It's been...three weeks since Fort St. Joseph. Which means that it's been three weeks since I sewed a stitch. However, no more! Mike and Gwendolyn and Julie and maybe Mike's family and I are going to a Regency ball! I've worn the same thing to the past two. Therefore, new dress!
The catch is that I decided this last Thursday. The dance is on Friday of this week. Which means I had (when I decided) a week and a day to complete a dress from start to finish. However, I think I can do this. As of right now, Saturday night, I have a bodice with sleeves attached. I am going to cut and install the lining (BY HANDTHANKYOU) tonight still. I think. I did just take my stays off and plop down in a sweatshirt, so we'll see.
I do pretty much have everything under control in my head, though. I go through and mentally construct each garment I make before I actually make it so there aren't any surprises, and I think I've got this one down all right. The placket on the skirt is going to be a little bit different than what I've done before, but I think it'll work best with the fabric I've got. ( Sneak preview! )ETA:
Uh, I was going to cut a lining, but I think I've just discovered that I have absolutely NO suitable fabrics. I mean, I do, but none of them have been pre-washed. GAH.
Never mind. I found, like, this itsy-tiny scrap of washed muslin in my workbasket. It just about perfectly fits the bodice, with a tad to spare. I have no clue how long I've been carrying it around with me to events and such; who cares? It works!