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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 [livejournal.com 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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No piccies, too lazy, too little time, too late at night. Most of my sewing has been night sewing lately (I got backk to work a week ago). I'm feeling soooo much better being back in the "business", and the kid is doing better each day with the sitter. Yay !
Anyway, the dress...
- skirt is trimmed, hemmed, placket-ed, waistline is marked, needs a waistband
- polonaise is put together, has collar and front facing, is hemmed. Needs closures and trimmings. And errr...
- sleeves are hemmed and have the first layer of trim.
The rest is just an idea right now. But I still feel good. After all, I can do without the vest if I'm really pressed for time !
(And I didn't mention it when it happened, but the top tie on my bustle ripped the other day. Repaired id, added two additional ties to take some of the strain. Hoping it'll hold. Note for next time I make this bustle : 1cm wide steel is TOO HEAVY)

Laziness !

Jul. 24th, 2010 11:07 pm
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I am not tansfering the 1872  fluffed monstruosity petticoat pictures to my website and using the Flickr I uploaded them to. Shame on me !
1872 undies 1872 undies
Thank you [livejournal.com profile] heileen for the invitation, the playing-with-the-baby, the background, the pictures, the ass-kicking and EVERYTHING !
As you might notice from the pictures I'm wearing an un-period tank-top and I badly need a new corset. It was laced a little too tight at the top as well, but it's more and more obvious that it's just too short in the bust. Luckily for me, I have the possibility to get an amazing pattern which might fit me with very little tweaking when I get around to renewing my set of victorian undies.
This beast swallowed around 6 meters of fabric just for the ruffles. It's not 100% done yet, I need to add a button and a loop to close it and possibly make the waistband a little smaller, it's a little too big and the front is somewhat wonly as a result.


And a little bustle shake "pour la route"
1872 undies
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... and also to some extent to prove to the world that yes, I AM crazy.

After completing the monster 1872 bustle from period instructions, I went on to the patching petticoat. Which calls for ruffles, LOADS of ruffles at the back. 4554 centimeters of them. Eeeeeep !
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I haven't sewn much lately - it's not the most practical thing to do when taking care of a two months old. So the bustle is a bit at a stillstand. I've finished the yoke and sewn it to the back panel, and it's looking good (the picture is without any bone in). I have the front panels assembled as well, still need the part that ties the bustle together behind the legs, though.

I have had other priorities lately as well, as Christmas is coming up and I was really short on ideas, I took up the needles for at least one (possibly more if I get to it) last minute present.
1873 pattern Mitten beginning
This is an early progress pics, I've finished knitting both mitts and seamed up one already. I'm adding a little black ribbon bow and then under the tree they go !
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Something that's been making me happy for the past two weeks : I'm allowed to drink tea again, as much as I want. I can make myself a teapot or two in one day. I'm currently functionning on a stream of "Christmas in Venice", black tea with lemon and toffee bits.

And today so far, I'm only 4 more kilos away from my pre-pregnancy weight (which I'd like to go back to for the sake of not waisting several pairs of perfectly good-fitting jeans), the sun's shining outside and Heimlich is still asleep.

Yesterday I rediscovered I had ordered Laughing Moon's bustles pattern (yay ! #1) - which I had promptly forgotten, but hey ! it's more fun to try and figure the pattern out by yourself ! -, copied some pieces from that pattern, cut out some pieces from the TV bustled petticoat (yay ! #2 - I mean, I actually managed to SEW for TWO hours straight !!!), and I think I have a concept for the 1872 bustle. I also think I have to revise the way I meant to insert the bones and unpick a little bit of each bone channel for this purpose. Eep !
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Still in the process of figuring out how to make my 1872 bustle instructions work. There are of course mistakes and gaps the size of Texas in it, but I think I have it. Mostly.
Exhibit one : sewing the boning channels and preparing the gathers.


Exhibit two : a purple mess.


Exhibit three : Heimlich gives his enlightened opinion on a trial version with only 5 bones.


Exhibit four : it looks a little better if it sits lower, right ?


