Well, I asked my mom to make me an outfit this year for RenFest.
She is a seamstress as one of her many roles, and so is very capable in the world of sewing and creating clothes.
She has made many outfits for me over the years, and they have all been great, if not always finished exactly…
I definitely have worn various outfits with safety pins all over their insides, holding together the parts that just didn’t get completed on the sewing machine or by the hand sewing.
And, usually, they keep the safety pins forever more, even after the initial use of the outfit.
Though, she always says that she’ll finish it for real afterward…
Tonight, I am going to bed well after midnight due to yet another of her ‘running out of time’ scenarios.
This outfit she agreed to make for me, when I asked her months ago, and for which we finally bought the fabric (read leather or skins) about a month or so ago, and for which I have asked her constantly about what she needs from me regarding measurements and/or fittings, has now been made by yours truly.
I am not a seamstress.
I can do basic hand sewing, and I know very little about what the best stitch for what is, or how to hide anything other than a straight seam.
Making outfits is not in my skill book at present.
But, she ended up not having the time (read my making the time or not arranging her schedule to be able) to make it, and instead told me “how” to do it.
Suffice it to say that I am not very pleased with the results at the present moment.
I was supposed to have an awesome, somewhat sexy but appropriate outfit that makes people go, “Wow…”
Instead, I have something that looks like I am a young girl practicing my hand for the first time at clothes making in the cave-people era… someone with a small hearth let me have his/her small extra skins, so I could begin to learn.
Hopefully, the cloak part that I told her I needed her to do will turn out well, and will make the piece come together beautifully.
I know the cloak can be great, but she pulled some nonsense about using wire threading to make loops to attach binder rings…. instead of finding a clasp…., so I’m not too sure… it could be another case of safety-pin-style nonsense that is utterly impractical…
I’m hoping dearly that it is beautiful and functional.
I will find out in the morning, and I, hopefully, will look awesome in my full outfit and even my partial outfit, without the cloak.
Well, we’ll see.
For now, let us pray I be blessed with beautifully fulfilling sleep tonight, so that I might be physically and mentally prepared for the long day that tomorrow will be.
If nothing else, my knees need the rest tonight to manage all the waking tomorrow.
Anyway…. bottoms up!
Or, as Aunt Sadie always said, Tally-Ho!