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I put the skirt on the dressform so I can mark the hem and took pictures. And now I'm posting instead of marking the hem. :p This is my improved dress improver/ruffled bustle, the ruffled panel that gave me fits buttoned to my narrow 1910 petticoat, and the scaly Gala skirt.

For the painted scales, I used a scalloped stencil on the bottom edge of each scale row and used Lumiere paint (a mix of metallic silver and bright gold) well diluted with water and painted with a sponge in upward sweeping strokes. I'm not totally sold on them. I think they look cool when light is shining on them and you can see that they're all shiny, but they don't look so hot in low light. I guess it's fine for the Gala. I'll change the skirt to something less mermaid-y one day, if I can find a nice brocade.


Jun. 1st, 2015 09:24 pm
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Soooo... That skirt that I planned on having done last week... Yeah, still unfinished. All the scaly panels are sewn together and I figured out the pleating of the back panel today so that it fits the waistband, which I also put together today. Still needs to be attached to the waistband, hemmed, and adorned with a pleated organza flounce (which also needs to be cut out and pleated). And I had planned to have my Gala dress done by now. Ha!

Thoughts on CoCo sewing: get the Gala dress done this month and hopefully my Regency stays, then Lost Hope fairy dress, tunic, and turban next month. If I miraculously have any time left, a 1920s one-hour dress from my lavender polka dot rayon.


May. 26th, 2015 10:27 pm
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I was sewing my ruffly petticoat panel and was nearly done, just finished removing the gathering threads having sewn the 3 flounces to the panel, when I discovered that I had sewn the last one with the wrong side facing outward. So then I had to rip that flounce off, which would have been annoying but not terrible if I hadn't also managed to put a hole in the panel! ARGH! Luckily it was a small hole that I could mend and in a place where it will mostly be hidden, but still, super annoying. So tomorrow is redoing the work that I had to undo today, re-gathering and re-attaching the flounce. Then putting the flounce on a band and sewing the buttons and buttonholes to attach it to my petticoat.

On the good side of things, I finished up painting the fishscales on my skirt today. Tomorrow I can iron to set the paint and assemble the skirt panels.
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I finished up my small bust pad, complete with buttonholes and sewing on buttons to my ruffled bustle. Not going to be able to paint today, though, because while making supper I managed to burn my thumb with hot oil and having ice off of it for any period of time longer than like 30 seconds makes it hurt, a lot. Ouch! :(

However, I got my muslin ruffle all cut out and the flounce hems ironed. So I can sew that up this evening instead and hopefully get the painting done tomorrow. Puts a hitch in the sewing, though, because I have to wait for the paint to dry before assembling. Maybe I can cut out the silk organza for the flounce while it dries...
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I started painting the scales on my skirt. It's a somewhat gruelling process and it also takes way more paint than I was expecting, though I'll definitely have enough for the skirt. I got the front and back panels done on Saturday. I was painting on the floor and my back is not pleased with me. But it looks interesting and shiny, and you can definitely tell that the pattern is scales, so all good stuff. Sorry, no pics right now.

Yesterday was a pretty busy day for me and I knew I wouldn't get enough time to do more painting (just the 2 side panels to go), so I started my extra skirt poofers. I have the bustle pad about half assembled and stuffed with fabric scraps. The muslin is washed and dried and needs cutting out and ironing before I can get to assembling it.

I want to get these three things completely finished this week and then next week I can get to work on the train and a balayeuse.
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Looking at the profile picture of myself in my polonaise, I decided that my skirts just don't have enough back poof for the era. I don't really have the time, or the inclination, to make another petticoat right now. However, I've come up with a couple of stop-gap ideas that are quick and easy: a small, flat-ish bustle pad that I can button under my ruffle bustle and a button-on back ruffle for my 1912 petticoat (which is pretty narrow). Both will be put on bands with buttonholes and the ruffle bustle and petticoat will have buttons added. This way, in the future, I can remove the bands and the buttons and the bustle pad can become its own thing and the ruffle can become a part of a new petticoat when I have more time to make one (I'm thinking a yoked petticoat). If I do machine buttonholes and keep everything very simple, should be easy to make these two things in a day. The bustle pad is already cut out and the muslin for the ruffle is in the wash right now.

