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Faire Garb diary complete

Here are a couple more pics of the Faire Garb - my favorites. :> The rest can be seen here. Note the link to the Faire page from there won't work - still working on that! I am so pleased with the way this outfit turned out. I was on the plain side, compared to my friends but this dress was great fun to wear. It really felt more like historic clothing than a costume. That made it even more fun! There is a lot to be said for being comfortable at the Faire. I foresee this being a favorite outfit/style. :>

The finished corded bodice - isn't it cute? I was so happy I managed to pull this off. I was really concerned I would not be able to fix the fitting problems and that it would be uncomfortable. Luckily that was not the case. In fact I was extremely comfortable all day at the Faire! There is also a few pics of the binding before it was sewn in the diary. I didn't see the point in adding a backdated entry here about it. Once I was finished sewing the binding Nefret decided she really cuddling on it. I think she likes the smell of hemp. *giggle*

almost there

Well I'm not going to be able to finish the Faire Garb tonight like I wanted to.*sigh* It's almost 1:30am already and I'm getting very sleepy. My hands are also starting to cramp. So close!

The corded bodice binding has taken MUCH longer than I thought/hoped it would. Those wretched tabs. I'm about ¾ of the way done with the bottom (tab) end. So I have just a bit of the bottom left and all the top. I also need to make a new eyelet hole in the corded bodice (so they are even again) and trim my hat.

I was sort of hoping I might be able to throw a quick fan together tomorrow. I wanted something similar to this, as the feather one I made last year is too much with this outfit. There is no way it will happen now with company to pick up, fake hair to curl/braid, errands to run, so much hand sewing left to do and an early rack time tomorrow night. Umm... I probably should vacuum before my company comes too. There are threads and snips of ribbon everywhere. :>

I'll just have to deal with a non-period folding fan. Oh well. Next year, right? :>

the count down begins

Why is it that running errands always takes forever? You go out for 3 things and suddenly you have 7 errands to run. They multiply like rabbits! Anyway…

I mostly worked on the corded bodice yesterday. I measured, cut the little tabs and then tried it on. It was amazing the difference! It didn’t “pooch” or buckle out anymore! Yay!

I found that my 1” tabs were still lower than my natural waistline so I took the bodice off again and slashed them up another ½”. I tried the bodice on once more and found that did the trick. The pooch was practically gone and the bodice was very comfortable. The midrift area still looked a little large but I think that is because I am used to busks and flat fronted corsets. The round shape looked perfect once I tried the dress on – very period - so I am happy.

I decided in the end to not put Regeline in the center front. Everything was working so I didn’t want to mess with it. I just replaced the side and back boning with it instead. To fit in the little back channels I just folded it in half and stuffed it down there. It worked great!

Unfortunately the one thing I forgot to get while I was running errands was the binding. I’d picked up single fold tape instead of double fold this weekend. I’ll have to run out and get some double fold today.

After the corded bodice was squared away I worked on the gown. I finished pining the hem so that is all ready to be hand-stitched. The lining hem I pinned and sewed on the machine. I also pinned the lacing rings in place so they are all ready to be sewn. I could have done hooks and eyes as the gown fits perfectly but lacing rings are actually faster to sew for me. At this point speed is a good thing. I’m being a little extravagant with my time by hand stitching the gown hem but I think I will be a lot happier that way. Besides I think having more control with the linen/rayon will be better.

I better sign off– much to do and I have to finish before bedtime tonight!

last minute costume fun

This week started out pretty good but quickly went downhill. Monday afternoon I begin working on the Faire Garb. I sewed on the hook & eyes where the skirts meet. Then I tried lacing it up with the new ribbon I’d bought. When I had tried the gown on for the first time, the lacing wouldn’t come out even for some reason. I didn’t really worry about it as it was a quick try-on to mark the sleeves and hem. When I went to lace the new, I discovered why the lacing was not even. One side has 9 holes and one side has 8. I have NO idea how I did that. I’m not even going to go into how that discovery made me feel. Somewhere around the size of a seed bead I think.

