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I haven't done much sewing these days, just some rows of basting interlining to the justeaucorps front, and cutting out a new pregnancy skirt - because I spent the week-end with horrible rashes that led me to the conclusion tha tI need less pants and more skirts, and skirts long enough so that I can wear them with overknees or socks, because I can't tolerate tights.
All I've done for the quilted ensemble is buy the batting and take the fabric out of the dressing room. I need to put a lot of fabric back there, BTW. The living-room is starting to look like a fabric store.
I did get some pictures of the red pregnancy bustle dress (and underwear) worn by my non-pregnant sister yesterday. They're not that great. I was super tired (still am, dammit, this Paris trip has been killing me for days !) ad I don't work well when I'm tired.

Well, some things I'm apparently good at even when I'm tired, like creating wicked story for LARP characters. I'm back into plotting mode, and it's super-mega-fun ! I need to do a lot of research and to cross-proof and correlate the stories I have already, but I'm fairly happy ! I had forgotten how much fun I had writing this specific LARP. We have about 13 characters by now, but I need to add at least 5 more, 8 would be great but maybe a little much. So far, I have a lot of twisted stories and personal faults and a whole PILE of bloody corpses. Yay !

(Errr... not real corpses, you know, those would... smell. Litterary ones)

Oh, and I need a name for the LARP. "Teacups" doesn't work. Something involving chocolate and fairies and blood ?

[Meeeeep]

Jan. 19th, 2011 02:11 am
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The dress doesn't fit. No idea what happened, everything is off. I have to at least trim down and rehem the front draped placket and do some magic to the side to make it barely acceptable.
It fit on the previous try on, it even fit well on the dummy. Either my brain fried somewhere, or the adjustability solution I used is somewhat flawed, I dunno, I'm so tired and angry and frustrated I want to throw it in a corner and just spend the day with family, rather than drag my not-happy ass out in the subway in a dress I currently hate.

Edit, slept on it, identified two issues, mroe or less fixable :
- one piece stretched ont he bias while I ironed it. Stretched BADLY, I'll make sure to be cautious with that fabric later on (I thought I was). Trim the piece, re-hem it, iron it caaaarefully.
- I gained at least half a boob size since I made the toile. I'm almost spilling out of one of the last bras I bought (was that two weeks ago ?). That explains a good deal of the side wonkiness. I don't think that can be altered without redraping the side fronts.
I think I'll leave the side front issue as is. I even think I'll let my non-pregnant sister model the outfit (we're almost the same size and she fits into my usual corset) and take pictures and check the differences, and I'm pretty sure the side issue will almost disappear.

One's always more optimistic after a (too short) night's sleep.
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It's working together ? Y/Y

Not that I had anything better in stash in terms of fabric, anyway.
Oh, and I need to edit tags, because the rip I made in the bodice front lining yesterday evening was the last straw. New official name for this dress.
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I'm impressed, I did some progress ! - despite getting contaminated with the HG's stomach bug. It seems Heimlich has the first symptoms as well, oh woe ! It's not too bad a bug, so I think we should be mostly okay, but I had plans to leave him at his sitter some day this week, now I have doubts about that.
Anyway, it obviously needs a big placket in front, and closures, and some lacings inside to make it adjustable, and I need to add the last touch to the sleeves and to the peplum. This would all be easier if I wasn't out of a lot of sewing notions, like metal grommets and hook-and-eye strips. I think I can do it, though, and if I use the dolman, muff and hat I did for my Demeter green bustle, I'll be a very presentable knocked-up victorian lady.
I'm so sad you won't be there, [livejournal.com profile] fleurdelysa ! and [livejournal.com profile] heileen, I'll loan you half of my chair if I have to, and I'm seriously thinking about skipping the ball and eloping to something like a nice little restaurant for the evening (on my count). I'm tiiiiired right now, the dress will be heavy, and the ball won't be half as fun without both of you - plus they were talkign about a small, possibly crowded room with few, if any, seating possibilities. Kinda gives the wallflower that I am the creeps.
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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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Watching the little one put so much effort into garbling an incomprehensible "word" and two saliva bubbles with so much serious is just the best bad mood repellent. Ever.

I can has a skirt !
Boy, was that hem a nightmare ! The tension tightened itself, I didn't half half enough room to maneuver the skirt, I had to rewind a bobbin and rethread the machine (with a mountain of fabric threatening to engulf me), the hem ended up either gathered or wonky, and in the end I had to redo it all - in parts, but every single area was sewn twice. It was too long here, too short there, the part above the hem ended up wonky... Buuuut it's done !
Sans closures for now, as I prefer to leave them until the last minute (superstitious me... or lazy me ?), and on a dress dummy without tummy padding - it hangs astonishingly well even without it !

The skirt is one layer of cotton (the yellow bit you see peeping out through the side opening), poly-cotton satin (the grey pleats), wool-silk-poly brocade, poly-cotton velvet and a polyester shot something. And it's *heavy*. Ouch ! I think it's heavier than the green wool bustle skirt - probably due to the giganormous quantity of fabric I draped over the back. Not sure I'll do much dancing in this !
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... just very slowly, and bad at uploading pictures, but here they are !

First there was a mountain of pleats...

Then I tacked them to a basic cotton skirt shape...

I pinned the skirt to shape, then decided agaisnt pleats and put some darts in the back.

And then I started playing with fabric...

The yellow bit on the outside is now red velvet, and there's a bigger strip of velvet on the left side of the apron. I might add some grey bows here and there but... I'm not sure. They do come up now and then in 1887, but skirt are mostly plain, with contrasting panels, big vertical pleats and sometimes big buttons used as decoration. Maybe I'll make some big buttons... I'll have to check whether or not they work with what I have in mind for the top.
As you see, the skirt is meant to go over the bump, and I adjusted the length accodrinly, something I'm not sure happened in victorian times (there's one pregnancy outfit in Bradfield, the skirt has a normal, non-adjustable waistband size and hooks to the back of the bodice, it isn't any longer int he front than in the back). I guess that's just adaptation to modern standards !
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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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I have a new charger for the DSLR !
So I was able to retake pictures of the Erris corset - the laces are still not good, I haven't found the time to go buy some pink ribbon.

The lace is actually a very pale pink, it goes better with the pink ribbon in reality than it does in the pictures. I also have a piece of coordinating silk ribbon I might use for these weird eyelets below the busk - I kept them from the original, not that they're any use, really.
Now this is how it looks with the petticoats over it. I'm able to close the bustle as I did pre-pregnancy, just a lot higher in front. But hey ! look at my icon ! I got a period silhouette at least !


I officially really started on the dress now. The skirt base (yellow cotton from Ikea, serged together, gasp !) is constructed and the HG (!) helped me cut it to the right length all around. I'm going to leave a little extra room in front for the tummy, more thant I normally would on a 1880s bustle skirt but I don't want it to get tight.
I'm constructing the skirt in one piece, with the various layers attached to it. first come the pleats. Loads and loads of little pleats that should be wayyy more precise than mine. I DID mark those before ironing them, though... I might have done a better job by just eyeballing them. *sad panda face*

After I started pleating those I realized I had only cut out one HALF of what I needed... Then it dawned on me my fabric piece was a little large anyway, so tomorrow or Tuesday I'm goign to just cut it in to, rehem one end end tidy up the pleats, et voilà ! Double length of pleats !

I'm also working sporadically on the hat - depending on what Heimlich lets me work on, really. Here is the mock-up on Madame Veto (who has a much smaller head than mine).

If only I knew for sure where to find buckram around here, I'd feel more confident about this piece... oh well, I can always make it out of fabric covered cardboard if everything else fails...

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