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Friday, April 22, 2011

Sewing and Thank You's

I'm almost ready to be off and running.... ummmm, sewing :-D. I ordered a dress form, it arrived on Tuesday and I sized it to my daughter. Yesterday the swarovski crystals arrived and this morning the fabric arrived. I ordered a custom made to my skater pattern and that should be here today. Once that gets here, I need to make a quick skate dress to make sure it fits the way it should. Then I will be cutting into this gorgeous stretch velvet, one in ruby red and the other in royal blue, and making my daughter two competition dresses. If they come out, please pray they do (!), then I will commence stoning them. I am hoping that the pattern fits her perfectly so that I don't have to make adjustments to it. I can sew with the best of them, but I know very little about altering patterns and even less about drafting patterns. I am looking into some pattern drafting classes so I can learn how to do it. Let me tell you that the competition skate dress is a whole other beast from making wedding gowns or other clothing! I was able to alter my other pattern to fit my daughter, but the sleeve was just not working out no matter what I did. That was the day I realized I better learn how to make patterns! Then to top it all off, when she tried on the other dress the serger thread got caught in the zipper and broke it. You know that part of the zipper that goes up and down? Uh huh, it came clear out :-(. Dress scratched! To put another zipper in I would have had to take the entire thing apart because I had already serged the waist seam, just in case you are wondering why I didn't do that :-). I really didn't want to take the whole thing apart!

All right, so while I was waiting for the dress form, stones, fabric, and pattern to arrive, I made three cards that I needed for sending out. Please note- Christene, Isabella, Linda, Alice, and Donna, I am sending them out :-D. This is the first of the three and I used a new stamp set that is coming out in the new Summer Mini starting on May 1st. Isn't this bird bath sweet?

I love the bird bath and isn't this little kitty adorable? You are going to love the new sets in the Summer Mini! I think I have most of the mini on my wish list :-). I'll be scheduling my posts for the next few days. If my pattern comes today, I will be sewing away the entire weekend, so any prayers for my success will be appreciated more than I can tell you :-) ! Have a great weekend!!!


Blessings!
Barb

Supplies:
Paper: Peach Parfait-119794, Poppy Parade- 119793, Whisper White-100730, So Saffron-105118, Sunny Garden Designer Series Paper-119831
Stamps: Touch of Kindness- 123203 (available May 1st)
Ink: Early Espresso-119670, Tangerine Tango-111834, StazOn Jet Black-101406
WaterColor Wonder Crayons: Regals-119803, Subtles-119802, Brights-119804, Neutrals- 119805
Punches: 1 3/4" Scallop Circle-119854, 1 3/8" Circle-119860
Other: Blender pens-102845, Stampin' Dimensionals-104430

6 comments:

Amanda Mertz said...

So fun & cheerful! Great job coloring! Good luck with the sewing! TFS!

Atty said...

Wow Lady you have sure been busy. What a task to take on, but knowing you, you will breeze though it once you get into it. Love the card, adorable. Of course love the kitty inside. My first thought was, is that kitty wondering how to get those cute birdies? LOL Will you share the dresses?
hugs,
Donna

Kim said...

I'm sorry you were having problems with your daughter's skate dress, but it's great to see you post a card. I debated quite a while on whether to get this stamp set or not, now I wish I had. Your card is very cute, as always.

Thanks for sharing
Kim

Rosa Youschak said...

Very cute! Be sure to post a picture of the outfit! I think I should have gotten that set! Ugh!

Lois said...

Hope your sewing is going well and you will share what you have made for your daughter. And your cards are very cute too. TFS

Allison said...

Sorry to hear about all the sewing frustration! Good luck with it! Cute card though--I love the colors.