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I got home from rehearsal 45 mins early yesterday (which meant I got home at about 9:50pm), and made the possibly irresponsible decision to watch at least part of the movie due back at the library today while I cut out pieces for the Beauty and the Beast dress. I was going to just watch half the movie, and just cut the skirt, but then that turned into the whole movie and the whole dress and going to bed just after midnight. Whoops. But at least it's cut out!

My goal for this afternoon is to assemble the entire dress except the zipper (since I'm not going to Joanns till tomorrow). Hopefully I'll even do the hem. And I want to cut out all the organdy pieces for class. I'm thinking that if I cut all that out, I'll be better able to figure out how much muslin I need for all the class pieces, too. I don't think I have much (if any) muslin in the stash, so that will have to wait till after I hit Joanns as well. Then I can cut out the rest of the pieces on Saturday. And pack. And drop off all the stuff that's too big to pack to my roommate, who is driving down and luckily only lives a little over an hour away from me. 

2015 Recap

Dec. 31st, 2015 08:36 pm
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Hmm, just off the top of my head, I certainly haven't done much since CoCo. Maybe going through everything, I'll realize I was actually productive this year?

These were my goals:
1. 1831 Archery dress Done!
2. 1829 Orange ballgown Done!
3. Corded petticoat to go with both of the above dresses Done!
4. 1830s bathing suit Done!
5. Professor Trelawney artistic reform gown for the CosCol Ice Cream Social This got switched to the green and cream bustle gown
6. Daniel Deronda riding habit (already have the fabric) Still have the fabric. Maybe I'll actually make it this year?
7. Little Red costume from Into the Woods Done!
8. Striped silk bustle gown. (Or maybe a sack-back. I found silk at Hancocks today for $8/yd, and I'm determined to not let it sit in the stash.) Yeah... That silk is sitting in the stash...
9. Handsewn 1860s gown. At this point, I'm still determined to do this fully handsewn, so who knows when/if I'll ever finish it. If I let myself do it by machine, I'm sure I would have finished it months ago... Still on the list. I just haven't had the time/patience for that much hand-sewing.

And this was what I accomplished. )

So overall, I guess that wasn't too bad. I definitely need to start sewing again soon if I'm going to be at all on track for CoCo though!
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I finished Belle on Friday morning and shipped her off. Thank goodness! Here's a couple pics - I'll have better ones from my customer eventually. I just hope it fits!









My parents have been in town since last weekend, so I've been spending most of the rest of the time with them, and not sewing, but last night, I did pattern the bodice for Little Red. Hopefully tonight I'll be able to cut it out and maybe even sew it together and get most of that out of the way. Of course, I do still have to make the cape - I haven't even bought the fabric yet - but I'm trying to get the easiest stuff out of the way first, since that bustle gown bodice is going to be no picnic to pattern. 
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I am sooo close to being done with being done with Belle. Yesterday, I inserted the zipper, sewed the two CB boning channels, re-did the lace on the bertha, attached the bertha, and sewed h&e's on the bertha closure. All that is left on this entire project is to bind the bottom of the bodice, and sew on the three rosettes to the CF of the bertha. And ship it, which I'm hoping to do tomorrow, since I'm off work. I'm finally seeing Inside Out tonight, but afterwards, I figure I have time to finish up the bodice.

I need to work on my own stuff!
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Apparently I haven't posted in a while.

I did sew last weekend. I got Belle to a point where she basically just needs the zipper put in, the bottom of the bodice then needs to be bound, and I need to finish and attach the bertha. Then I need to figure out how to ship that giant thing! I am so ready to be done with this project. Then I have about two weeks to sew everything for CoCo, and then start the other Belle commission (if they ever get the contract back to me, that is).

