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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!

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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!

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