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Port Townsend was lovely! I didn't wind up finishing 100%, but I got about 98.5% done, so I was still happy. I didn't make the belt, for example, but I made the bow that goes on the belt, so I just pinned that onto my skirt waistband. And I pinned my petticoat closed instead of having hooks and eyes, and wound up sewing on the buttons to the plaid dress in my hotel room on Saturday night. But everything else was done, and I even had bonnets/hats for both new looks! I'm also super pleased with how the Fairy Godmother dress came out, and I can't wait to wear it again. 

Here's a few bonus pictures. I'm still working on editing all the pictures, but they'll be up on Facebook eventually. 

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Gah! I only have one day left! Hats may not happen. I'm getting really nervous...

I got home at about 5pm yesterday, and other than a break for dinner, I pretty much sewed until 10:30, when I forced myself to stop so that I could at least get about 6.5 hrs of sleep. I still have so much to do, though! 

You can check out a new pic on my instagram: www.instagram.com/p/BvQnjyzg7PU/

Still to do:
  • Stitch down 6" or so of net trim to FG evening bodice
  • Put 10 bars on the FG evening bodice closure
  • Make and attach the 3 bows that go on the back of the skirt. Actually, I have to cut out half the pieces for these, too.
  • Stitch together/attach the 2 bows that go on the front of the skirt, the 2 bows on the day bodice, and the 1 bow on the evening bodice
  • Bustle tapes for FG overskirt
  • Make a belt for FG including making 1 bow
  • Add decorative buttons to the front of the plaid skirt
  • Decorate a hat to wear with the plaid bustle outfit
  • Re-decorate my old candy bustle hat to wear with FG day bodice
  • If time, make two pink bows to put on shoe clips for Amelie pumps
  • If time, add a dust ruffle (purchased from aliexpress) to back of hem of FG skirt. 
  • Try everything on, do laundry, and pack!
I honestly don't think I'm going to be able to finish that all tonight, and I'm hoping to leave at about 10am tomorrow... At the very least, I need to do the closures, stitch together all the bows (I can always pin them in place if need be), add the bustle tapes for the FG skirt, and add the buttons to the plaid skirt. If I run out of time to do hats, I can always just go hatless, and I suppose I can go without the belt, too. And I guess if there's small hand-sewing things to do, I could do them Friday night once I get there. I just hate sewing at events.
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Ack! It's really crunch-time now for VicFest sewing, and I still have so much left to do! I got almost no sewing done this weekend, because I spent most of it at Emerald City Comicon. I went the whole day on Friday, leaving the house at about 8:30am, and getting back at about 8:30pm, so I was way too tired to sew after that. Saturday, I spent most of the day cleaning my house, and then had a slightly early birthday party for myself, since I will be in Port Townsend on my actual birthday this Friday. And yesterday I went back to Comicon - mostly for the Rupert Grint panel, but also to take more pictures and see more cosplays (I wore Anna Frozen Fever Friday, and Elizabeth Swann yesterday).

I did get a tiny bit of sewing done this weekend, though. Thursday afternoon, I stitched down I think about half of the pleats over the half-bows on the skirt, and added most of the lace trim to the day bodice neckline. And yesterday, I got 5 out of 10 hooks on the front of the evening bodice (I brought sewing to do while waiting for Rupert Grint's panel), and then when I got home, I managed to get the pleated and ruffled sections prepped and pinned onto one of my sleeves. Of course, since I was already tired at that time, I cut them out totally wrong, but I was able to salvage them with small seam allowances. I'm almost out of the pink fabric now, and still have to cut out all my bows, the belt, plus the half-bows for the sleeves. I hope I can make it!

So here is my updated to-do list. It doesn't look much different from the last one, especially since I forgot some things on the last one!

  • Stitch down pinned-in-place sleeve trim on FG day bodice. 
  • Prep, pin, and stitch the sleeve trim on the other sleeve
  • Make and attach the 16+ half-bows for the sleeves
  • Add lace to sleeve trim
  • Finish the last 5 mins of stitching the lace on the FG day bodice neckline (already pinned in place)
  • Net trim around the neckline of the FG evening bodice
  • Finish the other 5 hooks and 10 bars on the FG evening bodice closure
  • Finish the other 12 or so pleat edges on the FG skirt trim
  • Bustle tapes for FG overskirt
  • Make a belt for FG
  • Make and attach the 7 bows that go on FG. Plus two for my shoes if time and fabric allows.
  • Make a hat to wear with the FG day bodice
  • Add decorative buttons to the front of the plaid skirt. And probably make a hat for that as well, come to think of it. 
  • Pray that the rain currently forecast for Friday, and especially for Saturday, goes away. FG is too big to fit under an umbrella! 

