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Okay, I'm going to attempt to do a brief recap five months after Costume College. No idea if I'll remember enough to make these at all worthwhile, so sorry!

Friday during the day, I wore my Mary Poppins outfit I made for Halloween 2016. 

I took the Circular handbags class taught by Catherine and Bunny (pictured below), and then I went to go teach my own class, which was on 1830s sleeve supports vs. 1890s sleeve structure. It seemed to go over well, and it was fun to be able to show an extant bodice with elaborate sleeves to the class. I'd love to do more things where I can show off the pieces in my collection, but it's just too hard to transport them all to CoCo. 

I also went to the Historical Dancing class, where I learned that I really didn't make my Mary Poppins outfit sturdy enough. I'd only worn the bodice 2-3 times before, but during the dancing, both underarms shredded through the seams (and I think I tore one of the arms somewhere else, too). Any tips on repairing silk organza sleeves? I also broke at least one of the elastic arch straps on the spats. So yeah, not great for dancing, and now I have a whole bunch of repairs I need to make if I want to wear Mary Poppins again. 

For the Social, I wore my Elizabeth Swann dress. I was supposed to be part of the Keira Knopely group, which started out as about 15-20 people and ended up with just me. Oh well. I think I still did a good job on the dress, though I didn't really get that many good pictures of it. 

After the social, I attended the historical dance that was going on. I loved that they had that this year, and I wish I had worn an outfit a little more conducive to dancing. But my feet were really killing me not too far into the dance, so I didn't stay long. I made about a 3-min stop at the Pink Princess party, but it was just too crowded and too loud, so I hung out with some quieter friends for a little while instead. (Thanks Sabrina, Katherine, and Elizabeth!)

One of the things I appreciate about both of Friday's costumes is that they both contain a souvenir from when I worked at Disneyworld. Mary Poppin's gloves are actual Mary Poppins character gloves. When I worked in costuming, these came back to us with a couple rips in one of them. They were going to be thrown out, so I asked if I could have them, and they said yes! I fixed the rip, and with the lace, it's hard to tell the repair is even there. The pirate medallion I was given when I worked at the Pirates League. I was one of the first people hired there after the opening crew, and they still had some of the opening crew gifts, so I was given this and a Pirates League backpack. 

Hopefully it won't be another 5 months till I recap Saturday and Sunday!

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I completely finished the train on Thursday. I felt like I was working on it forever! So much hand-sewing. It took even longer than I had anticipated because I totally forgot about the eight bows that had to go on the train, too, so I made those and hand-sewed them all on as well. 

Friday, I slept in, and decided instead of the bodice (because I wanted to go to Joanns and look at lace options), I would work on the Snow White cape. So I patterned the cape (because I'm incapable of making anything simple), and cut it out. Each of the two back pieces took up the entire open space on the bedroom floor. Then I sat down at my serger to put red thread on it, and discovered I didn't own red serger thread. Sigh. So I showered and got all ready for the day and headed to Joanns to look at lace and pick up the serger thread. Unfortunately, that meant that by the time I got back, I had just enough time to serge the four pieces before I had to head out to my performance, and when I got back, I was too tired to sew. 

Saturday, I put the cape together and hemmed all the edges, since I wasn't lining it. I'm going to pin it closed with a sparkly brooch, so that meant the cape was done! So then I turned to repairing Mary Poppins - I cut new bones for the two open channels on the waist cincher, and spent the next hour or so reattaching all the applique edges that were peeling on the skirt, and attempting to get the weird dirt lines off the back (to no avail).

Then I turned to the ballgown bodice. I used the ruffler foot to gather up two organza strips for the sleeves, and sewed them on over the seam between the two sleeve poufs, and put a piece of the embroidered lace on top of that. I made the strips the same length all the way around, but I'm debating about shortening the length as it goes under the arm, since that part of the sleeve is shorter. Playing around with the bertha, I realized that I needed to make some sort of a base for the gathered sections to go on, so I draped the organza over the bodice on the form, and cut base pieces out of the organza. So far, I have taken three of these pieces and put the gathered/pressed organza sections on top of them. I'm basting them in place for now, and will finish the edges once I put the bertha pieces together. 

At rehearsal tonight, I ripped off the old lace I had put around the neckline, sewed on bows to the sleeves, and hand-whipped closed the two broken channels on the Mary Poppins waist cincher. So Mary Poppins is officially done! I actually won't be able to finish the bodice right away anyway, because I realized that I wanted box pleated white silk organza around the neckline, instead of lace, and naturally, I've run out. Hopefully it will be here within a few days. 

