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My 2016 Goals changed a few times over the course of the year, but this is what they were:

Navy blue swiss dot Regency - Done!
Black silk taffeta bustle ballgown - Done!
Child's Victorian Gown - Done!
Daniel Deronda Riding Habit - Still hasn't happened, and is no longer on my specific upcoming goals list.
1860s Fully Handsewn dress - Didn't even pick this up all year. Maybe someday, but probably not anytime soon.
Turquoise Silk Mid-19th c  Giant Ballgown - I kind of knew this was going to be a 2017 project, and sure enough, it will be.
Fur-trimmed bustle-era skating outfit - Coming up next; I've already started cutting pieces out.
Winter bustle gown - Almost done!
Super-secret Disney-related project - No longer super secret. This is the Snow White Designer Disney dress, and will be made for the CoCo pool party this year.

In June, I added an Elizabethan kirtle and Mary Poppins Jolly Holiday to the list, both of which I have since completed.


And here's picture proof of everything I made!

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I think that's everything. Overall, not a bad sewing year, though being unemployed for the first eight months of the year certainly helped in that, and as you can tell by my posts, my sewing has definitely slowed down since I started working in September! 
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I realized tonight that it's been almost two weeks, and I still haven't done a real post about Dapper Day!

I flew down super early Saturday morning to Long Beach, picked up my rental car, and drove to Disney. By the time I parked, it was shortly before the Dapper Day Expo opened at the Disneyland Hotel, so I waited around a little bit, and then checked that out. There was sooo much vintage and repro clothing and accessories for sale, but it was all quite expensive (and I didn't want to have to walk around all day with it). It was kind of nice that Simplicity had a booth advertising their new patterns, and were giving out vintage apron patterns and travel sewing kits.

After I walked around the whole Expo, I headed to CA Adventure. I was on my own on Saturday, and seemed to have pretty bad timing on wait times for things, so Saturday wasn't the greatest day. That said, I did a bunch of pin trading, met several characters, did a few character drawing sessions, and did manage to ride several rides, too. I also watched the absolute worst Disney fireworks show ever. It was literally 4 minutes long.

Luckily, Sunday made up for Saturday. I met up with a friend of mine who I hadn't seen since college, which was wonderful. It was her first full day visiting Disneyland, and I absolutely love taking Disney newbies around the park. We met lots of characters, had perfect timing for pretty much every ride, and did a ton of people-watching. So many people were dressed up in Dapper style, and most people were also Disneybounding, so it was really fun to try to guess who everyone was supposed to be. Another friend joined us in the evening, and we rode more rides and all watched World of Color. It was such a great day!

Here are some pics. More of them can be found on my facebook.




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We had an awesome Halloween! I dressed as Mary Poppins during the day, but went scary in all black with a big dark cloak and painted face for the trick-or-treaters. Most people were at least fairly scared at our house, but it was nothing compared to all the screams coming from our next-door neighbors' house! At the last minute, when I got home from work, we added a bunch more decorations, and then I spent most of the evening at the door, so no sewing time.

I also realized while wearing Mary Poppins that a bunch of my skirt appliques are trying to come off, so I really need to sew them on before Disney this weekend. But I also haven't had any time to sew! I need to fix the skirt, make the Princess Anna hat, fix all the costumes for my caroling group, finish my corset, and hopefully make a new bustle gown. All by Thanksgiving. Yikes.

Anyway, what I did manage today was to practice my hair and decide on a hat to wear with my Disney Villains dress for Saturday, but I'm still waffling on the shoes. Help me decide! The majority vote from facebook seems to be for the Saddle shoes, so I'm going to try breaking them in starting tomorrow.
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It's done!

I set in the zipper, which was a pain, as I expected. In fact, I wound up setting the last 1.5" by hand because I didn't feel like messing with figuring it out on the machine. I also finished out the pocket that had the zipper running into it. And I did wind up taking up the CF a bit - it was just too low in the waist, so I took out a whole inch in the CF (you could actually see where the seam started to go down towards a v in the center front, so it was really obvious where it needed to come up!). Now it's much better, and I think the petticoat takes care of the rest of the length, even though my poor petticoat is soooo deflated from what it once was like 9 or so years ago when I made it. Maybe if I have time, I'll make a new one.

