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I really don't feel like I made that much this year. I'm not sure if that's because I just started sewing for the first time in two months, or if it's actually true, though. So here's what I made:

1830s plaid silk dress and yellow bonnet, made for wearing in Oliver, plus the Victorian Festival and Costume College

Blue wool coat, which I basically wear every day

Burgundy and mauve striped silk bustle dress, for the Victorian Festival and Costume College

Burgundy silk Regency dress, as a pattern test for Laughing Moon

Ripaway mermaid tail and Cinderella costume (and some other bits) as costumes for Disenchanted, for which I was Costume Coordinator

1890s Plaid "ice cream parlour" shirtwaist and navy walking skirt for Costume College, but also worn in The Music Man

Yellow 1890s Gala Gown for Costume College, including choker, royal order, bracelet, and petticoat with detachable train

A white cotton Victorian-style robe, which turned out to be the most practical thing I made for Costume College

Elephant dress for my friend's new baby

1910s white cotton and lace dress, worn to Snoqualmie Railroad Days

3 skirts and 3 playdresses through my etsy shop

Dapper Merida for Dapper Day; Also worn in White Christmas and to Christmas tea

Disney-print 1950s jumper dress

Princess Anna Frozen Fever

A bodice and skirt combo for the Silverbells Carolers, plus a few alterations for them

A "Totes Ma Goats" totebag as a secret Santa project

A skirt for my mom

A Marauders Map Fleece Blanket for my dad

The beginnings of an 1883 walking skirt (not finished, though I started cutting out a bodice mockup yesterday)

I guess that's a decent amount of stuff after all. But if I'm going to be on track for CoCo this year, I can't just take a two month break from sewing again!
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I've been doing almost zero sewing lately, but I realized I never posted about the project I did last week. We did a secret santa thing in our White Christmas cast, and my person's favorite animal was a goat. That meant I had a reason to finally make the "totes ma goats" bag I've always wanted to make. It didn't turn out exactly as I wanted - I've always pictured it with the stuffed head of a goat peeking out the front of the bag, but alas, goat stuffed animals are relatively hard to come by, and would have made the bag go over the $15 limit. So embroidery to the rescue! I purchased the embroidery pattern on etsy, but all the fabrics came out of my stash (the outer blue is leftover from the Princess Anna skirt I made a few years ago, the inner taffeta is from my robe a la turque, and the flannel goat applique fabric is from the Thumper stuffed animal I made last year). It turned out a little smaller than I would have liked, but I still think it's cute!

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I feel like I made almost nothing this year. I honestly think I did too much theatre for one year, and the past few months, I've just felt very worn out. That, combined with working all year (instead of being unemployed for 8 months like I was last year) means very little sewing actually got done. 

But this is what I did actually manage to do:

I completed the green wool bustle gown. Most of this was done in 2016, but I think I did the neckline dickey area and the hem in 2017. I also made an adjustable length quilted petticoat that I used for this dress and my skating dress, and decorated the hat. And apparently I never took any pictures of the quilted petticoat. 

Fur-trimmed skating dress + trimming an old vintage hat

Finished my crewel-work 18th c pocket

Designer Disney Snow White

1860s corset

1860s Giant Turquoise Ballgown, which also included making royal orders and a headpiece. I made this in two parts, completing the base dress by the beginning of April, and then making the train and trimming it in the lead-up to Costume College. 

Belle-inspired jumper dress

Regency Laughing Moon Pattern-test Pelisse

Elizabeth Swann

Rose's Deck Dress from Titanic

Two Halloween skirts

Velvet Regency spencer

Reversible Disney tote bag, Thumper, Dumbo, Dr. Who Scarf

Plus a commission for altering a Zouave jacket and making another Victorian jacket, and 14 little girls playdresses and 2 skirts for etsy orders.

