Friday, August 31, 2007

2 Steps Forward, 1 Step Back

Well, we're making progress with the Irish Dance dress, but I had to put the brakes on yesterday to do an emergency fitting for length. None of us knew how long it was supposed to be until Mindy sent pictures to one of the dance school instructors, & she said it had to be 4 inches above the knee when kneeling, which turned out to be about 3 inches shorter than I had it. In the mean time I worked on an edge for the collar. I did a double row of piping with loops of cording & hand applied crystals. Christie liked the results.

To alter the length, I decided the easiest way would be to remove the top 3 inches of the front panel. This will make the skirt fuller around the middle, so I'll remove some of the back to even things out, but it's easier than redoing the hem, since I already have the piping done.
Here's how the pieces are looking now. Just a few more days, & I think I'll have it finished!
Warren has been working on the Quilt Deck. The blocks are all done, now all he has is the borders. Mindy said she'll snap a picture from the air some time after it's finished. (Check out her new blog, she's showing her fused glass works.)

14 comments:

Gaia Quilter said...

Warren's deck is turning out wonderful, it looks very peaceful out there. You can jump off the deck and into your hot tub!
I'm looking forward to reading Mindy's blog, her work is fabulous.

joyce said...

That is the most amazing dress I have ever seen. It's totally gorgeous.

Rayna said...

I am always in awe of anybody who SEWS - and this is no exception. What an amazing dress!!

Carol said...

Wow! that outfit is stunning Deb.

Love the deck it's wonderful.

Sande said...

The dress is awesome - hope you post some pictures of the young lady dancing in it!!
And the deck is also wonderful. He should be very proud of his handiwork!

Melodie said...

That dress is awesome. If these ladies only knew how much garment making you do!! And you did take exactly the right approach in making it shorter!
Warren's quilt gets a big A+ too!

Rian said...

Love that deck!

This is an incredible dress--absolutely out of this world. I'm with Rayna--in awe of someone who can actually sew!

MJAPA said...

The dres is turning out so pretty! And I cn't tell you how fun I think it is that your house will be wearing a quilt! That is pretty awesome!

Linda Fleming said...

Oh, Deb, that dress is simply gorgeous! What beautiful work you do! And that deck is amazing. You and your husband are quite a talented pair.

Michelle said...

I am in awe! You are so talented!

Kay said...

This dress is incredible. I do sew, and I know what those details mean--all that piping, and then having to redo the fit! Wow! It will be spectacular though. I can't wait to see the pictures.

Shelina said...

Deb, congratulations on your state fair wins. I think they all deserved a win. They are all wonderful. The quilt deck looks great - what an inspirational place to produce even more quilts!
The dress is amazing - a work of art in itself.

Micki said...

The dress is beautiful, wonderful work, Deb. The deck looks great, too.

Elaine Adair said...

That's an amazing outfit! You come from an artistic family, apparently, and one with patience. It's beautiful.