But wait!

Sep. 25th, 2017 05:16 pm
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I knit a row last night! Goal met!

Gah

Sep. 25th, 2017 01:57 pm
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Another week between posts. I think between picture posting being difficult, and my not really sewing anything that interesting, I feel like I have nothing really to post.

Anyway, I finished the Halloween skirt I think on Wed of last week. Then I had an etsy order for two Anna playdresses come in, so I made those, and by the time I had finished them, I had another etsy order for a Harry Potter skirt, so I made that. Those have all been shipped off now, and once I finished them, it was back to the bodice commission. I have the jacket all cut out in the velvet, but needed to pick up more satin for the lining, which I did yesterday. I'm hoping between work, grocery shopping, and rehearsal this evening, I'll have time to get the satin cut out, and maybe even to flatline everything. Once this jacket is assembled, I am going to cut out and assemble a mockup of the sleeves, and do the alterations to the other jacket. Assuming that all goes smoothly this week, I have another fitting with my client on Sunday. 

I've decided I should probably hold off on the Regency dress until I finish this commission, so that I know what I actually have time for. I'm also torn, because the blood red silk I had in mind is actually almost five yards, which is probably way more yardage than I need for a Regency dress. It's also so gorgeous that I feel like it's saying it wants to be a bustle gown, but it's totally not enough to make a full bustle gown out of... But it's so pretty! 

Picture dump! My Halloween skirt, the Harry Potter skirt (I'm tempted to make one for myself out of this fabric, even though it's Gryffindor, and I'm a Ravenclaw), and my awesomely awkward puppy trying on Halloween costumes. 


Hmm...

Sep. 24th, 2017 07:18 pm
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No sewing or knitting yet. But I still may knit a row. And it was the perfect post being sick weekend...

Some hope?

Sep. 23rd, 2017 03:12 pm
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It's only in the 70s today. We had a sort of sudden drop in temperature. It's supposed to go up to nearly 100 again next week I think it is, but back to the 80s after that.

I am so sick of hot weather. I realize that current temperatures are some places summers, but it's such a relief!

Weekend goal

Sep. 22nd, 2017 05:06 pm
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Face the bodice.

Or knit.

I can handle that...

It's a messssss....

Sep. 21st, 2017 06:23 pm
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But I'll make sense of it!

I'm not sure I'm un-foggy enough to work on it, but I'm un-foggy enough to think about it.

Still a good excuse!

Sep. 20th, 2017 04:17 pm
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Stupid cold.

But at least I feel ok enough to go back to work tomorrow. And I'm proud of myself for taking two days off instead of pushing myself to go back in one.

But no sewing. I might feel ok enough to knit tonight...

At least it's a good excuse...

Sep. 19th, 2017 06:45 pm
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Instead of not working on my dress just because, I'm not working on it because of a cold. Boo...

Whoops.

Sep. 19th, 2017 03:47 pm
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I'm still trying to catch up on all the posts I've missed over the last two weeks. I had no idea it had been so long since I last logged on! 

Sewing-wise, Titanic has been finished for quite some time. And in fact, on Friday, I went to a pop-up Vintage/costume store that I had found some vintage buckles at last year, and they miraculously had two buckles with a 2.5" opening! One was a vintage green plastic in a semi-rectangular (but more decorative) shape. Unfortunately, when I got it home, I noticed that the middle bar was broken. However, I managed to super-glue it back in, and I'm hoping it will hold. I painted the plastic, and it looks quite nice! The other is a gold-ish metal, but the oval is quite plain. However, it will work if the green one winds up breaking again. 

Once I finished that, I made a fun overskirt to wear with some of my medium-length modern skirts for the Halloween season. It is a black mesh with flocked bats that I splurged on at Joanns. I have another Halloween skirt which is currently in progress. At this point, it just needs the waistband finished and to be hemmed, both of which I'm hoping to do tonight. 


