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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!


I finished up all the alterations I had lined up to do before I leave this Saturday on my vacation. So, yesterday I headed up to Gail K Fabrics, in Atlanta ( the only decent fabric store in the state – which is a very sorry case – being that this is ATLANTA PEOPLE!!! you would think we would have more than one decent fabric store!) Anyway, now that I am done with my rant – I was looking for fabric for a dress I will be making for my BFF’s sister. She is a cancer survivor and is having a celebration party in March for which she needs a new dress . I have made  her several dresses in the past, so it should go well with no problems. However, I was beginning to wonder if I would ever find the ‘right ‘ fabric. She wanted to match the fabric to a set of emerald jewelry that had been her mothers, and had been passed down. Well, emerald jewelry is not the same color as what I always thought it was~! I brought a piece of the jewelry along to help match. Good thing I did. It ended up being much more blue than I expected. I was invisioning a deep green – really green! Not. Also, the fabric needed to have some stretch to it, although not too much, as it will also serve as a ballroom dance outfit. So, I get to Gails, and it is crowded to the gills with students from the Savannah School of Arts (Atlanta campus). Now, if you’ve ever been to Gails, you know that it is basically standing room only, anyway. Picture it with 20-25 students running around looking for and pulling bolts of fabric all over the place. Imagine Project Runway on steriods. What should have taken only 1/2 hour to maybe 1hour (remember – this is Gails – you don’t just walk in and out) took almost 2 1/2! Although , to be honest, after I found the emerald green stretch charmuese, I was drawn to the bolts piled high on tables in the middle of the room that held such gorgeous chiffons and georgettes! I had been playing around in my head about just one more dress to take on the trip (which I leave for in 2 days!!!). First I chose a lovely print of blues, lavendars and greens. But there wasn’t near enough. Back to the drawing board. You can’t leave Gails with just one piece of fabric, after all. I hhhmmmed and I hhhwwwed, and finally asked some one elses opinion. It was down to between another blue and purple print, or a bright yellow and white. Now, I was torn, because blues and purples are my favorites. I never, and I mean never! wear yellow. But it was calling my name. The 2 people I asked opinions of convinced me to get the yellow. So today I got it cut out and partailly sewn. It will have a rusched waistband with tiny beaded flowerettes on it, as well as on the straps. Tomorrow it will go together fast. Which is good, because I still have more laundry to do as well as clean the house, start packing, take in a black strapless sundress I fpound at Target for $6, run to Etaines for an appoinment, and still find time to sit and watch Greys Anatomy.

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