The reason that I haven't sewn or posted much, though, was that 1776 opened and closed this weekend. It was an amazing success - better, I think, than we ever expected. We had around 450 people who pre-reserved tickets for our four performances, and I don't even know how many who purchased at the door. We were able to pay all our actors more than we had originally anticipated, and I think we still made enough money that we can put some aside for a future production. And everyone who saw it absolutely loved it. The outpouring of support and praise has been almost overwhelming, and I'm so sad that it's done now!

My parents came up to see the show on Sat and Sun, and absolutely loved it, and they're staying through next weekend. Unfortunately, I'm not off work this week until Friday, so hopefully they'll be able to amuse themselves, and hopefully I'll still manage to finish Belle even while they're here.

And just so I have it as a reminder, this is what I need to finish for Coco:
1. Bodice for green/ivory bustle gown
2. 1831 bathing suit (I did finally wind up purchasing all the fabric for it)
3. Finish Little Red, which means make the bodice and the cape
4. Alter back closure of my gala gown so my roommate doesn't have to pin me in where it's too big at the top. 
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I feel like this Belle project will never end! This weekend, I put the waistband on the overskirt, sewed rhinestones onto the six flowers for the skirt, and sewed the flowers onto the skirt. Then I started on the bodice. I altered an old princess-seamed bodice pattern, cut out my 16 pieces (interlining and velvet layer), and then got to work on the stamping of the velvet pieces. Once that was finished, I sewed all the bodice pieces together, then resewed them, since this pattern had the bust soooo low. It was pretty comical. So I had to do several changes on all the pattern shapes, but it seems to work fine now. Luckily, I managed to borrow a small size dress form off a neighbor for the week, because I was having such a hard time figuring out how to reshape those pieces without anything to fit it on. Once I had them sorted, I sewed in all my boning channels into the interlining, and pinned and sewed the two layers together at the top. I had to unpick about half of it, though, since this velvet is so ridiculously shifty.

Clearly, I didn't get anywhere close to finishing the bodice, which is a definite bummer, and since we're less than two weeks out from the show at this point, I'm not going to get to sew again until Friday night. And now I really do have a deadline, because I have to give the dressform back on Sunday! I also realized, once I was able to actually get the skirts on the dressform, that I need to re-hem the base layer of the underskirt, and I need to release and/or tighten several of the ruched seams. I need more time!! :(

But since I was also able to borrow the dressform, I took some pics:

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I've managed to squeeze in a little sewing this week. I didn't have rehearsal after work on Tuesday, though I did teach a sewing lesson. But afterwards, I came home and finished sewing the tapes to the ruching. I also realized I would have to do a hand-hem on the over layer, so I started that and got about 1.5 panels done before going to bed. Yesterday, although I did have rehearsal, I knew I'd have some down time, since we were running a bunch of smaller scenes, so I decided to bring the over layer with me. And I finished the whole hem! At this point, all I have left on the skirts is the waistband, then it's on to the bodice. I don't have that much going on this weekend (one 2-hour sewing lesson and one 4-hour rehearsal), so I think I'm going to try to push myself to maybe finish the whole bodice. We'll see.

And I can't believe we're two weeks away from opening night! I don't think any of you live in the Seattle area, but if you do, you should definitely come see this show. In case you've missed my million previous posts about it, it's an all-female production of 1776 (which is about the writing of the Declaration of Independence). I'm playing Edward Rutledge, delegate from South Carolina, and I'm also one of the producers, the choreographer, and am styling a few wigs for it. We welcome people dressing up in 18th c costume, too! Here's the link for tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1347831

June Faire

Jun. 8th, 2015 11:27 am
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I didn't get much sewing done this weekend, but I did get to go to a Faire! It's called June Faire, and it was hosted by the SCA over in Port Gamble, which is a cute little Victorian town across the sound. My bf and [livejournal.com profile] theladysarah and I attended. I haven't been to a faire since Sarah and I went to one almost two years ago!

