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Vacation Project 2017

As part of my Summer break, I like to take some of the time to do things around the house/ studio.  And as my machines are in the shop for their annual tune up, those things involve organizing, purging and / or repairs and updates.

So this afternoon project resulted in 2 great new looking chairs, which were put to use right away last night as we had some company over to help sort our DVD collection.

Note – found out at the end of th evening that teenagers do actually think differently – even really well behaved, polite, articulate ones. While they put all the DVD titles starting with each respective letter together, they chose to not sort within that subset. So, we will be taking some time/bribing someone else who is as OCD as we are, to finish the job at some point in the future:-) …Pad Thai, anyone?

Okay, back to earlier in the day…

I began with looking at the chairs I have been suing and turning a blond eye to all of the cracks in the vinyl for a drew years now.  While they are good folding chairs, it was time to either donate or recover.

I took a few minutes to search online for techniques and scanned a few other posts, which were much more succinct than this one, and realized how easy it would be.  Quick journey into the fabric bins to find some options, and narrowed it down to two. One of each was the final choice!

and so it began:


  • screw drivers – one to remove screws, flat head to remove staples
  • pliers to assist in removing staples
  • scissors to cut your fabric
  • fabric – enough to cover your pieces, extra if using a print / design that needs matching
  • interfacing or muslin if you want an in between layer
  • staple gun and ¼ inch staples

1 – Unscrew the sections to be recovered.  If there is a finish layer, mine had a thin layer of vinyl stapled on, remove it carefully too.

2- to contain the rips, I used a “primer” layer of stiff interfacing – it was handy.

3-decide on fabric placement – prints look best centred , stripes/squares and al other fabrics, pay attention to the straight of grain  – use it as your guide whether placing square with it or on the bias.

4- start in the centres and work your way out to the corners. Practice with the in between layer to see how the curves will work etc.

5-Mark the screwholes to help later reassembling and trim excess fabric as needed.

6 – replace liner, or fins a nice way to hide the fabric edges

7 reassemble the chair and admire your work!



Same Day Alterations

You’ve bought your dress, it’s almost perfect, there are just some adjustments to do but you have a full time job, responsibilities at home and a crazy life. 

Would getting the adjustments done in one day work for you?

TAV Creations has been offering “Same Day Alterations” for years, and here’s how it works:

Email me -here – so it’s handy 🙂

To get things started, we can chat in email.  You can send me pics of you in the dress, and I can give you a general quote for hemming, some body adjustments, bustle numbers etc.

Those numbers may need adjusting when I see you in person.  

If you are comfortable with the general estimate, we book a full day for the process.  Usually, I’ll need to see you 3-4 times, depending on what needs to be done.

Book it.

The timeline for booking your appointment should take into consideration:

  • planned size changes < bootcamp? soup diet? You are beautiful – don’t do it! But if you are doing it anyway, let’s book for when you have arrived at your size>
  • Do you have your shoes and any undergarments you are planning to wear?  The hem and shape of a fitted dress can change a lot depending on these times – make sure you’ve got them!
  • Book a day at least 1 week before the wedding in case of any complications that were not clear until I see you in the dress – those extra days give us some breathing room – just in case!
  • I have 2 locations  to serve you , with different days at each, so when we chat, be sure to make note of which one you are coming to – and please keep it scent free!

ON the DAY:

1st meeting: you and the dress in person : usually booked for early in the morning, you come to my studio with everything- dress, shoes, undergarments, etc, and put it all on. I pin, poke, confirm what needs to be done and refine the estimate.  If we are good to go ahead, then we proceed with booking fittings through the rest of the day.

2nd and 3rd appointments – can be 2-3 hours apart and each visit is likely to be for 15-20 minutes so that I can check on my sewing progress, and you can confirm  the look and feel as we go along.  During these appointments, you can let me know anything that feels too tight, too loose etc.

4th appointment should be pick up, with a caveat that if there is anything that is still needing adjusting, I may need another 30 minutes for final touches.

 So in a “9 to 5 ” scenario, well,  it might be 7 to 2 or 8-3, but you get the idea, we spend one day focusing on your dress and you leave with a dress that fits!

Things to keep in mind:

  • Please be on time, and with shoes etc, to keep the process flowing smoothly.
  • The appointments will be focused on fitting the dress, without a lot of spare time for trying on jewelry, veils* etc.   While you may need to confirm those items too, the faster we get you in and out of the dress, the more time there will be at the end of the day to check out your accessories etc.  
  • The dress will be pressed as needed while I work on it, but I do not fully steam dresses.  It’s going back into the garment bag and travelling, so plan to do any final steaming once it gets where its going.
*If you need a veil < I make veils, yes>, let me know that when we are talking in email, so that I can have some samples for you to try.
So  – something to think about!  And please take a moment to check through my process here, so that you get an idea of the way I like to make sure your dress is just right for you!
Can you make me a dress in one day?  Well… 2 days maybe 3 – there’s a bit more to making dresses!

