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My partner in crime has decided to muggle it up at coco so now im wondering if i want to bring Jareth at all D: but then ig i do my white gown as the evening option, what do i wear during the day?
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Or, as I like to think of it, it's the perfect time to panic!

White gown:
  • piece in the front bit that's missing, then hem. I think i will leave the length. the length got tweaked just a bit.
  • trim and stitch up CF And waist
  • sleeve ruffles
  • hem petticoat
  • future: add a ruffle to petticoat, some sort of neckline decoration? None of the extants i looked at had any
  • cap
  • neckerchief (in progress)
  • loops and ties to bustle up the skirt

  • trace the pattern (in progress; the cat likes to try to "help")
  • make a mockup? Won't have time!
  • need fabric and braid
  • convince nicole to make me a badge
  • sew!

Habit shirt:
  • collar
  • ruffle
  • button/holes

Once most of that is done:
  • rehem curtainalong petticoat Not happening.
  • hem curtainalong gown Also not happening.
  • add ruffle to white taffeta petticoat
  • make a white underpetticoat (the blue one doesnt show through at least)

Still so much to do...

Also so many things I just won't get to :( I won't have a pool party outfit ready unless its very last-minute. I won't have a social outfit if I don't get the skant done. I still don't know what I'm wearing on Friday (maybe victorian... I have some things sort of done already), I really should have a petticoat ready for the habit class, and then I thought yesterday that maybe I should bring some Regency stuff? I don't want to pack different eras for every day! (oh i could bring the Game of Thrones outfits, those are nice and also - already done)

I'm also looking at my timing. Like, tonight and tomorrow I have for sewing, Saturday-day I'm going to see my gramma, saturday night I could do stuff but I might be too tired, Sunday is the DO ALL THE THINGS day... laundry, probably jewel-gluing, it's the planned day for K-days... Monday might be the laundry and gluing day instead. Tuesday I will pick up my cat-sitter and get some groceries for them, and of course pack. At some point I need to clean my apartment.

Maybe I shouldn't have written this list lol. I felt more in control before I did.
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All i need is sleeve fluffage :D its all hemmed and ready amd holy shit i cant believe i made this beautiful thing thats decorating Josephine.

Tomorrow I'll start on the accessories!
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One crucial task i forgot was the need to bind the stays... Especially since i went and bought tape for the straps. (i dont haaaaaaave to right? Just secure the ends of the channels?

Gown got hemmed last night, and i think ill do the petticoat tonight. Then maybe the CF and try yo make a decision about the sleeve. What the heck is a round cuff, anyway.
anxietyyyyy )

I better get back to it. Its not gonna hem itself!
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I sort of took yesterday off from sewing. I was going to my mum's to play board games so i sat down to watch youtube videos to refresh my memory on how to play them, and then thought that i really should sew while i watched. Two hours later i had the second sleeve attached to my habit shirt. When i got home i did hems and the shoulder inserts. All i have left is the collar and a ruffle and button/holes.

So there is... 9 nights before i leave. One of those is gaming and one is probably kdays. I have to spend at least one regluing jewels to Jareth, and one packing. So 5 days, most likely. I wrote my to-do list down and it probably looks more intimidating than it is D:

White gown:
-piece in the front bit that's missing, then hem. I think i will leave the length.
-trim and stitch up CF And waist
-sleeve ruffles
-hem petticoat
-future: add a ruffle to petticoat, some sort of neckline decoration? None of the extants i looked at had any
-loops and ties to bustle up the skirt

-trace the pattern
-make a mockup?
-need fabric and braid
-convince nicole to make me a badge

Habit shirt:

Once most of that is done:
-rehem curtainalong petticoat
-hem curtainalong gown
-add ruffle to white taffeta petticoat
-make a white underpetticoat (the blue one doesnt show through at least)
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My fingers are sore but SO WORTH IT

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Sewing sewing sewing. It occured to me just today that if you have a nice selvege on the front edge you don't need to hem it. Booooring! But im getting through DS9 (doesnt everyone watch sci fi while sewing historic?) and finally getting to the fun part - pleating!

How do i always roll my needle into my cuticle and draw blood? Ouch.

I wanted this done today but it'll probably be tomorrow or Monday, if i include hemming. Then i gotta get back to the habit shirt.

And i printed the skant pattern, but it printed double sided. Gonna have to spend time tracing and lining it up. Some day I'll be prepared fpr a con, but today is not that day.
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Sleeves made. Was happy with my draft/result, but i drafted it from a different gown so it doesnt seem to work quite the same? If i put the sleeve seam where yhe bodice pattern said, the sleeve curves inwards to the body but the back point hits the corner of the back and straps really well. If i rotate it around to where it lies the smoothest, the seam is at the corner of the armscye and the corners at the top are wrong. What do??

