Sorry I have posted in a while. Things have been absolutely crazy here in the last week. We have been going gangbusters trying to get this show finished. Not sure if you saw my facebook post but in 5 days with the help of 2 part time people I/we managed to draft 8 patterns and then cut and sew 36 tunics, 10 tanks, 14 pairs of pants, 3 long skirts and 9 short skirts. And we were done in time to do all of the fittings on Sat. afternoon. 36 fittings done in 2 hours in the sweltering heat! Crazy!
Now we are frantically trying to finish everything for our preview on Friday evening. Every new day brings with it interesting and unique challenges. For example, yesterday morning we still had several items to finish for the press conference in the afternoon. We arrived to work bright and early only to find that they were burying the power lines in the building and so our entire workshop was covered in a thick layer of fine plaster-type dust and we had absolutely no power. For the rest of the morning the power went on and off with no notice as the carpenter kept trying to make the lights work. This also makes it very difficult to use a sewing machine safely. Finally we got an electrician called in and by about 1pm we had the power back up and running. We got the stuff done and the press conference went quite well.
Overall, in wardrobe we have 80 separate items to complete and we have 31 finished as of first thing Wed morning. We have made leaps and bounds in the last couple of days and I have the utmost confidence that things will work out great and we will all be ready by Friday.
I think we are all looking forward to seeing the friendly faces of Robbin and Mary-Ann today - which I think will help to re-energize the troops. It's been a stressful few days but I think everyone is starting to see everything starting to come together as we push forward the rest of this week.
I don't know if I will be able to post much until the show is over (right now I am sneaking this blog in while I am sitting in a production meeting! :) I'll try to recap as much as possible afterwards though - with hopefully a bunch of pictures to accompany it.
A week from today we head home and I am already starting to feel the mixture of excitement to see everyone at home but intense sadness to leave all of our new friends here. Before I get more weepy I'll sign off.
Wish us luck.....