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Swing Dancers Sew-along

This post was written by Lindy Shopper.

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Los Angeles swing dancer, instructor, and blogger Beth Grover, who also happens to be an expert sewer and pattern maker, posed this question on Facebook this week: “How many dancers would be interested in a Facebook sew-along group?” She went on to clarify that it would be a place to share and encourage, and work on a quarterly sewing project, then share the fruits of your labor with the group. The overwhelming response was yes, so Beth proceeded to create the Swing Dancers Sew-along Facebook group.

Like several of the others who chimed in, I definitely need motivation to complete sewing tasks. Most of mine are mending-related (the story of vintage clothing ownership + swing dancing), but I do have one sewing project that has been sitting on my desk for 6 months. I’m sure as I watch other people’s sewing projects unfold it will make me want to get my butt in gear.

Beth set the first quarterly project, Summer 2014 Sew-along, to be completed by September 5, just in time to have something new for Camp Hollywood. Even if you don’t pick something to make, perhaps you’ll be inspired by what you see and join in on a different quarterly challenge. Already people have posted patterns they picked up at a Butterick pattern sale, soliciting advice on cute dress patterns, and seeking guidance on how to finish a circle skirt. You don’t have to go it alone – join us!

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Re-Mix Guys and Dolls

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This post was written by Lindy Shopper.

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Re-Mix Guys and Dolls is the name of a new Facebook group that you may be interested in…from the group description:

“Do you want to find out if a certain model is good for dancing, what model fits a narrow/wide foot, what experiences other people made, do you want to sell a pair in good condition or are you looking for a shoe courier…. here is the group for you!!!”

Yes…yes…yes…yes, and I want to buy pairs….all of this is yes, this sounds like a great potential resource. I have acquired about half of my Re-Mix shoes on eBay, some of them used and in excellent condition. I also have questions about the danceability of some Re-Mix models, given certain foot issues, and I’m sure I am not alone.

Since the group is fairly young, I’m hopeful that it will grow into a useful resource for dancers and a potential feedback mechanism for Re-Mix to learn more about how their shoes wear for people and what they can do to improve certain models (if applicable – arguably, the Balboa t-strap is my perfect dance shoe of the moment). Join today!

Floweruary

Billie - The Patron Saint of Floweruary

This post was written by Lindy Shopper.

What if we all wore flowers every day, even in the middle of winter? Philadelphia dancer and instructor Kerry Genese had the brilliant idea to challenge friends and dancers everywhere to “Wear a hair flower every day for the (coincidentally short) month of February. The Result: General awesomeness.”

Brilliant? Brilliant!

From the Facebook event page: “A few, a brave few, are ready to face this challenge head-on. Are you strong enough? Do you have what it takes? Look at Billie over there, she is certified, B.A. Get your pants on, we’ve got some hair to do.”

I encourage all of you ladies, and even gents (I believe Lindy Dandy is working on some lapel flowers), to embrace Floweruary and participate in this momentous month! You can document your participation in Floweruary by uploading photos of you and your flowers at http://floweruary.tumblr.com/.

Just in case you need to stock up on provisions for the month, Etsy has some choice blooms. Here are a few selections, or you can check out my previous post about hair flowers:

Island Red Hair Flower

Yellow flowers of felt and buttons

A soft, purple bloom

This orange bloom looks even better with purple hair

This one looks dreamy

White orchids are my favorite!

Shabby Apple: All That Jazz Collection

This post was written by Lindy Shopper.

If you are looking for a last minute holiday dress, you may find something you like at Shabby Apple in their vintage-inspired All That Jazz collection. I love the photo shoot for this collection, as they’ve done a fantastic job of accessorizing with hats, gloves, jazz musicians, and vintage cars. Shabby Apple makes great basics that are easy to wear to both the office and swing dances and this collection is no exception.

Also, starting today, and for the next 12 days, stop by the Shabby Apple fan page on Facebook for a coupon code for 20% off one great product each day between the time they’re posted and 5:00 p.m. MST, 7:00 p.m EST. It’s a 12 days of Christmas sale!

Just look at the peplums! Here’s what I’m loving from the collection:

Moon River Dress

Miles Dress

De'lovely Dress

Ain't She Sweet Dress