I decided I needed to upgrade my outfit (the navy velvet doublet gown I've been wearing for almost every faire since fall 2010), so I finally added the sleeves I had planned for it in the first place. In fact, when I went to go see what fabric I had left over from the original project, I found that the only remaining pieces of velvet were seven strips already cut and hemmed into panes, plus two longer serged strips, and that all the gold fabric left was already cut and serged into narrow strips as well. So I was able to make three-paned sleeves, with a band at the bottom. I think it improves the look.

Despite being on the water, it was soooo hot in the sun. Just as a reminder to those of you in the rest of the country, Seattle rarely gets above 80 degrees even in the middle of summer. Well it was at least 82-84 I think on Saturday (yesterday it got to 89!), so wearing that big heavy velvet gown for the first time in almost two years was rather unpleasant in the sun. Thank goodness I brought my parasol and fan! The shade wasn't too bad, though, and we all had a lot of fun. My bf had attempted to make a whole crusader outfit in about 1.5 weeks or so before the faire, and unfortunately did not get it into a wearable state, so I was so glad to see him still enjoying himself at his first faire!



More pictures under the cut! )


As far as Belle goes, I did get almost all the twill tapes sewn onto the ruched seams in both overskirt layers - I think I have two left to go. There's not too much more to do on the skirt, though I'm about 80% positive that the hem on the upper layer will have to be done by hand. But other than the hem, I just have the waistband to do, and sewing on the ribbon flowers. Then it's on to the bodice. Other than rehearsal on Sunday, I don't have any other plans this coming weekend, so I really really want to try and finish the whole thing by the end of Sunday. I need this done! 
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I got a fair amount done on Belle this weekend. I haven't started the bodice yet, but the overskirt is nearing completion. I have to hem the bottom pouf part of the over-part of the overskirt, and all of the drawn up seams on both layers need to have their length set and be backed with twill tape. But then it's just the waistband and done!

Of course, then I still have the bodice to do...



In other news, the archery event I hosted was on Saturday! We had a small turn-out, but it worked really well for the space, and was so much fun! I definitely want to do this again. Here's my favorite pics:




Of course, we were having so much fun that I forgot to reproduce the fashion plate, but at least now I can say I've actually done archery in my archery dress!

Oh, and in other other news, I've taken on another sewing student, and we're working on fun princess stuff, and I started my first student on her first project. She was really excited with her binding yesterday, which made me happy. 
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I wasn't called for rehearsal yesterday, so I got to sew! I have now finished (basically) the under-part of the overskirt. I also cut out the bands for the bottom of the over-part of the overskirt, as well as the waistband, and serged all those pieces.

Sounds confusing? There's a lot of pieces to this skirt. So here's a picture instead:


I wish I could work on the overskirt with the underskirt on Antoinette, but unfortunately, once I put the waistband on these things, there's no way they can fit the form. Once we get a house, and I can actually have a full sewing room (instead of part of the living room), I'm going to get a smaller form to fit all these commissions.

I'm only called for about 20 mins of rehearsal today, so I think I should be able to get some more work done on Belle.
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I feel like I worked so much on Belle this weekend, but have so little to show for it. I guess a big part of that is because I spent nearly six hours just embossing the velvet. But I got all the overskirt velvet pieces cut out (12 pieces total - and I had no idea how slippery and devilish silk/rayon velvet would be!). And I stamped the six underlayer pieces. All the pieces are sewn together, too, and I started on the hem of the underlayer.

Here's a pic of the first couple stamped panels:


There's still a lot to do, which is unfortunate, as I start 1776 rehearsals tonight (squee!). But that means there will almost definitely be no sewing happening till Friday evening. And then this Saturday is archery, so there might be a little time to sew in the evening, but that's it. And Sunday I teach two 2-hour sewing lessons, and then a 1776 dance rehearsal (I'm the choreographer, too). But I'm determined that by the end of June, I will at least finish Belle, plus either Little Red or the bustle gown bodice. Because then in July I have to make Belle #2!

