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I swear, every time I look at Dreamwidth, a week has passed. I really don't know how that's happening, though I also don't know how we're already halfway through November. 

I finished the commission on Friday, and it has been picked up, so now I don't have to worry about that, which is certainly a nice feeling. It's maybe not so nice when I look at my finances and realize the money from the commission has been helping to keep me afloat, instead of going into a save-for-Europe/later bonus fund. Oh well.... 

Here's a pic. It wasn't my design - I was reproducing an old jacket from the 90s. 

Anyway, now I get to sew for me! I wanted my first project to be fairly quick, no stress, and something small that I could take with me to sew at rehearsals. So I pulled out my new Simplicity Disney stuffed animals pattern, and I'm making Thumper. I think I've got the body a little more than half done at this point. I'm hoping I can do a tiny bit more today before rehearsal. 

Here's what he looks like so far:

This is also my filler project before my coat lining gets here, because my next project is going to be a winter coat. I guess I should probably mock that up... 

After I finish that, I'm not positive what will come next. I want an S-bend corset, so possibly that. But I'm so far behind in my sewing because of the commission that I really should be getting on with my gala dress or something, which doesn't need the corset (that's for an Edwardian I want to make). But I haven't finalized what I'm actually making for the gala yet - all I know is that it will be yellow and 1890s. Or I could go back to the stripey 1880s bustle I was working on, but that was being a pain before which was why I shelved it. Or I could do the plaid 1830s dress I want to make, which would probably be the easiest choice. Fitting just seems like such a pain right now. Maybe once we open and I have more time to think and do things I'll figure this all out. 
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Not much sewing has been happening here. Mostly, when I've had time to sew, I've spent it on the commission. But I also spent a good bit of time waffling around not doing much this weekend. I did do some alterations to a Simplicity winter coat pattern, and I think that with my alterations, I can just squidge it out of a piece of 60x86" bright blue wool I've been sitting on (I have two additional pieces about 20x60" each, for sleeves and a hood or collar, and another piece of similarly colored wool that I can use for the front and neck facing.

I need to do a mockup, and I also need to pick up some lining fabric. I was told to look for bemberg rayon, which I think I can only find online, so it might be a bit till I can really start on this one other than the mockup. Other than the bemberg rayon, does anyone have opinions on coat lining (the coat is meant for about 30-40 degrees on average).

Anyway, it's tech week this week, and the next chance I'll get to sew will be Friday, and hopefully I'll get a chunk done on the commission then. One of the commission pieces is almost done, but the other one still has a ton left on it. I also think I'll have another commission coming in shortly, so I may not get to do anything for that Regency ball I mentioned at all. My plan for it at this point, though, is to re-dye some rayon/silk velvet I had in the stash and make a super simple over-robe out of it. Though to be honest, that idea doesn't really thrill me.
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Today I got a rush order for a custom Daisy Head Mayzie playdress, so I made it this evening while my parents were watching tv. Naturally, I totally underestimated the time the collar would take, so now I know I should have charged way more, but oh well. It turned out super cute, and at least now I can mail it off and not have to worry about it for the rest of the weekend.

Custom Daisy Head Mayzie dress for an Etsy order. #daisyheadmayzie #drseuss #customorder #etsy #shopsmall #handmade #ladyrebeccafashions #girlsfashion #cutekidsfashion

While I was picking up the fabric for the dress, I also got the last of the lace and the thread I need for the giant turquoise ballgown of doom, which hopefully means I don't need to buy anything else for it at all. *knock on wood*

Oh, and my parents and I tried a lovely Victorian tea room in the area today. It was delicious, and hopefully I'll be able to host some events there!
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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 spent tonight trying to catch up on all the LJ posts for the last several days while trying not to scream/vomit/cry because of this stupid election. I refuse to accept that Trump appears to have won. I doubt I'm going to be able to sleep, but if I can, I want to wake up and have it all be a terrible nightmare.

But I digress. I did actually do some sewing at the end of last week. I fixed my Mary Poppins skirt appliques, put together the mockup for my corset, (which I still need to try on), and I also did my commission for Princess Anna's winter hat. Tada!

Obviously, the second picture is unfinished, but it was the only one I took that showed the painting I did on the back.

Anyway, then I ran off to Disneyland for the weekend for Dapper Day. I don't have most of my pictures yet, (my phone is so terrible that for Sunday we mostly used my friend's phone to take pictures), so here's a teaser pic from when I met Mary Poppins:
I got to meet Mary Poppins today! #dapperday #marypoppins #marypoppinsmonday #disneybound #disneyinspired #disneyland #dapperday2016

I'll do a full post on Disney as soon as I get the pics, but seeing everyone all dressed up for Dapper Day was amazing. It was a lot of fun just people watching, and trying to guess some of the disney bounds I saw.

