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... but the little pirate is with his grand-parents and I don't know how to teleport the costume for try-on purposes. So let us assume it will fit, right ? I used a somewhat limp cotton I had in stash - I had just enough ! -, metal rings from the hardware store to make the buttons, and a cotton/poly blend for the neck frill. As I said previously, I skipped the chemise the frill should be on - as well as the rest of the undergarments.
That brings me to 12-7 in terms of projects, right ? :) And now, back to draping my late 1790s gown. Or rather, ensemble, as I'm making two pieces. Only, I don't know what to do in terms of jacket. I just adore the two pieces on pages 79 and 80 of Costume in Detail, but there's another outfit in Les Belles de mai that's pretty too. It has drawstrings at the neckline and under the bust, closes at center front and the basque is cut away and rounded at center front. I'm still pondering... In the meantime, I started working on the bodice supporting the skirt. I have my 1790s jumps I can wear under this (and I draped the pattern on), but I'm wondering whether or not I could make the bodice tight enough to support the breasts on its own. It's worth a try - not that my jumps are uncomfortable or anything, they just dig a little bit into my armpits but not enough to really bother me. I'm just curious whether or not this would work.
And blah, this laptop's keyboard isn't reacting unless I type with a hammer or something. Very unpleasant laptop ! - but still, it's nice to have a computer downstairs as well.
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I AM sewing. I'm kinda amazed at how much I'm doing, actually, with the little Toad and the slightly bigger Heimlich. The Home Geek is on vacation as well, so that helps, and Toadette is quite an easy kid. Sewing in little spurts of five to 30 minutes is a bit tricky, but it gets things done - even if it means I mostly forget about pictures.
Thus, I finished the two skirts for my Mom, they fit and look great, she loves them... and I have no proof ! I'll try to snap pictures next time I see her. Next on my plate for her are a t-shirt and a few tops. I think I'm going to (finally) use a pattern from a Patrones I bought ages ago. I'd also love to make her a short-sleeved cropped jacket to go with the circle skirt, but I don't have a pattern here and I didn't find the time to mock up one on her while she was there... I'll probably improvise something.
For now I'm working on the skeleton suit. It's sewn together and I'm at this nnoying stage where I needs small adjustments and things like buttons and buttonholes. LOTS of buttons, which I need to make first. And trying it on on the little troll, ahahah, THAT's going to be fun !
I'm starting to look for shoes for him... with no luck so far. I don't want to spend 50 euros on those, but I'll probably have to, in the end. I just so don't want to make the rounds of all the kids shoe shops to find a simple pair of black maryjanes... All I can find online is too small or too big, and has bows on it. Blech. I tried to look for dance shoes but they don't make them in such small sizes. *pouts* I could let him wear his sandals but... they're modern. They're not precisely pretty. They've had a lot of wear actually - they were a hand-me-down and he loves them sooo much he's worn them in almost every weather, it's a miracle he doesn't wear them in the bath and in bed.
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Both projects are done on the serger, only the skirt hem isn't - I know I'll want to reuse the fabric afterwards and I wanted an invisible hem so as not to leave marks on the velvet. There are about 15 uncut centimeters turned up inside and catch-stitched in place.
jupevel3 jupevel2 jupevel1
It's comfy, it's warm, and it's long enough that I can wear it with OTK's. And it has colorful flowers. I love it.
tsmel2 tsmel3 tsmel1
This is the t-shirt that doesn't fit me. As you can see, it does fit my dress dummy. I'm planning on giving it to a (pregnant as well) friend and make myself a new one. I bought more fabric because I love those stripes and flowers.
Both projects were quick - not "just a few hours" quick, but still closer to instant gratification than an historical one. There was a lot of trial and error patterning those, and sometimes I have the impression sewing with knits is like learning to sew all over again. But it's worth it !
And see ? i'm ahead of schedule on the 12-12 project !

I also finally got my 1912 Mode Illustrée. As I thought from the offer, the outer cover is missing, so the pages have suffered a bit, but it's still GORGEOUS ! Makes me want to plan lots of outfits for Kandersteg 2012. This book was obviously used by someone doing reproductions as well, there's a handwritten note on the first page, saying "fermeture éclair (zipper), p 143"... and there's an ad for zippers on page 143 ! :D
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Because I'm too lazy to get up and take pictures of my new skirt (I'll do that while the kid sleeps this afternoon, I promise !), I give you a Friday Five )

