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 had been looking forward to [livejournal.com profile] ashamanja_babu's dance class on Saturday morning since she first started talking about it, and it did not disappoint! I purposely wore Little Red on Saturday, hoping that it would be my coolest one for dancing. And although it probably was, I was still sooo overheated! Also, my calves are still sore, and it is now four days later. Although this makes me feel like a wimp, it certainly doesn't make me regret taking the class! My favorite dance was the last one we did - not only was it fun to begin with, but our little dance group was hilarious. [livejournal.com profile] jubilima in particular made me double over with laughter, when we got to a point where she just sort of scurried away with a terrified look on her face.

Of course, by the time I'd cooled down and cleaned up after class, the portrait studio was closed, so I'll have to make do with the faux studio pics for this costume. I did like how it turned out, but this is probably one of the least flattering things I've made in quite some time. And although everyone guessed at Little Red, no one knew I was from the Into the Woods movie.

The only other class I had on Saturday was the Regency chemisette class. I feel like mine is a little rough, and I also ran out of lace, so I haven't (yet) put any on the shoulders. I am intending to wear mine on the outside of a navy blue swiss dot long-sleeve regency I will be making sometime in the next couple months. I didn't finish in class, but I did finish on the bus this morning! It has three layers of lace ruffles at the neck, and is made out of a striped cotton batiste. When I find a similar lace, I will likely finish the shoulders, but the only fine lace in my stash is ivory, so that will happen sometime later. I haven't tried it on yet, but here's a picture taken this morning at my desk!

And then it was time for the gala! A group of about 10 of us bypassed the disaster that was the red carpet this year, went to the portrait studio, and made our customary jaunt over to Maggianos through the mall. I'm surprised there was even anyone left to eat at the gala! There had to be at least 50 costumers at Maggianos, if not more. We got back to the gala with about 10 mins to spare before they opened the doors, and then wandered around the room awkwardly for a while, taking pictures of people on the edges. Once the music started up I headed out to the hall to socialize in quieter climes. Everyone looked so wonderful! Again, crappy camera, but here's a few:

[livejournal.com profile] fairegoddess, [livejournal.com profile] sakon76, [livejournal.com profile] hharris, her husband, Samantha, Amanda, Sarah, Emily, DodiRose, and I comprised our dinner group.

Katherine and I rocked the 1830s!                             [livejournal.com profile] jubilima's absolutely beautiful beatle-wing gown

[livejournal.com profile] ashamanja_babu and [livejournal.com profile] the_aristocat looking fabulous as always. And I don't know this gentleman, but he looked wonderful!
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Friday, I woke up bright and early, donned my Miss Pettigrew outfit, and headed to my hard-bottomed reticule class. It was a great class, and I finished my reticule! I also attended [livejournal.com profile] nuranar's class about self-trimming, which was so useful and informative, and [livejournal.com profile] jennylafleur's class on curling hair (apparently, I'm doing everything wrong, but my hair certainly does seem to hold a curl!).

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] starlightmasque for taking the only pictures of me in this outfit!

After classes, I headed upstairs to re-curl my hair for the Not-ice-cream Social. Yep. I curled my hair four times within 48 hours. I wore my archery dress, which is still either my fav or 2nd fav costume I've ever made. :) My phone camera was being especially troublesome on Friday night, but I did manage to get a few blurry pics in:

Does anyone know who this is? I loved her 30's.              Kaila                                              Abby

                [livejournal.com profile] americanduches                                             [livejournal.com profile] jenthompson and Alyxx

Selfies with big hats are hard, right, [livejournal.com profile] vanessa_lynne?

Then of course, it was the Pink Princess party, but I only made it to 10:30 before turning in for the night. 
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I'm back from CoCo and trying to settle back in normalcy (it's not working). I took less pictures than ever this year, and my phone was taking very grainy/blurry pictures, too, so please bear with me.

