Is there anything better than a sewing epiphany?
Right now, I'm not feeling like there is. It's reached the stage where it's no longer the Blue Atrocity. It's the blue something "that's not really so bad after all," which is one giant leap forward.
Last night we watched Project Runway and she tried on the dress with the pieces pinned to the bodice. The bodice still fit with the pins in, so that was good. After she left, I put the dress on Evelyn - it's remarkably too small for her, as I think I've said before - and I stared at it for a while.
The slightly dropped waist was beginning to bother me, but not enough that I was going to pick out the invisible zipper and move the waistline up. No, no, no. It's a costume. Repeat after me: it's a costume. Stop obsessing. It just has to last out the run. Which is blessedly short.
I took down the lightweight netting and fiddled with it again. I had one strip left over that I didn't use on the bodice, and I turned it into a waistband so I could put the net under it. Hmm.
Maybe we're on to something here? Dulls the shine, makes it look less bridesmaidy. Okay, keep going.
Tonight while watching the repeat of the President's question-and-answer session on MSNBC - a sad comment on the state of television in this country that politics is almost always more interesting than what's on the networks or cable - I did all the hand-sewing on the bodice.
Once that was done with, I made up an actual waistband. Then I took the 2 yards of netting, folded it in half and cut it, then gathered it and sewed it to the waistband. I sewed up the side seam as invisibly as I could, which was not very since the thread shows right through. Hopefully it's an active role.
Now all I have left to do is try the dress on her one last time so I can mark the hem, trim the netting, if necessary, and tack the waistband / overskirt to the dress.
Here's where it is right now, on the sewing table. Honestly, it's nowhere near as bad as I thought it was.
This project has taken way too much thought. Every time I lay hands on the fabric, I have another idea of how it might be able to work.
It's a good thing I'm at the end of the project, because I'm almost at the end of my supplies. I still have the lining fabric left, because I haven't lined the dress yet. There's 1.5 yards of blue crinoline net, which I'm not sure will get used at this point.
I can't wait to sew something for ME.