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At the ASG Conference, I took a class on painting silk. Loved it! Then, today, when I was at JoAnne Fabrics (only went to pick up a few bra inserts; came out $111.00 later . . .) I heard this fabric calling my name –

I had already been thinking of one last summer dress I would like to make before my NY shopping trip next week. This seemed like the perfect fit. But, I also needed a piece of lace or mesh to finish the back. Couldn’t find anything (I was at JoAnnes, remember) that was really going to work, but then I remembered the class I took – and – BING! Light bulbs flickered and then shone bright! I picked up a lovely embroidered organza –

and of course I had the paints from a previous shopping trip –


-so I painted a section of the lace purple, and a section blue –

OK,so the colors don’t show very well here, but I believe I am going to go with the blue. Here you can se them against the fabric –

I would really like to see how a black crocheted (?) piece looks with it, but alas, I was only at JoAnnes . . . 

I may not get it made til Monday. I have one more dress I have to finish alterations on before I do anything for myself. I also may have a rush job on Tuesday. Bride ordered a dress from a company that decided to discontinue their line and didn’t bother to make the dress or tell us that they didn’t. We convinced them 2 weeks ago that they need to honor the commitment as well as the money they received, and it should be getting here on Tuesday. I leave town  on Friday, and the wedding is the  following Saturday, although she leaves for the ‘destination’ 3 days before. So I really need to get it done before I leave on Friday.  I will have a few hours tomorrow before 3 afternoon appointments, then appointments all day Saturday.  SO – I will have 1, maybe 2 days to work on something for me!


32 years ago, tomorrow, I married my high school sweetheart! I was only 19, and he was a mere 20. But we were so in love, and nobody could tell us it wasn’t the forever kind. Well, some did try. But – and I love to say this with my nose in the air just a bit- here we are today; still together, still in love, still eachothers’ sweethearts.

I spent 9 months creating my wedding dress. I used different parts from 5 different patterns. The dress I had wanted was way out of my meager price range, and after spending several hours in the fabric store with my (future) mother in law, and a calculator (well,actually, it was a pencil and  a tablet) we figured out I could make it- only better – for only $150. I learned a lot of sewing lessons from the creation of this dress. And I learned a lot of patience. I also learned what a genius of a seamstress my mother in law was. I was living with my future in laws at the time while my sweetheart was in school elsewhere. She helped me through most of the project, but ultimately, it was my dress, created by me. Of all the dresses I have made since, none give me such pride as this one. It was a labor of love . . . and it still fits!  My wedding gown

I used 12 yards each of satin, and a satin faced organza. I purchased 45 yards of french lace that was cut into strips to make the layers of ruffled lace at the bottom of the dress and at the neckline and on the sleeves. I also made a wired hoop and tulled petticote to wear under it (although neither is shown in the picture). Unbelieveably, it isn’t lined! It has a 5 foot train, with 3 rows of the ruffled lace that goes all the way around. I hung it from a chandelier, over the round dining room table to pin the lace ruffles ( which were gathered by hand). The most difficult part of the whole dress was the invisible zipper! They continue to be the bane of my sewing experience, even to this day.

So, 32 years later, I plan to get my dress out again, maybe try it on again for memories sake, and spend some time with my wonderful loving husband.

Well, after much procrastination, and actually finding an evening to sit down and figure it all out – here I am. The main reason for my new blog, I suppose, is that I can rant on and on about my passion and not annoy anybody! After all, not everybody shares my passion, and I do understand this. My passion you ask? Oh, it’s not really so simple . . . It’s more than one passion, but they really all merge together. It’s fabrics, like silks, laces, tafettas, satins, chiffons, brocades, it’s sparkling beadwork intricately worked into a delicate embroidered pattern; it’s trims and buttons and all the beautiful parts of a well made garment. It’s working to create a couture quality garment that I can be proud of. It’s discovering new patterns or creating a new design that I just can’t wait to start on. Do you ever just wake up in the middle of the night with the spark of an idea just whirling around in your head and you can’t possibly get back to sleep because you just want to get up and get started on it? Well, that’s me. Most nights. I don’t sleep much anymore . . .
So here I am. If you are out there and happen upon me, WELCOME! I appreciate your company, and if you get tired of my passion posting, well, you can always come back later!

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