It’s Official – 2 locations to serve you!

Although it’s in black and white, here’s the sign for the door.

Sign for suite 203, My studio is at 739 Ridgewood, suite 203, this is just off Riverside, near Mooney’s Bay, in the strip mall, up on the second floor.   My workspace is a small area where you will both change in and have the fitting.    If you wish to bring someone with you for a second opinion, please limit it to one person per visit, as it is a very cozy space.   Appointments are booked for 30 minutes maximum and usually only take about 15-20 minutes.  Payment is due at final pick up, though "pay as you go" is fine if that is better for your budget.    Payment options are: cash, Visa, MC, email interac, and paypal.  HST is applied and indicated to all final totals.  Availability :  I see clients Tuesdays and Wednesdays, occasionally Thursdays, and most Saturdays, in general I can be in from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. - occasionally later. Starting June 3, I will be available later most days I am in, for after work appointments  Let me know if there's a day/time that suits you and we'll set it up! I may have other clients having already booked the time you want, so you can send me a few of your preferred choices and I'll confirm which are available!  Email is best, so that is it written down where I can refer back to it, but for last minute changes, my phone number is 613-241-3397.  Please note: due to allergies resulting in respiratory reactions, the studio is as SCENT FREE as I can maintain. PS. you can also  visit my website for more details on my process:    “The Present is a Gift from The Past, and an Inspiration to the Future.” -Tracey “Halyma” Vibert, TEDxOttawa Talk, December 2009. Ridgewood


Today, I start paying the rent on the studio space I’ve made my second sewing home since last June!  Thanks to the lovely ladies at Luxe for helping arrange the transition to my new adventure!

Still by appointment only, so book me well in advance as the summer is filling up!

I look forward to serving brides, dancers, and other creative souls in both my home studio < with a mascot>, and my new   studio at 739 Ridgewood, suite 203,  just off Riverside, near Mooney’s Bay, in the strip mall, up on the second floor.

Time to get biking!

Would you like to book an appointment? Contact me either via email – or fill this in:

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Holiday Season quickly approaching…

No ” holiday themed music” here…

Subtle in front, fun in back
Subtle in front, fun in back

just a simple reminder that there will be some fun soirees in your life in the next 6-8 weeks and you might be almost ready to start looking into that modern dilemma, ” Whatever will I wear?”



If you’ve:

  • got the perfect outfit, but it needs a bit of tailoring;
  • you thought you had the perfect outfit, but now you think it could use a redesign;
  • been gifted gorgeous fabric and now want to have it made into that creative vision;
  • or just want something new and cannot find it out there already

    Bridesmaid dresses matching concept and unique for each!
    Bridesmaid dresses matching concept and unique for each!

Who you gonna call? < um, sorry, couldn’t stop myself>

Actually – Email me please… send me your details:

  • What are you looking to have done? repairs? redesign? new piece?
  • When will you be wearing it?
  • Do you have time to come for fittings and what times are you generally available?

Then we can start playing! Either fill out this contact form or email me directly –!

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And let the vacation begin…again

Every year, August brings me my break.

My 3 R’s switch to recharge, relax, rejuvenate.

Canoe pog whitefish algonquin
Canoe point on Whitefish Lake, Algonquin Park Ontario. Photo by Tracey Vibert

So, I’ll be back in September to help in making your outfits come to life, tweak those existing pieces and bring new life to pieces that need to be redesigned!

I’ll also be teaching sewing lessons again in September  – sign up from August 13 onwards.

If you are truly in need, feel free to contact my colleague Ivy for your sewing needs in August – you can email her: Or check out for their services!

Otherwise, have a lovely few weeks and I’ll see you in September!


Tracey slightly sarcastic head shot 2014/15

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Early morning sewing…

All my work mornings < here in the TAV Creations studio as well as at the bridal salon>  for the past few weeks I’ve been up and at it at 5:30 a.m. so I can start sewing at 6:30/7 a.m

6 a.m. morning walk before heading into work

I just could not do it today.

Yes, I have clients coming and work needs to be done and the A/C helps a lot, but not sleeping well for the past two nights has lead to a break down of the process. Heat and I do not play well together.

