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20 October 2008 @ 09:10 am
Sometimes you just have to jump off the cliff  
Today, I mean to finish the second chapter of Consort, and finish writing the synopsis for Nemesis, so it can get off to my lovely volunteer beta reader. Well, and so I can be done writing the thing and no longer feel the need to bang my head on my keyboard repeatedly.

I'm actually doing the synopsis first, because if I don't, I'll just work on Consort and it will never get done. And it needs to get done. Some agents want a synopsis with the initial query, and I've received another rejection, meaning it's time to send out more queries. Plus, I lucked out when the agent with the partial request didn't ask for a synopsis - in fact, expressly asked not to get one. Usually, it's standard to send one with your chapters. Meanwhile, the agent with the full manuscript has asked for one. Definitely time to get the synopsis finished!

In the meantime, I had to do some major surgery on my bodice this weekend. As in, I tried one thing to make it fit right in the neckline and that failed miserably, leaving me with very little room to do anything else. I was staring at it in the mirror, at a complete loss, and thought if only I could cut off these damned straps, all of my problems would go away. Wait a minute...why couldn't I??

Excepting the fact that doing alterations to - much less cutting up - a completely finished bodice, is complete and utter lunacy. You're much better off just starting completely over. Of course, I don't have time to start over. So I packed up my dress and took it all over to my friend L's house. And together we fit and measured and cut until I think I have something that will work. It no longer laces up totally straight in the back - without the shoulder straps, the top grommets pull closer together than they used to, making the lacing an inverted V shape. In fact, we had to cut off the top three grommets on each side because they flat out overlapped. This required removing boning and putting in shorter lengths. The entire operation took about an hour, and now I am left sewing up the new edges and re-hand sewing on all the trim...and then we shall see. If it doesn't work, I will cry. It was painful enough cutting up my pretty bodice, taking off all of my beautiful hand sewn trim - but no matter how pretty it looks, if it doesn't fit/lay right when fully laced on, all of your efforts are for naught anyway.

But still, cutting it up was one of the hardest sewing things I've ever had to do. The neckline will no longer be precisely 18th century, either, but with the sleeves on it still looks good enough to suit me.

And...hmm. There was something else I was going to post about, and now with going over the whole affair of my bodice, I've forgotten.
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