As I said, new (pregnancy) skirt is done, and comfy. I made the hem per hand so that it doesn't leave a mark and I can redo the skirt post-pregnancy. Pretty grey velvet with colored roses, me likes. This bring my project count to 12-3 so far, yay !
I also finished basting the back and front pieces of the justeaucorps, have to cut out the sleeves now and baste it all together... and hope someday this year or next year I can have a fitting with my brother because I'm not putting that together without one last fitting, dammit !
I also finally got matching thread and quilting pins for the quilted ensemble, so once I have drawn out the pattern I'm good to go. That should happen today.
And I'm waiting and waiting for my packages to come. The 1912 book was supposed to be here on wednesday, the website says they came when no one was home (which I kinda doubt), then it said it would be delivered the next day, aka yesterday, but nothing came. Now it says it should be delivered shortly. I'm wondering if that means it'll finally come today... In the meantime, I'm scanning my way through the 1898 book - as we're planning a 1898 set LARP someday, it seemed logical to go through this one first. Plus, it's my all time favorite year. And I have this plaid taffetas that would be *awesome* for an 1898 dress... If I don't get distracted by some soutache stuff...


Oh, let's not forget the handy link to the pictures !


Jan. 31st, 2011 04:44 pm
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There's obviously a learning curve to the serger. I just finished a new t-shirt and... well, it's really not perfect. The upper front is too short, first it was too long, and obviously the dynamic of the jersey changed after I shortened it. so now it's riding up until I have a seam right accross my boobs. Not happy.
Oh well, it'swearable, the fabric is still pretty and looks good on me. I'll wear it once or twice and think about possible ways to make it look like a feature, not a bug.
That means I consider my 12-2 project done. 12-1 being the bustle dress of which I still have no pictures to share. I meant to do a photoshoot on Wednesday but I have a medical appointement for Heimlich and I expect it to take up all my morning.Maybe on Thursday, but I wouldn't have anyone to help.
*insert frustrated grunt here*
Anyway, I'm going to go down again and either sew some on my brother's justeaucorps or cut out another t-shirt. I intend to sew myself t-shirts until I get this pattern right, dammit. And then I'll go back to the store and buy some more of that stripey fabric and I'll make myself an amazing new pregnancy top. Nah !
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I've been feeling a bit under the weather lately - I suspect I was really, really tired and needed the vacation. Now I have regained some energy and I give you the obligatory "yearly costume review" post.

Back in January 2010, I tried to push myself to finish one project a month for a year. It worked quite well for the first half of the year, then as I went back to work my productivity went downward and I stoped keeping track. Most of all, this year has been bad for pictures - I forgot to snap some of half of the things I made, and I still haven't gone through the Vaux one. Boooo ! I'll try to catch up now that I'm home, but first, what did I make ?click )

That'd be 10 or 11 projects in a year. Not quite 12-12, but considering I had a baby on my hands and how exhausted I spent the last months of the year, that's really not bad.
Oh wait ! I made a 12th thing ! I made a maternity t-shirt with th serger, it was so quick I forgot it ! *ticks the last box off*

Now for the coming year, what do I want to make ?
- finish the 1887 red maternity bustle dress
- make an 18th century quilted maternity ensemble
- make an adorable baby
- work on the super sekrit eyebrow project with [ profile] heileen
Nothing else is set yet, but I suspect this will change after we have the programm of the Ministère des Modes in January...

Now for the mundane stuff click )
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... I feel like I owe 95% of my Florentine to [ profile] jenthompson. I blatantly copied her work and I'm a million times thankful for her dress diary because I'd never would have achieved a finished dress in two weeks without her.
Okay, I did ONE thing differently. As I was really really pressed for time and I don't have too many "acres of land" up there, I skipped the corded corset and constructed the front on the bias. And I'm amazed it worked !Snapshots on Karringa :

I'll take more tomorrow at the ball, and some of Lady Darkstone"s as well - because she was a copycat just like myself, sort of... I can't promise the pics will be uploaded very soon, though. I'm still plugging my way through the Regency picnic ones, oy !