That's a lot to do, and when I type it out it feels even more! Luckily, other than one gig tomorrow night, my evenings are free this week. And I have a feeling I will wind up forgoing the gym on Wed and Thurs, too. My goal for tonight is to completely finish the sleeve trim. Then finish stitching down skirt pleats and the lace trim on the day bodice. I'm exhausted just thinking about it!

Naturally, other than the few that wind up on instagram, pictures from both the Outlander Ball and Comicon will be coming after VicFest is over. 

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I had a busy weekend, but a lot of that busy-ness was caused by sewing! Yay! 

My Thursday and Friday gigs went well. I think I am mostly over the bug from last week, but my throat still feels a little swollen, so hopefully today's gig will go well, too. 

I sewed a little bit before the show I went to on Thursday night, sewed some more on Friday before and after my gig, and sewed a tiny bit Saturday morning. Then I attended an 18th c Outlander themed ball! I wore my old courtgown, and it was much fun. I already have a few pictures up on instagram, but will do a ball post on here in the next couple days as well. I'm still editing all the pictures, and want to post them to facebook first, though. 

Then Sunday, I got to stay home all day! A lot of it was spent sewing, though I did also spend a couple hours on yard work. I now have most of the giant shrub gone, which I'm super proud of. I think 1-2 more yard waste bins will take care of what's left, other than the trunk/thick branches, which are too thick for me to get out on my own. 

I managed a little sewing after work, a callback, and an audition yesterday, too. 

So, what all did I do, sewing-wise? Well, for one thing, I figured out how to mostly put the pleats and half-bows on by machine! I sewed across each pleat, but under the fold of the pleat, so that the machine sewing is all hidden by the fold and the bow. Then I stitched the end of the half-bow down, again under the pleat fold. Now, I'm sewing just the fold of the pleat to the top of the half-bow by hand. All of the skirt and neckline machine sewing is complete, and I already did half the hand-sewing on the neckline pleats. So for now, that means 34 to go, plus however many are on the sleeves. I have not yet started the sleeve decoration on the day bodice at all. 

To be honest, that's most of what I did. I also cut/sewed/attached the sleeves on the evening bodice. They just need the other side of the sleeve hem binding hand-sewn. My hooks and bars finally arrived yesterday, so I need to put those on, too. So much hand-sewing! And I have to add the lace to the day bodice neckline, and some net trim to the neckline of the evening bodice. And put some bustle tapes inside the back skirt drape, so I don't pick up all the dirt in Port Townsend with my skirt. 

So basically, I'm getting close, but I have so much fiddly stuff left to do! There's pics on my instagram - I'm too lazy to put them into the post here. 

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I feel like I may as well just post the link to my post-CoCo goals post for this, since I have made literally nothing on that list (and yes, I just used "post" three times in one sentence). So click here for that. 

That said, my goals are not exactly the same as what I was thinking in the end of July - just really similar. A lot of that stems from the fact that 5 months have gone by, and I haven't made any of those, so I'm trying to be realistic. Plus I made a couple other things that can fill in gaps at CoCo. And I just can't bring myself to make 18th c stays anytime soon, which means the 18th c outfit from the last post is getting put on a back-burner, despite actually having all the fabrics for that one already. 

So here's my new list:

Finish the plaid 1883 walking dress. If I actually buckle down and work on this, I think I can finish this in 2-3 weeks, and it should only take me that long because I'll be in NYC for five of those days. 


Find pink silk or break down and go with pink poly, and make the Fairy Godmother early bustle dress. I can't get this dress out of my head, so even though I thought for a while that I was going to switch to Anna for the Disney bustle dress, I've come back around to this one. 



Daniel Deronda riding habit. Really, I should make this before the fairy godmother one, because it would be a really functional dress to wear to the Victorian Festival in late March. But I'm more interested in the other one, first. 



