As for August, I only have one real goal: To finish those darn jeans! I spent some time yesterday working on the pattern, and have a back and most of a front, and a yoke, and a pocket. I still need to draft the front pockety bits, the fly front bits, the waistband and the belt loops (because if I don't at least include a pattern piece for them, I will most certainly forget to cut them out). I was originally going to work on that tonight, but decided I needed to do a little of cleaning and exercising instead, so it's not going to happen. Especially since I still have to do the workout. Darn you, real life responsibilities!
Ok, so it's probably my own fault for spending an extra-long dinnertime making a sewing room board on Pinterest. But I actually have one to think about designing now! And I need ideas!!
Back to the sewing. I guess that it doesn't help that a good chunk of what little sewing time I had this month was spent sorting through patterns and fabric swatches and such to get a plan for my wedding dress. But now my hand has been forced. Meaning I had to just make a design decision and go with it, Here's the story: n Monday, a particular fabric store that regularly appears on a particular sewing-related tv show that we all know just happened to announce a 15% off sale for silks, including every single piece that I was eyeing for wedding dress potential. So I needed to figure out estimated yardage needed, stat.
The plan is now to use the back of the Cambie pattern for the bodice, mostly as is, though I'd like to use some nude organza in the sleeve cap and upper back in order to strengthen the lace, and then leave it white on the bottom.
So that's the good news. The bad news is that my swatches, which I ordered last Thursday before I knew about the upcoming sale, have not yet arrived. And the sale ends in about 4 hours. And when I called, I was told that since the sale on the website is computerized, so there's nothing they can do to give me the sale prices even though I do have swatches on order. Well, crap.
On the brighter side, I did get a few swatches from fabric.com, and found something I liked for the outside of the dress that compliments the lace well. It's reorderable, so I should have no problem getting the yardage, and they run sales on a pretty regular basis, so I figure there's a pretty good chance I can get some kind of discount between now and October, which is my self-imposed deadline for actually ordering fabric.
Now I just have to figure out the following:
- What to use to underline this with
- A skin-toned organza for lining the upper part of the back and the sleeve lining, so it looks like just the lace but has that extra strength. And perhaps for concealing the lace in the seams, since I am 98% sure that particular design decision is going to result in more handwork.
- What to line this with, since I'm pretty sure I'll still need a separate lining to hide the mess
- What to do about the green waistband. Also, Doug requested that I sew him a tie, and it would make sense to use the same fabric. This is largely dependent on what my bridesmaids decide they want to do for dresses, since I don't want to choose a shade until I know.
- The biggest decision at the moment: What to do about that bra. I am strongly leaning towards building it in, since I'm concerned that a longline strapless bra underneath a bodice that will pretty much require boning of some kind for stability purposes would be rather uncomfortable to wear all day. It's just a question of how, since my built-in recycled from the old underwire bra cups didn't quite lay as well when wearing my Lonsdale as I hoped it would.
Have any of you dabbled enough in formalwear and/or bra-making to give me any advice here? I'd greatly appreciate it!