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I got home yesterday from 4 days away at the American Sewing Guild Convention. I laid down on the couch (as I was exhausted) and slept for 5 hours! Woke up long enough to eat some popcorn, then went straight to bed. Woke up at 8 and really didn’t want to get up. Another hour or 2 of sleep would have been heaven!

Anyway – got there early Thursday morning. I had an all day class that day on Couture Fit. It was like drinking rom a fire hose! I always knew I should have a sloper made, but it never made sense to me why? What was I going to do with it? I can’t believe I have been a seamstress most of my life and didn’t know these things! Now I know why I have trouble fitting myself! So now my challenge is to get a sewing buddy to help fit me. Anyway – this class was exactly what I needed. Lots of extremely useful information. I ended up buying the book – Pattern Making made easy. I am sure I will it all the time. Friday’s class was a waste. It was on embellishment. I took that to mean it was a class on various kinds of ways to embellish clothing; embroidery, ribbon embroidery and flowers, soutache detailing, beading, ect… NOT! It was basically a class on bedazzling. Which is fine if that is what you are into. I’m not. SO it was a waste of time for me. Saturday I had a class on The Business of Dressmaking. A friend of mine taught it, and it wasn’t so much that I learned anything new, but a lot of re-enforcing what I already do know. And the finale – was Sunday’s class on Silk Painting. Lots of fun! Got lots of fun ideas of how to and what to paint. May try it on my dress for ICAS this year . . .

But, I digress . . . back to the title. I had entered 2 of my gowns in the fashion show that was presented on Friday evening. Practice was Thursday, so my daughter, Brittany (my model) and I showed up and joined all the other entrants. At the end of the ‘practice’ the director of the show gave everyone their numbers for placement, and my name was never called. Anxious and a little perturbed, I waited to talk to Loretta Phipps after everyone had left. Apparently she never received my entry. But she assured me that if I could write up the details needed for entrance in to the show, she would find a place for my dresses. So, I went back to my room and started typing. About an hour later, I finally had it ready to e-mail to her. I went to bed assured all was well.

Had to get up early for 7 a.m.breakfast, so just by chance, I thought I would check my e-mail. Lo and behold, there was an e-mail from Loretta. She wasn’t able to open my documents. So, I had to go down to the office center and print them off and get them to her that morning. Thankfully my classes weren’t till after lunch. Long story short – we were in the show. Brittany made a beautiful model for me. She was so funny – while waiting for her turn down the runway, she entertained all the old ladies and myself with her funky dance moves to music only she could hear – in a wedding gown.

Brittany in Pearls & Lace

 Brittany in Feather Fantasy










There were so many beautiful outfits presented at the show. Made me feel small and insignificant! Some of the workmanship in these outfits was simply amazing. SO much time put into them! I guess if I had the time, I would learn all the techniques I saw being used, also, and I, too, would be proud to show them off. Simply amazing.

I got to meet one of my ‘heros’ – Linda Stewart. I sat at a table when I first got there, and there she was!  I recognized her right off, and was just so excited to meet her! A very sweet lady, full of knowledge.

All in all an exhausting weekend,  full of information. Now I am looking forward to my next big weekend  – NYC!!


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