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Well, it doesn’t look like much yet; as a matter of fact, when my husband walked into my sewing room and saw it, he had some unpleasant words about it. I told him that it just a muslin at this point, and you must use your creative imagination. Take away the wrinkles, the seam allowances, replace the fabric you see with a lovely soft silky drapey  ivory silk charmuese, then over lay the skirt with a crisp white lace. Pearl and crystal beaded buttons at the pleats that sit low on the left side of the skirt.  A layer of stiff tulle under the slight mermaid skirt to dd a bit of poof. And cross the back of the back of the shoulders and hanging down the low back – a double row of pearls and crystals.

My inspiration for this gown came from a vintage cocktail dress I am altering for one of my brides.  similar in that it has a silk bodice and a lace skirt. But that is where the similarities end. I want to have it ready for a bridal show I am doing the first weekend in August. Tuesday I will run up to Gail K Fabrics and pick up the silk charmuese. I have the lace (a bolt I purchased on wholesale last year) and a lining (extra in the stash). I will see if they have any really special buttons, also. While I am there I will need to get fabric for a drum majorette outfit I m doing, also. 

What did I ever do with myself before I had this sewing business?


Today I spent quite a while going through my stash, deciding which pieces will work with what I want to sew. Then I had to match the pieces up with patterns. I found pieces of fabric and patterns I had forgotten I had! First up was a piece of beige linen.

Now, it has been a really long time since I have made any pants. I mean a really really long time! I knew I wanted to add front pockets. I also wanted to lower the waist just a bit. I underestimated the width of the legs. They are very wide! I also should have made one size smaller, but they will be very comfortable if nothing else! They went together pretty quickly, considering how long it has been since I sewed pants, or really anything other than formal wear. It was a little strange to work with a corser fabric.

Tomorrow I will make the white lace top. I got it cut out today, but supper time was calling so I left the sewing for tomorrow. Shouldn’t take any time at all. The fabric is actually strips of lace and eyelet as well as simple batiste all sewn together. Very pretty. I think I found it at a walmart years and years ago! It’s been hanging out with the rest of my stash waiting for the right pattern and right opportunity to become something wonderful! It will become the orange gathered neck top on the pattern envelope.

Next up . . . hhmmm . . . not sure yet. A few ideas, they each need a bit of tweeking.  Also depends how much time I can squeeze out. A couple dresses and another top. I really want to do the vintage items.  All of these items will be part of my “Roatan Wardrobe”! Getting excited for this trip! Ordered myself a new swim suit today, also. Will have to be pretty faithful to the gym for the next few weeks. Anyway, I need to decide which project will be after the white lace top.  Here are my choices:

The leopard print vintage blouse:The abstrct chiffon sundress with contrast sash:

                       The vintage print sundress:



Or the pink butterfly chiffon sundress (which will be a mix of atleast 2 patterns to get the look I want):


Hhhmmmm . . . . . . . . .

I’ve been sewing non-stop for months now for everybody else. Bridal gowns and bridesmaids and Mother of the brides and formals and even mens golf shirts. I’m all caught up til next week. So tomorrow it’s all about me. I have so many garments I want to sew for  myself! One of which is a gorgeous vintage jacket. But – alas; in 3 1/2 weeks I will be laying on the warm beaches of Roatan, Hondurus, and I must have some warm weather itmes. I will have to go through my stash to see what is available. I have patterns aplenty, but if I  know me ( and I think I do) which ever pattern I choose will have to be tweeked. I can’t seem to leave anything alone. I saw some beautiful yellow print silk @ Gorgeous Fabrics last night. But I would have to wait, and I can’t do that! Must sew now! I know I have some beige linen that would make some great beach pants. And I have a piece of pink and white print chiffon that would make a lovely dress. We will see . .  .

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