As usualy, though, I had soooo much fun! Why is this only once a year?! I flew in early Thurs morning, arriving to Burbank at about 11:30. I was picked up by another lovely costumer, and we headed out to the Huntington. I had never been before, so I was excited to see everything. Unfortunately, it was so hot and humid outside that I wound up skipping almost all of the gardens. (I made it partway through the rose garden before I overheated). But I loved the European gallery, and I took lots of pictures of the beautiful portraits. The library was also very cool. I've never seen so many old books before!. After the Huntington, we headed back to the hotel, only to find that their system was down. Luckily, there were lots of friends to hang out and chat with while waiting, so it wasn't that bad, and I still found enough time to get upstairs and curl my hair before check-in.

Costume #1: The 1831 bathing suit!
I absolutely loved how this turned out. I felt just as ridiculous as the fashion plate, and it was really quite comfy, too! We wound up having quite a nice group for our bathing suit gathering, and took some pictures after the Frock Flicks podcast. I pretty much skipped the Pool Party entirely - I literally walked through it from one end to the other and back, before heading up to celebrate [livejournal.com profile] fairegoddess's birthday.

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Wow, LJ was busy this weekend! I don't know how you guys find time to post and sew. This weekend was all sewing for me.

Mostly, because it took me app ELEVEN HOURS to make my bustle gown sleeves. Seriously, eleven hours. And that was without any sleevil. But they're done and they're in, and I stayed up way too late last night because I was absolutely determined to finish the bodice. I'm pretty sure it's done, though I should probably double check, since I was finishing everything up at almost midnight last night.

Unfortunately, the bodice was pretty much the only thing I got done all weekend. I went over to [livejournal.com profile] vanessa_lynne's again yesterday, though, and she helped me mark where my bars need to go on the bathing suit bodice. As of this morning's bus ride to work, I had finished a little over half of them, so I know I'll finish them before I get home.

I still have a long list of sewing to do, though:

-make bathing suit belt
-make bathing suit hat
-make/paint bathing suit scarf
-mark bathing suit skirt hem.
-make sleeve poufs
-tack bustle tapes in place
-dye hair
-make sure that any accessories too large to fly are ready to be dropped off tomorrow (ie: sewing machine and archery dress hat)

-hem bathing suit skirt. I haven't decided yet whether I'm doing this by hand or by machine
-figure out hair for bustle gown
-double check that all hooks and eyes are on things
-sew petal bum pad to regular bum pad so they don't have to be pinned
-make bows to sew onto bathing suit bloomers

Wednesday/if time
-take in gala gown at the top of the CB closure, so that my roommate doesn't have to pin me in
-tack zipper edges down in Little Red
-make world's fastest reticule for bustle gown, because I have nothing that matches a green dress

I really hope that's everything left to do, because I already don't know how I'm going to accomplish all that. I will have about 4 hrs to sew tonight, and probably only two hours each on Tues and Wed. Yikes.

Oh, and since I don't think I ever posted what order I'm wearing things:
Thurs: 1831 bathing suit
Friday day: Miss Pettigrew
Friday night: 1830s Archery dress
Saturday day: Little Red
Gala: Orange 1830s gown
Sunday: green and ivory bustle gown
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I did sew at lunch yesterday (and today), and on the bus, so my bathing suit bodice binding is complete, and I have 5 hooks left to sew on. It's good that I'm not planning to sew the bars on until Sunday, because although I have plenty of eyes, I only have 6 bars (and I find it quite frustrating that all hooks must come with eyes - I almost never use the eyes!)

I also assembled all the pieces for the bustle bodice yesterday evening. Somehow, it was crazy big in the bust, so I'm glad I tried it on before going any further! I wound up taking it in probably about 3" in the bust, and took in the lower CB 2" as well. But now it fits! I also sewed in the lining for the peplum along the hem, so at this point, the top and sides need to be tacked, and then the lining is all set. I even made four buttonholes! Of course, I also realized that this dress is going to require covered buttons, which means that's another thing I need to go run out and get.