In between the two skirts, I also did a mockup for the commission I'm working on for two Victorian jackets. I did the fitting for them on Sunday, so my next step is to cut out the one jacket I'm making in the velvet and lining (which I have to pick up tomorrow from Joanns), and to cut out the pieces I need to alter the other jacket. My goal is to finish both of those to the point of the next fitting by this weekend, so that I can go back to sewing for myself. 

I'm going to a Regency ball at the beginning of November, and I've decided I need a new dress, since I've been wearing my first LWD for practically everything Regency for the last 5 years. Still not sure yet exactly what I want, but hopefully I'll figure that out soon - probably something early-to-mid 1820s. I'm hoping I can squeak it out of the 3+ yards of blood-red silk in my stash.

In sewing-related news, I did another portrait session on Friday, and this time, there was a sculptor there! I've never been sculpted before, but it was really cool to see her progress (and she's really good!)
 

Thinking about time...

Sep. 18th, 2017 11:30 am
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Two months until Gettysburg. If I plan a month a dress, that's two dresses. I want three.

Obviously, I need to work. I don't need a month for an 1860s dress.

But I currently have a cold. I wish there was a cold shot like a flu shot. I was very happy with my flu shot last year...

Hmph.

Sep. 17th, 2017 06:00 pm
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Every weekend should be a three day weekend...

Daunting

Sep. 16th, 2017 07:25 pm
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There's so much weird pinning on the checked bodice that it's a little daunting to work on.

Or I'm just lazy...

Afghan question for knitters

Sep. 16th, 2017 02:58 pm
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My next big project -- after daughter's afghan, which is now nearly ten years old -- may be a historic afghan pattern by Anne Orr.  It's Tunisian crochet in a worsted-weight yarn (modern equivalent to period "four-fold Germantown").   If I want an afghan I can wash as necessary, throw across couches, throw across laps, lather rinse repeat -- in short, one that will stand up to wear and time, what yarn do you recommend?  This is not a good time for Susie's Heirloom Hand-Dyed Handspun, because the finished product is 57" x 45", give or take gauge. Cheaper is better, but not so cheap as to be itchy or unpleasant to knit  I'm leaning acrylic for durability and washability, but I'm happy to hear what you'd use.   The primary colors are black, grey, and white, with a cross-stitch pattern in tapestry-weight yarn over the top.

Here's a color reproduction from the Dover reprint.   Here's a black-and-white picture of the original afghan, which Katharine Cornell worked on nightly in The Barretts of Wimpole Street.


Futzy stuff

Sep. 15th, 2017 11:44 am
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Last night out of nowhere I tried the checked bodice on and pinned the hems and neckline and fronts. I hate that part. I think (I keep saying I think) I'm happy with it. The front basque folds a bit at the waistline, but I'm fine with that. I have to take in the back basque a bit. It's a little too full.

One of my favorite things about hand sewing is that seams are finished securely and don't pop doing things like this. So of course side seam popped. Oops :)

An idea

Sep. 14th, 2017 05:00 pm
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I really hate making back closing bodices. When I was marking the darts on the current dress, I realized I could make the storm cloud fancy dress a little later 1860s and do a front closing bodice, like the fuschia dress and slightly later spotty evening dress. And that works well for an overskirt too. That sounds so much less daunting.

I reeeeaaaaallly need to get going with all this...

So...

Sep. 13th, 2017 05:50 pm
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Instead of the darts, I entered grades for five hours last night. Oy.

Tonight's goal? Don't pass out before bedtime...

My 2017 Yuletide noms

Sep. 13th, 2017 11:46 am
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Les Trois Mousquetaires | The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas (a.k.a. books only)
Richelieu
D'Artagnan
Milady de Winter
(open slot)

Golden Age of Piracy RPF
Anne Bonny
Mary Read
(open slot)
(open slot)

Greatcoats Series - Sebastien de Castell
Falcio val Mond
Brasti Goodbow
Kest
Valiana

This year, for me, it's swashbuckling all the way! I will do a pimp post later; let me know if you have people you want in the open slots.

Two darts!

Sep. 12th, 2017 11:38 am
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I sewed two darts yesterday, so two more today, I hope.

Slowly, it'll get started, then hopefully I'll be myself and quickly get it done!
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