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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.
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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.
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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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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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So they are done ! The pattern is from Jill Salen's "Corsets" book, don't remember the exact page but it's one of the projects near the end. White linen jumps in their original form, I made those out of one layer of jean and one layer of upholstery fabric, lined with fine linen and covered with an outer shell of silk.

The scaling was easy peasy. The jumps turned out a little big at the center back, so I had to cut them open and take some fabric away there. The seam replaced the center piece of boning. I went with a piece of diagonal boning on the two fronts, and I love how it looks and feels. The jumps are really comfy to wear, they only have two really minor issues. The center front boning could be half a centimeter shorter (not go right to the end of the tab), and the upper edge is a little wide on the right side - my bad, for not taking into account how not symetrical I am sometimes. Seems that both of my breasts did not react exactly the same to pregnancy.
On the whole, this was an easy and quick project, and one I love.
And it seems the sewing gods are on my side, as my casaque pattern came today in the mail. I'll start by making some pocket hoops though.
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... or not. I just ordered a pattern for the casaque. Went for the Mill Farm pattern. Don't feel up to making it up from scratch. And have settled on the fabric, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lady_darkstone. It's blue and washable, and I should have enough of it for the casaque and matching petticoat. Which is better than the silk I'm not sure I'd have enough of for both. The silk will get use for some fabulous victorian fanciness, I promise. I have plans. I just need excuses and err... a flat belly. :D And time, obviously.
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Two words : binding tabs.
I keep sticking pins into my fingertips... awww !
Pictures to prove that I am working on the jumps. The first one shows how I managed to squeeze the lining pieces out of a tiny scrap of linen. Not that bad, heh ?


The other reason my hands hate me is the power tools. We're slowly renovating the future baby's room, and started with the ceiling. The previous owners had recovered the lovely wood paneling with some ugly sticky mess of an acrylic varnish-something that never really dried, or something like that. So sticky that we couldn't sand it off and have to scrape it off with plaster knives. Lovely. And *then* we can sand off the varnish that was under that sticky dark brown coat. We won't get a perfectly clean, brand new ceiling but a much, much lighter one with a sort of rustic feel. This room will finally stop lookign gloomy starting at 5PM !
The before pics :

The more specific ceiling before pic :


And the ceiling in progress :

All pictures taken around 10AM on sunny days.
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I even uploaded them onto the computer. Except they're crappy mirror pictures, so crappy that all of them are so dark and blurry you can't see *anything*. Okay, that's a lie. One of them is sharp. A back picture. But you can only see about one third of my back...
I promise, I'll try to take better pics by daylight.
The state of things right now is that I'm inserting boning into the jumps. I'm making the 1790 white linen jumps in Jill Salen's Corsets (thanks Gloria for reminding me there were some in there !) and so far, things are looking good. Looks like they'll give me support in the right places without compressing the belly and will be pretty comfy. I'm debating about putting some boning into the front diagonal channel or not. Salen herself is unsure, will have to check the fit.
And then, I still have no idea what to choose for the fabric. I'm a bit bummed about using my remaining silk for that. Not that I don't like the color or else but I'm not that thrilled about making two costumes in a row with the same fabric. Aaaaand I'll wear this in August, it might be hot, and thus I'd like something more washable in case I sweat myself to death...

Edith sayz : the jumps are a tad too big. And I'm still undecisive about what to wear over them. Must find a way to fiw them first, though.
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First, my digicam has a working battery again, and the blouse is ready to be sent to its recipient - I'll probably send it along with the pirate shirts that are nearly done as well, as the pregnant friend lives in the same area as my lil' brother...


Then, I have some historical costume ramblings for the next months... long rambling and questions to the 18th century experts under the cut )

Lots and lots of questions I know... I'd appreciate any imput you could give me !
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Not that I'm much of a pattern-using person myself, I tend to stick to period diagrams and draping a lot. But right now, I'm making a knock-off of my cushion slipcover pregnancy blouse (have to come up with a better name for it... although the one I'm making now ? Out of an old bedspread and matching slipcovers) for a pregnant friend and I had a little angel ask for the pattern as well. So while I'm making the blouse's second version, I'm taking note so as to make a proper pattern with instructions. And discovering that takes alot more time than just flying by the seat of my pants like I usually do. I have a whole tank of newly gained respect for all people that make patterns, it's not as simple as it sounds. Not really hard for this particular garment, but there are a lot of steps and you have to write it all down. But the process is quite interesting. And the blouse will look cute.
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I seriously need to decern an award to [livejournal.com profile] padawansguide for her awesome Costumer's Guide. More on that later, but just so you know, Maggie, you rock ! Consider you have eveyr right to be Han Solo in my icon.
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I kinda mentioned I was sewing some pregnancy stuff, right ? Well, here it is, two new skirts for the summer - and also for after th epregnancy if I did my stuff right. Which I think I did. Drawstring waist FTW, baby !

