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Sweet Satisfaction!

Sweet Satisfaction!

Five years after I ventured into designing a competition ballroom gown  I finally got to see it in action. Palm Desert Dancesport Championships July 2011  Watching the video made me remember the long hours spent researching, designing prototypes, the frustrating failures before I finally created a competition worthy dress. It was all worth it to achieve that goal, creating something I never thought I could. I hope this is a lesson to all sewers out there who think they cannot sew…

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Back to ballroom

Back to ballroom

So Dancing With The Stars started up again, and with that came new inspiration to make a ballroom dress. That…and I just bought 500 bucks worth of fabric from Denver Fabrics inventory liquidation. Okay, seriously, what could I do – the discounts were just STARING at me! Good deals on dancewear fabric are hard to pass up. I hope that the new owners keep selling the dance fabric. Although it looks like the site has been bought by Fashion Fabrics…

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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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Making the Floats for the Tatum Dress

Making the Floats for the Tatum Dress

Part of the beauty of watching ballroom dancing competitions is seeing the beautiful dresses float and sparkle across the dancefloor. Floats are a lovely acoutrement to the ballroom dress. They can attach anywhere on the dress and can extend to one or both arms and are usually made out of light, sheer material – thus the term – floats. On Dancing with the Stars, the Tatum dress floats appeared to be made out of a heavier type of material –…

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Attaching Chiffon Underskirt

Attaching Chiffon Underskirt

I am now starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel with finishing this dress! HOWEVER, this post has taken me especially long to do because the photo upload on Blogger is slow and/or not working. Does anyone else have the same trouble??? It’s now time to attach the underskirt to the inner bodysuit of the dress. To do this, I will first put the dress on the dress form and pin up the skirt to reveal…

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