Natural form gala gown. I still have no concrete plans of what I want it to look like. I should probably play around with the fabrics I have available, and sketch things out, and see what sticks. This would be another good one to make before the Victorian Festival, since I could wear it to the ball. But if I don't make it by then (which I probably won't), then I guess I'll just wear the yellow 1890s from last year. This is one of my favorite natural form dresses, so maybe an evening version of this, except in pink and green, since I'm using the blue fabric I was going to use for this for the fairy godmother. 



Just those four would give me enough that, if I also wear Anna Frozen Fever and the 1910s white cotton and lace dress I made in August, I would have enough for every event of CoCo. But I would still really like to make an 1840s dress, too. I don't think I'd need any extra underwear for it, which is always a plus, and I probably have a bodice pattern I can tweak to add a fan front. Of course, I don't have the fabric for this one, but I really just think I want a relatively plain patterned cotton dress, and a bonnet to go with it. 



That said, if I wind up finding the perfect fabrics for this (the red and white), all the other projects are getting pushed back. I have this hanging on the wall in my bedroom, and every time I see it, I decide I love it even more. This will be a next year project if it needs to be, but if I come across the fabrics before then, I'm bumping it up. 

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I really don't feel like I made that much this year. I'm not sure if that's because I just started sewing for the first time in two months, or if it's actually true, though. So here's what I made:

1830s plaid silk dress and yellow bonnet, made for wearing in Oliver, plus the Victorian Festival and Costume College


Blue wool coat, which I basically wear every day


Burgundy and mauve striped silk bustle dress, for the Victorian Festival and Costume College


Burgundy silk Regency dress, as a pattern test for Laughing Moon


Ripaway mermaid tail and Cinderella costume (and some other bits) as costumes for Disenchanted, for which I was Costume Coordinator


1890s Plaid "ice cream parlour" shirtwaist and navy walking skirt for Costume College, but also worn in The Music Man


Yellow 1890s Gala Gown for Costume College, including choker, royal order, bracelet, and petticoat with detachable train


A white cotton Victorian-style robe, which turned out to be the most practical thing I made for Costume College


Elephant dress for my friend's new baby

1910s white cotton and lace dress, worn to Snoqualmie Railroad Days


3 skirts and 3 playdresses through my etsy shop

Dapper Merida for Dapper Day; Also worn in White Christmas and to Christmas tea


Disney-print 1950s jumper dress


Princess Anna Frozen Fever


A bodice and skirt combo for the Silverbells Carolers, plus a few alterations for them

A "Totes Ma Goats" totebag as a secret Santa project


A skirt for my mom

A Marauders Map Fleece Blanket for my dad

The beginnings of an 1883 walking skirt (not finished, though I started cutting out a bodice mockup yesterday)


I guess that's a decent amount of stuff after all. But if I'm going to be on track for CoCo this year, I can't just take a two month break from sewing again!
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Saturday of Costume College, I wore my 1830s plaid silk dress (with the bonnet that was so big that I had to carry it on the plane), because I was wearing it for Jennifer Rosbrugh's Dressing the Plus Size Silhouette Class. I thought I remembered taking something earlier in the day than that, but maybe all I did was socialize, because I can't find anything on the schedule that looks familiar! After her class, I had signed up to take a class on Patterning from an Extant Garment, but it turned out they meant existing, not extant, and it wasn't suitable for fragile extant garments, so I left that class within the first 10-15 mins.




That turned out to be good, since it meant I could start getting ready for the gala. And for once, I wasn't running late! I wore my new yellow silk 1890s gown for the gala. I'm mostly pleased with how it turned out, but there's something about the fit and/or plainness of the back of the bodice that bothers me. I also styled my hair with all the tiny curls on the top of my head, since that's how you always see ladies of that era, but it was such an unflattering look on me! I wish I hadn't done my hair like that, because I'm not a big fan of how my pictures came out. We made the super-long trek to Maggianos for dinner, probably for the last time, since you can no longer walk through the mall, which made it a very long and hot walk. I ubered back, and unfortunately lost one of my shoe rosettes somewhere between Maggianos and the Marriott lobby, which is a bummer. I'll have to remake it for the next time I want to wear my Titanic deck dress. After we got back, we just hung out in the CoCo lobby area, chatting with people and taking pictures. We got a fun picture of (almost) everyone who was wearing yellow, which was a lot of people!




