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Hmm... Apparently I never did any CoCo wrap-up posts this year. I had so many costume events in August that I completely forgot. Whoops!

So here's part one of a brief wrap-up, assuming I can remember everything. 

I arrived Wednesday into Long Beach, met up with a few other ladies (Sarah, Britta, and Patricia), and we drove (in our super fancy Infiniti rental SUV) to the Queen Mary. We changed into our Titanic-era clothing, and spent a few hours there. We dined in the restaurant, then did a self-guided tour all around the ship, taking a ton of pictures as we went (so many pictures, that by the end of it, my phone had died!). It was awesome. We got a lot of stares and complements, of course, and our pictures turned out sooo good! I would love to do something like this again. Here are some pictures:

We changed out of our costumes and left Long Beach around 8:30, I think, stopping for groceries on our way up to Woodland Hills. The next day, DodiRose, Sarah, Britta, and I went off to Burbank to check out the vintage-ish shops in the area. We went to Unique Vintage and Besame, among others, before heading back to Woodland Hills to change for the checking in and the pool party. That evening, I wore my burgundy silk Regency dress. I was pleased with the dress, but I wish I had styled my hair differently, as I don't think the pictures of me look very flattering. 

Friday morning, I took a limited class that they should not have allowed me to sign up for. I signed up for Hand Stitches in Millinery during mid-registration, but it overlapped by 30 mins with the class I was teaching (which I didn't notice until like 2 days before CoCo). Combined with the fact that that class was running waaay behind schedule, I learned about 2-3 stitches. It was a good class otherwise, though. I ran behind in the Making Royal Orders class I taught, too, because I forgot to factor in the time it would take to distribute materials (which was like 20 mins). That said, I saw a bunch of my students wearing their royal orders for the gala, and I got lots of good feedback on it, so I think it was still a success. I watched some of Jennifer's Dressing the Silhouette class before going to grab some lunch, before my shoot with [personal profile] quincy134  (it was so nice that she did that!) and I finished off the class portion of the day with Jenny-Rose and Abby's Pomatum or Hairspray class, which was really cool to watch. During the day, I wore my 1890s Ice Cream Parlour shirtwaist and wool skirt. 

Friday evening was when our Titanic group decided to wear all of our costumes. I loved the turnout on this! All my past costume groups tended to fizzle out, but we had nearly 20 people in this group, and everyone looked wonderful. It did make it really difficult to round everyone up for photos, though, and I know we missed at least one or two people in the big group photo, which is really too bad. Some of us made movie reproductions, others opted for costumes of the era, and we even had one person dress as the iceberg! Naturally, we took a bunch of pictures. After a quick tour of the marketplace, several of us gathered for champagne, cupcakes, and chatter in our room - it was nice to host a small room party!  

I'll do the rest of CoCo in another post, since this is already really picture heavy. 
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I think my super hectic life is going to get a little easier this week. Which is good, because I have so much sewing to do. I started on Cinderella last week, but didn't get super far. On Friday, though, I did a costume portrait session in my Titanic deck dress during the first part of the day, proceeded to get stuck in horrendous traffic trying to get home (it took me over two hours to go 37 miles), and then spent the whole evening sewing. I was able to finish getting everything cut out for Cindy, and sewed together the base of the skirt and the whole bodice (including piping!). It was a lot of cutting - the bodice is made of 9 pieces (it's an alteration to the Simplicity Frozen bodice pattern, but I added in an extra seamline on each side-front), and each of the pieces consists of a cotton layer and a sequined satin layer flat-lined together, except for the CF piece, which is cotton, satin, and lace together. 

On Saturday, I subbed in to two children's shows, which were located in waaay northern WA. I left the house at 6:50am, and we got back to the Seattle area at about 5pm. The shows were well-received, but that was just way too far. Then I had a fitting with two of the actresses for the show - the Cindy bodice fit almost perfectly - it was about .5" too long at the waist, but that's an easy fix. The skirt was about 3" too long, though, but I hadn't hemmed it yet, because I figured something like that would happen, so that wasn't terrible. We also did a fitting on the Frog Princess, and we had them try on all their accessories (which all fit! yay!). Then I went home and fell asleep on the couch right after dinner. 

