Monday, February 27, 2012

Day 452, and Dress Making.

Hello my friends!

So very sorry I haven't been writing lately, but there hasn't been much happening. I have been working, and babysitting, and working, and babysitting.
Now, however, more is happening.
Jeremy and I went on Thursday to interview another photographer, who turned out to be about $2000 less than the first one we talked to, and we both liked him better in general. He'd been at it for about 19 years, whereas the first was young and had only been doing photography for about 6. He was certainly nice enough, but I think he thought he was too good for his own...good... :P Not that I wouldn't recommend him for others, but for us...well.

"He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man: and he that is more than a youth is not for me, and he that is less than a man; I am not for him."

And a random quotation from our good Lady Beatrice thrown in there for good measure.

The "Dress Making" part of my title for today is not, I assure you, my wedding dress. I have, in fact, taken it upon myself to make a dress for the oldest of the children I babysit these days. She has a school presentation of some sort, and being home schooled, these presentations are actually *cool* !! She is posing as Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman doctor.
This girl, Eve by name, loves pink, so...Christy (Eve's mother) and I both decided that having an authentic dress design would be enough, and we can fudge it on the colour.
This is the fabric I lighted on, and the white will be the lining and the apron:
So my task is to create a dress for a 9-year-old girl, without having a 9-year-old-girl-sized, 1850's dress pattern. My dear friend Elisabeth Cook was gracious enough to loan me an 1850's dress pattern for women, (THANK YOU ELISABETH!!) sizes 12-16. The first thing to do now, is to SHRINK this pattern at least 4 sizes. I figure, at that point I can work with it and with my client, a nine year old size 0 girl, (in women's sizes at least) and it might not look like the dress was made for an elephant, and a mouse is wearing it.

This would be me...taking on this task

This would be how I look at Mama when I'm trying to figure things out...

 This is my face when I think I've hit on something.........

 Well that was annoying, so we'll try taping the original pattern to the table, and the tracing paper over that...

 Keeps things from moving around so much.
 I only have so many fingers, after all.
 At this point, my neck hurts.
 This is my "I'm-focusing-and-you-randomly-caught-me-looking-up face"
 For good measure, a picture of me actually doing something. ;)

So yes...this is my life until Wednesday...around work that is, and everything else that I'm doing. Thankfully I don't have to work tomorrow. However, Jeremy and I are going to do something with my friend Hannah, who is getting married in about 8 months, and then we are going to look at a couple of churches to help us decide where our wedding will be held.
SO! That being said, my break is over, and I need to go get back to work on that little bitty dress.
Cheers to all of you!



Bethany said...

I misses you. And this post was very you. :-) Iz good.

Elisabeth said...

Loved this post! You should post picture commentaries more often! :-)
Glad I could help help - so sorry I did not have anything smaller. Did the book help at all?

Coffee and Black Ink said...

Uhm...I didn't even open the books. :P