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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!


Here we go. I was hoping it would wait til I return from my (YEH!!! Can’t wait!!) trip!! which I leave for in (YEH!!!) 6 days!!! But alas . . .it has begun. My busy season. I have gone from  having 3-6 bridal or formal wear alterations in a whole month (yes, I was eating cat food for  a while there) to having a full rack of dresses with more on the way. I am trying to get them done as fast as I get them, because, as I know from past experience, they start to stack up very quickly. Last year I had (at my peak) 27 bridal gowns stacked on the double bed in our spare room, and another 12 hanging from the rack in my sewing studio. Currently I have 6 bridal gowns hanging on the rack, 2 bridesmaids, one prom, and 2 MOB’s. I am still hoping to have time to sew atleast one more item for myself before I leave on Saturday.

I’m intrigued with a new project – silk painting. I simply woke up in the middle of the night a couple nights ago, and there it was. I had a picture in my mind of exactly what I want. Its a white silk sundress, fitted bodice with a straight to a-line skirt (short) and it has several large brightly painted flowers onthe skirt, and some smaller painting on the bodice. Research was a bit frustrating. Are there no places to purchase the needed supplies locally? I don’t want to wait to get them in the mail! It’s a project I want to start on NOW! Ideally, on Tuesday – so I can have it to wear on my vaca(YEH!!!) to Roatan (Honduras) this Saturday (YEH!!!) Why do you think I am rushing these bridal gowns out of here? And it’s not like I have all day to look for supplies! Some people have to work for a living!

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