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June 11th, 2018

My life this weekend

I think my super hectic life is going to get a little easier this week. Which is good, because I have so much sewing to do. I started on Cinderella last week, but didn't get super far. On Friday, though, I did a costume portrait session in my Titanic deck dress during the first part of the day, proceeded to get stuck in horrendous traffic trying to get home (it took me over two hours to go 37 miles), and then spent the whole evening sewing. I was able to finish getting everything cut out for Cindy, and sewed together the base of the skirt and the whole bodice (including piping!). It was a lot of cutting - the bodice is made of 9 pieces (it's an alteration to the Simplicity Frozen bodice pattern, but I added in an extra seamline on each side-front), and each of the pieces consists of a cotton layer and a sequined satin layer flat-lined together, except for the CF piece, which is cotton, satin, and lace together. 

On Saturday, I subbed in to two children's shows, which were located in waaay northern WA. I left the house at 6:50am, and we got back to the Seattle area at about 5pm. The shows were well-received, but that was just way too far. Then I had a fitting with two of the actresses for the show - the Cindy bodice fit almost perfectly - it was about .5" too long at the waist, but that's an easy fix. The skirt was about 3" too long, though, but I hadn't hemmed it yet, because I figured something like that would happen, so that wasn't terrible. We also did a fitting on the Frog Princess, and we had them try on all their accessories (which all fit! yay!). Then I went home and fell asleep on the couch right after dinner. 

On Sunday, I went to an estate sale way out in the edge of Auburn that I thought from the pictures was going to be in a historic house. It wasn't. I bought hangers, but it was otherwise disappointing. Then I went to Joanns and picked up a bunch of patterns for my stitchers, and then I saw a local production of Shrek. Then I came home, ordered what are hopefully the last accessories/notions that I will need for the show, ate dinner, and sewed. I made the necessary alterations to Cindy's bodice, which now just needs the piping at the top and bottom hand-sewed down and lace added to the top, plus some decorative buttons, and I shortened the three skirt layers. I also (mostly) made her bloomers. I ran out of elastic for the knees, and I have to add lace to the knees as well, so I'll be picking up more elastic today. I also dyed Belle's dress fabric, since I remembered at 10:30pm last night that I hadn't done that yet (whoops), but it came out pretty much just right. And I separated out all the fabrics/patterns/notions into kits for my stitchers. 

We're having a fitting for the whole cast today at their first rehearsal, and I'll have both my stitchers there as well, so I can hand off at least a few more projects. I think at this point, there's just 2.5 costumes and a couple of accessories that aren't ready to be handed off, and they open in just over a month, so we should be in a good place. I'm excited to get the 4 large Joanns bags out of my sewing room, too! After I finish Cindy, I'm going to make Mermaid's tail, and then I think I'll do my 1890s shirtwaist/skirt. Other than rehearsal tonight, and a photoshoot for them later this week sometime, I have nothing else I'm committed to this week or weekend. I'm super excited. I haven't had this much time in who knows how long, so hopefully I'll get a lot of sewing done! 

So as to make this a post with pictures, here's a few selfies I took at the portrait session on Friday. I forgot how comfy that dress is. I just hope the shoes are comfortable enough to wear for both the Friday night social and the gala at CoCo, since they match both outfits!


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