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Costume coming to life!!!

Monday, October 01, 2012

I worked so hard on my costume all day on Sunday. It was a relaxing working hard, though. I wasn't super stressed. I just took my time, did it right, and got it mostly done.

I had to re-draft my pattern, but it fits well now. I cut out two "corsets" out of the white duct fabric (stiff cotton - almost like canvass). Then I cut out one "corset" of the ivory/white satin which will be the outside of the corset. I stitched each one of those together making three separate corsets. The boning will be wedged between the two layers of duct (less chances of it coming out and poking at my skin). I pinned all three layers together last night, and am very happy with it. It is a good heavy weight, which is good for many reasons. It will hold my girls up where they need to be. It will slim my waist. It will do well when it is laced, as it is designed to be a tight lacing corset. I have gone all out on this, even using tailor's tacks to mark where the eyelets will go in the back for the lacing. I pinned it all up on the dress dummy, with the finished skirt, and am pleased thus far with how it looks.

I still need to fix the skirt layers, stitch the seams of the corset by hand, machine stitch the boning channels, insert the boning, install the zipper front (steampunk inspiration), install the eyelets for the lacing, then bind the corset edges. But I am getting there!

My back pain was really bad yesterday. A 6-7. I had to ask M to carry the laundry basket to the basement for me. I carried it up and pushed through the pain for the rest of the day, though. I had mounds of laundry to do in between sewing, was actually glad for the small breaks every hour of getting up and swapping the laundry out. It made my sewing go smoother to have small breaks from it now and then. I'll have to remember that for my sewing marathons.... I tried sleeping with an ice pack under the small of my back. It didn't seem to help much. The pain is at a 4-5 today. I am working through it, though.

V, my youngest started back at school today. She acted like she was shy and ashamed to walk into the classroom. My heart warmed when one of the little girls ran up and hugged her and told her welcome back. The teacher told her she missed her. I am hoping she can have herself under control, but in my heart... I know it's only a matter of time before she explodes again. I am hoping this new place, Behaven can help us. I will be calling today and letting them know that we want to enroll her there.

I ate pretty well all weekend. I just didn't have much of an appetite. I go though those phases, then phases where I just can't seem to get enough to eat. LOL.

Weight: 195.4

Monday: 5K training
Tuesday: Pilates
Wednesday : 5K training
Thursday: Yoga
Friday : Yoga
Saturday : Color Run... with real runners!
Sunday: Pilates

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    I am so excited about that dress!!! NOT about your pain lady! Aye! We gotta figure something out there. Are you still not taking anything? Aleve? Some sort of anti-inflammatory for at least two weeks? Please. lol! emoticon emoticon
    1994 days ago
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    Nice Dress..
    1994 days ago
    Hope things go well with school. The dress looks great.
    1994 days ago
    Boy, I wish that back of yours would cooperate and get better! The costume looks fantastic! I can't wait to see the finished product!
    1994 days ago
    Love the costume!!! This is my second year participating in Halloween festivities as an adult! It's fun! This year we are going to a zombie pub crawl on the 13th and think will likely reuse the costume for Halloween fun later in the month as well!

    Please share final pics with you in it! :)
    1994 days ago
    The dress is looking awesome! I am sorry to hear you are still having so much back pain. Hopefully the yoga and the like will help you in that area. Have you tried giving apple cider vinegar a whirl? You can buy it in tablet form. I would recommend such as taking spoonfuls of ACV is not only icky but also bad for the teeth. I take them for my GERD but noticed they also helped with my own back pain.

    You will do well at the color run! You know you are a real runner too....give yourself more credit! ;) You are going to kick butt!

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    1994 days ago
    Fabulous! Absolutely FABULOUS! I hope everything works out for the Vampire. I hope Behaven is the answer to all your prayers.
    Happy Monday! Hope your back starts feeling better soon.
    1995 days ago
    The corset is looking fabulous! You're going to look like a princess =)

    1995 days ago
    I missed several posts, so I am not sure what you are dressing up as but I am very impressed with the work you are putting into the corset! And it looks fabulous!!

    I hope V does better and that you have relief for your back pain...

    You also reminded me I need to do laundry! So I'm going to go do that right now! :)
    1995 days ago
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