Most of the material that I need to attempt to turn my drawing below into an actual dress have arrived. I still have to figure out how I’m going to handle the fish scales part and the bead trim. Once I figure that out I’ll get the material. But I suspect I’ll probably have to veer away from the design a bit.

monica designs green mesh sequin satin gown
monica’s green mesh sequin satin gown design

The fabric I purchased was a kelly green slipper satin (3 yards). It’s actually not the color I expected it to be; but it will still work. I also purchased a mint green slipper satin (1.5 yards). This one is also not quite the color I expected. And the same goes for the ‘celery green’ ribbon I purchased. But I’ll have to make these colors work. This is just for fun and experimentation after all. No need to stress over the colors not being what I expected.

I’ll probably get started on the dress after I have all the material I need. In the meantime, I had a little fun today trying to think up dress designs. Here are a couple of experiments I pinned together on Justine the Mannequin.

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Playing with the green satin fabric on Justine the Mannequin

It will be good for the new year to get started so that things can settle down. 2016 was a crazy year, and who knows what 2017 has in store? It’s tempting to burrow even deeper into a hole and hide away from the world as things get more and more insane; but I can tell you, time doesn’t wait for you to get the courage to come out of your hole and start living your life. It passes and leaves you. But it doesn’t leave you in tact while it passes by. It still changes you and takes ‘your time’ away from you.

Happy New Year to one and all. I hope that 2017 will be a successful year for all of you in whatever your goals, ambitions and dreams. If you’re struggling to keep on going due to not being able to see any reward for the work you’re doing, don’t give in to the impulse to quit. Keep going hard after your dreams.

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Singer songwriter Adelamonica AKA Avenue Sixty editor in chief. Writing as Monica for The Monica Archives. Writing has always been one of my passions. In fact, when I was a teenager, I used to tell people they should remember my name, because I was going to become a famous author. I used to live to write and write to live--not in the sense of writing for income but writing to combat depression and to feel a sense of purpose. I've written novels, poems, articles and essays that I tried unsuccessfully to get published over many years starting in my teens. When I discovered blogging several ages ago, I turned to that avenue as a means of doing what I love without having to worry about publishers and their rejection letters. Modeling is also something I have always enjoyed and something I wanted very badly to do as a teenager. So badly that I used to lie and tell people I was a model. I would carry around a large portfolio style photo album and claim it was my modeling portfolio. But, as with my writing, the people with the power to make my modeling dreams come true saw nothing in me that made them stop me in the streets of New York to offer me a modeling contract with their agency. So when I discovered the ability to photograph my own self (before cell phones and selfies) I took up a hobby of pretend modeling at home and that hobby has remained with me throughout my life as a form of self expression and self therapy. I ask that you kindly excuse my lack of worldliness and any instances where I demonstrate lack of tact or lack of knowledge and even lack of basic intelligence in my writing and posing. I'm just here trying to have a little fun doing the things that make me happy. I'm just an average human for whom writing and posing and singing and dancing and the other things I do are ways I express myself and keep myself going on this ever challenging journey of life. I hope you will find something even remotely useful or interesting in the things I share.


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