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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!

Click here for pictures )

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 really wish this dress actually photographed. I've done so much work on it, and it still looks vaguely like a trash bag when I take a picture. I finished the pleating for the back section the other night, sewed it all on yesterday, and then spent several hours trying to repleat parts of the front pleats, because I didn't take into account the angle of the side-front piece where it meets the side back piece. That was like 3-4 hours of my life that I'll never get back. But I fixed it, and I attached the front pleats to the skirt as well, and sewed the lower side seams of those pieces back together (I had taken them apart so the edges of my pleats wouldn't show). Next, I plan to put the trim around all the tabs on the back (I really hope I have enough!), and then I'll turn my attention to the row of pleating that scoops its way across the front. And I keep forgetting to order my fringe! Joanns doesn't have enough at the store... It feels weird doing two bustle gowns in a row with fringe, but that's what's in the original plate, and I'm not sure what else I would use to substitute it anyway.

Also, I realized I've actually been taking pictures, and then not sharing them, so here's some pics of my progress!

This was how I was storing all the front pleats I had done, while I made the back pleats.

The back pleats

There's a lot of them!

Pic on the left is w/o flash, on the right is with flash. They both suck.

Hem detail. Or you know, not so detailed because trash bag.

Actual hem detail so far. Not sure how I got this picture to actually come out, though of course, it did change the color of the fabric!
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I sewed today! It was my first project in the new sewing room, my first project using my ruffler foot, and the first project of the year (started and finished on the first day of the year, naturally).

Don't get too excited. I made a ginormous bum pad!

For over a year now, every time I've needed a large bum pad, I've sewn together my small bum pad and my 18th c petal-shaped bum pad. Then, when I've needed them separately, I've ripped them apart again. I've done this probably at least 3-5 times, so I figured it was time to actually make a ginormous bum pad. I used the two together to make a pattern, and cut it out of pink seersucker I had originally bought for the candy early bustle gown in 2011 or 2012, and never used. I used my ruffler foot to make the self-ruffle along the edge, and the tie is some crazy vintage brown wiith polka dots bias tape I've also had in the stash forever. Luckily, I had batting leftover from the banquette, so I had enough to stuff the whole thing, and made it within a couple hours.

Picture proof!

The old, and the new:

First up, I will be stacking it on top of my lobstertail bustle to make enough oomph for the black silk ballgown.

I also managed to get completely unpacked! I put all my clothes in my dresser (finally), and unpacked the last of the boxes. Plus I hung a few pictures. I didn't make it out in the garage except for a couple seconds at a time, so no painting happened. I never even left the house! It was a nice day off. Tomorrow, we have to go up to the apt to do the walkthrough and hand in the keys, which means I have to go up there a few hours early, put my old couch on a truck (I really hope the thrift store will take it!), and make sure the place is clean.

2016 Goals

Jan. 1st, 2016 11:38 am
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So unfortunately, my goals really haven't changed much since the last time I wrote them down. I guess that's what happens when I sew basically nothing for the last 2+ months?

Navy blue swiss dot Regency (mid Feb possible deadline) - I already have the fabric, and had origainlly intended to make this for an event this weekend. Clearly, that didn't happen, and I'm not going to the event anyway, so I guess that works out. At this point, I'd like to have it finished by the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies movie event that [ profile] vanessa_lynne is hosting in Feb. This is my inspiration plate, and I'll be pairing it with the chemisette I made this summer. Hopefully the dress itself will be fairly simple.

Black silk taffeta bustle ballgown (mid March deadline) - I might make a day bodice too, if there's enough fabric. If I finish it in time, I'll be wearing this to the ball in Port Townsend in March. I had hoped to make a new corset before making this, but I think at this point, I'm out of time to do that, too. I'm basing it off of the turquoise dress in this plate:

Child's Victorian Gown (CoCo Meetup for next year. Care to join us?) I have the fabrics, and I'll be working on this one probably in late spring.

Daniel Deronda Riding Habit - I never got to this one last year, but I still have the fabric, and I'd still love to finish it for CoCo.

