I have been busy.
Not necessarily overly productive, mind you,
but that's not for lack of trying.
First - the flower girl skirts.
The bride wanted tulle skirts to match the bridesmaid's dresses.
The bridesmaids dresses are dark navy.
Not navy, mind you - super dark navy.
The problem with that,
was that I could not find any dark navy tulle in Fort Smith.
So then, I scoured Hancocks for anything that might work.
I touched every single darkish blue fabric in the store,
excepting denim and quilting cottons.
I didn't feel good about it
(that should have been a clue to me!)
but I ended up going home with 2 yds (all that they had) of a dark navy nylon mesh chiffon,
and 1 7/8 yds of a slippery dark navy something or other
(again, all that they had).
Because that wasn't going to be flouffy at all,
I stopped by Hobby Lobby and got 4 yds (not nearly enough!) of what they called navy tulle.
I figured between the layers, the off color would be okay...
I'll spare you my horror stories of cutting and handling the mash-up of fabrics.
We'll leave it at
there were multiple texts sent regarding my supreme distaste for tulle.
My heart just sank, the more I worked on the skirts.
They were just horrible.
School uniform was not the look I was going for,
and yet somehow,
that's what I had.
After some tears,
and texts with the bride,
we decided white would be just lovely.
And I was so relieved!!
Never mind that I was going to have to work with
damn tulle all over again.
I felt sooo much better about the choice,
and instead of trying for a more elegant circle skirt silhouette
I went all out pouffy.
(used 10 yds per knee-length skirt!)
Pinning the tulle to my cardboard cutting board made it much less annoying to work with
and each skirt only took about an hour.
I still need to add snaps to the waist, but that will only take a few minutes.
While wasting time and money buying the dark navy fabrics,
I also grabbed some fabric for a dress for me.
All that fabulous fabric from LA, and I had nothing that would work.
That's not entirely true.
I have a few fabrics that would work splendidly,
but what I have in mind for them
wouldn't necessarily work for a dress for the wedding.
I cut out a trusty Lady Skater dress on Monday,
(love that pattern!
I can't believe the only thing I've posted that used it was this shirt.
Oh, and this top, too.)
and sewed it up yesterday evening
after the gang left for TKD.
I lined it
(using black swimsuit fabric I bought in LA :-)
and made the skirt a little more twirly by measuring out 2 inches from the hem
and drawing a line from the waist to my mark.
Without my mentioning it,
when I tried it on for him, Tyler said it swirled nicely,
so I guess it worked.
I'm hand-sewing rayon seam binding to the hem.
The fabric is a 2 layer stretch
and the outer layer is kind of netting-ish and is therefore a little 'grabby'.
I'm hoping that by enclosing all of the raw edges in the seam binding
I'll eliminate the the velcro-like grabbiness
and not end up flashing anybody.
|see what I mean? velcro like grabbiness!|
(I have a way with sewing terminology, huh? ;-)
Let's see what else?
Ties That Bind.
(previously known as the black and white quilt).
|please excuse the horrible photo - it was only taken to confirm my suspicions.|
This thing is huge and heavy!
I thought I had a finished quilt top.
According to my design, when I finished sewing all of my background pieces together,
I should have had a finished quilt top.
What looks fine on paper
doesn't always work out so great queen-sized....
I think I need to add about 4 smaller dresden plates.
So - maybe 10 more hours.
Then I'll have a finished quilt top.
It's been awhile since I've mentioned my EPP project.
I still quietly work away at it when we watch a Netflix show
when I have no other hand-sewing
and I've got 7 more hexagons completed.
I've not improved my time any.
I actually think I may even take a little longer per side
than I used to.
Bill said, "You think you should improve in both speed and quality?!"
I had hoped to.
I guess I will have to settle for improved quality (for now).
The next thing I have to work on is finding shoes.
Shoes (that aren't sandals, it's winter after all) that will make my legs look good,
- okay, decent, at least -
but also be comfortable enough to run around in most of the day,
and dance in.
With my twirly dress.