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Date: 5/15/12 10:22 AM

Here we are dancing at the Columbia Star Ball this past weekend. There are more as you click through that album. I will try to get some copies so I can post them on my blog.

Here is the group shot. A lot of happy dancers in that group as we all got medals.

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Date: 5/15/12 12:35 PM

Your dress is stunning and moves beautifully

Congrats on more medals -- that's becoming a habit

So how did you fix the "gaping" in the back you mentioned on your blog? I didn't see any clear elastic straps -- what did you end up doing?

Another gorgeous gown -- I love the lighter coloured underskirts -- they make the movement very distinct.

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Date: 5/15/12 7:06 PM

Hi Sheila - I opened up the zig zag around the neckline in a couple of spots. Just enough to get a safety pin and some strong, roll-style elastic in there. Snugged it up a bit and did a quick try-on to make sure it would work and then hand stitched it securely in place and stitched up the openings. I suspect it was fine before I put the stones on, but the glue would have removed some of the spring-back in the stretch fabric. So glad I checked before the competition, though!

Another boo-boo showed up during our warm up. I was sure I had trimmed all of the threads on the skirts, but must have missed one. So when we were warming up, a thread caught around the buckle of my shoe and completely undid it! I have always been a believer in a test run and I am even more so now.

I also had a fake lash "blow out" where between heats I was chatting, blinked my eye and the glue just let go on half of it. I managed to run to the dressing room, put glue on my eyelid and stick the darn thing back on in time to get back to marshaling. Whew!

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Date: 5/15/12 7:15 PM

Absolutely gorgeous dress- and dance partner! You did an amazing job of making a flattering dress for both style and color. Are there rules about the male's dress or could he get a matching handkerchief next time?
Glad all your snafus were fixed for the performance. Pictures would look weird with one lashed eye and one unlashed!

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Date: 5/15/12 7:39 PM

Thanks Sharon - the rules are pretty strict. I know they can wear coloured cuff links, but not sure about the handkerchief. The ladies get all the glory in ballroom and we are also a lot cooler. Those jackets (which are wool to start with) are padded so they don't wrinkle. I have made him a couple of wicking fabric shirts though, so that helps a bit. We pretty much have to wring those boys out when they are done dancing.

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Date: 5/15/12 8:46 PM

Do you elasticize your necklines or just rely on turning the fabric and the elasticity of the fabric alone?

Oh the horror stories I could tell of last minute fixes I've done as the on-site seamstress at national figure skating competitions. I am a strong proponent of practicing in full dress before a competition so that any "kinks" can be worked out. That's one reason why I tack an extra 10 days onto my production schedule to ensure the athlete has their apparel in plenty of time to practice. Whenever possible, I will watch in person during that testing session -- sometimes I'll get a video after a test run for my long distance clients so I can see the outfit "in motion".

I will always remember one figure skating pairs team having their costumes delivered to the rink hours before they were competing. The woman put on her dress and when they did it up, it was so tight that she was having trouble taking a deep breath. She went out and competed in that outfit but you could tell by the second half of the program that she was really struggling and ended up missing several of the elements.

When it comes to the make-up, hair and eyelashes -- I'm at a complete loss -- I'm wash and wear for the hair and if my make-up takes anymore than 2 to 3 minutes, it's not happening. I'm no help in that department but often get asked when I'm at a competition.

So have you got the next dress in the planning stages yet?

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Date: 5/16/12 10:14 AM

I use the Kwik Sew method of zigzag elastic on wrong side, turn and zigzag over the edge. I have tried the serger and the cover stitch, but haven't found them comparable in ease and smooth finish. The other machines just add too much bulk, IMHO.

Glad to hear that a real pro like you endorses practice runs. I often feel a bit show-off-ish bringing new gowns to practice, but my local sewing buddies are there and they catch stuff like the back gape that I might have missed at home in the mirror.

And yes, I do have more in the planning stages. I swore off more fabric until we get back to LA next year, but bought some from the Fabricland clearance bin (sewing buddies - see above - told me I couldn't pass it up ) and I also want to do one that comes closer to our coach's specs. Plus I have fabric for a Latin gown for a friend. First time sewing for someone else! Definitely need several more hours per day right now....

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Date: 5/16/12 10:51 AM

Will be watching your blog for your next dress-making adventure.

I serge my elastic onto the wrong side (I do widen the stitch for less thread density) and then turn and use a wide zigzag to topstitch in place -- I find that gives me the best result and maintains its recovery after the crystals are applied. By the time you put all the crystals on, you really can't see the topstitching anyway.

Congrats again on another medal winning performance.




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Date: 5/16/12 7:21 PM

Sheila - In the good news/bad news category, I have been eating more veggies and had to take in the purple glitter gown quite a bit. If I lose much more, I won't be able to wear it. and

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Date: 5/16/12 8:05 PM

I'm sure all your dancing contributes to the downsizing. I can relate -- I made a dress for a Scottish Dance Ball in March and when I put it on last week it was evident that I will need to take it n before wear it again.

Hopefully you'll be able to sell the ones you can no longer wear.



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