But now I'm back, and I really need to try on the corset mockup and get on all the stuff for my caroling group, so that I can go back to working on the corset, and eventually, the green bustle gown! Eventually, I'll need to go back and fix Mary Poppins, too, since I had two bones work their way out of the swiss waist while I was wearing it, and more appliques need to be sewn on in more places, but that can wait till early summer. Because I have so much sewing to do right now...
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I finished another motif today. Eight more to go!

I also got a custom Etsy order for a Nightmare Before Christmas skirt, so I went to Joanns and picked up that fabric (and buttons for my Jolly Holiday spats, and embroidery bobbin thread for Anna), cut out my pieces, and serged all the edges. I don't know if I'll have time to sew it up tomorrow, since I work and have a show, but if not then I'll finish it on Friday morning and send it out then.

And I painted my shoes for Jolly Holiday. I did two coats already, but I have a feeling I'm going to need to do a third, since the tan is still showing through the white paint a little bit.

I'm really hoping to be super productive on Friday. I want to start crossing things off my Jolly Holiday list! 


Aug. 10th, 2016 10:08 pm
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It's all done! I didn't make to the post office today, but it will head off to my customer tomorrow. I rather enjoyed it, for the most part, since it was a nice easy project (besides the zipper of course). The dress is cotton, with a poly matte satin sash, and matching bow. The sash is actually made out of three pieces - the part that is attached to the dress and goes around the waist, which is cut on the bias and top-stitched to the bodice, and then two ends, which were made double width and turned into tubes to tie into a bow. The bodice is based on a jenky looking McCalls princess pattern, but I changed the darts a little, and cut the neckline lower and wider. The skirt is just three flat panels (two halves in back, one whole in the front), and the dress closes with an invisible zipper up the back. It's entirely machine sewn except for the CB of the lining, which is handsewn down along the zipper. There's also a matching hairbow out of the satin.

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I worked on Wendy all day, and it is very close to being finished. All I have to do is tack down the lining along the zipper, but it's late, so I'm leaving that for tomorrow. I would have gotten to it tonight, but naturally the zipper was being a pain, and I had to redo it because the attached sash at the waist wasn't lining up. But it's fixed now, so I'll probably only need to spend about 20-30 minutes more before it's completely done. It's turned out really cute!

And this also hopefully means that by tomorrow evening, I can start on my bustle gown!
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I'm feeling a bit better about my sewing progress now! Yesterday, I cut out the rest of the bodice interlining and silk bodice pieces, and assembled the whole bodice. Then I made a mockup of the bertha, and since it seemed fine when I pinned it on, I went ahead and cut it out of the silk. Of course, as I was cutting it out, I had an "oh crap" moment, when I realized that I hadn't taken into account the facing for the bertha, and there was no way I had enough of the ivory silk left for it.

Luckily, I have a dark cream shantung, that, while it is a few shades darker, should be fine for the facing unless my bertha flips way up. So I cut it out, and pinned the two in place, and started marking my triangle seam lines, and I found an amazingly easy way to measure them! I don't know if this is just something I had never learned, or if it's some new thing I stumbled upon, but I realized that if I took my 3" wide plastic quilting ruler, and positioned it so that the 2.5" mark was on my CF dot (which was .5" up from the edge of the bertha), and put both 3" marks on the edge of the fabric, I could go around the whole rounded bertha piece, always using a 2.5" mark as a placement, and getting perfectly measured 90-degree spaces between each triangle! It made it soooo much easier!

So anyway, I sewed and turned all my triangles, and serged the top edge, which means the bertha is ready for trimming. I'm going to sleep early tonight, so none will get done now, but I'm really hoping that by the time I get home, I can finish the two rows of trim on the bertha, the 5th row on the skirt, and the last overskirt tab. Because then I'll feel sooo relieved. Especially because I just signed up to take a 4-day, 6 hrs per day class on draping a Victorian bodice the week before I leave for CoCo. Maybe not the best decision, but the class signed up super fast last time, and it's only $15. I couldn't pass it up!

I also shipped off Anna today. I'll get the skirt back in a couple weeks, and finish working on it after CoCo. But here's a picture of everything altogether, since I won't be getting the top pieces back:
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Whoops! I fell asleep early last night and forgot to post the Anna pictures. So here they are! (In the last pic you can also see the Elsa skirt hanging in the top right. Still not pleased with the dye job, but at least you can see it did make a little difference.)

I used a decorative stitch for the front opening and sleeves of the blouse, satin at the collar base, and my trust satin with the overlock foot for around the top of the collar. I learned that trick with the regular Anna! The neck opening closes with three small hooks and eyes.

Yesterday, I digitized half of the skirt motif. They're so large that I unfortunately can't fit the sunflower in one hoop (about 13.75"), so I have to do sunflower heads, and then the stem/tulip area separately. And there's 16 of each!

