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December 29, 2004

Finished hem. I also finished most of the neck opening. Flying back to California tomorrow.

December 28, 2004

Still sewing hem.

December 27, 2004

I instructed my cousin Mary (15 years old) how to mark the hem. She did a fine job for her first ever hem. Started hand sewing hem.

December 25, 2004

Merry Christmas.

December 22, 2004

Yet more eyelets. Finished all but one eyelet. Good enough to try the dress on and mark the hem. When I went to try on the dress I realized that the lace that I'd set aside for this dress was too short. I fingerlooped a new lace in white silk (5-loop round braid)(about 1-2 hr to fingerloop). Flying to Montana tomorrow. Won't be able to sew on plane. *sigh*

December 18, 2004

More eyelets.

December 13, 2004

The seam between the wool layer of the two halves of the front gore were sewn wrong (which I guess is what happens when you get impatient). It didn't lie flat at the top. I ripped out that seam and sewed it together again. It's lying much flatter now. I also finished the edge of the front opening. Lastly I marked off and started sewing the eyelets. They are about 1/4-1/2 inch from the edge and 3/4 inches apart (the spacing recommended by Robin Netherton). They're offset a la "The Zen of spiral lacing".

December 7, 2004

Lots of procrastination (and being too busy to breath (damn holidays)). Two nights ago I -finally- sat down and cut out the wool for the dress. I think the procrastination was caused by having to make the first cut in nice fabric. Luckily I got past it. The cutting went really fast. After cutting it all out I started sewing the outer layer to the inner layer. I finished the sewing last night.

At some point I'll do instructions and pictures about how to sew the wool to the linen. For now.. words just aren't enough to descibe the process.

Without ripping apart the seams on the linen lining I made a fabric sandwich and sewed the outer fabric to the lining fabric by following the stitches of the lining.