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My Snow White wig arrived! It's not as full as I was hoping, since the Designer Disney Snow White hair is very full, but I think it will work okay. 

Also, I realized I forgot to post about this weekend - I took part in a fashion show on Saturday afternoon, with some of the other ladies from the Puget Sound Historical Costumers Guild. It was entertainment during a tea hosted by the Kent Historical Society, so we were representing the years around the time when the house it was held in was built. I wore my old 1903 dress, and it made me realize that I really want to make an s-bend corset and a new outfit to go over it. You can definitely tell this is one of my older outfits (I made it in summer 2011, I think just before my first CoCo, and it is lot's of poly chiffon and obviously serged edges). 


Nov. 24th, 2015 09:09 pm
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Well that puts a damper on things. I was going to try on the old Edwardian ufo tonight, so I went to go see if I had any old LJ posts about what exactly I was doing with the project. And apparently, the sleeves were going to be the same purple chiffon as the middle layer of skirt.

Except, I have no idea where/if I have any more of the purple chiffon. I looked in as many places as I could think of, and nothing. The extra bit of gold chiffon that I had originally found last week turns out to be the sash, not the fabric for the sleeves.

So... yeah... I don't think this costume is happening. Which is annoying, because it means it will remain a ufo forever! Maybe I'll find it while I'm packing? Or of course, it could still be in CA. Because I have made two moves since I last worked on this. Not a good sign.

In other sewing news, we've decided to use my Ravenclaw bustle for my caroling costume, sans bustle. So tonight, I took up the skirt towards the top, so that the seam won't show from underneath the apron drape. I just did a giant tuck with a 3.5 stitch length, so it will be easy to take down later. I think I took it up about 7.5" in the cb! I guess that's what a bustle will do for you. 
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I'm going to a preview event of the first episode of the new season of Downton Abbey on Dec 9th, and I'm going to have to come straight from work, which creates some problems. Namely, the main problem is that the only Downton-era outfit I own is my 1912 blue skirt and white blouse. It's rather summery, but I could add a fur coat while I'm on the bus, and be okay. But that's the real problem - I will be bussing from work to the venue, and my Edwardian hat is not at all suitable for rush-hour bus travel (in the fact that it's about 27" wide.

However, my only other option would be finishing the 1912 dinner dress that I started in 2012, and has since been languishing as a UFO. It's actually quite a bit more complete than I had remembered it to be, though I don't at all know what the fit is like. I also knew a lot less about sewing then, and at the very least, the serged chiffon hems on two of the three skirt layers will have to be improved. Otherwise, though, from a quick visual review, it looks like it's mostly just missing the sleeve/neckline area, and a waistband. I guess I'll find out more once I can try it on, but that won't happen until Monday at the earliest.

I also have to hem my black plaid 1850s skirt. I'll be wearing it for caroling, but not with a hoop, and it's currently hemmed to go over my big eliptical. But again, that will have to wait for Monday, since I have rehearsal tonight, and am seeing Hunger Games tomorrow, and will be in CA for a wedding this weekend.

Oh, and speaking of movies, I saw Brooklyn yesterday, and highly recommend it. The story and acting are both great, and the costumes are absolutely beautiful. I want her whole wardrobe. 
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I'm going to go get some hair canvas tomorrow for my dad's vest (there's not really a substitute for hair canvas that I might already have, is there?) so no sewing tonight.

However, I do want to share this drawing with you. This is from the portrait sitting I did a couple weeks ago, drawn in 10 mins by Tara Larsen Chang. I wore my 1903 gown from a few years ago, with the giant hat.
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On Saturday, I wore my old 1903 Edwardian. Somehow, it seems to have gotten shorter since I last wore it, but despite the hem and the copious amounts of poly chiffon, I think I still love this outfit.

My limited class was on Saturday morning. I wish it was a longer class, because we had only just started cutting out the fabric by the time we had to go, but 1860s and Still Handsewn was still a good class. It was taught by Janea Whitacre and Emma Cross, who are both great teachers. We got to examine an 1860s bodice, did a handsewing sampler with all the techniques we need to complete the dress, and then we draped muslins on each other to get the right fit. I wound up starting mine on the plane home, but besides cutting out all the bodice and sleeve pieces, all I've accomplished is about 1.5 ft of a sleeve seam. I really hope to stick with the handsewing, though.

