robinsnest: (Tintype)
IMG_20130317_120352_145

Sadly I don't have the group photo and Rob didn't take any pictures except the ones I asked for of my new wrap so you'll have to wait for others for more in depth photos.

more pictures and event jibbah jabbah )

the obligatory what I wore )

Such a great time was had that [livejournal.com profile] madamekat couldn't handle it and had to be carried home.

IMG_20130317_154607_762
(she's thinking "please don't drop me, please don't drop me, please don't drop me")

Idiot!

May. 26th, 2012 10:11 pm
robinsnest: (Default)
When I was at JoAnn's this morning buying ribbon I stopped by the notions wall and said "do I need hooks and eyes?...no no I don't I have tons"...well apparently I HAD tons. I inherited a stack of cards of them from my great-grandmother's sewing kit and I've just been working my way through them for years. I don't think I've ever actually bought any...well today I appear to have finished them off. 15 min after JoAnn's closed for the night. ARGH. I'm SO CLOSE to being done!! It's kind of frustrating to not just finish

What's left:
Sew down the neck facing
hem sleeves
hem skirt
sew skirt to bodice
add linen to sleeves
add lace to sleeves and neck.
pick fabric for sash and make said sash
oh yeah hooks and eyes so it closes!
sew ribbon around neckline
robinsnest: (Default)
I just finished the hem! It's a very nice hem if I do say so myself. I rather like hand sewing simple things like hems. And one perk of 1910s is that the hems are a lot smaller than a giant 1860s gown.

What's left:
Sew down the neck facing
hem sleeves
hem skirt
sew skirt to bodice
add linen to sleeves
add lace to sleeves and neck.
pick fabric for sash and make said sash
oh yeah hooks and eyes so it closes!
sew ribbon around neckline

I can do this! yes I can! Most of these are very easy. Especially as I've decided to hem the sleeve by machine, I don't feel like trying to get through layers of lace and linen by hand. much simpler to just machine top-stitch, plus you'll never see it through the lace. Now if I can just avoid the lure of a Saturday afternoon nap...
robinsnest: (Default)
I realized while looking at the dress today I forgot to make the sleeves half velvet and half linen. Oops!! I'm thinking I'll just cut off the bottoms, make a linen tube and sew it on. Still annoyed that I forgot that minor details. I didn't get too much done today, just what I could handsew while the baby took a nap. Poor kid wasn't feeling so well, I had no idea that much poop could come out of such a little body!

What's left:
Sew down the neck facing
hem sleeves
hem skirt
sew skirt to bodice
add linen to sleeves
add lace to sleeves and neck.
pick fabric for sash and make said sash
oh yeah hooks and eyes so it closes!

My TV ballgown bodice pattern came today and that just seems SO much more interesting.
robinsnest: (Default)
Getting into the home stretch with the titanic dress.

What's left:
Sew down the neck facing
hem sleeves
hem skirt
sew skirt to bodice
add lace to sleeves and neck.
pick fabric for sash and make said sash.

Really that's not a terrible list all things considered. The goal is for it to be done by Friday so I can move onto the next project.

Next week I'm making a ballgown bodice for the purple Victorian.
robinsnest: (Default)
I made some progress on the titanic dress. The pattern came on Wednesday. Thursday I cut out the bodice, constructed the inner layer and figured out where the velvet goes vs the lace. I ended up using lace from the stash because, well, we're broke. Friday I carefully sewed the lace onto the bodice, cutting a piecing it together so it would make the curve around under the arm.

Today I gathered the bodice onto the fitted lining, and put in the sleeves. The left one looks fab...the right one...it doesn't have any actual goobers somehow it's just not laying as nicely, perhaps if I trim out the seam allowances and steam the heck out of it. Then I started working on the skirt! I was making such stellar progress. I got it all cut out, even remembered to add extra to account for the side pleats...then got it all sewn together and tried it on! The side pleats are at my ANKLES instead of my KNEES and I SERGED the seam allowance!!! *facepalm* guess I know what I'm doing tomorrow night, picking out the stupid serging so I can GET to the seam to move the pleats up. UGH.
_____________________________________________________

On the quest to fit into my clothing front: I did a killer workout yesterday and feel like a 90 year old woman today. Which is probably good. I've downloaded an app that [livejournal.com profile] blackcat452 and my upstairs neighbor recommended (separately!) to help me track my calories. I'm on day two of being on a strict diet, I've been measuring out everything so I really KNOW how much I'm eating. We'll see if it makes a difference or just makes me avoid food all together. I tend to fixate.
robinsnest: (Default)
I turned in (electronically) my final psych paper and take home final today, and had my bio final this morning. Just Chemistry on Wednesday and semester one on Robin's-quest-to-be-a-nurse complete! Then I start classes the very next day for the summer. :-) No rest for the wicked I suppose.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Actual conversation between Rob and I today

Me: if you were Kat what would you want for graduation?
Rob: catnip
Me: no not A cat, Kat Kat.
Rob: a scratching post.

He is USELESS!
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
On the titanic gown front, I've come to the realization that I can't use the Simplicity pattern as it's definitely empire waisted and I need a natural waisted pattern..I COULD try to draft one..OR I could order one...Rob asked me to please order one and save his sanity. It's something I rarely do but I've forked out the dosh for a quality pattern to make this whole friggin' process easier. I've ordered the Laughing Moon Teens Pattern. Asking around the reviews of it are solid and for once I'll have a solid sleeve to start with! YAY!
robinsnest: (Default)
HA! Article Summary COMPLETE! And now to celebrate by focusing on something completely different. Give my your opinions on lace.

Reminder This is the dress we're going for:

hob1

Now do you like:

Option 1:



Option 2:


or Option 3: This one doesn't have as strong of points in it, but looking at the design I think I can carefully cut out so it has stronger points.