1860s Fully Handsewn dress - From the class I took in CoCo 2014. Maybe I'll actually finish it this year?

Turquoise Silk Mid-19th c  Giant Ballgown - I'm really excited to make this, even though it wouldn't be worn any earlier than March 2017. This will be my CoCo 2017 gala gown, and I already have 15 yds of silk!

Fur-trimmed bustle-era skating outfit -For the Little House party in Jan 2017.

Winter bustle gown - for Little House party in Jan 2017. Something along the lines of the one on the right:

Super-secret Disney-related project

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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On Saturday, my bf and I went to Steamposium, and it was pretty fun. It was in the waterfront convention center, so the location was good, and they had great vendors, many of whom were even very reasonably priced! I attended three lectures - one was a vocal workshop, which was kind of neat, one was a panel with four contestants and one judge from Steampunk'd (very cool, because they told quite a bit of behind-the-scenes of what goes on in making a show like that), and one was a terribly innacurate lecture on corsets. (I kept wanting to correct her. Eventually I just left). The ball was a big dissapointment - nothing like the elegant balls they had at Steamcon when that was still going on. But my bf and I did a little swing-dancing to the few songs that were actually danceable. Then we left.

There were also some really cool gadgets there though! Definitely the highlight were the two working robots - one, a dalek, which was actually made by a friend of mine, though this was the first time I've seen it. It was so cool! It lit up, and she could talk through it with a voice changer, and it wheeled around and blew steam and stuff. And the other was a Steampunk R2, whose barrel body was actually a working beer tap!

Somehow, Sean and I didn't get any pictures of each other during the day (I wore my green and cream bustle), and we have one selfie of us with a friend. But he did take pictures of me in my new ballgown bodice! The neckline turned out kind of gappy, and I'm not sure how, so that was slightly disappointing, but I'm still quite pleased with the rest of the bodice, even though I didn't have time to sew in any of the boning except the very CF.

But here's several pictures anyway:

Oh, and I bought a thing. One of those reasonably priced vendors had so much cute stuff! It was between this one, or a watch whose top had been taken off and had Toothless on it instead. Here's a link to her store if anyone is interested. It doesn't look like there's really anything in there right now, but she does take custom orders.  Sorry, I don't know why these pictures are going in upside-down.
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The bodice is almost done! Last night I fixed the neckline, including re-binding the front and extending the lace. I also finished all the box-pleated trimming, and sewed that all on. And I added a hand-made vintage lace to the sleeve hems. I'm picking up some shorter boning for the CF tonight after work, and will swing by Joanns to get more bias tape, because I am just about completely out of cream or white bias, and the last real work I need to do on the bodice is binding the hem. I mean, I need to sew in all the boning to the seams, too, but I could always wear it without all that if I run out of time. In fact, I'm thinking about attempting to fix the wrinkly bust on the day bodice before I sew the boning in. We'll see. And then tomorrow is Steamposium!

Sneak preview with bad lighting:

Oh, and in other news, it would seem that my FFC wool is in fact not 100%. I did the bleach test yesterday, and there is still fiber in the bleach. It has certainly disintigrated a lot, but there are little shreds of the blue left after 24 hrs, and the black has turned itself into three little rolled up tubes after 10 hrs. Not sure exactly what that means as far as the blends go. Each piece started as about 1"x2". I think I might see if they'll pay the return shipping to take it back, since what they sent wasn't what they advertised.

Here's a couple pics of the bleach results, the color of the blue for [ profile] nuranar, and the texture of the black if anyone is interested:

Please let me know if you can't see any of the pictures. Flickr kept breaking all my images, so I've gone back to google for todayal Edited: We're going to try dropbox now. Because all the other hosting sites I've tried suck!
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I've been posting a lot of picture-less posts. So to try to fix that, here is a sneak preview of my box-pleated trim. I sewed for about 15-20 mins at lunch, finished the squinching, and started the pearling:

Sorry, it's so dark. Apparently flickr's brightening feature is broken. 
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I'm getting a bit more nervous about the bodice deadline now.

