One of the best things about sewing, at least according to my body, is the fact that I have to get up every few minutes to press a seam, and therefore don't sit in the exact same position for hours at a time, until I try to stand up and realize I can't.
The problem with this pattern: poly velvet and poly satin, neither of which took nicely to pressing. Actually, they took terribly to pressing - I tried a couple of test swatches and the velvet scorched and left indelible creases and the satin just melted into stiff black ridges.
So this project didn't get much pressing, just some light heat, some topstitching that sunk into the velvet and quite a bit of profanity. Which I think worked best of all.
Even if they do, it feels nice. It was just a bear to sew.
Oh, the other fun part of this project that I mentioned on FB - this was one of those cursed projects that didn't show its problems until thought I was done. Then I put it on the dress form to get some pictures and the hem looked a little uneven. I trued up the waist seam and smoothed the skirt with my hand and it looked . . . more uneven.
I have no idea what happened, and after a few minutes of hyperventilation (I had, after all, just sent a text saying "dress will be done tonight"), I carefully cut the hem band off, since it seemed to be the same width from end to end, leveled off the skirt so that it was the same length all the way around (what a concept) and stitched the band back on.
It doesn't look quite as pretty on the inside as it did first time around, but it worked, and it's done, and it went merrily off to tech rehearsal today for a trial run.
The room isn't much better. Between velvet fluffs, shreds of satin and the self-inflicted mess of me dumping the remnant bin upside down while looking for something and not picking it up yet, my workroom is a soft sculpture.
This needs to stop, I'm losing things in there. I've managed to misplace a manila folder full of embroidery transfers (almost an inch thick), a measuring tape, two seam rippers (or was it three?) and two yards of RED denim for Mario's jeans, along with the matching zipper, button and rivets, all of which were in a neat little bag with the fabric.
Which is nowhere to be seen. Work tomorrow, then I'm coming home, having a glass of wine and going in after it. If I don't post for a few days, you might want to send out a search party.