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My CoCo started with two very hot days in Disneyland with [livejournal.com profile] nuranar! We spent most of the first day at CA Adventure, which was pretty wonderful. I think the highlight for me was probably experiencing the brand new Frozen show, and I liked it way more than I thought I would. Our Elsa was freaking amazing! We also got to experience the new Soarin Around the World, and we saw the 60th Anniversary version of World of Color, which was pretty impressive.

The next day, we went to Disneyland, which was not nearly as good! Disneyland seemed to be plagued with technical problems that day - first, we were evacuated from Haunted Mansion when we were about 20 people from the front of the line, then, Mickey's float stalled in front of us during the day parade (though to be honest, this was one of the highlights - I had no idea what would happen when a float fully stalled, and apparently, the answer is that all the dancers keep dancing for ten minutes, while they go find a heavy duty golf cart to hook up to the float to tow it the rest of the route. I loved Mickey's reaction to the whole ordeal, and we got to see inside the control panel of the float!), and then what really bummed me out was that the fireworks show froze halfway through, and we didn't get to see the end. :( Also, we checked at one point during the day, and Haunted Mansion, Thunder Mountain, and Space Mountain were all closed at the same time. Clearly, Disney was just having an off day.

I realized later that Ginger and I didn't get any pictures together, except for this hilarious snap from Hyperspace Mountain!


Thursday, [livejournal.com profile] reine_de_coudre met us for Denny's and kindly drove us up to CoCo. On the way, we stopped for a little bit in the fabric district, and to see the Reigning Men exhibit at LACMA. Seeing all that 18th c embroidery up close was really stunning! We got to CoCo just in time to get ready for check-in and the pool party. I wore my Titanic dinner dress, which I'm still not in love with, and I actually felt a bit out of place at the pool party, too, since everyone looked so fun and awesome in their 60s wear! I have to say, between the pool party and the Friday night social, I don't think I've ever seen so many people dress to the theme! It was also so nice to finally meet [livejournal.com profile] sadievale and [livejournal.com profile] quincy134!

I didn't take any pictures at all at the pool party, but luckily, [livejournal.com profile] rebecca817 snapped a couple!


The rest of the weekend is coming soon!

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!

Success!

Dec. 9th, 2015 11:52 pm
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My Titanic/Downton Abbey dress was finished in plenty of time. Okay, maybe not plenty, but I finished it last night without stressing or staying up too late. So I call that a win. I also lucked out, and was able to have help doing up the 5 or 6 h&e that I couldn't reach in the back. That said, unfortunately, all the hooks with thread bars on the chiffon part of my bodice wound up coming undone by the end of the event, when we were taking all the pictures. Oh well. Luckily, my phone takes such blurry pictures that you can hardly tell in the photos! It was fun getting to wear so much sparkly jewelry, and I liked the fit of the bodice enough that I decided not to wear the sash with it. I'm waiting for the official event photos from KCTS9, in the hopes that I'll get some better ones, but here's a few that we took with my phone tonight.





I was pretty proud of how huge I got my hair, though it definitely got messier as the night progressed. They also gave us a goodie bag afterwards, with all this stuff, plus they gave out books called the Wit and Witticism of Downton Abbey.

UFOs suck

Dec. 8th, 2015 09:46 am
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This bodice has been giving me so much trouble. I sewed up the sleeve pieces on Friday night, and that all went pretty decently. Then on Saturday morning, I went over to [livejournal.com profile] vanessa_lynne's house so she could help me fit them in. The bodice was fairly tight, and because I had made the silk top layer go past the h&e tape, the tightness pulled on that, and made the little silk flap stand straight out. Problem #1. But we figured a few snaps would help that, so I wasn't worried. She pinned the sleeves pieces in place to the bodice, and I took it home to sew later.

Six caroling gigs later, I finally sat down to sew it on Sunday night. I sewed down both the sleeves, and was confused how she marked the back, since one side of the sleeve/back piece went past the edge of the bodice. So my bf helped me put it on. I then realized that I must have had the bodice on crooked when we pinned in the sleeves, because they were totally off center. Also, the top of the back in particular was still really tight, even if I laced my corset all the way closed. I ripped the one sleeve off of the bodice, and figured I would try to move the piece of h&e tape over to the edge of the CB silk flap I had made. Luckily, underneath the h&e tape, I found that the twill interlining had been folded, and could be extended out as far as the silk flap, so I could get an extra .5"+ in the CB. I pinned everything back in place, so that I could machine sew the h&e tape back down in the morning before I left for work, and therefore be able to do the handsewing on the bus and at lunch.