On Sunday, I went to an estate sale way out in the edge of Auburn that I thought from the pictures was going to be in a historic house. It wasn't. I bought hangers, but it was otherwise disappointing. Then I went to Joanns and picked up a bunch of patterns for my stitchers, and then I saw a local production of Shrek. Then I came home, ordered what are hopefully the last accessories/notions that I will need for the show, ate dinner, and sewed. I made the necessary alterations to Cindy's bodice, which now just needs the piping at the top and bottom hand-sewed down and lace added to the top, plus some decorative buttons, and I shortened the three skirt layers. I also (mostly) made her bloomers. I ran out of elastic for the knees, and I have to add lace to the knees as well, so I'll be picking up more elastic today. I also dyed Belle's dress fabric, since I remembered at 10:30pm last night that I hadn't done that yet (whoops), but it came out pretty much just right. And I separated out all the fabrics/patterns/notions into kits for my stitchers. 

We're having a fitting for the whole cast today at their first rehearsal, and I'll have both my stitchers there as well, so I can hand off at least a few more projects. I think at this point, there's just 2.5 costumes and a couple of accessories that aren't ready to be handed off, and they open in just over a month, so we should be in a good place. I'm excited to get the 4 large Joanns bags out of my sewing room, too! After I finish Cindy, I'm going to make Mermaid's tail, and then I think I'll do my 1890s shirtwaist/skirt. Other than rehearsal tonight, and a photoshoot for them later this week sometime, I have nothing else I'm committed to this week or weekend. I'm super excited. I haven't had this much time in who knows how long, so hopefully I'll get a lot of sewing done! 

So as to make this a post with pictures, here's a few selfies I took at the portrait session on Friday. I forgot how comfy that dress is. I just hope the shoes are comfortable enough to wear for both the Friday night social and the gala at CoCo, since they match both outfits!

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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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The Titanic deck dress got its first outing when I wore it on Halloween in Las Vegas. During the afternoon, I went to the Titanic Exhibition, but alas, no pictures inside (though I did sneak a couple of the grand staircase, I wasn't able to get more than a selfie of myself in there. And the pictures they took of me are not worth $10/pic). But then in the evening, I wore it for a formal work event, and my coworker was nice enough to take a few pictures of me afterwards. 

I'll be wearing this again at the Friday night social at CoCo with the Titanic group (let me know if you'd like to join!), and I'm hoping maybe a 20th anniversary of the movie event will pop up in Dec, but I haven't seen anything so far.  
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I didn't make it home till after 8pm last night, so not only did I not do the hem, I didn't even get to do anything more than cut out the etsy order. I'm hoping maybe I can get it done this evening to run it to the post office by 5, but if not, it will go out tomorrow. 

So in lieu of sewing content, here's a few pictures of the deck dress that I took the other day. 

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I've been really terrible about posting to here with Titanic progress since it takes so long to do pictures on here, but I have been posting pretty regularly on instagram and on facebook. Basically, at this point, the entire project is complete except for the dress hem, sourcing that darn buckle, and acquiring the right jewelry and hair comb (I should probably get on that).

I was playing around with my hair yesterday to try to get the right look (I swear that simple-looking Edwardian hair is somehow one of the hardest hairstyles for me to achieve), and decided to take some pictures while wearing the full outfit. Of course, at that point, I still hadn't finished all of the closures, and I have since also tweaked the pickup in the back in the attempt to get a little more hem length, so these pictures are not ideal. They're also not edited yet, so while I will be posting them soon, I'm really just teasing them now. If you want to see the pictures I've already shared, you can click the link above for my instagram. 