Eventually, we went to sleep, but definitely not early enough! I think I wound up getting about 4.5 hours of sleep before waking up for breakfast and the Bargain Basement on Sunday. I didn't get that much this year, but boy, they wanted to charge me an arm and a leg. Those estimators are ridiculous. I did talk them down significantly, but still paid more than I should have at "bargain" prices. The one thing I was really happy that I got was an extant 1860s bodice, so that was really cool. But no fabrics this year, which was unusual. I did manage to snag a few Truly Victorian type patterns, though, and a couple trims/laces. 

For breakfast, the Bargain Basement, and my first class, I didn't have time/energy to wear the bustle dress I had planned for Sunday, but luckily, I made a Victorian-ish dressing gown, so I wore that over my corset/bloomers/petticoat all morning, then changed into the dress after my class. It was a great class! It was making and setting Elizabethan ruffs, and the two teachers each had a different great method for setting them, so it was really nice to learn both. I was so inspired by the class that I had hoped to be able to make one as soon as I got home from CoCo, but didn't wind up having time before the Ren Faire the next weekend, so that is on hold. But at least I have the linen and the know-how now. 



After class ended, I changed, had lunch, and spent some time socializing before taking my final class, which was Soutache: Mastering the Tangle. It was a really good class, but I doubt I'll really ever have the patience to apply it on a garment. It's really challenging. I did wind up going to the marketplace a few times over the weekend, too. I bought a whole ton of ribbon from the new ribbon vendor (such great prices!), a gorgeous early 1870s huge fashion plate in a frame (only $10!), and a busk, but totally forgot to go back to Richard the Thread the second day for millinery wire (they had run out by the time I got there the first day). So now I'll have to order that online. We ended the day at the pool (which is what we did Thursday night as well). It was so nice to get to spend so much time socializing this year!


 

As you've read about previously on here, Monday's shopping trip was really a let-down, and I purchased almost nothing. Luckily, I did make up for that by the trip down there last weekend, so hopefully I will be mostly set for the year now. And I think I might start selling the silks I'm not as happy with anymore. In any case, I need to start making everything so that I'll be ready for next year's CoCo!

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I managed to finish everything, and wore it all this last weekend at the Victorian Festival. I wore my old plaid 1890s on Friday evening (no pictures of that, because I've worn it so many times), wore the 1830s during the day on Saturday, brought out last year's turquoise gala gown on Saturday night, and wore my new burgundy/mauve stripey bustle on Sunday. Unfortunately, the festival was really not great this year, but we've all kind of committed to attempting to make it better next year. If that fails, then I might not go again. 

Saturday, I attended a lecture on the history of the buildings in Port Townsend, wandered around the shops for a while, went to tea, and participated in the fashion show while wearing the 1830s outfit. I actually did wind up sewing on the bit of lace around the neckline, but even better, I was loaned a lovely antique piece of lace to fill in the neckline, which went perfectly! And the bonnet wound up being pretty perfect, too. Then I changed to the gala dress, went to dinner, and to the dance. The ball sucked this year, so I literally danced half of two dances before someone ripped out 5" of hem ruffle, and then it put me in a mood. I stayed maybe 30+ mins more before calling it a night. Sunday was better - I donned my new dress and we went out to Fort Worden to take pictures - it's my favorite backdrop for pictures, since it has lovely old buildings and goes out to a point with a beach on either side. We were only there for a bit, but it definitely made the weekend end on a much better note. 

Anyway, here's what you really want - pictures!







If you would like to view the rest of my pictures, please click here.
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Ugh. I did not get as much done yesterday as I wanted to. So this is still my to-do list:
  • Hem overskirt (This involves hems on two sides of the front panel, one side of the back, and the actual bottom hem of the back. I completed all the side hems, but still have to do the bottom of the back.)
  • Hooks and eyes on overskirt waistband (I did 1 hook out of 3 h&e)
  • Stitch three pleats in place on overskirt
  • Hem underskirt
  • Hooks and eyes on underskirt waistband
  • Bind bodice hem
  • Add trim to bodice sleeves (if time)
  • Make and attach buttons to bodice (I did 1/13)
  • Slit open buttonholes
  • Finish binding bonnet
  • Finish trimming bonnet
  • Add lace to 1830s neckline (probably not going to happen)
  • Figure out sausage curl hairpiece (probably will happen as I'm getting ready in the morning on Saturday)
  • Pack!
Naturally, today I have pretty much no time between work and rehearsal, because I also have to ice cupcakes and drop stuff off at the library, and I get off work later. I'm just hoping that I have enough time to mark/press the hem of the back of the overskirt. Everything else I can take to hopefully accomplish at rehearsal. 

