Sunday, January 27, 2013

Dress #366 Finale

Well, here it is. My last dress. And yes, it is, in the tradition of the old couture shows, a wedding dress. Fabric, lace, ruffles and pearls in a sophisticated silhouette for my finale. I am both happy and sad that my year is complete. I've enjoyed nearly every moment---admittedly, there were times I didn't want to make a dress. In general, though, once I started, I enjoyed the creative process. What have I learned from this endeavor? 1.) I like fabric, but using paper as fabric was a new pleasure for me. 2.) I found it very difficult to not accept suggestions from others. I like to please, but I wanted this to be entirely my own creativity. 3.) The more you do, the more ideas you have. 4.) Recognition and praise is addicting and terrifying. 5.) It is impossible to me to work neatly. 6.) Waists really make dresses look good! 7.) A little glitz makes me very happy. 8.) Every dress idea produced ideas for other projects. I intend to document those project on this blog as this next year unfolds. 9.) 366 is a lot of little dresses! and 10.) Blogging about a commitment is an excellent motivator.

For all of you who have followed along for the year, thank you. I appreciate all those page views, and if you've made comments, please know that they meant the world to me. Eileen, thank you for sending me the care package of ribbons when I realized I'd left my collection at home. Sandy, thank you for your dialog with  me about how I would display and share them when I finished, and for inviting me to come and speak at your group. Anticipating that presentation will keep me from feeling bereft at the loss of the daily "happy hour." And mostly important, thank you, Jeff, for putting up with the mess, and supporting me 100% all year long. Never did you groan or complain about the money or the effort. Thank you everyone!

26 comments:

  1. I'm blessed to know you and experience this 365 with you. What a ride it was.... Thank you and much love!

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    1. Thank you, Kim. I was so delighted that you joined with your own project.

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  2. What an incredibly beautiful and inspiring project Jeannie!

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  3. The wedding dress is classy, sophisticated, and oh so original and creative - just like you. I must admit that when you first told me of your intentions for the year, I was very skeptical. How could you sustain the level of inspiration and effort? I am so sorry I ever doubted. This project took a lot of time and dedication, and you rose to the challenge with grace and enthusiasm. I am humbled to congratulate you on a remarkable year and achievement. I will miss coming home everynight to be delighted by your creation. When we went shopping yesterday, I was amazed at your transformation - how much you now see in every detail and opportunity. Congratulations on a great year! I am honored to be your friend.

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    1. I am speechless. Thank you, my friend.

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  4. Fantastic finish. Congratulations on your 365 journey

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  5. Beautiful ending! I love that you worked in miniature for most of the project. I have to agree with #3. I have 15 to go in my project and at least 50 more ideas. If you miss the project, keep a notebook of your inspirations to keep the creativity alive.

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    1. Thanks, I've enjoyed all of your rings, too.

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  6. Oh I'm so sad it's over. I really enjoyed coming here every day and seeing all the beautiful things you make. So thank you for sharing your talent with us.
    As for this dress, it was the perfect ending. I wouldn't mind walking down the aisle wearing this dress.:)

    I'm super excited to see what you're gonna do next. I'm pretty sure I'll be coming back every day like I used to.
    And don't be a stranger. I love reading your comments on my blog.;)

    Love,
    Diana from http://thegirlwhocouldntbeafashionista.blogspot.ie/

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    1. Diana, thank you for coming along on the journey. I've delighted in your comments---sometimes making a dress and thinking "Diana is going to like this one!" I'll continue to read your blog, of course, and wonder where you find those photos of all those beautiful women.

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  7. The last one was Special! We are looking forward to you coming with all the little dresses for us to drool over!
    It will be exciting to see how your ideas develop now in the coming year.
    All the best,
    Sandy

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    1. Thank you, Sandy. I'm excited about my visit to your area, too!

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  8. Congratulations on completing your year. I am going to miss seeing your beautiful dresses every day.

    Also, thanks for inspiring me to start on my own creative journey. Almost a month in and still scared by the prospect, but hopeful that I can live up to the example you have set.

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    1. Thanks, Michelle. I'm sure you'll have a great year, too. Just remember to trust your own instincts, and go for the gold!

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  9. Ah we'll weddings do make you cry with joy but I can't accept it's over...but then I'm new to this party so lots of catching up to do!
    HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY Mme 366 Dresses/robes!!

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    1. Merci, merci! It is not over, it is just changing a little bit!

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  10. Yay!! I think a book is in order now compiling all the looks...

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  11. What a lovely way to finish - I enjoyed your observations as much as the dresses!

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  12. For all of you who have asked, there are several ideas I'm tossing around for what is next. I'll post here as things happen. Thanks so much for being with me on this trip.

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  13. Well that's not fair! I just got hooked and now it's over. Surely anyone as creative as you will find another project to delight! And like any really good fashion show, it ends with a wedding dress. Bravo my Dear!
    Bises,
    V

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  14. Parabéns pelo empenho e determinação!
    Seus vestidos ficaram lindos, cada um deles.

    beijos

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