So I have lovely lacing holes that are un-even. This means that they are neither lined up for spiral nor cross-lacing. Great. I looked at the costume, with the hem to do, the corded bodice uncomfortable and not fitting well ect… and only 3 days to go. Yeah. I began to consider looking for some matches. That is always a bad sign. So I threw the garb in my closet, played some computer games and called elegant_musings. We talked for a couple of hours and she helped calm me down. Sometimes it just helps to talk with someone who understands. Merci Dearest!

Towards the end of our conversation I had a moment of brilliance. I could cover the holes with ribbon and then sew lacing rings on the inside. If that does not work, there is always the Rohan gown. I will probably faint from the heat but I could wear it.

I decided a few weeks ago not to attempt re-embroidering the Rohan. I couldn’t find a pattern I adored nor thread that was a good substitute for goldwork. My painting experiments however were successful and I now have a method to tone down that bright trim so it better matches the belt. I took some slightly watered down black fabric paint and brushed it on to the trim. I then rubbed it in with a rag until the color was even. Very easy. It shouldn’t take me too long to do and I think I will be much happier with the costume afterwards.

...from the land of procrastination... where I am queen
So how did I spend my day yesterday? I picked up, dusted and vacuumed my bed/sewing room. Then I rearranged my bookshelves, went through and reorganized my hope chest, reorganized the boxes under my bed, organized my stationary, went through and rearranged my dresser drawers, went through recipes, cooked dinner… In short nothing to do with sewing. Despite the time crunch I couldn’t deal with sewing yesterday.

I feel much better with my newly de-cluttered and organized room. I got rid of a whole box of stuff and threw away a full trash can – that always makes me feel good. I don’t really regret taking the day off though I am pretty skeptical about getting the Faire Garb done in time. I’ve decided not to worry about it. If I get it done great, if not I’ll wear the Rohan. Unless it rains and then I’m screwed. A big whopping oh well.

If I’m not enjoying the process and am just stressing myself out making these costumes, what is the point? This is a hobby that I supposedly do for fun. I just don’t need self-induced stress this week, I have enough to handle thank you. So today I’m off to Hancock’s for lacing rings and Jo-Ann’s for Regline. Then I’m planning to tackle the corded bodice. If I can’t work out those issues there is no point in bothering with the dress tomorrow.

Faire Garb countdown

I have 4 days to finish up the Faire Garb. I'm trying not to panic. Really it's not that bad, it's just a bunch of last minute little stuff.

I hemmed up the camica and finished the eyelets on the sleeves last night. That leaves the hems, hooks & eyes, trimming the hat and fixing the corded bodice. I’ll have to forgo the partlet, cap, new fan and the other accessories I’d been thinking about. Oh well. The bodice is what I'm most worried about at this point.

I decided to use some pre-made bias tape on it. If you will recall, I was going to use blue to contrast but all the pre-made blues were funky colors. So I picked up a dark Christmas red instead. I need to make another trip to Jo-Anns. Now that I am cutting the bodice down, all my boning is too long. I was going to use cable ties but I could only find a huge package and frankly didn't want to spend that much. So I'll substitute with some Regiline. At least that is easy to sew and easy to remove, if I ever want to replace it with steel. Of course I couldn't have thought of that while I was already at the store yesterday...

Teddy e-mailed me last week with the interesting suggestion of creating tabs, instead of just cutting the bottom off. I'm not sure it will work, as the bodice is only an inch or so too long but I'm going to try that first. No harm, as I can always cut them off if it doesn't work.

blast from the past

I came across a new pic of me in my old Elizabeth the Beloved Ren costume. Today is packing day for Bridget as she is moving into her college apartment tomorrow. *puts hands over ears – “not listening, not listening!”* I’m not in denial about my best friend moving away. Whatever gave you that idea?

Anyway, she found the photo in a box of papers in the closet. I think this was the pic I used for my Christmas cards that year, which may explain why neither the parents nor I have a copy. I recall running short. Umm… maybe I should dig out those negatives and see if there are any other goodies I don’t have…

The scan isn’t too great. I’m still trying to figure out this new scanner. Uhm. I’ll play around with it add the pic to the site later.