This post has made me realize that I haven't put anything from this year on my website, and I never did a CoCo wrap-up post for Friday through Sunday, either, or completed outfit posts for Elizabeth Swann or the Turquoise Ballgown. Whoops. I should probably do those! 
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Working on Christmas presents this last week has led me to not posting, because I don't want to spoil the surprises. Which is stupid, because I can still post vague things about the sewing and crocheting I'm doing. (Or if anyone can help me figure out how to make a friends-locked post, I can post actual pictures. Otherwise, those will have to wait until at least next weekend some time). Thanks [personal profile] totchipanda !

Anyway, my mom's present is almost done. I got a whole bunch knocked out in the last two evenings, to the point where there's just some smaller hand-sewing left. Because hers has now become the more portable project, now I get to turn to my dad's present. It's portable in small chunks, but there's lots of different yarn color changes, and there's only so many skeins I can bring with me at one time. I've been working on it at lunch at work, and I just have about 4 or 5 color changes left at this point, plus the fringe. Once that's done, all I have to do is weave in all the yarn change ends. Does anyone have any tips to make that go quicker? It's usually my least favorite part. 

Here's my mom's present. It's from the same pattern that I used for Thumper, though I added the collar and hat. His face looks a little strange because he still needs eyelashes and eyebrows, though I don't think either of those are in the original pattern either. I went to Build-a-Bear and recorded Baby Mine on one of their devices, which is inside his right hand. 

I told my roommate yesterday that she will probably have to wait till after Christmas to get her present. She knows what it is, anyway - I'm making her a Harry Potter skirt. But I'm seeing a show tomorrow evening, have our final performance of Beauty and the Beast on Thursday evening, and then I fly to see my parents right after work on Friday. So I don't think I'm even going to have time to start on hers. 

When I get back after Christmas, though, I will have at least a handful of days with no rehearsal in the evening, so I should not only have time for her skirt, but I should also be able to start on other things. I have so much CADD right now, though. I know I should work on my coat, but part of me wants to charge into either my gala gown or the plaid 1830s dress I'm planning for CoCo. I also want to make a couple new skirts and/or a dress for my Europe trip. Possibly jersey, so they won't wrinkle, though I've never worked with it before. 


Nov. 21st, 2017 03:30 pm
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Whoops. I fell off the posty-wagon. But I did finish Thumper last week!

I also started cutting out a super-secret project over the weekend. Unfortunately, since it's a Christmas present, I won't be able to post about it till it's done. Tech has been so draining this week that it hasn't had any progress since being mostly cut out on Saturday.

But I'm off work on Thurs and Fri, and I have no rehearsal Thurs either, so I'm planning on using the whole day to relax, clean my house, and sew, both on the present, and on the mockup for my winter coat. Though seeing all the awesome pics from Gettysburg is also inspiring me to get back into working on costumes. So hopefully that will happen this month, too, or I will be woefully behind for CoCo. 
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Thumper is coming along! I plan to sew on the ears and all the appliques today (they're just pinned on in the picture), and hopefully I'll have time to do the embroidery and add the tail and chest fluff tomorrow. This has been a nice fun project so far!

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I was feeling overwhelmed with sewing this weekend, so I took a break. Instead, I made something I've been wanting to do for a while - A Disney Pin Board!

I started collecting Disney pins when I worked there in 2010. And each time I have gone for a visit since, I have bought more pins on ebay to bring for trading. I don't buy any pins new in the parks, since my favorite thing is the hunting and trading with cast members. Anyway, at this point, I have about 525 pins, assuming I counted correctly yesterday. I think 41 of them are still potential traders, but the rest are ones I like. I collect Chip and Dale, Villains, Alice in Wonderland, some princesses, some Tink (though I don't think I've gone for a new Tink pin in years), and some pins out of other stories, like Winnie the Pooh and Peter Pan. I also like obscure characters. I've found some good Dwarf pins lately, and I also have a few of Mr Toad. I will also occasionally go in for big sets, since they're more challenging to find, or for nice commemorative pins.

