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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 [ 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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The skating skirt is assembled, and is waiting on waistband, hem, and trimming, which is a whole bunch of pleats and as much fur as I can spare. I also finished cutting out the interlining of the bodice, and cut out all but two pieces of the bodice in the wool. I even cut the sleeves out! Of course, now I'm really paranoid that I'm not going to have enough fabric left for the overskirt, even if I skimp on the skirt pleats a little bit, so I'm a little stressed out. I want to do a project where I have plenty of fabric and don't have to worry!

Anyway, I hope to finish cutting everything out tomorrow, get the bodice and sleeves flatlined and assembled, and a waistband put on the skirt. That said, I probably won't get that much done, since I have to work later tomorrow, and I'm seeing Hidden Figures in the evening.

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The basically finished green wool bustle gown was worn yesterday for our outing to the Sherlock Holmes exhibit at the Pacific Science Center. It was so much fun to wear, and I got so many complements! It was also pretty warm, which is good. We had to stand outside in line for an hour in probably mid-to-high-30s before we could get into the exhibit, and though my toes were freezing (even in my carriage boots), my arms only started to get cold in the last 10-15 minutes, and the rest of me stayed nice and warm. That should be good for MN, because if the weather prediction stays true, it should be the same temperature there. Also, it turned out the quilted petticoat was the perfect body for this dress. I wore it over the lobstertail and a bum pad, and didn't need any other petticoats.

And now what you've really been waiting for - pictures!

They had this 2x scale dining set, which was very fun to try to sit on!

There was also a corner mirror, which we naturally stopped to take lots of pictures in.

There's just a couple things I still need to do to the dress. Someone stepped on my skirt, even though it was bustled up, and one of the bustle ties tore out (luckily, I don't think it tore the fabric at all). So I have to fix that. Also, while I decided I like it better without any additional trim on the dickey, I've decided to add the three large buttons on either side of the overskirt (on the dressform, that area was hidden by the bows, so I didn't bother, but there's room for them when I wear it). And if I'm able to acquire more of the green velvet trim, I'm going to add it to the sleeves. But even if I can get more of it, it won't be before the Little House Party. So luckily, there's not much left to do for now!
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Remind me never to cut up a fur coat ever again. Seriously. I have fur in my nose, there was fur in my eyes, and after vacuuming my sewing table, I still wound up using half a lint roll getting it cleaned up. And after all that, I don't think I have nearly as much fur as I was hoping for the skating dress. Like, maybe half as much fur as I need. So that's a bummer, and I'm totally going to have to rethink my trim plan.

I cut out all the skirt pieces today, but taking apart the fur coat took me so long this evening that I didn't have time to assemble it, which is disappointing. However, it should go together pretty quickly. I have rehearsal tomorrow after work, but I'm still hopeful that I might be able to get it done.

I am so running out of time for Little House sewing, and it's making me really nervous!
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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 worked on the dickey trimming a little bit today. I did my three buttonholes and buttons, finished trimming one of the lapels, and put the trim around the collar. I'm debating about doing a little more before I go to sleep, even though I shouldn't.

On the other hand, though, I did submit two class proposals. I decided that I would let them choose between the Super Quick 18th c Quilted Petticoat or the 1830s vs 1890s sleeves. The petticoat would be way easier for me to prep, but I think the other one would be more popular.

Edit: I was bad. I'm now up way too late, but I added the trim on the other lapel, plus the ribbon tie, and a hook and eye underneath the tie. I think it's at a point now where it's wearable, but I might still add lace around the neck of the collar, plus the velvet trim in the square part of the neck. First I'm going to make a bustle-era quilted petticoat, though. I think I should be able to make the whole thing tomorrow, assuming it's not too cold to go in the sewing room.

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I don't know why, but the dickey gave me so much trouble today! I did finally wrangle it into submission. It's complete, other than trimming and buttonholes/buttons, and I've stitched it into the bodice. But I don't love it. I think with the trim it will look a lot better, but right now it just looks like a lot of grey, and polyester at that. Joanns closed today before I could make it over, but I'm going to go there tomorrow and hopefully find some trim options.

