Friday evening after work was somewhat busy. I had to double check my archery marks for a tournament on Sunday plus get ready for a day at the Renaissance Faire that we had pre-planned sometime ago to attend with some friends.
Sufficed to say, I had about two hours to get all of the pattern pieces for the bodice --- both the fashion fabric as well as the interfacing --- cut out and basted together because the other two days were going to be long with very little sewing time.
On a whim, I attempted to pattern match for a chevron for the back piece, which almost worked....
All the pattern pieces were basted to the interlining. I even managed to get the main back piece sewn together on Friday.
As mentioned, I attempted to create a chevron pattern for the back piece. I ended up being off by 1/4 of an inch. I 'could' have re-cut and attempted again, but, I realized that I could either be completely perfect OR completely done in time. I chose to be completely done on time.
Both days for Saturday and Sunday were nearly full days. We were out of the house before 9am (Sunday I was out of the house by 6:30am) and didn't come home until after 7:00pm; and both days had very warm temperatures and a lot of dust. Sufficed to say, I was exhausted both days and fell asleep by 10pm.
This happened on Sunday. I won the archery tournament
and took home the regional championship medal (i.e belt buckle)
But, most importantly, I got a little bit work done on the bodice, primarily, getting all of the back and side pieces attached.
Working with velvet is a right pain-in-the-arse. Because of the fabric pile, velvet tends to shift around when sewing, unless you use a BAJILLION pins or use a special sewing foot, called a walking foot. With a walking foot, you only have to use a few hundred pins. :-)
I pulled out my walking foot, which made the sewing much much easier.
I still have a few more days before the Ball. I've got a few days where I have a lot more time in the evening to sew. I still have to:
- Finalize the front bodice pieces.
- Sew the front bodice to the rest
- Add grosgrain ribbon around the neck
- Sew lining & fabric together
- Add trim (somewhat optional)
- Add closures
- Read the other Days Before the Ball