I finished the eyelets, bound the sleeve hem, and attached the sleeves. And then I finally got to try it on. Unfortunately, the neckline is a good 1" too high in the center front. (The bodice also makes me realize just how in need of a good fitting corset I am - mine kind of flares into the bust around my ribcage, so it doesn't actually do anything to the bust. In an evening bodice, you can really tell! So I'm going to be stuffing beneath my bust to try to fix it for this weekend).

To fix the too-high front, I have to take off the lace, binding, and fringe in the front, cut the bodice down, and somehow reattach it without it being too obvious that I will now be piecing in little bits of lace to the very front and center of my neckline... Otherwise, I have to redo all the lace, which I'd really rather not do. I also have to get new shorter boning for the front, at the very least. I haven't yet checked if the dart length boning was affected, too.

Once I laced it up, though, I also marked my darts. And the bodice was really big around the bust at first, so I've actually created one faux princess seam and one dart on each side. I don't think it looks bad this way, and the princess seam doesn't ease out at the top until it's under the fringe, so no one will even know it's faux! I tried it on again after, and other than the neckline issue, it fits like a glove. So well, in fact, that if I don't have time to sew all the boning channels in, I'm not going to be too worried.

I found my hand-sewing kit, too, which had been trying to tuck itself into the back of my sewing machine (sigh). So I sewed on the bus this morning, and I have one squinchy pleat left to do, plud the pearling. I'm hoping there's a chance I can finish it all on the bus ride home, but we shall see.

So at this point, my main concern is fixing the neckline, followed by binding the hem, adding lace to the sleeve hems, and attaching the pleated trim to the neckline. And boning, if time.

Oh, and in purchasing news, one of my antique bodices came. I think it's a dinner bodice because of the lower neckline and long sleeves, and it looks like late 1890s. It's super cute - I'll post pictures after Saturday at some point. The marabou trim I ordered for testing the new Laughing Moon cloak pattern also came. I'm disappointed. Where do you guys get that wonderful fluffy stuff? This seems rather sparse... And my Rapunzel wig came. It needs some serious restyling, but that will be a fun project in a couple weeks. At least the hair feels like good quality.

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My eyelet plate came in yesterday! So after work I went to go pick it up (40 mins drive each way), and started in on the eyelets. At this point, I think I have nine left, out of a total of 36. That's a lot of eyelets! I will finish them tonight, and finally be able to try on the bodice to make sure all is well! Assuming it is (knock on wood), I'll probably start whipping the bones in next. Either that or finish the sleeves.

Unfortunately, I went to go finish my box pleating on the bus this morning, and found that my little sewing kit was not in my bag. This is slightly disconcerting, since I know it was in my bag when I left Joanns yesterday, and I don't remember taking it out when I got home. I hope I can find it, because it has my green thread and all the pearls in it. But in any case, no bus sewing for me today, so that's an hour wasted, and it means I will have to do all that hand-sewing at home (or tomorrow).

I think I'm in a decent place, though, if all of tonight's sewing goes well.
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Well, the bad news is that I was let go relatively early from the callback yesterday. On the plus side, it did mean that I still wound up with a little sewing time last night. The neckline is completely bound, and all the narrow lace has been sewn on around the neckline. Somehow, I lucked out with the lace - there were a bunch of stains randomly scattered throughout, but on the section I used, they were all on the inside of the lace, and I didn't even check it before putting it on! So that was nice. I also did all my triple stitching on the other half of the green bias strips for the box pleating, and basted the pleats into place. If I did my math right, I have pleated enough length (though I didn't cut the end off, just in case my math is wrong). I also started doing all the pinchy stitches in the box pleats, to squinch up the centers. I'm now just shy of half of the pleats done, much of which was done on the bus this morning. I shouldn't have any problems finishing all the box pleated trim up tonight, and hopefully even attaching it to the neckline. I just hope I have enough pearls!

Unfortunately, the Viking store has not yet called, and I don't know that I want to wait any longer before doing the eyelets. I can do the sleeves first, but I will still have to fit the darts and sew in all the boning (not to mention make a bazillion eyelets!). So most likely, if I don't get the call that my eyelet plate has come in today, I will have to make do with 6mm eyelets. *Fingers crossed that I'll get a call in the next few hours!*
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I worked on the bodice a bit over the weekend, though I clearly did not get enough accomplished, because I am definitely now feeling deadline pressure!

