With a deadline of the 17th she'd asked me to make this corset with over a fortnight to go until it would be collected. This is plenty of time to make a corset usually - I've made a few in a day & most in two sewing days, the time consuming part being ordering pre-cut bones once I know what size they need to be then waiting up to a week for them to be delivered. These days I have bulk rolls of boning & just cut off what I need then add end caps. It's a little extra work but saves a whole heap of time & money, slim-lining the whole corset making process & putting the schedule back in my own hands.
Of course, as soon as my M.E heard I was going to be busy it decided it was having none of it! The first week was spent entirely in bed apart from my birthday* when I managed to get out of the house for a few hours.** Week two started off catching up on all the Ebay & Etsy orders, making sure everyone who'd ordered got their goodies in a reasonable time. Of course, once I'd made, printed, cut, packed & posted I was yet again no good to anyone & stuck in bed. As ill as I was I knew I had that deadline looming so forced myself to the sewing machine with the help of a few extra drugs & Adam supplying me with tea & maybe a few cheeky beers.
For a limited time only, I'd managed to fight back against the M.E & get things done. Done in smaller chunks of time than would have been optimal & whilst feeling lousy, but in my eyes I won. I was just completing the last bit of hand stitching when my customer arrived to pick it up.
Take that M.E!
I know there'll be payback but you know what, that's fine, because for once it's on my terms.
* 21 again! :p
**We had a lovely meal at Wong Ting, thanks for asking ;)