So anyway, I'm hoping to finish the last bertha panel tomorrow before rehearsal. Once those are together, and I make sure they are fitting right on the bodice, I can hem that and add the lace to the bottom, and whip the bertha on. Then all that will be left is the silk organza at the neckline! If I finish the bertha before the organza gets here, I'm moving on to Keira Knopely, which might actually happen, since I don't think I'm called to rehearsal every day this week. 
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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 realized tonight that it's been almost two weeks, and I still haven't done a real post about Dapper Day!

I flew down super early Saturday morning to Long Beach, picked up my rental car, and drove to Disney. By the time I parked, it was shortly before the Dapper Day Expo opened at the Disneyland Hotel, so I waited around a little bit, and then checked that out. There was sooo much vintage and repro clothing and accessories for sale, but it was all quite expensive (and I didn't want to have to walk around all day with it). It was kind of nice that Simplicity had a booth advertising their new patterns, and were giving out vintage apron patterns and travel sewing kits.

After I walked around the whole Expo, I headed to CA Adventure. I was on my own on Saturday, and seemed to have pretty bad timing on wait times for things, so Saturday wasn't the greatest day. That said, I did a bunch of pin trading, met several characters, did a few character drawing sessions, and did manage to ride several rides, too. I also watched the absolute worst Disney fireworks show ever. It was literally 4 minutes long.

Luckily, Sunday made up for Saturday. I met up with a friend of mine who I hadn't seen since college, which was wonderful. It was her first full day visiting Disneyland, and I absolutely love taking Disney newbies around the park. We met lots of characters, had perfect timing for pretty much every ride, and did a ton of people-watching. So many people were dressed up in Dapper style, and most people were also Disneybounding, so it was really fun to try to guess who everyone was supposed to be. Another friend joined us in the evening, and we rode more rides and all watched World of Color. It was such a great day!

Here are some pics. More of them can be found on my facebook.

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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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Mary Poppins had her debut yesterday for a Halloween party one of my friends was throwing. It worked out well! I definitely should have practiced my hair ahead of time, since it was a lot harder than I thought it would be, and I also made it a little too high on my head, so the hat kept wanting to either slide forward of backward, since I wasn't using a hat pin. And I did get super paranoid as I was leaving the party, because it had started raining, and the dyed Poppins umbrella is the last thing I want to get wet, so I covered the umbrella with my hat, and literally ran down her long driveway and up the street to my car. I don't think the rain did anything, though.

Here's a pic!

I'll try to get better pics when I wear it next, which will be for my party on Saturday. And for now, it's back to working on the corset mockup. 


Oct. 22nd, 2016 02:07 am
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So much burning of my hands later, Mary Poppins is done!

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!
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I finished the skirt embellishment today, which means all I have left are hooks and eyes at the waist, hooks and eyes on the swiss waist, the ribbon tie on the parasol, and the hat. I think I can hopefully finish that all tomorrow evening? Though that said, if I get home from rehearsal after work tomorrow and it's actually not raining, I might take that chance and finish the Halloween decorations. It's been crazy rainy lately (literally it's been raining every single day since at least last Thurs if not before), and I still have a bunch of decorations to put up!

Oh, and I did take the opportunity to go see The Dressmaker after work today, since today was the last day it would be in any local theatres. It was really good, though not quite what I expected. I laughed a lot, but I also cried. Overall it was a lovely movie, with wonderful costumes (of course), and a really good story. To be honest, the only thing that threw me off was that Kate Winslet's character is supposed to be around the same age as Liam Hemsworth's character, and another girl named Gertrude, but both of these other actors looked significantly (as in, over 10 years) younger than her. As hot as Liam Hemsworth is, I don't know why they didn't cast other actors that are around Kate Winslet's age. That said, I do recommend seeing it if it is still playing in your local theatres!
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I'm going to bed too late, but at least I'm caught up with where I wanted to be on Jolly Holiday! I was way behind as of last night - I had been hoping to finish putting the skirt back together, and do one row of appliques by the time I went to bed last night. But while I got the skirt assembled, and the hem marked, I spent about 45 mins today rehemming and putting the lace back on where I had to take up the corners that had formed on the seams because of the bias. Then I started on the appliques. I was originally planning to do eight appliques of each type, but it just wound up all being way too close together, so I switched to six. My appliques are slightly larger scale than the ones on the park dress, but they're as close as I could make them, since I couldn't locate more than three of the exact appliques.

Anyway, I still need to do the six appliques on the top row, and the six velvet bows in the middle row, skirt hooks/bars, hooks/bars on the swiss waist, and decorate the hat, and put a velvet ribbon tie on the parasol. I have tomorrow, Friday, and Saturday afternoon if I have to use it. I think I might actually be in a state where I can even go see The Dressmaker after work tomorrow - I'll see if I'm feeling as confident by tomorrow afternoon.