I've also ironed my sateen for my ballgown skirt and pulled out my skirt pattern. This sateen is from Joann's and doesn't have the nice sheen that the Dharma Trading sateen does, but I think it will be fine once I fancy it up with paint. I can always make a new skirt for this outfit in the future out of something nicer, like a brocade, and switch over the trim, which will be box-pleated silk organdy.
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I'm pretty much done with my print polonaise now. I got the 2 flounces sewn. I even sewed one of them on to my skirt. And then decided I was sick of this project and lazy and feeling behind schedule and needing to start on my ballgown. So I've decided to just have 1 flounce for now. If I feel like adding the other one later, I still can. Then I felt like a bad, lazy seamstress for not following through on my plan and decided I needed to find evidence of skirts with only 1 gathered flounce for this era since most seem to have at least 2 and generally more (I don't have enough fabric for more). I found one, so I can feel justified in my laziness! ;)

This means that I can get to work on my Little Mermaid 1882 ballgown now and hopefully get it done this weekend. First up is the underskirt. I need to trace out the pieces (with pencil, thanks to [ profile] atherleisure's suggestion as a substitute for my too-quickly-disappearing fabric marker) and then mark out my fish scale design. I'm going to paint the scale lines in silver paint. I got the Lumiere stuff after seeing how nicely the gold worked for [ profile] bauhausfrau.

I had my second living history event today. It was all day doing demonstrations for school kids at a local museum that used to be a convent. I was at a station showing how to card and spin wool. Now that I'm better acquainted with people, it's less stressful and more fun. We were outside and the weather was really nice. I met some new people too. And everybody acts like it's perfectly normal to dress up like it's the 1800s! (My kind of people!) I still need to find some sort of shoe that is not obviously modern, but won't bother my feet. I looked awful wearing my runners, but there was no way I was going to stand around all day in shoes that don't give proper support. My feet were tired enough afterwards as is. And one of these days I'll get an outfit made so I can return my loaner costume!

Next living history event is on Saturday, the 30th. It's at Dalnavert House, built 1895, so no need for Regency stuff at this place. It'll be my first outing in my polonaise. There will be pictures!
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I attended my first meeting for my local living history group. It was a lot of fun. The people are super nice, welcoming, friendly, and fun. There was an annual general meeting and then a sewing session. I got a welcome gift as a new member of a period appropriate sewing kit with flat wooden spools for thread, needles in red flannel, little metal snips, a brass thimble, bone buttons, and an awl. (I'm extra happy about the awl. I've been needing one of those.)

The only downer is that because of the local history they do not tend to recreate many eras or much fancy clothing. The focus is on early 19th century. And the people in this area at that time were very early settlers so lots of work clothes. Some ladies had some very nice caps though. They put out the Country Wives patterns. So I need to make some stuff that is appropriate. Luckily I have some repro cotton print dated to 1822 that I can use to make something plainer. I'm thinking something like this. My stays are about half done. Need to get those finished up.

I'm thinking that February is going to be the month of undergarments. I have my stays, my 1880s corset, and my 1880s petticoat to finish. I would also like to make my 1820 dress, but we'll see. March will be my 1882 print skirt and polonaise. Then April will be my Little Mermaid ballgown. Hopefully I will get all these things done by May. Then it will be on to Lost Hope Fairy. I just need to focus!

And yeah, looks like HSM 2015 is not in the cards for me. My sewing schedule just doesn't fit in with the challenges enough. Oh well, one of these days.
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Everyone else seems to be doing it lately and I think I finally almost sort-of have my plans figured out. So here goes:

Thursday night/Pool Party: 1960s confetti cotton dress

Friday classes: 1920s/Gatsby or Little House dress group

Friday night/Ice Cream Social: sounds like this might be the Game of Thrones group time

Saturday classes: 1920s/Gatsby or Little House dress group

Saturday night/Gala: Little Mermaid bustle gown (link to Pinterest board)

(Sunday breakfast: Regency cotton dress or spencer and petticoat)

Sunday classes: Regency Lost Hope Fairy

The 1960s and GoT dresses are already done so I don't need to worry about those. My essential costumes that I NEED to make are my 2 bustle dresses (Little House and Little Mermaid). Then, if I have time I want to make a 1920s and Lost Hope Fairy. If I don't have time, then my 1790s striped chemise gown is my back-up for Sunday and my 1942 green linen dress for day on Fri. or Sat. The second Regency is absolutely bottom of the list, but I got some pretty blush spotted voile that would make a lovely Regency dress and lots of fabrics around that would make good spencers since I have to make a strapped petticoat anyways.

