I'm starting to feel really stressed out about sewing time. I know I'll have 9 or 10 days after I get home from Tahoe to finish everything up before leaving for CoCo, but I still haven't even done a mockup for the bodice, and all this handwork is going sooo slowly.
For one thing, no sewing happened in the car on the way back up to WA. In some ways, it may have been for the best, because I realized tonight that somehow my math was way off when I created the overskirt tabs, and even 6 of them is a little over my waist size, let alone seven, which is what I had planned to make. Unfortunately, I already cut out the final tab, so that is a waist of the cream silk. I think I can reuse the pleated section, and possibly incorporate it into the bertha pleats, which would be good. Or I can attempt to iron it out, and possibly use it to make the butt bow? In any case, at least I didn't do the handwork on all seven. I did finish the fifth one tonight, but I guess now that means only one left to go!
I'm still slightly undecided on the butt bow, though I have definitely decided to make the waistband out of the cream colored silk and not the pink - the pink just breaks everything up way too much. I think I'll probably leave the butt bow to last, and see if I have enough fabric, and then if I do, I can decide if I like the way it looks. I'm also basically leaving the fifth row of zig zags around the hem of the skirt for last (or at least, last hand-sewing to do on the Tahoe trip). The only problem with leaving it to last is that the proportion of the length of the overskirt tabs looks a little off when I make the length to scale. Which of course makes me hesitant to make a waistband that joins the two. I am still debating on whether I want them on separat waistbands, though I realized I might have to do them separately if the skirt opening doesn't line up with a space between the tabs on the overskirt.
It is looking really cute, though, at least. But I really need to start on the bodice so that I feel a little less freaked about time. (everything is just pinned onto the form right now)
Speaking of time, I am also working on the embroidery for the Anna Frozen Fever skirt, now that I'm home. I'm almost done with the second repeat right now. The first one was a nightmare - halfway through the 33 minutes of yellow, when I was in the other room not paying attention, my bobbin decided to come out of the tension, and I had to unpick 13 of 20 petals, plus a satin stitch area. Ugh. But I did, and restitched, and now it is better. That came after the part where, during the same motif stitchout, my machine randomly turned itself off in the middle of embroidering, and I had to figure out exactly where I had positioned the design. Machines this fancy should not pull stunts like that. Positioning the second repeat sucked, but so far at least the stitching has gone much more smoothly! *knocks on wood* I'm hoping to get a minimum of four motifs done by the 5th - my client would like to use the skirt as is, and then send it back to me to finish later, but it would be pretty odd looking if I only had two motifs done!
My Fugawees arrived, too, but I realized that I must have used up all my leather preparer/deglazer on my last pair. It looks like I can use rubbing alcohol, or if that doesn't work, acetone (though apparently acetone is a fair bit harsher) to prep my shoes instead. Has anyone ever tried either of these? I don't want to pay more shipping to dharma trading, since I just purchased the paints from them.
Sorry, that was really long. I guess that's what happens when I don't post for a few days!