I just hope I won't have to sew any of those skirt appliques in place!
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The bodice is done! Unfortunately, it took way longer than I had anticipated to finish it. I finished the sleeve trim and made a bow for the neck, and sewed down all the edges that were flapping up on the sleeve applique. But then I realized one of the appliques on the back was coming up on the edges, too, so I did that one as well. I'm really hoping all the skirt ones aren't going to require tacking down all over the place - otherwise, what's the point of the fusible?!

I also realized that I needed to stitch down all the seam allowances in the armseye so that they don't show at all in the sheer sleeves, and that the top corners of the front ruffle needed to be tacked down as well, since they kept flopping over. But all of those are done, and I even added a hook and thread loop on the back of the collar.

The bodice is finished! #marypoppins #jollyholiday #cosplay #halloween #disneyinspired #disneycosplay #ladyrebeccafashions #marypoppinsmonday

Then I moved on to redoing the skirt. I took the waistband off, and took apart all the layers. I still need to take the gathering out of two of the layers, but I got the other five. So far, I've taken in three of the layers - 2.5" off each side at the top, tapering out to the existing hem. I've re-gathered the top two layers at this point, but of course, I was really hoping to finish the whole thing by today. And to make matters worse, I'm pretty darn sure I'm going to have to round out the hem again, since it's wanting to turn into points at all the seams. *sigh*

If I don't get the skirt fully back together by tomorrow night, I might really have a problem on my hands! I'm wearing this on Saturday night, and I have rehearsal on Wed night, and a brief rehearsal Friday afternoon as well. I was also still really hoping to see The Dressmaker this week, because otherwise I'm worried it's going to disappear from theatres before I have a chance. 
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As I thought, I didn't get much done today. I think I was home for a grand total of 30 mins until about 11:30pm...

That said, I did bring some hand-sewing to the dog show, so I managed to get both the cuffs' insides whipped into place, the collar beading lace/ribbon on, and also the beading lace/ribbon on one sleeve, along with the button loop and button on that sleeve. So I still have one sleeve's trim left, the bow at the neck, plus tacking the edges of the sleeve appliques down.

And of course, redoing the skirt! I had been tempted to go see The Dressmaker tomorrow afternoon, but since I'm behind in my sewing, I'm not sure I should... My goal for tomorrow is to finish all the bodice trimming, plus undo the skirt waistband, take apart the gathers and the layers, take in about 2.5" from the edges of each piece at the top, re-gather, and re-attach to the waistband. Oh, and finish putting up the Halloween decorations, if there's a gap in the rain. 
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I came close to finishing the Jolly Holiday bodice this evening - all I have left to do is handsewing. I have to hand sew the insides of the cuffs, add all the beading lace/velvet ribbon trim, and the velvet bow at the CF of the neck. And I realized that I'm going to really need to tack down the points on the bottom of the sleeve appliques, because they're already wanting to peel up, since they go into the crease of my elbow.

I've realized in making this bodice that this is basically a wedding dress. So much white, and lace, and silk organza.

I'm not sure how much I'm going to be able to do tomorrow, but I really want to finish all the bodice trimming so that I can move back to the skirt. Unfortunately, though, I have an audition in the morning, then I might go see our dog perform in a dog show with my boyfriend if the audition gets out in time, and I have our first caroling rehearsal in the evening. So we'll see...
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I did quite a bit on the bodice today! I figured out what to do with my appliques, which was a big thing. I sprayed them all with a very light dusting of white fabric spray paint to take away the shine, and I have decided to fuse them to the outside of the fabric, which is fine since they're not shiny anymore. So I did that with my first two large applique combinations on the back of the bodice, and assembled the bodice backs. I picked up the .5" wide lace for the front ruffles at Joanns, sewed that on and gathered them up, assembled my bodice fronts, and attached the ruffles. Then I put fronts and backs together, and inserted a zipper up the center back.

Then I attempted a sleeve mockup, which unfortunately was a miserable failure. I did a slash and spread from a fitted sleeve pattern in the hopes of getting a slight leg-of-mutton, but it clearly wasn't enough. The whole sleeve needs to be widened by at least .75", and I need to do another slash and spread from my mockup, starting at the elbow, and make the whole top of the sleeve much larger. Hopefully that won't give me too many issues tomorrow.

Since I was fed up with the sleeve, I decided to move on to the collar. It's attached, but I have to stitch the inside down to the bodice. And though I wove the velvet ribbon through the beading lace and pinned up a velvet bow, I have to attach both those to the collar as well. Then it's on to the sleeves.