And because I fell asleep so early (11:30, which is about 3.5 hrs early for me, and my prime work time!) I also didn't get any of my pleats done. So the goal for today is to finish digitizing Anna, cut and assemble the skirt, so I can let the circle hang, and get all my overskirt pleats done and attached. We're coming in to vacation crunch time, and I need to prep for handsewing! 
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I got really excited thinking I had finished the Anna blouse tonight, and then I realized I still need to sew on a few hooks and eyes at the neckline. But it's almost done! I'll finish that tomorrow morning, and then post some pictures.

I also finished the Elsa skirt. Still not in love with the dye job, but I think it's as good as this fabric is ever going to get.

Tomorrow I also hope to finish all my Victorian child overskirt pleats and attach them, and cut and iron my trim strips so that I have plenty of handsewing to do while I'm in CA next week. If I can get a bodice mockup made up, then even better! 
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I shipped my etsy order, bought a giant pot for boil-dyeing at Walmart, bought fabric, zipper, and dye at Joanns for Anna and Elsa, went to the library, bank, and Walgreens, and finished the Anna bodice. I also redyed the skirt. I waited til it was fully dry before I rinsed it, and it seemed like not much dye ran off. It's drying now, so I won't know till the morning if it was actually a real success or not.

Once I finished the bodice, I also prepped my pleat strips for the Victorian child overskirt, and pleated up two of the seven tab sections. They're still pinned at this point, but I think I'm only going to be able to do one or two more sections before I'll have to sew them in place, so that I have enough pins to pleat the rest! Most of my silk pins are currently in the zigzags of the skirt - it's amazing how many pins this project requires.

Tomorrow I'm finishing the waistband on the Elsa skirt, and starting the Anna blouse. What's the chance it will go so smoothly that I could finish it tomorrow, too?

And some pictures, of course:

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Whoops, forgot to post yesterday!

I finished the vest yesterday! I also cut all my bodice pieces, and redid the embroidery for the front of the bodice. It's so much better now!

Today, I serged, assembled, and boned the bodice, and I sewed the binding on one side, and pinned the zipper in place. All I need to do is stitch the zipper in, and flip and sew the binding into place. So I should have it done by mid-day tomorrow, and then on to the blouse.

I also tried another attempt at dyeing the Elsa skirt today. It took dye better than it has before, but either it wasn't in the dye long enough, or it wasn't enough dye, or both, because although it looked pretty great when it was wet, it dried so much lighter. I'm going to try picking up two more bottles of dye tomorrow, and give it one last go. Otherwise my customer and I have just decided to call it good. At least I'm only hitting Joanns every other day? I also have to drop some fabric off at the post office tomorrow, since someone bought some of my Harry Potter fabric. Yay for more etsy sales!
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I did a ton of embroidery today. I finished all of the vest embroidery, and it turned out amazing. My machine played nicely, everything lined up great, and the stitches were all digitized perfectly, too. I cut out the vest pieces, and serged them, but I have yet to actually assemble them.

The back, which consists of the big center piece, plus two side pieces (which lined up perfectly!)

The front, and how it looks from the side. Once it is assembled, I'll be connecting the yellow satin stitching over the seam, and adding more of the satin stitching up and around the back of the neckline.

I decided to do the bodice embroidery too, while i had my machine set up, instead of moving on to the vest assembly. Unfortunately, the stitch angle of two of the elements just didn't look right, so I re-digitized it to a prettier satin stitch. In doing so, though, it apparently changed the size of the elements just slightly, so when I tried to re-embroider them over the existing elements, despite lining everything up right, you could see some of the previous stitching. And not all of it wants to come out. So I think I'm going to re-embroider the bodice tomorrow. First, though, I want to make sure I have enough fabric, so I'm going to cut out all the rest of the bodice pieces before I make my final decision. If I picked the rest of the old stitches out from the lower right element, I don't think most people would even notice the problems, but I do, and I'm not in love. (The other one that I redid was the center of the butterfly.)

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Today was quite a day! I had an audition at 11:45 in Seattle, and a dentist appt also in Seattle at 2pm. Since I live almost an hour away, I decided to go to Starbucks and work on my Anna digitizing (I smartly brought my laptop). And by the time I left for the dentist, I had finished as much of the digitizing as I could do without my printer!

Then, of course, my dentist appt went super quickly, and I had a rehearsal at 7 in West Seattle. Since I had also brought my hand sewing with me, I decided to just hang out for 4.5 hours in West Seattle, instead of fight traffic both ways. So I worked on my skirt, and I think I wound up getting about 1/4 of the fourth row done.

