Headaches

Jul. 27th, 2007 09:33 pm
lovetriangle: (Mucha 2)
Tension headaches severely impact my few remaining sewing hours. :-(

Two days in a row.

And don't get me started on why people who get hot are ALWAYS accommodated by turning up the air conditioning while people who get cold are told to put on a sweater.

I really, really wanted to get the sleeves in the coat tonight.
lovetriangle: (Default)
The gala outfit is careening toward "real costume" status. This evening I have satisfied two of the four requirements: I bled on it and I have ripped out a major part that needs redoing.

Isn't that special?

And just for general curiosity, how in blazes is anyone supposed to get anything sewn with that damn Harry Potter book staring at me? I'm stealing moments with it at lunchtime and trying to avert my eyes in the evening so I'm not naked in 10 days. It ain't easy, especially since it seems all of you lot have finished it already!

All your sewing is done then? Is it? Hem hem?
lovetriangle: (Default)
I got a lot done Saturday on the gala outfit. The bodice is done except for closures, the bottom half is done excpet for hemming and attaching the waistband. Then that will also need closures.

Now I'm on to the jacket, which is cut out and the trim applied. That will also need closures - I need to make a crap-load of buttons, but I may actually be able to pull this off! LOL!

However, there has been a shadow in the back of my mind that has been growing over the last couple of weeks. I have thought many times and then shoved out of my mind what I am to do about SHOES! I have no shoes to go with the gala outfit nor the pink venetian. Nor do I feel like shelling out a bunch of dough for new ones. I have other accessories I'll need to pull together as well and I will not have time to sew new undies or make wigs from scratch.

We shall see what happens.
lovetriangle: (Default)
Well, I started to make the bodice last night for the gala outfit and the fabric I've based the entire outfit around won't work. It's hand embroidered and too uneven for me to be able to match two sides. I can't tell you how crest fallen I was. *sniff* *cue dramatic music*

I had decided to scrap the whole project and start something else I want to make when my dearest hubby says, "I think you need to get your ass to the fabric store and buy what you need to make this work."

Have I mentioned before how much I love this man? I think he's feeling giddy because he just got himself a Gretsch White Falcon - THE pimpest guitar on the planet. :-)

So, I'm taking a long lunch today and heading downtown to get fabric. :-)
lovetriangle: (Leon Bakst)
Still pluggin' away. Got the bottom half well underway last night and it's too tight because I'm stress eating cookies and ice cream all the time now. I've got a little room to let it out; I just hope it doesn't leave needle holes in the taffeta. If I am not done with all the machine work by the end of the weekend I shall have to rethink what to wear to the gala.

Oh yeah, Wednesday night is now a band rehearsal. Which is cool. Love the band. Need to sew. Love the band. Need to sew. Can I sew while singing? hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
lovetriangle: (Leon Bakst)
I have so far avoided cutting into the real fabric for the gala outfit, but I have toiled 'till I cain't toile's no more. It's such a pretty blue & gold shot taffeta and I'd hate to ruin it. Wish me luck!
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I got two of the three pieces successfully mocked up for the gala outfit (which are hilarious in a sort of disturbing way) and got distracted by the stays & petticoat for the chemise dress. *sigh*

I found some pale banana yellow silk in my stash and it was just enough to make a petticoat. I want to get the Diderot stays sewn together by tomorrow night so I can use the holiday weekend to sew all that blessed binding.

Question for the 18c people out there - on a petti for the chemise dress, would that be fairly light or should it have some body to it? I'm using dupioni flat-lined with light cotton muslin and will pleat it back and front to tapes, but I was contemplating binding the hem with this really heavy linen/mohair velvet I have. It will have the same effect as cording it once but I don't want it to stick out too much if it's not supposed to.

What do you think?
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Pinkie is almost done; just turning back the front edge of the skirt and whipping up the back seam of the sleeves. I have to decide on a few details... buttons or ties on the sleeves? To partlet or not to partlet? The desired shoulder and neck ruffs will depend on a lucky shopping trip. If I don't find what I need cheap it's a no-go. This thing is more like a Fat Tuesday costume than anything I could wear to a period event - maybe for May Day - so I don't want to spend any more money on it.

The Gala outfit, though... well, that's another matter. *grin* I just drafted out my base pattern from a good source and I'm dyin' to work on it! But it is for a much different body type than I am. Do I make it fit me? Or do I shape my underthings so I fit IT with more accurate lines?

I've never made anything remotely like this before. At all. I've looked at countless photos of the real thing and there are just some details I can't suss out. If I show up in something already on my website, you'll know something went horribly wrong.
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Well, I didn't get into Kendra OR Sarah's classes. :-( I did get the goldwork embroidery class (YAY!) and the wire mask-making class. Wait-listed for the pressing matters class.

As for posting my list of what I'm wearing, that would imply that I'm going to get anything done. As you can tell from my last few posts, I am skeptical on this point.

I did get a little more done on binding the edges of the little paned sleeve-head pieces for Pinkie. I'm REALLY hoping I get that thing finished this weekend so I can start on the gala outfit.

If I get the gala outfit done with any time left (which is doubtful) then I'll try to get a chemise dress together. I really want to make that Kyoto zone-front jacket for that. Yeah. Um. Ok.

I need a vacation. Or a time-turner!

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