Yesterday morning, I did my machine sewing, grabbed my kit, and headed out the door. I sewed the other edge down on the bus ride to work, and went to go reattach the trim at the top of the bodice. But when I went to line it up with the other side, they didn't match at all. In fact, the bottom and the trim line were both about .5" off between the pieces. Somehow, I had pinned my h&e tape totally wrong. So before I started work, I ripped both lines of stitching back out, and re-pinned it in place. Luckily, I had brought some bias binding with me, because by moving the twill tape, it wasn't long enough to cover the piece of boning underneath. So I wound up hand-sewing a small piece of bias binding to each end of the h&e tape, to act as the endcaps for the boning.

At lunch, I handsewed the h&e tape back to the bodice, using a backstitch, and then on the bus ride home, I turned it and whipped it into place, inserting the boning before I did so. When I got home, I reaffixed the trim (which now matched on each side - yay!), and sewed the sleeve piece back in. I did a narrow hem on the center backs of the sleeve pieces, and then pressed and hemmed the satin layer of the skirt. Then I got less than 6 hrs of sleep, because I stayed up way too late doing this.

At this point, I need to put the h&e on the skirt waistband, and at least 2-3 h&e on the top of the cb bodice closure. I also realized I never pressed the skirt seams, and the skirt itself is quite wrinkly, so I'd like to press that, too. I have at least an hour or so in which I can do all that tonight, so here's to hoping. But seriously, this project has been such a headache! And I really need to start (and finish) the Elsa skirt. And pack, because I haven't packed a box since I found this ufo fabric... 
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I found the ufo fabrics! The Elsa skirt fabrics didn't arrive yesterday, so I packed up the rest of my books, and then started on my ribbons and buttons and scarves/shawls in my giant Ikea cabinet. And there, behind a bag full of scarves, was a small fabric basket filled entirely with the fabrics for the UFO project. I was so excited!

So I went and tried on my kimono sleeve pattern, altered it, tried it on, and altered it again I wanted a v-neck into the rest of the bodice in the front, and a much higher v in the back, so it took a little fiddling. Then I cut it out in my mauveish chiffon. I played around with which fabric I wanted to line it with, and unfortunately, the only one that worked (the gold from the skirt) didn't have any pieces wide enough to cut the sleeve. But I realized - a cotton lining would be way more comfortably than poly satin anyway, so I cut it out in muslin, and dyed the muslin pieces a pale goldish color. I think I had originally intended to line the kimono sleeve with pale gold chiffon, since I had a ton of that left, but I don't want to have to worry about straps showing, so I figured I should stay away from the sheer lining (plus, that's two less pieces of chiffon to worry about). I stayed up way too late doing all of this.

Tonight, I have a caroling gig till 8pm, and the Elsa fabrics should be here, but I'm going to try to knock this kimono sleeve out. My plan is to flatline the chiffon with the muslin, and turn a narrow machine hem (if the fabric will let me) on the neckline and sleeve hem. Then I somehow have to mark where it hits the bodice, and stitch it in. It will probably also need a few hooks in the CB closure. Not sure how I'm going to manage the CB marking by myself... I guess we'll see when I get there. Once the bodice is done, though, all I need to do is put a waistband on the skirt, and hem the gold satin layer. I'm going to leave the chiffon layer and chiffon belt with their serged rolled hems, because there's just not time to worry about it right now.

This weekend is going to be interesting though - in addition to the gig tonight, I also have three tomorrow, from about 2-9pm, and three on Sunday, from 9:30am-5:30pm. And I have to pack. And make an Elsa skirt. 
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I think I've figured out what I want to do with my sewing table, so hopefully I'll be able to successfully create it. I'm going to use at least three of these, one on each end, and one in the middle. I haven't decided what, if anything, will be on the side closest to the wall. Then on top of those, I'm going to have a board of some sort, to act as a shelf for things like rulers or my cutting mat when I'm not using it. The shelf will be somewhere between 2-5" tall, depending on if I decide to put the whole thing up on casters or not. Then over the shelf will be the actual surface, which will have the padding and canvas cover. I'm going to put the whole thing about 6" away from the wall, because I want to put an angled shelf with a lip a little above the surface of the table, to hold bolts as I'm unrolling them, so that they don't have to be on the table. I will likely put a regular shelf just below the surface of the table, which will span the gap, and catch anything that wants to roll off the back of the table. Hopefully that all works out!

I'm also figuring out how to make a banquette for the dining room. This is fun!

On the sewing side of things, while I did all the hand-finishing on the Titanic bodice, it looks like the project itself is doomed to remain a ufo forever. I can't find any chiffon in the right color to make the kimono sleeves. *Sigh* I guess I should have finished this years ago... 

