My elevator pitch used to be: ” I sew, I dance; I teach both.”
I have retired from performing and teaching dance< Belly and Bollywood>, but I still am lucky enough to be able to keep up the creativity with my sewing work.
Every once in a while, I am lucky enough to be able to assist another sewist in the completion of their projects that may have gotten away from them, their lives have become too busy, or whatever the reason…
Here’s the latest – and I love it – I want one for me now ! I don’t need one though… sigh…
Click on the first thumbnail and hit the right arrow to go along for the journey!
If you need help finishing a project, let me know and let’s co-create something amazing!
If you decided early to go with a breathable fabric mask to reduce your impact on the environment and keep others safe – yay!
You may have purchased a Style 1E/1T TAVMask from me to help support an Ottawa based business, or you may have purchased from one of the many other awesome sewists who have been doing their part to try to help keep everyone a bit safer.
So, now it should be a 3 layer mask, but yours has no pocket to insert either a reusable or disposable filter!!! And you have a few of them!!
3 layers of fabric – 1 Organic cotton/ hemp blend for support; 1 layer polypropylene for filtering; 1 layer organic cotton sateen for comfort with support boning to gentle hold the mask away from your lips but still allow it to sit securely against your face.
I now have receive and can provide the appropriate polypropylene, but there are some suggestions that may help you add your own filter in the meantime:
Filters add an extra layer of protection against COVID-19 by trapping small infectious particles. Consider wearing a mask that includes a filter or filter material as one of its layers, such as:
non-woven polypropylene fabric, which can be found as:
a craft fabric
the non-woven fabric that’s used to make some reusable shopping bags
a disposable filter inserted into a pocket on the mask
Reusable masks with a non-woven filter layer should be washed daily, and can be washed multiple times. Disposable filters should be changed daily or as directed by the manufacturer.
As Ontario looks at how to reopen businesses, I also am looking at how to safely conduct business in my highly up-close and personal main operations.
I specialize in custom garments, making them with multiple appointments to ensure the look and fit are what my clientele wants in…
And even with these jobs I am often still looking at at least one fitting to ensure a good final result when providing…
clothing repairs and renovations….
So what to do?
I have been making masks steadily since March 2020 , and I will continue to do so as demand exists, that will be one of the streams of income I will be dedicating time to. Curious? email me
Be sure to use #TAVMasketeer or #TAVMaskateer if you post a selfie in one I’ve made for you!
No-contact alterations will be available
– you mark it, I sew it can work reasonably well for pant and sleeve hems, and likely straight skirts…contact me if you have projects like this to get finished!
This will also work for curtain hems, and repairs of clothing!
Resuming fittings with safety protocols in effect:
For my bridal clients and custom clientele who are looking at having their special garment made or altered/ tailored for a future event, I have been postponing fittings until we have a better flattening of the curve happening. As we begin to open up, I will be looking at slowly setting up more appointments with the following protocols in place for my health and yours.
– both of us wearing masks -if you have your own cloth mask, cool, if not, let me know and I’ll make you one and will wash and iron it to kill off germs right before you come.
–wearing disposable plastic gloves or washing hands immediately upon entering < if you prefer to bring your own soap, I won’t be insulted, or you can use our bar soap in the bathroom>
-personal items kept to a minimum and put on the removable sheet on the futon in the studio – it gets removed and laundered after every appointment.
– limit it to just 1 person coming in. We can set up a FaceTime or Skype over our internet with whoever wishes they could be here but cannot.
–more efficient fittings…Fittings presently are limited to 20-30 minutes, and I hope to reduce that, depending on what needs to be discussed.
I also plan to offer variety of platforms for video chats in advance of even meeting – so let me know if you want to explore that option!
Above all, I want to keep sewing, contributing to the economy and helping others when I can with donations when possible.
I look forward to the new adventures in creativity we will go on together!
I am super grateful to the folks who joined me this fall/winter in being my models/co-creators/willing superheroes to showcase my skills as a designer. This year, the nature of my “collection” is more “adventures”– #TAVCreationsAngels Assemble ! Each week I plan to focus on one of these amazing people and the character and creation we produced !
Today, let’s talk about The Traveller.
Travelling through time with flare, The Traveller once was a delicate maid, with a flowing dress and gentle smile. She has evolved into a fierce no-nonsense character, with her dress evolving as well into a sharply styled jacket, and worn here with an ivory gown remade into a walking skirt, along with a lovely sleeveless blouse for the times she needs to really move!
The Traveller was a bridesmaid in the lovely teal satin dress many years ago. And the dress waited for a new life.
As the Downton Abby High Tea approached, and costumes were on the minds of the attendees, we had some fun deciding to use her dress to make her outfit for the tea!
Remake of 2 dresses into Jacket and skirt :
The wedding dress used to make the skirt was one of the many donated pieces found in the TAV Creations reclaimed textiles stashes and the ensemble came together!
Bridesmaid dress to remake into jacket
Wedding dress to remake into skirt
Blouse– sleeveless shell with ruffle collar Labour = $90
.75m cotton rayon blend
.5m lace for ruffle
White satin wide brim hat with blue accent and lace and satin roses Labour $280
I am super grateful to the folks who joined me this fall/winter in being my models/co-creators/willing superheroes to showcase my skills as a designer.
This year, the nature of my “collection” is more “adventures”– #TAVCreationsAngels Assemble !
Each week I plan to focus on one of these amazing people and the character and creation we produced !
Today, let’s talk about The Regal ” Magnificent“…
Wearing beads and sequins on silk chiffon, a glorious green colour and exuding an ageless elegance, Magnificent, AKA Queen Ivy, holds all to a higher standard.
She commands attention to the finest details in her own endeavours and expects nothing less from others. Her superpowers challenge those around her to excellence.
Vintage silk beaded dress redesign
Labour: $260 for the second Renovation/ incarnation
This two piece gown is in its third incarnation – having been once a dance costume < approximately in a size 18, worn by 5 feet 8 inches /173cm tall Halyma>, and before that, it had been a two piece set with full sleeves, and a higher front neckline.
The ultimate in upcycling is keeping these vintage pieces in circulation, adjusting in ways that allow for future changes and resizing it for our Magnificent who did not fill it out – in height or width, but it now flatters her frame !
One more fun thing that we were able to enjoy at this year’s Capital Wedding Show was meeting and participating in 3DAvatar‘s booth:
You walk into their time machine and are immortalized instantly!
Instead of trying to choose a weekend date or evening date that might work for some, but not others, I will be setting up 30 minute appointments for folks to come and check things out at our mutual convenience this month!
TAV Creations originals
Gently used Halyma pieces < bely dance and/or Bollywood styles>
A very limited selection of items from colleagues who have just a small number of pieces they have left with me, hoping to move them along.