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Today was a another costume adventure! Seriously what a fabulous weekend for me. This morning I woke up at 8 so I could gather and attach my skirt to my bodice as I got that far before bailing last night, but managed to do hair, finish dress, pack and be out the door in time to pick [livejournal.com profile] hiraimi up only a few min late.

Allaire Village is in a state park in the middle of nowhere NJ and set up like it's from 183-mumble, I think 1836 but I'd bet preciesly nothing on that. Anyway two weeks ago I started a dress from PoF in an extremly obnoxious plaid that just SCREAMED to be an 1830s dress..and damned if I didn't finish
The long bits )
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I actually sewed BEFORE work today (I was in at 10)..hugely impressive for me.

Does anyone know of an example of an 1830s dress with a gathered waist? I don't know why but the idea of pleating sounds horrid to me, I'm strange I fully admit it...
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I've been very proud of myself for coming home and sewing everynight. I've been paying for it with VERY hard to get up mornings but progress has been made!

Monday:
-Second half of eyelets
-Try on bodice to mark darts
-sew darts


Tuesday:
-sew piping on neckline and hem
-sew skirt seams
-Placket


Wednesday:
-Pleat and sew skirt
-Hem

Thursday:
-Enlarge sleeve pattern
-mock up sleeves


Friday:
-sleeves (cut out of lining and fashion fabric)

Saturday:
-some kind of chemisette
-Collar

I just do NOT feel like pleating a skirt today...so I started sleeves! and boy are they going to be the most ridiculous thing I've ever made.
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Monday:
-Second half of eyelets (go me I worked ahead!)
-Try on bodice to mark darts
-sew darts

Tuesday:
-sew piping on neckline and hem
-sew skirt seams
-Placket

Wednesday:
-Pleat and sew skirt
-Hem

Thursday:
-Enlarge sleeve pattern
-mock up sleeves

Friday:
-sleeves

Saturday:
-some kind of chemisette
-Collar

It's sort of possible...I'll keep doing eyelets tonight while I watch tv we'll see if I can work ahead on my "homework" I'm usually pretty fried when I come home so I tried to break it down into small manageble tasks..

party!

Dec. 4th, 2015 11:36 pm
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I got to go to my very first office christmas party! It was actually a fancy sit down luncheon at The William Penn Inn, (the site of the 1st Francaise dinner). It was solidly tasty without being AMAZING. The best part might have been a table of mostly old ladies next to us and us three new nurses ordering a round of Shirley Temples. We's grown ups!

I've only been with the practice for a tad over a month so I figured this would not be my year for a bonus, but I did get one! The gave us (well me and Annie I didn't ask anyone else) $50 visa gift cards. And while if it had been cash I'd have felt obligated to put it in my savings account for the house fun, I cannot so oh darn I'll be forced to spend it!..so any ideas about frivioulous $50 things I can't live without? Every other bonus and gift I've gotten in the last few years has ended up going to bills and now that I have a Real Job (tm) I'm determined to use it for something fun.

I did come home and do some sewing, not a ton as the rich lunch did not sit so well with my cranky GI. I cut the rest of the bodice pieces and sewed the CB seam so I could start eyelets. Then I started looking at pinterest to figure out spiral vs cross lacing and that killed my productivity ;-) Consensus from friends and photos seams to be a mixed bag. I like spiral lacing better for getting into it myself (although I'm not sure how on earth I'd tie the top off by myself) but Rob finds cross lacing MUCH easier to understand (just like your shoe honey). So I'm not sure if I'll do my way or the husband-proof way. 

moo

Dec. 3rd, 2015 10:16 pm
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My sister said it took her 6 months of working as a nurse before she came home not feeling like utter mush...5 more to go :-p It helps to feel like it's coming, a time when I won't walk in and just want to sit and puddle. But I'm trying to keep on plodding.

Today I cut out the lining for the 1830s dress of not making, and cut the front panels. Not the whole bodice mind you, as people who love plaid matching spend FAR too long. and I can't cut more than a certain amount before my back yells at me.




It's going to be SO hideous and I'm SO happy about that...I'm weird aren't I?

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