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sewing fury.

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My Dad always told me, give the busy person the task, they’ll find the time to get it done. 

More sewing updates-I was a busy girl since the last list posted.
  • 9 Togas 
  • 12 Genie Pants (YAY!!!!) 
  • 8 dress capes (halfway done!) 
  • 2 hip-hop outfits-(one done!!!!!)
  • hand symbol elastics 
  • toreador cape
  • 16 mesh masks 
  • my sari!
Hip Hop...you don't stop.

Hip Hop...you don't stop.

 

Sunday night I thought the hip-hop costumes were going to be the death of me.  Whoever decided to put sequence on mesh adhered  by glue was surely not the brightest crayon on the box.  Why oh why did I say “sure I can sew that” I definitely didn’t know what I was getting into…  See, every time the needle goes up and down it picks up a little of the glue then shreds the thread making it impossible to sew.  I think I made up a few new words last night in sewing furry.  On Monday night, feeling more confident about these hip hop costumes, I went to Jo-Ann’s for some thread and decided to ask if there was anything I could do about it.  The wonderful lady there told me to use this liquid called “Sewer’s Aid” IT WORKS!!! I zipped through those meshy glued down sequence in no time.  

sewers aid

sewer's aid

After finishing the togas this past weekend and completing one of the hip-hop costumes, I’m am feeling a little bit of relief.  Apparently I’m the busy one, I’m trying to find the time to get it all done. 

sequence/mesh/glue mess.

sequence/mesh/glue mess.

A public service announcement: Never, ever, ever purchase or ask someone to sew this fabric, unless you plan on that person having a full head of hair the next day. Thank you.

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Not so Sari.

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I couldn’t wait…so, I made my Sari. Which I completely left out of my list posted below!

The Sari.

The Sari.

It turned out much better than any of the costumes I found in the 8 different dance catalogs I looked through. But looking at it on the hanger, it looks sort of dull.  In May I’ll post a photo of the costume on. By sewing this myself I saved so much money–the total cost was $17.00 as opposed to the $60 plus shipping from the dance catalog.

I’m taking any suggestions you might have for my Jai Ho choreography…if a writer gets writers block then I guess I have dancers block.

Costumes Queue.

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sewing genie pants

sewing genie pants

Costumes to sew…

  • 8 Togas
  • 12 Genie Pants
  • 8 dress capes
  • 2 hip-hop outfits
  • hand symbol elastics
  • toreador cape
  • 16 mesh masks

HOLY MOLY! What did I get myself into? Thankfully, from that  list I get to cross off the following…

  • 8 Togas (4 done)
  • 12 Genie Pants (YAY!!!!)
  • 8 dress capes (halfway done!)
  • 2 hip-hop outfits-(waiting on the samples to  come in…tick tock, tick tock)
  • hand symbol elastics (this will take an hour all together I think, its my goal to get these done by Thursday)
  • toreador cape (goal to get done by Thursday)
  • 16 mesh masks (this will probably be the last on my list to do…to be honest.

Looks like I have a lot more on my sewing queue that I had thought.  I should have written this down earlier… Next week will be great, the kids are on Spring Break so I don’t have dance after work and can sew sew sew! I will also need to find some time to choreograph my solo…hopefully that will happen before May 15th, the day before the show.

I do want to give a shout out to my Mother, for helping me sew the genie pants, on her birthday! I’m so lucky!

So, Sari.

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As if I didn’t have enough to sew for the may dance recital, I decided to add a couple more responsibilities on my “to do” list.

I will now be in 5 different dances instead of 4.  Originally, I was in hip-hop, lyrical, soft shoe ballet, and  pointe pieces. On Monday I asked if I could do a solo after watching Slumdog Millionaire and hearing the award-winning Jai Ho song from the soundtrack.  Since the theme of the recital is “around the world” I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to do a fun pointe solo to it.  That alone added the task of choreographing a piece but then I didn’t find a costume I liked enough to pay $60 for, so, consequently I’ll be sewing my costume.  I’m thinking it’ll be a modified Sari, that will allow me to move gracefully.

Costume Fabric

Costume Fabric

I found some beautiful fabric yesterday for my Sari. Hopefully I’ll make Bollywood proud with my creations.  I’m most eager to make my costume, but for now, I need to keep sewing genie pants and togas!

sewing.

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This weekend, I have big plans.

 

Sewing. Sewing. And more sewing. I volunteered my time to sew about 30 costumes for the dance recital coming up in May. The theme is “around the world” so I’m making some Genie pants, togas, capes, and little red white and blue hip hop jumpers. I have no excuse not to get a good portion of the costumes done now. Before I would have to haul out my sewing machine, set it up on a rickety folding table, sew, and then have to pack it all up again. But now, I have a sewing area!

 

Sewing area

Sewing area

 

Rob will use the space, for studying if I’m not using it so it’s a dual purpose area. I told Rob what I was looking for and he picked out what you see in the photo when we were at IKEA last weekend. I’m really not that needy, these were my specs: Desk area small enough to fit in the space but has enough room to sprawl out and leave my sewing machine up at all times, storage, light, and pretty to look at. I think Rob did great with the use of red on the desk legs and the shelving unit on the wall.

 

Go Rob.

 

So, that’s my new sewing area, for now. I’ll be adding little details here and there so it’s not so “IKEA” looking, even though it is. OH! I also plan to find a chair to redo. I’ll show photos when I find one worthy of my space.

A No Reason Dress.

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A little less a month ago I had an entire weekend where I didn’t have a single thing to do, anywhere to be, or anyone to see. It was so refreshing to have a little breather! I mostly sat on the sofa and was a lazy, lazy girl. I did muster up enough energy to sew a dress with the remaining fabric from this dress. I don’t even have an event to wear this dress to, yet…

new dress.

new dress.

the little belt detail.

the little belt detail.

I strayed away, once again, from the pattern.  I just don’t like what they have to offer me.