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A CoCo recap will come sometime relatively soonish, but as I jumped back into a super busy week (work and rehearsals every day and two different callbacks), it will have to wait till I have a bit more time.

Unlike normally, though, I'm really excited to get back into sewing! I have to make a quick skirt for an order, which I will do as soon as I get home today, and then I think I will jump into my next historical project. 

I did lots of brainstorming and plotting while at CoCo, and while my plans are not all finalized yet, this is where I'm heading:

This is first up on my list. I got that mauve/burgundy striped silk from one of the Fabric Mart sales earlier this year, and found a matching mauve silk satin at Home Fabrics for the skirt. 
 

Next will be Rose's yellow deck dress from Titanic. For anyone that wants to join, we are doing Titanic movie costumes for the Friday Social at CoCo next year. I found butter yellow silk taffeta at Home Fabrics. It's probably supposed to be a less stiff silk, but I will have to make do. 


I also found a great mulitcolor plaid silk at Home Fabrics. It's not as great as the plaid in my inspiration, but I want to do an 1830s dress similar to this:


I've also fallen in love with this dress. I wound up with a bunch of navy wool at the CoCo Bargain Basement, so now I just need to find copious yards of velvet ribbon. I also want to make an s-bend corset before I make this. 


And lastly, my gala dress for next year. I'm still trying to make my mind up on what exactly I'm doing. I had decided on the first dress below from when people were talking about historical Belle dresses. But then with the whole Royalty theme, I really want to make a dress that was actually worn by a royal (and the jewelry to match!) But of course, I bought fabric while still thinking of Belle. I have 12 yards of butter yellow silk taffeta (minus what the Titanic dress will use), and 7 yards of a golden silk taffeta (when I went to Home Fabrics on the Thurs before CoCo, they didn't have the goldenrod, which was what I really wanted, so I settled on the butter. Then they had the goldenrod on Monday, so naturally I had to get that). And I still want to do an 1890s dress like my original choice, so these are what I'm trying to choose from:

My original choice, and then Lady Beatrice Pole Carew, who is wearing a gown closest to my original choice. But it's awfully plain, and she's not wearing any bling!


I love this photo of Queen Marie of Romania, or the two of Queen Mary:


I also love the wedding dress of Princess Alexandra, and could do it in butter yellow, or (if I can figure out all the details) I also love this gown worn by Empress Alexandra Feodrovna


I'm just having such a hard time on the gala gown deliberation! I'd love any opinions on it that you all might have. 
 

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Since I feel like so many plans are swimming around in my head, I'm putting them down here so I can reference them for later.

Mary Poppins Jolly Holiday - due by mid-Oct
1950s Villains dress - due by end of Oct
1876 corset - due as soon as possible, so I can start bustle gowns
1876 green wool fur-trimmed dress - due by Jan for Little House Party
1870s black wool fur-trimmed skating dress - due by Jan for Little House Party
1870s paletot (or whatever they were called at this point) - due by Jan for Little House Party
1860s corset - hopefully due by late Jan, so I can start gala gown
1860s giant turquoise ballgown - hopefully due by mid-March, in case the Port Townsend Victorian Festival happens after all
Snow White couture gown for group project - due by CoCo
Elizabeth Swan burgundy 17th c gown for Keira Knopely group - due by CoCo


And maybe if I manage to get all that done, I can make new 18th c stays and the Daniel Deronda riding habit, like I wanted to before. But maybe it's because of the corsets, but this feels like a lot! 
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Since the Victorian child outfit is my last thing I have to finish for myself by CoCo, I guess it's that time of year to think about what I want to sew in the rest of the year!

