Back in September Elizabeth and I were lucky enough to be invited to participate in Riley Blake Designs Fabric Fest.
We were able to teach some classes as well as share some of our designs in their fashion show.
(A fashion show!!! We were so excited!)
We had so much fun putting together our 3 mini collections for the show.
(I’d do it all over again right now!)
And when show time came everything looked great on stage but back stage….back stage was another story:
Here’s the thing…the “models” for our runway designs happened to be our girls (Hannah and Grace) and then…well…me.
I know. Who would have guessed?
(Not me, that is for sure!)
It wasn’t my idea. I don’t even show pictures of myself on the blog for crying out loud like I’d volunteer to walk down a runway! But I was talked into it and I was with our girls…and I got to make myself 3 new outfits…and we ended up having lots of fun.
ANYWAYS…so there we all were back stage with 3 wardrobe changes to make during the show.
We had planned and planned and planned. We had each outfit in order. We had each pair of shoes and accessories for each outfit sorted into bags and paired with the clothing. We had everything pressed and fluffed and ready to go.
Or so we thought.
The first collection was easy. We had plenty of time to dress and get ready. But then Grace had to go to the bathroom and I got lost in the mazes of hallways and we barely made it back on time to get in line and walk out on stage.
But the girls were excited and everything on stage went pretty well. Hannah was sassy and cute. Grace was a little shy but she made it and I didn’t fall off the stage. We felt successful.
So we ran back stage and started our timed wardrobe change. We knew we could do it in less than 5 minutes…but something happened…and as I whipped off my skirt and stood there in my underwear the coordinator came running over to inform us that there was a mix up and we were up next. NEXT!
There we were…all three of us in our underwear…and Elizabeth throwing clothes around.
It wasn’t pretty. So I pulled my dress on over my head as I ran up to the curtain. Meanwhile Elizabeth is shoving Hannah’s shirt over her head and poor Grace…she had nothing on until Hannah walked out on the stage ahead of us.
It was crazy.
So after we finished that walk on the runway we flew backstage to change so as not to have a repeat of what happened before. I helped get the girls ready in the dressing room but then dressed myself backstage with everyone running around. Which, while I was full on putting on my tights in the middle of a crowd of people, I realized something:
I hadn’t shaved my legs..
…and I couldn’t remember when I had last shaved…
…and they were hairy, like Sasquatch man hairy….
like No-Shave-November hairy.
And I had just walked down that runway with them like that in a short dress just a few minutes before.
That’s me, nothing but class.
For our last collection we really didn’t need to hurry as much as we did. I could have spared everyone the peep show and changed in the dressing room because we were ready with loads of time to spare.
In the end, the fashion show was one of the highlights of Fabric Fest. Back stage was crazy and I scared everyone running around all hairy and half dressed but everything worked out. And, like I said earlier we’d do it all over in a minute. It was a super fun experience.
Today over at Riley Blake Designs we are sharing some pictures and tutorials from the looks we made for the fashion show so head over THERE and check them out.
(And I promise I am fully clothed in all the photos! 🙂