Tuesday, April 30, 2013

I'm back!

I'm back from my trip and while I didn't quite muster the energy up to do sewing stuff tonight, I did receive my wig so I watched a ton of videos about how to wear a wig and how to get long hair up and then tried the techniques out with great success. My wig fits, it works and its a good color. I need to work on styling it some as I don't really look great with short hair. There's a long extension component to it as we'll, so that should help, but I also want to add 17 pieces of flare to it to make it stand out a bit.

Anyway, more updates will becoming along as I have them. I'm out of town this weekend as well, but I have a few goals for this week, and all of my boning and corset supplies came in so I'm interested in getting that stuff sorted. We'll see how far I get! The event is rapidly approaching at this point so things need to start coming together into finished pieces very quickly from this point!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Last update before I am out of town for a week

I feel totally solid about the stuff I got done this week!  I feel like I am in a good spot with everything and This is all totally do-able!

Since last posting, I have set in as many of the boning channels on the corset as I can before I grommet the CB piece and can attach it all together and ordered more boning. It doesn't sound like much, but it took me a while to get what I got done to the point it is now, so I call that a win.It's not as much as I hoped to get done, but I spent a bunch of today out with friends and gardening, so sewing took a back seat.

Hmmm, I should pack...


Recap of where we are (I wonder if I can just do a to-do list that stays on the top instead of re-posting... hmmm):
  • Cut corset - DONE
  • Sew base corset - DONE
  • Set in boning channels 
  • Grommet corset
  • Drape wings on corset
  • Bind corset
  • Interface wings - 3/4 done (This is as far as I can go until the Corset is done)
  • Cut out wings - 3/4 done (This is as far as I can go until the Corset is done)
  • Fray check wings - 3/4 done (This is as far as I can go until the Corset is done)
  • Spray wings with adhesive glue - 3/4 done (This is as far as I can go until the Corset is done)
  • Make wings double-sided - 3/4 done (This is as far as I can go until the Corset is done)
  • Cut out underskirt
  • Sew under skirt
  • Dye petticoats - DONE
  • Franken petticoats onto skirt
  • Attach wings to skirt
  • Wig - wig has been ordered!
  • Figure out makeup - Sahrye is on this one, but we will do tests to see
I'm off to Cabo in the AM so I'll see you all in a week!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Butterfly wings are double sided!

Thanks to my awesome job, which allows me to work from home on Fridays, I used my lunch hour to do some mad ironing and made all 6 of them double-sided! Then I trued up the edges and applied any missing areas with some more fray check. As you can see, they are significantly more stiff than they were. I'm hoping that that is for the better. I guess they are what they are at this point!

6 Wings that are able to be sprayed are sprayed!

Updated To Do list:

  • Cut corset - DONE
  • Sew base corset - DONE
  • Set in boning channels 
  • Grommet corset
  • Drape wings on corset
  • Bind corset
  • Interface wings - 3/4 done (This is as far as I can go until the Corset is done)
  • Cut out wings - 3/4 done (This is as far as I can go until the Corset is done)
  • Fray check wings - 3/4 done (This is as far as I can go until the Corset is done)
  • Spray wings with adhesive glue - 3/4 done (This is as far as I can go until the Corset is done)
  • Make wings double-sided
  • Cut out underskirt
  • Sew under skirt
  • Dye petticoats - DONE
  • Franken petticoats onto skirt
  • Attach wings to skirt
  • Wig - wig has been ordered!
  • Figure out makeup - Sahrye is on this one, but we will do tests to see

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Butterfly Wings are cut out!

So I have 4 more un-interfaced wings cut out and fray checked. That brings me to 6 interfaced and 6 un-interfaced. At this point, that's as far as I can go with them until I know that the corset will be covered by the scrap wing bits. I do need to apply the spray that will allow me to bond these 6 to their counterparts and then iron them together, which will hopefully happen this week.

