Sunday, January 17, 2010

Things happen for a reason

The weekend: and a good time was had by all.

Yesterday we woke up and it wasn't January outside. I actually got to spend a few hours mucking around in my back yard, which always improves my mood. On the other hand, the unnaturally warm weather has my hyacinths above ground already, which isn't good for them. I covered them up with straw, and also covered my sprouting garlic, which seems premature as well.

Then I found out from a neighbor that it was half price day at the thrift store, so I headed off down the street to see what there was to see. I picked up a pair of pants for me to cut up - Talbots, silk/wool blend, pleated front and very full legs. I think they want to be a skirt.

Before we met up with some friends for dinner, I found out that my previously posted BWOF wadder isn't a wadder after all. It's my friend's new dress, when I get around to finishing it. To add insult to injury, it's actually too big in the hips and boobs, so I can actually use more than 1/8" seam allowances. Skinny b*tch.

But I guess it's better than throwing it out. I just made her promise she wouldn't wear it around me until the sting went out of it.

I also found out that I'll be making another dress for her - for an upcoming local theater production . Thankfully I have a while, because the costume designer came up with a pale blue strapless number that's going to be a bit of a challenge. After she sent me the drawing, she changed the design to make it a full-skirted cocktail dress, because the character has to make a grand entrance and there needs to be some skirt-swishing. She also suggested taffeta, which set my hair on end. Can we not? For one or two wearings, maybe, but for a 3 hour show, under hot lights, for 24 performances? How about a rustly taffeta petticoat underneath and a more durable fabric for the dress?

Today I spent slogging around in the rain, visiting my aunt, thawing out in her tropical 80 degree apartment, then going back out in the rain. I spent 3 hours traveling back and forth, and only 2 hours visiting. Somehow that's just wrong.

MLK Day tomorrow, but I have to work. Law firms like holidays when the courts close - it gives them time to catch up.

Tomorrow after work is the first official planning meeting for Philadelphia's Patternreview Weekend, which is going to be held on May 14-16, 2010. Details to follow.


Sherril said...

I'm glad your friend could wear the dress, but I agree that it probably does sting. I could just cry as I'm not going to be able to visit with you at the PR meeting. I'm just not working enough to justify spending the $$$.

Anonymous said...

you make costumes too?!?!

Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

I've already taken the days off so I will be there because I promised.

Kathi said...

I am glad the dress fit your friend, even if you do have to take it in some!!

gwensews said...

What good fortune for your friend. Be happy.