Much later.

After I’ve recovered from VBS week at church, everyone of our cars breaking down, Bridget leaving and have gotten my Faire Garb squared away (haven't been able to touch it this week). Can you tell I have definitely had better weeks than this one? :

Ren Garb updates

I finished up TT and the eyelets today. I took a whole series of making eyelets pics with a future “how to do this” page in mind. Not sure I will bother though, there are already a couple eyelet how tos online. Any interest in seeing one on my pages?

Anyway, after I finished, I tried on the whole outfit. It’s looking good if I do say so myself. I marked where the sleeve eyelets need to go and am waiting for Mom to help me mark the hem. Yep wearing the dress as I type. :>

A few other fixes made themselves apparent as well. The camicia sleeves are definitely too long. At this point rather than make a new one, which I’m not real excited about doing, I think I am just going to hem the sleeves up a bit. Six inches should do it. I also need to sew a hook and eye below the gown lacing so the skirt doesn’t gap there. One large hook one each side should do it.

The biggest thing is that the corded bodice is just not terribly comfortable. Not sure what to do about that. It’s fine standing up but when I sit down it digs into my waist and gapes most annoying at the midriff area. I want my midriff compressed not sticking out more than normal!

I think the problem may be that it’s too long, I think it’s actually a little below my waist in places. I’m going to try trimming it down. I’m also thinking about maybe cutting off the front point (perhaps that is exacerbating the problem?) and/or adding a busk in the center front. I don’t know. I didn’t have any of these problems with the last one which makes it doubly annoying. Good thing I haven’t put the binding on huh?

the dress is a dress

My faire dress is now a dress! In other words, my bodice and skirt are attached. I started yesterday, getting the pleating and pining done. I finished up today with the sewing together part. I sewed down all the pleats, with doubled thread so it’s very sturdy. I wish that either cartridge pleating weren’t so pretty or that is wasen't so monotonous! :>

I also did the math and marked the spiral laced eyelets. I got all the holes started with my sharp awl but then decided to call it a night. So, I have all the hard work on the eyelets to go before I get to try my pretty dress on. *pouts*

Pics are of the skirt pinned, then attached. The third pic is of my moment of weakness yesterday. I made the mistake of going to Jo-Anns because I was bored and had a 50% off coupon. Always dangerous that. I saw the blue brocade and just had to get some, so I splurged on 5/8 yd. Pretty isn’t it? I wish I had the money to get enough for a whole gown but that is not in the cards right now. *pouts more* I even love the reverse side too.

I bought it thinking I would use it when I re-do my feather fan for the Faire but now I’m not so sure. I think it looks too dressy for the Faire Garb outfit. Maybe a little purse to wear with the Rohan gown would be better. I could always just save it for my next Ren costume. Ummm…

pocket pics & Faire sleeves

Yummy pocket pics! It’s all blocked, pressed and ready to be made up into a real pocket. When will that actually happen? Who knows! :>

Overall I’m very happy with the embroidery. I certainly had a blast doing it. I’m not 100% happy with the center carnation but I was ultimately limited by my design and having only one shade of yellow. I did my best and it looks good, if I do say so myself. My favorite bit would be the red roses but the little fill-stitched mount and the baby bee are close seconds. I’m now scheming what to do with my left over thread. :> A second pocket would be fun but I’m leaning toward a throw pillow or framed picture. Something I can look at on a daily basis, instead of pack away in the costuming bins.

I also have sleeves for my Faire Garb. Finally got those sewn up yesterday. I just need to do something to attach them to the gown bodice. I think I’m going to just do some hand-bound eyelet holes, as the sleeves are supposed to be reversible. I’ll have to do lacing rings on the shoulder strap, though, to avoid interfering with the ribbon trim. I know the sleeves don’t look like much on Narcissa. Unfortunately I can’t really try them on until I can lace the bodice up, which I can't do until I make eyelets, which don’t want to do until I attach the skirt, which must be pleated first… oy.

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