Today I had Mike transform me into a plaster mummy, covering me with wet, rapidly-hardening plaster bandages until I was in a full-body cast from neck to mid-thigh.
No, I don’t have a plaster fetish. (Really.) Instead, we were preparing to cast a dress form using the instructions in the My Twin Dressform manual. First you make a plaster cast of your torso and let it dry. Then you fill the plaster cast with plastic resin foam, and presto! a Fantastic Plastic Person.
Since I was complaining recently that there needed to be three of me, I think I’m going to cast two Fantastic Plastic Tiens from the mold Mike and I just made. The first one can go to work, the second can work on the dress, and I’ll just kick back and weave. 🙂
No, seriously. I will need to display both coat and dress, so I’m making two dress forms. For display purposes, I’m going to cover them in black stretch velvet for maximum visual impact. After that, when they become “working” forms, I’ll cover them in something less dramatic, like a rib knit.
Other than that, it was a fairly uneventful day. I finished sewing down the back lace, and sewed down the pearls around the neck edge of the bodice. I had exactly as many pearls as were needed to complete the neck edge – good thing I didn’t lose any more of them! I will use the new pearls on the body of the sleeves, and on the back of the dress. I don’t think the difference will be noticeable there.
I also finished hemming both sleeves, and started clipping the too-tight stitches out of the hem. Tomorrow morning I’ll go at it in earnest, to see what can be saved. Redoing one row of stitches will cost me about three hours, which is about 2/3 of a weekday’s work – annoying, but not nearly as disastrous as I was thinking earlier. So hopefully I can get the hem fixed tomorrow. That will free me to work on the second lining the rest of the week.
I am also starting to design the wedding invitations. I had wanted to set them up with woven double-happiness symbols, but I’m running out of time for that (somehow time seems to be getting away from me lately!). The dress probably won’t be done until the beginning of April, precisely when the invitations should really go out. I could probably warp up the loom at lightspeed once the dress is done, and bang out the invitations, but I’m not sure I feel like working under any more time pressure! Once the dress is done, I plan to kick back and relax for at least a week. (OK, well, maybe just a couple of days. I’m not very good at doing nothing!)
At any rate, the rapid sweep of time means I need to start thinking about designing the invitations. I figure I can do that in my spare time, when I’m sick of working on the dress.