But in any case, I plan to put it all on again today and somehow figure out where I need to mark the hem length in the back so that I can get the whole thing finished tonight. I also have an etsy order for a tiny Cinderella dress, so that needs to be done tonight, too. After that, I have a Victorian commission I'll be starting work on as soon as I get the contract back, and that will likely be followed by another commission, so I'm not sure when exactly I'll be getting back to the bustle gown. Still, the commissions are good, since they will help me pay for Europe next year!
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I didn't have time to do too much sewing on Monday, but I did finish the sleeve embroidery on the kimono sleeve portion. And then yesterday I played around with the collar, settled on a length/height/slope that worked well, and then moved on to the under-blouse. I used a basic blouse pattern with no opening, so that I could just pull it on over my head, and altered it to be a scoop neck. Then I patterned out a fairly-fitted one-piece sleeve. I'm doing the bodice part of the blouse out of muslin since it doesn't show at all, with the sleeve out of the poly crepe that I used for the kimono sleeve section (that section is flat-lined with muslin). The end of the sleeve will be lined with muslin to prevent the embroidery from bugging my wrist. I'm probably going to put a little triangle of the crepe at the CF of the neckline of the under-blouse, too, since a couple inches of that will show. 

Then I hooped up the sleeve ends and the collar for embroidery, and set about putting together my embroidery patterns to the right fit and look. I was really hoping to get both cuffs in at once, but my hoop was about 1" of width short, so I had to do two hoopings. I left the first one (one sleeve and collar) going while I went to sleep, since it was a 63 minute stitch-out, and then this morning I flipped the design over and had the machine do the other cuff while I got ready for work. So now the embroidery is all done for this project!

I do have rehearsal tonight, but I'm hoping to maybe have a little time to work on it between work and rehearsal. I'd like to get the collar attached to the kimono sleeve portion and start on binding all the edges of that. It's getting close, though. I should almost certainly have the whole project done by Friday night.

Oh, and also, my satin shoes arrived (the parisxox ones that everyone has been buying on etsy). They're definitely tight in the toes, to the point where you can kind of see the shape of my foot in the shoe. (That said, in the pictures of Kate Winslet, you can see the shape of her foot in the shoes as well). Also, the weird diagonal side seam makes my foot look crazy wide. So I don't know if I'm going to keep them. I think I'm going to try wearing them around the house for a little bit and see if they stretch out. Otherwise, I'll have to find alternatives somewhere, and so far I'm coming up empty, since the only other dyeable pumps I've found are pretty clunky looking, and $55-60. 

So far no luck on finding the appropriate buckle, though. If anyone has any leads to a 2.5" tall (interior measurement) oval buckle, either antique gold colored and textured or not (since I can always paint/add texture), please let me know! I've been all over ebay and aliexpress with no luck. 



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I was able to work quite a bit on the Titanic dress over the weekend, and I think I just need a couple more days of work on it at this point. The yellow part is close to being done - it still needs a hem, closures on the bodice, and it needs to have the back tail part attached (the part that covers where the pickup is on the skirt).

I'm in the middle of embroidering the white kimono sleeve portion right now - I finished the part across the shoulders and the back of the neck. Next up is the ends of the sleeves. Then I have to do a test of the collar, embroider the collar and attach it to the bodice, then bind the edges, add lace, and attach the yellow to the kimono sleeve part (luckily, I've already marked where that goes, so it shouldn't be too bad.

I still have the entire underblouse to do, though, including a mockup. I hope to knock out the mockup today, while finishing the kimono sleeve embroidery. 

Here are some pictures. The first two were from before I figured out the fit of the bodice, and the second two were from afterwards. I tried to match pleats at the waist of the bodice to the pleats in the skirt, but it was wrinkling totally wrong. So I wound up doing no pleats in the back of the bodice, and taking a dart at where the side seam would be, and that fixed the fit issue. 

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I've been playing around with research/patterning/draping the yellow deck dress from Titanic, and I've come to a conclusion - it's impossible. Not sure if it's that Kate Winslet was just that small, or if they were working with extra wide fabric, but I would need a piece of fabric approximately 74x72" for the skirt portion, because THERE IS ONLY ONE SEAM. 

