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I finished the large motifs for the black dress. It only took forever. Next, I'm going to scatter smaller flowers and spangles over the skirt then finish it with a border at the hem. I really hope I finish this before I lose interest. I'm starting to think about the fall and winter events. I'd like to make an 18th century drawstring dress and possibly update my 1860s wardrobe.
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No much to report. I'm constantly working on the black dress, though there isn't much to show for it since it all looks the same. Soon I'll be able to move on to the next part. I briefly toyed with the idea of going to costume college next year, but that's not going to happen now. So I'm stuck figuring out what my next event is. Are we going to New Castle again?
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I have so much to post about, but so little time to do so. It hasn't helped that I got caught up in a good book and haven come up for air in the last week. I'm also busy packing up my sewing room. We're getting ready to convert that room into a bathroom. For the next couple years, I'll only have a corner to sew in, till we put the addition on anyway. Since I can't sew now, I bought a dress for the WW2 event in a few weeks. I'm not a reenactor, so it should be good enough. Tonight I'll try to post about the big ass hat party and the Williamsburg weekend.
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Every time I check the weather for next weekend, it's something different. It's very frustrating. I know they can't predict it too accurately that far in advance, but I can't help but want to be prepared. I decided to pkay around with jewlery options for my new gown. I'm between the emeralds and diamonds. The coral just doesn't look fancy enough. I like the emeralds best, but I'm not sure is the green goes with the geeen in the dress. So it's most likely the diamonds. I took the stone off the marching earrings and set them on a pair of Betsy Johnsons so I could have a matching set and still have the Rocco bows.

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All I have to do is bone the bodice, and the Italian gown is done...with a week to spare. This can't be right. I have to be forgetting something.
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I've been too busy to post, I've been working on two dresses back to back. My current one is for the garden party in Williamsburg. I love the fabric, but since he party is at night, I thought it could use some sparkle. I started to add some gold spangles to the flowers, but now I'm not sure if it works. Opinions?

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I'm a little disappointed in my fabric mart taffeta. It's a bit too stubby for taffeta and thicker than I thought it would be. Might have to rethink my Williamsburg dress.

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I put new sleeves and a new front on my satin 1780s gown. I retrimmed my hat. And with a week to spare. Not wanting to loose momentum while I wait for my fabrics mart order, I decided to finally get around to recovering some old thrift shop shoes. They looked 18th century enough at the time, but the leather is tearing and the side is ripping. I recovered it with scarlet and white silk. Most of the extant shows I saw had leather heals, so I decided to just paint the heal rather than attempt to cover it. It's a bit messy and wrinkly, but it will pass the 5 ft rule. Now they just need buckles.

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Would you be willing to help me with a project? I can pay.


Mar. 7th, 2017 09:09 pm
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Why can't I make anything that fits. I swear my mock ups are perfect, but the real thing is always too big or too small. I just tried on my new dress for the wedding g, and it's way too small in the bust. And of course it's all curved seams with neatly clipped and trimmed seam allowance. So no room to let it out. And it's a miracle that I was able to fit all the pattern pieces on the fabric to begin with, so no extra fabric. My only option is to let out the zipper and hope the extra bit helps.

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I had such a wonder time this weekend.

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I've been shopping for a few weeks for a dress for a wedding. But I can't find anything that I like. I think I want to try to make one. And since rennisance fabric is having a sale, I'm taking that as a sign. I've never made modern clothes before. Any advice? Patterns to try?


Oct. 29th, 2016 09:45 pm
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Usually I try to rest between big projects, but this time I went right back into it. I'm almost done a red wool regency dress for the pumpkin tea. That should be done in a day or two.
And I'm still up in the air about the ball gown. I tried on my 1860s gown to see if it still fits, and it does. It's ideal for the dickens ball, it's red and Christmasy. But I'm not excited for it like I am for the Edwardian. I found readymade corsets from red threaded. It's more than I would normally spend, but it might be worth it. The dress would be a stash project. I could get it done in time if I keep it simple. Should I strike while the creative irons hot? Or take the easy, safe road?
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After every event I'm usually inspired to make the next big thing, and this time is no different. Unfortunately, I have no occasion to wear my new dream dress. I want an Edwardian ball gown, I even have the inspiration and fabric for it. But I can't think of where I'd wear it in the next year. I don't do cons anymore. Could I sneak it into the new castle ball? Could I make an s- curve corset and gown in five weeks? This is a new era, so I'd need to start from scratch from the inside out.


Oct. 5th, 2016 01:55 pm
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I think I'm done my masquerade dress. The little one was home sick today, so I finished sewing the seqins on. I had issues with the closures, so I replaced the buttons with eyelets to lace up.
Then I need to replace the corset, it's way too long in the back, making certain activities impossible to do. Hopefully it won't take too long. I ironed the fabric and cut it out last night. Tonight I'll try to set the busk and sew the back channels. Then tomorrow I can insert the eyelets.
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Why doesn't this look like it did in my head?
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I'm done with summer. I want sweaters and boots and the entire world to go goth. It's almost September, why isn't the Halloween stuff out?
I've been using all my free time to work on my new gown. It's going to be made of black satin, black chiffon, black beeds, black seqins, and black embroidery on grey taffeta ( to add some color 😀). I've finished putting the sequins on the chiffon, now I have to concentrate on the embroidery.
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I'm way over due for s post. Let's see... The last thing I was at was the Allaire barn dance, which was in the visitors center and not bythe barn as we hoped. I finished my 1830s dress. It's made of blue taffeta( dyed by me) with rose appliqués sewn along the skirt as in the fashion plates. Even though the dance wasn't what I expected, I still had a wonderful time.


Aug. 11th, 2016 09:51 am
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Beads are expensive. $8 for a 6 in string! Does anyone have a source for cheap beads?
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My corset has been going so well till I went to try it on. I accedenyly put an extra eyelet on one side, the eyelets are ripping up my laces, and the busk came out when I fastened it. So I top stitched it back in( it was the only way with out taking apart the whole thing ). I put glue around the metal eyelets to hopefully smooth it ou so it stops tearing. And I don't know what to do about the extra besides ignore it. Oh well, hopefully it will be done this weekend. Then on to the fun stuff.


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