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!
I think I'll have some time to sew at rehearsal tomorrow, as well, so I'm hoping I might even get the overskirt finished by the end of the night. And hopefully when I come home, I can stay up late enough to set the sleeves. That would make Wed evening's sewing manageable, since I don't have rehearsal that night. Though of course, I do have to pack, too!
I realized I haven't been posting any pictures of the skating dress so far, so here's one, which shows the bodice and skirt pleats/fur. Clearly this is going to be one I'm going to have to lint-roll constantly. Also a bonus princess dress picture, since it's a new style.
But seriously, I feel like I did nothing but sew this weekend (okay, I did go to a party last night for several hours, and I've been to Joanns and Safeway, but that's it). And yet, I also feel like I've gotten nothing accomplished. I finally put the buttons on the green wool overskirt, so all I have to fix on that is the bustle tape, which is currently pinned in place. And the skating bodice just needs its sleeves attached (though the sleeves also need cuffs). I don't want to put the sleeves on the bodice until I put the fur trim on the skirt. I think I'm going to have enough fur that I can do the whole skirt hem, plus put fur around the shoulders of the armseyes, and at the cuffs, but I need to be sure. And both skirt and overskirt need hooks and eyes, and the fur trim on the overskirt needs to be turned and hand-sewn on the inside of the hem.
The skirt also still needs its pleats and fur put around the hem. I have most of the pleats pleated, but somehow my math is coming out wrong, and despite not having enough fabric when I was halfway through the pleats, I repleated a bunch of them, and now I have way too much. So I either need to cut off the excess, or repleat. Again. Ugh. Why does it take so long?!
To be fair, other than the sleeves and hooks/eyes, the outfit is actually wearable as is, but it's not nearly how I want it to be. And I had to use up 2 hours of my sewing time on that tonight to go to Joanns and get fabric for the princess dress, and cut out and start on that. I probably have about an hour or less left on the order, and then I can get back to the skating dress. Which is good, since I only have two hours to sew tomorrow, and maybe an hour on Tuesday if I'm lucky because of rehearsals on both days. Though I am planning on bringing my hand-sewing to rehearsal, so hopefully that will help.
Navy blue swiss dot Regency - Done!
Black silk taffeta bustle ballgown - Done!
Child's Victorian Gown - Done!
Daniel Deronda Riding Habit - Still hasn't happened, and is no longer on my specific upcoming goals list.
1860s Fully Handsewn dress - Didn't even pick this up all year. Maybe someday, but probably not anytime soon.
Turquoise Silk Mid-19th c Giant Ballgown - I kind of knew this was going to be a 2017 project, and sure enough, it will be.
Fur-trimmed bustle-era skating outfit - Coming up next; I've already started cutting pieces out.
Winter bustle gown - Almost done!
Super-secret Disney-related project - No longer super secret. This is the Snow White Designer Disney dress, and will be made for the CoCo pool party this year.
In June, I added an Elizabethan kirtle and Mary Poppins Jolly Holiday to the list, both of which I have since completed.
And here's picture proof of everything I made!
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I think that's everything. Overall, not a bad sewing year, though being unemployed for the first eight months of the year certainly helped in that, and as you can tell by my posts, my sewing has definitely slowed down since I started working in September!
Anyway, I started serging the corset pieces - I got the gussets done, but that's it. However, I did find the right blue cotton at my other Joanns for Princess Anna, so I made the tiny Anna dress today. I also worked on a Disney map puzzle that my bf and I got at Disneyland. It's hard to focus on sewing when I want to work on the puzzle!
I did the hat first, which required a whole bunch of my organza scraps and a ton of hot glue. And of course, putting hot glue on organza also means very much burning of fingers (including at least three that have already blistered). But that said, I'm really happy with how it turned out!
The base is a wavy-brimmed straw hat that I bought from the thrift store a few years ago, and spray painted white. Tonight, I started by gluing/pleating an organza strip around the top of the brim. Then I took another organza strip, glued the selvedge edge around the top edge of the brim, and turned it under, where I pulled it tightly, and pleated it around the crown on the inside. Next I took a narrower strip, pleated the ends, and glued one end to the side of the base of the crown. On the other end, I sewed on two hooks, and sewed two bars to the opposite side of the base of the crown. I also ran gathering threads at three points on the length, to cinch it on the sides of the face and under the chin. Then I took a vaguely circular piece, and shaped it over the top of the crown, gluing it around the edge (leaving the bars free, obviously). I pressed messy ruching in place on another strip, and glued that loosely around the sides of the crown. Then I gathered a long piece for the back, and glued that around the back. And finally, I glued on the flowers! So as I said, a lot of glue - I lost count of how many sticks I went through!
Then I put the hooks and eyes on the skirt and the swiss waist, and the ribbon tie on the parasol. I didn't actually try it all on tonight - I'll save that for the morning, but each item does fit individually. I'm wearing it to a Halloween party tomorrow night, so I'll be sure to have someone take pictures of me. For now, here's som dress form pictures:
On the other hand, the temporary hair dye I tried this morning did almost nothing whatsoever to my hair color, so it is still very much not brown. I'm going to try to get to Sally's before tomorrow night, and see if I can exchange it for something better.
Oh, and also, I made both my first embroidery design etsy sale and my first princess playdress etsy sale today. And how fitting that the one that sold was for Mary Poppins!
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!
I also spent a good chunk of today designing new business cards, since I'm almost out of my old ones. Tada!
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."
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?
Here are the results from the shoots from this week and last week. If you click on a picture, it will lead you to the etsy listing for that look.
Alice, Mulan, and Mary Poppins
Jasmine, Belle, Pocahontas
Tiana, Tinkerbell, Princess Sofia
And my outfit from today:
Anyway, here's pictures of the two I finished. I'm especially pleased with Mary Poppins. And I'm about 90% sure I'm going to be making myself a Jolly Holiday costume for Halloween this year. :)
I also managed to pattern and put together the bodice for Pocahontas before I went to the shoot, so that I could try it on my models to see if it worked. It did! I needed to tighten the elastic by a couple inches, but I was glad that the pattern itself worked. After the shoot, I had a little time before rehearsals, and started on the skirt ruffle. I probably have about 15-20 mins more that I need to finish Pocahontas, but that will be done tomorrow.
Speaking of rehearsals, I really feel like this show is coming together so well! We have a little over two weeks till we open, and I think we have just about everything blocked and choreographed at this time, and I have all my lines memorized. It's been really nice having rehearsal every day this week - I feel like we've gotten so much accomplished!
Here's Mulan, and a pic of the Ariel skirt I promised from yesterday.
Of course, I haven't finished Tink yet, because while I worked a little on it today, I also started on Alice, cutting and serging it, and doing the bodice applique. And I went to Joanns and picked up (hopefully) the rest of the thread and fabrics I'll need for the remaining samples. I think I'll finish Alice for this week's shoot instead. I guess we'll see - I'm going to go work on one of them now!
I also finished Jasmine. Ta da!
And since it's only 11, I'll probably do at least a little more work on Mulan by the end of the day (or, who knows, I might stay up till 3am again finishing it). But I need to finish Mulan and Tink by the end of tomorrow, since I'm doing a shoot for them, Jasmine, Belle, and Tiana on Wed morning.
I have to admit, I am starting to get more excited about finishing these up and moving on to my Victorian child outfit. Though at the same time, I really hope orders start coming in soon!
Here's pics of the ones from yesterday:
And the collection so far, minus Snow White. So colorful!
Oh, and somehow my sewing machine already came back from being serviced today, so that was unexpected. I just hope they took the time to actually service everything!