I also took another class from Janea later in the day - The Good Milliner. I had no idea that millinery encompassed so much! It was also great watching Abby do Emma's hair up with actual period methods. Certainly easier than Kendra's more modern take, but I have to admit, I like look of the modern version better.

And then it was time for the gala! This was the first time I had actually worn the full wig with the full court gown, but it went fine at first. Kendra had to help me secure the wig, because I was having so much trouble pinning it.But then I headed down to the red carpet, took some pictures, and our group of 10 headed over to Maggianos for what has become our gala-night tradition. Dinner was delicious (and cheap!), and then we went back to the gala. I didn't last for very long - I think my stays shifted up while I was seated at dinner, and between that and the giant wig on my head, I think I stayed for about 30 mins before changing. Next year, I plan to make something more comfortable. But anyway, here's some pictures!

The court gown ladies, Elizabeth, me, and Katherine

I feel like a missed half the people at the gala since I was there such a short time, but here are a few lovely ones I did manage to catch on camera:

Amanda and Samantha's 30s gowns                   Emily's gorgeous mid-Victorian

[ profile] bellamissella's amazing Elsa                 [ profile] fairegoddess's awesome bustle gown                     
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What, me? Posting pictures? I guess I follow through occasionally. So here's a couple pics of my mom's jacket and my petticoat.

I haven't gotten any more done on the skirt since yesterday, though, but I'm hopeful for tomorrow!
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I think I've gotten out of my sewing slump. My mom's jacket is just about done - all it needs is the binding hand-sewn down around the edges. And I've been working on the petticoat for my Ravenclaw bustle gown. Soooo many ruffles! I finished cutting out the pieces to be ruffled tonight, and it's over 10 yds. Tomorrow I hope to gather everything up and attach (I've already marked everything out, so maybe it will even go smoothly?) I just need to figure out if I want to do an actual hem on my bottom two ruffles (I ran out of selvage), or take the easy way out and just roll hem with the serger. Any opinions? - I'm leaning towards the latter, since just those two ruffles are over 4.5 yds.

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I don't feel like I was all that productive this year, probably since the early candy bustle wound up taking up soooo much of my time, but I did make a fair bit leading up to CosCol.

Pictures under the cut. )

My goals for 2012 were:
-a black knee length skirt. I didn't make one, but I bought one!
-the 1869 Pink Candy Striped Early Bustle Gown. Completed!
-Titanic gown. I started one, but I never finished it. The skirt is done, and the bodice is partially done. Now it's languishing as a ufo.
-Teens-era corset. Completed!
-Ballgown bodice for my black and gold plaid Dickens dress. Completed!
-Late Victorian jacket for my mom. She decided she wanted an Edwardian one instead. I've fitted the mockup to her, but haven't actually started the final jacket.
-Late Victorian bathing suit. Completed!
-18th c Robe a la Turque. Not for 2012, but I've finally started it!
-18th c quilted petticoat. Completed!
-1780s-style red wool Riding Habit. Started, but not yet finished.
-18th c red wool cloak. Nope, not yet.
-a Victorian waistcoat for my dad for Dickens. Nope, but I'll do it this year!
-18th c mitts. Nope.
-Regency corset. I didn't get into the CosCol class last year. We'll see if I can manage one on my own before this year's CosCol.
-Regency day dress. Nope.
-Regency overgown. Nope.

Overall, not too bad.
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This photo of me was taken at the 100th Birthday for the Conservatory at Volunteer Park and appeared in the Seattle Times (or at least the online version)

Photo by Bettina Hansen


May. 30th, 2012 01:42 am
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I finished the Edwardian bathing suit (though I suppose I really shouldn't be calling it that, since it's really a teens-era one). And I bought new fabric for the candy bustle bodice/apron drape. I hope it works! I haven't started cutting it out yet. I think I'm going to tie in the seersucker from the ruffle by putting in a patch pocket on the apron drape. I was going to do a hidden pocket (and I still might do one or two in addition). I suppose you can never have enough pockets, though!

I start training at the Space Needle tomorrow, and we have another preview for As You Like It tomorrow evening, so I'm not sure how much I'll actually get done. I know CosCol is still two months away, but it feels like it's fast approaching!

And on that note, does anyone know if the addition of the Thurs pool party at CosCol means there are going to be two pool parties this year? Or is the Sunday one not happening anymore?

So close!

