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I put on my chemise, corset, hoop, gored 1890s petticoat, and tucked petticoat, and then my print dress to mark the hem. My mom helped me by pinning up the hem. So that's done. Now it needs a facing, which means I need to find something to make a facing out of. Anyways, the point of listing all the undergarments was that I had totally forgotten about my tucked petticoat, but it makes a really nice over-hoop layer. It's all rectangles, so it adds bit more fullness all around, which I think looks right. I may have spent a few hours looking at photos c.1865-1875 to figure out skirt silhouettes and how to adjust my hoop to make it work for early bustle so that I don't have to make a bustle just yet.

Upon further reflection, I've decided that I didn't distribute the skirt properly when attaching it to the waistband, so it looks a bit skimpy over the back when worn with the hoop. But not enough that I'm going to redo it. I'm just noting it so that I remember for future reference.

Ok, I'm also super sniffly/running nose/sneezy. So I wasn't actually very productive on sewing today. But slowly things are getting done.


Jun. 14th, 2012 01:34 pm
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The tucked petticoat has now been altered. The hem is re-hemmed and the waistband closure has changed from ties to hooks and eyes. I'm really glad I made these changes so that the petticoat is right, instead of letting it sit around unworn. I tried it on with my 1840 corset yesterday. It looks good, but obviously I need more than just one petticoat to get a good early Victorian silhouette. So, I've started my corded petticoat. The panels were already ripped (2 panels of 45" fabric), and yesterday I sewed up one side seam and marked and ironed the hem. I'm going to sew up the other seam once I've marked the cording lines. I'm thinking that the cording will be very close together at the bottom and graduate the spacing as it goes farther up.

I'm still trucking along with the baby blanket. It's about 3/4 done. I'm super excited for my next knitting project; something that is actually wearable, and for me: a sweater! A short-sleeved, collar-less version of Simple But So Attractive from A Stitch in Time Vol. 2. I went yarn shopping with my dad last weekend and we picked out a cherry red, baby alpaca-silk blend. So soft! I hope my knitting is improved enough by this blanket to really do justice to the beautiful yarn of the sweater. The pattern is pretty simple and the instructions are so clear that I should be alright. I've never made anything that wasn't a rectangle before though, so I'm kind of nervous, but still excited. So many daydreams of vintage sweaters are running around in my brain!


Jun. 8th, 2012 12:27 am
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A little late to the party, but I joined Ravelry today. I wanted to see some sweaters actually made up from A Stitch in Time Vol. 2 to help me narrow down which sweater to start with. It'll be my very first time knitting a sweater. I haven't made anything that wasn't a rectangle yet, except for an experiment with lace edging. Should be interesting. Anyways, as I was browsing around on Ravelry looking at vintage sweaters, I saw [ profile] koshka_the_cat on there (for her sontag). Then I realized that a bunch of people on LJ are also on Ravelry! So I tracked you guys down and added you to my friends. I'm on there as mala-14 if you feel like adding me.

In sewing news, I've finished my 1908 mock-up and ordered the busk and some boning. I also ripped out the hem of my tucked petticoat to shorten it about two inches. I'm planning on re-sewing the hem tomorrow. I think my next project will be the corded petticoat. I've already got the panels ripped for it and I have some hemp cording that should work. I've been procrastinating on it because it seemed like so much work, but productivity seems to be at an all-time high this year, so I figured there's no time like the present. Plus, after seeing pictures of [ profile] jennil's new 1840s dress, it really makes me want to get cracking on my own late 1830s dress. Maybe I can get the corset and the corded petticoat both done this month. Then I'd feel really good about myself. ;)
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Well, I spent a much smaller amount of time than I expected putting in the last of the grommets in my 1840 corset. Then I tried it on. There are some stress wrinkles. Most of them would probably go away with more boning, but these corsets tended to be minimally boned, so I'm saying that the wrinkles are period correct. ;) (And I'm too lazy to cord it.)

Then I tried it on with my tucked petticoat. I am actually liking them so much that I feel way more motivated to work on 1840 stuff. I need at least two more petticoats. Unfortunately, it's not really on the schedule for the near future. Also, I still need to shorten my tucked petticoat because it is about 2-3 inches too long. Shortening it is on my near future sewing schedule. Ironing it is also on the schedule. lol

More pictures )
I'm glad that I've finished this UFO. There are so many other projects I want to get to work on. Now that classes are over, I should have more time to work on sewing... When I'm not studying for exams, of course. And I'm going to my faculty's grad because even though I'm not graduating, several of my friends are. And the theme is Old Hollywood, so obviously I need a new dress for that. That's next on the list, I think.
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Here it is, the stuff I sewed in 2011. I didn't do any knitting like I wanted to, but I was far more productive than usual. I got done, on average, just over one project a month, which was my original goal for the year. I think I can up my productivity for next year a little bit. I have some new strategies, like to just force myself to get started, because once I've started I have no trouble continuing. So...

Grape dress- which I want to re-fit in the waist section before I wear it

The rest )

Whew! That was a lot. It seems like this was a pretty productive year for everyone on my Friends list. See you all in 2012! Happy New Year! And best of luck with all your future sewing projects!
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I made two skirts in the past month. Both of them pretty easy, simple projects, and both of them using up leftover cotton from my quilt.

First, the pink print skirt, with pockets. I came up with the pattern myself. It was mostly a "cut your coat to fit your cloth" sort of pattern, basically a trapezoid with hollowed out bits in the front for the pockets. Waist is just wide elastic.

Skirts! )

I feel pretty productive when I think of my skirts. They were nice quick and easy projects. And I got to experiment with two different pocket methods, which was a plus. Unfortunately, what I really need are pockets of doom. Neither of these skirts is designed to hold the amount of stuff that I like to have in my pockets. When I put my wallet and phone in the pink one, the lines of the skirt are all distorted. In the sprigged skirt, the pockets tend to drag the flounce down and hang below the flounce. I could have made those pockets shorter, but then they wouldn't hold all my stuff. I would have cut the flounce longer, but didn't have enough fabric. But that's not the fault of the skirts. They're still nice and I think will get worn this summer. :)

I also made a tucked petticoat, to go toward my 1840 underpinnings. I feel like I'm on a roll. I just need to keep going. Next, is to make some adjustments to my slip pattern then sew that up. I drafted up a knickers pattern to go with it. Also, I'm thinking some new shorts would be good, and I have some leftover black twill that would be perfect. Summer will continue to be busy!


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