I’ve now started applying the back lace. I reached the halfway point yesterday, and am hoping to finish it this weekend, along with the pearls. Here’s a 50-50 photo of the finished and unfinished lace; you’ll have to click through to the larger version to see the difference clearly. Looks much neater on the completed (right) side, n’est-ce pas?
Today I’m going to Sharon’s, where we will:
- put the second lining into the dress
- pin up dress lining
- finish the bottom front of the coat, where the lining, facing, etc. meet.
- finish putting in the coat lining (sleeves + sewing down the neck and armhole edges)
- pin up coat lining
or as much of that as we can get done in one day.
In other news, we’re going to be picking out wedding/engagement rings soon! I can’t wait. We both want something more interesting than the standard plain band, and I’d like something way more interesting than a hunk of rock for an engagement ring. In fact, I’d like a band where the workmanship is the bulk of the cost, rather than the materials. Not too surprising for an artisan/craftswoman, I guess!
One intriguing possibility is here, although I’ve been told (by someone else who purchased their wedding-rings) that, because of the thin layering, they don’t really age well; lots of scratches etc. A pity; mokume gane is beautiful metalwork.
However, since the Contemporary Crafts Market is coming up next week at Fort Mason, and there will be about 90 jewelry artisans there, we’re planning to head on over and see what there is to be seen. In my case, it will probably be a combination engagement/wedding band, as I don’t really want to wear two rings.
This sounds like great fun!