In any case, my bf and I bought (I think) 100 pins to bring with us to FL, and used up most of them between the two of us. (He collects American flag-related ones). But when I got home, I realized there wasn't any room in my album to fit them all, so I've been dreaming of a nice pin display board ever since. I picked up a 2'x3' bulletein board and some spray paint at Walmart yesterday, and we started in. We decided to go with a full body silhouette of Mickey as our pin shape, and my bf thought a black Mickey on a white background would be best. I blew up a picture I found online for the shape, and cut it out. We painted the board black first, and then I attempted to paint white over it. However, the board sucked up a lot of the white in spots, and the cork itself started bubbling in a lot of those spots. So I stopped after one coat, and realized I'd have to try again today. Besides, I didn't like the idea of the white background anyway. Though honestly, it does look very artistic!

The pushpins were to hold in the bubbles, which actually did all wind up going away.

I picked up another cork board today, but someone had bought out all two cartons full of the cheap glossy black spray paint at Walmart since yesterday. I tried matte. It looked grey and splotchy, so I ran over to Lowes and got better spray paint. Perfect! I used my giant cutout as a stencil, and drew in Mickey's outline with a silver sharpie, then filled it in with my favorite pins, and some of the completed sets I've collected. I'm absolutely thrilled with the result! Here's some pictures:

Before and after adding the pins

Some closeups of the pins I used. There's 173 on here, which means there's still another 311 or so in my pin album (plus 41 potential traders)

So does anyone else collect Disney pins? I love meeting other pin traders! :)

Sewing Day!

Jan. 6th, 2016 12:32 am
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I got to sew for most of the day today. I started by finishing the patterning for the bustle gown skirt, which I then cut out and serged. The front five pieces are also assembled and waiting to be pressed. I'm still debating on whether or not I'm going to cut any width out of the back two pieces, but I think a lot of that decision will depend on how much fabric I need for my pleats. The bodice won't take much, and it's looking highly unlikely that I'll have anything left over for a day bodice. This skirt has already eaten fabric up like crazy! I started with just shy of 12.5 yds. At this point, I have a little less than five yards left (plus two 10x50" sections for pleats). And I used that all up while luckily being able to cut and sew with no regard to fabric direction or right/wrong side. I'm so glad this fabric is the same no matter which way you cut it!.

The reason I haven't pressed the skirt seams yet is because I was also embroidering today. I am pattern testing a craft pattern for Laughing Moon, and am making an embroidered Victorian boot pillow. I got all the embroidery done for one side - now I just have to hope that I can lay out everything for the other side to match! I didn't want to risk running the iron while the machine was embroidering, because my iron uses up a significant portion of the electrical circuit for the back of the house. Every time the iron clicks, the light flickers, even with almost no other lights on. My boyfriend is going to change the wiring so that the sewing room gets its own circuit, but until then, I'm trying not to iron and embroider at the same time. I don't want my machine to shut off in the middle of a design!

This is what my boot looks like so far. I really like how the embroidery came out!

No pics of the skirt yet. For one thing, the black silk honestly photographs similarly to a garbage bag, but for two, it is not yet pleated or attached to a waistband, and therefore looks ridiculous on the dress form. 
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I made a packing list yesterday for PortTownsend, and realized there were still several small things I needed to make! And when I came home after dinner last night, I got into a "make all the things" mode, and worked until after 1am on a bunch of different projects.

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

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

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

But the night wasn't over yet. I also realized that I had no reticule to match the orange gown, so with the tiny scraps I had left, I cut out three pieces for a small reticule. I sewed up the silk outer, and a cotton liner, and then finally called it a night. I'm going to trim it and finish it up today.


Oct. 19th, 2013 06:56 pm
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Here are some pictures for you!

The first is the blurry in progress bustle gown picture I promised you yesterday:

And this one is this year's pumpkin - it's a Mickey pumpkin!

And today, I made a Halloween-inspired craft -- fall critters out of egg cartons!
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Safeway has already put their pumpkins out for Halloween, and while I usually wait to decorate until October, I figured one week early wouldn't kill me. So I bought and painted my first pumpkin of 2011 today! I wanted to go for a pseudo-Victorian feel, so I went with a silhouette theme. All four sides were painted free-hand, and I used a paper doily to get the lace effect on the top.

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