green_martha: (believe)
I was reminded of a serious lack of posting recently by some(one) who should remain unamed... So here's a little - very tired - update.
we're leaving tomorrow for our annual "Amber in August" gaming week. I'm struggling to get everything done - clothes and bedsheets are packed, but not all the sewing, drawing, knitting, cooking, reading and juggling necessities are. Here's a sneak pic of our stuff :

I'm actually finding this rather small compared to other years. Granted, the juggling and knitting bags are downstairs. And the board games haven't been packed.
Right, I'm babbling. I'm trying to be good and concentrate on thign sthat MUST get done tonight, like finish packing and moving our bedroom into the purple room, so that my Dad can put the hardwood floor while we're away, but I have trouble concentrating. I'm so tired I could just curl up in a ball and sleep for twelve hours straight. I probably will tomorrow night, like I did last Saturday. And take a nap.

I do, however, have some vague sewing content. Today I went to Toto to pick some lining fabric for my mom's teen suit, and I stumbled upon this cotton pretty :

It's a bit more coral than orange in real life. The good news is it was only 1 euro/meter. The bad news is there only was oen meter left. The even worse news is that it's only 75cm wide. The question is : what am I going to do with it ? Any suggestions for some 18th century item that would require so little fabric ? (aside from the obvious hat, shoes and purse) Or a way I could pair it with something else ? My mind is pretty blank on this. I just know I love it and I want to make something 18th century with it. And I'm trying to resist the urge to dive into doll outfits.

Right, I should go and retrive the various items still laying around in the living room and put them into bags.
green_martha: (bustlecat)
It finally came, the moment where I had to admit I have *too much* fabric. Too much to choose from actually.

Tonight I braved the dark and cold garage and searched for some wool to make a short (or maybe nor so short, we'll see) mantle to go with Provence. First, I had to find my way between wine bottles, computer parts, boxes and old bikes. Second, some of the drawers were so packed with fabric I could not open them and had to partly dismantle the upper drawer to access what was inside. Third, there's no light in our garage, so I scrambled with a torchlight and took some wool upstairs. All the wools come from my grandma's stash. I found some red poly lining fabric that's a pretty good match to what I wanted as a lining. I also found a pink cotton twill printed with small flowers in a particularly disgusting shade and pattern which I'll spare you.

Anyway, the wools are under the cut )

I've almost ruled out the reddish brown. I find the greenish brown a bit too dark, plus it reminds me too much of Demeter's dolman, but it does look pretty close to the dress fabric. And then I really really *can't* decide between the two beige tones. I left the red lining in the pictures as a reminder...

*ponders ponders*

The next step, anyway, is fixing my own stupidity on the bodice mock-up (took in the WRONG shoulder seam...), then adjusting and putting in the second sleeve and see if the fit is still okay.
I'm waiting for Ikea to open next week to make a final decision on petticoat fabrics, I'm waiting for petticoat fabric to start on the underbodice, because I want them to match, I'm waiting until I have organized my beads to go back to the Pillow Flower, and I have forgotten the pattern for the 1913 jacket at work. And I must definitely put a BIG PINK WARNING SIGN over the living-room's carpet so that the Home Geek does NOT forget yet ANOTHER time that I have BEADS lying there and kicks them all around the place !!!! Gah !

Off to have dinner and watch a movie, and ponder more.


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