Also trying to set sleeves into one-piece shoulders is stupid. Tempted to cut it off and do a pieced strap.

I have a bbq tomorrow so wont get back to it until sarurday. Go go gadget brain!
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I went fabric shopping after work amd got almost nothing i really needed. I talked myself out of skant fabric for now - found perfect colours for TNG but the closest TOS was a little too dark, though in the right tone. I might go back for it anyway.

I got almost 3m of sparkly zebra print to make a dance costume out of, it was $3/m, how could i resist? :D also some fsbric to make knitting bags out of, and more twill tape.

A big storm rolled in this afternoon, big enough to set off a migraine. I was gonna work on sleeves tonight, and i still will, but its gonna be slow going.

And i tried on my stays and shift and bodice when i got home. Theres a very consistent 1.75" excess at CF, and the neckline is perfect! Very pleased!
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Anxiety dump )

Urgh, how does one add boning channels after the bodice is already assembled? I forgot about them despite them being clearly marked on my pattern :/
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Gpt the holes for my new stays poked in the right spot this time. Of course i immediately had to try them on! And then try on my bodice mockup soon after. It still needs a couple tweaks but the fit is much better with a different silhouette. I feel relatively ok with proceeding, but kind of want to make one more mockup before cutting the fabric and lining. Urk!

I think my last real pattern hiccup now is the skant. And then sewing ALL THE THINGS! 2 weeks... I can do this!
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I think i got my pool party dress sussed out... Made a mockup, made a small-bust adjustment (i have OPINIONS) and made a second mockup. I think itll be a two-tone dress with a black cumberbund, once i decide on fabrics :D

Its marginally cooler today, plus i closed my blinds once the sun cleared the tree. Slow and steady wins the race!
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I loooove summer for the long nights. Its almost 10pm and its still light out! I dislike summer for the heat. Environment Canada actually issued a heat warning for several days of sustained temperatures near 30C. This is nothing compared to the south, and we all know that, but its toooooo hoooooot. (we also get cold warnings when it's gonna stay at -40 for more than a few days, but the heat feels harder to handle)

I decided to knit a hat, and i finished that today so its back to work on my habit shirt. My place isnt actually that hot right now, which is nice, but it doesn't take lo g for me to start overheating if im away from the fan. I really need to get back to work on my stays so i can get the gown started! I guess i could fit it on top of the other ones but i really want the later silhouette. Soon i need to pick up fabric and figure out how to enlarge the patter for the skant.

Tomorrow im supposed to go to my d&d group but im still mad about last time. I thought i might go one more time, and we also play in a nice cold basement, but im torn. There's just one player i dont want to see, the rest are fine. Need to decide soon. Like, before 8 am soon. Augh i dont know what to do.

Except sew. And not melt in the heat.
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Woooo long weekend!

Buttons are all attached to the teagown. Next up: sleeves and hem and then its basically done.

Sewed up a mockup of shorts this evening. They need work. I might not get back to it until August though.

Sunday im supposed to work on my cosplay, and then i really nees to retackle the stays. Then... I might try to gwt the skant pattern sussed out. We'll see! That's ambitious enough for one weekend :)
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It is considerably cooler today; it was just starting to storm when I walked in the door. Phew! I got my corset on and a petticoat and tried the gown on. Took out a tiny bit from the chest and neck and the soldiered on! It has a collar and facing and neck binding too :) I got really enthusiastic and cut a yard off of what was left and made a TON of binding, and I ended up needing only a little lol. Oh well, I like bias tape, and I love this fabric.

Pondering button options (I know for a fact I don't have enough of the same type), a waist stay and how I want to tackle the hem. I definitely want a facing, and I should probably cut off the hem allowance before I put that on. How deep should it be? 4"? 6"? I think I should put it on before tacking the facing down too, so it doesn't show at the CF. For the buttons, I need to get those on before I can do the darts. Trimming aside, this is a very quick project!

Eta: here's my current button choices. They're all small, 1/2" or so, but i have lots. Opinions?

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Look at this gooorgeous gown I found earlier today. Cream lace and olive ribbons are calling my name...

I have the gown back constructed right now. it's so pretty! Regrettably it is about 4 degrees cooler than the surface of the sun at the moment, so progress might be slow.
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I cut out the tea gown today. I forgot to bring my bodice adjustment pattern though, so i left the fronts uncut until i can do that. I tjink i need a butt-ton of lace for the hem :D i need to look up other trimming ideas!

Lace resources pls!
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Decided to binge the rest of Downton Abbey, finally. Gah I love this show.

