Thursday, February 21, 2008
Makin' it Work
Just a couple of shots from the costume checking process that went on all night last night, so you can see how the lame' shirts are to be used. The knit shirt that I made yesterday was, I guess, judged good enough; I saw it worn. The printed velvet pants turned out to be too busy; the guys are going to have to wear them inside out (that saved making 6 pairs of plain black pants). But I've got a 'make it work' project that I brought home...a girl's vest, long and straight, made from black mesh and bound w/the velvet, was made with no side slits and no walking ease. So, while it it beautfully sewn, with the loveliest puffy shoulders (like the jackets in the photos, which I did NOT make! They're actually constructed from tapestry wall hangings!), it needs godets inserted into the side seams so that there's some room to move. So I get to cut through the border, open up the seam to just under the arm, and add some of the foil-printed knit, bound in the velvet. I've got the godets done, now I'm at the point where I've got to start the, um,unsewing process on the vest. I've been told the mesh is horrific to sew on. I'm thinking I may pull out the Solvy...
But that's not the least of it...DS the Elder had his arm surgery yesterday and is now home snoozing on the couch for at least the day, The Actor has not yet learned the fine art of completing homework whilst cast in a major production and we had a big parent-teacher conference this morning to hopefully salvage the grades before the end of the term. The teachers who were there, and the counselor, were really supportive and encouraging, and his Drama teacher and ROTC instructor both looked him in the eye and said, 'You will do this!' And they moved his locker so it would be more convenient for him to get to his books in a timely fashion. I think that encouraged him more than anything...it was at the remote end of a hallway and a great source of frustration to him. Tonight is the LAST rehearsal, though, so it should be the last late night (he got home at 1:30 AM from last night's practice). Tomorrow it starts being fun.
And hopefully the costumes will be done.... ;)