We are headed into the insanity known as "The Home Stretch" for Halloween and Vine! It's been insanely busy since I discovered that box of broken jacks a couple of weeks ago, as I've been making replacements as fast as I can. Which is not as fast as you think, because jacks are a very detailed, pain in the ass kind of thing to make! (Honestly, what was I thinking when I started doing these? ;))
But the kiln gods and the other ones have been good to me, and everything else has been falling into place relatively easily. Take my new tutu, for instance.I bought the fabric over a year ago when I was visiting family in L.A. My dad and I usually take a trip downtown for Mexican food, and I asked him if we could head over to the Garment District (now known as the Fashion District) to get some fabric. I wanted an adult tutu for Hallowe'en and Hallowe'en events, and I knew I could find someone to make it for me, somewhere! We bought a buttload of tulle, and I bought some other fabric for millinery, because I don't have enough bank-account-draining hobbies to do, apparently...
But then I started getting busy, and I couldn't find anyone to do the job for less than $200.00. I totally understood why, I just couldn't justify spending the money.
So then I started to get busy with the season, and didn't have time to attend to it. Last month rolls around, and I thought, "O.K. You've got this show coming up, and it'll be fun to finally get this done!" I pulled some pics of what I wanted off the net and took them in to Alterations Express.
I showed Debbie the pics. "Can you do this?" She looked at it. "Sure!"
I love her!
Through several fittings and adjustments, three separate women worked on my tutu/ball skirt. They were all really excited about it and constantly told me how much fun they were having with designing it and putting it together. (I ordered a black corset top to go with it, which actually arrived yesterday.)
Then, it was done!
I literally jumped up and down, I was so pleased! (I never got to be a ballerina when I was a kid, so I guess this kind of makes up for it!) The ladies who worked on it laughed at me and Debbie, the owner, grabbed me by the hand and dragged me next door to show her neighbors what she and her ladies had made for me. She was very proud!
They completed it with time to spare and for far less than $200.00. It fits great and I couldn't be happier!