-A Tudor Kirtle (hopefully by the first weekend of Aug for a Ren Faire). Would periwinkle-ish wool be appropriate for this, by any chance?
-Mary Poppins Jolly Holiday (I'm fairly certain this will be this year's Halloween costume)
-Black wool w/ black fur trim bustle-era skating outfit
-Another winter bustle dress (both of these will be for the Little House party)
-Giant turquoise mid-Victorian ballgown of doom

And then the possible other projects:
-I feel like I should make something 1790s, because I haven't yet. This would also include transitional stays.
-I kind of want to try the Outlander stays pattern, especially since I need new stays anyway
-Possible secret Disney project?
-I kind of want a cotton 1830s dress, and now that I saw [livejournal.com profile] mandie_rw's bonnet, I need to make a giant bonnet, too.
-Maybe this year I'll actually do the Daniel Deronda riding habit I've been planning for the last few years? Or come back to the 1860s handsewn project?

I also have one commission lined up for Aug, which is Wendy, and a couple possible other commissions, like Coronation Anna, and Aurora. And hopefully more etsy sales!


As far as CoCo goes, do any of my LJ friends want to join me at Maggianos for the CoCo gala dinner again this year? I've got a list going, and I'll probably call to make our reservation soon. It's always been a fun time! 

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 [livejournal.com 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
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I haven't sewn since last Tuesday, but I still want to post. Rehearsal went well on Wed, but my grandma passed away late Wed night. She had been sick for a long time, so it was really a matter of when, not if, so at least it wasn't unexpected. I flew down to LA on Thurs afternoon to be with my grandpa and my dad, stayed through the funeral yesterday morning, and then flew back up last night. I didn't get to go to the bustle event from last weekend, so the cape and muff didn't get their first wearing. Oh well.

Having the last five days with no sewing has all of a sudden made me realize how close Halloween is getting! Flynn and Rapunzel both need to be done in less than two weeks for their first wearing. For Rapunzel, that just means sleeves, so it shouldn't be too bad. But I'm going to have to sew pretty furiously for Flynn! Luckily, it's just the doublet, so I hopefully won't have to stress-sew too much.

I've already promised someone that I will be doing a commission after Flynn and Rapunzel, too, but I also have a large list of projects I want to make for myself. So I really need to buckle down and sew all the things!

List of goals:
Finish Rapunzel sleeves - due Oct 25th
Flynn doublet - due Oct 25th
Navy swiss-dot Regency - possibly due by Dec 20th?
New Victorian corset - due mid-March
Black silk taffeta bustle ballgown (and possibly day bodice) - due mid-March
Victorian children's dress - due by CoCo
Turquoise silk mid-18th c giant ballgown
Fur-trimmed bustle-era skating outfit
Super-secret Disney-related project
Daniel Deronda riding habit
Hand-sewn 1860s gown.



Oh also, I may have purchased a great gross of black size three hooks and bars from Richard the Thread while I was in LA... I'm keeping 1-2 gross, and 2 other gross are already spoken for, but would anyone else be interested in purchasing any off of me?
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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!

2015 Goals

Jan. 6th, 2015 09:17 pm
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I know I've posted about a couple of these recently, but here are my current goals for this year:

1. 1831 Archery dress (still haven't decided whether it will be wool or silk)
2. 1829 Orange ballgown (kind of peeved that they posted my inspiration plate in the new Squeals, but I'm not changing my mind since I already have all the fabric)
3. Corded petticoat to go with both of the above dresses (already started)
4. 1830s bathing suit (I need to find black and white plaid cotton- why is that so hard!)
5. Professor Trelawney artistic reform gown for the CosCol Ice Cream Social
6. Daniel Deronda riding habit (already have the fabric)
7. Little Red costume from Into the Woods
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.)

Edit: I almost forgot! Also on my list is my 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...


Here are some pictures of my inspirations:
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So now that CosCol is over, it's time to finish unpacking and start on new projects.

I was able to find the fabrics I needed for the Rapunzel commission in the fabric district, so that is first on the docket. Yesterday, I dye tested the white brocade I got, and it seemed to come out okay. I'll probably start testing the embroidery this afternoon, if I can clear out space around my sewing machine.

I've also been approved to be a pattern tester for Laughing Moon's new men's mid-Victorian vest. That means my dad will finally get his vest made! I might wind up making one for the bf at some point, too.

