Alterations Price List

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The same message post that got me going in the post below has continued and evolved into a discussion of doing alterations on ID dresses, something many of us hate to do. Certainly is not one of my favorite things to do. I send my folks to an alteration shop near here. I sought her out, showed her how the dresses should work, and she took that over for me. The shop is very fancy and rather elegant…the woman there considers alterations to be an art. Quite frankly, she is so good at it that it IS an art. Here is her website.
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So on the IDDressmaking board, Terrie posted this. Had to post it here because I thought it was hysterical…and true!

“One tailor shop that I worked in around twenty years ago had a fun sign that sometimes we all could use. I’m sure that I’m paraphrasing it, but here goes…
Thanks for the morning laugh, Terrie!
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PRICE LIST

Alterations – $30 per hour

You worked on it first? – $50 per hour

You want to watch? – $60 per hour

You worked on it first AND want to watch? – $100 per hour

You want to “explain” to me how I should do it? – You can’t afford me.”

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Pics from Rose of Tralee 2007

Finally have some pics of the Washington Rose of Tralee 2007 festivities.

Here is last year’s Rose, Carolyn Kirwin, at the Irish Embassy. I just loved it that she coordinated her outfit with her sash.
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The new Rose is Laura Olsen. She is here with 2005 Rose Kate Riley on the left, 2006 Rose Carolyn Kirwin, and 2004 Rose and Centre Director Meaghan Donovan.
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Laura and Carolyn.
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And again, the sash made by Feisdress: Susan Gowin and me.
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More fun

More playing with the Bernina Designer Plus Version 5 software. I am having such a blast! And learning so much as well.

So I have this shape: Susan designed it, I digitized it (that adventure here).
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After I digitized the piece of lace Susan designed, I began to really look at more complicated designs and realized that many (most?) are really not so complicated after all. (Is that a big, “DUH!!!”?? I slapped MY forehead!!) They are composed of one or two “building blocks” and manipulating them gives you a unique design. So, using more of the amazing buttons (functions) built into the software, I began playing. The design above gave me the lace below:
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A tiny edit and then addition gave me this:
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Then I looked at some of the celtic knot collections that I have acquired and messed with a triskele knot to get this:
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And THEN, I digitized a free clip art knot design I had, put it in the wreath tool, and got this:
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Removed some stitches, but as Susan pointed out to me, this would look much better if the design did not still look as if it was 5 separate chunks. I need to change the knot to connect them all. Told Susan SHE gets to redo the original line design for me. Criticise me, will you? I’ll put you to work!

Super Embroiderer

There is a video of a master embroiderer named Pancho Martinez who works with a designer named Manuel. I first saw this video when someone posted a link on Celtic Flame a couple of years ago, and it was posted again today on a different sewing board. What this man does free hand with an incredibly fast machine is rather mind-blowing. Literally gives me the willies watching his fingers get so close to the needle. This link takes you to a page where you can click to see the video.

Puts all of us to shame, methinks.

This video from youtube is along the same lines except I cannot see that this embroiderer is following any drawn pattern. Again, simply amazing!

Rose of Tralee 2007

Susan and I presented this year’s sash for the Washington Rose of Tralee at the Irish Embassy in DC last night. Always a good time.
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Susan, of course, did the design, and I did the digitizing and embroidery.
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She listens to me discuss what is difficult or annoying about stitching out certain shapes and so she tries other things. I love this flower and was happy to see larger applique areas.
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But all those curvy pointed things in the center of the flower design were…a challenge. Several tests sent me back to the digitizing “drawing” board several times to get it figured out just right.
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But once again, I am pleased.
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We also decided to make pins for last year’s Rose and this year’s. This was just fun.
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You can see last year’s winner in last year’s sash here. Last night, Carolyn had on an outfit to match the sash – red skirt, red cami, white blouse, and the coolest red patent leather pumps. I will post the pic when she sends it to me.

Now back to the dungeon…one more dress to finish for this week.

Zen-master wisdom

Susan sent this to me tonight with the attached note, “For you, Zen-master.” Set off a few fits of giggles. Just the right blend of Zen and smart-ass…Irish wisdom.

1. Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me either. Just pretty much leave me the hell alone .

2. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and a leaky tire.

3. It’s always darkest before dawn, so if you’re going to steal your neighbor’s newspaper, that’s the time to do it.

4. Don’t be irreplaceable. If you can’t be replaced, you can’t be promoted.

5. Always remember that you’re unique. Just like everyone else.

6. Never test the depth of the water with both feet.

7. If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of car payments.

8. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you have their shoes.

9. If at first you don’t succeed…… skydiving is not for you.

10. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.

11. If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.

12. Some days you’re the bug, some days you’re the windshield.

13. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.

14. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put back in your pocket.

15. A closed mouth gathers no foot.

16. Duct tape is like ‘The Force’. It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.

17. There are two theories to arguing with a women – Neither one works.

18. Generally speaking, you aren’t learning much when your lips are moving.

19. Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.

20. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.