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Modern Glow – Final Chapter

The dress is done.  I was working on it when a wonderful part of life popped up.  A girlfriend called me and there was a lot of background noise.  Where was she?  At a station waiting for the train that was bringing her mother for a month-long visit.  The Amtrak station is 5 minutes from my house so I told her to please stop by so I could give her mother a hug.  She needed to make one stop before me, so I had an hour to finish the dress before they arrived.  The doorbell rang one minute after I made the last stitch.  They love the dress.  Now I need to put it in the shop.

The rest of the day was spent taking life as it came.  Playing with Wii Fit in my home gym, and laughing at our Wii Fit ages and BMIs.  Setting a goal of losing 15 pounds over the next 3 months then eating chocolate mousse cake while watching an Earth, Wind and Fire concert from 1981.  Watching episodes of Bulging Brides while eating fried tilapia, red rice, and string beans. 

As you can guess, the challenge over the next few months will be entertaining in a healthy manner.  My husband is the cook and I am the baker.  People enjoy coming to our house, and we enjoy feeding them.  Our good times center around dinners, holidays and the big annual backyard barbeque.  I will be spending a lot of time in the home gym, but that’s the price to pay for all the good times I share with family and friends.  Life is wonderful.


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Modern Glow – Chapter 3

The work on the sample is progressing nicely.  The lining is in.  Mostly.  There’s a little bit of hand stitching to do to the lining.  I have to finish the neckline with the bias strips I cut and prepped.  Then I have to hem the dress.  I am still trying to decide how much body I want the hem to have.  The skirt is underlined and I am trying to decide if I want a little interfacing in the hem.


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Modern Glow – Chapter 2

I had planned to finish this sample this weekend and put it in my Etsy shop, but the wonderful parts of life interrupted me.  1) Running away with my husband for a romantic overnight getaway.  2) Baking red velvet cupcakes.  3) Laughing during a quick Sunday dinner with my nephew who stopped by on his way home from New York.

I did manage to do a little work on the sample.

in its current stage

in its current stage


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Modern Glow

I felt like getting a little creative, so I’m working on a sample for my Etsy shop.  I enjoy using beads, pearls and rhinestones.  There something relaxing about sewing them on a piece of fabric.  I had a beautiful piece of white silk dupioni and was inspired.  The look just clicked in my mind.  Here is the sketch and the midriff in process.

Modern Glow

Modern Glow

 

embellishment on midriff

embellishment on midriff


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Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is almost over.  Today I finished and posted another item to my Etsy shop.  While I finished the wedding skirt, took the pictures and added the skirt to the shop, I thought of my mother throughout the day.  She would have been one of my biggest fans, encouraging me as I design and create my things for this virtual store.  She has cheered me on since I stitched my first outfit when I was 11-years old.  She admired my illustrations when I majored in fashion design, promoted my fashion shows, helped me hand bead lace for clients’ wedding dresses, and proudly wore my designs.  This is the fourth Mother’s Day since she died.  I miss her. 

wedding skirt for Etsy shop

wedding skirt for Etsy shop


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The Last Dress

I recently made a wedding dress for my niece.  It brought me a lot of joy to make the dress. As she stood there in full regalia (dress, jewelry, veil, and shoes), we both cried. She had suddenly grown up.  She was beautiful and she was ready to take that journey down the aisle, heading into her future with the man she loved.

I have many young women in my family, nieces, cousins and a daughter of my own.  Throughout their lives I make those important dresses: holiday dresses, graduation dresses, debutante gowns, prom dresses, college formals, bridesmaid dresses and wedding gowns. I never thought about it before but I guess, as you get older you become more sentimental.  I suddenly realized that the wedding dress is the last dress I ever make for them, and suddenly melancholy came over me.

I understand now from where the sadness comes.  It comes from the relationship that deepens over the weeks in which the dress is created.  You see, when they are young girls, their mothers bring them for their consultations and fittings.  It is a time for the mothers and me to catch up on family news. When they come for a gown for a college formal, they may spend the weekend, but I am so busy picking fabrics, making the muslin fitting shell, altering the pattern, and making the dress for the first fitting before sending them back to college, that there is no time to really catch up on their lives.

When they come to me for their wedding dress, it’s different.  They come alone.  At the consultation I get to peek into their personality and see who they have become.  When they tell me what they like and dislike, I get to see who has become the girly girl and who has become the rebel.  Throughout the weeks and months before the wedding, during the shopping trips and fittings, we talk a lot and I learn who they are.  They express their views on the world, their jobs, fashion, relationships, etc.  They fascinate me.  At the final fitting, it’s over.  It’s not that we will never talk again; it’s that their married lives will keep them so busy that there will be very few opportunities for the intimate conversations. There will be the group discussions at family dinners and cookouts, but not those intimate ones.

Lucky for me, there is a bright side.  While making that wedding dress, I also made the flower girl dress for my great-niece.  As well, my granddaughter is in kindergarten, so I know the graduation dress is just around the corner.  THE NEXT GENERATION IS COMING!  I have a lot of dresses to do.

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What to say about THE wedding dress

Last night I watched one of the many bridal reality shows that has flooded television, bombarding the viewing audience with unrealistic ideas.  Appearing on the show was a woman who had just lost her job shopping for a $5,000 WEDDING DRESS!  That was her idea of being budget conscious.  On the advice of the sales person she could cut back on other areas of the wedding in order to purchase her dream dress.  The problem: her dream dress made her look like a squat blinged-out nightmare. I believe the dress should enhance your beauty.  I don’t want to see the dress wearing the bride; I want to see the bride wearing the dress.

Most dress designers and wedding consultants want you to believe that the more you spend, the better. Historically, brides wore dresses in the richest materials money could buy, reflecting their social status and their family’s wealth.  Even the poorest bride wore their best dress on their wedding day.  For most women, there are many occasions to dress up, but only one day to wear the wedding dress, so the wedding dress should be special.  It’s one of the biggest days of your life, so go for it.  But remember, money doesn’t buy you style, and style is available in all price ranges.  It should not mean paying for the dress many years after the wedding.

 I always tell my clients that the most important thing about their wedding day is that they (the bride and the groom) exchange wedding vows.  Nothing else matters except that they exchange wedding vows.  This prepares the bride for the unexpected, which always happens on her wedding day.  It also helps the bride to prioritize things, putting the wedding dress in its proper place, which is not first.