It's not exactly how I would love to spend my birthday, but I do feel like it's appropriate that I'm dressed in a disneybound of Princess Anna (and I've been wearing a tiara on and off), sewing on Victorian stuff frantically, spending the evening with friends at rehearsal (while sewing frantically), and my work bought a unicorn cake for my birthday. See?




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Okay, at this point, the stripey bustle is happening for this weekend. I got pretty much everything I wanted to done on the bodice yesterday. It has sleeves, buttonholes, and the collar is finished. It still needs binding on the hem, buttons, and preferably, trim on the sleeve ends (especially since I machine-hemmed those, since my plan was for trim). I also wound up tweaking the darts, neckline, armseyes, and side seams yesterday, so I think it fits nicer now, too. I found some pleated wide eyelet lace at Joanns, which is working for the collar.

I also tried everything on at once, and realized that I hated the pleats I had pinned in on one side of the overskirt. So now it's just getting pleated on one side, and I have to get used to the 1880s love of asymmetry. Between work and rehearsal tonight, I'm pressing the hem of that so that I can sew the hem when I'm not being used. I've already pressed up one turn of the hem on my underskirt, and it's honestly a perfect length as is, though I was planning on turning it up twice so that none of the serging is visible on the edge. So now I'm a little torn - I can always put binding over the the edge, so that I don't lose any length (I have no extra length in the back at all), or I guess I can leave it as is and just have the serging showing. I'll have to make that decision by about 4pm today, because ideally, I'd love to get both the overskirt and underskirt hemmed and with hooks and eyes at the waist by the end of today. 

I realized that my somewhat crushed up 1850s bonnet is the perfect color match for this bustle gown, so I'm bending it into a hat shape as much as possible, and I should be able to wear it this weekend with almost no work done to it. So that's nice. 

I also looked at Joanns for lace for the inside of the 1830s bonnet, and came up with absolutely nothing I liked (so much cabbage rose lace. Ugh). So I'm not exactly sure how to trim that, but again, I need to decide stat! I did at least get ribbon ties for it - it was the same ribbon I bought for the cap, but it's a much nicer quality than most of Joann's ribbon. 

To-do list for my sanity:
  • Hem overskirt
  • Hooks and eyes on overskirt waistband
  • Stitch three pleats in place on overskirt
  • Hem underskirt
  • Hooks and eyes on underskirt waistband
  • Bind bodice hem
  • Trim on bodice sleeves
  • Make and attach buttons to bodice
  • Slit open buttonholes
  • Finish binding bonnet
  • Finish trimming bonnet
  • Add lace to 1830s neckline (probably not going to happen)
  • Figure out sausage curl hairpiece (probably will happen as I'm getting ready in the morning on Saturday)
  • Pack!
Hopefully that's everything. Did I mention that I'm leaving late morning on Friday?

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I had time yesterday between work and rehearsal to finish the overskirt waistband, so now that really just needs hemming. I'm going to leave that to do at rehearsal tomorrow, since I will hopefully have a good 2-2.5 hours of hand-sewing availability while I'm there. 

Today, I'm going to make a quick stop at Joanns on the way home to get ribbon for the bonnet ties, and then it's straight to working on the stripey bustle bodice I need to get sleeves, buttonholes, collar (if I do one), and at least the machine side of binding done tonight, or there's no way this will work for this weekend. I think that's feasible if I really buckle down tonight. Hopefully I have buttons in the stash that will work, since I honestly haven't even looked. Or maybe I'll pick up a couple covered button kits from Joanns today, just in case, since I usually like the look of those better anyway.

