mlsdesigns: (lying on grass)
Finally, 2 months later, I have photos from Llandod to share! I can't believe it's been this long! But then again, the fact that it's been a month since my last LJ post just shows how crazy busy I've been.
Anyway, without further ado, for many, many, MANY photos, step this way! )

I'm going to post the photos from Bath, Hampshire and the Cotillion in separate posts, sorry for the ridiculous number you had to trawl through this time :D
mlsdesigns: (plaid and bonnet)
While discussing what I need to pack for the 3 days we'll be spending at the Victorian festival I remembered I'd made Mummy a new ballgown last winter! I'd trimmed the bodice with a black fur collar to fit the theme of the ball - the Russian Winter Palace, but I'd always planned to re-trim it with black lace.
Antique lace, frayed ruched taffeta, and velvet ribbon for a bertha, with rayon moire bows, but you only get a sneak peak for now ;)


So, now I'm all set for lots and lots of hand sewing in the car over the weekend, I get tomorrow to work on my skirt for the Suffragette march, which may not end up being what I'd planned after all, having had a good rummage through my stash...
mlsdesigns: (lancers)
I finally have time to post some pics from the ball! This week has been stupidly busy, and next week is only going to be worse :(

The pictures are under this here cutty thingy )

Work is manic as we try to get the yr10 play up and running. They're doing 'The Christmas Carol', and each kid has an average of 4 roles, with quick changes thrown in for good measure, so the costuming is being a huge PITA. Then there's the set and props! Ugh, I hate it! I've been in school nearly every day this week (instead of the one half day I'm supposed to do this term!) and next week will be the same, but with longer days because of the performances.

The weekends are just as busy, we have a Sufragette march tomorrow night, choclate making Sunday morning, and a school rehearsal on Sunday evening, then next weekend there's a performance on the Saturday night, and then on Sunday, our first demo ( the important one!) during the day, then going down south as soon as that's finished to catch a ferry to France.

Somewhere in there I have to fit in making Christmas presents as well! I did make something for Clare the other day, and will hopefully be making many, many chocolates this weekend, but I have sewing I want to do, no idea when I'll fit it in :(

Talking of sewing, the demos this year are Scottish in theme, so, as you know, I decided to make a new dress. I finally had time to cut it out this morning! I did it while I was recovering from the dentist, before going to school at lunch time, then once I got home from work, I put the bodice together, and one sleeve is pinned in ready to sew. Also this week I managed to make a skirt to go with the cycling outfit I made at Uni, to wear while Sufragetting. Somehow I think there won't be a new paletot happening this year!

I am sooooo tried!
mlsdesigns: (lying on grass)
After a long slog, doing far too many excess hours at work this week and last, and coming home to get straight to work on the ballgowns each day, Mummy's ballgown was finally finished this morning, and the retrimming on mine was finished five minutes ago. Just in time for the ball on Saturday.
I have to go to work extra early in the morning because of finishing early to take Mummy to the dentist, but will hopefully be able to start the demo dress after I get home (lucky old me!)
But now? Now I sleep ZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz............
mlsdesigns: (me and boo)
I didn't do anything really over the weekend, I've given up expecting myself to though, so it wasn't such a disapointment :D
Anyway, Mummy's ball gown is nearly done, all that's left are sleeves, and I'm still not entirely sure how I'm going to do them! Also, I've decided to leave the lace bertha off for this wearing, because I found a long black mink collar in the stash, that works quite well with the bodice neckline, and works very well with the Russian theme!
I still have to trim my old pink ball gown to make it Russiany, and we have food to cook for the ball supper as well, so with that and work combined, it's going to be a busy week!
Then as soon as I get these ball gowns done I need to get a wriggle on with my apricot plaid dress for the demos at the start of December. I think someone should shoot me because I'm also considering making a new paletot as well as the dress ... eek!
mlsdesigns: (lancers)
I had today and yesterday afternoon off work, I feel like I achieved rather little during all that time, but maybe I didn't.

I fitted Mummy's ballgown bodice pattern yesterday afternoon, over her new corset, and did some more work on attaching the waistband. Then today, I cut out the bodice and made it up, and I finally finished whipping the waistband onto the skirt, and I even did the centre back cartridge pleats!

