Making a belt

24 Mar

It seems that I build in a new challenge for myself with each gown and this one is the belt.  This is a pretty much involuntary thing and typically I arrive at a place or two where I wonder why on earth I decided I needed this special element in the gown, but there you go.  Why do simple?

Here is the beginning of the belt.  Naturally, there were great intentions of more photos through the process that didn’t get taken. I get a little cranky with bloggers who do this, but this time I did figure out a couple of  reasons why this happens.  Either the thrill of having a project go well or the intensity of focus during a tricky part of the process seem to keep the “take pictures for the blog” portion of the brain turned off.

Anyway, here it is – three pieces of heavy power mesh, 5 pieces of poly boning sewn in place.

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A closer look.  The boning is sewn into one layer, which will be on the body side of the belt.  Plastic sew in snaps will be in the front panel and nice flat purse magnets will hold the back of the belt more or less in place.  I hope.

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Glenda needs new glasses.

14 Mar

So I am shopping for my glasses on my own, which is never easy.  Typically I do my best to shop for glasses and bathing suits with my lovely daughter, who will always tell the truth and tell it wisely and gently. “Hmmm…that one looks a bit uh….widening, Mom.” or “Yeah, those are pretty funky, but is that the look you want for every day?”  or the classic, “No skirts on bathing suits until you are over 50!”  Pushing 60 now and still no skirt.  Thanks Sweetie!  But now you are in Scotland and I am on my own!

So I went glasses shopping by myself and forgot to bring a) my prescription and b) my contact lenses.  Consequently, the salesperson didn’t have the whole info needed to fully help me with pricing and, more importantly, I couldn’t see a darn thing!  So I crept around the store and tried on glasses with my face 6″ from the mirror and I think I found some I like.

The salesclerk did offer to take my photos for me, but I was determined to master the selfie.  At home I use a tripod and timer on an actual camera, but these are “proper” selfies in a mirror with my phone.

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My eyes are FAR too far away from the phone to actually read anything in this one.

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Hmmm…look a bit cross-eyed there!

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These frames do coordinate well with today’s outfit!

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Side view.

Going back to order them soon.

UPDATE: Ordered today March 23.  Happy dance.

 

Notion inspiration. The thread tree.

3 Mar

The thread tree.  Basic cheapy from the fabric store.  Plastic and wobbly, but does the job.

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It has holes for screwing it onto the sewing table, but as I move machines and things around all the time, I was not interested in that.  Plus, it would put holes in my lovely Freecycle computer desk!  Though about mounting it on a board, but that never happened.

But today I saw this:

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Little cup full of computer screws, which we have by the billion around here.  Since there are no small kids here anymore, they are a bit like our Lego.  Step on one of these little beauties and it will make a big impression.  Get it?  Anyway, I was about to dump the works into a container to make yet another pattern weight, which I don’t need, when I thought of the thread tree;

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Took it apart.

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Flipped the base over.

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Filled it with screws, removing all the light plastic whatsits for max. weight.  Traced the outline onto a plastic yogurt container lid.

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Glue gunned it in place.

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Reassembled the tree.  I know glue gun glue doesn’t bond perfectly with plastic, but it feels pretty firm so far.  I can always add some tape around the edges for security.  Worst case scenario, I have a bunch of screws to pick up one day.  In the meantime, the tree stands firmly and doesn’t rattle around!

 

 

Time for a couple of photos

2 Mar

New dress finally!  Began last June  I think, and stuck after the initial construction got done.  This is roughly the idea for now.

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Added a belt to get the idea of how it would look and I like the black!  This is actually two stretchy elastic belts from the 80′s that have been sitting in that drawer – you know, the one with all that weird stuff?

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A lot of work to go, but nice to have the basic idea in place.

Alphabet soup day – TNT from LA

23 Feb

So happy to have been able to go to the fabric district in Los Angeles during our recent trip and got some lovely fabric.

Here is the first top:

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Ritzie Mitzie is modelling the second piece of fabric.

The top is Simplicity 4076  which has become a tried ‘n true (TNT) pattern for me.  Luckily it is very forgiving and in spite of me forgetting to put a bit of gathering in place of a dart, it fits ok.  The banding is from the last incarnation of this same top.

We are having a snow day here so in between shoveling and maybe a few trips to the hot tub, the sewing room will be busy!

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Southwest Regionals Hair and Makeup

10 Feb

Getting ready for the Southwest Regionals in lovely Culver City California. Note the attractive, decorative mirror.  Lighting is poor again, sorry!

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I went for the quick version of the bangs and just did one big curl.  Maybe not my favourite, but still okay.

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Side view – very smooth.  Could use a bit more glue on the back.  The hairpiece looks good!

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Back view.  Amazing that this is all fake hair… Thank you Olga Kulikova for showing me that shorter hair and a hair piece works for ballroom!

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Crowning glory!  Looks like I have a great big tiara on sideways.  LOL!

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Results there were pretty good.  We made our first tiny step into Open choreography by doing our single Quickstep run in Novice.  Yikes!  Time to start some serious cardio.

Sewing stuff on vacation

10 Feb

What a wonderful surprise to see in an outlet mall!  AllSaints in California with dozens of lovely old machines in their front windows.

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And fantastic art in the Portland OR airport using pattern pieces.

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