Joining Elizabeth for the third installment of needle and thREAD. Thanks, Elizabeth, for hosting.
I am still very busy sewing scapulars, but several evenings this week I have been busy with another sewing project. Faith takes lyrical ballet lessons and the studio is preparing for the recital in a few weeks. The seamstress hired to make the costumes has had some delays with the lyrical dresses and the they barely made it in time for the photo session last week. In fact, they were missing the ruffled trim at the neck and the bows at the waste. Because the seamstress was having a family medical crisis, I volunteered to take the dresses home (12 out of 15) and hand sew the ruffle and the bow. They are hanging in my dining room and I took a picture yesterday when it was sunny. I am waiting for more trim, as I have only finished six of the dresses.
they look pink here but they are actually a very pretty shade of lilac; two other classes wear the same dress, one in blue and one in pink, and I am anxious to see them for the dance they do all together
a finished dress
Faith reluctantly tried hers on for a photo session this morning, but it's very grey and rainy out today so the photos are quite grainy. And she was quite reluctant. I assure you they are beautiful when worn by one with a better attitude. They have a sewn-in pair of tight short bottoms so they are very modest, a feature about this particular studio I really love. Faith's costume is one of those without trim and a bow as well.
She complained in the whole five minutes she had it on that it was itchy. This child has been wearing itchy dress-up dresses since she could walk, but she apparently only complains when the wearing is mandatory. Sigh. Any fixes for an itchy dance costume are appreciated. I plan to use a lot of cornstarch powder.
And speaking of itchy costumes, I have volunteered (somebody shoot me) to be stage mom for Faith's class which involves waiting backstage with all 15 girls in itchy costumes (Faith was not the only one to complain at the photo shoot) during the recital. Faith's class dances just before the finale, which means I have to keep 15 girls neat and tidy and occupied for several hours. Any experienced moms with back-stage activity suggestions? I imagine I could get The Exorcist on my kindle. Just kidding.
My book is not in the any of the photos, but I am just finishing The Kitchen House, and it's been a really good read. I highly recommend.