Caught Up on Blogging!

Yay!  I finally caught up with myself and can talk about things I am doing NOW instead of in the past.  My blog posts in the Leah & the Blog series kind rushed through in a general way about the major events of the process.  From now on what I hope to do with this blog is to try to keep you updated on the progress of the dress, but also throw in little posts about specific challenges that the dress brings and how I decided to solve it.

I recently read Claire B. Shaeffer’s Couture Sewing Techniques (which I recommend to dressmakers).  The author of this book researched the methods used in the workrooms of couture houses for many years.  In the book’s introduction, she talked about how she learned that “…in couture there are many means to arrive at the same end.  In fact, I can think of no situation in couture where a single method is used universally.”  So therefore, I offer my methods for solving my challenges and the reasons why I ended up choosing the method that I did.  You may have solved it differently.  How couture of us!

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Hi there! I'm Brooks Ann.

I’m an independent designer and couture dressmaker for one-of-a-kind bridalwear located in Hillsborough, North Carolina. I also teach the sew-curious both in-person and online.

My blog follows along with the couture process of how each heirloom-quality custom wedding dress is made from idea to wedding day, as well as other interesting tidbits related to sewing, weddings, and body positivity.

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