I still don't know how to make an accordion-pleated collar and cuffs like in the original inspiration, so honestly, I'll probably go with some lace trim and then figure that out later when I have more time. Do you know how to make accordion pleats without a fluting iron? If so, please tell me, since google has failed me on this. 
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For the bonnet, I wound up going with the light yellow silk that I used for Titanic and am almost definitely using for my CoCo gala gown. So that is really going to be my color of the year this year at CoCo! The bonnet is coming along, though somehow between the paper pattern and the buckram, the crown seemed to lose at least an inch of circumference. But by the time you join the brim with the crown (which is when I realized it), I had basically done everything, so there was no way I was redoing any of that. So unfortunately, it's a bit off of what I would like it to be. I'm also trying to figure out how to decorate it. I have wide green-embroidery-on-net lace that goes around the brim, and a matching green velvet ribbon at the base of the crown, but that's all I've decided on so far. Right now I'm a little over halfway done with binding the brim edge, and I still have to put the crown lining in, but otherwise it just needs some more decorations on it. I think it will work. 

I decided yesterday that I was at a point with the bonnet where I could focus on other things (because all that handwork and gluing I can do at rehearsal on Wed or Thurs), so I moved back to work on the stripey bustle dress. I highly doubt that I will be able to finish it by the time I head to the Victorian Festival, but I figured why not work on it as much as I can this week. 

If you remember, I made most of the skirt (except the ruffly bits at the bottom of the inspiration plate) last fall, but when those ruffly bits wouldn't play nicely, it went in the naughty pile. I've known since then that the two main problems were A) there wasn't enough fabric in the skirt, and B) double-faced silk satin just does not drape the way whatever fabric was originally intended does. So yesterday, I picked out (and attempted to press out) the old hem, undid the back of the waistband, and opened up the back seams of the skirt so that I could add in another back panel. Then I pleated the back sections instead of gathering (which is what I had done before), redid the waistband, and pinned the hem so that it would be as long as I could make it. (It was originally a shorter hem so that the ruffles could go underneath.) So now I just have to sew the new hem, and the underskirt is at least wearable. I may add a ruffle to the hem, but it won't be in the style of the plate, since I can't figure out how to make that work. 

Then I moved on to the overskirt. The back section is all pleated to fit, and I draped the front section, which is on the bias. I just have to hem the edges, put the two pieces together, and put them on a waistband, which I'm hoping I may be able to get to between work and rehearsal today. That said, I still don't think I can make the bodice wearable by Friday, because it still needs sleeves, closures, hems, decorations, etc, and I basically have tomorrow after work, and maybe a couple hours on Wed to do all that. But at least I'll have a lot more of it done already for CoCo!

Here's a pic of what it looks like so far:

I'm back!

Mar. 12th, 2018 12:54 pm
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I'm back from Europe! I think I'll try to do some trip wrap-up posts over the next week or so. In the meantime, I've already posted about 1500 pictures to facebook. And that's just England and France so far. I took soooo many pictures! Here's England and here's France

I did absolutely nothing yesterday besides editing and posting the pictures and doing laundry, but I do need to dive back into sewing. The Port Townsend Victorian Festival is in only 11 days! As much as I would love to finish (or at least make wearable) the new mauve stripey bustle dress, I'm not sure it can happen in that amount of time, since I also have rehearsals most nights. And really, what I need to do is make a bonnet (and maybe a collar?) for the 1830s dress, since I've committed to wearing that in the fashion show on Saturday. ( I'll probably wear that the rest of the day Saturday, too. I'm almost definitely going to wear the turquoise gala gown to the ball on Saturday night. I wore it last year, but it wasn't trimmed at the time. Though I think I'll leave the train at home, because that would just be a hazard, as tempted as I am to bring it. Then I need something relatively easy for Friday evening, since the events Friday have always been minimal at best. And something somewhat simple for Sunday, since it would just be worn the first part of the day. Assuming I can't make the new dress, then I'm debating about maybe bringing Titanic for Sunday, since that's quite easy. And maybe I'll do the skating dress again for Friday night. Or I'll figure out something even easier to pack, like my Edwardian skirt and blouse.

To be honest, I'm not really in a bustle mood right now, which is really weird for me! I have a strong desire to make new 18th c stays, and a slightly less strong desire to make an s-bend corset. For some reason, even though I'm doing a mid-1890s dress for the CoCo gala, I want to wear an s-bend with it. I don't know why. I think it's really that I want a really late 1890s dress, but I also prefer the giant sleeves. Is there any evidence for both of them together? I need the s-bend for the Edwardian walking dress I want to make, but it's such a pretty line that I want to wear it for more than that. 