My goal for tonight is to start and complete the sleeves on the bustle bodice. I know I will finish the last hooks on the bus on the way home, and I'm hoping that I will find myself with app 2 hrs of handsewing to do by tomorrow afternoon. I have an audition mid-afternoon in the same place that I am ushering a show tomorrow night, and since there is also a parade happening tomorrow night, I don't want to risk going home and not being able to find parking for the show. Of course, right now I probably only have about 30-45 mins of handsewing, so I hope I come up with something! If I manage to finish the sleeves tonight, I can make and attach the binding for the neck. And I might be able to start on the belt for the bathing suit, which will likely have hand-finishing, if nothing else.

Hmm, maybe I'll try to hit Joanns before the audition tomorrow - then I can sit around making buttons! 
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I got the twill and sateen I needed in order to finish cutting out the bustle bodice last night at Joanns. I also picked up some red fabric for the bathing suit scarf, a weird pleather for the belt (I'm really nervous about working with pleather!), and hopefully almost everything I need for class supplies. Though naturally, once I got home, I realized I had forgotten to pick up the lavendar ribbon for the bustle bodice! *sigh* I guess I'll be going back there sometime this weekend.

The bathing suit bodice is almost done. Yesterday, I finished the sleeves and started on the binding for the neck and hem. This morning on the bus, I stitched down the neckline binding, and got about halfway done with tacking down one side of the CB closure. I plan to sew at lunch and on the bus on the way home today, too, so hopefully I will finish all of the binding/tacking, and maybe even start sewing the hooks on.

I also assembled the rest of the bustle bodice pieces that I had already had cut out, and I cut out the peplum lining for all but one piece (before running out of sateen and heading to Joanns). This morning, I cut out the interlining for the last four pieces, so all I have left to cut are two peplum lining pieces. This bodice should be fully assembled tonight, and hopefully I can start on sleeves, since they will also be another patterning challenge. *grumble* Why did I pick such an unusual bustle gown?!
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The bathing suit bodice is coming along swimmingly (pun not originally intended, but hey). All the bodice pieces are sewn together, the back opening (I know, why did I do this to myself?) is pressed and pinned and waiting to be tacked and have hooks and eyes added, sleeves are cut out and serged. I think I may finish everything but the bars for the eyes tonight. I know [livejournal.com profile] vanessa_lynne talked about another sewing day on Sunday, so I may have her help me mark the placement for the bars, because I was stupid enough to let H/A win and create a bodice with hooks and eyes in the back! :(

I did not go to Joanns last night, so I still don't have everything cut out for the bustle bodice. I will go tonight. I have to go out tonight because I also have to go grocery shopping, and my Joanns list keeps getting longer. Hopefully while I'm there I can also figure out what I'm doing for the bathing suit belt. It looks like pleated leather, but I'm not sure I want to deal with having to sew over pleather. I also need to pick up everything for the two limiteds I'm taking. I know I shouldn't have waited this long, because I know I'm not going to be able to find batiste or lawn at Joanns, which means if I don't have anything that will suffice in the stash (*fingers crossed!*) then I'll have to make a trip to Nancy's this weekend.

I did, however, start on sewing the bustle bodice. Four pieces are serged, and two have actually been assembled. Maybe I'll get the rest of them assembled by tomorrow night? I wish I didn't have to work during the day - it's such a time suck when I really need to be sewing!

Sewing day

Jul. 20th, 2015 09:44 am
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Yesterday, [livejournal.com profile] vanessa_lynne hosted a sewing day, for which I am sooo thankful! She helped me fit (and then refit. and then refit again) the bustle gown bodice. I had been trying to figure out how to have one front piece with no darts, but by around 7:30pm, I finally said screw it, and drafted out a princess seam front instead. Of course, this means that altogether, my bodice will have 12 pieces (not including the crazy sleeves, which I really haven't even thought about yet). She also helped me fit my 1830s bodice pattern, since I couldn't remember what all I had done to it in Feb when I made the archery dress. I woke up a little before my alarm this morning, so I've already cut out the two front pieces of the bustle bodice. My goal for tonight is to get all the bustle bodice pieces cut (in both outer and interlining), and possibly cut the bathing suit bodice as well. And sew them together. I really need to get going on this! I want to be finished with everything by the end of this Sunday, so I can use the next few days to pack, and make sure nothing needs tweaking (like my gala bodice closure, which is probably not going to be gotten to...) Not sewing for three days last week really threw me off-schedule!
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I finished the bathing suit bloomers yesterday. I also finished the waistband for the bathing suit skirt, and potentially figured out at what length I will be hemming it. This thing is going to be so ridiculous.

