Monday, September 18th, 2017 11:30 am
Two months until Gettysburg. If I plan a month a dress, that's two dresses. I want three.

Obviously, I need to work. I don't need a month for an 1860s dress.

But I currently have a cold. I wish there was a cold shot like a flu shot. I was very happy with my flu shot last year...
Monday, September 18th, 2017 08:47 am
Well, all that sewing was for naught, since I work up Saturday morning with a mild migraine. Ugh. I literally haven't had one in years, and now my head decides to be unruly? Turned out it was the prelude to a mild head cold, which I'm still fighting off. Yeesh. It couldn't have waited until Monday?

I spent the majority of Saturday and Sunday in bed. I slept for about 15 hours on Sunday, which seems to have helped. I still have a fever blister on my tongue that is making it really hard to talk, so that's fun.

At least I'm getting to see the photos from the day, which is nice. The costumed turn-out seemed low, but it looked like there were several new people that showed up in civvies to check out the group, so that's good.

Since I don't have to rush anymore, I'm going to go back and rework some things on the sacque that I did sloppily or left off for time's sake. I only had one sleeve ruffle, when I really wanted three, so I'm going to take my sleeves apart and add the other two flounces, and the fit of the CF could be better, so I'm going to tweak that a bit. The petticoat also needs more floof. I'm planning to pick up some paper tape after work today so I can make a new 18thC dress form, which will help with fitting tremendously. I also didn't finish M's waistcoat completely, so I'm going to work on that. Hopefully I'll have enough time to finish everything well before the Georgian Picnic in November, but it's a toss up since my sister's wedding falls right between then and now, and the next few weeks might get eaten up by wedding stuff, and I still have to make my bridesmaid gown. Hopefully I can knock that out this week sometime so I don't have to think about it anymore.

Almost all of my weekends between now and the middle of October are booked. Two weekends are taken up with bridal and wedding showers, then there's a vintage airshow in Dallas, my Mom's birthday, a night at the ballet, and my sister's wedding. 90% of it isn't costume related (I may or may not make something vintage-y to wear to the airshow), with only minimal sewing involved for the bridesmaid dress, so hopefully I can get some costume work done during the week. I've really enjoyed having projects to take with me to work for when it's slow.

Next on the agenda, some clothes for M. The horsehair canvas I ordered should be here by Thursday according to tracking, so that means I can finish his waistcoat properly soon. I picked up some fabulous black brocade (at Walmart!) that he'd been eyeing, so that will become a new coat for the Georgian Picnic. There are two embroidered suit jackets that need to be done. I have the embroidery sketched out and the fabric out of storage for the red suit, so I'll probably work on it first. I have the teal silk for his other suit, I just need to decide on an embroidery pattern so I can get started. His silk embroidered waistcoat needs finishing, too, which will happen once the horsehair is in. I don't have any plans for my own costumes between now and the end of the year, so I'm going to try and focus as much as possible on his wardrobe. He needs some complete outfits!
Sunday, September 17th, 2017 06:00 pm
Every weekend should be a three day weekend...
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Saturday, September 16th, 2017 07:25 pm
There's so much weird pinning on the checked bodice that it's a little daunting to work on.

Or I'm just lazy...
Saturday, September 16th, 2017 06:57 am
I finished my cross-stitching project last night.

Windswept Santa

It probably has more detail stitching and outlining than any other picture I've made in the last 25 years. And so many French knots. So many. I'm not crazy about French knots, but at least I don't hate them I like I used to. This is the first cross-stitching piece that calls for lazy daisies as part of the details too.

This project went really, really fast. I've had a fair bit of free time lately.

Since I still have a week before I'll have access to a sewing machine, I'll keep working on Christmas ornaments for the children. This year they're very shiny.
Friday, September 15th, 2017 11:44 am
Last night out of nowhere I tried the checked bodice on and pinned the hems and neckline and fronts. I hate that part. I think (I keep saying I think) I'm happy with it. The front basque folds a bit at the waistline, but I'm fine with that. I have to take in the back basque a bit. It's a little too full.