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Port Townsend was lovely. I got up there about 3:30 on Friday, and met up with Val at the hotel. We went out to the antique stores in our muggle-wear, and though I was tempted by a ton, I was good and only bought a $5 vintage white eyelet apron. Then I changed into my skating dress, and we joined Mara for dinner.






Saturday, I wore my green wool winter dress. Val and I joined [livejournal.com profile] vanessa_lynne and her husband to walk around town for a bit before tea, meeting up with Mara partway through. After tea, I visited the Jefferson County Museum, and then took part in the fashion show along with the other ladies (and a few gents). I changed for the ball, and we all went out to a tasty dinner before heading to the ball. The dancing was fun, and Mara made a good partner. We also met a couple other local ladies in beautiful dresses who we have hopefully now recruited to come to our events. It's always nice to meet well-dressed people!



On Sunday, I wore my skating outfit again, and Val and I took a tour of some of the historic buildings downtown. Honestly, visiting the Hastings building may have been the highlight of the weekend. It was built in 1889 as an office building, and was used for housing during WWII. Since then, the upper floors have been mostly vacant, though the owners are hoping to eventually open it as a hotel. It was absolutely fascinating to see. I've included a couple pictures here, but most can be found in my facebook album.


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I worked on some costuming stuff for my show over the weekend. My bf and I distressed six lab coats, attacking them with scissors, an exacto, a belt sander, coffee, eyeshadow, and mascara until they looked appropriately grimy. I also made 14 cotton shoe bows, turned a pair of old leggings into bike shorts, and made red sequin bows to pair with my crazy 1830s hairpiece, since I'll be using it for the show.

I'm still trying to figure out what to do with my hair in act 1. I bought some new braids to try out that match my current haircolor, but I can't decide whether I want two hanging loops, two braided buns with the rest of my hair down, or a crown braid, or a high braided bun, or some combination of those. It's supposed to be a casual hairstyle worn with pajamas, but also possibly a tiara. The baroness is a bit crazy, after all.


I'm also finally starting the giant turquoise ballgown of doom. I think I can get both the skirt and the train out of about 12.5 yds of the 39.5" wide silk, which leaves 2.5 yards left for the bodice, so that's plenty. However, I don't think that's enough to cut all the ribbon trim out of the actual fabric, which means I have to find turquoise ribbon to match. This is my first time doing a court train, too, and while I'm lining the skirt with cotton organdy, I have no idea what to line the train with. I don't have enough fabric to line the train with more of the silk, but I feel like cotton isn't nice enough. I don't suppose turquoise silk organza would work as a liner, right? I want whatever I use to also give the train a lot of body. And let's be honest - probably the only time this train will be allowed to touch the ground is for the CoCo red carpet and pictures. After all, it's about a yard of trailing on the ground. (and is that even enough?)

Just as a reminder, this is the dress:

I made it!

Jan. 21st, 2017 07:44 am
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I'm attempting to post from my phone, so I'm not sure if this will work. I'll do a full wrap-up when I get home.

I did finish the skating dress about 1:30am on Thurs morning, packed after work, dyed my hair after rehearsal, and sewed the 17 buttons on my quilted petticoat at the airport. I managed to sleep a couple hours on the plane, and a couple more once I got to Elizabeth's house, so I wasn't completely dead yesterday.

We went out to lunch, and then to the Hill House, and took lots of pictures. Here's a couple for now - the rest are on my Facebook. It's so fun so far, but I wish you all were here, too!


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I finished sewing the fur on the hem of the overskirt, and started on the fur trim on the skirt. And I'm almost halfway done with that!

That means tomorrow, I have to finish the skirt trim, add hooks and eyes to the skirt and overskirt waistband, put buttonholes and buttons around the hem of the quilted petticoat to shorten it, put the cuffs on the sleeves, and add the sleeves and shoulder fur to the bodice. And make or decorate some sort of hat for the skating outfit. And pack. I'd also like to try it all on. So basically, I have a ton left to do. Luckily, I don't have rehearsal and I get off a little earlier from work, so hopefully I can actually accomplish all that. 
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Despite not having much sewing time today, I'm definitely feeling better now. Still stressed, but less so. The princess dress was finished and packaged up by the time I left for rehearsal. Then while I was at rehearsal, I managed to sew about 1/3 of the overskirt trim on. And when I came home, I stayed up too late, but I finished the pleating, and attached the pleats and one side of the fur to the skirt.