Also decided to go to Queen in 2 weeks. Sure I saw them before, but how many more times am I going to get to??

Trying not to think about how much sewing I need to do D: I completely forgot what I was doing with the stays, so I put the grommets into the boning channel, and then was punching them upside down and completely mangled them. They destroyed the ribbon I used to try them on. Gah. I cut new fronts the other day but haven't sewn them on yet.

Except I do need to think about how much sewing I need to do, because I need to start budgeting my time. OK, Sunday is booked. Going to get some jewels glued down and cut out my tea gown, plus some errands. Ideally I'd like to get my stays re-sewn to the point where I can poke holes in the proper places, but I can save that for next week if I need to.
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How has it been 8 days already since the last time I wrote? Partly it's because I find being on my computer kind of weird, like if the laptop is open and on, I have to BE ON THE COMPUTER, even if there is nothing I need to do and I end up just faffing about the internet. So I experimented last week and did nearly everything on either phone or tablet, which was much easier to pick up and put down. That's a thing I've been struggling with for pretty much the entire time I've had a computer, esp once the internet was a thing, and quite frankly I'm tired of it. The only things I really lack on a mobile device are decent Dreamwidth apps, reliable Blogger readers, and a good character builder app for D&D/Pathfinder.

Yesterday was the memorial picnic for my friend who was murdered 5 years ago. We went to the food bank and sorted food for nearly 3 hours and then had a tour of their facility (I guess it's usually the other way around, but stuff needed rearranging lol). Amazing what goes into their work. Then we went to her widower's house for a BBQ. It's so sad that we have to have a memorial picnic every year, but at the same time I'm happy to see everyone again. Such a wonderful group of people.

Today was Waterpark day! We seem to end up doing it on Father's Day every year, which I guess is OK lol. The waterpark was so empty! Even the parking lot when I went back to my car, only a few vehicles had filled in, and it had been over 5 hours since I'd parked. SO WEIRD for a tourist attraction.

Last week I had that "omg it's 7 already, where did the time go???" and feeling like I had no time to do anything, except it was *only* 7, and I frequently stay up much later and sew until about 10pm. Plenty of time! I decided to finally make the slip to go with a recent dress make, and totally finished it, from pattern tracing to hemming, by 10pm, and that was including making myself dinner. It felt so naughty to be sewing lingerie, even thought it was literally tshirt material.

Tuesday was Wonder Woman (LOVED IT), Wednesday was my game, Thursday was dance, Friday I had an appointment and then went to see a lovely old sewing machine (he was initially giving it away, and then decided he'd rather make retail money) and did some shopping. Kind of a whirlwind week!

Now it's Monday again almost, and tomorrow is laundry, Wednesday is a work picnic, Friday is game, and Saturday is a birthday party! But it is time to buckle down and get sewing!

The list:
- I would like another shift
- get my stays done
- habit shirt
- white dress
- Disneybounding dress for the pool party
- Star Trek skant for the social
- curtain-along dress
- tea gown
- if I'm feeling very ambitious, a NF gown for Friday, all trimmed out. I cut strips what require hemming and then went "augh so much work"

Someone is hosting a Georgian picnic on July 9 that I hope to attend, but there's also a Regency promenade the day before that I might require a day dress for. I actually want to take apart the pink linen one I never wore and see if I can't salvage it but we will see. I may not attend either event :( The promenade is allowing us the option of an 1860s gown because of Canada's birthday but I just don't know if I have the time or inclination to go that route at this moment.

Alright, enough chatter, time to get some work done :)


Jun. 10th, 2017 09:46 pm
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I was away last week with all the mail drama, and I heard back that the letters got returned! I wonder if they were missing the apartment information? I'm def leaving feedback that postal mail is just so old school and inefficient! (Were the letters nice at least, pretty paper and all that? Somehow I doubt it.)

I got back this afternoon and I already seriously miss the mountain chalet. Yeah it was hot in the afternoon with the west-facing windows and getting direct sun for several hours because the sun doesn't set until well after 9pm, but it was quiet and the most direct neighbours were the swallows that lived in the roof and no one smoked anywhere near my windows and it was GREAT.

I didn't get much sewing done. I did take off my shift sleeves, shorten and narrow them, and reattach them, all by hand. I elected not to do any other handsewing and instead spent like 4 full days just knitting. It was great. And in some ways it was easier to feed myself? We had limited options cuz we were 2km up a mountain, but we had to PLAN and that made all the difference. Here I have some egg salad my cat sitter made and a bunch of options that require prep and I just can't be bothered. Ah well.

But I am excited to sleep in my own bed tonight, and my cat has generally forgiven me for abandoning him (in good care but try to convince a cat of that!). Just counting down the days until I don't need to share walls...


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