For the 1920s I have 1.5m of black linen-rayon blend that I can trim with white sateen. I thought the black and white combo would be nice for Art Deco styling. Maybe I could also figure out a fun hat. Mostly, I thought 1920s would be less labour-intensive and something I could get done quickly.

For the Lost Hope Fairy, I kept thinking about what I had in the stash and would make sense for the theme. I remembered some shot black and purply-blue synthetic shantung I had sitting around. I also have some black synthetic chiffon. So I decided on a dress the colour of night, with a dress of the shantung and a tunic of the chiffon, dotted with little gold spots I could paint on for stars and maybe some silly tassels. Maybe also a turban with a crescent moon decorating it? My Pinterest board for this one.

Disclaimer: All plans subject to change! ;)
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I bought my Costume College ticket the other day! And a ticket for the Gala! Yay! I can't believe that it's really happening. All I need to do is make a bunch of things to wear now... It looks to me like there are about 4-5 opportunities for costume wearing (not including vintage stuff that can be worn whenever, like it in classes). So here's what I have on the docket, but very little idea on which days to wear what:

  1. 1880s Little House on the Prairie cotton print bustle dress

  2. GoT Tyrell costume

  3. 1882 Little Mermaid gown for the Gala (Hm... just noticed that both of my bustle dresses have "Little" as the theme)

  4. Regency, either something new if I finish my stays or my 1790s white striped dress for the Breakfast with the Bennets (which needs a sash and petticoat, also need to figure out some sort of hair)

Also, hair stuff! I've got to figure this one out. I'm thinking a braided bun of some sort will be nicely versatile for lots of the above.

Other things that I am thinking of bringing, mostly vintage-y stuff for day wear

  1. 1960s pink cotton confetti print dress, has super handy pockets and is very comfy

  2. 1942 green linen dress, need to repair a seam, concerned with the fact that it's linen and wrinkles like a MoFo

Other things that I am thinking of making, but won't really care if I don't get around to it

  1. 1920s 1-hour dress, Gatsby theme

  2. Some other random vintage dress so I can make some use of my fabric stash and patterns that I have

  3. 1890s something, totally a pipe dream, I think 1890s might be my post-CoCo era

Whew! So many plans and thoughts! Anyone else bought their ticket yet? What do you think you're bringing or wearing to what (even though it's still months and months away and all plans are subject to lots and lots of change)?
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I originally wanted to do an 1882 Snow Queen. However, fabric dyeing adventures have resulted in more of a sea green colour than an icy blue/green. So I think I am going to change to an 1882 Little Mermaid. I still like my other dress design, but in the interest of being mermaid-y, I am going with something else. One of the contenders for a design was this yellow one from Peterson's (made available online by [ profile] jenthompson):

I think a short train will be tail-like, especially if I add some frills. And I can make little corsages for the shoulder and train with seashells and pearls and other sea things. I already have a pearl bead necklace and earrings. I can also paint a fan with an under-the-sea design. My big genius idea is to get some white sateen for the skirt and paint it with a scale design in silver.

What really sold me on this change in design, other than the fabric colour, is the fact that it will require me spending less money. Instead of all the silk gauze I was planning on getting, I only need a little bit for the neckline. And sateen is cheap at Joann's, which is somewhere I can easily stop by on a trip to the States some time in the next several months, especially with a coupon.

I'm trying not to be to CADD with my CoCo plans, but it's difficult. I keep thinking it would be fun to do 1890s/Anne of Green Gables puffed sleeves. And then [ profile] nuranar was talking about The Prisoner of Zenda (which was actually one of L.M. Montgomery's favourite books) which is from the 1890s. And I happened to have the 1952 movie version recorded. So I watched that yesterday. The costumes are by Walter Plunkett (of Gone With the Wind fame) and they are GORGEOUS! (It helps that they're also in glorious Technicolor. :p) But trying to be good...


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