I think I'll have some time to sew at rehearsal tomorrow, as well, so I'm hoping I might even get the overskirt finished by the end of the night. And hopefully when I come home, I can stay up late enough to set the sleeves. That would make Wed evening's sewing manageable, since I don't have rehearsal that night. Though of course, I do have to pack, too!

I realized I haven't been posting any pictures of the skating dress so far, so here's one, which shows the bodice and skirt pleats/fur. Clearly this is going to be one I'm going to have to lint-roll constantly. Also a bonus princess dress picture, since it's a new style.
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Clearly, the world knows I am desperately running out of sewing time before MN, because I got another princess order today. I'm getting really worried that I'm not going to finish my skating dress, and at the very least, I need to do that, make some sort of hat for it, and put the buttons/buttonholes on my quilted petticoat so that I can wear it shortened. Luckily, the temps are now saying they'll be around 40 degrees while I'm in MN, so I guess I don't have to worry about fitting a dolman into this week's plans, too.

But seriously, I feel like I did nothing but sew this weekend (okay, I did go to a party last night for several hours, and I've been to Joanns and Safeway, but that's it). And yet, I also feel like I've gotten nothing accomplished. I finally put the buttons on the green wool overskirt, so all I have to fix on that is the bustle tape, which is currently pinned in place. And the skating bodice just needs its sleeves attached (though the sleeves also need cuffs). I don't want to put the sleeves on the bodice until I put the fur trim on the skirt. I think I'm going to have enough fur that I can do the whole skirt hem, plus put fur around the shoulders of the armseyes, and at the cuffs, but I need to be sure. And both skirt and overskirt need hooks and eyes, and the fur trim on the overskirt needs to be turned and hand-sewn on the inside of the hem.

The skirt also still needs its pleats and fur put around the hem. I have most of the pleats pleated, but somehow my math is coming out wrong, and despite not having enough fabric when I was halfway through the pleats, I repleated a bunch of them, and now I have way too much. So I either need to cut off the excess, or repleat. Again. Ugh. Why does it take so long?!

To be fair, other than the sleeves and hooks/eyes, the outfit is actually wearable as is, but it's not nearly how I want it to be. And I had to use up 2 hours of my sewing time on that tonight to go to Joanns and get fabric for the princess dress, and cut out and start on that. I probably have about an hour or less left on the order, and then I can get back to the skating dress. Which is good, since I only have two hours to sew tomorrow, and maybe an hour on Tuesday if I'm lucky because of rehearsals on both days. Though I am planning on bringing my hand-sewing to rehearsal, so hopefully that will help. 
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I'm starting to get a little worried! I fly to MN a week from tomorrow night, and I have made very little progress on the skating dress. I finished cutting everything out yesterday, but it took forever, because I had to figure out how to drape the overskirt in about 1 yd of 54" wide fabric, and then make sure I could get the remaining four bodice pieces out of the other 23 or so inches of fabric. I'm changing a bunch of things from my original design, and most likely even more will change, since I know I don't have enough fur to do what I want, either.

I flatlined everything today, but that's as far as I've gotten. And I wound up getting two orders for princess dresses today, so I'm going to stop at Joanns tomorrow and pick everything up. And Friday, which I have off from work, is going to be spent sewing all day - first on the princess dresses, and then on the skating dress. I'm determined on Friday to put the whole bodice together, so that I can spend Saturday doing the overskirt and pleats and trimming and buttonholes and such. It needs to be finished by Sunday evening, so that I can make a dolman and a winter bonnet next week. Luckily, it's supposed to be about as warm there as it's been here lately, so if I don't finish the dolman, I can probably make do with my old ivory wool capelet.


So since I have no sewing progress pics, here's a pic of my newest Disney pin board, which I finished this weekend. The puzzle is a 50th anniversary Disney map (I swear, they found a bunch of these sitting in a back room somewhere, and dropped them in two random stores in the parks), and it has complete or mostly complete pin sets with it. It's modge-podged to a bulletin board that we spray painted black.

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