Here's some pictures:




I also spray-painted a straw hat white for Jolly Holiday. I'll see how it comes out tomorrow when it dries, but it looks good so far! I've also now ordered all the trimming I need for her, except for the beading lace for the collar and cuffs. I'm looking for somewhere between 1.5-2" wide, with enough room to run a 3/8" ribbon through the center. I'm finding a couple that are 1 3/8" wide online, but am having some difficulties finding anything wider. Anyone have any leads?
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I finished the cuffs on the villains dress, and sewed on all my buttons, so it's nearly finished. Hopefully I'll have plenty of time to set the zipper in tomorrow. I'm also a little worried that it's too long - I tried it on today for the first time, albeit without a petticoat, and the skirt seemed a good 1-2" longer than ideal. I'm thinking the petticoat will balance at least some of that out, but I guess we'll see once it's finished. It's also still kind of baggy looking in the back, but I guess I just have to get used to that with a dolman sleeve bodice. I do think the black cuffs, collar, and belt do a pretty decent job of balancing out all that bold print, though, so at least that's a plus!
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Yikes! It's been a whole week since I last posted! I guess that's what happens during tech week, since I'm back to work now. Anyway, I've done a lot of mending of costume stuff for the show (I had to fix the hem and side seam of one skirt, resew 1/4th of the pleats of my ballgown skirt, whip the edge of my corset because my boning was sticking out, and quick rig two blouses and a bodice. I think that's everything?) The show is going really well, though - I've gotten lots of complements on my character development, and have been told that my death is "hard to watch." ;) Two weekends left!

I also posed for another portrait session on Friday morning. Usually, everyone sketches or uses oils on actual paper, but there was a girl there drawing with a tablet. Her work was really good, and she let me take a picture of some of what she had been working on. I'm amazed at people who draw digitally - it seems so much more difficult to me! I think the black and white sketches were from the two or five-minute poses, and the colored ones were from the 20-min poses.



I have done a little more work on the villains dress, too - I did all my buttonholes, attached the skirt to the bodice, and started on my cuffs. Now that I won't have rehearsals in the evening, I'm really hoping to finish it in the next couple days. All I have left is finishing the cuffs, putting in the side zip, and sewing on six buttons, so hopefully it won't be too bad!

I've also finished purchasing (hopefully) everything for Mary Poppins, except possibly the hat. I'm tempted to try to spray paint one of my straw hats white, and drape it with organza, since I haven't fallen in love with anything I've seen online.

I think once I finish the villains dress, I'll really try to get back to the corset, too. I need to check the second mockup, and order the boning and busk, too. I figure I can place the order while I start on Mary Poppins.
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I finished stitching the facing of the villains bodice down yesterday. I also made another villains skirt for an etsy order. And today, I hemmed 2/3 of the skirt for my dress, and started playing with the Jolly Holiday parasol. The weird foam handle is coming in handy, because I was able to scuplt it into something at leat vaguely recognizeable as her bird handle. I think once I paint it, it will look pretty close.

I also started trying to dye the top of the parasol. I want every other wedge to be a pale red. But after working on it for over an hour tonight, I'm still struggling. The red keeps bleeding onto the white panels, and then when I go to dab off the bleed with a damp towel, the water bleeds back into the red section, and washes away the dye on the egde. So I need to figure out how (or even if there is actually a way) to prevent the bleed from happening. I really like the soft color that the dye makes, and I feel like painting wouldn't give the same effect... Any ideas?

You can see that two panels look relatively okay, and the other two red panels really have a lot of the reverse bleeding.



I spent most of today at the Puyallup State Fair, which was fun! I've never been to a state fair before, other than speed-walking through the Oklahoma one to get to the Disney on Ice arena. This seemed like maybe 1/5 the size of the OK one, but it was the perfect size to tackle in about 5 hrs today. I didn't ride any rides, but I checked out most of the arts and crafts exhibits, and saw some of the animals. And tried out a couple different massage chairs. ;) We also had fun food like scones, rootbeer floats, and corn dogs. I took some pictures of my favorite things!

Amazing LotR model


Absolutely incredible dollhouse!


Lovely Tiffany lamp and mosaiced bird bath


This brown alpaca was my favorite. :)

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Not much sewing happening the last couple days. I did manage to get half of my facing tacked down on the inside of the villains bodice today during rehearsal, but that's it. I'm hoping to be able to do a lot more sewing over tomorrow and Saturday. I have a feeling I'll take a small nap when I get home from work tomorrow (the 7am start time is killing me!) and then get to work. I have an etsy order for another villain skirt, so that's my first priority, since it needs to be sent out no later than Monday (and I'd like to get it out Saturday if possible). I'd also like to finish the villain dress.