May. 29th, 2012 02:37 am
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The Edwardian bathing suit is almost done. Thank you all for your opinions on my last post - I've decided to keep it as is, and not add any additional width. At this point, all I have left to do is serge off the excess in that band around the hem, and serge (and then hem) the sides of half of the sash. I started doing it tonight just before midnight, and wound up waking up my roommate. Whoops! So clearly serging (at least with my machine at its weirdly noisy level that it has been since I shipped it up here) is something that's going to have to be done only during the day...

But the rest of it is done! I think I want to try making a bandeau for my hair out of the salmon flannel, but I'm not sure I'll do that right away. But I love it! It's so cute, really comfy, and was so easy to do. I'll be wearing it at CosCol - either at that Thurs night pool party they added, or at the Sunday pool party. (that's still happening, right?)

And in other news, I tried dyeing the bodice to be a brighter pink. I don't like it. And it didn't dye evenly, either. But while I was at Joanns buying the dye, I saw a pink and white striped cotton that I think I like and had the aforethought to put it on hold, so tomorrow I'm going back with swatches, and will hopefully pick it up. Somehow I'll have to incorporate a bit of the seersucker into the bodice or apron drape, though, because I really don't feel like taking off the seersucker ruffle on the skirt.

Oh, and in really other news, I saw Bel Ami yesterday at the Seattle International Film Festival. The movie overall was good, though not something that I feel really has to be seen in theatres. Robert Pattinson annoyed me for most of the movie - he was really pretty one-dimensional, and didn't come into himself until the end. The costumes were very nice, though! I was slightly confused as to the mixing of 80s bustles for day dresses with mostly 90s evening gowns, but it was supposed to take place in 1890, so it didn't bother me too much. The standouts for me were a red bustle dress that Christina Ricci wore, and a blue bustle that Uma Thurman wore (the one that's been in the screen shots).
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I can't decide whether I made the Edwardian bathing suit fit me too closely or not. For those of you who know more about late teens-era bathing suits (I'm going for app 1916), can you tell me if I should add more fabric in a strip down the side seams? I cut the navy band at the bottom wide enough that I could add up to four inches more width. I'm also trying to decide if the length needs to be shortened by an inch (it's already finished at the bottom). Opinions please!

Here's a pic as it stands now (or almost, since I have tapered the shorts in by 2")

I still have to hem the shorts, hem the sleeves, bind the neckline, and make the sash, but otherwise I'm done.
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I was still a little frustrated with the lack of contrast in the pink of the candy bustle overbodice today, so I decided to put that off and start on my Edwardian bathing suit. I did a basic tunic shape, with the sleeves cut in one, and had the salmon gingham flannel fabric end just above my fingertips. The body is all put together now (which went together so quickly - it was delightful!) and I've cut out the navy wool pieces for the thick band that will run along the hem, as well as the pieces of wool for the shorts (still pondering if wool shorts are the smartest idea, though...). I do worry that I cut the tunic pieces a little narrowly, but then I keep having to reminding myself that late teens bathing suits were much more form fitting than the ones from even 5-10 yrs prior. However, I did cut the bands for the hem long enough that I could allow myself to put in 4" worth of gussets down the side, if I so choose.

I'm also trying to decide if I should use a bias strip of the wool around the neckline, or just use bias tape. I'm leaning towards the latter because it will be easier, but then the first option will carry the wool from top to bottom. Any opinions?

I also had the idea that I might dye all of the seersucker for the candy bustle to a brighter pink. I think I'm going to test it out tomorrow. Because honestly, for some reason my light pink seersucker is totally reading as lavender!
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Tea and Titanic was today, and it was absolutely lovely. We had 17 for tea, though only four of us went on to see the movie. Tea was at Lisa's Tea Treasures in Campbell, and though it felt a bit crowded, the food and the company were delightful. Unfortunately, I was so busy chatting and drinking tea that I forgot to take pictures during, and afterwards we had to rush to get to the movie, so sadly, I wound up with no group shots of everyone. Here's a few of the pictures I did take though:

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Today was our Tea and Titanic event, and while I didn't get any good pictures of me by myself, I did take a couple pics of my new "Princess Slip" before I left. And my Edwardian shoes complete with shoe clips.

