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31 Days: Creative Habit – Day 29: Superhero

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So, today’s project time felt like it was going to be another fail. It started going badly right away, but I dug in, did some problem solving, and just kept going. It wasn’t until I saw the after photos that I realized that I really LOVE this project. Whew!

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If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you might remember this dress. My friend, Jenn, gave it to me when I was doing The Thrift Project last October.

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It is a lovely dress with velvety flowers, embellished with hand-sewn beads. There were a few problems with the dress – missing beads in a few spots and a seam coming loose – so that made me feel a little better about what I was going to do with this piece. If it had been in absolute pristine condition, it would have been really hard to touch it.

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But those tiny little flaws told me it was okay. I measured the width of the front of the dress at several points, made chalk marks, and cut the entire dress open in the front.

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For a few minutes, I stared, wondering what exactly I had done. Along the raw edge where I cut the dress, little beads started popping off and rolling around on the floor. I was really unsure if I could actually make it work. And then I took it to the sewing machine to try to hem the raw edges. Turns out beads and sewing machine needles don’t really work well together. I mean, I sort of knew this, but I thought I’d give it a try anyway. The results were disastrous – broken beads, skewed stitches, threads catching everywhere.

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So I took a deep breath, took the dress to the floor, and started removing beads. I used my seam ripper to pull the threads for every bead within a half inch of the raw edge. I hand tied all the little threads to keep the remaining beads intact. Then I did a little rolled edge on both sides of the opening. It totally worked.

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I still wasn’t sure how it would look. A kimono was my inspiration, but kimonos usually have sleeves. And belts. And someway for them to close. This has none of those.

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So maybe it’s more like a vest.

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Or a scarf with arm holes.

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BB said, “It’s a superhero cape!” BG said, “With sparklies!” Yes, that’s it. It’s my sparkly superhero cape. Now to come up with my superhero name….

UPDATE: Let’s be honest. If I were a superhero, it would totally be this one:

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This post is part of a 31 day series. Find all the posts in this series here.

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