I can't remember whether or not I mentioned this awesome fabric earlier... ? It's some kind of poly stuff that hasn't been designed to ever see an iron, with an underlayer that feels slightly more like light cotton, and a shiny top layer, both being woven together in some spots which form the flower design. There's a 20cm part that's tightly gathered with elastic. I just had to buy two repeats of the design, cut them apart, sew them up the sides, hem, and add a drawstring. Plus some minor adjusting up the sides. Lazy and effective, and much appropriate to hold a growing belly ! The drawstring should make me able to gather them tighter after pregnancy as well.
Up first, the short pink and purple skirt. I have a matching bright pink jersy to make a matching top.
The frightening part here is I noticed this is my definition of a short skirt. I don't really feel at ease in anything shorter, unless I can wear opaque thighs under it. I'm kind aold-fashioned, right?


And the long cream one. I made it a little less full at the bottom, more tibe-shaped.
On both skirt you see a close-up of the drawstring and how the elastic part goes over into the non-gathered part. I just love it !
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That's probably the reason I couldn't sleep this past night. Then I decided I'd had enough trying to sleep and might as well be productive. Got up, picked my purple pregnancy skirt, and decided I couldn't live with one side slightly out of alignement. So I ripped it apart and am in the process of putting it back together. I know, it's only half past six in the morning. *grumbles*
I'm still tired, and grumpy. But I'll try to go back to sleep again some time later...
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Pictures !

The colors are less red-orange in real life, as always, my digicam picks up red tones waaaaayyy better than any others. It still needs a hem at the bottom, as proved by the obvious wonkiness, but I don't trust myself to do it on my own right now. I've been feeling very down today, with cramped neck and upset stomach, and I don't want to mess this up. I'll wait until I feel better or can meet with [livejournal.com profile] lady_darkstone for help. Too bad she was here yesterday and not today.
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Otherwise I'd just admit to be swamped by working full time*, betablockers, pregnancy and trying to get my birds in a row to sell my artwork. Not mentionning trying to have a normal social life and taking care of my marriage and household.
But I decided I'd finish assembling the blouse today, and I did it ! *throws confetti* It's not done, it has no hems, I nedd to shorten the sleeves, face the neckline yoke, add bits and bobs of trimming, maybe tack down the pleats in the back... Still, I think it looks cute. It's light and comfy to wear, seems rather flattering on me and should comfortably hold a baby bump. And still be wearable afterwards. In the end I ruled out smocking, I think bows will look cuter.

* I should add that a storm hit one of my colleagues (and good friend of my manager), who's now having a quite gorey divorce** and is completely at a loss at the moment. Overtime and moral support here I come !

**I should also add that I've rarely been so grateful for my exceptionnal HG. Some men are just evil, unreliable, manipulative bastards. Geez !
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...to bed. I feel stupidly tired, although I haven't done anything really productive today. Yesterday I was so on the roll, and now I'm collapsing like a bread in an open oven. I'll try to get up reasonnably early tomorrow to compensate, and maybe work on the blouse some more. The body is almost assembled, after which I'll need to fin da way to attach it to the yoke so that it looks alright.
I saw a beautiful smocked blouse today in town, now I want to try my hand at smocking. Please slap me on the head and kick this idea out of my brain !

ETA : okay, I lied, I *did* finish assembling the body of the blouse and cut the neckline to match the yoke. I still think it'd look gorgeous with smocking but that would require hunting for some golden thread to really match the fabric. And since I'm lazy and trying to not buy any more supplies to make my Matrioshka wardrobe, I'll highly probably stick to just pleats and bows. Because I *have* to use every possible last scrap of fabric, right ?
OMG I jsut realized, I'll soon have an excuse to sew fabric dolls. I need to start collecting fabric scraps again. Oh my !
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... I give you a post without sewing content. Oh wait, I have those in my backlog :

It's just a beginning, and I haven't touched it today. Not a stitch.
Today, I was busy taking advantage of my new scavenged drawing desk. My Grandma used it to draw whilst standing. I merely have to put my chair a little higher.
I made the illustration for our thank-you cards, and once I had mastered the subtilities of our new printer, set to work on the Manesse tarot deck.
Manesse Tarot - 21 The World
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There's not enough awekeness in me to take advantage of it before work when I have an "early" shift ("" because I'm a lazy bum and realize this would be late for almost anyone else in the world) and when I come home after work and running some errands it's gone. I long for the return of endless summer days...
But today ? No work. No excuse.

