miss_philomena: (grey purple plaid)
Okay, a quick recap of the year, since there was actual sewing! I'll admit right here and now that most of the pictures are nabbed from others, and if I remember who took it I've credited. But anyway!


my year of sewing )

And that is 2012 for me!

yaaaaay

Jun. 20th, 2012 08:49 pm
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Finally posted my Dress U pics! It's a combination of my own and ones stolen from others.

I don't have pictures of Friday night and Saturday day for myself, but I did get the rest, so here's the quick list of what I wore:

Saturday Night Titanic Dinner )

Sunday Day: Let Them Eat Crepes & Mad Tea Party )

Sunday Evening: Tiaras and Jampagne )

And that's Dress U for me!

success!!

May. 31st, 2012 06:59 pm
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Titanic dinner gown is done! \o/
Green stripy natural form gown is done! \o/
Everything else I'll be wearing has been pulled out and washed as necessarily! \o/
Costume jewelry has been located and collected! \o/
Tiara has been fixed up! \o/
Hair pieces have been stuffed into a giant bag! \o/
Accessories have (mostly) been collected! \o/

I need to:
-finish the kits for my class
-fix my lace fan (maybe)
-get all my shoes together
-pack

I'm going to do the first two tonight, and then pack everything tomorrow morning before I head out.
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The green dress is almost finished. I just need to do the last bits of tacking down the binding in the bodice and add the closures and buttons. The skirts are completely finished, and even have actual skirt hooks for closing, so I won't be safety pinning myself into it for once.

I'm about go to start on the white and red dress too. I think all the fabric is done drying by now. I also decided rather than try and find white eyelet with red embroidery, it's just going to be a fully white dress with a red sash.

Then my sari for my Titanic dinner gown should be arriving tomorrow, so fingers crossed~ It's only taken me a month and a half to get it, after the first one I ordered was damaged in processing and I had to pick out a new one. Dx

And finally~

I'm teaching a class at Dress U, first thing on Friday afternoon, 4pm-7pm. It's how to make knit beaded Victorian (and earlier and later) purses. Only two people signed up for it, but that should make things go faster and easier, I hope. Dress U itself says you can't get into the class day of, but I was planning on making some extra kits for it anyway, so I have no problem accepting extra people as long as they pay for it. We'll see, I guess~
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Or, what happens when the taffeta you use for lining is stiffer than the fashion fabric.

ooooh

May. 18th, 2012 05:34 pm
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I decided a couple days ago, rather than killing myself trying to make the copper and blue gown, and a Titanic gown as well in just about two weeks, I dug through the stash (though not really because it was on the top of the pile) and pulled out my green striped natural form outfit.

The underskirt and overskirt were already mostly done. I just had to finish the waistbands of both and tack down the overskirt's pleats, which I've done, and hem the underskirt, which I haven't yet. I have bound the hem though, so I just need to turn it up now. The bodice was also about half done. I'd pieced the back, the sleeves, and the collar already, and pinned the flatlining to the front, so I basted the fronts, sewed the darts, and on it went to the back. I haven't set the sleeves in yet because they aren't lined yet, and the collar will get sewn on when I do the neckline. I'm not really doing much in the way of trim for this outfit, since the fabric is already so loud. I think just gold buttons down the front, and I'm toying with using some gold piping I have along the neckline and bottom of the bodice. I'm still deciding on that.

Anyway, the whole point of this gown when I started it last year was to go with the metallic green leather hat I bought from The Blonde Swan last year at Costume Con. So that means once I finish sewing I'll be set for the Mad Hatter tea party~

:D :D

May. 12th, 2011 08:54 pm
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My tiara came today~ I've been wearing it pretty much the entire time since it was delivered, and [livejournal.com profile] gwenevereofisis has been laughing at me. She's so mean. :c But I took a crappy cameraphone pic! :D I was lazy and didn't re-part my hair, so the tiara really is centered, it just doesn't look it. xD



It has plastic combs on the ends, which I'm a bit disappointed about because the picture didn't look like they had them. But I figure I'll very carefully break them off, because they're riveted on. And then I think I'm going to wrap the plain parts of the tiara with black ribbon, which will cover the rivets and any potential rough spots, and I'll also be able to add loops for pinning.

