But, continuing apace - here are today's updates:
About the Suit: Here's the thing. I've pinned the buttons on the suit (much closer together than I had originally, to buy me the wiggle room I removed from the side seams erroneously). I can't bring myself to sew them on yet. Why? Well, the truth is, I'm fairly critical of my work and, if I end up not liking this thing, I'm apt to throw myself off a bridge - which wouldn't be good for the likelihood of future posts about truly important things. I don't know if I'll do it tomorrow evening or the next. I need a bit more space. A bit of time to see the suit for what it is and not the series of life lessons I associate it with. Believe it or not, I haven't even tried both pieces on together yet. What kind of nut spends 2 months agonizing over a suit and then doesn't bother to try it on?!
About Other Sewing: But no fear. I've somehow managed to determine how I'm going to spend the entire summer sewing - even as I can't bear to think about tomorrow. I've broken it down as follows:
The Next Suit: I'm always amazed to discover (upon waking from a dream, like, 5 months after completing a project) that I solve a (huge-to-me) problem related to that very project like magic. You see, I'm not a patient person. I am a compulsive person - and those two qualities lead me to work so quickly that I rarely see the benefit of said epiphanic problem-solving because I act (rightly or wrongly) in the moment.
I don't want to do this with my next suit. I want to be able to enjoy the process at a reasonable pace, having resolved some challenges I'm still not clear about (2-pages-worth). And - ridiculously - I want to redraft the front piece so that it isn't double-breasted. Yeah, you read that right. How I'm going to manage to make the next suit relaxing when I'm re-drafting whole freakin' parts of it is beyond me. Especially in light of the fact that I've never done such a thing and I have no sense whatsoever of the challenge that potentially awaits me. All the more reason, I suppose, to take some time to let my brain do the work in its own way. Happily, I want a new suit for the fall, so I can really take my time and work on it amidst some other exciting projects.
The Bra I'm Going To Make (Again): You know how I like to say: Ninth time's a charm! Lord, here's hoping or I might have to go throw myself off that bridge again. I've managed to learn many things about bras and breasts and my breasts and my bras over the last 2 years and I think it's time to apply those lessons. I've also culled numerous RTW wires and bought Norma Loehr's new book, Demystifying Bra Fit and Construction. (Note: It's very new. I've read it through once and I do think it's a good addition to the bra-making catalogue but I sense that Ms. Loehr is a woman who makes bras primarily for the D and under set. The book gives me that vibe. I also disagree with a couple of its premises, but I'm willing to suspend my disbelief until I've had more experience.)
I've also found an Etsy vendor who does some terrific kits that include cup fabric with no stretch (in addition to fun, stretchy overlay fabric), such as this one:
|Photo from here|
The Summer Dress Palette: It occurs to me that, 4 days a week, from May till September, I wear a dress to work. Many of my own handmade dresses have been worn out in this process, I'm happy to say. So I don't see why, given that I managed to buy 17 yards of different knit fabrics a couple of months ago?!?!?, that I shouldn't do 5 dresses in 5 weeks. I ordered a bunch of new patterns from Vogue during the recent 3.99 sale. I'm sure they'll arrive by next month, what with this company's terrific reputation for mailing patterns within 2 weeks of receiving one's order. (Yes, that was sarcasm.) Lots more to come on this, so please stay tuned. (Note: I need a couple of weeks away from sewing to actually deal with my life so this won't begin till mid-May, realistically.)
The Package I've Been Waiting On for Freakin' Ever: And speaking of hideous shipping, I'd love to tell you about the Ewa Michalak lingerie set I bought on March 28, but it still hasn't arrived. Nor has the company had the decency to respond to any of my tracking-request emails over the last week. Gotta say, I knew, going in, that the customer service reputation of this company utterly sucks, and at this point I'm pretty sure it's well-deserved. This bra is going to have to rock my world in order to inspire me to bother with "boobs on a plate" queen, Ms. Michalak, ever again. I've read in numerous places that her son, Dominik, is the weak link. He's the customer service face, from what I can tell. I can corroborate that it's been radio-silence from him (after an email which advised me that I'd have to wait a certain period of time before they'd look into the whereabouts of my order). Anyway, I'm having the full experience, and you'll be sure to hear all about it when the time is right.
Updated: Dominik has sent me three messages today to apologize for taking so long to reply to my emails and to reclaim the original order and send out a new one. While I'm very happy to hear from him, and I do appreciate and accept the mea culpa, I do wish things hadn't conspired to put me into the mindset I was in when I wrote the paragraph above, yesterday. We'll see how long the next order takes. I think it would be particularly good client service to courier the new package to me, not that I'll suggest it.
Phew. Are you still here??
Today's questions: Do you think I'm insane for not having tried on my suit yet? Do you think I'm insane for trying to make another bra? Do you think I'm insane for having ordered that nutsy-patterned bra kit? Do you think I'm insane for having tried Ewa Michalak, despite the many dicey reviews? Let's talk!