I've been beading steadily since 21 June. That's five solid weeks. Construction of the dress is included, but that didn't take much. I've stayed up later than usual most of that time. I've also had relatively few social commitments. I've spent a lot of time on it! And only the bodice beading is done.
There is more beading to be done at the joins, now that it's on the bodice. Plus the hem, and the net inserts in the neckline, and fixing the pannier where it's only pinned (i.e. most of the place - Does anyone have spare 1/2" boning tips? I need two and just cannot stand to order only that!). Tomorrow I'm travelling, so effectively I'll only have two days to finish the dress itself AND bead the skirt AND fix the things on the pannier that are just pinned. It's just not going to happen. And I'm so tired.
I was starting to debate the areas on the skirt that I could just outline, and come back later to fill in. And worry about how to deal with the different sizes of hoops, and finding a good beading station when I'm not at home. I've been headachey for several days from the beading + tension. And when I was fitting on the beaded places, I could see crooked places that happened when I got in a hurry.
It makes me sad to not have this finished. Ego is totally a part of that. But it makes me even sadder to think of this lovely dress finishing with a whimper.
So it's a huge relief to not have to kill myself to get this done. I can do a quality job on all the finishing things, which will make me happy. The design is very complete without the skirt part. I doubt that anyone who hasn't seen the original will see anything missing.
llyrafantasyfae and I are already planning to wear fully-finished dresses at Costume College next year. So we'll be all complete then! I might also have a bag, too. I was going to get something, but I ran out of time and budget.
I feel so relieved now. Regretful, but relieved.