I also worked on my stripy dress some more last night~ I put together the back of the bodice, and I'm so happy with how the stripes came out.

another pic! )

And for a final bit of productiveness today, I spraypainted an antique parasol frame so I can recover it. This will actually be the second time I'm recovering this parasol since I bought it, but the first time it was bright red because it was for a theatre production. This time I've painted the frame nutmeg, and I plan to do a black canopy with an antique gold lining. I want it to work with as many outfits as possible, and that seems like a good color combination.

:/

May. 11th, 2011 10:15 pm
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so scrapbook isn't working with the lj.app or something? Not cool, LJ. Your force me to email my pictures to myself just so I can upload them here. 365 pics will have to wait until LJ decides to behave again.

But anyway, stripy natural form update! Okay technically it's not an update because I haven't done anything else, but I took a picture! :D It still needs hemming, but that shouldn't take too long. And then all I really need to do is the bodice! I still need to cut the flatlining for that before I can piece it. I'm flatlining the main body with the same green striped cotton I used for the underskirt, and I'm gonna bagline the sleeves with probably some white silk taffeta I have in my stash. And I'm still trying to decide exactly how I want to trim this. Because the silk itself is such a bold design, I think I might only do some ivory lace around the neckline and end of the sleeves. And I think I'm gonna do either ivory or gold buttons on the bodice too.

big pic )

Now, for a bit of planning~ I think the next thing I'm going to work on is a summer bustle gown a la the 1872 dress I posted the other day. I was originally thinking of some type of floral print like the original, but then I remembered I have a lovely blue striped cotton gauze in my stash. It always comes back to stripes, what can I say? So not only to I want a nice light summer gown, I want it for something specific. That being Belvidere's Victorian Days this September. Which also means I'll probably need a white or light colored corset, instead of my black one. >_> But I've got a pattern I already like, so I'd just need to make another one.

ETA: works so much better when I get the html right >_>;;
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I couldn't help it. With everyone else talking about their pretty pretty tiaras I just had to look myself. And when I found a super pretty one then I just had to get it. It was fate, I tell you. >_>



This shop, Venus Jewelry, had some absolutely beautiful other pieces as well, so it was hard to choose. But by next week, I'll be ready to be a pretty pretty princess too!

No new pictures of my green dress (which needs a fun name still) because I haven't done anything besides redraft my fantail skirt pattern slightly.

Progress!

May. 5th, 2011 01:58 am
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I'll reply to comments tomorrow, but I just want to toss this up before I hit the pillow~ I did most of the Hermione overskirt this evening! I just need to go through and tack down the hems and facings and the pleats that aren't in a seam, but otherwise it's almost done~ :3 it just looks a little weird on my dress form because my petticoats are still in my suitcase, which is in my car. >_>

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miss_philomena: (strawberries and cream fan)
So, there was both good and bad when it came to Costume Con. But we talked enough about the bad while it happened that I don't really feel like revisiting it here. xD Instead I'll just say that seeing old friends and meeting new ones was awesome. So hello there new friends!


There weren't really any large, easily accessible mirrors, but windows at night work well~

And in the spirit of laziness, here's a nice neat little link to my pictures from the weekend. :3 CosCon pics

In the spirit of non-laziness I spent yesterday working on my next dress. I traced off TV's Hermione overskirt and 1880 dinner bodice, and drafted up a fantail underskirt pattern as well. I picked up some green striped taffeta back when I went on my ebay splurge in February, and while I'd originally planned to use it for an 18th century polonaise, I decided once I got it that I wanted it for something Victorian. I cut out the bodice and overskirt yesterday, but since most of the underskirt won't be visible, I'm going to cut it out of plain cotton first and only add the striped silk along the bottom. Once I have the overskirt sewn up (probably tomorrow) I'll be able to figure out just how high up the silk will need to go. Pictures of that once I start sewing~

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