Jul. 14th, 2017 11:57 pm
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I worked on CoCo stuff for the better part of 12 hours today. I'm feeling pretty tired, but at least I got a lot done!

Elizabeth Swann is completely done. Unfortunately, I found out that no one else in the Keira Knopely group actually managed to make anything, so I'm bummed about that, and I guess I'll just be completely random at the Social. I'll probably also use it for my Halloween costume, though, and I am happy with how it turned out, so I guess not all is lost. 

Anyway, I started making the chemise for it yesterday afternoon, using McCalls 6817 as a base, but narrowing the skirt by about 28" at the hem. I had to piece the shoulder strap, because I was literally 1.5" short of fabric. (Of course, after I put it on, I realized it was 1.5" too long at the hem. And I lived dangerously, and didn't make a mockup. I wound up taking it in quite a bit at the side seam, and a little at the CB, and I changed the shape of the princess seams over the bust, since I am wearing it over my stays. But other than that, it went together quite smoothly. I'm not doing sleeves (at least, not yet), because I don't want the extra heat, so I have left the armseyes unfinished for now. I added a drawstring at the neckline, and the front spiral laces with eyelets going down to just above the hip.

I also finished the hook and eye at the waist of the skirt, and yesterday, I finished all the frogs/buttons/pickups on the overgown. And last night, I did one coat on my shoes, then I did the other coat and the finisher today, and put in the buckles. 

But that wasn't all I did today! I also made my earrings for the gala gown, and the headpiece. For the headpiece, I took a circle of millinery wire, wrapped it in white velvet ribbon, and then dyed it turquoise. Then I added a huge triple bow of the turquoise ribbon, and a lace bow with hanging tails. It needed more, though, and many of those headpieces seem to have a piece that runs across the top of the bun or curls, so I took the leftover pleated ribbon from the train, and it fit perfectly! I also dyed some ribbon millinery flowers, which I will either fix onto combs or barrettes, or I will just twist into my hair, since they are on wires. 

Oh, and I tried on Mary Poppins, and despite the weight loss, I don't need to move any hooks and eyes. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing... I'm thinking about possibly wearing my skating bustle on Friday to teach, though, and doing Mary Poppins and the pelisse on Sat or Sun. I still haven't decided what to wear when, but I should probably get on that. 

So at this point, I think this is what is left:
-Make order sash and paint order medals for gala gown
-Try on gala gown so that I can put hooks and eyes at waist of train
-Prep class materials for my class
-Buy supplies for the classes I'm taking
-Make a skirt or dress for Disney, if time

I think that's it, but I'm sure I'll find other things that need doing. However, I'm definitely feeling more relaxed now. 

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I feel like I've been sewing like crazy, but judging from my to do list in my last post, it doesn't seem like I've accomplished much!


What I have done:
-restyled wig
-finished gala skirt
-sewn jewels on gala bodice, and tacked seams in sleeves
-assembled bow at waist (it just needs to be tacked)
-made half the coral necklace
-started the briar rose skirt
-tea-dyed the fabric on the briar rose blouse
-tried on gala gown; decided on no lace at sleeves, and realized that since I haven't lost more than a pound or so, there is still a 1-2" gap ask the way down the back.


What I have left to do:
-finish necklace
-tack gala waist bow
-put waistband on briar rose skirt
-briar rose waist cincher
-gala gown modesty panel
-re-hem pet en l'air petticoat
-try on finished pet en l'air


I hope I can do all that!

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Halfway done with my skirt hem. I still need to figure out the closures for the waist, though, since judging by the lack of comments to my last post, no one had any ideas...


So here's what I have left to do before I fly down there on Monday:


Finish gala gown hem
Gala gown waistband
Gala gown ribbon bow at waist, and jewels on sleeves
Add lace to sleeves or chemise sleeves


Make Briar Rose skirt
Make Briar Rose cincher/suspenders
Take in blouse for Briar Rose


Re-hem petticoat for pet en l'air


Make coral necklace for regency gown


Re-style old hedgehog wig.


And try everything on to make sure it's fitting well/pack it all up. Yikes!

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Moving sucks. I spent pretty much all of Wed-Fri moving to my new apartment. And then today, I had two performances, and came home and put together a giant ikea shelving unit (which is still laying flay on the floor, because it's to heavy for stand up by myself!) In any case, I have done no sewing. And I have a week left! Not exactly sure how I'm supposed to do this...


