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How About a Few Action Shots?

2 Dec

We had a club demo this past weekend and got some nice photos taken by friends.

Looking happy:

B&G VBDS Demo-7

The problem with a height difference:

B&G VBDS Demo-1

Swirly skirts and tango face:

B&G VBDS Demo-3

Check out Pacifica Ball on Facebook for a video of our waltz.

About time to post some nice results

1 Dec

We had a fantastic time at the Snowball Classic and had some great results.  Unfortunately, we don’t seem to have any good photos, so we will go with some taken at a demo this past weekend.

First, the results:

Senior III Gold – 3rd out of a quarter final with 15 couples.

Senior II Gold – 5th out of a quarter with 17 couples.

Senior I Gold – 5th out of a quarter with 19 couples.

These are our best Snowball placings ever and in the past we have not even made all the finals, so we are tickled pink.  So happy we are moving right out of Gold into pre-Champ.  Crazy or what?  Lots of reasons, good and not so good for doing this, and it should be interesting.

Photos from our club demo:

IMG_0322 IMG_0326 IMG_0324

Done enough to wear – magical day.

27 Jul

Finally at the DAY!  Done enough to wear.  If an emergency competition broke out tomorrow, it could be safely worn.  Of course there is still work to be done!  Of course some things are attached with safety pins!  But this is all par for the course.  It is a great feeling to imagine the dress as it will look out on the floor.


We, the Design Helper and I, have gone with the wispy, feathery bits of floats that seem so popular now, plus some ribbons, which are fun


I think perhaps a few more to add some volume are called for.  Will know better when we get some video of the dress in action at practice.


More rhinestones are in the mail.  Will be adding more dark stones to the top to make a better contrast and something will be added to the skirt.  Not sure just what yet.



Drat – still seeing the belt overlap.  Something will have to be done with that.

That’s it for the sneak peek!  Hope to dance this lovely dress in Seattle very soon:-)

Remember that belt?

2 Jul

Here it is now:


Ha!  Didn’t know I caught my feet in the photo. Either that belt is waaay too big, or my feet are waaaay too small!

Remember the flowered organza?





I realized there was no way to really copy the flowers on the organza, so I just went with the general “feel” of the flowers.  On the sleeve points, I have done a bit of the same idea and then will do silver stems around the rest of the black.  I think.  And maybe the same on the neckline with rhinestone flowers spilling over onto the turquoise?




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.


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.


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.


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?


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

Photo links day!

25 Jan

The wonderful Nelson Wong has his photos from the Vancouver Challenge Cup ready to view today.  Here are some links to photos of us:

Great tango face

Deliriously happy in quickstep

Good view of the right side of the dress   and Bill looks pretty happy, too.


Raising the armscye.

30 Jul

Raising the what?  One of those archaic Ye Olde Englishe terms that has remained in sewing circles.  It just means the arm hole.  Wikipeidia  has an interesting explanation and if Wikipedia says it, it must be true!

In ballroom gowns, the sleeves must be shaped much differently from a regular garment because we run around with our arms reaching upward all the time.  If you have ever had a shirt or jacket that lifted up at the bottom every time you moved your arms, you had a too large armscye.

So we have to raise the armscye and flatten the sleeve cap (top of the sleeve) to make it look right while dancing.  Of course this is even more important for the guys, as they have their bulky jackets to deal with.  Thank heaven I do not sew those!  Laura Lagassa has a version of how to do this on her step-by-step gown construction page.  This is the system I have been using, but found I needed to alter each dress on the fly and haven’t been happy with the results 100% of the time.

Yesterday I was searching Pattern Review for some info and found this discussion about how to do this alteration and I really like it.  Here is a link directly to the  directions on how to do it.

I have ended up with a very weirdly shaped sleeve pattern, which I will take a photo of later.

So far I have the dress skirts sewn together, the bodice pattern made and the sleeves adjusted.  Yesterday involved a LOT of basting, checking and ripping out.  So nice to have my cover stitch machine that sews a chain stitch.  Much easier to rip out than zig zags and shows the seam more accurately, too.

New record!

25 Jul

The Fab Fifties dress is now complete and except for fabric acquisition and some pattern drafting, it only took 6 weeks!


It helps a  lot that I am off work for the summer and have extra time, but several of those days were non-sewing days due to dance camp, so this has really been a quick one.


This can only mean one thing – Dress # 9 is on its way!

Magic Moment – done enough to wear

12 Jul

Yes, of course there is still work to do!  Some work on the bands at the back, floats must be made and rhinestones to be added.  But if I really wanted to, I could compete in this dress today.  I forget who mentioned long white gloves, but I dug out the pair I wore 40 years ago to my high school graduation and they look pretty good!


Pearls, of course!

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