And my parasol for Jolly Holiday arrived, so I'd like to start knocking that out. I'm planning to try to paint/dye every other wedge of the parasol - will nylon take dye if it's painted on without being watered down, or do I need to find another method? I also need to apply a lace ruffle around the edge. The parasol I ordered did wind up having nearly perfect dimensions, but it also has this big weird foam handle on it - I thought it would be wood, because I swear I've seen these parasols in the past with a wooden handle! Oh well. It might work out okay, actually, because it's large enough that I might be able to paint a bird head onto it, and get it looking a bit more like the actual parasol. Hopefully, the silk organza will also arrive this weekend, so maybe I can get a start on the Jolly Holiday costume as well. 

I sewed!

Sep. 6th, 2016 10:13 pm
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I feel like I really haven't been doing much sewing lately, but I did get a little chance to work on the villains dress today and yesterday. The bodice is pretty much together. It needs to have the facing and collar whipstitched down on the inside, the cuffs attached, zipper put in, and buttons/buttonholes. And the skirt needs the zipper and the hem, plus to be attached to the bodice.

My struggle right now is figuring out how to do the zipper. I'm ignoring the pattern (which I probably should have done on the collar, too, since it was the weirdest and most confusing method to add a collar that I've ever experienced), which says to use a regular zipper, and I think creates a little flap to hide it. Instead, I'm doing an invisible zipper. But the problem is that I'm also adding pockets, and I'm having trouble figuring out how to install the zipper and the pockets in the same place. Any ideas?

The fit of this was also really weird, which I think might be because it is a dolman sleeve. I had cut the pieces as is in width, but added 2.5" to the length of the bodice. That was waaaayyy too long in the back, though. I actually wound up taking almost all of the length out by the time it got to the center back. I think I removed 2 1/8" length in the CB, tapering to 1 1/8" by the side seam, and to 0" removed by the CF. I also had to create an additional back dart, in the CB, because it seemed so baggy, and I increased the size of the two outer darts (of the four tiny back darts the pattern had included). Luckily, this fabric has such a bold pattern that you really can't see any of the darts. I still have major wrinkling going on near the underarms, but as far as I know, there's no way to correct that for a dolman sleeve - unless anyone knows otherwise?

It's also kind of funny - it calls for shoulder pads, but the curve of the shoulder fits me pretty much perfectly. Definitely no room for shoulder pads in there!

Here's some pictures of the remaining wrinkles in the fit. First, the back wrinkles:


The armpit wrinkles


The wrinkles go away when I put my hand on my hip! And here's a pic with the collar and cuffs pinned on. I think they do a pretty decent job of breaking up the pattern, but I probably won't know for sure until I attach the skirt.


Here it is with the collar attached. I decided to make the facing black, too, so that I could also wear it open a little more at the neck.



I probably won't have more time to work on this till Friday. I start my new job tomorrow, and have rehearsal tomorrow and Thurs nights, and if I do get any time for sewing, it should be spent in hemming/shortening some of my skirts, which I've agreed to wear in the production (I meant to do that today, and only just remembered. Oops!)
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I was wrong yesterday in thinking I had cut out all my villain dress pieces. I still had all the cuff, collar, and interfacing pieces left to cut, which I did today. The collar and cuff are out of black cotton. Naturally, though, I ran out of interfacing before I could cut the last two cuff pieces (it wants interfacing on each side of the cuff, which seems a bit much to me, but whatever), so I'll have to pick some up tomorrow. I also serged several of the pieces. That was all I got to, though, since I also had to dogsit, and go to rehearsal, and I took advantage of the nice weather and cleaned out the gutters. And unfortunately, I don't expect to have any time to sew tomorrow at all. So I really hope I can get it mostly finished on Tues, since I start my new job Wednesday! 
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Since I feel like so many plans are swimming around in my head, I'm putting them down here so I can reference them for later.

