Monday, February 28, 2011

Sprinkle me with Pixie Dust

Wow, I haven't sewn in over 2 weeks.......  And tomorrow is the first of March.  Things have just been busy, and I haven't made it a priority.

As promised, here are the pictures of Axelgirl and Mini Axelgirl skating a Family Spotlight at Mini Axelgirls first competition.  As she told Coach Gina when she got off the ice, 'that was fun'.  That is what it is all about.  I'm sure taking home a medal was fun as well.  They came in 3rd place.

Dress bodices are 2 layers, a silver shimmery hologram, topped with stretch mesh.  This gives a nice soft shimmery effect.  Skirts are 3 layers, bottom is the silver, middle is the color on the other girls dress, top matches the bodice.  Skirts were sewn in without the pedals.  Those were cut after construction.

Their music was Sprinkle Me with Pixie dust from one of the Tinkerbell movies.  Can't remember which one.  I made the dresses, and the stones were done by Mini Axelgirl's mom (my cousin) Emily.  I did do the stones on the tights.  Wings were $1.00 from Dollar General, with a few crystals added. 

Pictures were either taken by my Aunt (Mini Axelgirls Grandma).  There was a great turn out to cheer them on.  It was lots of fun.

Starting Pose

 After the Skate
 Axelgirl lifting MiniAxelgirl up to sign for her medal
 With the Medals

Sunday, February 13, 2011

From this . to this . . to this . . . and its over

I have been posting about the skating dresses I have been working on.  All but one was finished Friday afternoon.  The one that wasn't I had a back up plan for.  Many thanks to my cousin Emily, With My Child Series, for all of her help in cutting, applying crystals, design advice, and just keeping me company this last week as I worked on these.  Unfortunately her daughter and Alyssa were not able to compete this week due to an injury, so they will try again in 2 weeks at Show Me Games.  I will say that Emily has a new hobby to keep her occupied with crystals.  I gave her a hotfix tool, and some crystals, and she immediately started putting them on things.  Nothing in her house is safe.

I'm really not sure what the total yardage of fabric ordered purchased was, but I did start with this.  This is about 22 yards of lycra.  Not all fabric ordered was used, as I had to purchase in full yard increments of most of it, so I have lots of leftovers to work with.  Here is what 22 yards of lycra looks like, folded neatly on a shelf:

Work in various states:

Emily working on the Tinkerbell Dress, adding stones.  I can't thank her enough for her help

Remember the nice neat sewing room a few weeks ago, here it is now

Mini Axel girl at home among different pattern pieces where I was drafting them
 And here is the final result.  This is most of the dresses.  I will post the ones of Axel Girl and Mini Axel Girl in theirs when they compete in two weeks.

Dress for the Footwork Competition:

Dress for one of Axelgirls friends

Dress for a friends daughter, sorry they are sideways

Axelgirl and friend in their costumes for the song from Wicked, For Good

Axelgirl and another friend in their outfits for Black Eyed Peas - Boom Boom Pow
 And her dress for the Glee version of Don't Stop Believin
Emily did a great job on the crystals.  She was duplicating the explosion on the original Journey album.  Coach has told us to add more crystals to the dress, and Emily was grinning at the thought to paint with crystals again.

 And here is Axelgirl with her biggest fan, Mini Axelgirl, and friend.  I am glad she was feeling well enough to come out and cheer Axelgirl on today.

All other dresses worn this weekend were older, previous made dresses, and I did not get current pictures.  I still have an Ice Dance dress to make, so stay tuned in a month or so.  For a while, I'm going to move away from man made fabrics, and enjoy making something out of natural fibers.

And it's over.......
The competition ended with Axelgirl placing in 10 events.  A total of 3-1st place, 4-2nd place, 2 -3rd place and 1-6th place.  The 6th place was in an even called surprise.  You never know what you are doing until its over.  For this event, this group had to start with their skates off, sitting on a chair on the ice.  They then had to tie the skates and skate to the other end of the rink.  I have always said Axelgirl is the world's slowest at tying her skates, and she proved it at this event.  But we are very proud of her.  She worked hard to get everything together and did a great job.

We ended the evening by going to Outback for dinner.  It was nice and I had a drink just to reward myself for finishing everything.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Just a quick update

I am trying to come up for air.  I keep telling myself it will all happen.  This has been my mantra the last few years during Spring Show time.  But, since I am not doing the show, just need to keep plugging away for through this weekend, then  I will be able to do what I want for a while.

Here is my todo list as of Monday morning.

Many thanks to my cousin Emily for keeping things moving by cutting things out for me.
Here is my to do list currently, so I am making progress.

And if anyone is wondering, here is what 15 gross of crystals look like.  When I spend that much, I want something to show for it.  This does not give me that.  The middle pile is 10 gross (1440) of 20SS swarovski crystals.  I paid a hefty premium for next day air, and they were a day late.  They were shipped on time, UPS just didn't do what they were supposed to.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Crunch Time

Tonight I told Matt I was in "Spring Show Mode"  This meant that I was only sewing this week, and nothing else was getting done.  Unfortunately for a lot of reasons, I was not able to get much done last week.  I have finished two dresses, one still needs crystals.  There is still a lot left to do.  I will post pictures later.  I did make a matrix on the white board, of what needs to be done.  I will take a picture when I go down in the morning.  Then I can post updates on that.  Maybe if I had done a list earlier it would have helped.

The big question remains why I can't get motivated when I need to.  I'm not sure the answer to that question.  We had 3 1/2 snow days last week, and Matt was working from home.  I know that was part of the problem.  Not sure the rest.  I am frustrated.  Alyssa was supposed to have practice tonight, so we went to dinner and were supposed to be at the rink from 6.30 to 9.00.  We left the house for dinner at 4.30, and and got to the rink on time.  When we got there, we found out through an error the team did not have ice.  So we got home about 8.00, instead of 10.  I really didn't complete any additional sewing than was planned, as I did the handwork that I was going to do at the rink.  But, I feel like I lost out on several hours of sewing.  If I had not had to go to the rink, I could have been at the machine, and had another dress close to being completed.  And I am not the only frustrated person.  This was SuperBowl Sunday, and that says it all.....

I think after this week is over, I need to find a project I want to do, for me, for no reason.  Order some nice fabric, and try something different.  But, I always hesitate doing things like that, because it isn't practical.  I have  no one to us it, etc.  I think I need to move past that.  I do have several projects going that I do enjoy so maybe that will help.

Any ideas on a fun project, just because.  Maybe an elaborate Wee Care gown?

And just because I feel like I need a picture, I will share this one.  Since I am up to my eyeballs in skating dresses, here is the first skating dress I ever made.  It is a Kwik Sew Pattern, I don't see it on the website, but can look it up if you are interested.  Fabric is a lime green tye dye stretch crushed velour, probably purchased at Hancocks.  I don't have the dress anymore, or any scraps, but I have a feeling it didn't have the correct stretch.  I also didn't  like how the hem rolled.

I had sworn I would never sew knits before this.  This dress was made with no variations to the pattern.  Now, I don't do anything to the pattern.  My how times have changed.  This was made in Spring of 2003.  If I remember correctly, this means Axelgirl was in 1st grade and 7 years ago.  Now she is in 9th grade and 15.  I've shared recent skating pictures, so will not add those tonight.  But if anyone knows where my little girl has gone, please let me know  :)