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a change of plans

Today has gone… well unexpectedly. I started cutting out the Bee dress this morning but that quickly became a discouraging thing when I realized I was a full 6” short on the front embroidery. That would take me a good 8 hours to do (oh why did I do that stitch!!). I don’t have 8 hours to spare with everything else I have to do! *moans*

So I took a break and went to Hancocks, innocently enough, for some twill tape. I was in line to check out when B and I starting looking through some fabric displayed nearby. Then I saw it… the perfect fabric for a Regency ball gown. In fact the perfect fabric to go with my bee robe. As B put it when we told the story to Mom, something clicked.

The grand result was I bought some and have spent the last hour cutting it out to wear at CC instead of the embroidered silk. You guys are going to FLIP OUT when you see it. B says I should keep it secret (no pics!) and she is usually right so I guess I shall. *smiles evilly* I should add that I got a great deal on it, thanks to a 40% off coupon.

I will finish the yellow embroidered silk gown (I need it for a RCHS event in Sep) but this gives me a chance to 1) finish the 6” on the front and 2) actually do the other embroidery on the sleeves and neckline that I’d given up on because of the CC deadline. I’ll be much better pleased with the result I’m sure and will be a lot less stressed come Tuesday night.

Less stress is always a good thing. :>

Robe almost there!

I was hoping to get the Bee Robe completely finished today but it didn't happen. It's close though. :P Just two hooks and eyes, shape the train and hem the skirt. Oh and go to Jo-Anns, pick out trim for the waist and then sew that on. No big. Not terribly behind schedule really. I just need to get going bright and early tomorrow so I can get going on the Bee Dress, no dawdling!

B started work on the embellishment tonight. We sat at opposite ends of my bed, the robe spread between us each working, her on embellishment and me stitching the skirt on. If we weren't so tired and already in pjs I would have taken a pic. But honestly there are some nights you just don't want a pic of yourself!

progress dispite the internet issues

Excuse, again, my lack of posting. The internet went down again all day yesterday, this time some issue with our modem. It has not been my week can you tell!

I’m still sick. This cold wants to hang on for a while it looks like, probably because I’m pushing a bit sewing. I’m taking lots of breaks (so behind!) but still sneezing, tired and blowing my nose every 5 minutes. Life can be so unfair!

Despite it all I am making good progress with the bee outfit - proof that there is a God and He loves me. Someday I will regret not having taken more pics along the way but something has to give and besides I keep forgetting. So I’m going to pretend I did it on purpose and make the visuals of my progress a secret. You’ll just have to wait until the Gala to see!

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progress from the sicky

Definitely have a head cold *blah* but I managed to take a nap, frequent rests and get the bee dress toiled. The bodice was fairly painless, just time consuming with all the gathering.

The sleeves were a royal pain but as you all know, sleeves are just evil anyway! I tried the straight sleeve in Hunnisett at first but after messing with it for a while gave up and tried using an adapted version of my 18th century sleeve. Dang that pattern is useful!

So the toile is all ready to go (sorry no pics of the finished version, blame the meds for my forgetfulness). I really should work on the overdress toile tonight but I feel too crappy. If I can get the bee dress master pattern all traced out before bed I’ll be doing really well…

darn the torpedoes!

The good news:
I finished everything on my list yesterday so I’m still on schedule

The bad news:
I think I have a cold. *sigh* Oh well. So far it’s not too bad. Hopefully it will stay an annoying head cold and leave in a few days. I’m going to ignore it and sew anyway, just sleeping a bit more than planned and making sure I’m drinking lots of juice. Darn the torpedoes full speed ahead!!

The stays are finished ad look nice and neat once again. It’s so nice to have regency stays that fit properly! I gave up trying to follow the original Hunnisett pattern, which had the top straight across, and cut dips under the arm holes. So. Much. Better!

I also took off some off the center front and shortened the sleeves. And of course re-did all the binding, this time with thin pre-packaged bias tape. I definitely like the look of a scant ¼” binding the best…

Finished up the Erté too. The shorter tunic looks much better and that little bit of trim at the bottom finishes it off perfectly. I had forgotten about the back though, I have to figure out something to cover up where the sari border ends at the back of the underskirt as it now shows. *think, think, think* If I didn’t have HIPs and BUTT this would have worked better. Oh well!

