- Stalking and purchase of all related materials, that aren't already stockpiled during the weekend dumpstering sprees.
- Hanging up the material in some prominent spot, to look at and envision the coat once it's made. Reading pattern instructions 8 times, and meticulously preparing.
- Making of the muslin.
That's when it kind of start falling apart. I'm really driven to make it, cause it's going to be super awesome, and I'm going to wear it everywhere. Then, once a muslin comes together, it's like, "Oh, there you are. I see. Next."
In this case, I still wanted to see the finished coat in the purple cordiroy, so I pressed on. But once that came together, it's like ADD kicks in, and I will do anything but finish. It has taken more than 3 weeks now to complete the lining. During which I have:
- gone camping, and taught my little brother about intricacies of riding a dirt bike:
That was fun, except a brief episode where he got either stabbed by an evil plant or bitten by a rattlesnake, and we didn't know which.. (evil plant must have won, since his arm was still intact after the longest. 20. minutes. ever.)
- Mutliated an unused bridesmaids' dress I had hanging around from my wedding into a Princess Aurora skirt for giraffy (to gallop in a race in, of all things):
(Some gold bias tape and a bit of sparkly kitchen curtain really princessed it up!)
- Possibly inspired by giraffy, taken up running again. Really, really slow running. That looks a lot like walking from distance. But supplemented by swimming. I heard this speeds up labor. And I'm pretty freaked out about the whole labor/birth thing. Plus, the 'Diet-Cause I'm Puky' phase was replaced byt the 'Eat EVERYthing' phase somewhere in the 5th month, and it's not pretty. I actually have walked into the gym on several occasions, shaking out the remainder of Chocolate Chex cereal from the bag into my mouth..
- And, finally, taken up golfing, having found a brand new set of (puprle) golf clubs at the S-Boutique, to replace ones I lost somewhere.
I will say Strawberry does not enjoy golfing. No matter how gracefully I tried to squat when setting up the balls.
And, then, there was the 50's dress obsession, and Ebay/Etsy stalkage of any and all 50's patterns that I might find appealing, despite the fact that Vogue 8438 has been spread out on my dinner table, effectively preventing anyone from eating dinner there for a month now.
Additionally, during the super excited stage, I decide to make all these additions and modifications to the garment, which surpass my sewing skills by leaps.. and then seams start to not match up, it gets really frustrating, and I frolick off to consider other, more pleasing projects.
I'm hoping to shame myself into finishing it, by posting a public goal. The coat itself is done. Unless I want to add pockets, which I decided I might want.. The lining is done if you don't count the sleeves. ALL that is left (other than the unfortunate pockets) is the sleeves, and then joining them into one garment.
I added the insert in back with label, to mimic the RTW coats. The lining fabric was in my stash from a previous JoAnn's clearance, and it's slippery, ravels on eye contact, and absolutely vile to work with, but I loved the colors.. I chose to interline the coat in cotton flannel, which is super ...bendy. I cut it and the lining in one go, and by the time I turn around, the underlining is a totally different shape. All these contribute to its undone-ness.
Anyway. I would like to finish this coat tonight. Not for wearability - there's no room for a 7 month Strawberry-belly in it, but as a matter of decency.