mockup report

Jul. 26th, 2017 11:49 pm
mandie_rw: me in late victorian dress holding book (natformbeige)
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I decided to be clever this afternoon, and work on the dinner dress bodice mockup while I had my corset on already. I'd already cut mockup #2 longer when I discovered it to be far too short-waisted (as [personal profile] mala_14  warned me!), so I just had to sew that together and do a try-on.

Hmmmmmm.

Hmmmmmmmmmmm.

Well...despite adding 3" to the length of the body, and 0.5" to each shoulder seam, the damn thing was still at least 2" too short, possibly more. (Is this pattern for people with a 5" long ribcage or WHAT...is this where the notion of freakishly small Victorians came from?) The armscye was still way too small, and the angle of the shoulder seam was totally whack. I wouldn't expect a scaled pattern to fit me right off the bat, but sheesh, was this pattern made by a paint-huffing monkey? Or maybe it was made for a paint-huffing monkey.

Anywhoodle, I decided I have neither the time nor the inclination to pretty much take it to bits and completely refit it...if I wanted to do that I'd have draped a pattern on Mabel from scratch. I didn't want to do that. Truly Victorian it is! Which always takes some tweaking, but which at least I know aren't made by aforementioned paint-huffing monkeys.

So, til I get hold of that (and since I only ordered my wools from FFC just over a week ago, so who knows when those will show up), it's sew-something-else time! I probably ought to do things like finish the skirt that's been hanging over the back of my chair for a week and a half, but I may start something Gettysburg-related instead.

Costume College!

Jul. 26th, 2017 03:46 pm
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Hooray! We've made it here!

My twill tape for my limited class is at home. Oops...

Beige bodice NEVERMORE

Jul. 26th, 2017 04:14 pm
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I'm even tired of the word "beige" at this point, sheesh. But I'm quite happy with how it came out, and I think it looks loads better than the Ugly Shirtwaist! (Which won't be retired, like, ever, because it's great for hot weather. But now at least I have another option.)

Blog post here
sitting on steps
Amusingly, there was a truck JUST out of frame in all these pics...they were setting up for some sort of event, and there was an enormous truck and trailer just to the left side of the house. And half my pics had some rando in a red t-shirt walking back and forth in the background. Ahhh, gotta love editing! xD

And now I am totally going to be late to work because I wanted to get this all out of the way before I went! Heh.

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Jul. 26th, 2017 05:18 am
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Lord, this is a time that no one should be awake at. But i am, and im off to Costume College! See you there!

things

Jul. 25th, 2017 10:27 pm
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- At this point in time, I feel moved to almost offer my condolences to those of you going to Costume College; you guys seem so stressed! (Not all of you...but a lot.) I guess when you're a veteran it's worth it...? but as someone who's never been, it sounds pretty miserable at this point!

- Beige print bodice of never-ending-ness and its silly cuffs are done, although not in time to get pics today. Hurray! This damn thing's dragged on waaaaay too long (long enough that I'm tired of the bottom half before I ever got to wear the top half!).

- I've gotten fairly tired of my red spoon bonnet (yes, I'm still keeping Gettysburg in mind, even as I work on Belvidere); after all, I've been wearing it since 2011! I still love the color (shocking I know), but it was a synthetic, albeit a decent one, and it's fairly crap construction-wise, involving a polyester lining and even *gasp* glue. I know. 2011 was a long time ago. *grin* But I sternly told myself I wasn't allowed to replace it unless I sold it off first. Amazingly, somebody bought it (actually two somebodies tried to buy it), and I sent it off today. So that'll just about pay for the two yards of taffeta to cover and trim the new one! Well, it'll be two yards if I go with the navy option, as I would trim that in pink...but I keep coming back to a brick red and copper shot that's baaaaasically the same color as the bonnet I just got rid of! I might have a fixation on dark reds, you guys.

(The solution here is obviously to make two bonnets. Ha ha ha.)

Or no new hat...

Jul. 25th, 2017 04:35 pm
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I was enjoying working on the hat last night, and then I wasn't. So I decided I was done, and I'm wearing the antique hat.

With that, I'm ready for Costume College!

