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When you take out an old unfinished project to work on and have no idea what you were thinking. Why is my kirtle neckline rounded? I know I cut half sleeves for it but I have no idea where they have gone. I stitched around the edges of the interlining that is fraying like mad but why didn’t I overlock it?

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Pineapples

Dec. 23rd, 2015 08:38 am
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I'm working my way through the audiobook of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. Usually, I use it to fall asleep but I curled up yesterday and ended up listening to at least 3 or 4 chapters. So when I check the sale at Fabricmart this morning I may have laughed a bit too long and loud from this: http://www.fabricmartfabrics.com/Denim-Blue-White-100-Linen-Pineapple-Print-45W.html
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If anyone wants company while working on their own projects, I'm always happy to chat.
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FB is making me feel queasy. Just the constant flow of information to the point that it feels like everyone is shouting. I understand why and I don't fault folks for that, but I'm starting to hit my limit as an introvert and as the amount of things I can deal with at one time.

So I'm plumping up the fabric fort pillows and posting some fun links in case anyone else just needs a break.

Historical paper doll games! http://www.dolldivine.com/historical.php I spent too much time on here making too many version of my rpg characters and hours carefully moving pearls and flowers the size of 2 pixels around on the screen until my hand cramps up.

Here is my version of Beren and Luthien some of the details from the Ley of Leithian






We will not talk about how many hours that took, nope nope nope.


https://www.brainpickings.org/  - I always forget about this site until I run across it again, and then spend at least an hour going down the rabbit hole of interesting posts and facts.


http://www.twitch.tv/playinthemud - Twitch recently launched a "Creative" channel and I've been enjoying watching this professional potter in KY just throw, glaze and trim her work while answering questions.  I'm setting up my own channel and will testing it out sometime tomorrow.
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I haven’t sewn the past few days, some of it was taken up by a 5 hour “clean all the things!” urge. My sewing area is a little better, but I still have some things to go through. My bathroom however, is spotless.

 

mink-brown-poly-cotton-satin

 

I ordered 6 yards of this poly-cotton satin to make a petticoat as what I have for underpinnings is all 16th century based. It should be here Monday and the dark brown will give the black a tiny bit of color. It shall have ruffles! I need to find my ruffle foot and my rolled hemmer foot.

I also hit up pinterest to try and find some examples of petticoats for 1889 – 1891.

 

 

Petticoatpattern

“Der Bazar 1889: Striped petticoat; 75. front part in half size, 76. side gore, 77. back upper breadth in half size, 78. back bottom breadth in half size”

I found a few more petticoat drawings from catalogs, but I have not found many extant ones, most seems to be dated earlier or later. But so far the drawstring and yoke seems to be a feature. Since this is not my usual era I have no idea if this is a carryover from the bustle or not, does anyone know?

 

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How cool is this? 1920’s patterns/draft manual with gorgeous illustrations (unfortunately some are products of their time) from P. Clement Brown’s “Art in Dress 1922”. Time to break out the colored pencils!

 

Art in Dress

Some are at: http://historyoffashiondesign.com/images-and-patterns-from-p-clement-browns-art-in-dress-1922/

And the Internet Archive has the full book: https://archive.org/details/artindress00brow

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My inspiration dress from the Met

 

Metdress_1888

 

The pattern I’m using for the skirt I found on Pinterest,

1889dresspattern

 

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What the back of the bodice currently looks like, I decided on a swallow-tail back. More inspiration pictures and trimming ideas can be found on my Penny Dreadful Costume pin board.

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Close up of the pleats
Pinning the pleats into position
The calico section pinned to the bodice pattern

Fussing with calico to form the pleats, they are backwards in this image. Opps!
Bodice pieces ready to be flatlined to some cotton sateen
Back of the pattern on the dress form

Pattern test on the dressform, I moved from two darts to one

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Four videos today, this weekend I’m going to shoot some more.

Pressing and prep for the sleeve seam allowances

 

Pressing the seam allowance with a seam roll when the sleeve is too narrow for the board.

Sewing in the lining at the top of the sleeve.

Hand sewing the bottom of the sleeve shut.

 

 

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Marking the eyelets out for spiral lacing

Cutting out the sleeves (the wool is from my stash and the wrinkles would not steam out)

First pass of sewing the sleeves together.

 

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Sewing in the lining around the top edge

Clipping into corners and trimming

Edge stitching the seam allowance to the lining along the top

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Lists!

Sep. 25th, 2015 11:18 am
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I had coffee and I am feeling sociable so here is my to-do list for the next few days:

Remember to eat breakfast! - Done
Take photo of awesome tree sequin fabric to post on the first day of Oct! - Done
Set up for more kirtle video stuff - Done
Unlock/Post the next 3 videos - Done
Schedule FB cross post - Done
Figure out what is for dinner tonight
Shoot more videos - Did this but kept forgetting to hit record for parts urgh.
Take photo of stocking pattern
Edit videos over the weekend
Go through writing course first-day intro stuff
Work on character music playlist
Wash more dishes
Stop refreshing mail tracking thing every half hour
Figure out what to say in thank you card to Aunt-in-Law
Find where husband put the stamps
Send out thank you card to Aunt-in-law tomorrow
Break down all the steps for the "Globe Gown on a Budget" project
Hide from list
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Pleating the skirt down with knife pleats and a box pleat in the back

 

Basting the pleats in place

Ironing the pleats down to keep things from moving around when I sew the skirt to the bodice

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Lucas DeHeere sketchbook #71 English women

“Yeah, we look Awesome and Swag!”

It has been 3 or 4 (mumble) years since I was going to do the kirtle sew-along. Life, family medical issues and changes got in the way.  My skill set has improved, how I break down projects has improved, but that does not mean I’m not still learning.

So I set up the video camera, I balanced my tripod on the printer that-may-work-but-I-really-just-use-it-as-a-scanner, shoved my social anxiety into a box and hit record.

I’m making kirtles. I’m making several kirtles that I plan to donate to Much Ado about Sebastopol. I don’t think I will get them all done in time for this years run, but there is always next year. If they get used, or auctioned off in a fundraiser, or end up in a school theater closet that is fine.

I have several yards of wool, pattern blocks, and a chunk of time to make something out of it all.

The playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTne9pSn75A&list=PL-5opaHvhlOkbr8K8buX1OpZm_4kHPPgU

The first three videos:

 

 

 

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This shall be here in a few weeks.

 

goldsariwithvelvetborder

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Seriously thinking of making a dress out of this because it is so neat.

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D-PB1-2015 D-PB2-2015 D-PB3-2015

 

“I wanted to send a couple pics from the con….we were a HUGE hit!  We got so many compliments on our costumes and we had a lot of fun!!

Thanks again!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Worn at Wizard World Comic Con.

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PB finished dress PB belt with pearl drops close up PB belt with pearl drops Lacing tip end back and hand sewn eyelets Lacing tip end sleeves

 

Seven yards of crimson linen, 32 eyelets hand sewn with red buttonhole silk, and lots of sparkly bits. commissions

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