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I finished the quilted petticoat, decorated a hat, and added the lace trim to the collar and cuffs on the bodice. I also added tapes inside the skirt so that I can bustle up the train. I didn't wind up trying everything on, so hopefully it will all work! I'm wearing it tomorrow for a Sherlock Holmes event, so I'll find out then. I have to remember to mark the additional dickey trim before I take it off, so that I can add that later. And obviously I need to take lots of pictures!

One idea I did come up with today is that I'm going to make a detachable train ruffle for the quilted petticoat that can button on when I have the train down. I also want to add buttons and buttonholes all around the whole petticoat so that I can fold up the bottom 8" or so to shorten it for wearing under my skating dress. I'm going to make the skating skirt first, though, so that I know how long it needs to be. 
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I braved the cold sewing room tonight, and managed to sew most of my quilted petticoat. It just needs a hem and waistband at this point, so I should have it done in under an hour tomorrow. Which is good, since I also still need to make a hat. And possibly add more trim to the dickey, and you know, probably try everything on! Luckily, I get off at 3 tomorrow, and I think I ran all the errands I needed today, so hopefully I can actually accomplish all that!

So on the topic of hats, though, what the heck is going on with her hat?
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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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Here's some pictures of my almost-completed stays, and the top of the quilted petticoat!


Done!

Nov. 23rd, 2012 01:53 am
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I finished the quilted petticoat! Hopefully I'll have the last tabs on the stays done by Sunday. I just wasn't feeling well enough for most of today to be able to do any hand sewing. I did manage to make it out of the house to spend the night shopping, though. Happy Christmas to meeee!!! :)

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If you've been following my LJ for a while, you may remember that in March or so of 2011, I attempted to start hand-quilting a quilted petticoat. And then I got to about 19" square and gave up. A couple months later, I bought some pre-quilted matelasse fabric in Joanns' home dec area. So finally, nearly a year and a half later, I'm actually getting around to making it into a quilted petticoat! I washed it last week and started draping the pleats on Antoinette, but today I finally figured out the pleating arrangement, and stitched them all up. I also leveled the hem by adjusting at the waist, which I hadn't done on my previous petticoats. The only thing is that I want the ability to wear it over pocket hoops at some point, so I don't know whether or not to actually hem it at this point. All that's left now, though, is to sew the waistband tapes on. But that means I need to make another trip to Joanns first. Luckily, I'm off two more days this week!

Now I just need to talk myself into doing more binding on the stays. I swear, I just need someone to chain me to a chair in the middle of a room with nothing but the stays and a needle and thread. And then maybe, just maybe, I'd actually finish the binding.
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So for some reason, I just really didn't want to work on the floral polonaise's petticoat today. So instead, I procrastinated - first, by dyeing 5 of my ostrich feathers (the ones I bought in that ebay lot of 55 over a month ago) with koolaid. They turned out the perfect shade, though they're unfortunately not quite as fluffy anymore. Does anyone have any tips for keeping them fluffy while dyeing?


My dyeing steps, in case anyone is interested (I'll try to remember to take before and after pictures later)
1. Soak feather for app. 1-2 mins in baking pan with water, dishsoap, and a little bit of vinegar.
2. Transfer feather to large glass baking pan 1/2 full with hot water, plus app 1/2 cup of vinegar, and 1 packet of koolaid. Leave feather in dye until it reaches the shade you want. (I had feathers which had already been dyed lilac, and I wanted to get them a pale pinky red, so I put them in strawberry koolaid for 30 sec-1 min)
3. Scoop your hand under the feather while taking out of dye, so that the feathers don't all clump to the stem. Then blowdry on medium heat on high setting. This works best if you have both hands to hold and move the feather, so prop your blowdryer up on something (I used the top of the microwave). As you are drying the feather, make sure to separate all the individual strands of the feather. When the roots of each strand get dry enough, start gently running your fingers repeatedly up and down the stem in order to fluff the feather. Make sure to keep turning the feather in different directions so it dries evenly.

For my second means of procrastination, I watched Marie Antoinette with my mom (who had somehow never seen it), and worked on my quilted petticoat! I know, it's been a long time since I did anything with that. I almost definitely won't finish it by Costume College, unfortunately, but I suppose there's always next year. I'm going to try to work on it whenever I watch a movie, so maybe it will come along faster than I expect.

Oh, and I guess as even more procrastination, I organized the majority of my findings and buttons. Until I ran out of organizational space. Whoops!
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Since I never left the house today, I got some quilting done while watching Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and The Buccaneers.



Also, Lady Rebecca Fashions has its first commissioned piece. It's just a chemise for a friend, but it's still a step. It also means I'll be able to actually get something accomplished, since the tediousness of quilting forever and getting no where is starting to get to me....
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I moved the hoop! It's only a few inches, but every little bit counts, right?


And my business cards arrived today.


But ugh, I have been feeling absolutely terrible today. I really hope I feel better for my birthday tomorrow. And there's only 10 more shows left of Click Clack Moo, and 15 more days left of living in FL, and I get to go spend the weekend at the ren faire in 12 days!
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So after going on about not updating very often yesterday, I got to quilt for about 3 hours this evening, while watching The Last Station and Blazing Saddles. And I think I got a fair bit done.

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So clearly I've been really terrible about updating on the quilting progress. I think it might be better to go with a weekly posting instead of daily, since I'm a) not quilting every day, b) really bad at posting pictures every day, and c) probably boring everyone to tears with updates that involve a flower and little else. But here is my latest photo:

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I only got a little more than one flower done today, since I spent the afternoon at the Orange County History Museum. No pictures for today, but I'll hopefully have one tomorrow.

