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so much for my sewing marathon

Yay! The quilted petticoat design is finished!! The finial version of the sucker is printing out as I type. Now I just need to transfer it to the fabric and I'm ready to start stitching.

Other than that I haven't gotten much done, mostly snacking on holiday goodies and napping. So much for my holiday sewing marathon. *moo* I feel too ghastly to feel much guilt at the moment but I'm really going to regret this wasted time in a few weeks. Still, I've lost my voice and am so tired all the time - what is a girl to do?

I did work on the pirate stays a bit last night. I have to pin and baste all the seams before I can even think about machine-stitching the panels together (wretched napped fabric) so that is what I worked on. So my project today is to finish up that handwork at the very least. I'm not sure I will get to the machining (that would require cleaning off my desk which I'm not sure I'm up to) but I'm going to try.

Titanic EE, current costume plans & other tidbits

I did it. I broke down and bought the Titanic EE. The 3 discs rather than 4 discs for the US release still ticks me off but I held off buying the stupid film until an extended version was released. It seems silly to not get it after all. At least I won’t have to get the DVD out of the library when I want some screen captures. :>

There is alot more on the EE than I thought at first. There isn’t much costuming fodder, some fun tidbits here and there but nothing spectacular. There are shots of vintage gowns used on screen and a lot lots of behind the scenes views of the extra’s costumes which is fun. There is a very good look at the Swim Dress prototype as Kate models it in a fitting that is fun. I like the finial version better though. There are also a few “new” costume reference shots in the still gallery (at least I hadn’t seen them before) including one of the Tea Dress with it’s original hat and one of the kimono. The image quality isn’t great but fun none-the-less.

Deborah Scott is part of the cast & crew commentary as well. My favorite tidbit was that the Jump Dress (or Suicide Dress as she referred to it) design inspiration came from some vintage scraps of circular beading. The gown grew from that element. I thought that was interesting. :>

In other news… well sort of…
I’ve decided to wear my Tea Dress for Halloween – gee I wonder why I’m in the mood to wear that costume? *wicked grin* I’m in charge of the Cake Walk at the church’s Harvest Party again this year so I’m silly to want to wear a restrictive corset but what can I say, I’m a glutton for punishment. :>

I have decided to add some new trimming to it. The gown is a bit plain… too plain for 1912 really. I never had the time to finish it properly and it’s bugging me now. I don’t have a plan per say but I’ve pulled a few trims and laces from the stash and we’ll see what I come up with between now and Monday.

I should also start work on my green wool cloak this weekend. I’m attending an outdoor event at Gunston Hall so I need it next Saturday. As far as B’s pirate costume goes I’m putting it on hold until her Thanksgiving break. It’s just too hard to work on when she is not home for fittings. :

Ren Faire 2005

We made it to the Faire, despite it all!! But to begin, Bridget’s plan “B”… We decided to make “Bridget the Middling Sort Pirate” which means on Twelfth Night she will be “Bridget the Successful Pirate”. I guess some plundering and looting must be on her calendar between now and then. *grin* My contribution was a ruffley pirate shirt made of black silk.

I ended up using two different patterns for it. Simplicity 8613 was really what I wanted – I particularly loved the way the ruffle was done – but the pattern is now out of print and I didn’t have the right size. Rather than trying to alter the pattern I used Butterick 4486 as my base, adding the Simplicity center front seam and ruffle. In the end I redesigned the sleeves as well, adding some ribbon and creating a drawstring closure to avoid more handwork. The front ruffle was actually cut in a spiral, very cool. I’ll have to use that again someday!

I also ended up making the shirt in 2 days, most of the work being done between 4pm and 4am the day before. Or night of if you want to be technical. I did have some hysterics when things weren’t going well around 1am but will some deep breaths, prayer, determination, petting Mocha (the cat who kept me company all night) and B’s assistance I finished it in time for a nice nap before the Faire. *whew* B added some scarves, the eye patch, lots of eclectic jewelry, just about every ring she owns and voila – a middling pirate! :>

I’m posting all the pics here this year because I’m not sure when I’ll have time to post them to my site. The Faire was fun, in a crazed, bizarre sort of way. Due to various circumstances B and I were the only ones who went. We had fun together (we always do) but it was very strange to be there without our Faire buddies, elegant_musings and her sis. We decided we won’t go without them again, it was just wrong without their lively company. In fact we called them from the Faire and we all chatted on my cell phone for a half hour (hence the pic of me with the phone :>).

To add to the crazed atmosphere it rained most of the day. Well it only really rained when we first got there. The rest of of the day it just misted, first a heavy mist and then a light mist. It even cleared up and warmed up at one point. Not too bad really, if very muddy. Okay, make that extremely muddy. :> I decided not to wear the Rohan after all. I try not to be too precious about my costumes (I did make them to be worn) but rain and velvet is not a good mix. So I wore my purple Italian Ren instead. I figured a wool frock was my best bet and it proved to be a good choice. With the help of my wool shawl I didn’t get too wet or too cold during the day and I enjoyed wearing the gown once again, even if it was a bit big. :>

So to sum up our trip to the faire:
Last minute costumes, no friends, rain, lots of mud, cold, tons of horrific costumes to be snarked at (what were some people thinking!), no electricity at one point, hems four inches deep in mud, very little sleep and we had a lovely time. It all proves we are insane and have a sick sense of enjoyment really. *nods head*

So on to planning next year’s excursion! I think I’ve already decided what to wear. That will probably change of course… it usually does before the end. *hee hee*

reality stinks

Okay I give up. It’s 12:30am, I haven’t packed a thing for the trip and the stays are no where near where they need to be. Did I mention I have to leave the house at 7 this am?

