What do you do when your dreams intimidate you? Find out where to begin, as Cathy reboots her Peacock Dress project.
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Once upon a time, Cathy Hay promised to make an extraordinary dress in return for raising a lot of money for charity. The dress isn’t completed, and currently it’s five years later. There have been two failed attempts, and it’s time to try a 3rd time.
She’s not done yet. But what do you do when you have a vast, ambitious dream that intimidates you – so much so that you hardly have the courage to even begin it?
The answer is to come back to the beginning and rediscover the inspiration that started you off on this path in the 1st place. Throw your heart over the fence, and the rest will follow.
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Cathy Hay is the founder of the award-winning online sewing magazines Foundations Revealed and Your Wardrobe Unlock’d. She teaches sewing and little creative business skills both online and in person.
With a weakness for old clothes – *very* old clothes – she loves to make fragile historic gowns step out of the glass museum case and live again. That makes her both an experimental archaeologist and a romantic eccentric, and perhaps even a time traveller.
Being also a deep believer in possibility – that we are capable of so much more than we think we are – leads to projects like the Peacock Dress.
Artist, entrepreneur, would-be aristocrat, yoga nut, and adventurer, Cathy belongs both in England and in northern California, suspended ambiguously between two worlds.
Meet her at ThePeacockDress.com
ABOUT THE PEACOCK DRESS
The Peacock Dress is an experiment in possibility. Can this extraordinarily complex and beautiful historic gown be re-created one hundred years later by one determined soul? Follow the story of #inspiration and find #motivation to follow your own dreams in one woman’s romantic quest.
The dress was created in 1902 by encrusting five square yards of fabric in intricate gold and silver embroidery in an interlocking pattern of peacock feathers, a beetle wing forming the eye of each feather. The embroidery was completed in India and sent to the House of Worth in Paris, where it was made up into a once-in-a-lifetime dress. It was then sent by ship back to India, where it was worn by Lady Mary Curzon, Vicereine of India, at the Coronation Ball in Delhi on January 6th, 1903. A guest at the event commented, “You cannot conceive what a dream she looked.” The dress can be seen on public display at Kedleston Hall in the UK.
In 2011 and 2012, the promise of a completely new Peacock Dress raised $20,000 for charity. currently, Cathy must deliver on her promise.
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