Overskirt!

May. 22nd, 2015 08:24 am
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I (basically) finished the overskirt for the bustle gown last night! I put the green bias trim on the back of the drape, and then I sewed everything on the waistband. That was the confusing part - usually I make side-opening bustle skirts/drapes, but I couldn't with this because of the way the front curves up. It had to be a back opening. But because of the back drape, I couldn't make a CB opening in the back piece. So it actually came out like a bit of a wrap skirt. The waistband starts on the left side, with the end of the back piece, goes all the way around, overlaps over that end, and ends in the CB. I still have to add the hooks and eyes, and the three bustle tapes (which are pinned to length in the picture), but that shouldn't take long at all. I'll probably do them first thing when I get home, because then it's on to Belle, since the velvet arrived yesterday.

But first, pictures!


You can kind of see the CB opening in this picture:



I also dyed the velvet for Belle's skirt last night. It came out soooo perfect! This is what I wanted with the other half of the velvet. They do appear to be two different shades of yellow on the skirt in the parks, too, but the other piece I did is just so lemon. I might try again to re-dye it - maybe adding some orange to the batch (which is what I did yesterday). Tonight, though, will be cutting out the stamped skirt pieces, and then doing all the stamping. 
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It's done, except for about 1" that I have to resew (where you see the little pin dots), and it still needs hooks and bars. I didn't feel like taking it off Antoinette to finish those yet, though. It's really hard to get on her, because the waist opening is small enough that I have to take her boobs off! But anyway, here's a pic. Unfortunately, I took the picture without my glasses on, and in bad lighting, so not only did I cut off one side, but I think it literally caught one sequin in the picture. The lace is has sequins sprinkled all over.

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I didn't finish the underskirt, but I did work on it! I got the organza layer all sewn on, and I even took a pic. Underneath the organza will be a layer of ruffled lace, which I will be adding tonight (thereby finally finishing the underskirt!)

The pic looks weird, mostly because the skirt is far too small to fit on Antoinette, so I've pinned it to her at the waist (though she is wearing the hoops which will be worn underneath. I've also included a pic of what this will look like when it's done!


Oh, and the punch I ordered on Etsy for the Little Red cloak came. It doesn't work. 
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I didn't wind up getting in to the movie yesterday, despite getting there over an hour early, which means I had a little time to sew once I got home. I gathered the organza, sewed the lace panels together, and gathered the lace. That means that tonight, I should be able to sew both of those on the skirt, thereby finishing the underskirt!

I also managed to finish my book last night. It was really good, and I'm hoping there will be a sequel, because I feel like it left a lot unanswered. It's called Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. A very intriguiging book!

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I skipped out on the theatre thing I had planned to attend yesterday, which meant I had some time to work on Belle (and go grocery shopping). So at this point, all of the organza panels are sewn together and hemmed. That means they're ready to be gathered! I think I'm going to gather them separately from the lace panels, because I want them to have more chance to pouf. I still have to sew the lace panels together, but there's only two, and since the lace doesn't fray, I don't have to finish the top edge (the bottom edge is the selvage). Which is good, because the less sewing I have to do on fabric that contains sequins, the better! I already noticed some sequins hiding out on the floor - nothing like the mess that Elsa created, but then again, there's less sequins here and they're much smaller.

I'm seeing Pitch Perfect 2 tonight, so no sewing will happen, but I think I'm actually free after work every other day this week, so hopefully the skirt will be finished shortly. If I can finish it before the velvet arrives, then I'll actually have a little window of time to work on projects for me!

Remember how a month ago I was feeling so cocky about what little I have to do before Costume College? Yeah. I don't feel that way anymore...
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I've switched gears, and in what little sewing time I've had this week, I've been working on the Belle commission. So far, I have the underskirt nearing completion. The base skirt itself is done, and I've dyed and cut the silk organza, and cut the lace for the ruffled tiers. I think it's going to look really pretty! I've only just draped the fabrics over the base skirt so far, but the pale yellow organza looks really nice over the lace and base skirt. Right now, I'm in the process of sewing together the organza panels, then I have to hem them all, gather them with the lace, and attach them to the base skirt. Then the underskirt will be done, and it will be on to stamping all the velvet.

