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I was wrong when I posted last week about what I thought I had already accomplished on the Fairy Godmother bodices. I had only done the day bodice neckline and part of the hem, and nothing else. Whoops. But last night, I finished the day bodice hem and started on the evening bodice hem, and I'm hoping to finish all that handsewing today. I still haven't tested the evening sleeve mockup either. 

Honestly, I didn't wind up with much sewing time at all this weekend, because I had a lot of house and yardwork to do. The fascia on three corners of my house has started to rot (or two are rotten, one the paint has been peeling on), and I talked to a handyman on Saturday, and he suggested what I could do to protect/fix it, at least for now. So Saturday, I sanded down the fascia in those areas, got rid of the soft wood, and put Minwax wood hardener on them. I also took down all the Christmas lights, and cleaned my front gutter. And had the last performance of my show in the evening. Then yesterday, I put wood filler over all the areas that needed it on the fascia, and managed to clear out about half of a huge shrub that ran the entire length and width of the side of my house, and has been preventing me from doing any maintenance over there at all, including cleaning my gutter. I'm hoping that I can get the rest of it out before more rain comes and before spider season comes, but I filled up my yard waste bin for this week, so it will have to wait till there's more room. And then I went to Applebees and (finally) saw the new How to Train Your Dragon, which left very little time for sewing. 

What little sewing I did do this weekend was actually mostly spent on altering my 18th c court gown. I haven't worn it since CoCo 2014, because a) there's not much that calls for an 18th c court gown, and b) it's so large that I would have to get dressed at the venue. But luckily, there is going to be an Outlander-themed 18th c ball this Saturday at a country club with dressing rooms! And also luckily, I pulled it out a week ahead of time to make sure that it still fit. Because... it didn't. Although I was eventually able to lace my stays tightly enough to get it closed, it was so tight that I had a minor panic attack when I tried to get out of it (the hooks and eyes refused to unhook, and I wound up literally removing three of the hooks with my seam ripper to get out of it). It was much more comfortable when it opened up to about 2.5" or so at the bust (the waist still fits, oddly enough). Luckily, it's the 18th c, so I decided I would just add a stomacher to make it work, and also luckily, I pretty much had just enough fabric left to make one. So Friday and Saturday's little bit of sewing time was spent making a boned stomacher with four frilly bows, which will pin in to the bodice to close it. Success! Now all I'll have to do is press the whole gown, and figure out my hair (my wig is way too uncomfortable to wear again). 

Here's a link to my instagram to see pictures of the court gown alterations:

Thankfully, my evenings this week are fairly open, so I think I should be able to both a) go to the gym multiple times, and b) knock out a bunch on the Fairy Godmother bodices. Though at this point, I don't think there's enough time left to squeeze in the Daniel Deronda riding habit before VicFest, too!
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On Saturday, I wore my old 1903 Edwardian. Somehow, it seems to have gotten shorter since I last wore it, but despite the hem and the copious amounts of poly chiffon, I think I still love this outfit.

My limited class was on Saturday morning. I wish it was a longer class, because we had only just started cutting out the fabric by the time we had to go, but 1860s and Still Handsewn was still a good class. It was taught by Janea Whitacre and Emma Cross, who are both great teachers. We got to examine an 1860s bodice, did a handsewing sampler with all the techniques we need to complete the dress, and then we draped muslins on each other to get the right fit. I wound up starting mine on the plane home, but besides cutting out all the bodice and sleeve pieces, all I've accomplished is about 1.5 ft of a sleeve seam. I really hope to stick with the handsewing, though.

I also took another class from Janea later in the day - The Good Milliner. I had no idea that millinery encompassed so much! It was also great watching Abby do Emma's hair up with actual period methods. Certainly easier than Kendra's more modern take, but I have to admit, I like look of the modern version better.

And then it was time for the gala! This was the first time I had actually worn the full wig with the full court gown, but it went fine at first. Kendra had to help me secure the wig, because I was having so much trouble pinning it.But then I headed down to the red carpet, took some pictures, and our group of 10 headed over to Maggianos for what has become our gala-night tradition. Dinner was delicious (and cheap!), and then we went back to the gala. I didn't last for very long - I think my stays shifted up while I was seated at dinner, and between that and the giant wig on my head, I think I stayed for about 30 mins before changing. Next year, I plan to make something more comfortable. But anyway, here's some pictures!