Like seriously, I'm not even sure how that skirt works with the only seam being the center front, but that's just what it was. I still haven't concluded if the original was one piece from the top of the yellow to the hem. I'm leaning towards it having been two pieces, because it's a dogleg closure up the front, and that seems like it would be easier to do if the bodice was a separate piece from the skirt.

So anyway, my version is going to have a seam at the waist, as well as a curved seam up either side, because my fabric is 55" including the selvage. Then again, I suppose I shouldn't be stressing, since although the dress appears as a butter yellow on screen, it is actually a gold fabric with a leaf spray pattern. And mine is taffeta instead of satin. I did, however, find that I have an embroidery pattern that will be pretty darn close to the embroidery on the kimono sleeves. I just have to figure out what fabric to make the sleeves out of, and I'm really not sure what it's supposed to be... (any ideas?)
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My CoCo started with two very hot days in Disneyland with [ profile] nuranar! We spent most of the first day at CA Adventure, which was pretty wonderful. I think the highlight for me was probably experiencing the brand new Frozen show, and I liked it way more than I thought I would. Our Elsa was freaking amazing! We also got to experience the new Soarin Around the World, and we saw the 60th Anniversary version of World of Color, which was pretty impressive.

The next day, we went to Disneyland, which was not nearly as good! Disneyland seemed to be plagued with technical problems that day - first, we were evacuated from Haunted Mansion when we were about 20 people from the front of the line, then, Mickey's float stalled in front of us during the day parade (though to be honest, this was one of the highlights - I had no idea what would happen when a float fully stalled, and apparently, the answer is that all the dancers keep dancing for ten minutes, while they go find a heavy duty golf cart to hook up to the float to tow it the rest of the route. I loved Mickey's reaction to the whole ordeal, and we got to see inside the control panel of the float!), and then what really bummed me out was that the fireworks show froze halfway through, and we didn't get to see the end. :( Also, we checked at one point during the day, and Haunted Mansion, Thunder Mountain, and Space Mountain were all closed at the same time. Clearly, Disney was just having an off day.

I realized later that Ginger and I didn't get any pictures together, except for this hilarious snap from Hyperspace Mountain!

Thursday, [ profile] reine_de_coudre met us for Denny's and kindly drove us up to CoCo. On the way, we stopped for a little bit in the fabric district, and to see the Reigning Men exhibit at LACMA. Seeing all that 18th c embroidery up close was really stunning! We got to CoCo just in time to get ready for check-in and the pool party. I wore my Titanic dinner dress, which I'm still not in love with, and I actually felt a bit out of place at the pool party, too, since everyone looked so fun and awesome in their 60s wear! I have to say, between the pool party and the Friday night social, I don't think I've ever seen so many people dress to the theme! It was also so nice to finally meet [ profile] sadievale and [ profile] quincy134!

I didn't take any pictures at all at the pool party, but luckily, [ profile] rebecca817 snapped a couple!

The rest of the weekend is coming soon!

2015 Recap

Dec. 31st, 2015 08:36 pm
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Hmm, just off the top of my head, I certainly haven't done much since CoCo. Maybe going through everything, I'll realize I was actually productive this year?

These were my goals:
1. 1831 Archery dress Done!
2. 1829 Orange ballgown Done!
3. Corded petticoat to go with both of the above dresses Done!
4. 1830s bathing suit Done!
5. Professor Trelawney artistic reform gown for the CosCol Ice Cream Social This got switched to the green and cream bustle gown
6. Daniel Deronda riding habit (already have the fabric) Still have the fabric. Maybe I'll actually make it this year?
7. Little Red costume from Into the Woods Done!
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.) Yeah... That silk is sitting in the stash...
9. 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... Still on the list. I just haven't had the time/patience for that much hand-sewing.

And this was what I accomplished. )

So overall, I guess that wasn't too bad. I definitely need to start sewing again soon if I'm going to be at all on track for CoCo though!


