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So little time! I'm frantically plodding away on my Titanic dress for our party this Saturday, it's going nicely now, after a long struggle with the undies. I have no idea why, but the corset took forever to finish, and instead of staring from scratch and making a new chemise and petticoat I decided to re-make the combinations and bodiced petticoat I made for Edwardian last year. I'm sure stating from scratch would have been easier, not to mention quicker! but I never wear the petticoat, preferring a waist petticoat for Edwardian, and the combinations ended up about 4" too short in the waist, so desperately needed re-doing!
Anyway, all this crazy sewing means that I'm behind on photo posting again :( I have lots to share, but here are the ones from the Bath Minuet Ball, Mummy in my re-fitted old sunflower sack back, and me in my new spotted silk, under the cut...... )
I still have photos from the 18th Century ball my dance group put on in February, our trip in Regency kit to the American museum in Bath the day after the ball, and a couple from a dress up dance party on Sunday, when I wore my new bustle ball gown to get some better photos! but before that, more Titanic sewing! I can't tell you how inspiring my FList has been in the last couple of days :D
mlsdesigns: (sunflower)
My sack back only needs trimming and a stomacher now, so I've started working on Titanic sewing! I'm going to finish all the endless hemming and adding lace to strips of trim during breaks at work and while watching TV, and I don't have the energy to face making my undies, so I'm putting off the evil hour by making Mummy's dress. Also, this way I get to have a practice run! I can make all the first time mistakes on mummy's dress ;)
So far, I've pulled out all the fabrics - black net with white embroidery - flowers all over and a deep border; black striped sheer; black crepe and black velvet. I might put some more white in there some where, if I find something I like, maybe some kind of pearl trim?
We did the first fitting of the bodice tonight. It's based on her 1860s bodice block, and I think I'm going to have to bone the seams and darts, she's not wearing it with a corset, and because of her tummy it doesn't lie right. Hopefully it'll work though, and at least she'll be comfy during dinner without the full compliment of underwear!
Oh, I think I forgot to say what the Teens sewing is for! Our dance group have decided to hold a 'Welcome Home Maggie Brown' dinner party during the Easter holidays, I couldn't bear to be left out of the Titanic sewing party this year! I'm going to be taking mine to CosCol too, so hopefully it works out the way I imagine it in my head :)
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Just popping in to say, I'm a bad and useless LJ-er and have no progress photos to share :( I have made progress though! My petticoat is done, I just need to finish the front waist band; and the dress is structurally done, just needs trim, which I am plugging away at while at work!
I'm doing quite a bit of work this week at Gemma's new village shop that she opened at the weekend. It's a lovely quaint little place, with local vegetables, home made food from the pub kitchen, home baked cakes (from me!) basic groceries, and sweeties for the children. Quite a few ladies are already popping in to buy home made soup for their lunch :) I did a full day yesterday, and am doing mornings today and tomorrow, (as well as school the rest of the day and evening of Thursday) luckily, I can sew while not serving, so I got loads done yesterday, and should today as well!
I just can't wait to finish my Bath ball dress so I can get on to Titanic sewing! Seeing all the gorgeous creations popping up on my Flist is torture!
mlsdesigns: (me and boo)
Our first Elizabethan demo was on Saturday, and it was fantastic! We all looked great, the dances went off without a hitch and the museum was filled with punters! We had so many children joining in, and loving every minute of it :)
I've got some great videos of us dancing that I need to edit and get up on youtube, and I took so many photos!

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The rest can be found under the cut )

Now that the demo is over, I can finally get on to sewing my dress for the Bath Minuet Co Ball at the end of March! I need to get a wriggle on with it though, because I also need to make Titanic evening dresses for both of us for the middle of April ( and I need a full compliment of undies for it too! EEK!!!)
mlsdesigns: (sunflower)
But not quite as pink as I'd hoped.

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It's poly organza ribbon, so doesn't photograph well at the best of times, I tried photos with and without flash, and the pink is very washed out in both. Also, the hoops are wider in person, I think it's something to do with the angle?

While I'm at it, here are the fabrics and trims for my new sack. I won't be starting it till after my Elizabethan is done, but I just had to get everything out and have a play!
With flash:
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Without flash:
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I don't have a final trim plan yet, but I do know it will involve strips edged with the lace, laid on in puffs, like the ones on mummy's, but larger and stuffed. I'm not quite sure how I'll use the gold braid yet, and I may scrap it entirely, but we'll see :)

Also, I've realised I've not given any hints about my Elizabethan yet!

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The dark brown at the top is my loose gown, the red is silk taffeta for sleeves, (I have stupid plans to do with the brown Russia braid and a chisel, we'll see if they pan out!) and I have a sari (poly I think, but looks like silk) in the exact shade of red that will be a forepart/underskirt. The goldish colour is actually a camel/caramel coloured wool melton that will be a doublet and over-skirt, trimmed with the wide gold braid (I'm not using the narrow gold/brown braid any more). I also need to make a shirt, ruffs, and a farthingale; and then shoes for both of us. Oh, and a hat for Mummy.

By the end of February.

I agree, I am insane.
mlsdesigns: (lying on grass)
I keep meaning to post about my progress, but I also keep forgetting to take the necessary photos at fittings, so have nothing to show you! I've decided not to let that stop me any more, so you get a photo-less post this time :)
The yellow sack I've been altering for mummy is now done! All I have left to do for her for the Bath ball at the end of March is stitch the trim onto her stomacher (it's pinned ATM) and make some sleeve flounces, both of which I will do when we go to Scotland for a week's holiday in Feb.
More importantly, her Elizabethan is finally almost done! The trunk hose just need points; the sleeves need hemming and buttons for attaching to the doublet; and the doublet shoulder wings are ready to stitch up, trim and attach, then the armholes need finishing, button loops for the sleeves and buttons at the centre front and it's done. I'm going to do the shoulder wings and finish the armholes tomorrow, then the rest (all hand sewing) I will leave till we go away.
All this means I've been much quicker than I expected, so I'll hopefully have time for my Elizabethan stuff too! However, tomorrow, after I've done Mummy's bits, I need to replace the back of my crossbared silk petticoat (that I stole for my pink plaid bustle dress last Summer) because I think I'm going to wear it to our dance group's Georgian ball on Feb 11th.
I also think I might make my new hoops now. I need to make another set anyway, because we can't both wear the same ones in Bath, and Mummy has to wear the blue ones under the yellow because bigger ones won't fit. I rather like the idea of bigger hoops, and the way the crossbared is made, I think they'll fit fine. Then I'll have lovely big hoops for the new sack that I'm making for me for Bath :) These ones will be ruffly too, and made of pale pink organza ribbon that I just happen to have a roll of in the stash :)

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