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Year: 2006

Cheap Fabric

Cheap Fabric

I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to the fashion district of L.A.. I wish I knew it better, I felt rather trapped in Michael Levines as the surrounding area is a little seedy, shall we say. You can very quickly end up in a bad area. Or perhaps I am just used to my squeaky clean Toronto haunts. Hm. Firstly, as my husbands business was near LAX, I had to take a cab. No problem, I was told, it’s about 20…

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LA Fashion District – LOOK OUT!

LA Fashion District – LOOK OUT!

Michy’s coming! Well, we are off to ‘hell-a’ for a few days. Shawn has some business and I will be spending all of Monday mired in the glorious wonders of the fashion district in downtown L.A. Ahhhhh, I can smell the textiles already. For someone like me whose only fabric salvation is Joann’s, I will have died and gone to heaven! Look for me, I’m the one with the glazed over eyes running around madly to experience every single store…

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Project Runway – My Rant

Project Runway – My Rant

Cutting into my sewing post with a personal rant. Okay, how did Jeffrey win?? His clothes sucked. Period. Irregular hemlines are so – 2 years ago! And the green striped dress? Uggggggh. Zippers inserted all over the place? More like how 80’s. I saw nothing innovative or remotely creative so I don’t know what the judges were smoking that day. I think only one person they interviewed after the runway shows said they liked Jeffrey’s collection. I really like Uli’s…

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The fabric

The fabric

As I mentioned in my previous post, I found some fairly similar fabric at crappy Joann’s! It’s a wool tweed with coppery metallic threads running through it. It had an okay drape – but stiff enough for a jacket.I starting cutting out the pattern pieces I would need for the project. In terms of the peplum at the bottom, it needed to be more frilly and less fitted than the pattern I was using – as well as being on…

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And the winner is….

And the winner is….

Sue tried out both dresses and she decided she like the burgundy dress the best. She will be dancing in a competition in October in it! I hope to see her but if not, I will be sure to post pictures of her dancing in her dress!

Challenge of the 2 Dresses

Challenge of the 2 Dresses

Both dresses are now finished! I am really happy with how the black dress turned out. I have since shipped them down to my friend (about 2 weeks ago) and she is going to try them out and decide which one she likes when she has some time. I asked her to take pictures of herself dancing in them so you can see the dresses on a real ballroom dancer! I hope one of them works out? So which one…

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Long time,no blog!

Long time,no blog!

Eee, It’s been two months since my last post and I have no excuse other than I have been doing my website work like crazy. I also took a trip to Alberta for a client to photograph her herd of 200 horses and am now sorting through the hundreds of photos and video footage! So what happened with the black dress, you ask? Well, I finished it. And I took some pictures along the way. This first picture is me…

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Coming Along

Coming Along

I am still working around the keyhole opening with the tanzanite crystals on the dress. I added some large teardrop crystals to break up the design. Basically I add a lot of stones around the edges and spread the crystals farther apart as I move outwards. The tanzanite will be glued close together on the straps all the way to the back. The back edge will be glued much the same way as the front – clustered close together around…

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Getting Stoned

Getting Stoned

Well, what else could I call it?! I figured I would go with the same theme.   It’s been a while since my last post. Unfortunately, real work was calling and I did not get a chance to start stoning the dress until last week. I’m using Tanzanite colored crystals for around the edges and neck straps. I started first with the border around the keyhole. To be honest, it’s not rocket science. I just use my Aleenes Jewel Glue,…

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My Psychedelic Trip

My Psychedelic Trip

No, I have not started taking hallucinogenic drugs! I’ve finished the dress, I know the color rhinestones I’m going to use, and I needed to purchase some. I was torn between two different colors for the body of the dress, so I really want to look at them in person. I think I mentioned in a previous blog entry that the ONLY stones to use for a ballroom dress are Swarovski Flat Backs. They are pricey, but worth it. About…

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