I was thinking I would get round to piping the bodice today, but that didn't happen ;) What I have done though is play around with bertha decoration, and there are some photos under this cut, if you care to walk this way... )

I have to go to work tomorrow morning, and then I have the dentist at half past two, which usually completely takes it out of me, so who knows if I'll get anything done tomorrow!


Nov. 9th, 2010 11:07 pm
mlsdesigns: (lying on grass)
I now have a nearly completed, dark red ball gown skirt, trimmed with black lace :D My left pinkey finger does not like whip stitching the waistband on though, so it's only 1/3rd done, but I'm hopefull I'll get to it tomorrow evening while watching TV.
I also finished Mummy's new evening headress, and tried to take some pictures earlier, they're not very good, but you can walk this way to see anyway ... )
I was supposed to go to the dentist today, but he's off sick, so I have to go on Friday instead, I HATE going to the dentist, so this extension of the agony is no fun at all :(
mlsdesigns: (eat cake)
Today was MUCH better than yesterday!
I had a lie in, washed my hair, then went into Leicester to look for fabric. I was looking for thick wool for another Regency cloak, and found some lovely camel brown meton. I was looking for brown wool for a new 1860s outer garment, either a jacket type, for an extra layer under a paletot, or a sack or paletot. I found one and a half metres of dark brown melton, so enough for a sack or maybe a paletot. I also wanted ribbons for some pale pink ballet pumps for Regency frocks, and found some really cute flowery brocade type ribbon. While getting the ribbon I found huge ostrich feathers in the perfect shade of brown for Mummy's headdress. So a very good shopping trip all round :D
When I got home there was a package waiting for me on the stairs, with the bone casing, busk, boning and lace I needed for Mummy's corset! I didn't expect it so soon! So now Mummy has a new corset that fits her sooo much better than the old one. She had the same problem as me, with all the dancing we do we now have much more upright postures, so the bust gussets were too low and her breasts were in completely the wrong place! They're not anymore, and under this cut is a picture of the new corset, the beginnings of the ball gown and the makings of a headdress. )
All in all, a much happier day! And tomorrow is still the weekend! I'm going to bake, and if I don't manage to sew much, I won't worry! I never seem to do well at the weekend, and it always gets me down that I don't meet my expectations, so I've decided not to expect myself to sew at the weekends. That way if I do, it's a bonus ;)

pooh :(

Nov. 5th, 2010 09:12 pm
mlsdesigns: (puppy)
I left my keys at work when I left at 12 today, so I didn't get home till 7pm :(
I go from school to the nearest village in the mini bus, it's laid on for the support staff who live locally, so I get a lift, then wait for my bus home, which means a 25 minute wait. Today I decided to go into the local town on my way home, so got a different bus. While I was on the bus, I noticed my keys were not in my bag! My mother was out working, my friend who has a spare key is away in Manchester, and our next door neighbours who also have a key were not answering their phones. I had lost all interested in shopping by this point, so in desperation I rang a friend who lives in a neighboring village to ask if I could crash at hers while I waite. Mummy collected me on her way home at quarter to seven!
Since getting home I have made and eaten supper. And looked at LJ. And now I am going to bed, I am sick and tired of today!
Tomorrow WILL be better! I'm going into Leicester to look for some wool for a cloak, and maybe see if I can find something for a zuave type jacket ( I have some lovely brown wool, but don't know if it's going to be enough...) I also need ribbon for several pairs of ballet pumps I have to wear with regency frocks.
This weekend I will hopefully get on to my apricot plaid, I'm at a standstill with mummy's things, (unless my boning etc order comes tomorrow) so I may as well start on my dress for the demos. While i have my undies on, fitting the bodice, I will try on the ball gown bodice I'm retrimming for the coming Russian ball, to see where I need to take it in after my gallstones.
mlsdesigns: (plaid and bonnet)
I have lots to do but keep getting distracted! Been getting ideas for ball headsdresses and my new apricot plaid!
Yesterday I cut out Mummy's new corset mockup, and fitted it, but only just got round to ordering the hardwear! So now it'll be an extra day before it gets here! I can't make her new ball gown till it's done, and ball is in 2 and a half weeks!
The dress is going to be good though I hope. Luckily I have 5 metres of the silk, not 4, and some wide black lace for a skirt flounce, and 2 lovely pieces of wide black lace for sleeve frills or bertha. It'll probably just be trimmed with velvet for this ball though. I'm going to work on the skirt tomorrow, I'm off work so hopefully could get a lot done ... if I tried!
I think I'm going to use some chocolate brown silk charmeuse I have in the stash to make a headdress for her, with either ostrich feathers hanging down in back, or maybe pheasant feather pads... we'll see.
The trim for my ball gown re-trim is on it's way, and I think I might wear my tiara again, with maybe a flower decoration over the chignon.
mlsdesigns: (in window)
The ball was fantastic, as usual! But today didn't turn out as expected!
On Saturday after lunch Mummy and I went to help set up for the ball, and got home at 4 to find our visitors ( 3 officers and a lady. People we met in Bath in March and have become VERY good friends, and one of their fellow officers from the re-enactment group) all camped out on the doorstep waiting for us :) We had tea and chats and then all got ready. The ball was very good fun, 10 couples, and we actually had the right mix of sexes! One of the girls was dressed as a boy, but the others were all real men! There was much giggling before the dancing started, and lots of eating during the evening! Home again, we all lounged around in our jammies for a while winding down to go to sleep.