One of my favorite things about hand sewing is that seams are finished securely and don't pop doing things like this. So of course side seam popped. Oops :)
Thursday, September 14th, 2017 05:00 pm
I really hate making back closing bodices. When I was marking the darts on the current dress, I realized I could make the storm cloud fancy dress a little later 1860s and do a front closing bodice, like the fuschia dress and slightly later spotty evening dress. And that works well for an overskirt too. That sounds so much less daunting.

I reeeeaaaaallly need to get going with all this...
Thursday, September 14th, 2017 12:22 pm
Entering panic mode. So much left to do. How can I give myself so much lead time and still be working down to the wire?!
Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 05:50 pm
Instead of the darts, I entered grades for five hours last night. Oy.

Tonight's goal? Don't pass out before bedtime...
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Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 05:37 am
 My train leaves at 06.55 and I will arrive in Berlin at 18.19. If everything goes well, I have to change trains twice and I don't have that much time at the changes , so I am a little nervous.

Right now I feel like I ought to have taken a plane, since 12 hours on a train today, and again on Saturday, won't be good for my health, but I thought it a good and environmentally friendly idea, and I have to live with that decision. And of course it is much better than flying.

I'm not very good at posting from my phone, so I will probably not write anything before Sunday.
Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 08:19 pm

 


My Take A Breather costume- A remake of my Jem dress 🙂 The belt and shoes were still fine but I also have a glorious new wig. So it needs a really glam dress.


And Ahsoka belt and bracers. I now have the belt wet forming on a dressform.



The horns separated in temperature change, the plastic went up and the clay went down. This necessitated getting the horns able to be worked on more easily and able to be tidied away.



Take the seat off a stool and replace it with the sculpting surface. Perfect height for sitting at 🙂



My back lekku is a little short and the front sit too close so I also had to change how I worked with her.



So I put my old head cast on a dress form. Her neck is so short because I was aligning bust and chin. My shoulders sit much lower and my neck is rather long. This may help exlpain how much work I need to do on patterns to fit them! And why dress forms are rarely helpful.



This is a waratah. It is not supposed to be a standard (long skinny trunk and ball shaped top.) But that is what we have. Also the bottle brush at the back is not a single tree but is doing what the waratah was supposed to.



Finally some of the ducks are back. This one taps on my door for food. And then goes to the other end of the drive to the house to ask for more.

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 11:38 am
I sewed two darts yesterday, so two more today, I hope.

Slowly, it'll get started, then hopefully I'll be myself and quickly get it done!
Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 07:37 am
On the 30th the nazis are marching in Gothenburg. They're counting on being a couple of thousands and there are several protests against them scheduled. And one of them works with humour and plan a "Star Wars LARP" where they will walk before them, blasting the imperial march, wearing rebel outfits.

And ever since somebody who saw a photo of us together said that Rickard and I should do Rey and Luke cosplay I've sort of wanted to do it. But I don't have money for fabric and I don't have time for it, since I'm totally broke, will be away from home from tomorrow until Saturday night and then will work an insane schedule the following two weeks.

But I would have loved to. But we'll join some of the other protests against the nazis instead.

The photo:
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Monday, September 11th, 2017 05:00 pm
Sew one dart. That's not the least bit daunting!

Except, I really just want to drink lattes and do nothing...

Also, note goals tag. I figured it'd be easier to find posts about a dress if every other post wasn't I'm going to thread a needle!
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Monday, September 11th, 2017 05:26 pm
I finished side one of the waistcoat!

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I still need to do the fill pattern on the main body, but the big part is finished. I'll prep the other side tonight so I can do the border tomorrow. Then, hopefully, pocket surround on Wednesday, buttons and fill on side two on Thursday, and assembly Thursday night after work! Huzzah!
Monday, September 11th, 2017 06:09 pm
And we're talking 25 centimetres (ten inches) here!

