It's not always easy to step out and take a risk on something new.

Maybe there's an idea that's been floating around in your head for a

while, or something that just inspired you, and you absolutely NEED

to try it....or at least that's what you keep telling yourself, till it comes

down to actually starting it. You have every excuse in the book; I don't

have time to play - my paying customers need me, or my family needs

my extra time, I don't have the money to waste on supplies if I mess up,

I just don't know where or how to start.

You know what? You will NEVER get anywhere with your art (whatever form that may be), unless you try. Just try. It's okay, and even healthy, to take some time for yourself. Get out your machine, buy some cheap fabric, block out a few hours, and just play. If it doesn't work out, who cares, you don't have to show it to anyone, but I bet you learned something new during this time - something you can now take to other projects you start. Something you can work on and perfect.


I've had intentions of painting onto gowns, for quite a few years now, but I've come up with all the excuses mentioned above, and every time something triggers that thought, it just eats me a little inside. A few months ago, a friend came to me, asking for advice on a gown that she needed make for a photographer client - who was planning a stylized bridal shoot in the Rockies. So naturally, the words stylized, bridal, mountains, started floating around in my head, and I knew needed to pass on this idea to my friend, and guess what? She was all for it!

We started by making the skirt, out of this ivory silk dupioni look polyester. Then, a few weeks later, my friend, came over for a painting day. She picked up the fabric paint colours that she wanted, and we tested out some floral designs on paper, before diving in and attempting our first painted gown.

Of course there were a few mistakes, that will need to be covered up or hidden, but for a first try, I think we did pretty well!

More photos of the finished product, to come...

Step out and try something new
by Chelsea B.
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