All the bodice pieces are together. It seems to fit, but I can't actually try it for sure, because I'm waiting on a 4mm eyelet plate that is supposed to be arriving at the closest Viking center to me by Tues. If it doesn't arrive by then, I'm just going to go and make big ugly 6mm eyelets, instead of the little 4mm ones. I'm going to do spiral lacing, because I've only found evidence of one cross-lacing front opening bodice.

So what have I been doing while waiting for the eyelet plate? First, I made twill tape channels for all the bones. I was hoping to use 3/8" boning, but my supplier was out (and doesn't know if she'll restock!), so I had to use 1/4". I know that's what they used anyway, but it just seems so tiny and flimsy! After I finished the boning channels, I started on the sleeves. I used the pattern for the sleeves that goes with the bodice, so they are tiny gathered cap sleeves. However, instead of doing a big band at the bottom like the pattern, I am doing the green fabric cut in a small bias strip, and binding it, plus putting gathered ivory lace at the bottom.

I also laid out all the trims. It took a lot of playing around, but I have finally decided that around the neckline will be the fringe, with a strip of the green fabric that has the two rows of triple-stitching, and which has then been done into a decorative box pleat where the centers of the pleats are squinched in and pearled. I blame [ profile] vanessa_lynne for rubbing off on me. I'm also putting narrow scalloped vintage lace around the edge of the neckline. Have I mentioned that I'm wearing this on Saturday, and likely have two nights this week where I'll be unable to sew? Yeah, I've lost it.

Luckily, the fringe is already on, and I've put bias around the neckline, half of which has already been turned down. I anticipate a lot of waiting around tonight at a callback, so I packed that, plus the narrow lace for the neck, plus half the green box pleated trim, with the pleats already basted in place. I also brought the pearls. I sewed on the bus this morning, too, and will on the way home, so let's see how much I get to!

In other news, we also had a lovely Edwardian tea yesterday, but I will post about that separately, once I get all the pictures from my bf. 
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Thanks for your advice yesterday! I have decided to make a facing, and I'm also changing the lacing to CF. I found a few more examples of it, and although it doesn't seem anywhere near as common as back lacing, I know it will save me a lot of trouble when I'm in the convention center bathroom trying to put my bodice on!

At this point, I have cut out all the interlining and outer pieces, serged them all together, and sewed together three of the pieces. Tonight I plan to have them all put together, and I'm hoping that I might have some of the right sizes of boning already in my stash. Since it's unlikely, I'm sure I will be picking up some boning tomorrow.

I have to figure out what I want to do as embellishment. I don't think I have much/enough green left to make bias binding or piping, which is too bad, since that is what I would like to do, so I might have to buy more. And while I have a nice cream gathered lace in my stash that I could put around the neckline, part of me is feeling like I should go buy more fringe and use that, since it would carry the fringe up from the skirts. (Would it be weird to layer lace and fringe?) I have a really wide lace I can use for the sleeves, though I need to tea dye it first. I could probably manage that tonight as well. And I think I'm going to lace it up with ribbon, since it's front lacing, so I'll have to check the stash for that.

I also did cut out the satin for the Rapunzel sleeves yesterday, too, and serged it to the organdy interlining. I figured I ought to finish off the last of the pink serging I needed to do before I changed the serger to white. 
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I'm having trouble/doubts with the bodice construction of the ballgown bodice, now that I've changed it to back lacing. I've done plenty of lace-up garments before, but none with a cotton outer fabric. Normall, to make the casing for the bones at the CB by the lacing, I would put right sides together, turn and press, and sew a channel for the boning, before moving on the eyelets. However, the outer fabric on this project is cotton sateen, and the inner I was planning on using is cotton twill. I've done plenty with twill, but usually using silk taffeta or a decorator weight fabric.