So this morning, I’m doing the housework I have not had time to do, with 10-12 hour shifts at the Part time job, as well as with my own work. And I’m cleaning up emails, updating web pages and a few other tech things before I with back into sewing mode.

I also am re-organizing my work schedule for the new few days to allow me those breaks I need to not go completely bonkers before I start my annual August  sabbatical.

I appreciate having work and I love my clients, and I know that taking care of me, makes me better for all around me…today’s mantra I think – maybe the mantra for the next 10 days…

To Bedleh or to Baladi – that is the question…

Yeah, sorry.

So, Here I sit in my design studio after having spent yesterday beginning prep on a costume for my alter ego, Halyma, and I stopped because I cannot decide which direction to go next.

The fabric...
The fabric…

The project:

A “Renovation” of a second hand silk chiffon beaded 2 piece dress into a dance costume to complement that of the lovely Eurika for an upcoming show on June 6.

Eurika Sea Baladi 2014

I have a straight skirt to work with, already opened up the slit and will insert a circular piece to add flare and movement and it happens to be the fabric that matched Eurika without going overboard.

The question is the top.

I can attach the present fully covering existing top and create a baladi dress, for which I will have to lower the neckline, take it in to create some shape  < a blouson style won’t quite work>.  The bottom of the top has the same scallop detail as the hem of the skirt, so it will create a line at the hip – but I will have to shape it, so that it looks more flattering than a straight horizontal line.

green silk top

Or I can go out, get a bra and cut the top up to cover it, use the sleeves and create a finished edge to the top of the skirt.

Decisions, decisions…

Returning to the fold…

The nature of my work life has always been fluid.

Some weeks I’m super swamped with dance related gigs and classes, sometimes I’m working on EcoTAV pouches and napkins, sometimes I’m trapped in layers of tulle and cannot get out!

And changes flow through my life constantly; I think that’s why I live by appointment and booking, in order to maintain some sense of control 😉

The end of 2013 was marked by taking a break from working steadily with a local bridal salon that I had previously enjoyed working with, for about 3 years.  As their needs shifted, my time with them also shifted to occasional referrals and job opportunities, which enabled me keep close ties with the lovely owners.

While I really enjoyed the creative adventures I was able to go on with my clientele – nuns, dancers, and brides alike – and I did need the break from the constant tulle, I did miss working with Luxe Bridal‘s owners and clientele.  But the change of pace and more colour in my sewing space was a much needed benefit!

2014 brought about some major changes in my living quarters/ workspace, bringing about a move to a new apartment building and some financial juggling. And as mentioned, I was still working on occasion with Luxe…

a Luxe blog post 2015 - 05
The view from my new TAV Creations home studio is great!


After some preliminary discussions at the end of 2014, and some soul searching on my part, we determined a win-win situation where I can once again enjoy helping some of their lovely brides get the final tweaks on their dresses.  I have really had to determine my own strengths and establish some systems to maintain a healthy respect for my own creative process and time.

So in January of 2015 – after one last “referral” dress, I began my 3 month trial of working part time, in-house at the Luxe Bridal Dalhousie location.  It’s a bit of a joke about it being that 3 month probation period since I have worked with them in the past, but this is a new journey on so many levels for all of us!

And here we are at the beginning of April 2015.

April brings a shift in their world as the shop has moved to a new location, out of downtown < boo, I could walk to the other location>,  with a fresh approach to more appointment based bridal service  that will allow them to focus even more on the brides who book time to come in and receive their own personalize time with the consultants. Be sure to check them out online and on Facebook to find out more!

And I’ve now done my first bit of sewing in the new place – after setting up my own chair 🙂 . We still have stuff to figure out with the new location, but I am looking forward to the adventure and maybe even cycling there in a few weeks when the weather is warmer and the bike paths have cleared!

My title, remains, Couturiere...  or… if you have trouble with pronunciation, I’ll accept, while within the walls of Luxe Bridal, Alterations Specialist.

Note: I’m more than a seamstress, I’ve got paperwork that proves that, and while seamstresses are already a force of awesomeness, I’ve done my time to push myself to a slightly quirkier level… 🙂Couturiere Certification


And yes, TAV Creations is still rocking the creativity…

If you need some sewing done – be it creative design work or you are shopping for a wedding dress, I continue to be available to serve in whatever capacity helps bring your dream garments to life – costumes, bridal, religious, or otherwise!

I’ll just be found working in the back of Luxe Bridal on Wednesdays and Thursdays and some Saturdays…so forgive me if I don’t reply to emails as quickly on those days!

And, Lisa and Madeleine, thanks for inviting me back to the whacky fun!

The spirit of the Luxe Selfie!
The spirit of the Luxe Selfie!