Mary Poppins Jolly Holiday - due by mid-Oct
1950s Villains dress - due by end of Oct
1876 corset - due as soon as possible, so I can start bustle gowns
1876 green wool fur-trimmed dress - due by Jan for Little House Party
1870s black wool fur-trimmed skating dress - due by Jan for Little House Party
1870s paletot (or whatever they were called at this point) - due by Jan for Little House Party
1860s corset - hopefully due by late Jan, so I can start gala gown
1860s giant turquoise ballgown - hopefully due by mid-March, in case the Port Townsend Victorian Festival happens after all
Snow White couture gown for group project - due by CoCo
Elizabeth Swan burgundy 17th c gown for Keira Knopely group - due by CoCo


And maybe if I manage to get all that done, I can make new 18th c stays and the Daniel Deronda riding habit, like I wanted to before. But maybe it's because of the corsets, but this feels like a lot! 
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I haven't done any actual sewing yet, but I did finish cutting out all my pieces for the villain dress! Thanks for your advice - I decided to cut the center front and side backs of the skirt facing in the same direction as the bodice fronts, and the center back and side fronts the same direction as the bodice backs. Hopefully it won't look too crazy. The collar, cuffs, and belt will all be black, which I'm really hoping will break up this crazy loud pattern.

I also ordered 10 yards of silk organza from Dharma for Mary Poppins. And a parasol.

Honestly, it somehow feels like Halloween is like two weeks away, and I have no time to sew anything! I know that's not true. But I think it's feeling piled up because of just how much I need to get done, both by Halloween (Mary Poppins and the Villain dress), and then by January (1876 corset, skating bustle dress, green winter bustle dress). And that, combined with the fact that I go back to work on Wednesday (and I work 5 hours on Monday, too). It will only be four days a week, since I didn't get the costume shop job I was really hoping for (which would have been full time), but it will mean going to bed crazy early, because I start work at 7am. Plus I'm going into tech for Jekyll and Hyde next Monday, and still have rehearsal every day this week, too, so I think I'm just feeling like I don't have any time. Luckily(?), I didn't get cast in the show that I really wanted to do next (which is why I can go to Dapper Day), so once Jekyll opens, I'll have a lot more time to sew, even though I'll be working. I'm just worried about how long Mary Poppins will take!

So by the way, is anyone else I know planning to go to Dapper Day?

Oh, and just so there's a picture in this post, here's the present I made last week for my friend for her birthday. She loves villains, so I knew this fabric would work perfectly!
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Seriously. This morning, I cut out mockup 2.0 of the corset, out of pink canvas. If it works fine, I'm going to use it for the interior layer of the corset, with the spotted pink cotton-blend upholstery fabric that I used on my Ren corset, stays, and pocket hoops for the outer.

But instead of putting it together, I've also been planning out my Halloween costume, which is going to be Mary Poppins' Jolly Holiday outfit. I went to Joanns today, hoping to find an embroidered bridal organza that might work, but no such luck. And since poly organza from Joanns is basically the same price as Dharma's silk, I'm going to order silk instead. I think I'm going to blend the movie version and the parks version together. Right now, for the skirt, I'm thinking I'm going to do a base layer, possibly of organdy if I have any, and then three, if not four, layers of organza over that, with the top layer having appliques attached. I like that in the movie, a couple of her skirt layers are that dull red color, so I'm planning to dye one to two layers of the organza, and then attach lace around the hem of those layers.

And somehow, I actually found the exact large applique on her skirt in the parks on etsy - but the seller thinks she only has three, and I really need at least 10. It's kind of killing me, knowing that it's out there, but not knowing how to get more. Any ideas? https://www.etsy.com/listing/293996545/cotton-flower-lace-applique-for-garments. I don't really feel like trying to digitze this and make my own...

And of course, if that wasn't enough, I've also decided to go to Dapper Day this year! On Sunday, I'll probably wear a toned down version of Jolly Holiday, pairing the skirt with a red belt and a white blouse, but on Saturday, I'm planning to wear a cotton printed villain dress. I'm in the process of cutting it out right now, using Vogue 9000, but this pattern has a terrible cutting layout for directional patterns! So here's my dilemma - should I use 6 yards in cutting the skirt alone (and wind up with tons of waste), or should I forgo keeping all my fabric facing in the same direction, and cut each piece in the opposite direction, therefore only using 3 yards for the skirt. I have plenty of the fabric, but I have it listed in my etsy shop, and if I use it all on this, I'll only have about one yard left. As it is, I'm really worried this is going to turn out looking like nurse scrubs. Even just looking at the front bodice pieces, it all feels so much.

This is the fabric - so far I've cut the bodice fronts and one of the skirt front/back pieces with Ursula facing up.
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Fair warning - they're bad mirror selfies, and I'm wearing it with the wrong petticoat, because the one I should be wearing with it is at the theatre, since I'm wearing it in the show. But I had my hair done for the show, and like 2 minutes to take pictures before I had to go run errands, so I snapped these while I could.

