Ugh, three hours to make one sleeve. Bloody freakin’ hell. Wasn’t even hand-sewn! Just fiddly as all get out. Only took a few teeny breaks to see some of the fights during the Sharks game and relieve my back. Here comes Calgary, should be interesting. Nose back to the grindstone…
I just got a vintage chemise off eBay to wear with my gown. It’s perfect! Fits great and the neckline is the right shape for the low neck of the bodice (at least in a quick try-on last night). My old Victorian chemise is black and I was worried about it showing and about the
Piping has been applied in all the places it’s supposed to be. Well, not the sleeves, since I needed to design them first. Speaking of which, I’m going to pat myself on the back for figuring out these sleeves entirely on my own, no patterns, no friends helping, nothin’. They’re not all that complicated, but
I made piping and stuck it on the bodice. It did not kill me. Yay. <—ironic Took pix but not posting them because y’all know what it looks like. Just took pix to prove to myself that I did it. Sleeves — couple o’ mockups and I think I have the size right now. After
Period sewing techniques suck! So insanely slow and looks much more crappy than modern tricks — specifically, only flat-lining instead of flat-lining for strength and bag-lining for tidiness. Gah, the inside of this gown looks like hell and took all day to “finish,” such as it is. This masquerade costume is full of stuff I’m
Got the answer to some questions I asked of the Masquerade Directors, FYI. First, is about our Winterhalter — yes, his costume needs to go through workmanship judging, even though he’s really a ‘prop’ for the presentation and what we’d planned for him to wear is more theatrical than documentably historical. Kendra, Sarah, and I
Out of skirtland! That monster is done! Well, I need to put hooks on it, but that waits until I’m all corseted, and there’s no-one around who can tight-lace me right now. But I’m calling the skirt DONE anyway 🙂 Picture with obligatory crappy flash is in my folder on the Y!Group. Now on to
You mean I’m hand-sewing something and that others are *not*? Wow, the planets must be out of alignment 😉 I’m 3/4ths of the way through hand-sewing the hem of the base skirt. A lot of my skirt will be hand-sewn actually, because the thing’s so giant. So far, only the panel seams have been machined.
I have my base skirt assembled with the 2 tiers of black lace. I realize my lace is rather heavier than in the original, but ah well, it *is* a lovely embroidered lace and the pattern. I think, overall, my gown is going to be darker than the original. My purple is darker, my lace
It’s a real costume now — I earned my first wound. Last night, I stabbed a needle under the quick of my right thumb (because I’m incapable of using thimbles). Didn’t bleed *on* the fabric, thank the gods. But blood has officially been shed, so it’s real. Y’know, like Velveteen Rabbit “real.” And, oh the
I started my bodice outer layer… Oopsie, I forgot to baste the silk to another layer; it’s not as flimsy as I thought and I was just on a roll and went straight to sewing. I’d hate to rip all that out and weaken the material. Will only 2 layers in the bodice be horrible?
I’m staring and staring, and I really think there are 2 full layers of black lace that go all the way up to the waistband. There are falling lines, folds, indicating drape in the lower, longer tier that show *under* the shorter layer. You can see the longer layer of black lace folded under the
I started my skirt this weekend, but I have a bunch of probably dumb questions… First, any recommendations for pleating into the waistband? I have a lot of fabric (maybe too much — about 5 yards, iirc) and several layers. Cartridge-pleating, box pleating, knife pleating? Other? Combo? Also, should the waistband be shaped somehow (dip