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I just wasted a few hours cutting and sewing a shift that turned out too small for me.  I made a really dumb math error, which led to the shoulders being too narrow.  I caught that in time and pieced in some fabric to fix it, but I didn't account for the fact that the same error would also make it too small in the boobs.  I'm not talking 'Oh, that's a bit too snug.'  This is 'seams straining, smash your boobs flat and still can't pull the shift all the way down' too small. 

Now I have to decide if it's worth it to pick apart my flat-felled seams and piece in some more fabric or if it would be better for my sanity to call it a wash and start over.  All that it lacks at this point is a hem and neckline casing...but picking apart felling?  Yikes.  Not the ideal way to spend the afternoon.  Maybe I'll work on my petticoat for a while and avoid the issue.  LOL

ETA: Thanks for the support ladies!  Just knowing I'm not the only one who's goofed up a 'simple' project like this makes me feel so much better.  I decided to redo the body (this was after I made a mistake cutting off the the problem areas...maybe today just wasn't my day for sewing!)  I was able to salvage the sleeves though, so that saved time.  Now I just need to wiggle into my stays so I can mark the 'real' neckline.  I see the light at the end of the tunnel!
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I've been quiet on here and facebook for the past couple weeks.  The reason for that is because I was either rush sewing some things to take on vacation, or actually on vacation!  Sadly I don't have any pics ready to share here yet, but I thought I'd just ramble on a bit about it all to decompress.


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So, total hours spent continuously sewing: 26.  I did stop for short breaks to eat, let the dogs out, stretch, etc.  That is definitely my new personal record, though.  My sewing room is in utter chaos, and I haven't set foot in there yet to start the cleanup effort.  I think I'll do that tomorrow since it's supposed to be such mild weather.  I'm still sleepy from the long drive, and all my animals are still clustered all around me like they weren't sure I was coming back home.  I think I was missed!
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...you realize you just knocked over your glass of lemonade onto the project you're working on, as well as all the components you had neatly organized conveniently nearby that were for that project.  Yep, Murphy's at my house right now.  I'm gonna take a breather for a few minutes, and then carry on with a (hopefully) clearer head and a glass of water placed FAR from my workspace.
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Yesterday was one of those push to get it done days.  By 'it,' I mean the skirt portion of the wedding outfit I'm making.  I spent about 10 hours sewing.  Well, sewing and pressing really...but you get the picture.  You might be thinking that a skirt shouldn't take that long...Trust me, I'm thinking the same thing!  Blind hems are apparently not my strong suit, and it was really two skirts with curved hems and massive circumference.  In the end, I had to wave my white flag and put it down to finish up today.  My back ached, my butt was sore from sitting in an inadequately padded task chair, and I was sticky from sewing in a room with only a box fan for a/c.  Not meeting my goal was really disheartening but I really was right at my breaking point.

Today, I woke up rested and got the job done.  It feels great, even if it's a day later than I wanted.  As soon as Ben gets home I'm heading to UPS to get this box shipped.  I'm still tweaking the fit of the bodice, so hopefully this mockup is The One.  If it still needs major changes I think I might start tearing out my hair.

In happier news, the corset fit great!  Almost no wrinkles at all, and the chicken patties created even more shaping than I'd hoped for.  So hooray for that!

All in all, I can't wait for this project to be over with.  I've been meticulously saving small bits of the scraps so I can stuff a voodoo doll with it during CLW.  I've got a dress in mind for the Mourning Party, but I'm having some trouble finding the right brocade fabric for it.  Also, I've only been able to find a pic of it from one angle (the back) so I'll have to make some educated guesses about the front, or just accept that it will be an 'inspired by' dress and not a replica.  Who knows, after this wedding outfit I might be burnt out on sewing.  We'll see what happens.  Here's the dress:

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