The instructions tell me to attach it to a petticoat. I think I'll but front and side panels, and will do a split back panel that ties or laces closed, because there's no way the bustle will hold its shape without something tying it together behind my legs (it has just two ties in the pictures). And I obviously need to add a shaped yoke above the bustle as well, but I saw that coming.
Little Heimlich seems VERY interested by the bustle, I must say. Much more than by say, the cat, or even myself sometimes.
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A little, just a little, but that's already more than not at all. The downside being that my machine is having Issues(tm), so the sewing didn't result in much progress. Two seams, two times each, and I'm still unhappy with them. Of course, the tension issue only happens on the actual garment, not on any scrap I light use for trial runs...
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The boy seems to want out early, according to the OB, so he might be there in the next few days. We have his room ready, and I'm finishing the packing for the hospital stay. I'm also doing some pre-cooking, freezing some stuff for after the birth, when we'll be too tired to think. So right now I'm busy in the kitchen, until I have to leave the house. I'll be a little silent for a while, nothing alarming about that.
I did a little bit of sewing on the bustle last night, it's coming along very very slowly... so no pictures, and no major update either. When I have some free time I mostly concentrate on drawing and my Etsy shop. If you're interested in following what's going on over there, I keep it mostly on my art-related blog, although right now it's quiet over there as well.
I'm still reading the f-list, just not talking much. I do need to take some time to rest now and then :)
And now I'm wondering if I have enough energy to go down and prepare a salty cake to freeze in as well...
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I know, I've been bad, I've procrastinated ordering the missing grosgrain ribbon for soooo long... And now I know I'll need a busk as well, since I'd like to make a new corset for the early bustle gown. I have several busks here, but they're all a little short (26 centimeters ? what was I THINKING when I bought those ? o_O ), except one spoon busk. And spoon busk just ain't right for early bustle. So I need to order a new busk. Except I can't make the corset mock-up so I'm a little unsure as to which length to order. More procrastinating ensues. And my mind just goes round and round and round... Ha !
One thing is sure, I'll stock up on grosgrain ribbon, I've used this stuff far too often in the past five years. Then decide on busk length. Then woe is me ! Anysse doesn't carry the boning caps I'd want. I could order them from Wagner but it seems so silly to order just that... when I could be using electrical tape which I already have at hand...
Ok, enough rambling, order sent. I'll do without the caps once more.

And just so this isn't a rambling only post about ordering boring supplies, some pictures of a prototype rag doll. I have others, a little more intricated planned for the Etsy store.




Now wondering what I should work on next... sewing doll stuff, drawing stuff, website stuff...
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Sewing is just a bit slow right now. I have been sleeping very badly and subsequently tired, and I have tried to get back into the groove of our Etsy shop (shameless self-promotion, no sewing stuff over there right now, just prints). This is something I've wanted to get started for over a year but only now did I get to it. I do hope something comes out of it and am using the time I have home right now to push it.
I did start however on the 1872 bustle/half-crinoline. I'm a little stumped right now until I get my grosgrain ribbon. Which I should order first. I've cut out all the steel and surprisingly, I had enough, I even have a good portion left on the roll (in case I blatantly miscalculated or the like...). I'll probably get some plastic ends for the steel as well.
Here is how the bustle looks right now.

That was the first attempt to cut out the fabric. See that little piece of fabric folded on the table ? That's the part I shouldn't have cut off.


Cutting out, take two, undergoing feline inspection. Notice the weird devices I had to use to mark a straight, over 4 meters long diagonal line on the fabric.


The outer layer as it looks right now, with some of the boning channels attached and the gathering lines stitched on. I'm a lazy gatherer, I used the machine zig-zag method. I know I'll hate gathers by the time I'm done with the undies for this dress (as I'll obsviously need a ruffled petticoat to go over the bustle, yikes ! Miles of ruffles !). I just made a straight stitch with the machine to mark the channels I lacked ribbon for, as my soap marks are quickly disappearing and will disappear even quicker when I iron the piece - which I'll obviously will need to do at some point.
I used cotton organdi for this, the pattern called for stiff gauze, this is the closest I've found around here. I've been using this stuff for interlining and such and very happy with it, let's hope it stands up to the test.
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... that's easier when I can locate the digicam.
Not that there's much to report, or to show. Except that a 4m40 long piece of cotton organdi is pretty damn long. Especially when you screw up and have to recut it. At least I had enough fabric left over to cut it right the second time, and I was able to salvage the inner layer of the bustle from the cutting mishap.
Right now I have both the outer layer and the inner layer assembled, and am in the process of marking gathering lines and pinning boning channels to the outer layer. And I am, as was predictable, out of grosgrain ribbon. I will order some more, but I'll first mark all lines on the bustle and cut out the steel, because I fear I won't have enough steel either. So I'd as well order both together. That is, once I find where I got the steel and ribbon from. It's been quite a few years since I bought them, and I can't find them again. Annoying.
Hmmm... can't find the ribbon again, but I did locate the steel. And caps for it. I'm definitely buying the caps this time, electrical tape was too much of a pain to work with last time.
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1) It's still hot out there. Not as hot as the previous days, but still hot enough to make me all sweaty and stinky just from walking to the bakery.

2) How on Earth am I going to correctly measure and cut straight a piece of fabric over 3 meters long ? And the pattern had better work. And BTW, I do hope I have enough cotton organdi to cut said piece out of.

3) I wondered why the bakery was so full tonight at 7PM. Until I remembered the Ramadan just started. Lots of people out in the evening, and even more people getting yummy highly caloric, honey-fried pastries. I did refrain. For today. I did not buy the cookies with the blue glitter on them. It was hard not to.

4) What are we eating tonight ?

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