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I completely finished the train on Thursday. I felt like I was working on it forever! So much hand-sewing. It took even longer than I had anticipated because I totally forgot about the eight bows that had to go on the train, too, so I made those and hand-sewed them all on as well. 



Friday, I slept in, and decided instead of the bodice (because I wanted to go to Joanns and look at lace options), I would work on the Snow White cape. So I patterned the cape (because I'm incapable of making anything simple), and cut it out. Each of the two back pieces took up the entire open space on the bedroom floor. Then I sat down at my serger to put red thread on it, and discovered I didn't own red serger thread. Sigh. So I showered and got all ready for the day and headed to Joanns to look at lace and pick up the serger thread. Unfortunately, that meant that by the time I got back, I had just enough time to serge the four pieces before I had to head out to my performance, and when I got back, I was too tired to sew. 

Saturday, I put the cape together and hemmed all the edges, since I wasn't lining it. I'm going to pin it closed with a sparkly brooch, so that meant the cape was done! So then I turned to repairing Mary Poppins - I cut new bones for the two open channels on the waist cincher, and spent the next hour or so reattaching all the applique edges that were peeling on the skirt, and attempting to get the weird dirt lines off the back (to no avail).

Then I turned to the ballgown bodice. I used the ruffler foot to gather up two organza strips for the sleeves, and sewed them on over the seam between the two sleeve poufs, and put a piece of the embroidered lace on top of that. I made the strips the same length all the way around, but I'm debating about shortening the length as it goes under the arm, since that part of the sleeve is shorter. Playing around with the bertha, I realized that I needed to make some sort of a base for the gathered sections to go on, so I draped the organza over the bodice on the form, and cut base pieces out of the organza. So far, I have taken three of these pieces and put the gathered/pressed organza sections on top of them. I'm basting them in place for now, and will finish the edges once I put the bertha pieces together. 

At rehearsal tonight, I ripped off the old lace I had put around the neckline, sewed on bows to the sleeves, and hand-whipped closed the two broken channels on the Mary Poppins waist cincher. So Mary Poppins is officially done! I actually won't be able to finish the bodice right away anyway, because I realized that I wanted box pleated white silk organza around the neckline, instead of lace, and naturally, I've run out. Hopefully it will be here within a few days. 

So anyway, I'm hoping to finish the last bertha panel tomorrow before rehearsal. Once those are together, and I make sure they are fitting right on the bodice, I can hem that and add the lace to the bottom, and whip the bertha on. Then all that will be left is the silk organza at the neckline! If I finish the bertha before the organza gets here, I'm moving on to Keira Knopely, which might actually happen, since I don't think I'm called to rehearsal every day this week. 

Date: 2017-06-19 05:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mala_14
Whew! That's a lot! The train looks fab!

Date: 2017-06-19 06:12 pm (UTC)
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That looks SO good. I love copying pictures - the layering of trims and details make things look so right!

Random other thoughts about the stains. Could it be auto grease or oil? I've gotten mystery black smudges on things from cars and other vehicles. Grease is also on the road and in puddles and can be splashed, and is at that point combined with dirt.

The other most stubborn black mark in my experience is soot. My mother accidentally let our camping coffeepot smudge against one of her 1860s dresses. It was accumulated layers of soot, smoke particles, and grease. It never did come out (or when it did it left the fabric super faded), so she cut out that part of the panel and reset the skirt. Not to be discouraging here, just speculating on what kinds of stains don't budge.

You said it wasn't ink, but have you tried rubbing alcohol anyway? It definitely lifts ink. (It got both Sharpie and the carpet dye out of my brothers' bedroom carpet...) I had a saturated dollar-size ink spot on a wool dress; there was so much ink that when it lifted, it just spread as far as the fabric was damp. But still enough came out and was diluted enough to not be noticeable.

Date: 2017-06-19 07:16 pm (UTC)
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It's so so so so SO beautiful!!

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