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Nov 8, 2013

Showtime!



We made it, readers!

I wasn't sure we would.  My cousin and I got off to a bad start this morning, when she saw me leaving for the pool at 9:15, with two hours of sewing already behind me.

"How can you go swimming, when the sleeves aren't even on my dress?  I bet Laura Mae didn't go swimming on the day she finished her gala dress."  Naturally, I was taken aback.  "Laura Mae finished her dress," I said, "you haven't even started yours!"  And with that I walked out, letting the door slam behind me.

Little by little it all came together: the facings and hem hand-stitched, the zipper inserted, and yes, the sleeves attached.  The only emergency related to the belt.  Originally I wasn't going to have Cathy wear one at all.  Then digging for gloves, I stumbled up a kid leather belt I thought would look great, and it did fit well.  But in photos the leather looked too casual.  No, I'd have to make a self-fabric belt -- which I did, very late in the afternoon.

The leather belt: too casual for taffeta.

Meanwhile, I also had to help Cathy choose her jewelry; if it were up to her she'd pile on everything she owns.  I opted for graduated pearl necklace, bangle bracelets, and simple pearl earrings. 



Before we knew it, it was time for Cathy to get ready.  Thankfully she can apply her own makeup.

Cathy wears Physician's Formula Le Velvet Film Makeup in Ivory.

Dressed and fully adorned, out the door she sailed with Michael, leaving me at home to babysit.



Cathy has a zillion photos to show you of the event itself, but it will have to wait till the weekend.

Oh, you're probably wondering who won the Little Black Dress contest....

G'night all!

Cathy and Vogue Patterns Fashion Editor James Bosco.

25 comments:

  1. Love the shot of Cathy and Michael. Dress looks fabulous!

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  2. Peter, Michael might be yours but I would trust him out with your cousin! That is one hot dress.

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    1. Would Not trust him. Boy, it's late to be writing.

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  3. Cathy and Michael do look a lovely couple! The dress is really stunning.

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  4. I love how the dress turned out! The neckline is stunning! And I bet it made that wonderful taffeta rustling sound when Cathy glided into the party! Can't wait to see more photos of the event!

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  5. It is indeed fabulous. Cathy is one lucky gal to have you in her life.

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  6. Fab dress - Cathy looks stunning! :)

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  7. Cathy's dress is fabulous. Way to go in crunch time.

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  8. Lovely dress, and the pic of you and Michael is wonderful. Well done!

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  9. A little more lip contour and Cathy's got the Joan Crawford look to perfection on picture number 4. Hope she appreciates the comparison :)

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  10. It was so nice to meet Cathy last night - she radiated in her dress!

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    1. Fortunately she was wearing sweat shields.

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  11. Wow, Cathy looks fabulous! I wish my makeup looked that good! I love the dress as well. What a cute couple they make!

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  12. Yes, the dress was awesome and so pretty!

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  13. Cathy looks so happy, she's radiant-- it was totally worth all the last minute effort and the babysitting.

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  14. Gorgeous dress, awesome work. You look like a million bucks!

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  15. It is so refreshing to see such happiness and fun. Love the photos and the links to the other participants.

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  16. you were right to make the belt, the whole ensemble looks fantastic, congratulations

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  17. Cathy is so gorgeus, now that she knows that you can make her such wonderful clothes she isn't going to let you get away with anything less. You really set the bar high with this one. I love the total look, the white stole is the perfect wrap, the pearls and gold classic.
    Thanks for sharing what foundation she uses. I was admiring her flawless skin and wondering what she uses. in my mind's I have ivory skin like that, in reality I have to settle for a washed out olive.
    regards,
    Theresa

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  18. Though I am loath to admit it, Cathy looks truly lovely.

    And by the way, I haven’t been swimming in ages . . . not since high school swim team days – have to watch out for my pasty complexion. Do tell Cathy to watch out for the sun, or she may end up with a face that looks like a leather catchers mitt. (smirk)

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  19. yeah Cathy looks drop dead gorgeous...and an attitude of entitlement to boot.

    Keep your friends close and your enemies even closer...she's got designs on your man. WATCH YOUR BACK! ;-P

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  20. A lucky girl she is! Congrats on the win :)

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