In my figuring that I could really do this I forgot two important factors. The first was how much time it takes to figure out and transfer all those wretched boning patterns. Forever!

The second is that I am dealing with velvet. Now I’m remembering why I felt such immense satisfaction when I finished my Rohan gown. I’m having to baste AND pin like crazy every stinking seam. Even then it’s still shifting slightly in addition to taking forever. And I can’t find the needle board. I have never perfected the technique of ironing velvet without one and I can’t wake Mom up to help me look for it. *sigh*

I could sit down and cry. Quitting now means there is NO way I can finish B’s pirate for the Ren Faire. I was living in a fantasy world to think I could get it done in time but reality has finally struck. I feel HORRIBLE about it – I’m so sorry Dearest!

*bigger sigh* This is not the way I intended things to happen. Life has just not been cooperating lately. I think it’s time to break out my “for the trip chocolate”. Maybe nibbling will help the guilt while I pack.

tracing & cutting

I worked a bit on the stays yesterday… not as much as I wanted or really needed to of course. I got the finial master pattern traced into interfacing (including the boning pattern) and the first layer of twill cut-out. I began transferring the boning pattern onto the twill but had to go to bed before I could finish.

I’m throwing aside everything else on my to-do list and devoting today to the stays. I’ll have to stop to go to church tonight (I’m singing and taking a promised costume loan to a friend) so I’ll pack for my trip when I get back. I can sleep on the way down to NC. :>

It’s okay my amazing sis is totally worth it!

slowly but surely... or something like that

We have a stays pattern – huzzah! I whipped up and fitted the finial stays toile this weekend. Looks pretty good. I just tweaked a few things, mostly making it all even. The gap in the back doesn’t anticipate much weight loss, a dangerous thing with B right now but I’m not going to mess with it. I don’t have the time to fiddle with it and I’m afraid cutting it down will adversely affect the fit. So I’m going happily along my way and will alter it if necessary in December. I’m all about making stays easy to alter – I’m so past my garments having to look perfect and finished on the inside! :>

So I have to work on this today and tomorrow so I can take it with me on my trip. If I don’t get it to a point where I can work on the 4000 hand bound eyelets the stupid thing requires on my trip it’s just not going to be done for the faire. I’d love to work on the binding this weekend too but I don’t see it happening. So that means next week I have to finish the stays, make the shift, skirt and possibly the coat. If someone doesn’t put me in a straight jacket first that is…

my life is toiles

I’m on a roll – whoo hoo! I finished up marking the toile for the stays then worked on getting the stay stomacher ready for embellishment. The finished result is a basted combination of cheap red taffeta, one layer of black illusion tulle and the embroidered organdy. Looks good to me and very nice with the red velvet indeed. I should really zig-zag or Fray-check the edges of the taffeta before I give it to Bridget but we will see if that actually happens. It will probably fray like mad no matter what I do.

I next turned my attention to the pirate coat toile. I’m using the Simplicity Jack Sparrow pattern (I’m feeling too lazy to look up the number – sorry!). Holy cow that thing takes a lot of fabric! I’m interested to see how it makes up.

I did determine one thing – there is NO way I can use that navy blue jacquard. I *might* be able to squeeze it in if the coat was sleeveless but even then it would be a stretch. A sleeveless pirate coat isn’t an option so plan “B” is to take my precious 40% off coupon and get some black cotton velvet from Jo-Anns instead. I think it may be for the best after all as now the skirt and coat will now match. Quite spiffy looking really. :>

pirate bones

I didn’t get too far last night, only cut out what should be the final toile for the pirate stays. It took so long because I took the time to figure out the boning pattern, drawing it straight on my toile. I’m using cable ties so I’m only half boning the stays. Boning patterns are so boring!

Here are some pics of the last toile fitting. Looks pretty good, the only thing to tweak is really the underarm and sleeve areas. The front stomacher is good to go. I need to cut out the fashion fabric so B can start embellishing it!

life is never simple

I'm sewing again... almost anyway! I actually got as far as setting up the table, getting out the fabric and digging around for patterns. That is when I discovered that I didn't have the pattern I needed for B's pirate skirt (today's main project). Blah I say!

So I went to Jo-Anns (for the second time today) who didn't have the right size then to Hancock’s who did have the size and a $.99 sale. So the extra few miles weren't a complete waste. :> I also picked up a few more bridal tiara bases. My Hancock’s is clearancing all their bridal and I have a feeling these bases will come in handy someday. *wink* I have some vague concepts of Titanic hair cages or maybe an elvish headpiece...

Anyway so now I'm back to being tired. I'm not having one of my better days, headache etc but I'm determined to get some sewing done or die in the attempt. The clock is counting down for the ball & ren faire. I really need to get my butt in gear!

...a few minutes later...
Okay I'm off to start cutting things out. I looked at isiswardrobe's ball pics again and am suddenly not as tired. Inspiration is a wonderful thing. :>

pirate toiles

B’s fitting went well. The corset is pretty squared away now. I just have a few things to clean up when I make the master pattern. I have pics but I can’t find my camera cable so it will have to wait until later.

I think I’m going to cut out the lining (cotton twill) as my next toile. Most of the tweaks should be trimming is here and there to ensure it’s nice and snug. B is in a losing weight mode so I have to make sure this will still fit in January. It will be helpful to see what the shape is like with some boning…

Oh shoot I forgot about the sleeves. I didn’t really work on them today… and B is going back to school tomorrow. Drat! Well I guess I should do one more toile to fit this weekend then before I start work on the lining stays then. *mreh*

I need to cut out the coat toile or I could whip up the skirt this week I guess… I know B and I would both feel better if something on this outfit looked like it was taking shape!