The court gown ladies, Elizabeth, me, and Katherine

I feel like a missed half the people at the gala since I was there such a short time, but here are a few lovely ones I did manage to catch on camera:

Amanda and Samantha's 30s gowns                   Emily's gorgeous mid-Victorian

[ profile] bellamissella's amazing Elsa                 [ profile] fairegoddess's awesome bustle gown                     


Jul. 28th, 2014 01:10 am
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I decided to be stupid and stay up way too late to work on the wig. I haven't tried it on yet (and I seriously don't know how I'm going to get this monstrosity to stay on my head), but assuming it fits, all it needs now is powdering and copious amounts of hairspray.

Here's a pic:
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Sooo... I thought the court gown project was done. But then I actually put it on yesterday, and found out it wasn't. However, it is now. I wound up taking in the center back of the bodice towards the bottom (up to 3" in at the bottom) because it was totally duck-tailing. I also added hooks to make the bodice stay down with the skirt, and I moved the bar on my skirt fastening in about 1.5". But it's all set now, so here are pictures!

And then just because I could, I wore my feathers and tiara around the house for at least a half hour. I purchased a wig to use as a base today, so it should be here sometime this week.
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I finished the engageantes yesterday, meaning the court gown is fully done. I would like to decorate a new pair of shoes for it, and I need to make a wig, but I count those as separate projects.

Here's a pic of the engageantes:

Now I'm going to see if I can throw together a new Regency dress. I'm going to attempt to make it out of a sari I got a few months ago, but it's so thin and flowy that I'm worried it won't work.

As far as other projects, I need to remember to make a hat for my seaside bustle. And if I finish the regency, then that will need a hat as well. And maybe a reticule. I also need to buy calico for my CosCol class.

It's done!

Jun. 27th, 2014 01:48 am
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I finished the underskirt today, which means the court gown is done. Or at least, it is if you count the engageantes as a whole separate project. Which apparently I am. I'm a little over halfway done with the last three engageante layers. They should be done tomorrow morning.

I also took in an old swimsuit (which I had never worn). I needed one for my CA trip next week, but don't want to go out and spend money when I'm unemployed. So I took the mumsy tankini top that I had from probably at least 3-4 years ago, took the side seams in about 1", moved the elastic band underneath the bust up about 1", and ruched the sides. Now it's quite a bit cuter, and fits way better. Maybe I'll actually wear it!

Here's a couple pics of the court gown. How the heck am I gonna get this to CosCol?!

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I sewed literally all day today, from about 7:30am to about 10pm (with a 1 hr break and 2 hr nap thrown in there). But I got a lot done. I cut and sewed up all the trimmings for the petticoat and the remaining ones for the overskirt, pinned them all into place to see how they would look, and sewed the remaining trimmings on the overskirt. I also sewed all the bows on the bodice. That means that the overskirt and bodice are both complete! I also hemmed the petticoat. In total, I think I watched somewhere between 4 and 6 Game of Thrones episodes. I lost count.

At this point, I have to finish three layers for the engageantes (and put them together), plus sew all the trimmings on the petticoat. And I have to figure out how to do a wig. These wig bases are expensive! I might also paint my last pair of Kensingtons (or I might be lazy and leave them white).

Below is a pic from this morning, with all the trimmings loosely pinned into place:
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Overskirt hem - done! Game of Thrones episodes watched - five. In that time, I also finished putting the lace around the embroideries, and I did some internet digging to find a wig that will work for court gown stuff that is actually in my budget.
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This morning, I finished two more layers for the engageantes, meaning I'm halfway through with them! For the rest of the day, though, I worked on trimming. I trimmed the edges of my sleeves, which means that all the bodice needs are for the bows and engageantes to be tacked on. I also added a lot of trimming to the overskirt. I attached the same trim from the sleeves to the front edges of the overskirt, sewed on all six of my embroideries, and sewed the silver metallic lace around two of the embroideries so far. Besides the rest of the lace, I just need to snake the pink ruching (edged with more of the lace) through the embroideries. And maybe add some beads. And do the underskirt trimming. And hem everything. My goal is to have this whole costume done July 1st. Pictures of everything are below - please ignore the fact that Antoinette totally can't fit my bodices:

And thank goodness I had never gotten into Game of Thrones before now. Because watching all these episodes is providing plenty of costume drama time while sewing on this project. I'm now almost halfway into Season 3, and I started this project on episode 4 of season 1. 
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I was bad, and went garage-saling on my way home today. I didn't buy too much, but I did get a vintage fur coat, and an antique painted silk art piece, both pictured below:

I also worked a ton on embroidery today. First, I did a little bit on the engageantes, though I didn't complete any more of them. And then I did all six of the embroidered motifs for the front of the overskirt. Four of them are pictured below:
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So making embroidered engageantes is way harder than I thought. I'm doing a three-tiered ruffle for them. I managed to make one tier today, over the course of at least 2-3 hours. I did it with decorative stitches on my machine. It's very pretty, but I might have to put off finishing them until after I've finished everything else for this court gown. Anyway, here's a pic:
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I fixed the sleevil. Or at least mostly. I went with the whole - some pouf is normal, but all the wrinkling is weird. So I changed the shape of the sleeve cap in the back of the underarm, and I rotated part of the sleeve by changing the darts a little. I think it's better now, though I haven't tried it back on with the stays yet. I also bound and trimmed the neckline. And I made some really ugly engageants out of lace, which I will probably not be using. They look way too poly, even after I tried to get rid of the bright white look. I might order some voile, and do some whitework embroidery on it, because I really like that look.

Here's a peek of the bodice laid out on my table. The bows are just pinned on for now, and the ruched pink silk will also go around the hems of the sleeve. I may also add a little ruffle of the blue silk at the elbows, even though it's not in my inspiration image. Any opinions on the lace engageants? Am I being too picky?

Next up is embroidering the skirts. I'm thinking I might do the embroidery on leftover fabric, so I don't have to worry about something going wrong and me ruining the whole skirt. Then I can just add more trim to cover up the fact that it's a separate piece. I just wish my needle threader wasn't broken! I seriously should have taken my machine in sometime in the last two weeks when I thought I would use it, but never did. 
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Despite my seemingly successful sleeve mockup, I am now facing a bad case of Sleevil. I have a giant pouf in the back of my arm when my arm is down, though when I reach my arm forward, it goes away, and I have an appropriate range of motion. So is that pouf supposed to be there? And if not, how do I correct it? Here are some pics:

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I gave my notice a couple weeks ago to my work, that my last day would be July 1st, but they decided that this week would be my last. We also had our last weekend of Tommy this week, which means I now have way more time on my hands than before. So I guess that means sewing. I mocked up the sleeve for my court gown today (it took 2.5 tries...) and remembered to snap a few pics of the bodice while I was trying the sleeve on. So here you are!

Also, what group costuming things are actually happening at CosCol this year? I know of one other person still planning to do a court gown for the gala. Is there still going to be a seaside bustle meetup happening at some point?
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Well, it looks like one other person will be joining me in a court gown for the gala, since all the other ton of people that were supposed to be making one have put it off till next year...

Maybe I can change your minds and spur you all on with some progress pictures?

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Is anyone still planning on making an 18th c court gown for the gala? Or is the group costuming just not happening this year?
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I worked a bunch on the Court Gown skirts today. They are now done, save for hems and trimmings (which I have yet to really decide on). I wound up having enough of the pink silk to do the entire underskirt. I hope I don't regret that decision!

Here's a picture. The lighting makes the fabric look really weird...:

And this is a picture of my inspiration image, from one of the Tom Tierney coloring books:

I cave

Apr. 23rd, 2014 01:03 am
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Now that the Seaside Bustle is done (and the hole I put in the skirt is even patched!) it was time to think about my CosCol Gala gown. I had planned since last CosCol to make a Bustle-era evening gown, and bought the silks and trims to make it in the Fabric District. And then everyone started talking about court gowns.

Now I'm really not into those huge over the top court gowns that everyone was claiming, not to mention at some point it seemed like all the fashion plates had been claimed. But I also know that I LOVE doing group costuming projects. So today, I got out the fabrics I bought last summer (I am definitely not buying more fabric), and decided to just let the fabric speak to me and tell me what it wanted to be.

Apparently, it wants to be a court gown. However, it does not want to be one of those crazy over the top ones. It wants to be something very akin to this gown. I'm keeping with the fabrics I've already purchased, though, so it's going to be in light blue shot light pink silk taffeta, with a mauvey-pink finely striped silk taffeta (or maybe it's a shantung?) for the contrast. Oddly enough, I found a very similar gown in one of my Dover coloring books, colored it in with my fabrics, and that is serving as my main inspiration. I guess now I just have to build the paniers and figure out how one of these things goes together. And how to make do when I only have 7 yards of my main fabric... 

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