Tonight, I took a look at how the skirt for my gala gown needs to be finished at the waist, and I'm so confused. The last time I made 1660s, I attached the skirt to the waist in the back, but I can't do that with this one. When I made it up, I had put the opening in the back, but trying to study Kendra's, it looks like she still has the ties on the sides. Am I supposed to line up where the openings go with the placement of the center-most bodice tabs? And if so, does that front panel wind up just being flat? Help!

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The trimming is done on the bodice. Not including the sleeves, though, since I haven't actually cut those out yet. Luckily, I have the next two days off, with very little to do besides apartment hunting, an audition, and opening night on Friday.

Oh, and I didn't get the apartment. Which means I now have 15 days total to find an apartment and finish moving... I'm getting really worried here!


Jul. 8th, 2013 01:31 am
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So in between all the major stressing going on in my life with the whole apt hunting thing, I have found time to do a bit of handsewing. I've bound the top edge of my gala bodice, applied a row of lace down the sides of the center front, and have started attaching the wide lace "collar" (for lack of a better term) to the neckline of the bodice. Then I'll need to do the pearls in the CF, sleeves, and the skirt, and the gala gown will be done!

Now if only I can get the apt I applied for today. If you are the praying type, I can definitely use the extra prayers or good vibes sent my way. I'm running out of time, and it seems there are very few apts in my price range with washer/dryers. *Fingers crossed!*
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I finally have internet again! I tried on the bodice on Sunday. Unfortunately, I think the cotton twill that I made the boned section out of must have a lot more give than with the silk taffeta on top, because I have app. a 2" gap in my lacing. Of course, this is me lacing myself up in back spiral lacing, which I am not terrific at, so maybe I'll be able to get it closed with help. If not, I'll make a modesty panel I can shove in there. Because there's no way I'm altering the bodice. I'm also getting some pretty horrific wrinkles in the center front, but I'm going to have to ignore it, and hope that they'll be less obvious once I put the trimming on.

Here's the visual proof:

Lots of wrinkles... :(

And the back, where there were the pulls in the fabric from the eyelets. Does anyone know how to make these ugly ridges go away?
PS. I love Puppy Curls!

And this is testing out the trimming. I'm not in love with that pearl/lace down the center, but I have to see what else would be available to me. And the ribbon belt will be darker green. I was just playing around with what I had in the stash.

At this point, I have finished all but two tabs on the binding. I've also cut out the two big skirt pieces for my mom's 50s skirt. That one is due by next Monday. And today, I started in my new store location. So far so good!

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The binding is almost halfway done. I finished the back side of all the binding I had done by yesterday.




Still haven't tried it on though... Maybe tomorrow?




And I won't have my normal days off anymore, because I've been transferred to a different location. On the plus side, it's only about a 5-10 min commute, but I don't get Mondays-Tuesdays off anymore (it's thurs-Fri now). Which will take some going used to, since I've had Mondays off for as long as I've lived in Seattle!


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I finished the front side of all the tabs on one side (aka, 5 tabs). I haven't tried on the bodice yet, since I realized the inside of those tabs is filled with pins! So my goal for tomorrow, when I don't have rehearsal, is to finish the insides of those tabs, and then try it on. Even though it makes me really nervous that it won't fit for some reason. Or that it will be filled with terrible wrinkles and pulls, which is what it seems like now. For all of you who have done bodices or stays out of silk taffeta before, should I have been expecting a horizontal pull line in the fabric next to every eyelet? Because that is what happened. :( I'm just hoping no one will notice!

Baby Steps

Jun. 20th, 2013 12:58 am
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I finished my eyelets! And I started on the tabs. I was hoping I'd be able to do one side in the machine, but there's just too many bones. Plus I think inside corners are easier to do by hand than on the machine... So I fray-checked all my edges, and I already have the fashion fabric side of one tab done!


It's looking like rehearsal tomorrow might be a short one, and if so, I'm really hoping to be able to try the bodice on. There's really no point in binding all my tabs if it doesn't fit!


Jun. 18th, 2013 11:55 pm
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I do deliver once in a while.

Here are the pictures from last week of the boned part of the bodice. It is now looking quite different, and quite orange! This morning, I ripped out all the stitching I did from when I was going to put right sides together and turn. Then I re-sewed the tops of the boning channels, and started on my eyelets. Ugh. I am such a slow hand-sewer! I've done 16 eyelets so far, out of 24 total. Hopefully I'll finish tomorrow night, and then I have all the binding to do. The one good thing about hand-sewing is I have plenty to do when I'm offstage during rehearsal!

It's all steel boning, and I really do like the shape it gives me!


