Friday, August 29, 2008

Crinoline Workshop

I know it has been a while, but I came down with a nasty stomach bug this week, so you will excuse me for being tardy...

Last weekend saw us at Donna's learning how to make crinolines. I made it up to the stage where I need to glue down the tubing in place. So it really is not much more to do. (It is just put on hold because I don't need it this month). But the best bit of all, we have working photos... (I might die for putting these up, but what the hell).

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Regency Undergarments Part 2

I am rather frustrated at the moment. I have almost completely finished my regency corset. So I laced it up and tried it on. Unfortunately it is way too long. I mean cannot bend at all and would be unable to sit. So I am going to have to cut it done. About 2 inches. I am very pissed off right now. All that work and I have to do it again. Meaning, cut down the ruler (busk) all the extra boning, cut it off and re-bind the bottom. Ugh. Not looking forward to it.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Regency Undergarments Part 1

Well, I know that I said I have finished my regency chemise, but I never got around to posting up some photos. So here it is. I used cotton lawn and the simplicity pattern. At first it was going together a little awkwardly, but once I got the hang of it, it really did not take long to finish.

The next step is my corset. I am up to hand sewing down one binding hem and putting in the eyelets. And I promise that once I have it finished, I will be putting up pictures.

I also need to trace off my pantaletts pattern. I have the fabric sitting and waiting for me to cut out. Bec said that they make up pretty quick but I really am not stressing about getting them done.

Friday, August 8, 2008

YAY Friday

Well the week is almost over. Yay Friday. I am determined to get motivated this weekend and make progress on some of my upcoming projects. I have had three afternoons off this week and I managed to get quite a bit done. My few lolita pieces that I had cut out are done or almost done and I am partially through some mending, an underbust corset and a vintage dress. Quite the accomplished little sewer I was this week. Though I do have a rather large pile of hand sewing just sitting in my room.

On the plus side, Tuesday night at our meeting we started planning out the remainder of the year. I think we have November free. That will be about it, and even then, I will be doing a Melbourne cup outfit for work that day. The only thing I need to do now is work out what I am doing for each of our events. Regency and pirate are covered. Wild west I am fixing up and re-using and I have made a start on my crinoline dress. Apart from that I have to decide what I am going to wear for Halloween. So many to choose from, and if I get desperate, I can always re-wear something.

Speaking of my regency and pirate. They are the first ones to come up so I intend to fully focus on them. My pirate is pretty much done, all I have to do is make up the new pants (which are cut out and sitting in the sewing room). I am hoping to get them done this weekend, maybe even tonight. My regency is going to be a bit more complicated. I have drawn up all the patterns that I will be using, so at least that is a first step taken care of. My chemise is done (easiest bit). And I fully intend to sit down and cut out the rest of it all this weekend. Dress, bonnet, spencer. I may even try to get over to spotlight some time so that I can be all stocked up for our ekka public holiday. (YAY day of sewing). I guess my biggest procrastination is that I am desperate to make new Lolita pieces. It is like an addiction. Not only am I buying second hand pieces, I am making them too. But once my collection is a bit bigger, I think I will feel more satisfied. It really comes down to because I lost weight, my existing ones became way too big, and until I take them in, I have like one complete outfit. The more I have to alternate with, the happier I will be. But if I can get my projects done on time, I will have time to do some vintage and lolita dresses. :) Must remember to get some photos of my Lolita outfits up on my blog too. Hmmmm