Alas, accessories for this are still feeling a bit hopeless, but hopefully I'll get this bodice and the bustle bodice done by mid-next week, which will leave me a week to figure out accessories and pack. Last night it hit me all of a sudden that I feel like I'm not getting enough accomplished considering CosCol is in two weeks! I don't even know what I'm wearing when yet! And I have to find my class supplies list, because I have no idea what I need and therefore haven't purchased anything for them yet. 
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This time it's elastic. Apparently, I have no 1" elastic in the house. I have all sorts of other widths, naturally. So my bathing suit bloomers are almost done. All they need is the waistband casing/elastic. I had enough 3/4" elastic to do the legs. And yes, elastic is not period, but this is a bathing suit, and the best way for me to get the poufs in the legs is to have elastic in the cuffs.

I also sewed together the skirt panels, after cutting out a 3rd one - for a bathing suit, this seems very voluminous, but it looks way better now. I gathered the waist, too, so now I need to make the waistband, and figure out how much I'm hemming it, though that won't be at least until I get the bloomers and bodice done.

I purchased a scarf to wear with it, which I think I'm going to attempt to paint the stripes on (I couldn't find any that already had it). I still need to figure out what I'm doing with the belt - it looks almost like pleather belts I've seen at the thrift store, but unfortunately, time is now of the essence! I'm hoping to find some wide ribbon today when I go pick up the elastic. I already have the stockings figured out - I purchased red wide fishnet thigh-highs and will be wearing them over white stockings. I'm good on shoes, too.

Of course, one thing I still haven't decided is if I'm wearing this over a corset or not. The interesting thing is that her waist in the fashion plate is at her natural waist, not that slightly higher early 30s waist, which makes me think she's not wearing that longer late-Regency-style corset. But would she have gone without? I suppose that could also explain those bodice wrinkles... 
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After I fnished Little Red last night, I moved back to the bustle gown bodice. I marked everything from when my BF helped me fit it on Saturday, took apart the pattern pieces, and then stared at the front piece for over 30 mins trying to figure out how to draft the darts out of it. Then I gave up and moved on to the bathing suit.

I cut out the skirt pieces, though I'm wondering if two panels is going to feel a bit skimpy - I think I'll have to wait till after the bloomers are made to decide if I need another panel. Then I moved on to cutting out the bloomers, and realized that back in the LA fabric district, during last CosCol, I bought about 6" less fabric than I actually needed. Agh! So I spent about 30 mins trying to figure out how I could actually make it work. I wound up cutting about 3" out of the rise of the bloomers, so I hope they don't feel like I'm wearing low-rise. If they do, I might piece in some fabric into the rise - it will be under the skirt anyway, so no one will see.

Of course, once I sew the skirt and bloomers together, I'm going to be left with two crazy bodices to pattern. I'm at a loss for the bathing suit one, too. I almost wonder if it might have been made out of a knit... It's so fitted to her, and I'm not sure where/how to put the closures in. Hooks and eyes don't seem to make sense in a bathing suit, but would it have buttoned up the back in the early 1830s?

I've also yet to find adult-size swimmies, which I thought would be both appropriate and funny. So I think I'm going to have to make those undersleeve poufs, but that's certainly not something I'd ever want to go into water with! Not that this bathing costume is actually very appropriate for swimmming. Just as a reminder, in case anyone has forgotten, this is the suit:
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I had sooo much fun at the Victorian Festival in Port Townsend this weekend! Like last year, it once again fell on my and my boyfriend's birthdays (his is the day before mine). We had some crazy weather while we were there. On Friday, it was 27mph wind, so we didn't do much wandering around. In fact, as I was trying to leave the hotel in my Ravenclaw bustle, I had to go back in first to take off my hat, and second to take off the pleated tail on the bustle. So no pictures from Friday.