I have also done a little bit more smocking on Little Red, though it has definitely slowed down this last week. But I think I have one more row left before it will be long enough to cut. Unfortunately, that means I will have to find some other project to take on the bus for handsewing!

One of the reasons I haven't had much time, though, is that I've started giving my sewing lessons. I've already had two lessons with one of the students, and one with the other student. They're both coming along quite nicely, and I think we'll probably be into projects soon. But between work, theatre (though luckily, rehearsals for 1776 don't start for two more weeks), and the sewing lessons, it's very hard to find time to actually sew!

CADD Again

Apr. 27th, 2015 09:27 am
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I'm working on three projects right now! Which is kind of nice, to be honest.

Bustle gown:
I worked on the ruched ruffle layer of the bustle skirt this weekend. It's hemmed on both sides, and I've sewn all the gathering threads, but I haven't pulled them all up yet. I did do one section, just so I can see how it looks, and I like it. I left a little ruffle on the bottom, too, which will go underneath the other ruffle section, and hopefully help to pouf it out even more. I also purchased ivory cotton sateen for the bodice, and I got my fringe trim, too, which means I (hopefully) have everything I need for this one now, except maybe the lavendar ribbon. Here's a pic of my ruched section:



Belle:
I haven't fiddled any more with the dye yet, but I think I'm going to. Actually, Rit, after hearing the lack of results I had with the color remover, offered to fix it for me, but it would take 2-3 weeks, and I'm hoping to have this done by the end of May. So I'm going to try one more time, and then I'll either send it to Rit, or just buy new fabric and keep this in the stash for some other project down the road. But I did do a stamping test! Before I tore apart the fancy new stamp, I tested it with a random stamp I had with my art supplies - it stamped really well, but the stamp bled red onto the fabric. Because it stamped out nicely, I tore apart the fancy rose stamp, and tested that one out, too, and it didn't bleed, so hopefully that means it just won't bleed ever! It looks really cool, though! Here's a pic:


Little Red:
Still working away on the smocking. I'm pretty much only doing it while I'm either on the bus, or waiting for the bus, so it's proceeding somewhat slowly, but it's a nice hand project to keep me occupied. And a pic of that:
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Bustle gowns take sooooo much fabric.

I think I had previously purchased somewhere between 5 and 7 yds of the green cotton for Trelawney. As it turns out, I need at least 5-6 yds more. And that's just for the skirt/sleeves/trimming! I also need to get 4-5 yds of whatever I'm using for the cream. Plus I need fringe. So much for this being a stash project!

That said, The skirt is done except for the ruffles. It even has a hem!

Oh, and I'm more than halfway done with my Little Red smocking.

And my rose stamp arrived for the Belle fabric today, so I think I'm going to touch up the color a bit, and start testing out my embossing skills!
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Gah! I started working on Belle last night by dyeing the silk/rayon velvet. But apparently, silk/rayon velvet absorbs dye like crazy, because literally all I did was dip it in and immediately pull it back out, and it turned old-Belle yellow (aka bright) instead of new-Belle yellow (aka butter). So I guess I'll have to pick up some dye remover and try to lighten it to the right shade, or at least a light enough color that I can redye (with apparently only a drop of dye in the water!). I might test-heat-stamp a corner anyway, just to see if it works at all. The stamp I ordered hasn't arrived yet, but I found a random rubber stamp at home.

I have also been working more on smocking. I smocked while waiting for the bus after work yesterday, and smocked on the bus to work this morning. I think I'm a little over halfway done. And I cut out the pattern for the rest of the bodice yesterday. 

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