Ugh

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 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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For a few days, I kept hemming and hawing about putting this gown down and working on it in a couple months or so, but at this point, I guess I may as well finish it. The bodice is mostly together - I have to attach the trim to the top edge, and somehow figure out how to do the back closures on the outer layer. I also have do sleeves, which I have no clue how to begin. The Janet Arnold pattern looks so confusing, with the kimono sleeve over the fitted sleeve, and its multiple layers of chiffon. I hope I can figure out what to do. The overskirt is pretty much done - it just has to be attached to the underskirt layers, and then I have to do a waistband and closures and hem. The sash is done. (it's the tiny victories, right?)



I've also finally decided how to decorate my American Duchess shoes! I placed an order for the Angleus leather paints from Dharma Trading today, and I'm hoping I can paint them before the San Jose Fantasy Festival on Saturday. I've decided to wear 18th c for the Fantasy Fest, since there's pretty much no 18th c opportunities on the west coast. (Unfortunately, while losing weight is great for my modern clothes, it's not so nice on my costumes, so it looks like I'll be pinning shut my robe a l'anglaise and hopefully no one will notice the weird gaping in it now...)

But speaking of the west coast, my plans are being made for my move up to Seattle! I'm planning to move up there around May 1st, and I'll probably fly up for a few days later this month to find an apartment. So stressful, but it was time to bite the bullet.

Also, in completely other news, I have had such a great response for the Tea and Titanic event! We're fully booked, with a whopping 17 tea guests for our 2:30pm April 15th tea. If there's anyone who meant to get a seat and has been slacking, we might be able to squeeze one more person in, and anyone is welcome to join us for the 4:05 movie afterwards. I'm planning to wear my linen corselet skirt and Old Navy blouse, but I still have to make a princess slip for it.
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Tech week for Pirates of Penzance is over, and we have had two very successful performances! Of course, tech week means that I did very little sewing last week. The liner part of the bodice is entirely done, and I'm currently attempting to figure out how to get the sari fabric layer of the bodice fitted, without removing the border and cutting it down to fit the Janet Arnold pattern. And I hope to start the underskirt very soon.

I also found this top at OldNavy.com, which perfectly reminded me of a corset cover. I can't wait till it gets here. I hope it works, since I really don't feel like making one.

We have five more performances next week (Wed morning, Thurs-Sat nights, and Sun matinee, if anyone wants to come) so I don't know how much more sewing I'm going to get done. I also might not be able to go to the PEERS Titanic dance, which would suck, since I have no where else until CosCol that I could wear my gown... :(
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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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On Thursday, I drafted up the pattern that was posted by Bridges on the Body (the post Edwardian long line corset), and on Friday, I made my mockup. It fits perfectly, though I only stuck in one bone at the CF and one on either side of the lacings, so it felt really weak on (which I'm sure wasn't helped by me wearing a t-shirt and jeans underneath, but my mom was in a rush and I needed her help lacing). I'm going to go buy another layer of fabric tomorrow, and use my mockup as the lining layer, since it feels too thin by itself. The mockup fabric is just a hideously ugly khaki green canvas that I think I picked up during the Bargain Basement at CosCol, so I think I'm going to use either ticking or a prettier canvas on top. And while I originally thought I might create the boning channels on the outside, I've changed my mind (post-mockup, as you can see by the red bias tape), and I'm just going to do boning channels in between the two fabric layers.



I also managed to cut down the 15" busk I bought years ago and never used. I was hoping to cut it to 12", but that would have put it basically in the middle of one of the hooks, so I went with 13". I hope it will work, since it is definitely longer than I originally wanted. I filed it down a little, and then dipped the ends in several layers of nail polish, so hopefully it won't tear through the fabric.

Today, I went to the White Elephant Sale in Oakland. Everyone that I've met in the last year has told me how wonderful it is, but frankly, I found most things to be pretty overpriced (yes, I know it's for a good cause, but I'm on a super tight budget). I did, however, find a nice (and huge!) jewelry box for $10, and 5 pearly buttons for 25c, plus a couple board games.

I also threw my sari and some chiffon I had bought in anticipation of the sari's arrival onto Antoinette so I could get a very loose idea of the gown. Clearly, I bought the wrong gold chiffon, so I'll be headed back to Fabrics R Us at some point to get a more muted gold. The sari border will go around the top of the bodice and the hem of the overskirt. I plan to buy a gold liner fabric to be seen underneath the chiffon.

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I bought this sari today on ebay to make into my 1912 dress, so I colored in my sketch. Here's to hoping it's in good condition when it arrives (probably in a month).



The plain purple body of the sari will be the overgown, and a light purple chiffon will be the layer underneath that, which shows at the bottom, as well as at the sleeves/neckline. I'm hoping to be able to use the embroidered/beaded part of the sari as the layer underneath the chiffon towards the bottom of the skirt, but if not, I will probably just line it with gold (maybe satin?). The gold satin will also show underneath the purple chiffon on the shoulders. The sash is gold chiffon. The top of the bodice will be edged in gold and red beaded embroidery from the sari.

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