Oh god. I started my skirt nearly a month ago. The convention is in a week. One week ago I determined that my prior dress design would not work.

Why?

  1. The original plan was a big ol’ overskirt because I have SO MUCH fabric. Usually, that’s a celebratory thing- you can do ANYTHING with it. However- this fabric is very heavy. I would have had 12 pounds of skirt. And it’s so thick that a skirt and over skirt would’ve added at least an inch to the waist and I’m just too vain for that noise.
  2. The original design called for a brand spankin’ new jacket design with all sorts of unusual features, based off the leather jacket worn by Miss Peregrine in the self titled film. Instead, I’m using a pattern that has already been mocked up, adjusted and sized. Timesaving galore!
  3. The color scheme is elaborate, and with the right amount of detail would work, but not with this pared down design. Then I remembered that I have yards of dark green velvet leftover from the ballgown I made with it several years (and Teslacons) ago. 

     

    In progress pictures….

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    Calmly ironing the seams open, isn’t that great?

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    I have a lovely base skirt. Let’s get a side view.

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    Okay, wonderful. Time to start on the overskirt.

    5

    Ohhhh, crap. This fabric is way to heavy and thick for a 6 yard overskirt. Maybe just a nice pleated fall of fabric down the back?

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    Aw crap- total redesign. I have less than two weeks…. I’ve made this pattern before- it’s ready to go!

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    ?Movin’ movin’ movin’, let’s cut out the fabric and lining at the same time!

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    Yes, get it onto the sewing table already!

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    We’ll use the dark green velvet for trim, screw the color scheme. Make piping with it and get it on the cuffs!

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    Okay, bodice is ready for boning and trim, sleeves are ready to be inset.

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    I even have a design plan for the back, and matching velvet trim pinned onto the hem of the skirt.

T-minus one week. Tune in for the exciting conclusion of: “Will I Have A New Dress?”

(Alternate working title: “What The Hell Is Your Excuse, Now That You’re Done With Your Masters Degree?”)

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