Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Changing direction

I'm not sure where to start so I'll keep it simple and brief.

Lots of you were expressing concern that I had overloaded myself with wedding related sewing and was becoming way too stressed. True,  of course.

A couple of you suggested deferring my course. This wasn't possible. However, I have managed to change my final project to the wedding dress and am being allowed to submit photographic evidence of the final garment  - obviously I couldn't hand in the dress! The tutor has been involved throughout the process.

This means I have dropped the MOB dress, which wasn't required by me and I was doing purely to fulfill course obligations. I have purchased an outfit and have arranged to get shoes and bag dyed to the right shade - very dark navy. So that part is completely sorted.

I have arranged for Rory and Dan to make up the final bridesmaid dresses. Joanne's final toile looks fine but Alison's needs some work. I've suggested she tries to find a local dressmaker to pin fit her - a lot cheaper than either of us travelling to the other. Then the pattern will get modified and that can get passed over.

My course starts again tomorrow. I need to do a fair bit of writing up but that's no major problem as I was tracking what I did. I might have to do a new mood board. Again no problem as we have a Pinterest board.There will be a final presentation but first things first!

I've nearly finished the final toile for the wedding dress. I've found a couple of the techniques extremely tricky - and difficult. Helen is trying on this weekend - then I make the proper dress. Scary and exciting! I have 3 weeks.

I'm visiting my mother a few times to help her move into sheltered accommodation. It's very small and requires a lot of downsizing. I feel less panicky about the time I'm spending with her at this stage. Travelling is 3 hours each way so a lot of time gets used up.

Everything comes together,  of course. My tooth broke and that had to be fixed.

We still have a large and noisy fan running, trying to dry out the wall after the toilet flood. The builders were here today planning their next steps. Not looking forward to the mess! But of course it will be nice to have this toilet back in action - it was a real miss over the Easter weekend when we had a full house. Just as well we weren't completely reliant on it.

Thank you for your good wishes.

Back to finishing a piece of work (lining) to take to course tomorrow. 

12 comments:

  1. What a relief to read all this....but all that travelling, my goodness.
    All the very best for the next weeks...mind you 3 weeks to make a wedding dress is not a long time.
    Kind regards and take care of yourself.

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    1. Thank you, Joyce.
      Add I've already sewn a complete toile, or nearly anyway, and have done several part toiles, the final stage should be easier. Best wishes

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  2. Still a lot to do, but I am sure you will manage with one step at a time.

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  3. Best wishes from other side of world and downunder. Carol S

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  4. Best wishes for the next three weeks. Take care and I hope you'll enjoy the process. Happy wedding sewing!

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    1. Thank you, Marianne. I feel I can actually enjoy the process now. Best wishes

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  5. I am glad you are a bit more sorted. There is nothing worse for mistakes than lack of time and pressure. Take care of yourself K xXx

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    1. Thank you, Karen. I certainly agree with you about mistakes. I've made so many. Best wishes.

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  6. Sounds like you have things much more under control. Best of luck with the final stages and please post pics after the big day.

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    1. Thank you, I do feel more under control. Last toile isn't the last one after all! A few problems but Helen was up this weekend briefly to get fitted so I'll post her a further toile with the changes. It's not appropriate to go onto the real material just yet.
      I will post pictures. I'm pleased with the waistcoat, am pleased with my bridesmaid dress design and hope I can be pleased with the wedding dress. Helen likes it - she was smiling broadly as she tried it on despite the fit problems.

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