It's so hard to tell what's going on in the fashion plate - the trim on the dickey almost looks black instead of the forest green like the skirt, and it's also much narrower. The ribbon at the CF also looks black. But the thing is, that other than possibly doing the buttons on the skirt black, there's no other black on the whole outfit. So would it look out of place?

Here's the plate, and a link to the high res, if anyone has any opinions.

I didn't get to the skating dress today, since I went to go see La La Land this evening, but I've cleaned my cutting table off so that I might be able to get to it tomorrow. First, though, I have a rush order of a Belle playdress that I have to do tomorrow, and I really need to work more on my lines for the show as well, since we start rehearsals back up tomorrow night. 
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I didn't sew very much today, because I was feeling a bit burned out after yesterday. I did make the bows for the cuffs, and sewed those down, as well as finishing the fur on the cuffs. And I sewed the bows on the overskirt, and tacked the overskirt pieces to each other so that they wouldn't shift, and put all my hooks and bars on my skirt and overskirt waistbands.

I also mocked up and patterned most of the dickey piece - I have the main dickey piece and lapel pieces cut up and ready to be flatlined, and I think the collar part is just going to be a tapered band. I'll finish that tomorrow - hopefully it won't take too much longer. And then I really need to get on to the skating dress. I'd like to have a significant amount of it done by Monday evening. We start up rehearsals again this week, and I have two this week, and I think four the following week, so my sewing time is really going to be reduced. And there's less than three weeks left till the Little House Party!

I shared this on my year in review post, but here's the complete outfit, minus the dickey. I definitely need to make a better petticoat...
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My 2016 Goals changed a few times over the course of the year, but this is what they were:

Navy blue swiss dot Regency - Done!
Black silk taffeta bustle ballgown - Done!
Child's Victorian Gown - Done!
Daniel Deronda Riding Habit - Still hasn't happened, and is no longer on my specific upcoming goals list.
1860s Fully Handsewn dress - Didn't even pick this up all year. Maybe someday, but probably not anytime soon.
Turquoise Silk Mid-19th c  Giant Ballgown - I kind of knew this was going to be a 2017 project, and sure enough, it will be.
Fur-trimmed bustle-era skating outfit - Coming up next; I've already started cutting pieces out.
Winter bustle gown - Almost done!
Super-secret Disney-related project - No longer super secret. This is the Snow White Designer Disney dress, and will be made for the CoCo pool party this year.

In June, I added an Elizabethan kirtle and Mary Poppins Jolly Holiday to the list, both of which I have since completed.

And here's picture proof of everything I made!

Click here for pictures )

I think that's everything. Overall, not a bad sewing year, though being unemployed for the first eight months of the year certainly helped in that, and as you can tell by my posts, my sewing has definitely slowed down since I started working in September! 


Dec. 31st, 2016 03:00 am
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I have been sewing all day today. Like seriously, I've had maybe four 30-40 min breaks since about 10:30am through 2:30am. And yet I feel like I've done nothing. I want this dress to be finished!

So what did I do? I sewed on all the ribbon pieces to the bodice skirts, mocked up a sleeve, and then tried on the bodice. And it's a good thing I did, too, because it was too long in the shoulder straps by about 1.5," and the neckline was way too high. I fixed the shoulders and the neckline, and set (and reset) the sleeve mockup a few times, tweaking things like how gathered it was. And I actually wound up with a nicely fitted sleeve! It was nice to try on the skirts as well - they really worked pretty perfectly.

So then I cut out the sleeves in the sateen for the lining and in the wool. As expected, I did have to piece a little bit - I wound up being 4" too short on one of the inner sleeve pieces. I'm hoping that if I can find more of the velvet ribbon trim (a friend is going to look in the fabric district for me next week), that it will maybe cover or at least draw attention away from the pieced seam. I also cut out the sateen pieces for the skating dress (with a slight alteration to the flare at the cuff), since that will also have fitted long-sleeve two-piece sleeves.

