Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Dress fabric cut out!

Slippery, slidey, water-like dress fabric has been cut out.  It has been cut out rather poorly, but it has been cut out none-the-less.  

Here's a lame camera phone pic of the fabric so you can see the color, along with the over-skirt fabric:

Monday, March 26, 2012

Corset progress and fabric prepped on dress

I have gotten some work done finally on my 1903 corset!  I cut 40 pieces out, as there are 10 on each side, times two, and then times two again because I have fashion fabric and coutile.  I then flat-lined the fashion fabric to the coutile. That left me with 20 pieces:

I don't have my hardware yet, including much boning and a busk, so I put together as much of it as I could.  I basically have the 2 front pieces and their facings, and then 2 other huge sewn together parts, which are all done and pressed:

The pictures could be better, but they were just quickies as I never show my progress, I thought I would at least try today. :-)

I have left to do on this corset:
- Grommets
- Add busk
- Adding boning tape
- boning
- Attach front pieces
- Trim and bind
- Waist tape? (Not sure on this one as I have never done that before....)

And then I am done!  I actually feel like I am getting pretty fast at making these, which is a nice feeling.  They are significantly less scary than people make them out to be!

I also steamed my silk fabric today to get the shrink out of it. I will  probably attempt to cut the fabric out this week so that it is prepped for sewing this weekend.  I am nervous about sewing on this slippery silk, but hopefully it will go alright.  I think if I can get the majority of my dress done by next weekend, I will feel better about this whole thing.  I know how much of the outfit comes in at the last possible moment though, and how many "oh yeah, and I need to just do x,y, and z" there always is, so I bet I will be working to the wire on this one.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Things have happened and I have been bad about it

Well, *a* thing. :-) I made a mockup of the Titanic gown and went to a sewing circle meet up to get it fitted. It pretty much fit straight out of the gate. Just small, minor tweaks.

Tonight I will cut out the corset and start on that part of the project so that I can order the boning for it. I will update when that is done!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Small update

So I did get something done today.  I spent a few hours after my super-long day at work, sorting out the pattern pieces for the Titanic dress that I am attempting.  I cut them , ironed them and then ironed them onto butcher paper so they are ready to go.  I need to figure out what size I will be attempting and then cut the pattern pieces out tomorrow, but some progress is good progress at this point.

Oh, in case I did not mention it, I am making Laughing Moon 104:

The blue one, obviously. 

 I am terribly nervous about this endeavor because there's like 20 pattern pieces, and I have never worked with super silky material before (I have silk satin), and I really find the dress shapes available at the time unflattering to my figure. I wish this was an afternoon event so I could make a walking suit, which is more *suit*ed to my general aesthetic and style.  Maybe next time.

Anyway, I will push forth and hopefully it will not be that bad.  I will keep this blog updated with my progress as it happens.  I am mostly avoiding thinking about it when I do not have to... :-)

Costume Academy

This past Sunday I had the pleasure of attending Costume Academy, which is a one-day mini-workshop-oriented learning experience held at Berkeley.  There are three sessions of an hour and a half and then some time for a mini-bazaar shopping room as well.  There's 3 or 4 things you can take per session, and what I took was:
- The Cocky Cockade: Rosettes for 18th C. Hat and Hair
- An Elegant Feather Headdress for the Titanic Era
- Paul Poirot Teens Turban

The great thing is that you get to learn 3 new things in one day and you almost never get bored because the classes are never quite long enough.  the bad thing is that the classes are never quite long enough so you end up coming home with 3 more UFOs (Un-finished Objects).

Overall, I really enjoyed my classes and learned a lot!  I love cockades and want to learn more about how to make the crazy advanced ones. Candice Kling has some amazing examples such as:

Someday I will go up to Seattle to take her 2-day workshop to learn how to make these.  They are fascinating and beautiful!

My Headdress turned out ok, although I feel like one of Cinderella's evil Stepsisters on their way to the ball:

And my turban is well underway and looking like it will be beautiful!  I will post pictures when I have them.  For now though, it is all Titanic outfit all the time!  (UGH!)

Monday, March 5, 2012

Mill End Fabrics pictures

My husband took a bunch of pictures while we were at Mill end, if you are interested. They are more art than descriptive of what is there, but you may get a sense of it anyway. :-)

Thread Rainbow
Fabric Bolts
Here's the whole set.