I feel like I should make a recap of my 12-12 project so far...
12-1 half-crinoline aka 1872 bustle (still missing closure, actually)
12-2 pirate shirts
12-3 redingote skirt
12-4 chima
green taffetas 18th cent. petticoat
12-5 striped redingote
12-6 1820's chemisette with sleeves
1820's hat
late 1780's cartwheel hat
quick&dirty fichu (needs to be improved)

And since I only finished them yesterday/this morning
12-7 camicia
quick&dirty florentine

I have a bunch of mending to do... redoing the cuffs on my shift, making the temporary fix on the fichu permanent, re-sewing a closure that's coming loose on one of the HG's shirt, repairing cartridge pleats on my 18th cent. petticoat (eek ! one of the fathering threads broke !)(actually, my dotted muslin skirt has the same issue, I'm just pretending I don't know about it), some pyjamas in need of a new elastic waistband... Nothing ecviting but it should get done someday.
And then the next BIG project is looming over me : a 1872 summery polonaise by August. Add a toddler in the mix (it's amazing how well he can say "Mommy, I want YOU to help me WALK ! NOW !" without uttering a word), unbearable heat (summer, Lyon, victorian picknick... ARE WE FRACKING INSANE ????), work starting back in a month, overbooked week-ends and weekdays (is it really wise to go to Nice for one day ? But is it wise NOT to go ?), a Very Sekrit Project, way too many brackets... Not too bad ! I actually feel like I've got something to show for those siw months at home*.

Oh and I mght have missed some posts, I don't know since WHEN exactly I was logged out of LJ...

EDIT : OMG I TOTALLY forgot to mention that YES, the gown has sleeves, green sleeves, but they got stained in the making and are currently drying outside... *facepalm*

*If I ever, EVER think again of taking such a long break from work, smack me. I'm *this* close to snapping. I lov emy boy, mind you, it's staying at home with no real conversation partner to speak of that I can't stand.
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It's when you're in need of one particular fabric that you'll do stupid things. Like starting a new costume. ^^

I'm done, as in completely DONE with the redingote (hey wait ! Redingote => 12-5 is done !). I added small voile frills at the sleeves, I made a fichu, the HG is almost done with the shoes. The hat is still unfinished... partly because I'm out of black velvet. I want to refluff my bumroll a bit but have no more fluffing material.

I want to make a chemisette to make my wedding dress more day-wear appropriate... except the cotton voile is at [ profile] lady_darkstone's place. The hat for said dress ? I hacked the straw hat apart, sewed it back together... And now I need the turquoise taffetas I forgot to buy last week.

I'm STALLED ! I can't work on anything Ineed to work for June ! I CAN'T sew ! I...

... wait...

I can start something new, right ? I can be incredibly crazy and try and achieve a quick-and-dirty renaissance something by the 3d of July, right ? Riiiight ! *mad giggles ensue*
I might go to bed pretty soon, though, today was.... interesting.
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... being offline for so long and all, but I'm not even remotely trying to catch up.

I have a finished hanbok.
I have pictures.
But somehow, the new computer won't communicate with the camera. Baaaaah ! Not that the pics were any good as I was too lazy to put it on and it doesn't even fit on my dummy. Yet, it is done, I have a finished garment for this month. Yay !
12-4 : Finished hanbok.
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I had some computer issues that prevented me from posting this this morning. Gah, stoopid computer. We really need to get me a new one before it fries...

So, pictures !
Redingote in progress !

EDIT : the stomacher will NOT stay this bright green, it will be covered with the green taffetas but I need to bone it first and I'm out of cable ties.

It's coming along really well, I'm currently pleating and pinning the overskirt to the bodice, and I am soooo pleased with the fit and the look ! Actually, I only have handwork left : hemming the sleeves and adding the lace ruffle, adding boning channels and boning along the seams in the back, sewing the overskirt to the bodice. And then I can move on to the stomacher, fichu and hat. Not bad for an event in June, right ? Well, until you take into account that I actually need TWO costumes for that weekend, one of which I haven't even started...
I actually had an epiphany today, I realized one of the reason I love costuming is the impossible deadlines. Part of me strives in adversity and feels lost without and unreachable goal looming on the horizon. This part of me might or might not have said she'd be interested in adding a 60 pages translation job into the crazy mix.
I must say the kid is just adorable and has let me a lot of free time lately. He's been taking much longer naps these past few weeks, sleeping in in the morning, and going to bed around 9PM. I have some more pictures of His Adorableness, also known as the Sleeping Oger, or the Troll.
Under the cut to spare your bandwidth )

And before I forget again, I have to tell you about my latest book purchase !

It's in French, but with really pretty pictures of reproduction costumes from 1795 to 1814. *insert drool here* I just adore the concept, the costumes are very pretty and the reading is extremely interesting. And the author has more in planning about other periods. Yay ! It can be ordered wia, or directly from the author's site. The price (it's actually 19 euros, not 20 as written on the image) is the same but the author gets more money if you buy it directly from her.

Oh and if I keep track on the 12-12 projects ?
12-1 finished 1872 bustle
12-2 pirate shirts
12-3'1 redingote skirt
12-3'2 jeogori
12-4 goal : finish both the chima and the redingote


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