It's a bit awkward to wear, because the white section is a straight rectangle, and though it only wraps partway to the back, it still sort of inhibits the wearing of a crinoline (or at least one that would sufficiently fill out the rest of the skirt). It's also a bit disconcerting to wear, because the real thing that's holding everything in place is a large hook and eye and the waist (plus the belt over it, I guess). But the buttons don't really hold anything in place, besides keeping the front point sections up.

But anyway, I still think it's cute, and I got a ton of complements on it at Walmart and from my cast-mates. :)

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I finished the Butterick dress this afternoon. That said, no pictures yet - I'll wear it tomorrow so that I can get some pics of it. It fits quite well now, though I didn't fix the one funky bust dart on the back-to-front wrap piece. But I redid my shoulders, taking it up 1.75" on each side by the neckline, tapering to 1.5" taken up by the time it got to the armseye. I also took up the hem of the front section by 1.5" on the sides, tapering to nothing taken up by the CF. Besides the bust-to-neckline darts I made yesterday, the only other change I made was to put in four buttons on each side instead of three. I don't know how they expected to have the front section look right with only three buttons and no interfacing. It hardly looks right with four buttons and added interfacing.

Anyway, overall, although this pattern does make a cute dress, I do not recommend this pattern. I honeslty don't see how it would fit right on anyone at all. 
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My bf was in the north end yesterday, and went out of his way to pick up a covered buckle kit for me from a store in Bellevue on his way home, so I feel that this means I must actually finish the Butterick dress and put it to good use. So far, I've done the bust-to-neckline darts, which were easy enough, and I've ripped apart the shoulder seams. The hard part is going to be redoing the back neckline. I have two options - 1) I rip out my hand sewing where I attached the hem of the back facing piece to the back piece, and go from inside, redoing the neckline shape by machine, or 2) I leave the handstitching in place, and instead do a tiny whipstitch on the edge of the neckline once I've reshaped it. I'm leaning towards #2, but of course, they both kind of suck. But if I do #2, I also feel like I might be able to keep better track of the actual size of the back shoulder/neckline, to make sure it fits with the front. And the pattern does call for top-stitching about .5" away from all the edges, so if I do that, the handstitching would be reinforced, too.

Anyway, I'm determined to fix this!


Oh yeah, and also - fair warning to anyone else who attempts this dress - that wide neckline issue is the exact same size no matter what size pattern you make. And if it's too wide on me, I can't imagine how ridiculous it would be on someone making one of the smaller sizes! 
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I'm starting to think maybe this Butterick dress is not meant to be. Because of the strange way it wraps, it is unfortunately impossible to try on until it's fully assembled. Well, it's fully assembled now, with the full bodice linings and hand-stitching and all, and the fit is laughable. For one thing, the front neckline is way too wide (like, minimum 2" too wide, but I could probably take 4" out and still have a decent neckline). The shoulders are also far too long in the back, to the point where they make the whole back of the bodice pouf out. I'm thinking about 2" too long towards the center back. Also, the front section is longer than the back section, so it needs to be hemmed at least 1-1.5" shorter.

I could actually fix these problems without terribly too much trouble. I can make an ugly dart between the bust and neckline, joining it up with one of the darts coming up from the waist. Of course, it would have to be through the outer and lining fabric together, because ripping them apart is way too much work. The dart is actually fully hidden under the part where the back portion wraps around and goes up in points over the bust. I can also undo my handsewing and machine sewing at the shoulders, and take them up, and sew it back together.

But of course, those aren't the only problems. The sleeves are basically dolman cap sleeves, which means that once I do the above alterations, I get weird wrinkles heading toward the armpit. Now, I usually avoid dolman sleeves like the plague, so I don't know - maybe this is normal? Also, the back section that comes around and goes over the bust has a dart in the side, but it is way too high, so instead of fixing anything, it actually just makes the bust pouf weirdly.

So I don't know, should I just give it up? It's a really cute dress beyond all those issues, and I don't think I've ever given up on a project, but I don't honestly see a way that I could turn this into something I love because of all the fit issues... And this was supposed to be a quick project... *Sigh*
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The Butterick dress is a little over halfway done. The entire front piece is done, and the back bodice just needs the skirt attached. I've already hemmed the skirt, so it's basically just attaching it to the bodice and sewing the shoulders together. However, there's actually quite a bit of hand work that needs to be done, too, like stitching down the facing hems, and the facings at the shoulders. I also decided I wanted to hand hem the CF edges of the skirt because while I don't mind the machine stitching at the hem, I feel like it would look pretty glaring at the CF. Other than that, I think there's a hook and eye that gets attached to the elastic that fastens in back. And there's buttons and buttonholes, of course, and attaching the belt to a belt buckle. However, that last part may have to wait a while, since apparently Joanns no longer carries much in the way of belt buckles. I have one other fabric store to call tomorrow (since what I really want is a fabric-covered belt buckle kit), and otherwise I'll have to order the buckle online.