The longest day

Jul. 25th, 2017 08:23 am
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I couldn't manage to find a ride home yesterday, so I had to wait for my mom to get off of work at 10 so I could ride home with her. Since I had five hours to kill, I decided to slowly make my way over to the cultural district on foot. In my head, it wasn't that far, but it ended up being a million degrees outside with no cloud cover, and it turns out that in those conditions it's actually 700 miles away. I stopped halfway at the Starbucks on 7th Street because I could feel myself getting dehydrated and overheated. I cooled down there with some iced fruit teas and cold water before heading up to Chipotle to grab a bite for dinner.

Mom called me then and said that I should come over to the imax to see Dunkirk, and that she would get me a discounted ticket, so I scarfed down the rest of my burrito and hoofed it over to the museum. Since I had only made it about halfway, it took another 30 minutes to make it over there, but I was only 10 minutes late, which wasn't too bad.

Dunkirk was amazing, which is to be expected from my favorite director, and after reading about all the cool background to the film being made, it made it even better. It turns out that a lot of the ships in the film were actually ships that had participated in the Dunkirk evacuation, which was super cool, and that the whole film used practical effects and not digital, which instantly boosts it's awesomeness by a zillion points.

I checked google maps and put in the route I took to the museum, and it said I walked 2.6 miles, which sounds waaaay short of the 700 miles it actually was.

This morning had more walking, but not nearly as much. Dad had to go to the VA for a hearing test, so he dropped me off super early at Starbucks, which meant I got to sip tea, sit outside while it was still cool, and watch the sunrise over the city. It was sooo nice and relaxing. And work was only a half mile walk, so it was quick to get back.

Tonight I'm going to get some more work done on M's shirt while he's still around for fittings. He's heading to El Paso next week to spend a couple of weeks with his dad and brother before school starts, so he won't be around for me to poke with pins and drape stuff on. I need to really get into gear with our 18thC stuff, since we are getting down to the wire before the Casanova event, and we both need new clothes. o.o So, hopefully finish the shirt tonight or tomorrow, and finish my stays and petticoats by the end of the week. Next week I'll get M's coat cut out and the embroidery pattern transferred over, then I can start working on it during down time at work and after work when I get home. I don't know if I can get the entire thing embroidered the way I want before the event, but I can at least get the front edges and pockets done if I'm diligent.

I need a to-do list...

beige bodice, one more time

Jul. 24th, 2017 11:46 pm
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I thought I was almost done...but then as I was ironing the pleats of voile for the white collar, it occurred to me that I ought to have cuffs as well! Damn. Wish it hadn't occurred to me, haha. I could make plain ones, but I know that pleated ones to match the collar (and the upper side of the dress fabric cuffs, for that matter) will look better. Okay, okay...

It's supposed to be in the low 80s tomorrow and Wednesday, so I'll gussy up and get photos one of those days (it might rain tomorrow so I can't promise tomorrow). And then I can wad the whole thing up into my 19thc costume bin and be done with it, whew! It's been hanging around for far too long. And then back to the dinner dress! I think.

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Jul. 24th, 2017 08:59 pm
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Ack. After all yhe time i spent hand sewing the habit shirt, i sewed the neck gussests and collar on inside out. Plus one cuff is much too loose, its actually too short (probably) and the collar is chokingly tight. Sigh. Guess im leaving that one at home.

I packed my suitcase with all of my 18th c stuff and the 1840s gown and tea gown, corset amd stays, 1 pair of shoes and a couple little extras. Its only 27 lbs but it also doesn't fit anything else. Not my sewing kit, my regular clothes, shower kit, nothing.

Lord... Just too much to do. Slow down brain!

Hat...

Jul. 24th, 2017 04:47 pm
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The suffragette hat frame is done. I had to do the curved part of the crown twice since I set it too low the first time. I think it's going to work. It's at that awkward stage where your hair isn't done and the opening isn't lined and the buckram base has awful stitches, but it's promising!

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Jul. 24th, 2017 02:53 pm
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Everything for CoCo is finished(ish). I tried on the finished Belle dress for the first time last night, and there's a weird baggy section in the center of the back. So I'm trying to decide if I want to redo the zipper in that one section to take it in. I think it will depend on how much free time I wind up having this evening. I opted to work late to get more hours, which means I'll likely only have less than an hour at home before my audition. And then I'll probably be home at about 8pm, and since I have to wake up between 2am-2:30 to get to the airport, I should go to bed right away. So basically, right now I'm leaning towards not fixing it. 

