Dec. 10th, 2012 11:45 pm
mlsdesigns: (puppy)
So, the play is finally over, I'm half way through a new ball gown for Saturday and I have a stinking cold :( that is all, *snuffle, cough, splutter*
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The Jane Austen festival was so much fun this year! Mummy and I stayed in the centre of town this time, instead of staying with our friend who lives in the suburb of Odd Down. We love staying with Ginny, but it was so nice to be 1 minute's walk from the Abbey Church Yard and able to say to new acquaintances 'come for tea this afternoon, and we'll have a nice noisy game of cards afterwards' which we did nearly everyday! Even better, we were only a few minutes walk from the lovely cocktail bar Ginny introduced us to last year :)
Mummy and I both had complete, brand new outfits for the promenade, then the rest of the week was a mixture of old and new, dresses and spencers, hats and caps, it's wonderful to have such nice big wardrobes of clothes to chose from each morning, I took everything we have, and some things came home unworn but it was so nice having them there if we wanted them, and I never wore the same thing twice, except my stays and petticoat ;) Then Aunty Jac joined us for the rest of our stay. I managed to get one of Clare's dresses to (sort of) fit her, and she wore mummy's spencers and wide brimmed hats to cover her modern hair, so, not too bad for a last minute addition!
Now, without further ado, pop on under the cut for lots of photos! )

Since coming home from Bath, I've been rather poorly, first with strained intercostal muscles from all the coughing, then with a dreadful head cold. I'm now over the cold, and most of the cough, but the strained muscles are as bad as ever, and now my back, which has been compensating for my chest muscles, is bad too, so I've been pretty slow this last week or so. I have finally managed to unpack from Bath and put everything away, including all the things from our reenacting escapades, and I've been indulging myself with a spot of modern sewing - some everyday tops and a skirt. I do need to get back to 'proper' sewing though! I need a ball gown for a Victorian Ballmoral ball next month, and then there's a Regency Christmas ball I want to make us new dresses for, and our winter dance demo this year is a Scottish Victorian theme, so I have a kilt I need to alter for Mummy, and I need something warm and tartany to wear too. Also, we've been invited to a 12th Night party by some new friends, so I kind of want a new Elizabethan dress ;) I really need to pull my finger out if I'm going to get all that done, and make a start on my WIlliamsburg wardrobe!!
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It seems like all I ever do is apologise for never posting! This time it's because we went to Paris for a week just before Christmas, coming home the day before Christmas Eve just in time for me to get really really sick! I've either got a cold or flu, and it's only been in the last day or so that I've actually felt relatively human again!
Any way, in an effort to put off starting on the new year's very VERY long to-do-list I bring you photos I should have posted months ago, this time from the ball Mummy and I went to in Hampshire. In sorting out photos to post I've realised why I'm such a slacker when it comes to posting event photos - it's because I never seem to manage to get decent enough photos to share! I think that will be my New Year's Resolution, to try to take decent photos and actually POST THEM!!

So, pop under the cut to see some Regency goodies... )

I still have photos of my new bustle dress from the Cotillion ball, and our outfits from the Russian Dance Demo, but once I've posted them, I think I'm up to date! There's only one costume I've made this year that I don't have any photos of, Mummy's 18thC kit, I made her a shift and stays and a bedgown, she wore them with some of my petticoats the day after our dance group's Regency ball (no photos, because we both wore the dresses from Hampshire) when we had a house full of guests so had an afternoon card party, and she looked lovely, but I don't have any photos :(
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I've not got as much done on my demo outfit as I'd like, I'm stupidly busy at work at the moment, and I've been so exhausted all week. Then yesterday we were helping Gemma at a village event she organises, and today we went to a re-enacting market and then dancing, so I'm even more tired and have had hardly any time to sew!
Anyway, in lieu of progress pictures, I bring you Bath pictures instead, not me nekid having a wash, but Jane Austen Festival goodies! )
I have made the skirt for my demo outfit, and I did manage to cut out a toile for my bodice last night in between getting home from Gemma's and going to bed, so once I've fit that tomorrow morning, hopefully I should get quite a bit done - I get the day off, hooray!


