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IMG_6741Our trip to Vizille, with Heileen, Lady Darkstone (who was in a 100%-not-historical mood), and the kids was on Sunday. We were lucky to have reasonable weather (i.e. not too TOO hot). Despite a massive hair disaster, we managed to get there in time to say hi to our friend Antonia, have a picnic in the (gorgeous !) park, then went bakc home so that the kids could take their nap under the Home Geek's supervision (turns out they didn't want to nap that day, oh well...), went back to see the end of the battle and tour the museum some. It was fa-bu-lous. In fact, we had such a great time we didn't take that many pictures.

Only picture I have of Antonia's gorgeous Directoire gown...

The theme this year was 1792, so Heileen and I went with Directoire fashions. I re-wore the printed cotton I had made last year and focused on making new stuff for the kids. I just added a last minute cockade and changed the turban arrangement. I intended to add feathers but didn't have the energy in the morning, and decided I didn't want to brave the wind int he afternoon, so the feathers stayed in the car. Heileen wore her fabulous pleated back Ikea-sheets Directoire gown, that I had not seen in person yet.

Gallerie des Modes et Costumes Français, 32e.
Cahier de Costumes Français, 25e
Suite d'Habillemens à la mode en 1780 -

Museum of Fine Art, Boston

Heimlich has outgrown last year's skeleton suit, so he got a new one. I just changed the lapels' color form the original plate to make it more patriotic. I made him a new chemisette out of linen and cotton scraps, the jacket and trousers are of plain Ikea cotton with buttons I found on eBay ages ago (labelled as ex-DDR buttons); the scarf is a simple tube from a remnant of my han bok project. Yay for a 100% from stash project ! I didn't ahe the time to hunt down correct shoes nor make a new hat, so he wore the same non-period hat as last year (which he loves loves loves. When I dug it out on Saturday he had to wear it to breakfast !) and his usual shoes.

IMG_6745My fabrics for Toad being very fine and transparent, I made her an underdress to go under the "chemisete" sic), a simple green cotton chemise-style dress fitted with two drawstrings around the neckline and chest ( a few detail shots, including growth tucks, here). The white chemise dress is put together out of rectangles and triangular underarm gores, with just one drawstring at the neckline. The fabric is a fake eyelet lace (the "embroidered" parts are actually some kind of printed puff paint... yeah, I know, puff paint... *giggles*). The cap was a last minute addition, from cutting diagrams from the Kannik's Korner infant pattern. I only had to buy the ribbon for the ties, everything else came form the stash as well. In fact, except the white fabric, everything came from the scraps bin.
All of my pictures are on FlickR, Heileen's are there as well.

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Now, I obviously need to print and start carrying business cards around, especially when I'm in costume. We had one lady come up to us with stars in her eyes "Did you make that ?" "Can I touch it !" "Oooooh the back is beaaaaautiful..." I gave her my mobile phone number, but I felt like such a fool for not having the cards ready.
green_martha: (nerd baby)

It was HARD to get those two pictures. Almost heroic I'd say, but I did it. Proof that the new skeleton suit fit.I've patterned and cut out the lapels, and just patterned the cuffs. Right now I'm trying to get some pants done. I patterned them at the playground this morning, yay for playground friends that keep the kids busy !
Oh yeah, I have pictures of my commission to post as well. The client was super happy, I'd have tweaked a few more things if I had had more time, but on the whole I'm pleased. And happy that I got this done with just one fitting for a body type I'm very, very unfamiliar with. The pictures are still in the digicam, though
Other than that, Nounou is on vacation for five weeks, so we're all pretty busy here. If it could just cool down a few degrees, or be horribly rainy for a few days, I'd be perfectly happy.

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Kids pieces

Jun. 7th, 2012 02:42 pm
green_martha: (nerd baby)
IMG_66721790s girl's dress 1790s girl's dressAs in, costume parts ;)
First the finished chemisette for Heimlich. Linen remnant, poly-cotton batiste remnant, mother-of-pearl button, and well, elastic in the casing at the bottom for ease of dressing the wiggly child.
And on the right is a sneak peak of Toad's underdress. I'm using the source assembled on Pinterest by Heileen and Corsetra (THANK YOU ladies !). I ended up making a second, large hem at the bottom as the original narrow one wasn't exactly straight (the fabric stretches in weird directions) and it was a bit long for Toad.