When I finally got home after rehearsal, I finished all the digitizing. I'm really happy with how it looks, though I've realized I'm going to have to do this the old-fashioned way, and embroider on the fabric before cutting the pieces out, like an 18th c waistcoat. Otherwise it's going to be sooo hard to perfectly position the pieces in the hoop, even with my machine's camera. Each piece is almost 8x12, which is the size of my largest hoop, and it's going to require five hoopings total to complete the vest (and a 6th for the bodice). I just hope it all works out - the vest is 61481 stitches, and that doesn't include the parts that I'm just going to satin stitch with the sewing machine.

Here's a rough picture of my print-outs:
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I finished the third row! I didn't wind up starting the bodice yet, though, because it's looking like I'm going to have a rush commission of Anna's Frozen Fever bodice, blouse, and vest. So tonight I knocked out the digitizing for the big sunflower motif on the back of her vest.

What with this new commission, I'm going to have a whole ton of sewing to do in the next two weeks! 
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I made the two Harry Potter etsy skirts today, and was actually able to hand them off, instead of shipping them, which will save me some trouble tomorrow. I'll still have to ship Elsa off on Friday, but I'm going to try some more dyeing with her tomorrow.

I ombre dyed her using RIT dye today, which of course is not actually meant for polyester, so I'm going to see if I can find some poly dye tomorrow, and do a test run, then hopefully actually get the dye job done. Because it's just way lighter than it needs to be right now. Here's a pic: I am really hoping I can make the top of it get to a real crayon-type "green."

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Last night before I went to bed, I cut and sewed all 7 lined tab pieces for the Victorian child overskirt. And this morning, I serged and sewed together all the skirt panels. That was after I cleaned the bathroom and did three loads of laundry, too. I'm trying to decide if I want to put the skirt and overskirt onto the same waistband. I worry that the overskirt is not substantial enough to really stay in place if it has it's own waistband, plus of course that means more bulk at the waist. But if I put them together, it might be more cumbersome to do all the handwork on the skirt (or it means I have to do all the handwork first).

Here's a pic of the tabs pinned onto Antoinette:

I also worked quite a bit on the Elsa skirt commission. I cut out, serged, and sewed together the five skirt panels, and hemmed it. At this point, it needs to be dip-dyed, plus the zipper and waistband added. I think I'm going to dye it first, and dye the waistband piece separately, since that's the darkest part of the skirt. That way I can choose whichever zipper winds up being closer to the color that the top of the skirt winds up at. I'm nervous about the dip-dyeing! I'm going to do all that tomorrow, though. Wish me luck!

And I made my first two etsy sales! They're both for Harry Potter skirts, which means I am now out of the Harry Potter fabric. I went to Joanns to pick up the Elsa zipper options, and more of a similar HP fabric, and naturally, they only even had enough of that for one more skirt, and it's not letting me purchase it online either. Grr! So anyway, I've cut out all the pieces for the skirts, and I plan to put them both together tomorrow. That way, I'll hopefully be able to ship off both the HP skirts and the Elsa skirt on Thurs. Exciting! Though I didn't realize etsy charges a 3.5% fee for each sale. I swear, I looked all over their policies when I signed up, and couldn't find anything about fees except the 20c fee for each listing. So now I have to decide whether to raise all my prices by 3.5% or not, since I hadn't factored that in... Any advice?


Dec. 1st, 2015 03:01 pm
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I want to sew. More specifically, I want to start my black silk bustle gown. I know this would be silly to start right now, though. For one thing, I'm expecting an Elsa skirt fabric delivery on Thursday, which means I have to start the Elsa skirt commission when that arrives (luckily it's just a skirt, no bodice or cape, so it shouldn't be too bad). I need to finish the skirt and ship it off before the house closes. So basically, it needs to be shipped on Dec 12th at the latest. And then of course, the big reason is that I'm moving, and as evidenced by the stupid Titanic ufo (I'm mad at it now), it's a bad idea to move with incomplete projects. Not to mention the fact that any spare minute not working on the Elsa skirt should be spent packing. All I managed yesterday was a half a box of books. Fail. I've decided to go with professional movers, so at least I don't have to stress about actually moving the boxes myself, but there is still so much packing to do. I have no idea how I wound up with so much stuff.

I suppose if I really want to do something sewing-related tonight, I could find my Elsa skirt pattern. Or go to Joanns and buy lining. Though I was hoping to wait till after the skirt fabric arrives to do that. Unfortunately, I don't think I have enough left over from the last time I made it. 
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I finished Belle on Friday morning and shipped her off. Thank goodness! Here's a couple pics - I'll have better ones from my customer eventually. I just hope it fits!

My parents have been in town since last weekend, so I've been spending most of the rest of the time with them, and not sewing, but last night, I did pattern the bodice for Little Red. Hopefully tonight I'll be able to cut it out and maybe even sew it together and get most of that out of the way. Of course, I do still have to make the cape - I haven't even bought the fabric yet - but I'm trying to get the easiest stuff out of the way first, since that bustle gown bodice is going to be no picnic to pattern. 

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