I'm pretty sure none of these will be wide enough so I'm going to have to do two rows, but I'm not horribly worried about that.

So thoughts?
robinsnest: (Default)
Feeling more than a tad overwhelmed by school/life/finances at the moment. We covered the last chapter in Chemistry today and we have an exam on in on Wednesday with no class in between. oookay. Here's hoping I don't come up with any questions while doing the homework! Then I have a psych paper to write, two bio articles to do write ups on, and three finals!

I did manage to do a bit of sewing over the weekend. I've made a strict deal with myself to do some etsy before any personal sewing. Doesn't have to be a lot, but I need to keep making things if I hope to ever get that shop off the ground.

Sunday I worked on what I've named the Tim Gunn corset, you see it's motto is make it work. It has a zipper instead of a busk, plastic boning, horrible poly twill tape boning casings, and now eyelets that are perhaps smaller than I realized. BUT the point is to make something that will give me the right shape for under $10.00 and so far that seems to be going alright.

I got the grommets in yesterday so I can try it on and discover just how much too big it is in the hips. I have NO hips you see. Now before you go saying how great trust me it sucks. Pants never fit, my waist always looks thicker, and I await the day I push out a crotchfruit to hopefully make me look more balanced!

Anyway I should scrounge up dinner, I have to go back to school for my last class at 7 (have I mentioned how much late evening classes stink?)
robinsnest: (Default)
Rob's working again tonight (WOOHOO) so I've had another nice quiet evening. I won't lie I wasted a lot of it going down memory lane on youtube. It's a rabbit hole that one!

BUT I did get some corset progress done tonight, I know you're shocked, I'm shocked frankly knowing me. I'm using [livejournal.com profile] jenthompson's great tutorial on her website as an easy guide so I don't have to think to much, bonus no resizing required! This afternoon I blew it up in photoshop till I got the scale right, then discovered that on Rob's Mac you can't tile print a PDF?! WTF on my laptop it was as easy as checking ONE box. GRRR is all I have to say to that. I had to carefully cut it into printable chunks so I could print them all individually then carefully cello them together. I mean really what a pain in the tuchus for no reason.

Then I had to stop and be an adult and clean out the dead body in the refrigerator that was stinking up the kitchen every time you opened the door...and wash all the drawers and shelves. Being an adult seriously stinks...literally.

Anyway this evening I've feeling very...flitty? can't seem to veg in front of the tv as that requires sitting still. I picked up a bit, cleaned off my sewing table, made dinner, fished all the lost pins out of my great grandmothers tomato pin cushion (there were 27) and then was able to focus on the corset (and you wonder why I'm convinced I have ADHD). 

I'm using this white twill something that I found in they stash, I have ZERO idea what I bought it for. and it has some little black smudges on it...but I'm not gonna win any awards for this sucker anyway so it seemed like it's perfect project. I got the fabric ironed and the pieces marked and cut out...then I saw something shiny and wandered away...
robinsnest: (Default)
First I want to say that I'm super proud of my husband. We did the filming for a 5min video for a client a two weeks ago, today they emailed to tell him they LOVE the footage SO much they'd like to make it 3 five min videos and triple the editing contract. This is huge for him and he's really really please and I'm very proud of him.

Secondly, he's out shooting so I can either a) clean the apt b) study for my chem exam or c) plot for Dress U...which would YOU pick.

I've come to the  sad realization that I just don't have the funds to do the Cairnwood dress this year, I love it SO dearly that I don't want to do it "wrong" so to speak.  Which leaves a giant hole in my party wardrobe. Currently I'm not sure what I'm going to wear for either the Tiara party OR the Titanic party.

I have the simplicity titanic pattern, and I swore  I wasn't going to make a teens dress, but I'm kind of contemplating making a simple one. I really want to limit myself to stash things but I know I have no base fabric, but I might find something for only a few dollars at Jomar. Next I'm pondering the undies. I really don't want to buy anything, I have some heavy canvas I could use...but I don't have steel bones or a busk. I'm wondering what a teens corset with zipties would be like? I know they're less than ideal in my Victorian corset because they do add bulk, but like I said we're coasting on fumes here, so really I need to use things that are here.

I think I'd really like to do a regency dress for the Tiara party (I fully blame [livejournal.com profile] blackcat452 although I undoubtedly won't hold a candle to her) but the fabric I have is really good for an evening gown. I have black and silver plaid poly taffeta I"ve always meant to be a Victorian dress.

I really should go through the closet and make a schedule and figure out how many outfits I really NEED anyway.

ETA:

I think I found it! Courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] madamekat I have a whole bolt of hunter green velveteen just looking for a use. It's not super drapey but I don't think the velvet on this one is either.

hob1
robinsnest: (Default)
I have a lot to do tomorrow, including a kitchen remodel at my sister's...so what am I doing awake at 1:15am!...I can't sleep. bah.

Anyway I spent a portion of the evening tonight looking around online for inspiration for the Dress U: Titanic Dinner while sharing links with [livejournal.com profile] madamekat (who was very patient to put up with me) I've never been that into the 1910s so I've never really looked for ones that I like. But this seems to be the occasion to dip my foot in. 

I've found several I like, I seem to be drawn to Queen Maud's style. I like these two which I can't seem to figure out WHERE they came from just that they're making the rounds in the blog world...so someone please tell me 



And especially this one.



Ramblings on how the heck would one make that dress )
If you'd like the see the pinterest board I've created to track some inspiration images Here you go.

September 2017

S M T W T F S
     12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930

Syndicate

RSS Atom

Most Popular Tags

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated Sep. 23rd, 2017 07:49 pm
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios