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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!

Now what?

Jun. 10th, 2007 07:49 pm
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Ok, so I've finally got the skirt attached on Pinkie and it's lookin' mighty fiiiiine. :-) LOL! I had to give up my nap-time to do it but it's on with just the front edges needing finishing.

My dilemma is now the sleeves. I really wanted to have a go at shoulder ruffs and a standing collar, but 99% of the portraits I'm looking at have a basically solid piece sleeve from shoulder to wrist with almost no decoration to go with the shoulder ruff. Sleeves that have some sort of paning over the shoulder or piecing, etc. are earlier and have no shoulder ruff.

At issue is how much fabric I have. I have enough to do a paned sleeve head or some sort of pieced sleeve, but not a solid sleeve. But I really wanted shoulder ruffs. I know I'm repeating myself here, I'm kinda scattered tonight, but has anyone seen a pretty sleeve that's pieced with shoulder ruffs?
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I did get the bodice completed to Pinkie (aka. Barbie in Venice) so I can prepare and attach the skirt to it. i was going to do it last night but going to the playground and getting a slurpee took precedence. :-)

Hopefully tonight.

I do need to get some kind of matching lacing cord since this thing is such a hard color to match. But I need to crimp long ends on it 'cause the double ribbon lacing method is a PITA that takes an hour to get done up right! Nice, loooooong crimped ends should help if I can find someone with a crimper...

PROOF!

May. 30th, 2007 12:09 pm
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I have actually been sewing on Pinkie so here I offer proof...


And everything flopped on the floor...

And lastly, a close-up of the fabric...

Stalled

May. 21st, 2007 09:21 am
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I HATE getting riled up to work on something and running in to roadblock after roadblock until I get so frustrated I throw the whole thing down and stop working.

grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

I finally got my fabric for Pinkie (the pink Venetian) and it's going to be a challenge. It's sooo pretty even if it is, well, fuchsia not pink. It's briiiiiiight! Still, it's very pretty, but not exactly the same as the image on the auction. With the color that vibrant it will probably wear me, though, instead of me wearing it.

Anyhoo, it's 144" with wide borders on both sides. After chopping off ~27" to make the bodice and sleeves with, that's going to leave me with only about 110" in the skirt. That's a little skimpy for my taste but there's not much I can do about it. :-( Since it has the borders woven on, I can't gore it. But I am going to look into railroading it... I'd probably have to add a velvet guard or something to make it long enough, but I might be able to do that. *sigh* we'll see.

As for the rant above, I dug through EVERYTHING and have no canvas or duck to use in the bodice. I planned where I want the trim, boning, etc. but couldn't get further than planning for now. My pattern for the red Venetian still works so I don't have to toile from scratch. Depending on what I do for sleeves, this may be a fairly quick dress!

I know, I know. Famous last words...
lovetriangle: (shanghai)
Yes, I'm impatient... what of it?

I have been waiting for my Pink Venetian fabric for weeks now. The mailman tried to deliver it and no one was home so he left a slip that did not say if they would try to redeliver it, nor did it say which post office has it.

On top of that, this is a sari from India and the design on the listing is perfect. The seller has a microscopic note on their listing saying something like "may not be actual pattern but all patterns are very nice." So when I bought it I emiald and said I really the the pattern of the one in the photo or something very similar. They replied that they had mailed it already so they didn't know if it was the same pattern but all the patterns were nice so they were sure I'd like it. (!)

Last time I bought something like this, I got a nice sari but not at ALL patterned like the picture. It has been sitting unused in my stash for years since. If I get a nasty stripe or something I'm gonna be pissed.

Of course, that would require me actually GETTING my hands on it... *sigh*

*Yawn*

May. 2nd, 2007 08:54 pm
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Another Saturday night and I ain't got nobody...

Well, not really. But it was another night and I ain't did no sewin'. Ever since I ordered the pink fabric for the new Venetian I can't think of anything else, so I'm not working on the PDSvN. Of course, I don't HAVE the pink fabric yet so I'm not working on that either. Then I sat down and dragged out Corsets & Crinolines to start on a set of Diderot stays for the future Chemise Dress, but I was too lazy to draft them out when I know I can scan them tomorrow at the office and scale them up in photoshop before fitting them. SO much faster. I am actually more attracted to other stays in the book but this would be my first 18c stays so I don't want to shoot myself in the foot. If I screw these up I'll be disgusted and never get to fixing them nor making the dress. *sigh* It can be painful to know oneself so well...

Bottom line, I SHOULD be drawing the pinking design on the PDSvN sleeves.

But I'm not.

If life wasn't so crazy right now I'd be at WASABI sewing, but that is not do-able either. Man, everything would be so much simpler if I didn't have to work...

lovetriangle: (Default)
I just bought fabric for a pink Venetian. And it's GORGEOUS!

I am a sick woman and must be stopped.

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