And I've planned a Regency tea for mid-Sept, so if I have time after those two projects, I might try to make my bf a Regency outfit.

In the beginning of Oct, [livejournal.com profile] vanessa_lynne has planned a deco museum excursion, and since I have nothing deco, I've decided I need to make something. I think it's the perfect chance to make Delysia's blue dress from Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day.


Other than that, I think it's mostly CosCol planning. This is what I want to do for next year:

1831 bathing suit. Because it is the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen, I naturally need to make it. I already bought the red plaid and black wool, plus I got some really wide red fishnets to try to get the stocking look.


1833 ballgown. Which means I will also need a corded petticoat, and most likely, a new corset.


1830s day dress. I love the shape of this one, not sure about the fabric:


I'm also thinking about the riding habit from Daniel Deronda:


And then beyond that, I'm going to do the Trelawney bustle gown, and make my 1860s handsewn dress. Which reminds me that I still owe you pictures of my 1860s antique dress. I'll get on that.

Here are all the fabrics/trims I got in the fabric district to get me started:

2014 Goals

Jan. 4th, 2014 12:50 am
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Having already completed two of my goals for this year (finishing the spencer and making a regency hat), I figured I'd list the rest of them. Strangely, I don't seem to have nearly as many as usual.

1. Finish Princess Anna (it's almost done, and will probably take me no more than 2 hrs to finish)
2. 18th c mitts
3. Victorian waistcoat for my dad
4. Seaside bustle gown and hat (I already have fabric earmarked for it).
5. Regency evening gown (a sari is on its way to me)
6. Regency pelisse (lavender wool in the stash)
7. Victorian bustle ballgown for CosCol gala (already have all the fabrics)
8. Most likely a commission for Queen Elsa from Frozen.
9. Button boots. I still want to figure out how to make them.

The bigger thing on my goals list is that I'm planning to move down to LA this summer. I really want to try to break into costuming for film, plus put a lot more into building my own business. And I'll be closer to family, which will be nice. I've given up on the idea of grad school, at least for now. It's just too expensive.
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Since I've now completed the customary year in review, that means it's time to post the goals for 2013!

1. Finish the riding habit. It's at least about half-way done at this point. The skirts of the bodice need to be attached, I need to figure out how to do the huge collar, the sleeves, and all the trimming.

2.
The Robe a la Turque. The petticoat is done. I'm currently working on the gown - the bodice and skirt are cut out.

3. 18th c red cloak. I already have the fabric.

4. 17th c gown. Based on this portrait. I'm in the process of buying fabric - I'm actually springing for silk taffeta!

5. Regency corset. I wanted to take the class at CosCol last year but was waitlisted. Maybe I'll get in this year?

6. Regency day dress. I bought swiss dot last year. I'm just waiting to make the corset first.

7. Regency overgown. Again, I already have the fabric.

8. Edwardian jacket for my mom. The mockup is done - I just need to actually make the jacket now.

9. Victorian waistcoat for my dad for Dickens next year.

10. 1950s cotton-printed dress to wear to Disneyland before CosCol.

11. Victorian button boots. I will probably make two pairs. I'm going to try making it from canvas first, and if that works out, then I'll spring for leather.

12. Possibly a pet en lair or caraco.

I think that's enough to be getting on with.
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I don't feel like I was all that productive this year, probably since the early candy bustle wound up taking up soooo much of my time, but I did make a fair bit leading up to CosCol.

