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 We're having a formal dinner this year after the public leaves (get out peasants!) and that requires a real dinner dress...Well [personal profile] mandie_rw  said it does and I just copy her in everything except eating habits. 

SO I've been doing a lot of poking. and of course all the ones I like are velvet and patterned and fabric I'll never afford....but I thiiiink I found something I like. 

My plan is buy mulberry poplin (it's probably going to be 120 degrees so I'm not wearing all silk. AND I'm poor). The sleeves will be some form of lace or net. The lace trim in black lace. Possibly this one? The bow will be velvet. I like the contrast in textures. I also won't make it QUITE such an over stated vagina point. I just don't like bodices with that much...poke.

Will I have time/skill for the embroidered motifs? Probably not. Will I try? sure why not. 

Also thoughts on the bottom pleats. Black something? silk, poplin, etc or self of the poplin. 
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 Today was my one day off after six on. Three more and then I go to Ohio for family reunion. Had a wonderful battery recharging day. 

Step 1: sleep in till 9:30!! 
Step 2: snuggle in bed with husband and dog
Step 3: make raspberry peach jam. (we're up to 25 cups of berries off our canes in a little over a week. O.O and the iron is I don't really LIKE raspberries so I'm trying to find ways to use them up. this is my third batch of jam. it did not set well and I am not a fan). 
Step 4. knit on Jenny-Rose's pineapple. Finished the first set of bobbles and halfway through the second. It's satisfying to watch it develop.
Step 5. two hour nap.
Step 6. sew one side of the first band of trim on my lemonade dress...FOR SEPTEMBER. yup that's me working a head. I know I just saw a pig fly by too. 

I don't wanna go back to work tomorrow. :-p 
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I've had my tintype taken maybe 6 or 7 times never gets old!
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It's really too bad that we didn't have any fun, none at all.
I made it to Belvidere not naked! Well mostly, we showed up late and went to the fashion show in our underoos so we wouldn't miss it (except [ profile] miss_philomena who can drive in a corset and arrived dressed)...I think clothes might have been a better use of our time. But that was the only lame part of the event (unless you count the 100 degree heat). We did the traditional Dress-In-The-Street-Behind-Robin's-Car and were on our way!

Do you need any leaves? I have about 100 in my hem

We did a little wandering and shopping, I picked up a few things at my favorite jewlery vendor, but I think the heat drove a lot of the regular antique vendors away as it was sparse on the shopping this year. The highlight as always was hanging out with our friend the Earl of Westwood and his encampment from 1882. The Gentlemen were dashing, the other ladies friendly and all around worth the sweating through my dress. We even saw [ profile] laracorsets!

I thought about wearing make up, probably wise I didn't as it'd have slipped off.

Wedgie shot!

Posing for our tintype
A huge thank you to those who went with me. Those who helped me sew and laugh my face off. [ profile] mandie_rw made the bonnet and deemed it "ugly" but I ADORED it. I kept her and [ profile] hiraimi overnight so the fun could continue
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I am in fact way behind on the dress for Belvidere. I barely touched see I opened the fabric and "off white" was...yellow. a creamy butter cup yellow, but 100% yellow. So I very much needed to throw it in the naughty pile and stew about it. I don't want a yellow dress! I look jaundiced in yellow!

I tried to bleach a sample..turned a slightly lighter shade of yellow, but in order to get a cream I'd have to fully bleach it and probably over dye it with something bluer...*sigh*

In the end I've resigned myself to a yellow dress. Not what I wanted but maybe it'll be surprisingly nice? I'll just put on A LOT of blush or something...HELP [ profile] jennylafleur how do I look not ill in yellow?! One plus I did think of, yellow sometimes shows up black in tintypes so hopefully the tintype man will be there this year.

I thought about doing yellow and black and making a bumble bee dress but when I looked at a swatch when buying my contrast it just looked too costumey and the yellow and brown felt more "right." Rob reinforced my decision.

So...Can I make a dress for Belvidere in two weeks? one thing I have going for me is that I get 4 days for labor day this weekend...I came home from work tonight and cut out my skirt pieces which was my goal for tonight. Tomorrow I'd like to get them assembled....


Aug. 25th, 2016 09:47 pm
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Starting to get excited for Belvidere this year. I have a plan, fabric should arrive tomorrow. TV patterns already arrived. So who's going? We're planning to invade on Saturday, if you're in the area it's really one of my favorite events.

