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Thursday, November 29, 2007

dress update

Looks like I've got some more time to contemplate my dress design.  I tried it on today and it doesn't quite fit.  I bought it a while ago and it almost fit.  But it had been taken in a bit, so I thought it would fit after I let it back out + losing a bit more weight.  Well, I didn't lose any weight in the past few weeks and the part that was taken in wasn't the problem area after all.  Sometimes having large breasts really sucks.

So now I have 2 1/2 days to find a dress to wear on Sunday.  And I have something going on Friday that won't allow me to shop and Saturday evening is booked as well, so I'll only have tonight and Saturday morning and early afternoon to shop.  And so that means I will have to pray to find something that just works, since I won't have any time at all for any alterations. 

Oh, and we found out yesterday that we are, in fact, dancing an exhibition (of sorts) on Sunday, so that just adds to my franticness over this dress. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

dance dress

Well, I'm thinking about making my first attempt at a ballroom dance dress.  It won't actually be a complete construction, and it wouldn't even be used in anything sexy like a competition or exhibition.  I picked up a lovely hunter green dress at the Goodwill.  I'm guessing it was a bridesmaid dress.  It's long and fitted with this weird big swoopy thing around the neckline.  I'll get photos to put up once I start working on it.  I copied a guide created by Laura at DanceSport Image and mirrored it on my server, just in case that website goes away.  I'd hate to lose such a helpful page.

Anyway, my plan for this dress is to find a nice contrasting color -- I'm thinking a light shade of green, but I'm open to other ideas -- to create fitted sleeves and to make godets to increase the fullness of the bottom of the dress.  I was hoping to get this done in time for the annual Medal Ball that is happening on Sunday, but I don't think I'll have the time.  I don't think the sleeves should be too difficult.  Certainly not as difficult as adding sleeves to my wedding dress was.  But, the godets may end up being more complicated than I expect.