And it continues…..outside and inside……

Note: To see the start of this story, see this post. Outside, we have a “hard hat” (de)construction zone………002 

with “lawn ornaments” that are a (big) guy’s delight!!!! And they keep coming ‘cuz, of course, if you’re messing with one thing, something else will require some attention. Ummm, like our LP tank, which had to be moved to the back of the house and a new, temporary, line run in until the larger tank is placed on new  concrete (which comes next!)……

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Getting crowded out there!!!!! But the clean-up is continuing right smartly…………………….023

Ah yes, it’s truly amazing to watch  the hints of smiles on the “boys’” faces as big ‘toys’ do what big ‘toys’ do!!!!! Meanwhile, the prom dress was waiting and time is afleeting. The gal is, shall I say, a “twig”? Yes, the dress is a tad minute and my task is to make it more so. The hem is first (logically, I guess) because if the pins were to fall out of the overlayer, it would equal doom for the project! Attacking the lining, I folded it up at the appropriate marking (3” shorter than the top layer’s finished length), stitched closely next to the fold, cut the excess off, turned it up again and stitched. Photos……………


The top layer is a sheer, nylon tricot-type fabric. The same process is followed……………………………………………019020021 

And, yes, when I cut off the excess fabric after the first stitching, I use my scissors “upside down” so the more rounded blade will slip along neatly and closely to the stitching. A “duck billed” applique scissors will work, also. Taking in the top was a bit more challenging as it had a side seam zipper and the back of the bodice was hand applied beads and crystals. Each of the straps needed to be shortened from 3” (each) to 2” (each). A little hand work needed yet and another finish!!!! Yay!!!! 022

My local quilt group meets tonight, so I’m off to get things together for the sharing time. Til next time, and a couple of photos from my workshop on last Saturday……


About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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11 Responses to And it continues…..outside and inside……

  1. Raewyn says:

    Wow, no easy task to alter a dress like that – well done! Exciting to have all the activity in your yard …nice to see a job that’s waited forever to be finally getting done!

    • treadlemusic says:

      You are so right about that garage that’s finally going to be a reality! Tom and I had hoped to do this years ago and, now that our son/DIL have bought this farm (they live just up the drive way from us….we’re in the original farmstead home) we’re kinda like “squatters” and they are doing this garage build for us (and for the future date that they will live in this house!!!! LOL!).
      The prom dress hem was very simple (only 2 layers) and the back straps were “putsy” but not as hard as some past dresses I’ve done. I am glad I have only one to do as I would rather be quilting!!!!!!! LOL!

  2. What a busy place. Machines inside and out humming away.

  3. Rosemaryflower says:

    adorable dress.
    So happy to see the construction and ^^ nice to know the place is staying in the family!

    • treadlemusic says:

      That was our dream from the start. The surprise is that this is the son who, during his high school days, would sneak out after dark and head to town til morning and vowed that once he was old enough he would not come back to the farm (we’re 5 miles outside a town of 995 pop.)!!!!!! The Lord has a sense of humor, don’t you think????

  4. Thread crazy says:

    Great job on dress, and yes with all your “men’s toys” it’s bound to be loud and busy!!

  5. My little nephews (3 and 5) would have loved all those big machines! Jumping up and down!!! Think big boys are still the same, right?

  6. Michele says:

    Agreed…those are just much bigger versions of their old Tonka trucks.

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