I know it's not my typical LOUDness but somehow this dress spoke to me. I've doing natural form as our friend Mick has an amazing camp that's set up for 1882. But honestly Belvidere is pretty much anything from hoops to 80s prom dresses to gorgeous bustles. Anything goes.

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Okay for those taking a ride with Coccanga Transport we will be departing from my house at 10am sharp. I have NOT cleaned my sewing room so the living room/ bathroom is all the space available for spreading. I do plan to dress there, up to the rest of you what you want to do. 

My car has had a fress oil change and safety inspection so she's ready to go. If you wanted to chip in a few bucks for gas I wouldn't turn it down. 

Tomorrow I need to clean the bathroom, do my hair, iron all the things...


Sep. 7th, 2012 12:03 am
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Trying to plan things out. I have this memory of arriving at noon and discovering there was NO parking vs the time we got there at 10:30 and there was loads. So I'm kind of inclinded to go earlier? But I guess that depends on those I'm driving with. 

I think the plan is to meet at my house, I'm not going dressed I don't know if anyone else IS planning to go dressed. I will probably pack a small personal lunch, I know most people plan to buy but I'm saving $ for a movie. *eyeroll* so I get my $10.00 for food or shopping and I'd rather shop. 

I know [ profile] hiraimi is planning to go up with me, are you [ profile] blackcat452? Rob won't be joining us, he's got to finish screen writing for said expensive movie. So I should be able to fit 4 people in my car providing I can get it through an oil change and a saftey inspection tomorrow am. Fingers crossed that's not super duper expensive as then I'll have a major problem. 

[ profile] mandie_rw where exactly are you in NJ? would it be easier if we picked you up? seems silly to drive to PA just to go back to jersey. But my grasp of geography stinks so maybe it is logical and I'm not.

Also I have made an executive decision that I just don't want to stress about cleaning up my sewing room at the moment, and since I don't think anyone is going to change here I'm not going to. So there. You can't make me. I'll clean the bathroom tomorrow but that's all you get :-p 


Sep. 5th, 2012 10:54 pm
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I cut out the TV208 apron in my delicious purple silk. (can I just say I loooove this fabric, both the quality, weight and color I loooove it) but I stalled out on the tails. I can't decide should they be purple on both sides, purple on top (outside) and cream on bottom (side facing skirt), all cream? I intend to trim the bottom edge with a cream silk stripe. [Poll #1864579]
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Clearly the new crazy bird lady dress won't be done in time for Belvidere, but I'm really okay with this. I'm looking forward to wearing the purple Victorian again because it makes me feel DAMN PRETTY. It's actually silk so it swishes in such a delicious way. I think it also has to do with the fact that the fabric came from dear friends in a moment when I most needed friends and it just makes me feel loved. 

Anyway this is what it looked like last year. I did make the evening bodice for Dress U, but the day bodice is what's appropriate for Belvidere. 

I think I'm going to add a few things I ran out of time for last year. Firstly I'd like to put a kick pleat around the bottom. Something to add a little swish and fullness there. Secondly I'd like a different over-skirt. I know that one as modeled after an original and all...but it just has never "sang" the way I'd like. I'm thinking of doing the apron front pieces from TV208 (can you tell I have it) with the sash back peices and just putting them on a seperate waistband. I can't think of a reason it wouldn't work. I am pretty sure I have more of that cream silk so I could do a band around the bottom edge with it and more lace. And I definitely have more fringe I could put below that. (for some ungodly reason I bought 10 yards...what on EARTH was I thinking!) 

I must say thought it is nice to feel like even if I get NONE of that done, I'm still fine! It's all just extra now. 

So roll call! Who's going? What time are we meeting? [ profile] mandie_rw are you still planning to carpool? Rob may or may not go, his work is rather up in the air. 
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Just to remind everyone this is what I'm going for. Tonight I began in on the actual fashion fabric. And boy I had forgotten how hard synthetics are to work with! I'm covered in little stringy bits that stick to every rough spot on my over washed hands.

I looked long and hard at that bottom ruffle and finally decided I thought it was probably un-ironed knife pleats. I got three widths of fabric sewn together, roll hemmed and pleated. I pinned them on and ta-da! Way too short to go all the way around. But I think I'm headed in the right direction? Thoughts? I did briefly consider switching to gathering as it would save yardage and I only started with 8. But I think with 1.5 for bodice, 3 for the over skirt that still leaves me with 3.5 for the under-skirt. Man ruffles eat yardage for lunch!