Jun. 18th, 2013 02:36 am
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Why is this bodice so hard? I feel like it's taking forever. This morning, I cut into my silk taffeta. (I re-patterned the bodice pieces based on how I took most of them in last week.) I only had a little bit of weirdness between the inner layers and outer layers, mostly involving the neckline (which luckily will be covered in quite a bit of lace).


But now the bodice is giving me such a headache! I tried to use my cheat method so I wouldn't have to bind all the tabs (putting right sides together and then turning). Of course, I want thinking that that meant I would have to open up the tops of all the boning channels to be able to turn. And I'm getting weird giant wrinkles at the inside points of the tabs. So now I'm thinking maybe I really should just undo all that (I only turned half of it so far) and just binge it like I'm sure I should have done in the first place... Ugh.


I'll figure that part out in the morning, and then it's on to a bazillion eyelets. Which now that I'm realizing it, will be near to impossible to do on my machine with all that stupid boning! (not to mention I've already broken two needles)


The Snow White front is looking much more promising. The applique/embroidery is done, the grosgrain in the waistband is complete, and all that's left it's to sew on four tiny sets of snaps. I also bought a new needlenose, so I clamped the belt buckle down, and just need to make a few eyelets on the belt. And make the headband, and if I have time, do the velvet bolero. But there's not too much left!


I'll try to post pics soon.

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Apparently I was not thinking ahead tonight. I sewed in lacing strips into the boned bodice, and tried it on. Unfortunately, it was too big, particularly in the underbust and side bust areas, so it was doing nothing for my shape. So I went and took in a bunch of little pinches in between several of the pieces of boning. And it fit! (or just about, and I know the one place where I have to continue taking the bodice in.


The problem is, I have basically now created a whole bunch more seam lines. Seam lines that didn't exist in the original pattern or in any gowns of the period. I think a few of the pieces are still flat enough that I can get by with an adjusted pattern shape, but I did a couple tiny darts in the side front pieces! I did take a few pictures, so I'll try to post those tomorrow.


This might be really interesting... And I'm still sooo nervous to cut into that silk!


On the Snow White front, I digitized my applique today using the 5D software, and I hope to have it stitched out by the end of the weekend.

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All the boning channels are done, and the bones are in, so that means tomorrow I can start on the silk. I'm going to do the back panels first, so that I can do my eyelets and make sure everything fits (please oh please!)


But since I've never worked with silk taffeta before, do I need to prewash it in any way before I start the cutting?

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I'm not nearly as far as I'd like to be in things, but I have done some sewing over the last few days! Sunday, I cut out all my bodice interlining pieces for the 17th c gown. Monday, we had our first official meeting of the Puget Sound Historical Costumers Guild, with our afternoon gathering of tea, sewing, and chat. While I was there, I stitched my engageants into my pet en l'air sleeves, and stitched down the facing in Snow White (I know, I still haven't finished that). When I got home after trivia that night, I also made my fabric-covered belt buckle for Snow (though I still need to find my needlenose so I can finish it). Tuesday, I put together my 17th c bodice pieces. And then I took them apart and put them together again. And again. There was some weird puckery princess seam thing going on, in the front pieces, so I had to fix all that before I could start the boning. Last night, I put just about half the boning channels in, until I ran out of thread... :( I've also been slowly handsewing the grosgrain ribbon band on the inside waist of Snow White. Today, I finished marking all my boning channels (and bought more thread!)

So thanks to [ profile] nuranar, I have now realized I have six weekends left till CosCol, minus one when my parents are coming up to visit. Most of that time I will be in rehearsals/tech/performances for Gondoliers, plus working full time. Aaahhh!!!

Here's everything I need to do:
-17th c gown for the Gala
-50s Cinderella (or possibly Briar Rose if I'm running short on time)
-finish sewing grosgrain in Snow White; finish belt; do apple-ique

And everything I want to do if I have time:
-Re-hem or pleat burgundy petticoat for pet en l'air
-Make velvet bolero for Snow White
-Make a hat for Regency
-Make  a blue wool spencer for Regency stuff
-New crinoline for 50s Disney stuff

*fingers crossed!*

17th c

Jun. 5th, 2013 12:59 am
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Yesterday, I patterned and made a mock-up of my new 17th c gown. I'm having a hard time dating my inspiration portrait, but I think it's dating to maybe the 1630s or 40s? I don't like that silhouette as much, so I think my interpretation is more like early 1660s. I'm using the pattern from Janet Arnold, and making a fully boned bodice. I'm hoping to get away with doing the Janet Arnold pattern for the boned part, too, though I know it's supposed to be a different shape. I just don't want to have to deal with the two different patterns potentially fitting differently! In any case, I tried my mockup on over my 1780s stays, so I knew what shape it was trying to be, and the fit was almost perfect. I'm adding about .5" to each side panel because I know it will get a little smaller after I put the bones in (I'm primarily using 1/4" steel). And I think I'm going to cut the front bottom shape in a steeper v, because it's looking oddly wide at the sides. The tabs will also come up a little higher.