Is my twill/sateen combo enough to hold in that bone, or is it just going to want to poke itself right out through the sateen? Should I use two layers of twill to cushion it? If so, do I do that just with the CB piece, or in all the pieces? I had planned to just do the rest of the bones in casings, handsewn on, but I suppose if I have two layers of twill, I could encase the bones? I don't think they did that in this era, though.

Any advice?
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I've decided to go with the green and cream bustle for Steamposium. I'm pretty sure I have just enough of the cream sateen left to make a bodice (and if I run out, I got it from Joanns, so hopefully no big deal). I think I'm going to do lacy ruffly sleeves, though I haven't quite gotten that far yet. However, last night, I did manage to make a mockup of the bodice! In fact, as I was looking through to see if I had an existing pattern I could make it from, I found that one of the patterns I picked up at the Bargain Basement was an 1870s TV ballgown bodice. I've never used a TV pattern before, and the way that they were trying to describe all the different sizings on the package was super confusing. And since I was between sizes based off normal measuring, I went with the larger, and I'll just alter it once I try it on. And actually, the length even seemed like it would work, so I made no alterations there either. Fingers crossed! When I get home tonight, I'll try it on and see how it works.

One thing I did realize with the pattern, though, is that it's a front closure. Now I love front closures, but I didn't really think they did that on ballgown bodices. So I'll be spending much of today researching that, sleeves, and trims, since Costume in Detail didn't help me out last night (the only ballgown bodice in there is a front-lacing wedding dress - weird!).

I'm excited, though. I'd really like to knock this one out in a few days. We'll see if those are famous last words.

I did also do a quick and dirty tuck in the 1830s petticoat so I can use it with Rapunzel. I didn't want to press it, so that it wouldn't show when I take it out, and I also did it in a larger stitch in yellow thread, so it would be easy to remove. But it's done, and now the petti doesn't show!

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I don't think I posted what all of my sewing plans are, now that CoCo drove a bunch of ideas into my head. So I'm going to put them here, because I swear I keep forgetting some of them!

1890s Plaid Walking Ensemble - organdy and horsehair are on their way to me to help with sleeves; blouse fabric still to be purchased. Skirt done, bodice started.

Rapunzel and Flynn Rider (Oct 28th deadline) - I think I have Rapunzel fabrics. I should probably check.

Navy blue swiss dot Regency (early Jan deadline) - The fabric is on its way to me. Hopefully this one will be simple. This is my inspiration plate. The chemisette just needs lace added to the shoulders (I picked some up on Sunday).

Black silk taffeta bustle ballgown (possibly early Dec deadline, or else March) - I might make a day bodice too, if there's enough fabric. I'm feeling particularly inspired by the turquoise dress in this plate:

Child's Victorian Gown (CoCo Meetup for next year. Care to join us?)I will be making this dress. I already have the white silk, and the salmon is on its way to me.

Daniel Deronda Riding Habit - I never got to this one last year, but I still have the fabric!

1860s Fully Handsewn dress - From the class I took CoCo 2014. Maybe I'll actually finish it this year?

Commission-wise, I don't know that the second Belle will ever happen, since I've given up on reminding the customer to send me their contract. I do have another customer who would like me to pattern/make some clothing based off of favorite pieces in her wardrobe. That will probably be coming in Sept.

Hopefully that's it, because that's all I can remember right now!
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I am so pleased with how this turned out. I don't think I've ever felt more like a fashion plate! It's definitely not perfect - the bodice has a bunch of wrinkles, and four of the seams inside the bodice are not actually finished. But it makes me feel so grand and elegant. And for once, I think I got the hair right! Now I need to plan more events that are okay for wearing trains.

Speaking of which, I originally wasn't going to try it on before I packed it. Thank goodness I did. Not only did I wind up taking the bust in about 2" more, but I was also originally going to wear this only with a very large bum pad. The skirt is so heavy, though, that when I put it on, it looked like I had nothing there at all! So I actually wound up wearing it with my giant bum pad over my lobster-tail bustle, and I still managed to have a little train! I really like the silhouette it gives, and I think I'm going to have to try it out with my other bustle gowns as well.

The original inspiration:

And mine, in dark green:

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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 [ 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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