We’re taking a little step back in time today … and not to the 18th Century for a change. Slightly less far…
Ah, last year, you seem so far away now! Perhaps you will recall my Halloween project that never was, scuppered by staying in for the first Halloween in more years than I care to remember:
You see, the problem with Halloween costumes when you don’t go out for Halloween is that you kinda lose your momentum – you’ve got a whole year to make it (if you don’t change your mind by the following Halloween, that is) and a year is a killer deadline.
So poor little Zombie Antoinette’s dress has been languishing in the store room with a few half-hearted stitches here and there, while I’ve been dreaming of stays. The problem being that I promised myself that I wouldn’t start on the stays until I’d finished the dress. I’ll admit, I’m fairly bad for leaving projects half finished – mostly because I get excited and distracted by newness far too easily – so I am determined not to do that with a sewing project when I’ve spent money on the pattern, fabric and notions.
While I may not love her fabrics (mmm … polyester satin … seeeexy …), our Queen of the Zombies has arisen from the grave. Last night the boys were out at work, so I cracked out the sewing machine and got a good few hours’ of work in on my sorely neglected Zombie Queen.
The dress part is basically done, I just need to sew in the zip (it’s pinned at the moment), do the sleeves and attach the trims/lace, which I’m going to do by hand so I don’t flatten the ruffles, (you may recall from an old post about this project, I’m changing the trim quite a bit from the original pattern), then do the underskirt. I’ll take photos of the dress once I’ve done the zip, which should be tomorrow.
I have learned, though, that it’s hard to motivate yourself about a project that you don’t love. This costume for me is just to practice and learn from, I know it’s not going to create a beautiful finished product, so it’s hard to get enthusiastic about it and look forward to having the finished thing. (And I’m not very hopeful about the final fit – what with the mysterious shrinking of clothing over Yule and the troubles I had cutting the horrid fabric in the first place.)
But I will finish it and have fun when I do eventually get around to wearing it, because that’s what silly Halloween costumes are about!
And after that I get to make this little pretty in grey tulle with some Clare modifications (yes, it’s another free pattern!) to kick-start my wardrobe revamp and the stays. Yaaaay!