Saturday was so much better! The weather was almost entirely clear, besides a little rain mid-day. It was cool, but not overly cold, and we were able to take some nice pics. The seminars they offered this year didn't really interest me much at all, but I did go to the fashion show with [livejournal.com profile] vanessa_lynne, and headed off to the ball in the evening. Here are some pics from Saturday:

Sunday, my birthday, was marvelous. We packed up and checked out of the hotel, and then I headed over to tea with Val, Gina, and her mom. Tea was delicious, and then we headed over the to fort, and met up with my BF to hang out and take lots of pictures. It was amazing! It had turned quite windy again, and was very cold, so I unfortunately had my capelet on for most of the pictures, but they still all turned out amazingly! Thanks Gina!

The rest of the pictures can be found here.
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I wore my new orange gown on Saturday night for the ball in Port Townsend, and Gina of Beauty4Ashes took a bunch of pictures for me! The third picture is an attempt to recreate the fashion plate.

And an attempt at a hair selfie. :)
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I finished my reticule and 1830s hairpiece!

Here's the reticule. This morning, I added trim to the seams, attached the tassel, bound the top with ribbon, and slid ribbon ties through the casing. By the way, for future reference, a three-sided reticule is not good at holding large phones. As soon as I stick my phone in it, it looks all wonky.

And here's the hairpiece. I redid what I had pinned together yesterday, keeping only the loops. I unbraided the super thick braid base, and made it half the width. Then I took what was left over, and made it into three additional braids. The one visible in the center front has a wire running through it, and I have stabilized the back braid loop and the tall ribbon on the top by sewing them to the wired braid. The ribbon is two widths sewn together, like what I did on the dress, and the ribbons and hair pieces are all sewn together into the two base braids. It's hollow in the middle, so that it can fit around a bun of my own hair, and should be easy to pin in place (I'm just holding it in the picture). The front section of my hair will be curled.

I think all that's left now is to hem my boyfriend's pants and pack. 
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I made a packing list yesterday for PortTownsend, and realized there were still several small things I needed to make! And when I came home after dinner last night, I got into a "make all the things" mode, and worked until after 1am on a bunch of different projects.

First, I tried to figure out what I would do with my hair for the Seaside Bustle gown. I hated what I did with my hair at CosCol, but still didn't want to do my fallback curl pieces that I use for Ravenclaw. Yesterday afternoon, I went out and bought two regular braids and a wavy braid at the hair store, to use for the orange gown and the seaside bustle, so luckily, I had a lot to work with. What I've decided on is a really long braid circling the crown of my head, and making another circle as a loose bun, and then the wavy piece (which I also braided) is in a loop coming from the center of the loose bun. I think it works.

After that, I put together/altered four bracelets for the orange gown, because I realized when looking at the fashion plate yesterday that she's wearing a ton of bracelets. The ones I made are pretty terrible, but they'll do. I didn't have thick enough wire for the clasps, so hopefully the ones I made won't get too out of shape while I'm wearing them. I just need them to last one night! Here's a pic: The one on the right was a longer bracelet to begin with, so I remade it - the other three were chains I had in the stash, and I just altered the length and put the clasps on.

When those were done, I switched to 1830s hair. Before I started the bustle hair, I had made four loops to use out of one of the braids. I sort of used Kendra's buckle method, with some alterations. I couldn't find any wax paper, so I wrapped an aerosol hairspray can in aluminum foil, coated one side of an 11-12" piece of hair with the jewel-it glue, wrapped it around the bottle and bobby pinned the ends together, and then coated the other side of the hair. When the glue dried, I slid the foil off the bottle and carefully detached the hair from the foil. Then I put them under a piece of the cardboard hair package, and laid one of the bustle braids across it, so that they would squish into the teardrop shape I wanted. They stayed there for probably an hour (in which time, I glued the feathers on my archery dress hat). After that, I took the remainder of that package of hair, braided the part I hadn't cut chunks off of, and made it into a base for the loops. I've bobby pinned the loops to the braid and to each other, and now they look like this! I will be adding large ribbon loops to it today to make it look like the fashion plate.