Dec. 9th, 2015 11:52 pm
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My Titanic/Downton Abbey dress was finished in plenty of time. Okay, maybe not plenty, but I finished it last night without stressing or staying up too late. So I call that a win. I also lucked out, and was able to have help doing up the 5 or 6 h&e that I couldn't reach in the back. That said, unfortunately, all the hooks with thread bars on the chiffon part of my bodice wound up coming undone by the end of the event, when we were taking all the pictures. Oh well. Luckily, my phone takes such blurry pictures that you can hardly tell in the photos! It was fun getting to wear so much sparkly jewelry, and I liked the fit of the bodice enough that I decided not to wear the sash with it. I'm waiting for the official event photos from KCTS9, in the hopes that I'll get some better ones, but here's a few that we took with my phone tonight.

I was pretty proud of how huge I got my hair, though it definitely got messier as the night progressed. They also gave us a goodie bag afterwards, with all this stuff, plus they gave out books called the Wit and Witticism of Downton Abbey.

UFOs suck

Dec. 8th, 2015 09:46 am
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This bodice has been giving me so much trouble. I sewed up the sleeve pieces on Friday night, and that all went pretty decently. Then on Saturday morning, I went over to [ profile] vanessa_lynne's house so she could help me fit them in. The bodice was fairly tight, and because I had made the silk top layer go past the h&e tape, the tightness pulled on that, and made the little silk flap stand straight out. Problem #1. But we figured a few snaps would help that, so I wasn't worried. She pinned the sleeves pieces in place to the bodice, and I took it home to sew later.

Six caroling gigs later, I finally sat down to sew it on Sunday night. I sewed down both the sleeves, and was confused how she marked the back, since one side of the sleeve/back piece went past the edge of the bodice. So my bf helped me put it on. I then realized that I must have had the bodice on crooked when we pinned in the sleeves, because they were totally off center. Also, the top of the back in particular was still really tight, even if I laced my corset all the way closed. I ripped the one sleeve off of the bodice, and figured I would try to move the piece of h&e tape over to the edge of the CB silk flap I had made. Luckily, underneath the h&e tape, I found that the twill interlining had been folded, and could be extended out as far as the silk flap, so I could get an extra .5"+ in the CB. I pinned everything back in place, so that I could machine sew the h&e tape back down in the morning before I left for work, and therefore be able to do the handsewing on the bus and at lunch.

Yesterday morning, I did my machine sewing, grabbed my kit, and headed out the door. I sewed the other edge down on the bus ride to work, and went to go reattach the trim at the top of the bodice. But when I went to line it up with the other side, they didn't match at all. In fact, the bottom and the trim line were both about .5" off between the pieces. Somehow, I had pinned my h&e tape totally wrong. So before I started work, I ripped both lines of stitching back out, and re-pinned it in place. Luckily, I had brought some bias binding with me, because by moving the twill tape, it wasn't long enough to cover the piece of boning underneath. So I wound up hand-sewing a small piece of bias binding to each end of the h&e tape, to act as the endcaps for the boning.

At lunch, I handsewed the h&e tape back to the bodice, using a backstitch, and then on the bus ride home, I turned it and whipped it into place, inserting the boning before I did so. When I got home, I reaffixed the trim (which now matched on each side - yay!), and sewed the sleeve piece back in. I did a narrow hem on the center backs of the sleeve pieces, and then pressed and hemmed the satin layer of the skirt. Then I got less than 6 hrs of sleep, because I stayed up way too late doing this.

At this point, I need to put the h&e on the skirt waistband, and at least 2-3 h&e on the top of the cb bodice closure. I also realized I never pressed the skirt seams, and the skirt itself is quite wrinkly, so I'd like to press that, too. I have at least an hour or so in which I can do all that tonight, so here's to hoping. But seriously, this project has been such a headache! And I really need to start (and finish) the Elsa skirt. And pack, because I haven't packed a box since I found this ufo fabric... 
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I found the ufo fabrics! The Elsa skirt fabrics didn't arrive yesterday, so I packed up the rest of my books, and then started on my ribbons and buttons and scarves/shawls in my giant Ikea cabinet. And there, behind a bag full of scarves, was a small fabric basket filled entirely with the fabrics for the UFO project. I was so excited!

