Rhonda Griffin's Profile

About

Sewing has been my passionate hobby since childhood. I began with Barbie doll costumes, sewing them by hand,needle and thread. My mother had an old 1930s Morse sewing machine that I practiced on during my primary school years. As mother and I updated to newer machines, I advanced from intermediate to advanced level sewing before entering high school.

I began a small custom couture design business in 1975 during my college years. While studying art history, classical music, and piano, I became fascinated by fine craftsmanship of designers from the 17th,18th and 19th centuries. It was then that I learned how fine exceptional clothes are crafted and constructed.

After a lengthy career in community social work, I did a mid career change. I longed to create fine theatre quality historical, period, vintage inspired costumes and clothes. The…

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  • Female
  • Born on October 5
  • Joined May 9, 2009

Favorite materials

brocades, velvet, cotton, taffeta, silks and satins, damask, laces and voile, chintz, leathers, faux fur, feathers, hoop steel for cages, fancy trims

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Showbelles
Dresses Costumes Clothes Couture

About

Sewing has been my passionate hobby since childhood. I began with Barbie doll costumes, sewing them by hand,needle and thread. My mother had an old 1930s Morse sewing machine that I practiced on during my primary school years. As mother and I updated to newer machines, I advanced from intermediate to advanced level sewing before entering high school.

I began a small custom couture design business in 1975 during my college years. While studying art history, classical music, and piano, I became fascinated by fine craftsmanship of designers from the 17th,18th and 19th centuries. It was then that I learned how fine exceptional clothes are crafted and constructed.

After a lengthy career in community social work, I did a mid career change. I longed to create fine theatre quality historical, period, vintage inspired costumes and clothes. The fashions of those times required impeccable craftsmanship. I could not wait to dive into that impeccable level of sewing and design.

I have over 36 years of experience creating couture level clothing and costumes. My work can be seen on all 7 continents. My first online store is Showbelles on ebay. www.stores.ebay.com/Show-Belles-Costumes-and-Clothes . I currently have over 900 positive feedbacks at 100% at my ebay store, where I began development in 2004.

I began developing my etsy shop in 2009. I officially opened Showbelles Costumes and Clothes Couture on Etsy in 2012. I am the designer,seamstress,pattern drafter,sample maker, curator,photographer, shipping clerk, and more. Feel free to send pictures,sketches, or designs that you wish to have constructed.

I can make and construct most any type of garment,lingerie,swimwear, dresses,sportswear,uniforms,costumes and clothes. I also make wedding or bridal dresses and gowns,formals,prom,cocktail,semi formals,thetare,opera,reenactment clothing,western wear, hats,gloves,craft items,stuffed animals, doll clothes, and much more. I create home fashions and upholstery. I even re-upholster RV's. This is a lot of work, but work that I so dearly love and enjoy.

The most wonderful perk of all is that I can spend more quality time with family and friends, while enjoying my business activities... especially the creative process.Thanks for shopping and visiting. Have questions? Please convo or email me. May brotherly love and peace cover our planet. May you have a wonderful season.

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