But the night wasn't over yet. I also realized that I had no reticule to match the orange gown, so with the tiny scraps I had left, I cut out three pieces for a small reticule. I sewed up the silk outer, and a cotton liner, and then finally called it a night. I'm going to trim it and finish it up today.
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When I was at Joanns today, I picked up another pack of hooks and eyes, so I was able to put the last two bars on the orange gala gown when I got home. Which means it's now completely done!!! I also attached the ribbon ties to my shoes, so they're all set, too. I think I might go visit a hair shop tomorrow, and pick up a couple braids to try making them into crazy apollo knot-type loops. Because right now, I have no idea what I'm doing with my hair on Saturday.

Oh, and I tried starching my petticoats. I bought liquid starch. Which I now know must not work! My solution was 4 parts water to 1 part starch, because that was the bare minimum I could do and still submerge the whole petticoat. Then I rang them out by tumbling them in the washing machine (with no rinse). They've been hanging in the shower under the heat lamp for about 5-6 hours now. The regular petticoat is pretty much dry, and while it feels slightly stiffer, it certainly can't stand up on its own. The corded petticoat is still quite damp, so maybe it's too early to tell on that one, but it really doesn't feel any stiffer. In fact, it may still be how wet it is, but if anything, it feels less stiff! Does starching petticoats only work with actual corn starch?
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The orange dress is done! (Ok, to be honest, I still need to buy two more bars to sew on the back closure) No pics yet, namely because it looks almost the same as the last pic I posted. In fact, I probably won't post pics till Port Townsend next weekend, but I'll make sure we take a lot!

Right now I'm trying to decide whether it's worth it to starch my corded petticoat. I know it makes a nice shape, but it seems like a lot of work, and I'm worried about it drying in time. If I starch it tomorrow afternoon/evening (Sunday), and am unable to hang it anywhere except somehow in the shower (because I live in an apartment and it's supposed to rain pretty much every day this week), will it be dry by Thursday? And will it get a decent shape if all I can do is hang it in the shower?
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The hem is done, and I'm almost 1/3 done with the cording near the hem, but it's going very slowly! It's really hard for me to keep it from wanting to roll and twist while I'm sewing it on. I'm hoping to maybe finish it tomorrow, but for sure by Sunday night.

My bf's jacket may have bested me, though. I tried resetting the one sleeve I had ripped apart, and I can't figure out how to get it back in without it gathering somewhat. I suppose I could rip the entire sleeve off and take it in under the arm, but it just makes me feel like this project is going to get bigger and bigger.

Luckily, I had a break from the sewing earlier today, while I was out running errands. I stopped at Value Village, and found a couple vintage pieces. One is not so old, it's an 80s dress with a pretty awesome collar for $10. But the other one was a real steal - I found a vintage hat, somewhat crumpled, that they clearly had no idea what it was. It looks 40's to me (though if someone can tell me for sure, that would be great!), and I'm about 95% positive that it's trimmed with real fur. Oh yeah, and it was $2.99. All I did to freshen it was lint roll it, and pin it to the head form. It's unmarked inside, and the petersham band has basically disintegrated in the back of the hat (as has the tag - there's just a few strands in the seam to know where it was). Here's a few really terrible pictures:

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It doesn't look very different from yesterday, but today things are actually sewn instead of just pinned! All the bodice needs are hooks and eyes up the back. The skirt still needs a hem and cording, but that's it. Almost done!

I'm also attempting to alter my BF's frock coat for next weekend. We purchased one off of ebay, but it's too long (both width and length) in the shoulders, so I'm trying to take it in an inch or so. Except I had no idea how many layers are in a man's suit jacket up there! I've taken one shoulder apart, and I've already taken it up, but I need to figure out how much to take in the top of the sleeve so that I can refit it. Not to mention figuring out how to put all the padding layers back in up there, and making sure I do the exact same thing to the other sleeve. 

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