Behind Couturesmith

Welcome to Couturesmith!

Some of my favourite childhood memories involve spending hours in my Oma’s attic, rummaging through trunks of 1940 and 1950′s era clothing – most of them made by Oma- trying them on, and putting on skits for any relative who might be around and crazy enough to want to sit through just one more nonsensical production.

Fast forward to today, and surprisingly enough my life hasn’t changed much!

Clothing, sewing, and being involved in theatre are part of the fabric of my everyday life. From Wedding dresses for my daughters, to leggings for my grandchildren to fixing coveralls for the barn, as long as it involves fabric and thread I am content. Theatrewise I am as happy backstage, organizing props and costumes as I am onstage- and if onstage I likely made my costume too!

So that is what I blog about.  Sewing.  Fabric. Sewing outings. There may be occasion post on topics surrounding farming, children, grandchildren and current events, but I do try to keep on topic most of the time!

Please leave me a comment!  I always enjoy them.  If you want to talk to me email to email,  contact me at c.couturesmith(at) gmail (dot) com.

Couturesmith defn. (n) A person who is striving towards excellence in fine sewing.


Karen January 29, 2010 at 11:16 pm

i love your blog…if you don’tmind me asking, what kind of sewing machine do you have? i sew only clothing, and i find your beautiful creations so inspiring!! thanks, karen

Karen, I have an Elna 7200, a really old Janome serger that works like a dream , a Husqy coverstitch, an old industrial, and an old mechanical Elna that is a real workhorse. For someone starting out, I always recommend finding an older, well maintained mechanical machine. All the bells and whistles on the new computerized ones really aren’t necessary. Except for Auto threaders. I swear by that little gizmo. Thanks for the lovely comment!

DianaDeap April 27, 2010 at 11:34 am

Hi Connie.Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog. I’m going to join yours. I like what I see. Happy Sewing.

Kathleen (Kate,Kathy) Bennett May 23, 2010 at 6:18 pm

I have just found your site and i love the sound of your writing, so warm. I am 75, ex fashion designer and still sewing, but have been making jewellery lately. I have made some girly frocks, but want to get back to doing some womens clothing; of the funky sort. That’s if I have what it takes.
Cheers Connie.

Ahh you are so sweet, Kathy!

Pamela July 22, 2010 at 11:12 am

This is so interesting…however all this reading will require new glasses.
Went to today and guess what… they have a 2 day sale, Thurs & Friday order online and the patterns are $3.99 so I ordered 4. You have got me all excited. I hope the patterns don’t have babies like your sewing machines. Thanks Connie

Amy Coltrain August 15, 2010 at 6:40 pm

My mom taught me to sew when I was 10 years old and I’ve been loving it ever since. I really enjoy reading your blog. I am not even close to the seamstress you are. I was hoping you might be able to give me some advice. I came across your photos while you were making a lace-up back wedding dress. I am attempting to make something similar for my daughter. Making the cording for the lacing loops is throwing me for a real loop! Do you have any suggestions? The dress is ivory dupioni silk and the lacing and loops are a carmel color. Thanks for your time! Amy

Carol Setterington August 17, 2010 at 11:48 am

Dear Connie,
I’ve just read about you in to-day’s LFP, and you may be the person to fill my wordrobe with comfortable loose-fitting, long flowing tops that are wearable for everyday, and special occasions.
This spring, finally, I found a long straight-hanging cool-feeling top from Tribal Mountain, and love it’s material, pattern, look, etc. so much that I’d like to have many more along the same design. But finding the right material and seamstress is my big problem. Can you help me? I’m 74 now, hopefully with many good years left ahead of me. What a difference it makes to wear this one particular top and feel comfortable, yet dressy at the same time. I need a few more of these, but want each to look a little different, color-wise, etc. So, please advise. 1-519-642-4715,,,, Carol Setterington (

Cécile Caron Schuurmans August 18, 2010 at 9:43 am

I have a vintage Wedding dress with enough tissue in it to make 2 dresses………….It is very beautiful. Just wandering if you`ll be interested to buy it for only $100.00 .?????????

Thank you.

Sorry CC, I actually have all the vintage wedding dresses that I am need ing right now. Thanks for the offer though- have you thought of a consignment store?

Lynda Fox August 18, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Hi Connie – Read the excellent article in LFP. I browsed your blog and found it very interesting even though I don’t sew, reading your blogs are enough to make me want to start. Your creativity is inspiring!!

Sally D October 13, 2010 at 11:51 am

I just found an amazing source of fabrics for children and thought that I would pass it on to you. The name is Chez Ami and they do ready to wear and also have fabrics for sale.

Gee thanks Sally D! (my credit card does not thank you!) There is some Chezami fabric on its way to me right now!

Cyn January 9, 2011 at 10:23 pm

I love reading your blog! I was hoping too that you might be able to give me some advice. I’m an occasional sewer. My daughter wants me to make a dress for her for a 1920s themed party – so she wants it kind of flapper style. The thing is, she wants the dress to have some fringe at the bottom so that it will look flapperish but she wants the fringe to be removable so that she can wear the dress again later. Any idea how to make it removable?

Jodie M. July 28, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Hi Connie. I’m came across your Flower Power tutorial, but the pictures aren’t showing up. If it is at all possible to send those to me, that would be fantastic. I’d love to see the pictures along with the tutorial. You can send to jodie0624 (at) gmail (dot) com.

Sally D July 3, 2012 at 1:47 am

I really miss your blogging about your sewing projects. Have you stopped sewing?

Hi Sally- Thanks for missing me! I’m Back!

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