Fabric Obsession

I confessed to Hannah the other day my obsession with fabric. I knew it was really bad when I went to Wal-Mart on Sunday to get a few supplies for a birthday gift for Matthew. The things I needed did not in any way involve fabric (I would tell you what it is, but he may read this. Shhhhhh.).

When I left Wal-Mart, I had the things I needed PLUS the fabric, thread, trim and pattern to make a dress.

Let me tell you why I did not need to add one more project to my sewing room bins. Here’s my current list of projects for which I have the supplies but not the time to make them:

-Arwen’s Requiem dress
-Embroidery on almost-finished Eowyn shieldmaiden outfit
-Two green Fellowship capes

The one I just bought the stuff for is Lizzie’s orange dress from Pride and Prejudice

(In addition, by Oct. 29, I will design, purchase supplies for, fit and make FIVE fairy costumes for a really cool Peter Pan-themed bridal shower. But I hope to make this a fun group event and get all the “fairies” involved in helping with their own costumes.)

Home decor:
-Kitchen coffee bean curtains
-Living room curtains made from a sari
-Coffee placemats
-Black faux fur pillow shams for bedroom
-Cream European-sized shams for bedroom
-Small shams for living room throw pillows
-Canopy for dining room
-Canopy for bedroom

Plus, I need to buy the supplies for and make bedroom curtains, sewing room curtains, and full slipcovers for the 12 dining chairs we just bought.

I am going to have to put a moratorium on buying anything from Wal-Mart or JoAnn Fabrics until I finish EVERY SINGLE project I have in-house! (Any bets on how long such a resolution would actually last?) Maybe I just won’t even ENTER a Wal-Mart or fabric store until approximately 2008…

Anyway, Matthew and I are hosting a ball on Oct. 15, and I want to wear the orange Regency dress for that event, which makes that costume the highest priority. (Besides all the home decor projects I want to finish before hosting Mikaela’s engagement party on Oct. 11)

The last time I made a Regency dress, I cobbled it together without a pattern. I wanted a better fit this time, so I bought a cheap $2 pattern for a high-waisted dress with a gathered bodice and cap sleeves. I wanted a long sleeve on it, so I posted on the best costuming forum in the world asking about sleeve tips. Amanda (a.k.a. the Gray Cat production department) saw my post and offered to let me borrow her Regency sleeve pattern. I will trace it onto tissue tonight.

I mentioned my Big Problem to Mary Jo (the woman who helps lead our young adult Bible study) last night, and she said she has the same issue! So we scheduled a catch-up-on-sewing day for Saturday, Sept. 24. She’s going to work on a jacket and I will make my orange dress. Hooray!

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  • http://www.xanga.com/miller_schloss miller_schloss

    And now, to make myself feel better, I will list the projects I HAVE completed since I went on this sewing rampage a couple years ago.

    -Failed boned bodice for attending Ren Faire with Stacey and J.W. (the eyelets popped out when I laced it, and then the boning started poking out)
    -Chemise with hand-embroidered horses for Kathleen
    -Green Regency gown (historically inaccurate – I used a zipper)
    -2 hand-sewn matching Regency bonnets – one for Hannah, one for me
    -Shower curtain and over-curtain
    -Living room curtain, which is now the bathroom curtain. No, wait, Hannah sewed that for me. Did she sew the shower curtain too? Perhaps – not sure.
    -Bedroom curtain (which will become M’s office curtain)
    -Living room window treatments (Not On Fire)
    -Purple purse and two purple pillows for Stacey
    -Shepherd and angel costumes for church Christmas play
    -Colonial top with matching skirt, which doubles as my Eowyn camp skirt
    -Eowyn corset. This is the one I am most proud of. I made a corset, all by myself!
    -Pirate vambraces for Hannah and Rohirric vambraces for me
    -Pirate sash for Hannah
    -Fellowship cape for brother Daniel (still needs to be hemmed)
    -Full Scottish costume for Matthew (kilt and all accessories)
    -Throw pillows for LR
    -Yeti legwarmers for Joanna, Ariel, Kate, Hannah, and me

    Wow…that made me feel a lot better! I guess I’m not as much of a lunk as I thought I was.

  • http://www.xanga.com/gwyneth gwyneth

    ok, blah blah…i’m not going to read your list.  sorry.  haha.  i’ve probably seen some of the things though.  so…um, maybe that will make you think i’m less mean for saying “blah blah”.

    oh, and what i meant to say was, “oh look!  becky got a xanga!”  i will read it so long as you promise not to say the b-l-o-g word.  you can just call it a xanga, or even “weblog” is ok…but w/o the we- it’s just GROSS. 

    so…you are a very busy girl.  and it’s kind of fun that matthew is famous.  um…i have naught more to say.

  • http://www.xanga.com/Pathfinders Pathfinders

    Great to hear from you! I’m so glad you posted. I am still living in t-town. Working at a Presbyterian church as middle school youth director. Super fun!

    Congrats to Matthew about completing his MBA. What magazine are you the editor of?

    Remember when you and Jodi and I went out for pizza and all the cheese was blotted off? That was the night you told us about Matthew. And look at you now. :0)

    Have a great day!


  • http://www.xanga.com/Marciaran Marciaran

    Becky! Hi – I’m so glad you got a xanga, I will promptly subscribe. :-) Ha – I understand Gwyn’s problem with the word blog, but I don’t share it so feel free to use it on my xanga. Isn’t the waiting to figure out what is coming next great. Or not so great. I don’t know. We had much different plans for where we would be right now, but we both know we are, and have been submitted to what God wants. It’s just a matter of finding out what that is. The living with parents thing…it’s great that we aren’t paying rent and all. But that’s mostly happening because we can’t. But what I mean to say is that it’s great to have a place to land and have family to take care of you when these situations arise – it enables us to wait, and not frantically find a way to make money, most likely doing something we don’t like. So I’m grateful, but will be SO ready to have my own home again. I was just starting to be proud of the way I was decorating. :-) One thing I am doing more of is writing – and reading. And that I am loving. Sounds like you are keeping super busy! I don’t know how to do any sewing, but I am almost sure that if I did I would have the same problem as you. It’s too bad I can’t see anything you’ve made, I’m sure it’s all beautiful. Very cute picture by the way – I’m glad xanga is helping us get back in touch.

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