Confessions of an Unapologetic Caffiene Freak

The facts were these-

Three months ago, I RSVP’ed to my cousins wedding. Of course, I had to come up with something stunning to wear, and any old clothing store wouldn’t work- I have an IMAGE to maintain; a standard of (neurotic) excellence to uphold in the eyes of my family. So I decided I was going to make a dress. I had three months. No problem.

I settled on a stunning 1930’s evening gown pattern (not one of my own, shockingly enough, although I did have to size it up from a size 6 to a size 18), and with two months left, I picked out my fabric. I had two months to get it done. No worries.

And then school came along like a rider of the Apocalypse, and gobbled up all my time. When I wasn’t desperately cramming in as much Japanese and Chinese vocab as I could before a test (a test every week??!! That’s pure sadism!!), or maniacally hammering away on my laptop to crank out ANOTHER anthropology essay, I was either folding origami for First Friday until my fingers were numb, or was flopped out in the house in a state very similar to that of a human vegetable. I was exhausted every day, and felt like I’d been run over by a truck. A big rig truck. Multiple times.

Well, my cousin’s wedding is tomorrow.

I started the dress on Tuesday.

For four hours, I sized out the pattern, sewed together a muslin sample, and with a quick prayer, cut into the fabric.

On Wednesday I had a nervous melt down.

On Thursday I worked on the dress for six hours, around a full day of classes and two tests.

On Saturday, I finished the dress, jumped into the car, and scampered off to the wedding.

Is it 100% perfect? Well, to me, no, it’s not. I always struggle with satin, because I don’t actually have a good workspace for laying it out and cutting it. And I skipped the very necessary French seams completely in deference to my limited time.

But that’s not really the point. The point is that with the assistance of seven energy drinks, I managed to put together a stunning evening gown in four days.

Working around five classes, three language exams, and two anthropology assignments.

The moral of the story is this: Caffeine makes the world go around. When you’re at the eleventh hour, line up a few cups of coffee, and get to work! 🙂

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It’s Not Easy Being Green…

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After many promises, and many set backs, and tears, and tantrums, and four hours doing make up, I FINALLY finished and photoed the first of my “Things That Go BUMP!!” LE collection! I call this little gem “Something Wicked”, and boy, was it ever!!

I’ve been drafting my own patterns without a sloper recently, as a sort of experiment, and di so with this dress, using a vintage photo as my inspiration for the design. Twenty seven pattern alterations later, I had to surrender, and start all over again from scratch (I had completely forgotten to add a placket extension, so when I tried to put in the buttons, it didn’t work. Then there were a plethora of pattern sizing patterns to deal with, which I think I dealt with rather well, considering that it is intended to be worn with a belt (which will cinch in the waist nicely, if I ever come across a belt that I believe would work with this dress!).

The make up is what I am particularly proud of- I did it myself, and spent four hours on it. I painted my arms, chest, neck and face. And then I also did some pretty cool detailing on my face. The wig took me another two hours to style.

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All things considered, I’m thrilled that this is the first dress of my collection. And I’m also happy that the next dress does not require make up that is NEARLY as difficult to execute… or as difficult to wash off!!Image