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No Heimlich dear, it's just the pitcher. Not every liquid is a variation of tea. ^^
Ah kids ! Keeping you up all day (and some nights as well), burping and barfing onto your favorite pair of jeans... and growing two inches in three months, making every thought of rewearing last year's skeleton suit absurd. maybe I can pretend Toad is a boy and stick her into the old suit ? Her own costume was already two small by its first outing, and she now needs something she can (attempt to) walk in...)
The plan for now is to make new outfits for both kids (machine-sewing everything and cutting some corners with authenticity) to make a 1790s visit to 1792 Vizille in July. I'd rewear my blue printed two-piece. If everything goes according to plan, Heimlich will have a new skeleton suit with cream pants, red jacket, possible cream cuffs, and a dickey that's almost done. And Toad should have white dress over a green slip. And a pudding cap if I manage to not sleep for one month straight. I suspect my plan will be a little TOO ambitious, I'll spend half of June on the beach and I'll have to scale down, but at least, I'll try.
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I'm sorry, I'm a bit slow lately. Sick, very tired, aching, that's the short version.

But my kids are cute ! )

I hope this was somehow readable, my head is swirling from the pain, and staying on the computer for more than a few minutes at a time is kinda hard...
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Cause it's totally what I'm doing, blog-wise. I guess being away for a week and then taking care of the two kids accounts for some of my silence, but mostly, I'm just too lazy/busy to type, and I don't feel like I have that much to show. I suck at taking pictures lately, I hope I'll get some next week-end - yay, costume outing !
The skeleton suit is still untried, but I got the shoes and they fit. Not sure I'll try to put a hat on the little pirate.
The big pirate is all set - 18th century shirt, shorts, probably barefoot, a tricorn, a sextant and a parrot.
The little princess has an almost finished frock - I need ties but the ribbon and the like I have here is too wide for the scale, except satin ribbon, and I don't wan to ruin the look of the (handsewn !) frock with ugly satin ribbon. This does require me going shopping some and it's not something I really want to do with to kids in tow, hence the procrastinating.
As for myself, knowing I have a few outfits to fall back on isn't really helping me work on the regency. I'm making small progress though. The three bodices are done - skirt bodice, jacket lining, jacket outside, yeah, they're all different. Sleevil was conquered in just two mock-ups (o_O). I have one half of the jacket skirts patterned and cut out, so they're almost done. After that, the skirt itself, and small knicknack - small, but time-consuming. Like ruffles everywhere, hooks and eyes, a belt, hems, and wristbands... I'm not sur eI can get it done by the 20th. Well I *could* get it done, I'm just not sure I want to over-tire myself doing it. Making a bodiced or a strapped petticoat would be nice, too. And I will need some type of head covering for our september outing (Heileen when do you want to come ? The house is all open !).
And well... I guess that's it for the costume update. Not much going on here, really.
green_martha: (nerd baby)
I have started on a skeleton suit buuuut.... this is awfully cute ! My Home Geek would probably eat his figurative hat if he saw me put our son into it and it's more romantic era than Regency but still... awfully cute !
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... my dress dummy is really crooked on those last pictures. Dammit, Janet, I need something better than this as a dummy ! But where to find it ? Not to mention the $$$, which we're just planning to spend on a new door and a new garage door, and then on renovating the bathroom if the $$$ are enough. Oh woe ! Priorities, I haz dme but I don't likez dem !

