Mar. 8th, 2012 03:31 pm
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Ok, this one is very late. It's my Wednesday Addams dress from Halloween. I made it using a heavily modified vintage 1963 pattern. It has cool princess seams that start at the shoulder in addition to a side bust dart. I thought that was a neat way of doing things. The actual fabric is a somewhat darker gray. I'm thinking that if I don't wear this with braids and black tights, I could get away with it as actual clothing. Maybe?

And a pocket )
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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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It's currently an essay-filled time at school. Which means lots of reading, note-taking, brainstorming, and grinding and mind-numbing writing. I think it's going alright though. I've allotted a specific amount of time for each essay so that I can concentrate on each essay individually and am not distracted by the others at the same time. That's how my brain likes to work.

This is the reason that the sewing goes slowly. I finished my Wednesday costume in good time though. While it was a bit tough for some people to figure out who I was (when I told them, I got lots of "That's what I thought! But I wasn't sure and didn't want to say that and be wrong."), lots of people thought it was a good costume. I also got one of the best compliments a sewintist can get, people asked me where I got the dress. When I told them I made it, they were astonished. Even the people who know that I sew thought it was pretty awesome. So that was great. :)

In other news, as though I didn't already have enough going on, I decided to participate in NaNoWriMo. I wanted to last year, but thought that I had too much school going on. I probably have just as much school stuff this year, but I didn't want to pass it up again. Plus, I figured that if I didn't start now, I never would. It's only two days in and I'm having a blast. I have so many random ideas, it's good to finally have the impetus to get one down. I'm trying to do about 2000 words/day to give myself a little bit of leeway for the days when I may not be able to get much done. It's a historical fantasy, which is probably one of my favourite genres because it mixes my two favourite genres of historical fiction and fantasy. Good times!
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Well, for my Wednesday costume anyways. After sewing on a dozen buttons yesterday evening, the dress is now completely wearable. (This is good because I need to wear it tomorrow!) The only thing left is to sew buttons and buttonholes for the pockets to prevent them from peeking open and showing the white lining, but it's not completely necessary. The fit is a tiny bit snug, but not too bad.I can always let it out a smidge later if it's really bothersome. Aside from that, I like how it looks. The white collar and cuffs really pop against the gloomy dark grey main fabric. It's going to be pretty darn cool with the braids, tights, and the slightly goth-y makeup! :)

It's been tough fitting in sewing time with all the homework that I also have. I'm glad my costume was so simple and straightforward. For the rest of the term I have, on average, about one essay a week, so I'm pretty busy. However, I still want to get started on the plum wool jacket next week. By doing a little bit at a time, I may still get it done before winter really sets in. Here's hoping!
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Yesterday I cut out some pockets for my Wednesday costume, marked the darts, and sewed all the darts. Today I sewed the front pieces to the side front pieces. It's not very exciting, but between the bathroom renovations that are going on at my house and the fact that it's mid-term time at school, it's still progress at least. I'd probably be a little farther along if I wasn't so lazy about changing the colour of the serger thread from white to black. There's not too much to do for this dress. Hopefully, I can get it done over the weekend and get cracking on my jacket. The weather has turned cold all of a sudden, like around freezing temperatures, and a wool jacket would be so nice to wear. (Before it gets really cold and I have to get out my "for real" winter coat.)

In other school-related news, I'm pretty ecstatic. I won an award for an essay I submitted! It was a $50 prize. I got the letter in the mail yesterday and it really made my day. :)
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My Wednesday costume is now mostly cut out. It occurs to me while typing this that I forgot to cut a facing for the neck to attach the collar. Darn! I don't have much fabric left either, so maybe just some narrow bias strips, possibly pieced to finish of the inside collar. Ok, so I still need to do that and cut out the parts that are white (collar and cuffs). Not too bad. The fact that there are so few pieces makes it easier. I modified a 1963 shirt dress pattern. It originally had a waist seam, but I got rid of it in favour of princess seams. I'm excited about this costume because I have two occasions to wear it to, so it'll get lots of use this year.
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Mock-up #1 was thrown together this week and tried on. I don't think I need a second mock-up. This style of corset is so easy to fit; just vertical seams, not a ton of compression, no bust to mess around with. The lacing gap may have been a tad on the small side, but the fabric I used for the mock-up has a tiny bit of stretch, so it should be fine when I use coutil. The neat thing about the corset is how it makes me stand. If I stand up straight, it actually feels funny in the lower back. This is corrected when I adopt the "period posture" of being slightly leaned forward. Very cool!

This project is on hold for the next little while. I need to order the hardware, and since I'm not working right now, I wanted to wait until I get a job before spending cash on projects. So my next project will be the plum jacket, since I have all the stuff for it already. Plus, the weather is getting a little more cool, and by the time the jacket is done, it should be the perfect time to wear it. :)

In other sewing plans, I was having a tough time trying to figure out a good Halloween costume. Well, I finally found it: Wednesday Addams! I just need to make a dark coloured shirtdress with a white collar and cuffs. I already have black hair to braid. Throw on a pair of black tights and some pale make-up and I should be all set. Maybe make a headless doll if I feel up for it. ;p


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