So I went and tried on my kimono sleeve pattern, altered it, tried it on, and altered it again I wanted a v-neck into the rest of the bodice in the front, and a much higher v in the back, so it took a little fiddling. Then I cut it out in my mauveish chiffon. I played around with which fabric I wanted to line it with, and unfortunately, the only one that worked (the gold from the skirt) didn't have any pieces wide enough to cut the sleeve. But I realized - a cotton lining would be way more comfortably than poly satin anyway, so I cut it out in muslin, and dyed the muslin pieces a pale goldish color. I think I had originally intended to line the kimono sleeve with pale gold chiffon, since I had a ton of that left, but I don't want to have to worry about straps showing, so I figured I should stay away from the sheer lining (plus, that's two less pieces of chiffon to worry about). I stayed up way too late doing all of this.

Tonight, I have a caroling gig till 8pm, and the Elsa fabrics should be here, but I'm going to try to knock this kimono sleeve out. My plan is to flatline the chiffon with the muslin, and turn a narrow machine hem (if the fabric will let me) on the neckline and sleeve hem. Then I somehow have to mark where it hits the bodice, and stitch it in. It will probably also need a few hooks in the CB closure. Not sure how I'm going to manage the CB marking by myself... I guess we'll see when I get there. Once the bodice is done, though, all I need to do is put a waistband on the skirt, and hem the gold satin layer. I'm going to leave the chiffon layer and chiffon belt with their serged rolled hems, because there's just not time to worry about it right now.

This weekend is going to be interesting though - in addition to the gig tonight, I also have three tomorrow, from about 2-9pm, and three on Sunday, from 9:30am-5:30pm. And I have to pack. And make an Elsa skirt. 
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I think I've figured out what I want to do with my sewing table, so hopefully I'll be able to successfully create it. I'm going to use at least three of these, one on each end, and one in the middle. I haven't decided what, if anything, will be on the side closest to the wall. Then on top of those, I'm going to have a board of some sort, to act as a shelf for things like rulers or my cutting mat when I'm not using it. The shelf will be somewhere between 2-5" tall, depending on if I decide to put the whole thing up on casters or not. Then over the shelf will be the actual surface, which will have the padding and canvas cover. I'm going to put the whole thing about 6" away from the wall, because I want to put an angled shelf with a lip a little above the surface of the table, to hold bolts as I'm unrolling them, so that they don't have to be on the table. I will likely put a regular shelf just below the surface of the table, which will span the gap, and catch anything that wants to roll off the back of the table. Hopefully that all works out!

I'm also figuring out how to make a banquette for the dining room. This is fun!

On the sewing side of things, while I did all the hand-finishing on the Titanic bodice, it looks like the project itself is doomed to remain a ufo forever. I can't find any chiffon in the right color to make the kimono sleeves. *Sigh* I guess I should have finished this years ago... 


Nov. 24th, 2015 09:09 pm
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Well that puts a damper on things. I was going to try on the old Edwardian ufo tonight, so I went to go see if I had any old LJ posts about what exactly I was doing with the project. And apparently, the sleeves were going to be the same purple chiffon as the middle layer of skirt.

Except, I have no idea where/if I have any more of the purple chiffon. I looked in as many places as I could think of, and nothing. The extra bit of gold chiffon that I had originally found last week turns out to be the sash, not the fabric for the sleeves.

So... yeah... I don't think this costume is happening. Which is annoying, because it means it will remain a ufo forever! Maybe I'll find it while I'm packing? Or of course, it could still be in CA. Because I have made two moves since I last worked on this. Not a good sign.

