Absent from Blogging

I know I have been absent from blogging for quite some time. Truth be told, I have been super busy! Here is an overview of where I’ve been and what has been going on in the life of Eleventeen Apparel.

Back in the fall, I was hired to design and construct a set of 1950’s housewife costumes for Stage Presence for Dancers dance team “Minis”. Since their first competition in October, that routine in those costumes has won the team multiple first place awards including a “Best Costume” award!

The team went to Myrtle Beach at the end of June to compete at Dancemakers Inc. national competition. Stage Presence had 14 routines allowing them to compete in categories across the board in age and style of dance.

Overall, Stage Presence held their own as a studio and did a fantastic job representing Winslow, Maine! The “Minis” performed a vintage tap routine to Postmodern Jukebox’s cover of “Call Me, Maybe”. These girls rocked it and took home a second place trophy! I am so proud of this amazing group of girls, and so thankful that I was able to have a part in this routine through costuming!

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The next big project on my table is a wedding dress for a lovely friend of mine. Inspired by all things ballet, it is sure to be an eye-catching dress worn by a stunning lady! I will have pictures when the project is completed, but for now I will keep those to a minimum so as not to ruin the surprise. 🙂

I may be a little behind in the blogging area, but I am still going strong behind the machines! Follow me on Facebook and Twitter for a more up to date account of what’s on my table. Don’t forget to shop my Etsy store for overstock items, one-offs, and one of a kind pieces!

Be creative, my friends!

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Garment Bags

This month, Eleventeen Apparel will be offering 38″ and 53″ garment bags. These items will be special order only. Bags are made from water-resistant fabrics to keep your costumes dry in any weather! Garment bags have an easy fold feature making transportation quick and simple. Preview the colors and prints below, then contact me to place your order! Orders may be placed through this website or at http://www.facebook.com/eleventeenapparel. Garment bags are priced $25 and $35.


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Dance Team Costumes-1950’s Style

This month I was hired by Stage Presence for Dancers to create 1950’s style dresses for the dance team mini division. It has been so much fun working with the instructors at the studio to bring their vision to life.

The dresses are all reminiscent of 50’s housewives. All were made from cotton fabrics with zippered closures for easy dressing. Each dress has an individual personality. Some have sleeves, others are sleeveless. Neckline are scoop or square, and a few have collars. Buttons adorn the bodices of some, and one dress features a split skirt. The colors and patterns are mismatched with just enough in common to flow beautifully next to one another.

I was able to watch the girls practice their competition routine in their dance team costumes a few weeks ago. It was fabulous! Each dancer has a crinoline skirt to make the dress full, plus a one-of-a-kind accessory to add individuality and quirkiness.

The team has their first Dance America competition on November 1. I look forward to hearing about how it went! This is a wonderful group of talented girls. I wish them all the best of luck!

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A Break From the Norm

Over the summer I’ve decided to take a little break from the norm and make some dresses for my kids. I am so busy with women’s fashions and dance items that often the clothing I want to make for my children gets pushed to the bottom of the to-do list. Last month, I penciled those dresses in on my schedule. No excuses! Since my focus for this summer is to use up a large amount of the vintage fabric I have collected over the years, it only seemed right to make those dresses from lovely vintage fabric. Here’s a peek at the bubble hem halter dress that I created for my youngest daughter.


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New Listings on Etsy

This week I will be adding new listings on Etsy! I know it has been quite a long time since I have added anything new to my Etsy shop. Things got a little crazy with wholesale and retail orders back in the fall/early winter. Now that things have settled, I am able to get back on track with the boxes of items I have full of clothing and ready to ship!

I am adding clothing with multiple size options available. All pieces are in my studio ready to ship to you immediately! No need to wait for me to finish any of these pieces. They are currently waiting for you to purchase them! All of my clothing ships via Priority Mail, so you can expect your package to arrive 2-4 business days after your order is placed.

So, what will be listed? I have long sleeve and short sleeve twisted dresses both organic and non-organic cotton that should be in the shop this evening. There are 5 color options, but sizes are limited, so order fast! Also going up this week will be cream colored cardigans with a chocolate brown attached scarf, aqua chiffon layering tops, black pinstripe pants, two different suit skirts…I’m sure I’m missing something!

Anyway, check out the new listings on Etsy. All items are here and ready to ship! Happy shopping!


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