It looks very nice, though when I tried it on I noticed that the zipper buckles because the fabric has stretched on the bias where it's sewn in. So when I get home from the football (soccer) game I'm watching tonight I'm going to unpick the zipper. It's sewn in by hand so it will take a while, but I'm sure it's worth it.
Monday, September 11th, 2017 08:16 am
I pushed to get as much sewing done this weekend as I could. I am so far behind because last week ended up being a flurry of wedding stuff with my sister - I helped her shop for some wedding-appropriate shapewear, her bridal pictures were on Thursday, and Friday was her bachelorette party. All of that stuff took up any free time I had after work last week, so I lost four days of sewing time (M doesn't pick me up until 9 on Tuesdays, so it was a wash, too) and it really set me back.

I managed to get accomplished what I set out to do over the weekend, which was finish the trim on the gown skirts. I was really hoping to get further along than that, like getting the back pleats tacked down, but that was an optimistic stretch goal, and it didn't happen. Adding the blue edging trim really took a lot longer than I expected. It's an elastic trim, so I didn't want to use the machine to stitch it on in fear of it stretching and making things wonky, so I had to hand-sew all of it on, which took forever. But, I do love how the blue makes the gown pop, and I'm glad I got to stick with my original color scheme.

I need to pick up the fabric for the skirt facings so I can get that sewn in, and then I can finally attach the skirt to the bodice. I still need to cut out sleeves, flounces, stomacher, and robings, but I'm in the home stretch now. I am debating on whether or not to add a flounce to the petticoat, above the serpentine trimmings, but I'll only do that if I have time once the gown is finished. I'll have some late nights finishing everything up before the event, either way.

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I have M's waistcoat with me to embroider today, and I'm hoping to finish all the decorative work on it by Wednesday so I can assemble it on Thursday. No new coat for him, though, so I'm going to try and make him a new pair of breeches to go with his burgundy coat. ~sigh~ At least he'll have a new shirt and waistcoat.

After this, I'll have to make my bridesmaids dress, then I want to finish the Great Pumpkin for the Georgian Picnic. I draped a new bodice for it while I was draping the lining for this sacque dress, so the hard part is over. My stays need some adjustment under the arms, though, as they cut a little high into my armpits. Not comfy. No time to fix that before Casanova, though, so it'll have to wait until after my sister's wedding. So much to do!
Monday, September 11th, 2017 07:22 am
I know these posts are boring, but I do like to post every week. Since this is what I'm doing, this is what you get to read.

Here was the state of the picture last week:
Windswept Santa-week 5

Here it is this week:
Windswept Santa - week 6

I finished the cross-stitches and half cross-stitches yesterday and did a fair bit of the backstitching and French knots and the like that the instructions call "details" and I call "outlining." There's a lot left on the outlining, but I'm pleased with how it looks so far. It's amazing how much better it looks with the edges outlined.

Beside cross-stitching, I've been working on Hallowe'en costumes for the children. Since I'm just at the cutting stage, there's nothing to show. I also started a Christmas ornament for one of the girls while I was at a needlework circle on Saturday. It was a lot more portable than the floor stand I'm using for the cross-stitching. I've knit a few rows of my miser's purse too.
Monday, September 11th, 2017 01:44 pm
Though this may be against people's preconceptions i find that it's harder to bother to dress nicely when I'm thin. Because you know that you look cute (for a 50-year-old) in a jeans and a top too, so you don't have to make so much of an effort as when you're overweight.

It doesn't help that most of my nice skirts and tops are now way too big, so it is more complicated than before. But I'm working on it, and I will try and get some more nice knit v-neck tops when I get my next salary. I had five or six of them in different colours, that I had inherited from Anna, and they were a wardrobe staple - paired with a nice wool skirt I looked well dressed and professional.

A big problem is also that current fashions are for oversize and weird asymmetrical tops, not for classic fine knit cotton sweaters following the shape of the body.

Right now i have very few tops and no money, but I'm doing what I can with what I have and I'm re-sewing skirts as fast as I can/have the energy to.
Monday, September 11th, 2017 04:04 am

Turns out it’s broken, healing but broken. Cartilage does not show up on xrays though and here is weirdness at the jon between bone and cartilage so I will ask for further investigation.


As for what can be done… nothing. Pain relief. But nothing.

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