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pearl math

Dispite it being a long tiring week for both of us, sadievale came over last night for a sewing night. It ended up being a lovely time. We were both doing handwork (me working on the Pearl, S sewing the back pleats of her en fourreau English gown) so we stretched out on my twin bed sardine style, her on one side me on the other, toes every where. We made mugs of F&M Earl Gray tea, listened to S&S soundtrack and spent what turned out to be a relaxing and productive evening together. Costuming buddies are the best.

We spent part of the time doing some math:
I have 18 motifs on the hem of my Pearl Dress
Each motif has approx 500 pearls (in four sizes)
The hem when finished will have approx 9,000 pearls
It takes approx 5 hours to pearl a motif, so I apply about 100 pearls per hour
I have 15 motifs left so I have 75 hours left of work to finish
If I complete one motif every other day I will finish the Tuesday before I leave for CC08

Ambitous, not at all! After all I don't have a life or other costumes to sew or wrist issues or anything! I also have 3 more motifs to sequin and sleeves to mock up and create for the gown.

I'm going to have to start making some hard decisions about what I am and am not going to attempt to create for CC. I would be pretty bitterly disappointed if I don't wear my Pearl gown. It's the one thing I really wanted to wear this year, the rest was optional in my mind but this outfit was set. So I guess I'll need to scale back my other plans rather than give up on the Pearl. But what to give up? That is the hard part.

So little time does not even begin to discribe my sewing life right now!

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madamemodiste From: madamemodiste Date: June 29th, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC) (link)
Woah!! You are one dedicated lady!! It's going to look so rich and gorgeous!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: June 29th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC) (link)
Crazy was really the word that came to mind! As in certifiable! LOL
mlsdesigns From: mlsdesigns Date: June 29th, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC) (link)
wow, you really are a glutton for punishment :) but it's going to look soooo good!!!!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: June 30th, 2008 02:34 am (UTC) (link)
Yes indeed! Thanks for the vote of confidence too! :>
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: June 29th, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC) (link)
You know, as much work as the pearl has been and is going to be, its so totally going to be worth it. You will look like a million bucks, every one will be in awe of your insane embellishment skills and I dont think anyone would mind if you wore it the entire weekend. ;)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: June 30th, 2008 02:40 am (UTC) (link)
I may just wear it a couple of days at CC! After 75+ hours of work I need to get my money's worth of awe right? :>

Thanks for the encouragement. I know it will be great. I wanted it to be a show piece, something worthy of my skills and the lovely fabric I found last year. I'm pleased it's turning out to be just that. I just wish I could have gotten my act together and worked out the kinks sooner. Oh well!
I hate deadlines but I do work well, or at least more consistently, under them.
jennil From: jennil Date: July 8th, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC) (link)
That sounds like a totally perfect night. :)

Good luck with the pearl dress! You are completely insane, of course - but in the good way. ;)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 8th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC) (link)
It really was. :>

Insane, yep that's me!
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