I love the color scheme of red white and royal blue. It's so summer and light.
Originally this dress fit like a Hawaiian moomoo. To refashion it I cut it at the waist. With the extra material I took from the midsection I created a waist band with two decorative straps that come together near the front with two antique white buttons.
I then sewed two strips of royal blue material that matched the blue tulips on the dress into the bottom as a trim. And finally added white piping along all of the seams.
I also created the hair piece. It is made from layers of red stretched nylon chiffon petals with a canary yellow button in the center and blue velvet ribbon ties.
As I was working on the photos at my laptop my doorbell rang. The person who stood on my porch was a young girl who said she was a Penn State art student who was trying to drum up some house painting jobs this summer.
She wanted to know if we needed any rooms done. I said no but thank you. She smiled and returned the thanks then complimented me on the dress:)
So that was nice.
I don't normally paint my fingernails. Like I mentioned before in this blog, I've never been the manicure type. But I recently dyed my hair without using rubber gloves which made my fingernails absolutely DISGUSTING!
They look like I've been clawing at the ground all day. This happens every time I dye my hair and I have to dye a lot. Every since I was 17 I've been getting long white hairs. They stand out against my dark black locks. So if I don't consistently dye my hair I develop an unkempt, mentally unstable look.
So long story short I had to paint them a very opaque color. Red was the most appropriate for this dress.
I wanted to thank all the wonderful advice readers had given regarding sergers! Some of the comments were very detailed and lengthy!
I did in fact purchase one. It is a Kenmore Serger model 16677. I bought if off Craigslist and had to go all the way to Philadelphia to pick it up.
Granted I also stopped and bought Brian's father's day gift and made a quick trip to IKEA but still it was fairly far for a sewing machine.
But I got a great deal and it works like a dream! It came with an instructional DVD which really helped me learn how to thread the machine and some of the interesting stitches it is capable of doing.
I used it for the first time to make this dress. It was beyond fabulous! No fraying! No loose threads! But I did have to rethread it several times which I will admit is a pain in the butt. But I think part of the problem was that I had my tension set too high.
I plan on making many, many more sewing projects with the serger. And am going to start my next project hopefully tomorrow.
I got the table flowers from our own garden. I don't really know what sort of flower they are but when they bloom they are the most beautiful, full flora around our home.
It made me a little sad to cut two off. I tried to break it to them easily. Before I did it, I walked past the bushes and told them I had to cut two of them at the stem. I imagined they all waited in fear for the next ten minutes until I came back with the scissors and made the difficult choice.
We're watching Labyrinth right now. I decided to get all the kids movies I remember as a child. Flight of the Navigator and Labyrinth were at the top of my list. Any other children of the 80s out there who remember these?
I remember watching this for the first time at a Girl Scouts sleepover. I had never heard of it before. I looked at the cover didn't think it was for me.
However, I quickly warmed up to the Jennifer Connelly character. She was a lot like me (although less gawky, more gorgeous) always acting out some climatic scene in a fairytale. I was such a geek!
Watching it now really brings back memories. I wonder if David Bowie really learned how to switch that glass ball over his fingers. Rather impressive! It seems like something he would learn.
I would say this dress would fit a size 2-8.
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