For, in order to gather all of this light and airy tulle, you have to sew two line of thread into the tulle along one of the edges and then hold the string and pull, thus gathering one edge of the fabric together, where you then sew it to the base skirt. So I started to do just that. Sew one line 1/4" from the edge, sew another 1/2" from the edge. OK, one piece done...sew one line, then sew another. I hadn't really thought through just how much thread and time it would take to sew essentially 54" x 36 strips x 2 lines of thread per individual piece = 50 miles of tulle, okay, maybe not that much, but that was what it felt like. Time flowed past like both water and sticky, hot tar as I sewed 324 feet (or 107 meters) of straight lines into the tulle. TV shows passed, I swear I could feel myself aging as I sat at my steadily growing warmer sewing machine for hours just sewing straight lines. The only punctuation to this activity would be when my bobbin would run out of thread and I'd have to stop, un-thread my machine, reload the bobbin, re-thread the machine and start back up on the endless desert of grey lines in the black tulle.
- it was at this stage, after it had been 8 hours of work and I still had miles of tulle to sew that I almost gave up. I almost went to Etsy or eBay and just ordered a damn petticoat. But I dug deep, like a marathon runner or that moment in action movies where the hero is down and has to make the choice to get back up just one more time, yeah, that was totally me. I ranted, raged and then returned to the sewing machine (who, I think, was getting close to forming a union against me) and I labored on. -
Trying to catch lizards, that's where.
Me: "It's on the other side of the window, you fluffy little deserter."
Her: "Then my actions are as futile as yours!" she quipped back.
To get some good pics I paired it with a black corset, which ends up looking a little Black Swan-ish, but still cool. And when I am done hemming the skirt and jacket of my Loki outfit I will post the rest of the process "On the road to Dragon*Con 2012."
30 days left, holy God, OK, I'm going back to sewing now...