Movie watched: The King of California. Good performances by Michael Douglass and Evan Rachel Wood. It took about 2/3 of the movie for me to get into it, but by the end, I thought it was a really interesting and pretty good movie. Four out of five stars.

Also, I've decided to business cards instead of postcards. Cheaper, and I think it will be better since I feel like I have only one really good picture (the one on the dock). I'll hopefully get the ordered within the next couple days, and I'll post a sample on here.
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I got about 2 hrs of quilting done today (yesterday I only got about 20 mins).



Movie watched: Greenberg. It was okay, but I don't really recommend it. The characters aren't particularly interesting, and not much really happens. 3 out of 5 stars.
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I got to quilt for a couple hours today, though I don't feel like I got all that much accomplished. Flowers are so time consuming!



I also realized that since my old shoes I wore to faire died, I needed new ones before April. I didn't want to spend too much, and I had a $35 gift card to Payless burning a hole in my pocket, so I went out and bought these for $17, and then turned them into these. They're not great, but they should at least carry me through BARF, Scarborough, and the Pleasure Faire in April.


I realized I slacked on my movie review yesterday. So yesterday, I watched A Serious Man - some good moments of humour, but I felt a lot of it was lost in the amount of Hebrew and Yiddish used in the movie. Not a bad movie overall. Probably 3.5 stars out of 5.

Today, I watched Stone of Destiny. Not being too familiar with the actual theft of the Stone of Scone, I found this movie really fascinating and intriguing. I'm sure I did not get as much quilting done as I should have in that time, since I got pretty glued in to the movie. My only qualm was that Charlie Cox (who I would say is best known from Stardust) played the lead, and not only is he an Englishman playing a Scot in a movie all about Scottish nationalism, but he didn't seem to have the strongest Scottish accent, especially in the first half of the movie. Nevertheless, I give this movie 5 stars.

I also finally saw Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog. I can't believe I had never seen it before! Very enjoyable, and I found myself wanting much more than the short 40 mins, 5 stars.
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I only got to quilt for about 20 mins yesterday, but I think I managed somewhere close to 1.5hrs today.




I also got my brooch for the 17th c gown on Friday. It was way too shiny to blend with the findings on the gown, so I took some paint and antiqued it. I think it came out really nice!

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I didn't get to do any quilting yesterday, since I had to run errands after my shows, and then I went to go see a musical last night, but I got a fair amount of quilting done this evening.




Movies watched:
Bright Star - romantic drama about John Keats. Lovely costumes, but the characters weren't very sympathetic. Somewhat slow, but good acting. 4 out of 5 stars

Gosford Park - I've seen it before, and it's still wonderful. 5 stars.
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So just to warn you all, this blog is probably going to get pretty darn boring for the next month and a half, since the only things on my plate besides the quilting is a petal-shaped bum pad, and some lace mitts. However, I still want to post every day that I make progress on the petticoat, so the blog will become more like picture a day/movie review of the movies I watch while a quilt.


Day 2:



Movies watched:

*Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging - cute typical teen movie, though it's British, so of course I prefer it to American teen movies. I read at least a couple of the books back in high school, but I really don't remember them. Love the British slang, but there's really not much substance to the movie. 3.5 out of 5 stars

*Carolina - Really really good. I thought it would turn out to be a typical Julia Stiles romantic comedy, but there was so much more to it. It was a little predictable on the romance part, but bigger than that was the emphasis on family in the movie. And I cried. A fair amount. Highly recommended. 5 stars!

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I started the quilting on the petticoat today. I drew out a portion of the pattern, and then I started stitching. I'm pretty proud of myself - I think I'm averaging about 10 stitches per inch. I didn't have too much time to quilt today, though, but here's what it looks like so far!

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The muslin swag is stitched onto the neckline of the bodice, and I bound the front, but I need to pick up more of the swarovski findings I used for the front of the bodice, to put every 6" around the top of the neckline. And I'm hoping to find a brooch that goes really well to use for the center front of the neckline.

In the meanwhile, I've also taken the neckline in on the chemise. I haven't tried it on yet, but hopefully it's enough. I took in about 4". I also made another knife pleated petticoat, with a small ruffle at the bottom. It's almost done, but I ran out of the navy blue bias I wanted to use for the ties, so I'll be picking that up tomorrow, too. I love love love the fabric pattern - it's an alternating blue/white floral stripe. I wish it was heavier weight, and that there was more of it, so I could have used it for a polonaise or something, but since I got it for free from a friend, I can't complain. It's a really lightweight muslin, almost a lawn, I'd say, but I think it will work for a second petticoat.

Pictures tomorrow, since all of it should finally be finished.

I also cut out the fabric for the quilted petticoat (my next project). It's hanging dry right now - just fyi, it is really difficult to wash 3.5yds of heavy home dec cotton blend fabric in a bathtub with no drain stopper. And I realized I will have to piece together the backing, since I forgot to take into account that muslin shrinks when washed/dried, but hopefully it will work out okay. I'm still going back and forth whether I want to quilt by hand or not. And for anyone who has made a quilted petticoat before, is a 120" hem reasonable for someone with a 40" waist?

These are my two favorite inspiration petticoats, as far as the quilting pattern goes.
www.mfa.org/collections/object/petticoat-woven-to-simulate-quilting-47375
www.mfa.org/collections/object/petticoat-119744

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