I needed a serious sewing break. I got a job doing another type of custom one-of-a-kind craft: an artisan of museum-quality picture frames. Think hand carving... custom joinery... gilding with 22k gold, etc…
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Learn more about my 9 year woodworking career in “Retrospective: My Years as a Custom Picture Frame Artisan” on my blog at BrooksAnn.com. 💥Link in bio!💥
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While working this “day job”, I started my bridal business out of a room in my tiny mill house a few blocks away. I’m thrilled to now have my own mill space large enough to film classes to teach people all over the world how I love to sew!
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FUN FACT: When I put in my notice at the frame job, I spent most of my final days hand crafting the frame that hangs in my studio for brides to view their dresses!👰🏼
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3/07/2018 (Wed) ❤ 142
#MarchMeetTheMaker  MY START: I first learned to sew unintentionally as a college senior theatre major interested in acting and sets. When I wrinkled my fancy costume backstage, the director told me to go iron it. I told him I didn’t know how to iron. Unimpressed, my next assignment was to work in the costume shop (against my wishes). Needless to say, I fell in 💗. But I was graduating right when I wanted to learn more…👩🏻‍🎓
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A few months later, I (astonishingly) landed an internship in the Yale School of Drama costume shop, where I fell even harder for custom sewing and pattern drafting.✂️ This led me to a MFA from UNC in Costume Production. This led me to my dream job in NYC as a Broadway milliner at @lynnemackeystudio. 👸🏻
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So in 5 years, I went from absolute beginner to sewing for celebrities full-time! I tell my origin story with more flourish in “Pressing Forward”, an essay I wrote in the 8/15 issue of Seamwork Magazine. 💥Link in bio!💥
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After a few years working in NYC, I burned out on theatre and needed a serious sewing break. I moved back to NC, got a woodworking job (see previous post🔨) and slowly got back into sewing by making a few wedding dresses for loved ones. When others started asking if I’d make theirs, I started a custom wedding dressmaking business and blog….👰🏼
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Years later, the woodworking job fizzled around the time I first discovered the “home sewing community”. As I tried to fit-in, I discovered that the way I love to sew is quite different from home sewing methods. I felt passionate that my custom methods would suit many who were struggling and I really wanted to help! In 2014, I filmed my first online course for women wanting to make their own clothes who would rather skip learning to alter standard sizes and jump straight into sewing custom drafted patterns (like I did).🌈 It’s been truly amazing and I’ve been slowly building my bridal and teaching business since!🌈
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3/07/2018 (Wed) ❤ 71
✨Makers Gonna Make. ✨
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Pic 1 Hidden Message = June - Rose Quartz, Zebra Jasper & Lava Rock
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Pic 2 Hidden Message = Strength- Unakite Jasper, Green Czech Glass & Lava Rock
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Pic 3 Hidden Message = Faithful - Tigers Eye & Lava Rock
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3/07/2018 (Wed) ❤ 33
Ecco un'altra combo che e' andata a ruba 🤗🤗🤗!!!
Sara' perche e' dolce come un prato fiorito? O perché puoi abbinarla con il bianco, il lilla o il rosa???O perché una volta indossata e' morbida come le coscette di una bimba🤗🤗🤗🤗??? Buon venerdì 🤗🤗🤗
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3/07/2018 (Wed) ❤ 87
Anche per questo #velluto  felpato a costine, come per i lotti di lana dei miei #scaldacollo , e’ stato amore a prima vista...!!!🤗🤗❤️❤️
E mentre sono qui che penso a corse sfrenate sui prati, all’odore dell’erba in primavera, all’aria fresca sulle coscette dei bimbi, se ne stanno uscendo loro....che ti mostrerò presto!
Per ora buona domenica di #marzo !
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3/07/2018 (Wed) ❤ 69
Don’t throw away those circular scarves just yet! They make great basket covers to take the country out of big brown basket. Scarves in general make great textiles for all sorts of making madness. Store those babies away (or donate to me!). #makersgonnamake  #DIY  #basketcovers  #doubledutyscarves  #homestyle  #huntandgather 
3/07/2018 (Wed) ❤ 31
My wife has an issue keeping dice on the table. So while working on the ship I made her a dice tray yesterday. Dark walnut stain. Brown leather interior. Cheap and easy but great effect.
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3/07/2018 (Wed) ❤ 27