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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!

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The “Pearls & Lace” gown (official name) is almost finished. All that remains is the draped beading cross the back. Maybe this weekend . . .  I will show a couple bits and pieces, but until I have it done, that is all you get!

OK  – that’s it for now! Keep checking back – should have more pics up soon!

I will say that I LOVE this dress! Very light weight, feminine, elegant. Everything a bridal gown should be. Pearls & Lace . . .

I made good progress today on the dress. I worked on the sleeves; got them attached, but still need to complete the pleats and lace edges as well as the buttons. I got the skirt made and attached, as well as the lining and the tulle at the bottom. Here, however, is my dilemma. Note the difference in the following pictures. In the first set, there are 3 buttons spread out over the 5 pleats on the skirt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here I have the same 5 pleats with 5 buttons. I can’t decide which I like better. Opinions are appreciated!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A view of the back (please ignore the bra strap; it’s only there to give my flat-chested Ms Molly some much needed cleavage). Also, keep in mind that Ms Molly apparently has scholeosis, therefore most clothing seems to hang slightly crooked on her. I really must get her to a doctor.

 And the front view. I may need a little more tulle for fluff. Opinions?

Still have to put in the zipper, add the lace trim at the hem and sleeves, and I may do some beading at the waist to match the beading that will drape across the upper back.

All in all, it was a productive day!

I got the dress cut out last Tuesday evening. Took about 3 -4 hours and a sore back. I didn’t have a chance to work on it til early Thursday a.m.   I was leaving Thursday for a trip over the holiday weekend to St Louis with my husband, and I woke up about 4:00 a.m thinking about how I really needed to altleast get started on the dress. So,  at 5a.m., I finally got up and went upstairs to get some sewing done. Ofcourse, the dogs and Emma Grace all thought that because I was up, surely it must be time to eat. I made them wait. They weren’t very happy with me. But I got the bodice put together by 7:00 a.m. I meant to include a pic of the back of the bodice, but it didn’t turn out AT ALL! Will try to get another to post later. It is a lowered scooped back. Love this fabric – ivory silk charmuese – yum!

bodice front

I also got the lace sleeves cut out, but didn’t get them sewn together until this afternoon.

lace sleeve

 Here is the sleeve pinned to the bodice, one pleat and lace trim pinned on.

Here, I’ve put 2 pleats in it ( I think this looks better), and I slipped the button trim on.

Here is a closer view. I do think I will shorten the under-part of the sleeve. I think it just looks a little ‘bottom – heavy’. 

A close -up of the gorgeous buttons I found! The small ones are for the sleeves, the larger ones will go on the pleats on the skirt.

Will keep you posted!

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?


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