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I finally painted my American Duchess Devonshire shoes this week! I based them off of this pair from the Bata Shoe Museum. I used the Angelus leather preparer, paints, and matte finisher from Dharma Trading. They are also shown here with the American Duchess Fleur buckles. I did the painting completely freehand, though in retrospect, I probably should have used some sort of measuring/straight edge, since my pattern is not at all uniform. I also painted on the "binding," since it worked well for my Regency shoes (though I might put actual binding on eventually). I wore them for the first time today at the San Jose Fantasy Faire, and they were very comfortable! I think I might put a small pad in the ball of the foot, but they were still more comfortable than any other heels I own.

I also finished my teens-era "Princess Slip" (which wound up not being Princess seamed, but I don't know what else to call it). It's soo cute! Pictures to come, I promise. For the first time ever, I didn't base it off of a pattern, or even a picture of a pattern, I just made the whole thing up. And I did my first-ever pintucks, which turned out really nice. The slip took way longer than I expected, since I added so much lace, but I think it was worth it. :)
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I finished the skirt on Tuesday (I decided on eight buttons going down the top half of the front left seam of the skirt), and added the hooks and eyes to the velvet ribbon belt today, which means I'm officially done with the teens daywear look! At least on the outside. If I have time, I plan to make a corset cover for it, too, and I need to do a quick petticoat for it, since I don't think I have any whose shape will work under such a fitted skirt.

I've also started on the bodice for the evening gown. For lack of other patterns, I'm using the Janet Arnold Maude bodice as my base, and elaborating from there. Mockup #1 needed a surprising amount of fiddling (mostly, waaay too big in the bust/upper back, and way too low in the back). But I've repatterned the three side and back pieces, so hopefully this one will work. I'll find out tomorrow when I put it back together. I'm going to be making the fitted lining part of the bodice out of a heavy cotton (I think Joanns called it a bottomweight, but I really don't know what that means.) I'm still debating at this point whether I want to take the sari fabric and do the sort of ruched or pleated look that the pattern calls for, or to make it more fitted. I'm leaning towards the first option, so I don't have to mess with the sari border. I also bought some prom dress-style gold taffeta for the under layer of the skirt. I still need to go out and buy a darker gold chiffon, but otherwise I think I have all my fabrics. Luckily, I won't need that one until I get to the sash, since next week is tech week for Pirates, and I will probably have no time. It's also my birthday next Thursday! Which I will be celebrating by working, having our final dress rehearsal, and going to the midnight premiere of Hunger Games. :)
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Here are the pictures I promised, of both the finished corset, and the in progress skirt. I have since taken the skirt in where I had it pinned in the photos, and it's ready to be bound at the top, hemmed, and have hooks and eyes put in at the side front. I have decided to put large black and silver buttons down the left front seam as a decoration. I plan to wear it with a black velvet ribbon belt at the top, but all I had on hand at the time is my 18th c burgundy one. And you can see the old navy shirt. Obviously, I will be wearing different undergarments with it, but for the pictures sake, you get the purple dress underneath.

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The teens corset is completely done! No pics yet, as I haven't had a chance to try the finished corset on. And I'm still debating about adding a waist stay tape. Can someone remind me of their benefits again?

I also whipped up the bulk of a teens "corselet skirt." It's based on a picture of a 1911 skirt diagram in The Cut of Women's Clothes, but after drafting that one up, I realized I only had about 2 1/3 yds of fabric (the leftover blue dyed linen from my "medieval" outfit from last year). So with about a half hour wasted, I then spent about 45 minutes (granted, a rather distracted 45 mins, since I was watching GCB) trying to figure out how to fit a 5 gore skirt in the limited fabric I had. In the end, I think I made it! It needs pressing, a hem, closures in the back, and some form of binding on the top. And I have to figure out how I want to decorate it. But I'm having trouble finding a lot of inspiration images online of basic corselet-style skirts. But we'll see. I just wanted something nice and quick to go together, just in case the 1912 evening gown gives me trouble.

I'll try for some pics of both the corset and the skirt tomorrow.
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The teens corset is almost done. The bones are in the channels, but I still have to do the horizontal lines on either end of the bone to hold them in, and I have to bind the top. I'm also debating on a waist tape. And I have to re-lace the back, since the ties at the waist should be one eyelet lower. So a few pictures!

But I also have a pretty major problem. I thought I had sufficiently curved the edges of the busk, but apparently not. As I was wearing it around for a bit tonight, I noticed the edge of the busk poking a corner out at the bottom. How on earth am I supposed to fix it, now that the corset is pretty much done?! Please help if anyone has any suggestions at all. Here's a very bad pic where you can see it starting to poke through the fabric.

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