Then, this morning, (after a pancake breakfast, with a pancake initial letter for everyone, made by me!) was spent learning the steps for the Russian Mazurka, (a Russian lady living in Scotland came to the ball and agreed to teach us the next day before she went home again) and we didn't finish until early in the afternoon, so no chance to go anywhere in kit. We came back home though, and drank more tea, chatted some more about costuming and playing dress-up and had soup and bacon butties before the others had to go home.

Now Mummy and I are sitting on the sofa in the empty house! But while I've been typing this, my photos have been uploading, so I can post them!
They're behind this here cutty thing... )

Now that my 2 weeks of half term holiday is over, with it's balls and visits and fun, I feel very very tired! I do NOT want to go to work tomorrow :( Oh well, I suppose that's life isn't it!

The next few weeks are going to be CRAZY! At school I'm preparing for 'A Christmas Carol' with the Yr10s, most of them have 2 or 3 roles, and all need costumes, and our wardrobe is just not eqiped, so lots of sewing at school!

At home, we have the Russian Winter Palace ball coming up, the weekend after the play opens, for which I am adding 'swansdown' trim to my big pink ballgown, and I need to make Mummy a new corset, and, if I can, a new ball gown. It will be dark red/black shot silk, with hopefully brown trim on the bertha and oversleeves, either the leftover silk velvet from my pelise or some fur. I think I may use the velvet, then it can be permantent, fur IS only really suitable on a ballgown for a Russian theme!!

Also, it's Christmas demo season soon, and our theme is Scotish Victorian, so I thought I might make myself a new dress :D My red challis is lovely, but, it IS a year old! So I bought some apricot coloured silk/wool mix plaid from fashion fabrics, and my lovely lovely friends are bringing it to me tomorrow when they come to visit!! I have lots of the golden brown velvet ribbon from my gold stripe ballgown, so I may trim it with that somehow, if it goes. I will wear it with my beige paletot and my new muff and tippet (worn as a scarf) and be toasty toasty warm!

Um, oops!

Sep. 27th, 2010 11:53 pm
mlsdesigns: (plaid and bonnet)
Hello all, I'm finally back from Bath, and now we have no holidays planned till the end of October! I get to go back to normal at last :D
Anyway, in all the manic event sewing I've done lately I've been very remiss with posting, especially picture posting :( SO to make up for that, here are some pictures from the Victorian Festival in Wales. I was my usual useless self when it came to picture taking, so there are not exactly many to show for the 9 days, but the best of those I did take are under here... )
So now I just have to do the same for the photos form Bath, and we're up to date! I'm going to try to be better about posting more now, but we all know how well my resolutions last ;)
mlsdesigns: (hood icon)
So now that my laptop is finally behaving (thank you Clare!!) I can post some photos! I thought I'd start with the oldest :p
So pop under here for lots of Victorian Festival photos )
I have almost as many from Bath, but I think they'll be for tomorrow's instalment! I've done all the editing though, and I'm about to upload them, work was actually good today as well, so I'm a happy bunny now!


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