In other sewing news, we've decided to use my Ravenclaw bustle for my caroling costume, sans bustle. So tonight, I took up the skirt towards the top, so that the seam won't show from underneath the apron drape. I just did a giant tuck with a 3.5 stitch length, so it will be easy to take down later. I think I took it up about 7.5" in the cb! I guess that's what a bustle will do for you. 
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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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For a few days, I kept hemming and hawing about putting this gown down and working on it in a couple months or so, but at this point, I guess I may as well finish it. The bodice is mostly together - I have to attach the trim to the top edge, and somehow figure out how to do the back closures on the outer layer. I also have do sleeves, which I have no clue how to begin. The Janet Arnold pattern looks so confusing, with the kimono sleeve over the fitted sleeve, and its multiple layers of chiffon. I hope I can figure out what to do. The overskirt is pretty much done - it just has to be attached to the underskirt layers, and then I have to do a waistband and closures and hem. The sash is done. (it's the tiny victories, right?)

I've also finally decided how to decorate my American Duchess shoes! I placed an order for the Angleus leather paints from Dharma Trading today, and I'm hoping I can paint them before the San Jose Fantasy Festival on Saturday. I've decided to wear 18th c for the Fantasy Fest, since there's pretty much no 18th c opportunities on the west coast. (Unfortunately, while losing weight is great for my modern clothes, it's not so nice on my costumes, so it looks like I'll be pinning shut my robe a l'anglaise and hopefully no one will notice the weird gaping in it now...)

But speaking of the west coast, my plans are being made for my move up to Seattle! I'm planning to move up there around May 1st, and I'll probably fly up for a few days later this month to find an apartment. So stressful, but it was time to bite the bullet.

Also, in completely other news, I have had such a great response for the Tea and Titanic event! We're fully booked, with a whopping 17 tea guests for our 2:30pm April 15th tea. If there's anyone who meant to get a seat and has been slacking, we might be able to squeeze one more person in, and anyone is welcome to join us for the 4:05 movie afterwards. I'm planning to wear my linen corselet skirt and Old Navy blouse, but I still have to make a princess slip for it.
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Tech week for Pirates of Penzance is over, and we have had two very successful performances! Of course, tech week means that I did very little sewing last week. The liner part of the bodice is entirely done, and I'm currently attempting to figure out how to get the sari fabric layer of the bodice fitted, without removing the border and cutting it down to fit the Janet Arnold pattern. And I hope to start the underskirt very soon.

I also found this top at, which perfectly reminded me of a corset cover. I can't wait till it gets here. I hope it works, since I really don't feel like making one.

We have five more performances next week (Wed morning, Thurs-Sat nights, and Sun matinee, if anyone wants to come) so I don't know how much more sewing I'm going to get done. I also might not be able to go to the PEERS Titanic dance, which would suck, since I have no where else until CosCol that I could wear my gown... :(
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I finished the skirt on Tuesday (I decided on eight buttons going down the top half of the front left seam of the skirt), and added the hooks and eyes to the velvet ribbon belt today, which means I'm officially done with the teens daywear look! At least on the outside. If I have time, I plan to make a corset cover for it, too, and I need to do a quick petticoat for it, since I don't think I have any whose shape will work under such a fitted skirt.

I've also started on the bodice for the evening gown. For lack of other patterns, I'm using the Janet Arnold Maude bodice as my base, and elaborating from there. Mockup #1 needed a surprising amount of fiddling (mostly, waaay too big in the bust/upper back, and way too low in the back). But I've repatterned the three side and back pieces, so hopefully this one will work. I'll find out tomorrow when I put it back together. I'm going to be making the fitted lining part of the bodice out of a heavy cotton (I think Joanns called it a bottomweight, but I really don't know what that means.) I'm still debating at this point whether I want to take the sari fabric and do the sort of ruched or pleated look that the pattern calls for, or to make it more fitted. I'm leaning towards the first option, so I don't have to mess with the sari border. I also bought some prom dress-style gold taffeta for the under layer of the skirt. I still need to go out and buy a darker gold chiffon, but otherwise I think I have all my fabrics. Luckily, I won't need that one until I get to the sash, since next week is tech week for Pirates, and I will probably have no time. It's also my birthday next Thursday! Which I will be celebrating by working, having our final dress rehearsal, and going to the midnight premiere of Hunger Games. :)

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