I'm hoping to finish the entire bodice tomorrow, and that way I can spend Sunday and Monday (I'm off work on Monday this week, so all I have those two days are two auditions and a rehearsal) redoing the skirt and starting on the skirt applique. I'm pretty sure each large applique takes me about 15-20 minutes to do, since they are each made up of five pieces, so I really want to get going on those sooner rather than later. I need to have everything done by Friday night! 
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I fitted mockup #2 last night, and like I had hoped, it will work for my lining! I had to tweak the CB seam a tiny bit, increased the front dart seams both under the bust and going from bust to armseye, and tapered up the shoulder a bit. Then I took the side and shoulder seams back apart, because I think I'm going to do darts separately on each layer of the bodice, but join them together at the side seams (after adding the appliques and ruffle, I guess?)

I also mocked up the ruffly part of the front of the bodice, and cut that out of two layers of silk organza. Unfortunately, I realized I don't have any narrow lace to go around the edges of that, so I guess I'll have to make another Joanns run.

Then this morning I cut out the silk organza bodice pieces and marked all my darts. Now I'm trying to figure out how I want to finish my edges at the shoulder and neckline, since I don't think I want serging to show through. Then I'll assemble everything, add ruffle, appliqes, and lining, and mockup the sleeves.
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No post yesterday because I basically did no sewing. I cut out a mockup for my Mary Poppins bodice, and tested the Lite Steam a Seam 2 that I picked up at Joanns on the way home, and that's it. And on top of that, I don't think the Steam a seam (or any fusible, I guess) is going to work out for the appliques. It made the whole area around the applique sticky, and right away it started picking up otherwise invisible fuzzies and making it all look dingy. So I'm going to have to sew them on. I think I can still manage to sew them on the underside of the top layer, whether by hand or machine I'm not sure, without the stitches looking too terrible. Oddly enough, of the five pieces I tested (one with fusible hem tape on the underside, one with fusible hem tape on top, one with steam a seam on the underside, one with free-motion machine sewing on the underside, and one with regular straight stitch machine sewing on the underside), it was the one with regular straight stitch sewing where the stitches were the least obvious. And if I can't make them blend well enough, then I guess the appliques will have to go on the top side of the fabric, because then the stitches definitely won't show.

Of course, all that said, I've also decided that I'm going to do the entire bodice before I start any of the appliques. Mostly because I'm still not happy with that skirt pouf at the waist, and if I wind up having time after I finish the bodice, I'm going to redo the skirt, taking in at least 4+" out of each skirt seam by the top of the skirt, and re-gathering, and re-attaching to the waistband. But since I know the appliques will take a while, I need to make sure I finish the bodice no later than the end of this weekend.

Today, I sewed together the bodice mockup, fitted it, and patterned out a second mockup. I'm hoping that the second one will work (or at least be close enough that I won't have to recut it), and so I cut it with the lower lining neckline (since the neckline of mockup one worked perfectly) in the hopes of using it as my bodice lining. I'll find out tomorrow!

Oh, and the reason I did so little yesterday was because I saw Girl on the Train. It was really good! Very suspenseful and intense, even though I've read the book. Emily Blunt especially does a great job. Definitely recommed!
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I didn't get much done today. Mostly because cutting out appliques takes FOREVER! Seriously, I think I was cutting them out for about three hours. I was taking one motif and cutting it into three separate sections (24 times), and then I had a spool of applique trim, from which I cut out 20 small motifs.

That said, the appliques are a bit shinier than I would have liked, so I'm trying to figure out if there is a way that I can fuse them to the underside of the fabric. I'm going to pick up some lite steam a seam 2 tomorrow after work, and do a test piece. If that winds up looking messy, then I might try fusing them to the outside. I'm kind of hoping to avoid sewing them all on, since each of the larger 12 motifs are made up of five smaller pieces, plus there's 8 medium motifs and 8 smaller motifs. That's a lot of appliques!

I did also cut out the pattern for the bodice! Once I get the appliques on, I'll try a mockup of that.