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I had my first day of microbiology today, sounds like it's going to be really interesting but I was mildly terrified to learn we'll be doing labs with live pathogens! yikes! I suppose I should get used to being around diseases and using proper precautions...still a dish of e. coli wasn't what I had in mind.

Tonight I got the waistband sewn onto the base skirt for what I have dubbed the CRAZY BIRD LADY DRES of CBLD for short. I'm going to need to pick up one of those plastic birds from the halloween section to throw at small children.

Here is a terrible picture taken with Rob's phone, apparently it's flash is crap. But look proof I sewed some! 

Please be sure to admire my odd colored panel! Tomorrow I shall start decorating it! 
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The last two weeks have been...hard. I don't know this feeling of panic and I cannot figure out WHY I'm so wound up. I've let the house go to hell, bordering on superfund site, and haven't started my dress for Belvidere. Today was my first day of classes, and it was nice to get back to a routine. But looking at my shiney new student planner I realized OH MARSHMELLOWS Belvidere is in 11 DAYS!..uh.

Today involved a rapid rollercoaster of three waits for the registrar, four class changes and $102 in new un-budgeted for fees. yay. Rob meanwhile tore the apt apart looking for his official articles of incorporation (kinda important to not lose right? must be a male filing system thing)...and as soon as he paid $43.00 for new ones I promptly found the old ones in yet another basket of hanging files. Apparently he used to have files..they're just sadly neglected. I've now added them to OUR files that I've kept for the last few years. We now have a shiney new business checking account. Very professional like. I actually really like being able to isolate his business from our personal. Before he never really made enough $ to need it, and while I wouldn't say he's there YET he's getting there.

Crazy I know! But I decided even though I probably won't finish for Belvidere (I'm going solid 80% chance of rewear). I have a Victorian party at the end of Sept and Cairnwood by Candlelight that I could always wear it to anyway. Tonight I got the base skirt cut out of my waste cotton (remember I'm really tight on fabric so using blue broadcloth for the base) only I discovered I didn't have enough. I was short one back I have one dark blue panel. What? too much money going out! Must use up random bits. I'm using TV208 without the apron. Three reasons. 1. I have it on hand. 2. I LOVE the shape it makes. 3. I have it on hand.

So far I got the pieces all cut out and serged together. Then serged the waist line and hemline. I just need to put on the the waistband and it's ready to start covering with rows of pleats and gathers!

I need a name for this dress? Any ideas?
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I feel like I haven't blogged about or made a new costume in ages, and I was on such a roll this year! I have one more week before I start classes for the fall so it's time to think about what's on my event plate. 

1. Belvidere/[ profile] madamekat's victorian party - NEW DRESS (more on that later)
2. Germantown - if it's warm I'll wear the chemise, if it's cold either the evil teal dress or possibly my francaise weather dependant
3. Can't think of anything else, but I'm sure I'm forgetting something.

For Belvidere (which you ALL should come to) I think I'm going to make this blue dress with the blue taffeta I got too late to use last year. It's a synthetic but it's a really good synthetic and frankly I'm a broke student the stash is where it's at. 

I don't have as much fabric as I'd really like to so I'm going to have to be thrifty with my cutting. I plan to make the base skirt out of a matching colored cotton then apply on the rhomus shaped appliques and the bottom pleats. I'm going to start with the bottom layered skirt from TV208 as I have it in my grubby hands and that's a good enough place to start! 
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Yesterday was B-day for the dress. I didn't get it 100% finished, it's missing most of it's trim, but I got it wearable. It even had hooks and eyes on the skirt! I didn't have time to wear a hat, but [ profile] madamekat was so horrified at my uncovered head she lent me a smashing bonnet she made.  The forecast was decidedly cloudy with a chance of frizz so my hair less than behaved. 

Rob and I rolled in around noon, dressed at the curb (a Belvidere tradition) and made our way to find the encampment. We found B, her lovely daughter C, Bob, the Host, [ profile] madamekat and [ profile] ladyxjade we also met some lovely new friends. K and V. K was there last year but we didn't really get a chance to chat. 

We did a little shopping, I bought an antique straw hat, and had our pictures taken A LOT as we walked around. I have to say everyone looked really stunning! It was a little hot in the sun but a breeze came out in the afternoon and we had none of the showers the weatherman predicted.   Mick serenaded us with his pipes and we enjoyed a lovely lunch spread. 

