Maddie's Homecoming Dress - and the Best Glue Ever --
by Amy Roszak
Following her final orthodontist appointment on Thursday, my daughter wanted to go shopping for a dress for Saturday night's dance... so we headed right over to the best place to find great stuff really cheap--our local Goodwill! Disheartened and frustrated after she tried on quite a few dresses, I found one that seemed like it just might look cuter on her body than on the hanger. Even more amazing than being half price at $4.00, was that it fit her perfectly, was exactly the right length, and looked beautiful!
The material was a silky midnight blue polyester with embossed flowers that shined in the light. She was beaming. After washing it on Saturday, she tried it on.
"I'm wondering if we might add just a bit of sparkle to to it, Mom...”
We experimented on the underside of the hem with a dot of silver glitter fabric paint. When it finally dried, she thought it had too much dimension and also, she was concerned that the dress might not dry in time.
Next we tried the Best Glue Ever with some pewter colored transfer foil. The glue dried in minutes and the little flecks of foil looked absolutely perfect! (In real life they look like bits of silver bling, though in the photos the flash made them look like little white dots.)
We spread the dress out and put tiny dabs of glue in the center of every flower.
After only a couple of minutes, the white dots of glue became clear and “disappeared”. (When the Best Glue Ever dries, it becomes perfectly clear and even tackier than when it is wet.) It’s a good thing we knew the dots were in the center of the flowers or we might not have been able to find where to foil!
Then we pressed the foil to the tiny dots of clear sticky glue and lifted the foiling sheet. We flipped the dress over to do the other side. Though hard to capture in a photo, the smooth silver foil transfer in the center of each embossed flower was just the perfect finishing touch. In about 15 minutes from start to finish, we were done!
“Thanks Mom. You’re the best!” Maddie told me with a beautiful, braces-less smile.
While we love the Best Glue Ever for papercrafts, the fact that it is permanent and washable also makes it ideal for embellishing clothing--quick and beautiful!