I thought things over in the last day or two, and I think Daryl’s right: catch your rabbit first, then decide whether you want to eat it. So I will try to get the dress ready for entry to the fashion show, which means getting it photographable by Feb 15.
This means finishing weaving the wedding-dress fabric, weaving the double-happiness ribbon, and sewing the dress. The coat will require 16-20 finished yards of fabric, which with 12.5% shrinkage translates to 18-23 yards of woven fabric. I’ve woven 6 yards so far, so I’d need to weave another 12-17 yards of fabric at about 2.5-3 hours per yard. That’s about 30-60 hours of work. The double-happiness ribbon should go pretty quickly, since it’s a narrow piece in thicker yarn, and I only need to weave 2-4 yards. Figure another 10-15 hours. That totals about 45-75 hours of work.
The challenge, of course, is that I’m trying to get all this done in approximately 4 weeks, to give myself 2 weeks to sew the dress. So that’s basically 12-20 hours a week for four weeks, in addition to a full-time job.
I think it’s do-able, but it will be pretty tight.
Meanwhile, I have worked through the first 100 pages or so of the Photoshop book; only 600 to go. Hopefully I should be able to skim through most of it by the time I get home. (I won’t be able to read through carefully, but at least I can muddle through.)