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Done enough to wear day!

14 Feb

Well, this gown and the yellow studio do not play well together, but here it is. There will be another float on my right elbow, proper hair (the real fake hair – this is the fake fake hair), makeup, earrings and, as always, a strong possibility of more rhinestones, but this is the general picture.

Fingers crossed for an injury free practice today, so there is a possibility of competition next weekend.

Decrystalization

5 Dec

Figuring out how to get rhinestones off an old gown is an interesting challenge.  There don’t seem to be any instructions anywhere on how to remove jewel glue and no ideas even for a solvent that would work.  The only person I knew who had tried to de-jewel a gown had soaked pieces of the dress in water and laboriously picked them off.  Sounds too hard to me!

But as I slowly cut the Disney Princess into strips of stones, I noticed that small stones would almost fall off if the fabric was pulled tightly. It only works well for stones under 20 ss. Larger ones will come off, but the foil backing almost always pulls away.  Fine if you want clear stones, but keeping the AB effect is nice.

So here is the strip of fabric with small stones:

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Give the strip a bit of stretch:

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And a bit more:

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And more:

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Be careful not to break it (but sometimes it will anyway):

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If you are lucky, the stones will just pop right off the fabric:

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But even if they don’t, you can now run a thumbnail along the strip and the rest will tumble off.

I did this in front of the TV with the strips in a giant plastic mixing bowl to catch the stones.  They do tend to fly around, so the bowl worked well as a catching device. Perfect for watching ballroom videos on YouTube.  I recommend some Strictly Come Dancing – the UK version (original) of Dancing With the Stars.

The process with larger stones will be coming along soon.

Sparkle organza – ugh!

25 Oct

Really – whose ridiculous idea was this?

Glitter!

Glitter!

Really awful, horrible, stupid idea. Those pretty little glittery bits are chunks of something really solid, which are chewing up my scissors and machine needles. They make the fabric hang weirdly, so I ended up chopping off huge amounts of length. The serger needles bump around them so the rolled hem I was making kept pulling off the fabric, making little loops that are perfect for me to catch a heel in.  All in all, fabric purchase fail.

Adding insult to injury is the fact that I found this out the last time I used it and blithely ignored all those problems in my desire to reuse the fabric for speed and cost-savings. The best part is that it is now chopped up into so many small pieces, I will never again be able to try to use it!

October Dance Fest

11 Oct

Well, for a first time event, October Dance Fest is a big hit! Big thanks to DSBC and all the volunteers who put on this event.  Lovely to be relatively close to home and so inexpensive.Let’s have more of these:-)

As we are new to Pre-Champ and Champ, we are pretty happy to get around the floor without falling down, but we did manage a very respectable 4th place in Senior II Pre-Champ out of 7 couples.

It is amazing that doing 5 events, which is 22 dances and takes maybe a little over 45 minutes of actual time can make my feet so sore and make getting up in the morning so challenging. “Someone” in my room (not me) took a long time getting his shoes on for breakfast. When asked what the holdup was, he replied “I’m just working up the courage to lift up my leg.” LOL! A lot of coffee and conversation with good dance friends helped the pains for awhile, but a few days rest will be needed, for sure.

Links to photos when they are available.

A little something each day.

8 Oct

If I want this gown to be done for Snowball, I have to keep plugging away at it, even if I only have ten minutes to do some small thing.  Thursday is not a day I have ANY time at all to do even the smallest thing, so this is my “work on the dress” time, squeezed in to the brief few minutes allotted to coffee and internet.

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Decommissioning Disney Princess will include stone removal, so I have tested a few solvents to make the job easier.  Alcohol and both non-acetone and acetone nail polish removers do the trick, but the nicest to work with and leaves the least residue is Goo Gone. It dissolves the glue and allows the stones to be picked off quite easily, so the dress can be cut up, soaked in Goo Gone and stones removed, then washed and it looks like it will be quite easy. This only works if you are completely discarding a dress that is totally worn out, ripped beyond repair or just hate too much to even sell to someone.

I will do more testing to see how well it works to remove glue boo-boos another time.

Off for a full day and night of work, lesson, workshop and late night birthday part for our coach!

Farewell Disney Princess!

4 Oct

The Winter Sky dress, better known as Disney Princess, has sacrificed herself for the greater good.  The underskirts are detached, unruffled and crin removed to become the underpinning of Gown #10. Double digits!

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One white underskirt remains more or less intact, though closer inspection revealed a tear in a seam that needs repair. The crin should work just fine, but the heavily gathered effect made the old dress move awkwardly, so new pieces will be cut and sewed. Basically, the old underskirts are now just a source for fabric.

The crystals on the old dress will be harvested by a technique still to be discovered.  I will tackle that another time. The small blob of pink and white is thread that was pulled off the gathered top of the underskirts and the crin. That’s a lotta thread!

Holiday Classic 2014

21 Dec

Here we are about to dance Championship for the first time!

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The photos are a bit blurry – waiting for the professional ones coming soon, I hope.  How cool to be introduced by John DePalma, walking down an actual red carpet in Las Vegas.

Not only did we not fall down (always objective #1 LOL!) but we danced really well, felt fantastic in spite of it being somewhere after 11 pm, and we came third!  Admittedly it was a small field, but we will take it as a victory anyway.

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The next day activity – zip line over Freemont Street.

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