January in Review
It was January. It's that reclusive, dark and bitterly cold time of year where all you want to do is hide indoors with a good cup of tea, an enthralling story and a warm cuddly blanket. Yet, I've been surprised this new year. I have said "hola" to the great El Niño that is warming Canada and bringing our temperatures, at times, to ten degrees above average. It's both confusing and awesome when you wake up in January to rain on your windowpane and crocuses popping up in the garden. Seriously! But not every day has been that good. Two days ago I went to run errands and the bitter cold wind had me sobbing like a little girl. It's snowed intermittently, yet it seldom stays very long. This is the kind of winter I could get used to.
I had planned on vegging out early in the month but I was called back into work for an extra six days. Sadly, I still don't have enough hours to qualify for employment insurance. I was pretty pissed but my fiancé felt worse. I'm only a week short. I could still get that week, but it does feel as though I'm chasing this impossible window set out by the government. Every month that passes I need more shifts to compensate for it. Thankfully when I worked at the clinic February was our down month, so I if I get another week or two of factory work I could qualify for EI. It would be awfully nice if I did get it because every little bit helps, especially in a season where nobody is hiring.
I managed to get some sewing done early in the month. I've completed a skirt and I'm working on the tutorial for you guys. I hope someone finds it to their liking. I've also been sewing my wedding dress. Now, I already have a dress, but it needs repairs and to be dry cleaned. I'm worried it won't survive the dry cleaners, as sometimes they don't know how to take care of wedding dresses and they totally ruin them. I would like to be prepared for that possibility, so I've set out on a mission to make a "backup" wedding dress.
I've been using salvaged materials from an 80's wedding dress that I bought during my undergrad. It only cost me $8. I also got some free bridal satin from a garage sale last summer, which has been a tremendous help. It's cost me about $150 for the tulle, lining, lace, muslin and all of the other materials. Eventually I might need to buy a few more meters of tulle and some boning for the corselette. Even at that, a whopping $200 for a handmade, fitted wedding dress is still pretty damn good. Especially when you consider that I can repair the other two wedding dresses I have and sell them for $200 each, I'd have my "backup" wedding dress completely paid off! :) And if you're wondering, the other two dresses I have stashed I paid $60 and $8 for. I didn't blow a few thousand bucks per dress, I don't have that kind of money lol. They just need some repairs and love and care and they'll be as good as new.
I have yet to finish the backup dress, but I really love what I'm seeing so far. I'm going to base it off of the Lazaro 3108, the lace belt will be different, and it will be made of diamond white satin. I've loved this dress for ages, but $3500 USD (nearly $5000 CAD) is a lot of money for a dress. I'll be posting pics of both my handmade dress and the purchased gown so I can compare them. If I'm stuck between them I'll ask your opinions on which looks best.
|This is the Lazaro wedding dress that I'm going to knock off!|
Health & Wellness
I've been fairly unwell for the last month and a half. There's this weird stabbing pain in my back, and there are pains in my front left side. I was worried I had a UTI or kidney infection. I've been to three different doctors, had multiple tests run and given two different antibiotics and so far nothing. At this point I need to see an internist to have my digestive tract looked at and see if it's related to the bowels. I'm due to see my gyno in Feb, just in case the pains and illness are post-op related. Everyday for the last two weeks I've awoken with the feeling of gut rot, like after binge drinking. I've been eating healthy, or at least when I have an appetite... it's hard to feel hungry when you feel like you're going to hurl.
I'm amazed I actually sewed something this month. I made sure it was a small enough project to complete in a timely manner, mind you, it wasn't easy. There was a lot of trial and error. I think for the future months I'll continue to set small goals and hopefully I'll successfully build myself a new wardrobe this year. I won't be sewing my wedding dress all the while, only in increments. I don't want to make it right now, only to find out by August that I've gained or lost too much weight to wear it. My plan is to have it completed by May or June. If I don't finish it by early summer I'll probably get called into work and won't have enough personal time to finish it. I have one or two larger projects that I still would like to finish but I'm not sure when I can squeeze them into my schedule. For the spring I want to focus on knitwear because it's not something I'm familiar with. As for blog posts, I do plan on making more of them. I don't want this poor little blog to go neglected, but I have been busy, so please excuse my absence. ♥