Monday, March 16, 2009

Bringin' It Home

I tried really hard to keep those costumes at school. But it just wasn't gonna happen.

The knit 'bathing dresses' have issues. The skirts are too long and too narrow; the mesh sold as 'swimsuit lining' at Wal-Mart is too thin to work as a lining. So, after some discussion, we will self-line the tops and alter the skirt pattern so that it has more flare (one sample was made using godets to flare the skirt, but it just didn't look right). So.

I brought home the patterns and all the fabric we have, with the plan to spend my evening altering the skirt pattern and then figuring out whether the extra 3/4 yard our Dear Costume Mistress purchased will be enough (we will just use the 'already cut' skirt pieces for the lining). We will need to recut the skirts for four dresses; that's all that have been cut so far.

Did I say 'We'? Um, that's my assignment for the week. I'm hoping to get the pattern drafted and the fabric call made tonight (there's only a limited amount of one of the fabrics left at Hancock's), then cut one dress a night for the rest of the week.

Sigh. Now that it's in the house, every minute that passes is a minute I Should Be Sewing Costumes.

Gotta pace myself.... ;)


  1. That means that you've cut out drive time, set-up time, take down/clean up time, conference get the picture.

    Good luck with the changes to the dresses. I hope they will be easily solved and quick to construct once changes have been made.

  2. True, true! But now it is my constant companion... ;)

  3. But only "between the hours of ..."! Oh my, forgive my sense of humor today. I'm in the same boat with too much to do in too short a time.

    This reminds me of when I made new drapes for the living room. I altered one panel many times before I got it the way I wanted it. The other 3 panels went much faster. It has been awhile since those windows have had new coverings. I wonder why!?!

    Keep going.