Friday, April 24, 2009

Doctor, Doctor...

Visit 1: Monday, pediatrician. "Everything looks fine, just the start of a cold."
WRONG!!!
Little Miss Princess couldn't shake the sore throat, and developed a fever, so the antibiotics were called in, and she's much improved, now that I've called off twice this week to stay home with her!
Visit 2: Wednesday, family doctor (me). "Yes, it appears to be carpal tunnel. Do these exercise, and wear this wrist brace at night when you sleep, or more if it helps."
I don't know if it's that I'm back at work and sewing less, or if the Advil and brace are really helping, but my wrist does feel better.

Yesterday, since I was home with the recovering Princess (who took a 3 1/2 hour nap!), I wore the brace and was able to complete most of the prom gown. Modifying the pattern pieces after fitting the muslin was the most time consuming, since the gown itself is pretty simple. I got the bodice all put together, and all the skirt panels, too. I need to rethread the serger (finish those long skirt seams), attach the skirt to the bodice and insert the zipper. She'll have her final fitting on Monday...
With so many seams angled on the bias (bodice front and back), I was trying to figure out when to use the selvedges as stablizer (bodice center front opening), and when I fusible interfacing would be okay (back bodice section that is low cut and attaches to skirt). So far, it looks good. I wish I could fit into it to know, so I'm hoping my dress form will be helpful in that area!
**Problem! There are 2 small stains on the skirt back (near the hem) that I didn't notice when the fabric was cut at the store, or at home! They are about an inch in length, and 1/4" wide. What should I do?? I don't want to attempt stain removal myself (and risk ruining it more 2 weeks before prom), so I think my options are...
1. Take it to the drycleaners and see if they can remove it (after I finish it)
2. Knock some $ off the price for the client if it can't be removed.
3. {Your ideas?}

The weather is supposed to be gorgeous here this weekend, so I might be manning a garage sale table in my driveway. It was the neighbor's idea, so hopefully we can unload some items that we no longer need/want. Sunday is embroidery day, since I've got 2 coaches who want some personal items tagged with their team logos, and a daycare who wants to see a sample of my services. I'm also going to be trying out a design on a bucket hat, so we'll see how that goes. Hope all of you have a wonderful and productive weekend!!!

5 comments:

BeeBee said...

3. Add trim/lace at the hem and waist and (maybe) neckline to cover the stain. Of course this is without seeing any of it.

Michelle said...

I would take it to the dry cleaner. They have some kind of magic going on back there. They got spaghetti sauce out of one of my husband's cashmere sweaters. If they can keep HIM looking good, they can do ANYTHING.

Kristine said...

Very true, Michelle! I once knocked over a candle, and got wax on an angora sweater, and the dry cleaner did manage to get it all out! There is no embellishment on the dress, so I don't have to worry about damage in that sense!

gwensews said...

I would try a cleaner first.

Dawn said...

Yikes, sorry about the carpal tunnel! About the dress, do the dry cleaner thing. Then take $ off if it won't come out. That sucks.