Wow, the last two days have been simply dizzying... in a good way, I assure you!!
On Friday, I packed up my entries for the Montgomery County Fair and headed over to the fairgrounds to register them in the Home Arts category. I had six entries altogether (and I'll write about them in a separate post). I got there right as the registration desk opened at 2pm. It took a while to get my entries written up, and then because I was nervous about it being damaged, I carried the Jafar costume (on a dress form) into the exhibit hall so I could be sure it was set up safely.
While I was getting it all arranged, two of the building volunteers approached me. "Have you heard about Project G Street?" one asked.
Yes, I said, I had heard about it but didn't enter. "Well," she continued, "Audrey here had a team member drop out suddenly and is looking for a replacement. Would you be interested?"
Project G Street was a new event this year at the County Fair. Eight teams of three would spend a day creating outfits using only fabric gleaned from a pile donated by G Street Fabrics. Teams were also given a $25 gift certificate to G Street to purchase things like zippers and buttons. The teams gathered on Thursday evening to pick their fabrics and get the theme: "The Sophisticated Fair-Goer." They were supposed to design their outfits, then choose patterns and notions on Friday. Teams were not permitted to use anything from home other than sewing machines, tools and thread. Sewing would take place on Saturday starting at 9:00 a.m. and concluding at 6:00 p.m. with a Runway show in the Home Arts Building.
So here it was, about 3:00 pm Friday, and I was peppering Audrey with questions. Did she have much sewing experience? (Yes, some) Who else was on the team? (Her 12-year-old daughter) Had she already chosen the fabrics and garment design? (Yes, sketches and fabrics were in her car) Would she be the model because I had no desire to do the runway walk? (Sure)
I warned her that I can have a tendency to be bossy and competitive in situations like this, and when she said that wouldn't faze her, I agreed to help.
Yeah, I'm nuts.
We went out to her car and looked over what she had. I told her I have completely forgotten how to alter commercial patterns and said I'd much prefer drafting something with PMB. She was fine with that, so I measured her right there in the parking lot (got some interesting looks from the security guard, too!). Then I headed home to start drafting the patterns and gather my sewing stuff together, as we had to deliver all our supplies to the hall before 8pm.
By about 6pm I was back in the hall with all my gear and eight huge pages of printouts from my plotter, with patterns for a knit top, pants, jacket, purse and hat. Audrey and I put our heads together to figure out what else was needed and I gave her a shopping list for G Street for that evening. Then I headed home to get some sleep and prepare for the coming day's insanity.
We finished with just five minutes to spare... the only thing that we just couldn't get to was adding the purple piping to the jacket.
So who won?
As for me, I get the satisfaction of having taught Audrey some sewing tricks, but even more than that, I think I've found a new friend! We got along so well all throughout the day and were always laughing, so it really made the hours just fly by. She's already told me she wants to do it again next year, and she wants to team up with me again. I'm in!