So, obviously I did not post last night. I like to think that I can get a lot done when I put my mind to it, but there are limits! Yesterday morning I had to take Spencer to his Bible study, do the grocery shopping, pick Spencer up and take him to play tennis with his friend Stephan, come home and prepare for my class, pick Spencer up, eat lunch, and teach my class.
I actually started on the Jedi robe during our class recess yesterday. I agreed to make the robe on the condition that I could make it out of fleece so that it can double as Spencer’s winter bathrobe. I was very happy that I had made this stipulation once I started sewing because fleece does not ravel and therefore there is less finishing required. The robe was done early in the evening and it looked good!
Meanwhile, I started on the pants. Pants are quick and easy–at least the kind I was making are! By late evening the pants were all done except for the elastic in the waist and I had moved on to the tunic. My sewing machine started making funny noises. I tried oiling it. It didn’t help. Then I started feeling a little sick and shaky, so I gave up and went to bed at about 1:30.
This morning, as the rain fell softly, I set about alternating between sewing and preparing for today’s class, I realized that I had not really factored in the amount of work that sewing the belt would take. I was thinking, robe, pants, tunic all the time when in fact the belt was a separate project. I started to panic just a little deep inside. I started rationalizing with myself. You know, “Well, if he at least has the robe and the pants and the boots (which he bought) that will still be pretty cool. Or if he has the robe and the pants and the boots AND the tunic, he could wear a normal belt and that would still be cool.” Etc.
By the time class started, the tunic was all but done and I had a good start on the belt. I roped Lucy into doing some ironing on the belt pieces while we had class. During the break, the kids went outside and played in the rain (without my consent), while I went to the sewing room and fought a mighty battle with the belt. It uses very stiff interfacing which made it extremely difficult to turn right side out after sewing it together.
After class (4:00) I made a beeline back to the sewing room. I got the elastic into the pants at last. I did the finishing on the tunic. I finished the belt. And then, because I am insane, I went ahead and cut out the dickie (fake inner tunic) and started sewing like a crazy person. Spencer’s youth group started at 6:00, and it takes about 10 minutes to get there. Spencer asked if we could go pick up Deaven, and I said yes, but the last piece would not get done. Deaven got another ride.
I took a lot of short cuts that I don’t like to take. I kept going even though I truly believed that I would not finish in time. It was very warm and humid and pouring with rain and the last thing I felt like doing was sewing, but I kept on doing it. I got that dickie finished at about 5:40. I called Spencer and helped him with the layering. First the dickie, then the tunic (he already was wearing the pants and boots), then the belt. Finally, the robe went over it all and the light saber was clipped onto his belt.
He looked good. He looked like a Jedi. The Force was with him.
There was no time to take a photo before we ran out the door. I dropped him off at the church and then drove triumphantly through the pouring rain to the grocery store because I had to pick up a few things for an event that I didn’t know about until lunchtime today. It felt so good to come home, even though I was pretty wet (it was POURING!), and know that there was no sewing waiting for me.
I still had to go back out into the deluge to pick Lucy up from her youth group. This is the most rain we’ve had in a very long time!
And Spencer? His costume won first place! And you know what his prize was? A Blu-ray edition of the original Star Wars trilogy! That cracks me up.
I’ve spent the evening lolling about and watching something with Walter and Lucy and knitting. I’ve got plenty to do tomorrow but it’s been fun to have an evening of leisure! Maybe tomorrow I can get some photos of my young Jedi.
Quote of the day:
Jasper: “Green apple Nerds are my Kryptonite.”