don't laugh

Stephanie Howell requested that I post photos of the prom dress I made and mentioned in this post. Well, reluctantly I honored the request. High school photos are just so funny and awkward, but I guess that's the beauty of that era.

I got the inspiration from a Nicole Miller dress I had tried on that was over my budget at $300. At the fabric store there wasn't a pattern exactly like the one I wanted, so I combined 2 different ones. I chose champagne colored fabric and had the satin gloves dyed to match. The beaded trim under the bodice was hand sewn and also added to the gloves.

And for my sewing portfolio, I made this page in college. Please don't laugh. With 3 weeks left until prom, Laura's mom was substitute teaching for my sewing class. She mentioned Laura had something very specific in mind for a dress and if I'd consider making one for her, as she was struggling to find one. It was crunch time but we managed to pull it off. Ryan, her date, was my good friend and lab partner. Coolest part of the page below is the fact that Laura and Ryan were high school sweethearts who are now still happily married.

Been seeing this A thru Z hopping around the blogosphere and thought I would play along to reveal some more things you probably didn't know about me.

A. Age: 32
B. Bed size: Queen, but as soon as we move we will get a King.
C. Chore that you hate: Any type of scrubbing and mopping the floor.
D. Dogs: Jack Rusell Terriers - Buster age 6 and Bamboo age 5.
E. Essential start to your day: A good stretch.
F. Favorite color: Yellow
G. Gold or Silver: I like both.
H. Height: 5’5"
I. Instruments you play: I used to take piano lessons and violin but unfortunately I doubt I could play much of either.
J. Job title: Main Squeeze.
K. Kids: None yet, but sometimes I count the doggies and my business as children.
L. Live: Venice, California.
M. Mother’s name: Chiao (pronounced Ciao!)
N. Nicknames: Ames. Tangerine.
O. Overnight hospital stays: Knock on wood, none.
P. Pet peeves: Bad drivers, ignorant people.
Q. Quote from a movie: I cannot remember quotes from movies. Ever.
R. Right or left handed: Right handed.
S. Siblings: Zero.
U. Underwear: Yes.
V. Vegetable you hate: I don't really hate it, but I don't prefer cauliflower.
W. What makes you run late: LA traffic.
X. X-Rays you’ve had: Dental.
Y. Yummy food that you make: I only have about 5 signature dishes, a Creamy Pesto Chicken Pasta that I learned in college and this fantastically easy dish.
Z. Zoo animal: I love them all... monkeys, pandas, giraffes, sea otters.

Want to see and hear more revealing stories? I go into depth with how my fashion business began and more in my 4-week online workshop, The Good Life with Big Picture Classes, which launched today. Don't worry if you think you can't keep up with the lessons for the next month. You will have forever access to all the PDF's, and video tutorials, so you can work on your own time. The message board is already abuzz this morning. Big thanks to all those who have already signed up!