Like, I could sleep, or scan pretties. Or sew. I think Now that I've scanned pretties, I'll just go sew. I have to get used to being sleep deprived again, right ?
Ahem, yeah, I think my brain is a little silly tonight.
I lost my TV french vest bodice pattern, and all its subsequent incarnations but for the camel 1880s mantle. It kinda sucked to have to re-pattern the sleeves but it went surprisingly fast. I only wish I had a better idea of what I want to do with said sleeves. The top will be slightly pouffy, and gathered under the elbow, then straight out of velvet. But I want to add some brocade as well, and can't find a way to do it nicely.
We had an appointment at the hospital for a check-up for Heimlich today, too, and he was just perfect, despite the car, the long walks (the hospital is just THAT big), and waiting endlessly. He was a charmer all along, playing peek-a-boo and "talking" to other women in the waiting rooms. for some reasons men don't have such an appeal... unless they're family, they barely get a look.
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The world needed something *really special* for me to be able to post corset pictures. Like snow in November !

A little blurry : Heimlich's first real snow day ! It didn't get much more white than that, although it snowed for a few hours. Right after we went out it started melting and then the sun came out. But now at least the mountains are all covered in pretty white stuff.
My boy wasn't thrilled with the white-wet-stuff-that-you-can't-really-hold-in-your-hands, and soon wanted to head back inside where All The Toyz (tm) are. But look ! He's standing all by himself in this picture ! *giggles from excitement*

Very ugly mock-up piccies... I made the slits higher - both in front and in the back-, and there's a sliding buckram reinforced piece under the front slits. I'm sticking my belly out a bit in those pictures, there isn't that much watermelon-smuggling going on yet !

And a teeny tiny fraction of the eyelets. they're not perfect - mine never are - but they do the job and I like the color contrast. It looks better in real life - my old digicam is kinda crappy and the lighting was that of a pre-snow day...

I feel like I have fallen over to the dark side, but I'm finding myself wanting a crinoline now...

I'm in love with the one on the left, the one in the middle, and I kind of want the mantle and the hem decoration of the one on the right as well ! I recieved the package with my 1867 and 1869 books this morning and haven't really had time to look inside them since, just a brief peak into the 1867 which stung right to my heart...
Keep looking at the bottom of the page for almost daily new scans ! I'm pretty proud of myself for keeping up the scanning work... I post some of the best to my FB page, too.
green_martha: (ravenclaw)
Isn't he just adorable ? I'd have preferred that he didn't need glasses so early on, but it's still better to detect and correct it early. He seems to be mostly okay with wearing them, which is amazing already. There's much more baby cuteness available by browsing hte directory should you feel so inclined.

For those of you who are mainly interested in costuming, I do have a few pictures - not many, because my computer is ivol and won't let me work on more than one at a time.
I have this Regency picknick just the day before Vaus. First I thought about making a new outfit, but the time was a little short and since I now also have a renaissance outfit to put together, I skipped the new regency dress. I decided to use my wedding dress (after all, I never intended to wear it just once !) and mak it more suitabel for daywear by adding a chemisette with sleeves. I couldn't document such a piece of clothing but I saw a fashion palte in Cut of Women's Clothes showing short, puffy sleeves out of the dress material and long sleeves underneath or attached to them. I figured I could avoid sunburn by giving it a try.


Apr. 21st, 2010 11:35 pm
green_martha: (bustlecat)
Gah, stoopid computer. We really need to get me a new one before it fries...

On Saturday, my parents came with my Dad's used computer.
On Sunday, Brutus, my computer, died.

In other news, Heimlich went to the restaurant for the first time tonight. And was just perfect.
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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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I don't really have that much to report...
Not much happened this week in the devastated area that used to be the living room's table and has slowly become my sewing-and-other-stuff domain. I finished the front edges of the redingote bodice, added the closing strip at the waist, and started inserting the buckle at the neckline.
The chima needs a hem, and I need [ profile] lady_darkstone for that, because it doesn't even fit on my dummy. Insert moaning about my dummy's stupid shoulders. And more moaning because the wretched thing hates all kinds of bustles and is basically falling apart. Balancing skirts is getting tricky.

The past weeks have been an emotional roller-coaster, for no particular external reason. I guess it's kind of normal (at least that's what everyone, including my doc, told me) that I kind of "loosen the strings" now. Things have been cray since what... August two-thousend-EIGHT ? Crazy good and crazy bad. Ouch.