Anyway, I doubt I'll finish it tomorrow, unfortunately, but it's always a possibility. I got my errands all done today before rehearsal, so the only thing I have on the docket for tomorrow is ushering a show in the evening.

Also, we're one week out from the show! We have a photoshoot on Sunday, but the next rehearsal isn't till Monday. I don't like having this much time off so close to opening! But I really can't wait to actually have a set to rehearse on on Monday. From the drawings, the set (for the MacAfee house) is going to be so cool! 
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Well, I was going to work a bunch on the Butterick dress today... I got all my darts sewn in, and fused all my interfacing, and stitched the seam on the belt, but that's it. Mostly because I went to go put on an old skirt I had made in college (I'm dressing 50s-ish all week, because I've been practicing 50s hair everyday, so why not do the outfit too?) but either circle skirt hems just really stretch out over time, or I just made the world's most uneven hem in the first place, because it was terrible! There was probably a good 3" difference between the longest parts and the shortest parts, and this is a circle skirt. But I was determined to wear it, so instead of making the Butterick dress and running errands, I unpicked my hem, cut off the long parts, and rehemmed. It looks good now!

I also spent quite a bit of time playing with my hair, because my LayRite pomade arrived today. I decided to attempt a standing pin curl set, using the hot iron, and then pinning them into a standing position to cool for a little bit. It didn't quite brush out as easily as I wanted (maybe I used a little too much pomade?) but the look still came out pretty great! Naturally, I forgot to take pictures. I wish I could figure out if there was a way to do it without the standing pin curls, because that takes over an hour, and I really want to be able to do my hair in 30 mins or less... That said, it did hold up really nicely through our runthrough at rehearsal tonight. And I love the pomade. I can't believe I was using that terrible Loreal stuff for so long! The LayRite pomade smells nice, and just has a really nice smooth feel, without being oily or greasy. I'm kind of wondering if it can hold up for two days... That would be nice!

Anyway, hopefully I'll get most of the dress done tomorrow. I think that by sewing in all 20 darts (and I'm not even kidding about that number), I've already finished the long and tedious part! I will have to go to Joanns before I finish, though - I think I managed to get this entire thing out of the stash, except for the belt buckle. Oh well. 
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I might be a sucker for punishment, but I've decided to keep going with the Butterick pattern. Mostly because, when I pinned the front piece to the back piece, although they only actually attach at the shoulders and at three buttons on the front, it somehow worked. That was despite it looking like it was going to have a very tiny armseye. The only thing I did wind up altering about the bodice was to add 1 5/8" to the length, since it was looking very much like a crop top. That's a normal adjustment for me for Big 3 patterns, though (in fact, I frequently have to add more length than that), so I'm not too worried. It is odd, though, that the pattern specifically says that no accomodations can be made for length - I mean, maybe if you have no idea how to add length? Which is awfully silly, because besides lengthening the bottom of the bodice, all I had to do was move the "waist" of the darts on the front piece.

I also changed my mind on what fabric I was going to use. I have several 5+ yd lengths that I initally got for historical stuff, but I've since improved my historical standards (like, no dead dino). This is dead dino, very pretty tiny pale red/white check with a raised diamond texture. No idea what I thought I might use it for originally, but I must have had at least 7 yds, because even after cutting out this dress, I still have over 4 yds left. I decided to make mine kind of like the pattern envelope, and use the check  with a white center front section, for which I've chosen twill.

Of course, weird thing #2 (or 3 or 4) about this pattern is that they have you make a facing for the entire CF section, as well as the entire back/front bodice pieces. All that would have been waaaay too thick and heavy and hot for a summer dress. So I've done muslin for the facing of the white section, and a pale red printed cotton for the facing of the other section. Of course, since both of these were not 60" wide (a requirement of this pattern unless you are like a size 6 or something), I'm going to have a CF and CB seam in both of my facings. Oh well. I've also decided to use an interfacing in the front area under the buttonholes - just from the edge of the pieces to 3" in, because not having interfacing there seems like it would leave everything very droopy.

Anyway, all my pieces are cut out, and my (500 bazillion) darts are pinned. I better go get sewing! 

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