Today I’m on to the bee dress toile. I’m hoping to have the overdress toiled out by tonight but we’ll see…

hoops & trim

I got my Lacis order today. It all looks so cool! I can’t wait to try the tambour needle but I’m saving it for the CC class. I broke out the tambour hoop though, stuck my Bee dress on it and have been happily embroidering all evening. I was zooming along so well that I forgot myself and chatted with elegant_musings far too long. Good thing Dad recently up -ed my cell phone minutes! :P

Oh my gosh – why did I wait so long for a hoop like this!! I can see many blissful hours of embroidery in my future. The Bee is going much faster now – if only I'd gotten this sooner! Oh well.

I don’t know why I’m always amazed when things work better & more efficiently with the correct equipment, but I am. *silly Jenny* The Lacis sit-stand is now tops of my birthday list. (feel free to hint to the parents at any time) *giggle*

I finished the trim on the ruffle jacket petticoat today as well so that outfit is finished. Well maybe. I can’t decided if want to mess with the hat or not. I’m tempted to leave it, cunning plans or no, at least until last. Rounding out my CC wardrobe is would be good too. :P

linkage & OWE #801

Some linkage courtesy of strawberrykaren...

c1815 yellow frock - she says 1820 but I think that is a little late - complete with matching shoes and purse
c1805 frock - interestingly the textile appears to be a little older than the style of the dress while the second half of the sleeves are later. I'll bet cash that the sheer sleeves with their crocheted lace are later fancy dress ball additions. There are those stupid neck and waist drawstrings too.
1915 sliver gown - lovely!

The seller has some other interesting things (nice 1830s wool dress) but these were the ones in my area of interest. Thanks Karen!

In other sewing news, I pulled out all my patterns and decided to give Old World Enterprises #801 a try. I know this company has a horrible reputation but my first two Regency gowns were made from this pattern and I loved them. It's also almost exactly the line and style I want too. I'm not stuck in a rut, really I'm not! :>

The pattern I have only goes up to a size12 though so I will have to size it up. I haven't done that in a while but it's not too difficult as I recall. I got as far as tracing the original pattern and will take to hacking and slashing the pieces per Chancey this afternoon.


The news from toile #6 is that I hate this gown and am starting to wonder why I bother with this costuming thing. *sigh*

Not going well at all. To look at it this is such a simple style - why can't I get it right?!! Either it's deceptively simple or I'm a dunce. At the moment I'm going with the former though starting to lean toward the latter.

I think it's time to go through the pattern bins. I can't even get the scaled patterns to work for me this time! It's not just this gown being a complete butt - I'm starting to freak about the fact that I still have the overdress to toile, cut, construct & finish. That looks like the simpler project, believe it or not.

*sigh* Why do I do these things to myself!

getting there!

Okay I think I finally have it! Just one more toile… famous last words I know! :> I’m actually on toile #5. Number 4 was close to disaster so I didn’t bother to stop and do an entry for it. It got me to #5 though so…

I ended up taking too much fullness out of the side area – it was way too tight. I also added more of a curve to the side seam, using the S&S Regency pattern as my guide. The seam looks much better but using the S&S pattern totally messed up my armhole so that needed a lot of work. I’m going for the period small back, sleeve-in-the-back, almost-18th-century-thing but the S&S is designed as a modern round hole so yeah… needs some work.

Toile #5 corrected the fullness issue. I think just a hint more in the back and I’m done. I also pinned up a section of the shoulder strap area. That was a eureka moment when I tried it on. It instantly got rid of the pulling under the arm, put the gathers in the right place, lined up the shoulder strap with the stays line in back and pulled the hole arm/side into the correct position. Isn’t it great when so many issues are solved with one little adjustment? *hugs pins* I’ll just draft that little bit out of my next toile.

The armholes still need a lot of work but that’s to be expected as I didn’t mess too much with them from toile #4. I’ve marked them this time though and will cut them down for the next toile. I think I’m finally ready to start toileing the sleeves! So I’m at a good stopping point. I’ll make the changes to my master pattern, cut the next one and call it a night. Or maybe I’ll do a bit of embroidery instead and worry about toiles tomorrow. Only about 10” to go and I’m done with the front of the Bee! I can finally see light at the end of the tunnel on this project!

Gee, you sure can tell I'm tired in the pics. I look a little punchy in the first one. Just two I promise! *wink to B, C & L*