April 1st — Start to Finish

Start to Finish

This week was the end of two big projects and the start of one.

I finished Kyle’s wedding dress with two weeks to go.  Phew! Once I’d finished removing all traces of 1980’s Victorian splendor and was ready to rebuild it as Kyle’s dress I couldn’t take scissors to the crazy expensive lace fabric.  I had to sit down with my head between my knees and pray for guidance. Never underestimate the power of prayer because the dress is complete, fits like I knew what I was doing and she’s beautiful.

When he saw Kyle in it Tom confessed he had no idea what the dress would look like or if I’d be able to make it in the time we had.  I had to tell him I didn’t know what it would look like either since we just sort of made it up as we went along. I was able to repurpose more of the original dress than I thought, the outer layer of chiffon with rows and rows of ruffles and lace is now the lining, with a few layers of frills removed it works perfectly.

I still have to hem my dress which is so long I think it was made for a basketball playing cross dressing man.  We’ve cut off enough from the three skirts to use the fabric as part of the table decorations.

Buying that dress was the star crossed unicorn sighting of frugality.  Kyle and I were at JoAnn’s buying wedding dress supplies and popped into the Plato’s Closet next door.  I wasn’t too worried about finding anything since I had the dress I wore to her university graduation in England where Prince Charles (President of the University board) might have been on hand to hand out diplomas.  If you want dress buying anxiety shop when you think Royalty will be in the neighborhood to see you in your purchase.

So with Plan B hanging in my closet I confidently parted the waters of a store full of teen bargain shoppers there for Plato’s “Fill a Bag Sale”.  Spotted two possibilities on the prom dress rack. One, a navy that looked like Audrey Hepburn wore it in Breakfast at Tiffany’s was a size 6. Wishful thinking I know but I grabbed it to try on.  The second dress was at least four sizes bigger than I normally wear. I said no, Kyle holding it up to me said yes.

Audrey was a NO.  No surprise there, but Kyle’s pick fit perfectly.  I wasn’t sure, Kyle checks the price tag $25. There was no way she was letting me out of the dressing room before I said yes to the dress.  She was not repeating the Prince Charles shopping marathon. So we wait in a line stretching to the back of the store where I discover the dress is now 70% off.  That’s right, I paid $7.95 for the second dress I tried on to be mother of the bride. It still had the original tags on and we looked it up on line and found I’d paid about what the tax would have been if I’d paid the manufacturer’s suggested retail price.  I followed it up with the eureka moment of a pair of unworn navy pumps at Goodwill.

I splurged and blew every bit of dress buying frugal serendipity in that one purchase but I think it will be worth it.

The other project coming to a close is frost seeding Kimball.  Three 50 gallon drums of seed are now spread and waiting to germinate.  Not as exciting as dress success but satisfying when the cows have a new green pasture to enjoy.

That leaves me time to spring clean.  Kyle started with her room and the rest of upstairs.  Tomorrow I can wash all the curtains and hang them out, when they come back in they will smell heavenly.  Detergent manufacturers add any amount of perfumes to their products but nothing beats the scent of freshly washed laundry that’s hung outside in sun on a breezy spring day to dry.

What are your spring plans?  Candy


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