Here's a couple pictures. I think all the wrinkling at the waist in front will go away when I have stronger boning in the front (my stays have really conformed to my shape, and curve out below the waist).

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It's only been over six months since I last added a post to my blog, but I finally wrote another one tonight! It's nothing new for those of you who have been reading my lj since the beginning, but if you haven't seen my Restoration gown from 2011, go check it out!

Here's the link.

And in other news, are there any group plans going around for CosCol? I know people were thinking of doing Curtain-along for one event, and Riding Habits and Redingotes for another, but have they been specified yet? Also, is anyone else joining [ profile] theladysarah and I at Disneyland on the Tues and/or Wed before CosCol?


Jan. 13th, 2013 12:42 am
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I finished the cloak! I'm really happy with it. I'm sure I'll post pictures eventually. And I cut out the shoulder strap pieces for the two bodices. I have to attach them, attach the underbodice sleeves, figure out the pattern for the overbodice sleeves, make those, and hem the robe and the petticoat. And I'm wearing this all in less than a week. Ahhhh!!!!

In other news, my silk came today for the 17th c gown. Of course, I'm not sure I like it. I held it up to the inspiration portrait, and the base color is the same, but it's shot with either brown or black, so the whole thing just seems so much more brown than orange! But if I send it back, I'm out like $20+. And I have no perfect fabric. So now I don't know what to do. Why oh why didn't I buy that gorgeous orange silk taffeta back at Home Fabrics?!?! I'm honestly thinking - if any of you socal readers are planning on hitting the fabric district sometime in the next couple months, would it be possible for someone to send me fabric, and I'll pay you back? Because I can't seem to find that perfect orange anywhere online...

Otherwise, maybe I'll just settle for poly taffeta.
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2011 was a pretty productive year for me, especially in the first few months.

January: Pre-Raphaelite-inspired linen dress and bodice (which I still haven't worn for anything)
             Chemise a la Reine, with short-sleeve shift, and matching sash and petticoat
February: Fully boned stays, which had been a ufo before this because I had never finished the binding
               My 1660s Restoration gown, with accompanying 17th c chemise
               Two pairs of crocheted mitts
               18th c floral striped petticoat
               Refurbished 17th c shoes

March: The beginnings of a hand-quilted petticoat, which I never really worked on again after that month. Maybe someday.
           Petal-shaped bum pad
           16th c escoffion
           Chemise-dress (faire-wear) commision
           I think I also made my short-sleeve chemise blouse in March, but since I never blogged about it, I can't remember.

Nothing in April, since I was busy moving across the country.

May: Floral robe a l'anglaise, with matching floral petticoat, and belt

June: Burgundy 18th c petticoat for the robe a l'anglaise,
        18th c hat (from scratch!)
        18th c cap, fichu, and pockets
July: Finally finished the 1950s Jean Desses cocktail dress, with matching shrug
        1940s romper suit w/ skirt
        Jacques Doucet-inspired early Edwardian chiffon and lace gown

August: Late Victorian walking skirt for my mom, w/ shirtwaist blouse
            Huge Edwardian hat
            Laughing Moon corset, started in the class at CosCol
            Short bustle, for Jane costume

September: Petticoat and skirt for Jane
                  Commissioned fish doublet and collar, with matching pants
                  Spats for Jane

October: Jane bodice, with detachable collar and tie
              Dyed the umbrella for Jane, and stitched eyelet lace to the edges
              Refurbished Regency-style shoes
              One black velvet muff and one white furry muff

November: 1860s black lace and ribbon cap

December: Pagoda-sleeved bodice for my mom for Dickens, with matching ruffle and trim added to her skirt from last year

Overall, not too shabby. Tomorrow, I'll post my list of everything I want to make for 2012. Happy New Year!
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The floral polonaise is almost done! All it needs is a hem on the bottom of the gown and on the sleeves, and a hook and eye at the top of the bodice and on the belt. I've also decided to add a little scalloped box pleated trim at the cuff of the sleeve, and I need to make a real fichu. At this point, I'm planning on wearing it to the opening ice cream social at Costume College. But since it looks pretty much done, I decided to have a photo shoot today! So here are some of my favorite pictures of the floral polonaise, the 17th c gown, and the chemise a la reine, under the cut.

Floral polonaise )

17th c gown )

Chemise a la Reine )

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