Pictures under the cut. )



My goals for 2012 were:
-a black knee length skirt. I didn't make one, but I bought one!
-the 1869 Pink Candy Striped Early Bustle Gown. Completed!
-Titanic gown. I started one, but I never finished it. The skirt is done, and the bodice is partially done. Now it's languishing as a ufo.
-Teens-era corset. Completed!
-Ballgown bodice for my black and gold plaid Dickens dress. Completed!
-Late Victorian jacket for my mom. She decided she wanted an Edwardian one instead. I've fitted the mockup to her, but haven't actually started the final jacket.
-Late Victorian bathing suit. Completed!
-18th c Robe a la Turque. Not for 2012, but I've finally started it!
-18th c quilted petticoat. Completed!
-1780s-style red wool Riding Habit. Started, but not yet finished.
-18th c red wool cloak. Nope, not yet.
-a Victorian waistcoat for my dad for Dickens. Nope, but I'll do it this year!
-18th c mitts. Nope.
-Regency corset. I didn't get into the CosCol class last year. We'll see if I can manage one on my own before this year's CosCol.
-Regency day dress. Nope.
-Regency overgown. Nope.

Overall, not too bad.
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At this point, I have a very abstract idea of what I would like to make this year, which is probably way too long to actually accomplish. Luckily, very little of my goals actually have deadlines, so it really doesn't matter when they get made!

-1869 Pink Candy Striped Early Bustle Gown. I've already started the elliptical cage crinoline and the petticoat. At this point, I only have ideas for a day bodice, but I would eventually like to come up with an evening bodice as well. I will probably wind up wearing it at CosCol (of course, now that I write that, does anyone have any idea how to get a cage crinoline on an airplane?)

-a black knee-length skirt. I've realized I'm missing this important staple in my wardrobe, so I bought some black fabric and will be remedying this soon.

-Titanic gown. I'm going for not quite an evening gown, but probably in the realm of dinner dress for this one. I finally figured out the design a few days ago. I'll post the sketch at some point, most likely after I go fabric shopping. It's largely based on a blend of the yellow "deck dress" from the movie, and this Worth gown from the Met. I doubt I will be able to afford the GBACG Titanic event, so I would probably wind up wearing it to the tea at CosCol. Or maybe I'll host my own Titanic dinner.

-Teens era corset. Still not positive that I'll have time for this one, but I would really like to have the proper shape under the teens gown, so here's to hoping. I guess that means I should go work on my candy bustle.

-Ballgown bodice for my black and gold plaid Dickens dress. I started to draft out the pattern in September, but then the fish doublet commission came in, and I had to focus on Jane in time for Halloween, so that never got done.

-Late Victorian jacket for my mom, to match the walking skirt I made her this year. I ran out of time to make her one before the PEERS picnic, but luckily, it was too warm to wear one anyway.

-Late Victorian bathing suit. I want to wear it to CosCol this year, but unfortunately, the wool I bought from fabric.com for it is way too lightweight, so I have to return it and hope I can find some heavier wool somewhere.

-18th c Robe a la Turque. I've been wanting to make one of these since last May, I think. I was hoping to do it in 2011, but I just never had time.

-18th c quilted petticoat. This isn't the one I started hand-quilting last year. I don't know if I have the patience to ever finish that one. But I bought really pretty cream-colored pre-quilted fabric at Joanns last summer, so once I actually pull the fabric out, it should go together super quickly.

-1780s-style red wool Riding Habit. I haven't figured out the exact design yet, but since I bought the wool from the fabric.com sale, now I'll be able to make it.

-18th c red wool cloak. I honestly don't know why I want one, since I would never get any use out of it here. Hopefully, that will be a different story once I move up to Seattle in the spring.

-My dad has requested a Victorian waistcoat for Dickens for next year. It will be his Christmas present.

-18th c mitts. I have a bunch of small pieces of fabric from my one trip to FabMo last June, and I want to use it up by making a bunch of mitts and muffs.

-Regency corset. I'm really hoping they offer this as a class at CosCol, since I don't think I would have the gumption to start one on my own. But I know I want/need one.

-Regency day dress. There always seem to be all these regency events, and all I have to wear to them right now is my chemise a la reine, which just feels out of place.

-Regency overgown. I already have the fabric, but I think I want to wait until I have the regency corset to really start in on it.


So yeah. It's a lot. And I know I'll probably only accomplish half of it. But we'll see.

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