Thursday, September 24, 2009

Busy, Busy, Busy...

Hi folks! I know I've been a little absent lately, September has not been kind to me!! School started, giving me a new class to teach this year (AP Statistics... sounds like fun, huh?), I've tried to finish my Chanel jacket (trim is on, just needs hems, pockets, and chains), my son turned 4 last weekend (birthday party set-up and clean-up), and this Saturday will find me at the Sewing Expo in Novi, taking classes and modeling my dress and hoping for a prize, too! Lastly, I've been hired to make a Homecoming dress for next Saturday's dance. Thankfully, the muslin was a perfect fit, so when I found out today that my "client" has been voted on to the Homecoming Court, my stress level rose slightly, but did not skyrocket! Yikes... that means my dress will be modeled in front of the ENTIRE STAFF AND STUDENT BODY. I don't know whether to laugh or cry!
Here's what I've got so far...
The Pattern: Simplicity 2692 (view C - top left, 1 shoulder)
Actually, I'm only using the pattern for the bodice, the waistband and the drape. The bust gathers have become darts, for a much smoother, fitted appearance. She really wanted a full length (fitted at the waistband) A-line skirt, so I grabbed a skirt pattern from my stash (with a similar waistband yoke), and added some length.

The Fabric: Valentine Red Duchess (poly) Satin from Fabric.com. The budget didn't allow silk satin, so poly will have to do. It has a great weight and drape, and the color is actually more of a true, scarlet red.

The Trim: 3 5/8" wide embroidered/beaded black trim from M&J Trims, NY. This will be backed in black, and is wide enough to stitch right into the bodice and skirt seams. It is the basis of the waistband and the beads on the "flowers" are actually irridescent (blue/purple/green), but the "webs" of beads are black. When the M & J website wouldn't let me order increments of a yard, I called the store and they allowed me to purchase a 1 1/2 yds. I wondered about putting the red behind it, but the fabric the beads are stitched to is slightly frayed in parts, and is a more striking waistband on a field of black (which also hides the fraying little threads).

I also have the sketch she initially gave me to work with, but I'll leave that to the final post next week so you can compare the two! She is a really sweet young lady (I'll call her "Miss M"), a senior this year and was in one of my classes last year, too. Always smiling, a hard-worker, and quite responsible. NHS President, Student Council President, and wonderful math student to boot! I'm quite honored to be able to do this for her, and am so excited that she's been recognized by her classmates in such a wonderful way. No, she won't be Homecoming Queen (we don't have a King/Queen at our school, just a court), but she'll certainly look like one! The muslin was a fabulous fit, just a 1" adjustment at the top of the zipper, under the arm. In my opinion, NYC did wonders for my sewing confidence, as I was able to put the muslin together in less than 2 hours with fantastic fit!
Please keep your fingers crossed for me this weekend (Top Ten Fashion Show) and next week, as I work on this dress that will be displayed for all my colleagues and students to see... OMG, what have I gotten myself into?!

10 comments:

amber said...

What an exciting project! I'm sure the dress will be lovely - can't wait to see the finished product! :)

gwensews said...

Love that red satin, and the fabric/trim combo is gorgeous. Good luck at the Expo. I'll be looking forward to seeing your dress in person.

KID, MD said...

It's going to be gorgeous! What wonderful trim - so striking with the red satin.

JoanneM said...

Great color dress. You can do it!!!!

Amanda S. said...

I am sure you will do wonderfully at both. Can't wait to see that dress!

Julia said...

I can't wait to see the finished homecoming dress!
Best of luck to you!!!!

Handmade said...

Looks fab! Love that trim!

Lindsay T said...

You go girl!! I've seen you in action so I know you can do it. I hope your client will let you post photos of her in it.

P.S. A math teacher is now in charge of enforcing the dress code at DD's HS. Annie was busted yesterday for wearing a too-short dress, which she had a feeling was going to happen.

robin said...

Kristine, it was great to meet you today! Your V8379 dress looked great - I especially liked the handmade beaded trim! I'm working on uploading a complete set of photos from today's show to Flickr (my husband Jim was the one taking all the pictures.) My Flickr id is rmartin_cpa - they should be up later tonight. I'll also be sending the link to Deepika. I've added your blog to my blogroll as well!!

Robin (RobinMCPA on PR)

Kristin said...

My fingers are crossed for you! It was lovely to meet you and see your beautiful work up close. Looking forward to seeing your lady in red.