I also made the stupid mistake of leaving an uncapped highlighter on my sewing table last night, and it spent the night touching one of the ties on the vintage apron I'm wearing for Belle. I tried bleaching it this morning, which lightened it, but did not make it go away. I'm going to try oxyclean when I get home. 

And I still need to pack some of my regular outfit stuff, for Disney, Thurs, and next Monday. Then the very last stuff I won't be able to pack till tomorrow morning. But I did most of it over the weekend, including driving over an hour to Everett, so that my roommate could bring down the bigger and less packable things for me. So glad she drives down!

boning is a thing that I should do

Jul. 24th, 2017 04:58 pm
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 I clearly really need to bone my green stripy natural form. OMG, what wrinkles! It's not surprising, since it's a lightweight cotton and I only interlined it with muslin, which basically added no support. But wow such wrinkles. One of these days I need to just buy a big hank of synthetic whalebone (still using up cable ties, since they're cheap and locally acquirable) so I can bone bodices without adding lots of bulk. I always *mean* to bone my bodices and then never have time before i need to wear them, and of course once I've worn a thing it's hard to go back and fix things. But I have quite a few dresses that would be improved by the addition of boning, so.....

Daydreaming of 2018

Jul. 24th, 2017 03:25 pm
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Provided that M and I survive 2017 and everything it's throwing at us, then 2018 is going to be the Year of Doing Stuff. All that sitting at home and doing nothing while we save money is going to calm down a bit since we won't have to put away every spare cent, so we can afford to do some traveling and some local cons and such.

This list is mainly for my own reference and for daydreaming of stuff (and because planning is fun), and I certainly won't be able to do all of it, but in as much a chronological order as I can manage:

Read my ramblings )

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Jul. 24th, 2017 09:29 am
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I finally managed to get back into some sewing projects, and it felt good to have stuff to work on again. The boning for my new stays came in last week, so I've started putting it into the channels and whip stitching down the seam allowances, which is going more slowly than I expected. I'm sort of stalled right now because I need to decide what color I want to bind the stays with. I'm still leaning toward pink, so now I just need to pick up some binding and embroidery floss so I can make the eyelets. It's hard to carve out time to go to the fabric store, though, since I hate inconveniencing people by asking them to drive me around. :-/

I also managed to finally get a new shirt cut out for M. He's being silly and saying he doesn't want a new shirt because the old one "doesn't fit in just the right ways so I look like Antonio Banderas".

I cut out all the pieces and started stitching it together, but I think I already messed it up. The instructions I'm using call for the shirt body panels to be 25" x 30", but it doesn't say which is the width measurement. I tried to figure it out based on the cutting diagrams, so I used 30" as the length and 25" as the width, but doing that left me with a really tight neck opening after following the instructions, so I think I did it wrong. I had spent half the day hand-sewing the neck gussets and shoulder reinforcements, so I wasn't about to take it all apart and start over. I ended up just trimming the neck opening until it fit right, I'm just worried that the shoulders won't fit the right way now. ~sigh~ All I can do at this point is keep going and hope it all works out. It's a good practice shirt, anyway, and I can make another one later that doesn't have all these issues. I am, however, really happy with how the sleeves are looking. They're quite full and very romance novel cover-esque, which I think M will get a kick out of. Very Antonio Banderas.

Fort Mott Boer War Event

Jul. 23rd, 2017 08:10 pm
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Second Boer War, to be specific.

(The Facebook event just said "Boer War", mind you, with no dates. Apparently this is colloquial for the second war...but as 1/ we didn't know this til yesterday as that's when the park put up the event description, and 2/ none of us have c.1900 summer dresses anyway...we cheerfully assumed it was the first war in the early 1880s, as that's what we have clothes for. As assumed...nobody cared. *grin*)
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Can we panic NOW?

Jul. 23rd, 2017 07:35 pm
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I'm sitting here mostly paralysed with indecision. Now that I don't know what to do with my Saturday plans, I can't make a plan at the moment. The reason I wouldn't bring Jareth is because I need an hour or so to do the makeup, plus a bunch of jewels are still falling off and I haven't had/made opportunity to fix that. So now what?? I still want to keep my packing light. So that means bringing more 18th c. stuff, since all of my other Victorian needs a bustle and I don't want to bring it. But all of the 18th c. stuff was fitted over my other stays. I don't have extra shifts (unless I bring the Regency one). I planned the white dress as day wear so it has no trimming. I really DO NOT have time to make something else. Maybe the best option would be to bring the Regency gown and vest as I think it would be relatively easy to manipulate my hair into a 'do for that, but the dress has light uneven staining that won't come out. Plus extra undergarments. So... what do?

