Saturday, April 16, 2011

Prom Dress

My good friend Amy is has a step-daughter who needed a dress a week before Prom.  I know her step-daughter so I really wanted to do it for her.  I got it done in about 3 days but only because it was pretty simple.  I loved this fabric and I love the way it looked on her.  I'm especially excited because we are trading services and she is going to paint me a picture to go above my mantle.  

I used a pattern I already had and altered it a bit.  She wanted the gathered part on the shoulder so I used my *exam table tissue paper to copy the pattern in the size I wanted.  Then I cut it up and to make the gathers.  It was a little tricky.  

It looks much better on the girl then on my dress form.  It's made crepe back satin which has a beautiful drape.  

*The tissue or crepe paper that comes on a roll and is used on exam tables at the doctor's office is my favorite thing to use for copying and creating patterns.  It's heavier than regular tissue paper and lighter than printer paper.  It has just enough see-through.  One roll lasts a really long time.  I had to buy a box of 12 to get it when my old roll ran out.  That will probably last my lifetime.  I have given a few away.  

Before and After

Sorry about the not great pictures.  We took out our old carpet out and put in laminate flooring over Spring Break.  DH and Mya worked on pulling the old carpet out.  I had some sewing to finish so they had to get started without me.  You should know DH and I have never put in laminate flooring before.  We bought the supplies and read the instructions online.  It was a little scary at first.

yep that's me texting

   They grey stuff in front of DH is sand.  We have a sand box so when the kids would come in the fine sand would eventually make it's way down below the padding.  

That's me doing the underlayment.  I'm not sure if that is the official name but that is what we called it.

Here's the Finished product before the furniture went back in.  It took all day with DH and I working together.  It was hard on my back.  I got a massage the next day.  We love it.  The kids love it too and they have told me several times it's way better than the carpet.  It's easier to clean and I can't help but like that.  It does make the room more "echo-y."  We notice every little and big thing that gets dropped.  Our cat had ripped up the carpet right in front of the sliding door so I am glad to have that mess gone.


You'll see more of the floor in my next post about the prom dress.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

The eggs are chirping

It must be spring.  I am boiling some eggs and as they were heating up one made a sound like it was chirping.