Hopefully I'll be able to get some of the appliques done tomorrow, but I am also planning to see Girl on the Train, so I don't know if that will happen. 
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The Mary Poppins base skirt is done (I think). I'm not 100% happy with it, because it's still very poufy at the waist, though putting in the taffeta layer as 3rd from the top did help pretty significantly, I think. (It also blocked out the red, which I figured it would.) I think if I were to do it again, I would somehow develop the patience to cut 5 layers of organza as a circle skirt, and do it as a circle skirt instead. Because it doesn't spin all that great as it is now either. That said, I'm not redoing this, or at least, not any time soon. (If it really bothers me after wearing it for Halloween, I'll take it off the waistband, and drop the three or four lower layers onto a yoke before I wear it to Disney Expo or CoCo.) I already wound up having to rehem three of the organza layers once I set in on the waistband (luckily it's all a rolled hem on the serger, so that's not too terrible). I decided to only put lace on two of the underlayers, instead of the 3-4 I was originally planning on. I put it on the red layer (4th from top), and on the 6th from top white organza layer. I think that's plenty.

So anyway, now it's time to embellish the top layer. I bought a whole bunch of appliques off of ebay, and hopefully I can figure out a way to machine sew them on. Plus my ribbon arrived at the end of last week, so I can add all my velvet bows, too. I think I'll try to knock the embellishment out tomorrow, and then move on to the bodice mockup on Tues.

I thought these were cool pictures - I hung it up high to try to see what the hems of the inner layers were doing, and it looked so sculptural, so I had to take a pic. And then I took more pics as I added the lace.

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I sewed pretty much all day today, from about noon till 10:30pm-ish. I finished the swiss waist! I was waffling on boning type for a little bit, and almost debated about putting it aside until I can order/receive the German plastic boning I've been meaning to get for forever, but then I remembered that I have some steel boning I could cut to length, and my boyfriend helped me to perfectly smooth all the edges with a dremel, so I think they'll work well! Cable ties just aren't cutting it anymore. I decided to put a bone on every seam, plus one in the center back. I did also wind up having to make more piping, but it wasn't too bad, and in the end, I think it's come out great! I haven't put the hooks and bars on for the closure yet - I'm waiting till I finish the blouse and I can put it on over, just to make sure.

When that was all finished, I moved on to the skirts. I assembled the red organza layer, attached the top two layers to each other, and the bottom three layers, and then roll hemmed the hems on my serger. Of course, once I gathered all the layers (gathering the top two organza, then organdy, then bottom three organza layers separately), I realized that the hem on the second to top layer needs some work. I also still have to hem the organdy layer, which is good, since I think I'm going to send it to the bottom layer. The organdy is just too sheer, and it's letting too much of the red organza layer show through, which is making the skirt seem kind of pink overall. It's also kind of crazy poufy at the waist right now.

So I'm going to attempt to kill two birds with one stone, and make what was the organdy layer out of taffeta instead - I think the weight will help curb some of the pouf of the lower layers (and if not, I'm going to have to bring down the lower layers and set them on a yoke), and the taffeta is opaque enough that hopefully none of the red will show through. I'll cut that out tomorrow and give it a go.

And hopefully at that point, I'll be able to go ahead and set them all on a waistband, and add lace to the hems of the 3 or 4 bottom-most layers. Completing all that will be my goal for tomorrow. 
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I'm way behind on where I wanted to be in my sewing... Mostly because when I came home from running errands after work yesterday, I found myself with no energy, and did absolutely no sewing. This morning, I finished the last Anna motif, and then did all the connecting of the satin stitches. Then I had to make sure I removed all the stabilizer, basting threads, ends of threads, and markings, attempted to take some pictures (except my phone kept randomly shutting itself off, so I only got a few), and wound up being able to run it off to the post office right before it closed. So Anna is officially done and out of my hands!

I ushered for a show at a theatre tonight, so I had to head there after shipping off the skirt, but I did do a little sewing when I got home. The Mary Poppins swiss waist is about half assembled, and I made lots (hopefully all) of the piping I'll need for it. Attaching piping in satin seams is annoying. :(

Anyway, I'm determined to finish the swiss waist tomorrow, and then I'd like to gather the skirt layers, and possibly do a mockup for the bodice. I think I'm going to write up a daily schedule to try to stick to, since I'm quickly running out of time! 
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I stitched out the second-to-last Anna motif! Just one more for tomorrow night, and then I'll probably save all the connecting bits for Friday, and ship it off on Saturday. I have to run satin stitches that connect the embroidered satin stitch sections for a ribbon-like effect that goes around the entire skirt, so that will probably take a fair bit of time.

I also put together my Mary Poppins swiss waist mockup. The first one was quite close, but needed a little taking in around the top, and needed a much more defined point in the front, and higher points on the top at the sides of the waist. I fixed those in my second mockup, which was great, and was able to use the second one as my pattern. I've cut out all my satin and my canvas pieces, so I'm hoping I'll make significant progress on it tomorrow. I still have to cut out and make all my piping, and do all my boning channels, so I doubt I'll finish tomorrow, but hopefully by Friday. 

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