I got the skant mostly together, and all it needs right now is hems. Of course while I was sewing it, my machine started acting up and now it's making a terrible clunking noise. it does not fit especially well, even after letting out as many seams as I could. I'm not sure how to adjust the fit for my belly, and I definitely don't have time to do so right now.

I need to move forward, NOW, and I wish I knew what steps to take!

ETA: One of my companions is only bringing two costumes and spending the rest of the time in civvies, and I'm starting to think that's a good idea. Of course I still have so much hand work to do (the rest of the habit shirt and the bits for the white gown) that makes it especially appealing.

sweating my tits off

Jul. 23rd, 2017 08:23 pm
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Apparently there is a Fort at the tip of NJ named Fort Mott. I just learned this as somehow via the magic of Facebook [personal profile] mandie_rw , [personal profile] miss_philomena , [personal profile] hiraimi and I found and ended up at a Boer War reenactment there today. Now the even just said "Boer war and Victorian something something something" so I googled Boer war and went "perfect I have 1880s"...Guess who didn't tell Robin there are apparently TWO Boer wars. Cause if you're gonna get in a fight over something the british like to do it twice. 100 years war, revolution and war of 1812, WWI and WWII....luckily for us no one disowned us for wearing our 1880s natural form dresses.
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I of course got a bit turned around when picking Alice up so we were a few min late, I think Amanda and Adrienne saw the entire event in the 20 min for us to catch up...oops. I did a quick change in the parking lot, much to the stares of the family BBQ. *ahem excuse me as I drop my skirt. yes I'm wearing bloomers*




We got there just in time to huff it up the walls of the fort to watch the "battle." I know I know the military half of this isn't MY personal jam but I'd rather you just did a weapons demo, because a battle of five vs 10 is still pretty silly looking unrealistic. After a 5 min battle in which the Boer's won we promptly left the hot pavement in search of shade and the picnic lunch we had packed.




Luckily for us our friend Mick was there (of Belvidere fame) and we pretty much parked our butts under his tent fly for the rest of the event, sans one quick run to the loo where a probably 8 year old girl was DETERMINED to get some quality first person reenactment experience.


"Are you waiting for the men to come home?"
"What men?"
"But are you waiting for the men to come home?"
"No I'm going to the loo..."

This dress was always intended to have more trim, so as a way of making myself work on things for September BEFORE said month I tried to get more of the trim put on this time. I also got the overskirt made, but only partially trimmed. And I have to say I'm HUGELY pleased with how it turned out.
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Left on the list is the brown band and top row of ruffle on the overskirt, if there's yardage left I want to add more fullness to the back of the overskirt, I cut it way to skimpy to try and leave enough for trim. I also either need to lose weight or add a placket in the front and move the hooks and eyes over in the bust as it's pulling and gapping and that's bad. oh and bone the bodice. okay I guess it's a long list still...never ending.

I did manage to sweat through everything. It was only in the 80s but with humidity to rival Louisiana, easily one of the hottest times I've gone out in costume. but I always think of myself as someone who does horribly badly in heat and I've done several hot weather things recently and been really proud of how well I did. I loaded up with water the day before, drank tons the day of, and ta-da I survived!

Mini "emergency"?

Jul. 23rd, 2017 04:42 pm
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My partner in crime has decided to muggle it up at coco so now im wondering if i want to bring Jareth at all D: but then ig i do my white gown as the evening option, what do i wear during the day?

Definitely the Brunswick!

Jul. 23rd, 2017 03:28 pm
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So, I pulled out the Brunswick, tried it on (sort of, no corset or anything) and remembered the super tight sleeves. Hmph. So, instead of doing the sensible thing and getting something else out, I spent I think about three hours redoing the sleeves. It was fairly easy, just fiddly. Strangely, the upper sleeve was much easier than the lower sleeves, which are just basted in. Those had practically no seam allowance which made it weird. The sleeves all have lapped seams now instead of the original types they had. It's much easier to sew a lapped seam on a set sleeve and a sleeve with almost no seam allowance.

Then I packed and noticed it was three and I hadn't really eaten anything and *thud*
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