Then while wandering amongst the antique cars an owner asked if we'd like to get in the car for a picture. Would we ever!! and then..HE TOOK US FOR A RIDE!!! You'd have thought we'd never been around the block before! It was sooo awesome. 

We took another group tintype which looked marvelous. I can't wait to get my copy of the scan. All in all it was a great day. Good weather, good people watching, great company.

My pictures are all here
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It's official..I. Hate. Sleeves. Why the heck couldn't those crazy Victorian's have liked things sleeveless, or why couldn't I have picked a style that involves gathered sleeves, then I wouldn't be sitting here at 9pm after having started the sleeves at 3 unable to get rid of that one stinkin' tuck on the left sleeve! 

I eventually gave up for now, we'll see if I'm ever motivated to take the damn things off AGAIN and fuss with them more. Perhaps tomorrow when i don't feel so much like stabbing a seam ripper in my eyeball.

I also got the bias tape machine sewn to the outside edges, now I need to whip that down.  I'm very close to having it essentially wearable. I need to make the overskirt and put all the trim on, hem the sleeves and hem the whole thing...not a horrible list really. 

Anyway here it is so far. A lot of work for not alot to show really. 

My bust point is a lot higher than Polly's so the whole bodice fits me differently. I swear it's a better fit on me.
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Well I had all these grand plans of bodice construction last night...but life happens.

Rob's brother broke up with his serious-thought-it-was-forever girlfriend. He came over here last night and the rest of my night was spent hearing about the whole story. I feel really bad for the guy. And I now know more about what they've done for the last two weeks than I think I remember about my own. 

So this morning we went to the diner for breakfast and now Rob took him off to a movie so I can try to salvage any attempt of having this dress to wear to Belvidere...but I won't lie, hope is fading fast. 

So far this morning I got the mock-up taken back apart and drafted out a new pattern from it. Next step cutting out the bodice.
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So when last I left you the fabric hadn't arrived and I was in a panic of what to do.  Cue my crazy awesome friends. [ profile] madamekat and her awesome partner in crime, who to the best of my knowledge doesn't have a LJ so we'll call her B, come riding in on their  great white horses to save the day!  They are officially my fairy-godmother-gadian-angle-tiara-wearing-saviors and hooked me up with the most AMAZING silk you've ever seen..seriously prepare to be envious. 
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I know gorgeous right? It's bluein natural light and purple in artificial light, and drool worthy in any light.
I tried to kick Rob out of bed on Friday night so it could sleep next to me, but he pitched a whiney fit. (Side note, should you ever want someone super awesome to take on a dinner date [ profile] madamekat and J come highly recommended, the husbands talked computers so we could talk costuming a total win-win)

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I should warn you that in the pictures there's no petticoats on Polly just the bustle cage so it's hanging inward due to her lack of legs. But don't point it out to her, she's sensitive about it. 

It's got a pocket on each side (B dared me! I had to!) and the seams are fully frenched with real placket. I'm not normally this neurotic about finishing (okay I am) but I decided since this dress was only made possible by the kindness of friends I'd use it as a Pay-it-forward dress and loan it out to anyone who needed an emergency outfit, which means other people will see the it had to be perfect! 
Here's a close up of the side back, I'm not sure it's suppose to look like that, but it's gonna stay that way till everything else is done.

And finally I've got a decently fitting bodice mock-up. This lovely floral print  brought to you by [ profile] curiouschilde and I must point out btw that it's a hugely unflattering pattern on people missy :-p 

and a lovely shot of my double chin to boot! Rob apparently didn't believe me when I said "just cut my head off"
Well I guess I better stop avoiding cutting out the bodice or this sucker will never be done!
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*sigh* I got the tracking info from my Aunt for the fabric she was hooking me up with...It's supposed to be delivered on Tuesday. I was counting on it getting here for me to work on this weekend. There's NO WAY I can make an entire dress in four days. Just won't happen. *sigh*

So now I don't know what to do, I don't want to sound ungrateful, but she's also going to be asking me how it turned out so I'm gonna have to tell her it didn't get here in time for me to use it.

I can't decide if I should save the dress I was planning to make for when the fabric arrives, and make something else for Belvidere, or look for more fabric frantically after work tomorrow?

I'm just SO disappointed. I could cry.

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