Seeing as how this is (supposed to be) a sewing blog, I feel that it is about time I start actually posting some sewing projects to it. So far this year I have sewn five skating dresses for myself (well, one of them was actually started, and mostly finished, two years ago, so it doesn’t … More 2014 Skating Dress(es)
A bit of roller skating news – the USARS Regional/National draw for the 2014 dance and figure requirements has been announced. You can see it by CLICKING HERE. Any skaters out there? Are we happy with the picks? Looks like it is time to start living at the rink again. Happy skating!
This year I knew I wasn’t going to have a lot of time to decorate my own costumes, so I wanted to make something that would have maximum sparkle with minimum effort. I found this great sequin fabric in the Los Angeles Fashion District, and lined it with some acetate slinky. It had a lovely … More 2013 Dance Dress
As I have been hinting in several of my recent blog posts, there have been a few recent developments as far as both my skating and sewing lives go. Mostly in the form of new toys. Last year, my readers may recall, I did a large multi-part series analyzing my switch from Atlas to Roll … More Skating Update: A Comparison of the Roll Line Dance and Energy Plates
So way back at Nationals (a few months ago) I ordered some new skating boots. After years of skating I have come to find that Harlick is my preferred boot brand – for me, it just fits. No amount of nagging, pandering, berating, or insulting from the peanut gallery is going to change my mind on that … More New Boots!
Ok, so while I think my solo costumes are more to my personal taste, these team dance costumes are probably some of my proudest creations, just because of their complexity. I mean, seriously guys – I tailored sequins. Let me repeat: I TAILORED SEQUINS! Not actually as complicated as I had feared, but not exactly … More Finished Object: Red Team Dance Costumes
Ok, so I haven’t really skating team dance too much in the past, and certainly not since I have started sewing. So while I am used to making costumes for myself, this was the first time I had the chance to sew skating costumes for a guy. For these costumes I made my dress and … More Finished Object: 2012 Blue Team Dance Costumes
This is possibly my favorite costume I made this year – maybe my favorite costume I have made for myself ever. The color is a burgundy-red, with holographic foil finish. This fabric always runs the risk of looking cheap or tacky, but I think I managed to make it look shiny, pretty, and expensive. The … More Finished Object: 2012 Solo Dance Dress
Continuing on in my whirlwind tour of skating equipment, I have finally reached what is probably the most personal piece of all skating equipment – the boot. While skaters tend to have strong preferences for their equipment choices, the boot is probably the one that skaters will argue, debate, and go to war over. Possibly … More Skating Equipment: Let’s Talk Boots
Although I have already done an extensive number of in-depth posts on my transition to Roll Line plates, I thought I should do a more general post for my skating equipment series. *Disclaimer* I want to state that all of my reviews are opinions formed based on personal experience and are not meant to be … More Skating Equipment: Let’s Talk Plates