Hi, fanciest friends! Hope you are well and that you are all livin’ the dream!
I bet you can’t believe it, but I’m beating this procrastination thing like a redheaded stepchild and GETTING WORK DONE. I can’t believe it myself… why would I suddenly change my ways at age 28? It might have something to do with Man Friend’s ceaseless
goading bribing encouragement (not that I blame him– he is possibly the only person who wants more than me to avoid the whole up-all-night-crying-and-cursing-myself-for-signing-up-for-the-this-night-before-the-wedding scenario)… or maybe I’m just growing older and wiser. OK, we all know that Man Friend’s intense pressure gentle nudging is responsible, but, hey, one can always pretend to be growing up!
So here’s Mom’s dress so far:
I’m planning to opt out of the prescribed facings and do a full lining with some buttercream-colored Bemberg rayon that I picked up at Paron’s. I found this tutorial on the Green Apples blog, and it’s a little confusing, but I think I can figure out how to do this.
I cut out my sister’s dress from a super nice cotton/silk blend (also from Paron’s… and let me tell you, I had a HARD time parting with this fabric. I kind of want to squirrel all of it away in a creepy hoarder’s nest and pretend like I didn’t know I was supposed to make a dress for her!). Things were going along swimmingly, but I ran into a sort of stumbling block tonight. You see, I accidentally cut two bodice fronts, so I decided to turn it into what my high school art teacher would call a “happy mistake” and use it to make a self-lining for the bodice. I love this idea, but now I’m kind of confused about how to construct this. I plan to use Bemberg lining for the skirt portion. How do I attach this to the bodice? And should I line the bodice back, too? The fabric is kinda sheer. Do I sew the shoulders, neck, and armholes together, then sew the side seams? When do I attach the skirt lining? And how do I attach the shell fabric for the skirt? I’m such a dope! I’ve never done a lining before, but I’m looking forward to trying it out. I think the dresses will look much nicer with them.
In other news, last weekend Man Friend and I drove to the Dutchess County Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, and it did NOT disappoint! We stuffed ourselves with carnival food and ogled alpacas to our hearts’ content!
There was a leaping llama contest (think the opposite of the limbo– llamas jump over progressively higher bars) and yes, it’s as hilarious as it sounds! There was also a super cute team of frisbee dogs! I was too busy ooh-ing and ahh-ing to take any photos, but trust me, they were great!
I showed some massive restraint and only picked up two (TWO!!!) skeins of yarn (again, showing maturity… at Man Friend’s suggestion… sigh…), but they are both lovely. Our rickety VW van made it there and back without incident, so I’m counting the day as a raging success! If you ever have the chance to go, you definitely should!
What are you guys up to lately? How’s everything going? I hope your projects are all treating you right!