I figured out how I wanted to trim the sleeve hems, and I'm varying just slightly from the plate on these, and sewed the fur in place, for the most part (the part that goes up the sleeve still needs to be sewn on, but that has to wait till after I attach the ribbon pieces for the sleeves). I set the sleeves to the bodice, and sewed on the fur trim around the neckline as well.

And that's it. I feel like it all took way longer than it should have...

I really want to finish it tomorrow, but I doubt that I will. I still have to figure out the whole piece that goes into the neckline, which I know will take a while, since I have no clue what is going on there. Plus I have to add the ribbons to the sleeves and to the overskirt, and put hooks and eyes on the skirt. So I'm not too hopeful. But I really want this to be a 2016 project!
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I used my new skates today! My bf and I went ice skating for an hour after work. My arches were definitely hurting for the first half, but they got better, and I'm excited to go skating a few more times over the few weeks leading up to the Little House party.

Afterwards, I took a nap. But I did sew for a few hours this evening! I handsewed down the inside edge of all the fur I had sewn onto the bodice yesterday, and sewed down all the pleats on the inside of the bodice waist. Then I cut out the "ribbon" strips for the bodice, and melted the edges, and pinned all of the ribbons in place. I also picked out which buttons to use (black/gold textured plastic buttons), and antiqued the gold with black nail polish so it wouldn't be shiny.

Tomorrow I'm going to start with sewing all the ribbons in place, then put the fur around the neckline, then buttons/buttonholes, and finally sleeves. I should also probably try it all on at some point...

Also, since everyone else is doing it, I'm working on backing up my LJ to dreamwidth (same username). 
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I sewed together all the green wool bodice pieces, and evened out the hem to be more like the lines of the fashion plate (mine weren't quite slanted enough). Then I started on the trimming. I ripped more strips of fur for the trim, sewed on three rows of velvet ribbon to the hem of the back, and machine-sewed the fur to the hem of the bodice.

Of course, buying all my supplies way in advance is really starting to bite me on this project. Not only will I probably have to piece the sleeves, but it also turns out that I'm not going to have enough ribbon for the sleeve cuffs, let alone anything for the neckline. I have 19" left... I'm fairly sure that I need at least 26" to do anything close to what the fashion plate has, and even more than that is preferable. But since I bought all of this in the fabric district after CoCo, I know there's no way I'm going to find a match locally or online. Oh well...

I had intended to line the back skirts of the bodice, and even cut a section of silk habotai to use for it, but I don't think I'm going to use it. It's already interlined with the black twill, and because the addition of the velvet ribbon basically quilted the hem, it's quite stiff. I don't think there's too much of a chance of it blowing up and showing the underside. That makes it a bit easier, and hopefully I'll just be able to sew down the other side of the fur tomorrow, plus add buttonholes and possibly buttons (if I can decide which ones!) I'd also like to get to the sleeves, and/or cut out the rest of the skating bodice pieces. I'm planning to either go ice skating or see Manchester By the Sea tomorrow, though, but at least I don't have to go to bed early, so I should get a fair amount done.

Here's a pic of how it currently looks:

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I saw Collateral Beauty after work (interesting story, beautifully acted, and lots of crying on my part), picked up 6 yards of twill at Joanns, and made it home by 8pm, and got right to work. While the fabric was being washed, I flatlined all the bodice pieces I had already cut out for the green wool bustle gown, and sewed my darts on the bodice fronts. Then I cut out the last two bodice pieces in the twill, and flatlined those, and I'm now attempting to call it a night so that I can at least get 6.5-7 hours of sleep, instead of five.

I don't think I have anything going on after work tomorrow, so I hope to finish assembling the bodice, cut out and flatline the bodice pieces for the skating dress, and maybe mockup the sleeves for the green wool dress. 

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