The hubby is really tired as well. The little angel, on the other hand, is fine - no strike that, he's ADORABLE ! Mommy's babble or How is he doing at 6 months ? under here )

This was last month, but it's still one of my faves :) I have to convince the HG to transfer the latest pictures onto the computer...
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I meant the hat :D

Aaand, I finished the jeogori. It just needs a white collar. And I have approximatively 5 square inches of scraps I can use (or more likely I can NOT use) to fancy up the skirt. I think the skirt will be very plain !
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Today was made of WIN.
#1 the boy got two long periods of happy time in my arms. *melts*
#2 Meeting with a sewing buddy from the green forum this afternoon.
#3 which included costume talk, chocolate chip cookies, swiss chocolate and crêpes.
#4 More crêpes for dinner
#5 Four hours of engraving workshop this morning. That's four hours of mental fresh air, four hours out of the house, four hours of creativeness. I really like the teacher, and the other students seem like a really cool bunch of awesome people. Oh and there was freshly baked gingerbread as well.

Now the little Heimlich is sound asleep (yay for a parent-friendly sleeping pattern !) until at least 2AM, I'm going to imitate him. Only in a bigger bed and without diaper.
green_martha: (gps)
.... little Heimlich won't wait until the end. After going back and forth and considering all the various issues I have, the docs finally settled for a C-section. On Thursday. Eeep ! It was a last minute chang eof plans, so we just learned about it this morning. I'm somewhat stressed that I didn't get to finish everything I wanted done (like freezing tomato sauce and spinach and giving the house a good cleaning), and yet very relieved. He's been in the "starting blocks" for two weeks now and the strain on my ligaments hurts like hell.
I still have tonight to relax, and a bit of tomorrow. We decided to treat ourselves to a nice dinner, and I went to my first nude drawing class. Which was good but boy, tiring ! Two hours in a row, wow wow wow ! I'm happy as I managed to produce some correct sketches. I think tonight I'm going to take it easy as well, look after the laundry and mostly drool over the Lucile Ltd book which arrived yesterday.
Mmmmh... I feel like this entry was pretty disjointed, did I say I was tired ? :)
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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 finally caved and did what I told the HG I wouldn't do : I took over the living room table for my sewing. It was just too tempting when I have bits of translation all over my desk and the table downstairs was unfolded to it's biggest (seats 12) and totally free of any clutter. As a result, I do have some sewign pictures to share. And since I was taking pictures, I added a few to the batch.

First, the Cthulhu onesie. It's a bit wonky, and the short sleeves might or might not be practical, but I didn't have enough fabric for longer sleeves. I also wanted to make a wrap-over front, but again, nto enough fabric. This is what happens when you recycle a t-shirt of yours that's miles too small.

Then, this is what I did this afternoon between two rounds of sewing and such.

Two coats won't make it, I'm afraid. There are already three coats on the door frames... Whoever thought purple was a nice color, may your rot in hell.

And finally, the Big Belly Pictures. Or more accurately, the casaque pictures. Well, actually, what I did do today was the red cotton petticoat, I just threw the casaque on to get an idea of how it'd look together, and folded a piece of fabric into a makeshift stomacher. The casaque looks horrible, but it's just coming out of the suitcase. And the hazardous fabric color will not stay, don't worry. It was on sale a Ikea and matched our wedding decor, but now that we don't need it as tablecloth anymore, it's going to serve for mock-ups only.

There's been some knitting in the meantime, admire my second ever-sweater and first baby item, the Baby Yoda Sweater. Except for the dreadful seaming up it was quite an easy knit.
Baby Yoda Sweater
green_martha: (knitting)
No, honey, I'm not starting another baby jacket yet. There are several parts in a jacket, I'm onto the right front now (done the back a while ago, finished the left front all in one day yesterday). Tssk tssk.
And I suspect this Baby Yoda jacket is a tad big for the birth. Probably more 6 months and onwards.
green_martha: (knitting)
Those baby jackets you can find out there are too damn 1) expensive and 2) ugly for all the wool I already have in my stash. I have lots of medical appointments ahead, so lots of time in waiting rooms. I will *knit*, dammit !
Need to get gauge pn a few non-identified yarns...


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