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Jul. 12th, 2017 11:23 pm
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I ran a bunch of errands today. I had to do stuff to get ready for CoCo like get American currency (the exchange rate right now isn't terrible, yay!), buy a hair donut as well as other weird stuff to put on my head, and get a new phone. I now have a brand new flip phone! I really loved my old one and want it to work, but it was from 2006 and on an EVDO network, so it was starting to not work and the battery was pretty much done. And I am still rebelling against smartphones. So I got to surprise the lady at the store by getting a new flip. My last couple of errands that I need to get done for CoCo that aren't sewing related are: get a long-distance text package and book the shuttle to and from the airport.

I also sewed all the snaps on the lace overdress and all it needs now is some hooks and eyes and a hem. First 2 pictures here without flash, the last one with flash. The lace and net are actually white, so the colours are truer in the last photo.


I spent the other day assembling my Regency petticoat, so now the front and back panels are sewn together, have pocket slits, and a CB slit for the closure. It still needs to be gathered to a waistband, have straps attached, and a hook and eye closure done. Hoping to get both of these items done this week.

Oh, and also, on Sunday, I had an event with local friends and have pictures of our picnic in the park, but no time at the moment for posting them.

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Got through the written portion of my exam on Friday. I think it went alright. I don't think I had brilliant answers, but I do think they were good enough to get the pass. (It's a pass/fail exam.) I was dead tired afterwards. Getting up 2 hours earlier than normal and writing a 4-hour exam is exhausting. I was able to join in on the tail end of a Google hangout with sewing buddies though, which was good. I was in no condition for sewing though and just hung out instead. My profs told me to not even look at my exam answers that day and just relax. I ended up taking a nap, going out to dinner with my parents, and then seeing Alien: Covenant with my dad. Good times! The 1-hr oral portion of my exam is on Monday, so now I'm reviewing my answers and preparing for that.

I think I may have actually settled on a plan for my suffragette dress. I know I keep saying that, but I hope it's true this time because I bought supplies. I'm still going to use the Tub Frock from Cut of Women's Clothes as a base pattern. But my green fabric is too light and sheer to use as a single layer. Instead, I'm going to use the green silk-cotton as an underdress with a sheer cotton and lace overdress/lingerie dress. I have some lace fabric in my stash from when my aunt let me take whatever from her stash after she decided to retire, so that saved some money. I also have a few yards of some other lace trims in the stash that I can use for a bit extra. Today, I bought a couple of metres of cotton voile and a bunch of hooks and eyes and snaps for closures.

The plan is to use wide chunks of the lace fabric for the top of the bodice, near the bottom of the skirt, and for most of the elbow-length sleeves. The rest will be the voile, with a little of the lace trim at the neckline and some vertical lines on the skirt and bodice. Inspiration from these gowns from Abiti Antichi, Museum of New Zealand, Adored Vintage, and an unknown Pinterest source, respectively:


May

May. 22nd, 2017 09:13 pm
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This month has been almost a complete wash in terms of sewing. I've been reading pretty much all the time that I'm not eating, sleeping, or out of the house. However, my exam is this Friday, so I will finally get some sewing time after that (well, after the follow-up oral exam on Monday). Things I am going to do the week after I finish this exam (ie. the time before I have to get into reading for the next one):
  • read something for fun, a friend published a post-apocalyptic novella recently that I am looking forward to reading
  • finish up my silk ballgown, which includes adding the last bit of lace and putting in closures and making the overskirt+sash
  • cook delicious food, I want to make pasta and smoke some brisket or something (I watch a lot of Food Network)
After that, I'll have to get started on my suffragette outfit. I think I may have actually finally settled on a plan? I may do the 1910-1911 Tub Frock in Waugh's Cut of Women's Clothes:

The waist measurement is pretty close to mine and the rest isn't fitted, so theoretically I could just whip it up without having to do a mock-up or a lot of fitting. It has an interesting cut, which would add visual interest for my plain solid green fabric. And I could have a violet bow at the neck with a white lace collar to do the suffragette colours. I want it to be a quick project because I really want to get to work on something else...

Namely, 18th century stays! Because I want to do that. I have ideas and plans and that is where my brain is right now. I want to use the pattern in the Kyoto Fashion book for these stays:

This got a little picture heavy )
Thoughts/questions that I am pondering and would be happy to hear from you about if you are so inclined:
  • Can I get away with not doing a mock-up of my suffragette dress?
  • Should I use canvas for a strength layer of my stays? I can get it here and not break the bank
  • What should I use for the lacing/cording in the front top half of the stays?
OK, back to studying. Gotta review some poetry. Ugh.

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