Jan. 27th, 2011 10:33 pm
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I am amazed at myself! I have finished my ballgown, and I don't need to wear it for 2 weeks! ( well, finished except fastenings, and I still haven't decided how I'm going to fasten it, so they can wait)

This poor dress has been through so many versions! It's nothing like any of my plans, but I like it anyway! See what you think, there are pictures under here )

Now I just have to decide how to do my hair!

I never do this, I'm always rushing at the last minute. I'm very glad though, because the next 2 projects are needed in pretty quick succession and are going to be pretty big jobs. First up is this dress:
made from this fabric:
to be worn for a dance demo we're doing at a charity Marie Anntoinette tea party at the beginning of March.

The next one is a cross bared silk sacque back, inspired by the dress in the Kyoto book and made from the pink, faun and green plaid my fabulous friends bought for me in thegarment district in LA last summer. It will be for the Bath ball at the beginning of April, the one I made my sunflower for last year.

In other news, I feel like I still haven't shifted this flu, and worse is I can't sleep, so I'm exhausted all day :(
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This is probably my favourite country dance :) So raucus and silly!

I have come to the conclusion that our balls are more like Meryton Assemblies, and ones like that in Hampshire are like private balls at Netherfield :D

I am rather peed off though, this took me 2 hours to get up, stupid movie maker kept adding half a minute of waffle on the end after I edited the clip, I tried 6 times to save it without it, and have now given up! So, sorry about the end-y-bit, but I could not do it again!!!!!
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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!
mlsdesigns: (regency hair)
So, last weekend we went to Hampshire for a Regency ball. It was held in a fabulous Georgian building that's been a school since the '20s, and the next day about half of the attendees went to a local National Trust place in Regency costume. Of course, you guys would know all this by now if I wasn't such a lazy bum and had actually got around to posting some pictures!!!
Anyway, I thought, since we have another ball tomorrow, that I ought to post the pictures for you now! So, if you will follow me this way, I have some photos to share! )

This week I've not just been lazy, I've been busy busy busy getting ready for this weekend! I've been sorting out the house for all the ball guests we have staying with us, and yesterday and today I was cooking too. But inbetween I have been sewing.
When I made my brown velvet spencer it started out as a pelise, but I decided I liked it better as a spencer. I kept the skirt part though, and it is now hemmed and sewn to a little bodice like thingy (like the riding habbit in Patterns of Fashion) made from the same silk as the lining of the spencer.
I also made Mummy a new hat, green velvet, that is so plush it's almost like fur! Trimmed with turkey feathers, a green ribbon half rossette and a brown silk bow with a gold buckle, as well as my new muff and tippet. I will try really hard to take more pictures this weekend, and I may even get them posted before the next event!!
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I have been feeling rather out of sorts the last few days, not doing much but faff about on the net and read, when I want to sew but just don't have any get up and go, I'm stuck in a bit of a rut.
To top it all off, yesterday started with a headaceh, so no work. Then last night I had a headache too, that morphed into a total inability to feel sleepy, so it was half three before I could even try to get to sleep. Then this morning I woke with such a bad headache I couldn't even see straight, so straight back to sleep till lunch time. I managed to get up and dressed, had some toast, but then felt dreadful again, so back to bed till half four! And the evening then morphed into a horrid few hours on the sofa with the puppy trying not to through up :( I think it must have been a migraine, I've not had one since I was a teenager, so it really hit me hard. But I'm feeling alive again now, so hopefully it's gone for good now and I'll finally be able to get to work tomorrow.
And I want to sew dammit!!! Part of my sleeplessness last night was spent planning Regency ball gowns from the saris we got a few months ago, and new ideas for baubles as well. At least I've been managing to do the odd bauble while I'm stuck in this rut, but poor Mummy's pelise still only has half it's hooks and no bars, and no buttons!
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Using my Bath icon, naturally :)