The beige and white one is the one I made on Friday. The striped one I made yesterday evening. 'Cause we're leaving in a few minutes for Gap (a town some two hours down the South where my parents spend their vacations, not the shop !) and I needed something to wear. See, [livejournal.com profile] anielmom, I was wrong, I could not use the stripes horizontally - because I had bought just the right amount of fabric for *one* t-shirT. How unlike me is this ?
This is my shiny new pair of maternity jeans I'm wearing with those - although you don't get to see them in their full awesomeness. But trust me, they're awesome. And super-extra-comfy.

Now I'm off to finish packing my stuff and hop into the car. Yay !
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I finished the t-shirt ! It ended up being a little more elaborate than the original, with elastic gathers on both sides, and since the gathers weren't quite symetrical, I added a little asymetrical cut-out at the neckline. I'm quite proud of it, especially of the binding. Yup, I'm wearing this to work tomorrow ! :)
Pictures by daylight...

I caved

Apr. 10th, 2009 08:29 pm
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I guess I'm officially officially pregnant. The social security (national health insurance) sent me the confirmation that they got my pregnancy papers.
And then I bought two pair of maternity pants - because of all the ones I have, only two are still wide enough and not too worn off to be wearable to work, and I suspect one might get too tight anyday now. The other was one or two sizes too big, so it might hold a little longer. Most skirts won't be comfortable much longer either, in fact I had a big sigh of relief when I switched from my flower hippie skirt today into the maternity jeans.
I also bought a maternity t-shirt - quite cute, without "rock'n roll mother" or my due date or anything of the like written on it, don't worry [livejournal.com profile] justmiaou ! So now I have a pattern I can easily duplicate. Reverse engineering rulez !
Yes, I'm trying to justify the $$$$ I spent on those three items. The shop I went to is rather upscale, but judging from the cut of the pants, I can't complain. Methinks I looked quite spiffy in the jeans and black t-shirt today. Except for the glitter that did not quite want to stay *just* on the t-shirt. *ducks and run from the above-mentioned lady*
Okay, of to work. If I want a new t-shirt for tomorrow, I'd better make it !


OMG we got the new printer today. And it's HUGE ! This thing weights over 30 kilos and it's a giant 80*80*50 centimeters box. The HG is playing away with it right now, and we have no idea where it'll reside int he long run. Probably under our desks.
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It's too early in the season for local, fresh strawberries. But those ones smelled too good to pass up. And since I got a few kilos (!) free, I'm not that much to blame. It's probably one of the few times in my life where I'll have the feeling that I ate a tad too many fresh strawberries for dessert. And they tasted heavenly, too.


On the more serious side, I haz picturz !

The Darth Matrioshka Empire dress, very much inspired by the pregnancy dress I made for friend S. some years ago when she was expecting her son. It has a very wide hem at the bottom, so that I can adapt the front length if needed.
Oh, and the front opens down to the empire waist for nursing purposes, if I'm lucky enogh to be allowed to breast-feed Heimlich...
In the pictures above it still needed to be hemmed. Now it's done (and I'm wearing it right as I type) ! Yay for completion (and for loose and yet stylish clothes) ! It feels good to have at last finished *something* since the wedding. Now I'm on a roll and I'm thinking about cutting out a few loose t-shirts. Maybe I should rather work on my drawings and painting though... Or more probably, go to bed.
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So a little trip to H&M persuaded me that I'd have much more fun making clothes than buying them. I zoomed straight home (ok, I did not zoom that much, there are speed limitations) and sat at the Darth Matrioshka empire dress. When everythign was done but the hems I went to try it on and *whooosh*, seems one of the neckline laces wasn't secured enough, and it slipped right out of its casing. Aaargh !
I need some nutella. And finding comfort int he idea that in less than an hour I'm off to see Heimlich - that's the baby's name until we know whether it's a he or a she.
"I'm a nice little putterfly..."

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