When I set out to try and make a couture dress before Dragon*Con I should have started months ago. Problem being I needed supplies for which I had to save up money. So now its August and I'm hit by several things at once. The kids need to get ready to go back to school, I'm teaching classes starting next Friday, and several family members have to have surgery or die (ok,only my Grandfather has died in the last two months, which has left me really sad. My mother-in-law, however, has lost two family members to cancer since January). Which in and of itself is stressful.
And now my air conditioning breaks in the middle of one of the hottest summers on record (people are dying in this heat). More specifically, the fan under the house that blows the air through the central system is dead. I heard it go KACHUNK under the house when I got up. Of course the boys looked at me like I was hearing things but then I realized it was getting HOT in the house and there was nothing coming out of the vents. I went out with the flashlight to flip the breaker on the A/C unit and its running. Finally my husband is convinced enough to check under the house. Yup. Fan broke. Shit. All this resulted in my having a complete sobbing break down which ended with me having chocolate cake and Xanax for lunch after my husband prevented me from putting my hand through a glass window when trying to pry its swollen wood frame open. He's a good man, really. I'm a long term planner and he kind of lives in the moment. Eventually it balances everything out.
So tomorrow we go to the bank and see about refinancing the house, which we've been talking about doing for a while. All things considered, its a modest house for the area but our interest rate was gotten 8 years ago when our credit sucked but they were handing out no-money-down loans anyway. I had done my research and got a house with a fixed interest rate that we could afford on a single income. This has saved our ass on more than one occasion from losing the place. But you probably don't want to hear about all that. This is a sewing blog. I want to keep it that way. Long story short, I have to go deal with banks and insurance companies tomorrow and if all else fails we get a window unit with our Home Depot card and use that until we can save up for getting the system fixed.
What this means is there is no way in a Hot Georgia Summer I'm going to get this couture dress done in time for Dragon*Con. Its just not going to happen. Sometimes you just have to re-evaluate priorities. So, that being said, I'm looking at doing a vintage 70's dress I've had in my stash for a while.
The view on the left. While the pattern calls for a woven I'm going to do this in a burnout knit. Since its from after the Big Four standardized their measurements and its my usually starting size of 18, the only major modification is the bust and turning the darts into gathers instead. Though dealing with that amount of slippery fabric is always a PITA but I think I'll deal. Now I just gotta figure out the shoes.
I also have some comic book fabric I want to use for another wrap dress.
And on that note, I want to bake bread but the thought of turning on the oven is making me wince. Hell, I don't even want to turn on the lights.
**Looking at the forecast the next few days should be in the mid 80's during the day dipping into the 60's at night (that's 30 high/18 low Celsius which is better than the 40/25 C we were getting. UG) , albeit with a lot of humidity. So that's a tiny bit of a relief.