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OOF. These sleeve tops make me want to fall face first into a chocolate cake.

 

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Hey! Look what I meticulously hand-embroidered* today!
 

 
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I worked on the skirt, I felt the need to get a large chunk done to feel like I’m getting somewhere.
 

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Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! Too much real life to take care of. BUT, the holiday is over, my son starts back in school tomorrow, my husband is back to work tomorrow, the camping gear is all cleaned and tucked away, my house is tidy enough and I am ready to be sewing full time. I will have about 6 full hours each weekday while everyone is off doing their thing. This will be a time management challenge for me, but the hours are there for me to sew. I’m suddenly not so sure I can complete the dress before Saturday, but I’m going to try.
 
Yesterday all I managed to do on the dress is glance at it on my way to the computer to book my face.
 
Today all I managed was to serge the last open seams of the sleeves, mark where to sew pearls and then sew them on. Really it was about 8 pearls, so it was not an impressive feat. But, it’s done and I have two things that look like sleeves now. I was hoping to actually be done with them, but shoot, being a stay at home mom is really a busy busy busy profession and the work is never ending.
 
So, in a supreme effort to be time management savvy, I really need to map out this dress with a big ol’ daily list, and then work my ass off to get it done. I wish I could hire someone to be my whip cracker. Just stand in my sewing room with an actual whip, and snap it at me any time I veer toward the computer or the exit. Surely someone would like that job. I will pay you in homemade cookies.


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I have returned from the beach, a little sunburned and very happy to have spent 4 days away from it all. It was lovely!

But now, back to the business of completing a dress before September 10th. Can it be done? Not according to my previous track record, but I am super motivated to get it done so my sister-in-law can look spectacular at the Shrewsbury Faire. (Must remember to make myself spectacular as well. Shoot!) I hope the weather this year is nice and cool, slightly overcast, even… we are so miserable when it’s blazing hot and dusty there. We actually haven’t been to that faire in several years just  because of that. They keep promising to move it into the trees where it is nice and shady, but as of yet, no.

Anyway, I was super busy all day, but I was DETERMINED to get some dress done today… so, this evening while I watched a few excellent episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender with my son to wind down, I sewed more pearls onto the other sleeve. (I would show a picture, but camera battery is dead from the beach trip and I forgot to recharge!)   I also rolled right into a Project Runway episode, and may I just say how utterly disappointed I am AGAIN in this show? The last several seasons have just been GARBAGE.  Poor casting, terrible challenges, not enough time to create anything with thought, care and beauty, people who don’t know how to sew and really poor fabric choices. Yeesh. I’m compelled to watch, but I’m about to give up!

I'll be happy if I can get the sleeves done by the end of the weekend. It really is the main wow factor of the gown, and having that out of the way first, it should be less stressful to get the more basic portions done this week.


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Too many things going on today that kept me from doing much sewing, but I managed a little!

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Well, you know that thing called Real Life? Yeah, it got all up in my sewing business today.



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Working on the sleeves today.

Well, that didn’t take long. About 30 minutes, I’d say…

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