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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Cowboy, Take Me Away......

<Sigh> Whenever I'm tired and stressed I start to think about how nice it would be to ride off into the sunset....where there would be no worries of course! I think it's normal to need an escape when things are tough, for whatever reason.

It's no secret to anyone, I'm sure; that I've been overworking myself lately; I feel like I have no choice at the moment; it's just something I have to power through...but it's been tough! A few nights I have been so exhausted I didn't know where I would find the energy to package orders or work on my sewing; but I did!

I hesitate to post pictures; because I always find dresses on hangers aren't nearly as lovely as the dress on a body or a dress form.....and I still have "loose ends" so to speak, yes the bodice facing in flapping in the breeze (undone because I still have alterations to do); and I can see 14,000 loose threads in that picture; but all that will be taken care of in due course. Oh, and working with the silk makes it terribly wrinkly; when finished I will steam the wrinkles out....so keep an open mind......<eeek>

When worn, the neckline on this slinky bias-cut dress drapes loosely

This is the material which will become the detachable train, it has a heather pattern and tiny beads and rhinestones
The daring low back plunges to the waistband....and yes, there's that bodice facing!

My mother came over to try on the dress for fit today; I'm happy to say that it just needs a little nip in the side seams; and she looks like Jean Harlow in it! The cut fits her petite frame perfectly, and reminds me of an old-time movie star! Next I have to do multitudes of hand sewing, which I have trouble with and dislike immensely! And the hem; which shouldn't be too hard; the only challenge is getting the shape right, since the back flares outward to form a small train. Another fitting on Thursday...hopefully, the last!

Gracious, I'm so tired I can barely keep my eyes open; but I have to make 3 batches of soap tonight, and hopefully at least press the hem for the dress....I may have to take a tiny nap!

I'm hoping to get back into the groove of regular posting as my schedule slows down; so many things falling through the cracks at the moment; I'm really hoping to change that!

Thank you to all my loyal followers, and I'm stunned to learn that I've gained new followers in light of my recent neglect! Thank you!

Have a great week!


  1. It's beautiful! You are so right though.Hanging it doesn't do it justice I'm sure. Maybe a picture of it on the bride later??? Hang in there!
    I'm still without my machine :(
    Been keeping busy though, I just posted a vintage pattern story (blurb) on my blog.

  2. I'm sure it will be lovely on!! It's such a pretty shade of yellow.

  3. The dress is beautiful. Interesting isn't it, that women need a certain amount of creativity in our lives. Please be careful. You don't want to get run down to the point of sickness. Have a great day.............Denise

  4. Hang in there, Brandi! The dress is beautiful and is definitely reminiscent of Jean Harlow...your mother will look stunning, I'm sure! I know what you mean about being frustrated about not posting regularly; I had the same thing happen and am only now getting back into the groove of things. Have a wonderful day!

  5. Thanks everyone! I will be taking pictures when my mom comes over for a fitting tomorrow! By then I'll have the train attached and you can get the full effect!

    Mary Beth, I feel like a jerk; did I know you had a blog?! I can't remember now, but I will definitely check it out!

    Thank you Denise; I actually didn't get a thing done last night because I fell fast asleep at 10 pm!

    Liana, yes, it's hard to keep up with blogging when things get busy; I will be doing better about posting soon!

  6. Oh, and Stephanie; thank you so much, I think it's the perfect shade; almost ivory in it's paleness but definitely unique; my mom's favorite color is yellow!

  7. I love the colour too! will be nice to see the pictures on the bride! she'll certainly be an amazing bride with suche a fantastic dress!