So, we went during the festival, but didn't actually do any festival things! We thought we might go to something, but it ended up with us just taking the opportunity to not look QUITE so out of place ;)

We spent the weekend meeting up with friends, eating and shopping, and it was lovely! It did feel a little bit odd not having a ball to go to during the weekend, but it was good fun all the same! I even managed to take quite a few photos, some of the best are under this here cutty thing... )
So, I think that's all the photos I need to post, I do have a few others, from trips we've done in kit etc, so I might get them up sometime soon, but at least now I don't feel so bad about my lack of posting!!


Sep. 21st, 2010 01:54 pm
mlsdesigns: (chemise dress)
I still have a couple of days of Flist to catch up on, but I just have to post right now to say how happy I am with my fabric! You guys are so sweet, and you picked the PERFECT fabrics for me :)
For those of you who have no idea what I'm on about, in June after UTR, while [ profile] koshka_the_cat and I were staying with [ profile] jennylafleur, I ran out of holiday before I ran out of spending money, so I asked them to get me something gorgeous while they were in the Garment District in LA after CosCol. Well, my wonderful friend brought the package this morning, and the fabric is FAB! I asked them to look for some pink and faun plaid silk taffeta, and they found it! And some gorgeous pale pink and faun taffeta as well. So now my dress for the Bath Minuet Company ball in March is sorted ;) YAY :o) as I posted on face book, I feel so loved <3

In other news, the trip to Kent was lovely, we did quite a bit of siteseeing, but mostly we ate, played games and read and watched films. I also worked on some sewing. Mummy's ballgown is finished, and Clare did the handsewing on her spencer, (it's wearable but still needs braid and buttons) I didn't get anything done on my short stays though, because I've decided a pretty new spencer is more useful than a comfortable undergarment ;)
I was hoping to post daily photo updates of the spencer, but have yet to find an android ap for LJ that lets you posts photos :(


Sep. 4th, 2010 10:14 pm
mlsdesigns: (puppy)
The toe that I hurt 3 years ago in my moped accident has decided to hurt again :( I've been in lots of pain on and off all day, but it's not been too bad while sitting, so I've got lots of sewing done. Mummy's new ball gown is nearly done:
Since taking this pic, the skirt os now pleated and pinned, ready to sew on tomorrow. I need to make 2 little bands to join the bottoms of the slits in the over sleeves, and once I've got them, I'll have buttons to sew on and button holes to do, as well as the sleeve hems, but the hand sewing will wait till we're in Kent, after all, hand sewing is perfect for a proper holiday! (can you tell, I didn't think the Victorian festival was a proper holiday, too much like work!)
So, tomorrow, I'll get the skirt on, then I think I'll do either my pink and gold over gown or start on Clare's red and white ballgown. Still have a long list of things that would be nice for Bath! I also remembered this morning I decided I want a pair of short stays, so I'll have to see if I still have my long stays pattern ....
mlsdesigns: (chemise dress)
Why would you want to post an out of context comment to FB? So obviously I never will, apart from anything else, wouldn't know how! So rest assured :)
In other news, I've not been able to sew all week, but I'm about to go into the dining room to try and make a start. I've sorted out a plan for Mummy's new ballgown, made from a lovely black and gold sari with a sable coloured pelu and bodice piece. I've also come up with an idea for some fabric the wonderful [ profile] jennylafleur gave me when I visited her in June. It's a beautiful hot pink and gold brocade with a gold border on one side. I'm going to make a sort of tunic/over robe, to be worn over a white or gold, (haven't looked to see which will look best) petticoat. When we got Mummy's sari we also got a lovely red and white one, with a lovely wide border and spotted with flowers, for Clare; and a very pretty pale mauve and silver brocade one for me, it's very yummy! I just need to work up the energy to actually sew something!


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