Tonight I am excited because I found a dress for Grace's wedding! Sarah and I went to nearby Eastview Mall, just to look at what was available, and I bought the first dress I tried on!! I suppose, though, that I should back track. My plan from the beginning was to make a dress. Not only did I not like the mother-of-the-bride dresses I saw, but I didn't think I could afford one, even if I did find something that wowed me. I looked at many patterns, and chose one that I thought would work with a shawl pattern I purchased. I even found a similar dress online. So I made a muslin, and finally tried it on last night. It fit, sort of. The princess seams weren't quite right in the front, and the upper armscye was too tight (which I still cannot figure out). We decided that we'd see if I could find anything at the mall and, if not, I'd think further about making a dress. Fast forward to tonight at J. C. Penney. The dress is similar to the one here, but the jacket is shorter and a bit more feminine, and has a contrast band around it, as well as around the dress neckline. The color looks identical. The best part? It cost me $41.17. It was on sale, and I had a coupon which entitled me to an additional discount. Oh, and it needs no alteration. Not even hemming, which is amazing, given my short (5' 2") stature.
Also happening this week: I put together 30 invitations. What a time-consuming job, but they look great. We also ordered all but four beads for the jewelry we're making for the bridesmaids; the four we didn't order are on backorder. Sarah and I are going to learn some new beading techniques, which is always exciting.
Next up? Working on the ring attendant's pillow, drafting a pattern for my purse, more invitations, more flowers.
Oh, and I keep putting stitches in the sampler. More on that next time.