Here's where we are with things:
  • Cut corset - DONE
  • Sew base corset - DONE
  • Set in boning channels 
  • Grommet corset
  • Drape wings on corset
  • Bind corset
  • Interface wings - 3/4 done (This is as far as I can go until the Corset is done)
  • Cut out wings - 3/4 done (This is as far as I can go until the Corset is done)
  • Fray check wings - 3/4 done (This is as far as I can go until the Corset is done)
  • Spray wings with adhesive glue
  • Make wings double-sided
  • Cut out underskirt
  • Sew under skirt
  • Dye petticoats - DONE
  • Franken petticoats onto skirt
  • Attach wings to skirt
  • Wig - wig has been ordered!
  • Figure out makeup - Sahrye is on this one, but we will do tests to see
All-in-all, I feel like I am in a good place and very much farther ahead than I thought I would be at this point, so that's great news. I hesitate to get too excited about my progress as I don't want to jinx it at this stage of the game. There's still a LOT of work to do and I can hit a snafu at any point, but I am cautiously optimistic at this stage and far less panicked that I normally am. I think having a very clear plan that is broken down into tiny parts that are all manageable really helps me with these things. I should keep this method for next time for sure!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

2 out of 8 out of 16

2 of the non-interfaced wings are now cut and fray checked.

That brings us to 8 total wings cut out, which means they are 1/2 way done, if I am actually going to use all 8.

Anyway, yay. The hard stuff is moving along...

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

6 out of 6 out if 8 out if 16

The last two interfaced wings that I have right now are cut out and fray checked. I also decided on and ordered my wig!

Here's my updated to-do list:

Cut corset - DONE
Sew base corset - DONE
Set in boning channels
Grommet corset
Drape wings on corset
Bind corset
Cut out underskirt
Make under skirt
Dye petticoats - DONE
Franken petticoats onto skirt
Interface wings - 3/4 done (?)
Cut out wings - 3/8 done
Fray check wings - 3/8 done
Spray wings with adhesive glue
Make wings double-sided
Attach wings to skirt
Wig - wig has been ordered!
Figure out makeup - Sahrye is on this one, but we will do tests to see

4 out of 6 out of 8 out of 16

4 out of 6 of the wings that I interfaced have now been cut out and fray checked. This means i am 1/4 done with cutting out the wings for the skirt. Things are happening in tiny chunks, but the ocean begins with a single drop, right?

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Unexpected Progress!

I had pretty much chalked today up as a lost cause when thinking about when I would get stuff done, since I had a glove-making workshop today and then I was supposed to get a haircut. My haircuts are awesome because they are done at my house, but sometimes my friend who cuts my hair and I go a little crazy with ideas and then I am sitting in a chair for 6 hours. I never know when that will happen, so I pretty much just write off the evening if she is coming over. Trust me, it's always worth it.

Well, The glove-making went well and then the haircut happened promptly and quickly after that.  Neat.

So first interfaced 6 out of the 8 wings (on one side, then the other side of the wing will be glued onto the stabilized side of the wing).  I left 2 out, so actually 4 wings total (2 wings go into making each double-sided wing) in case my plan to use up the weird 1/2 wing extras that I was sent to make the corset don't work out. If that all goes ok, I will make up the last 2 wings for the skirt.

What weird extra pieces, you ask? My pattern was meant to be printed on 44 inch fabric (most of the ones they sell are that width), but the organic cotton sateen comes in a width of 56 inches, so you get a partial print of a wing next to 2 full wings for every yard you order:
I decided to try and use that to make the corset draping with, rather than order an additional yard of wings for that.  Hopefully it will work out, but I saved back some wings in case it does not.

The very awesome thing about the glove-making workshop is that Sahrye hosts the workshops so I got a chance to work some stuff out with her so things feel more settled. Hopefully this all works out!

After I did interfaced, I decided to sew my corset together!  So the main pieces are all together and the lining is as well.  I need to put the boning channels in and then do the grommeting before I can attach the final 2 pieces to the rest of it, but it's a lot of the way there and I didn't think that would happen!

Tomorrow is kind of a write-off because I need to do some work, I need to do some yard work, and we are going sake tasting and then to dinner up in Oakland, so that will pretty much put me out of commission, but I do hope to get the boning channels in and the grommeting done this week if possible. I will then loose a whole week of progress because I will be out of town, so any unexpected progress is good progress!

Here's my updated to-do list:

  • Cut corset - DONE
  • Sew base corset - DONE
  • Set in boning channels 
  • Grommet corset
  • Drape wings on corset
  • Bind corset
  • Cut out underskirt
  • Make under skirt
  • Dye petticoats - DONE
  • Franken petticoats onto skirt
  • Interface wings -3/4 done (?)
  • Cut out wings
  • Fray check wings
  • Make wings double-sided
  • Attach wings to skirt
  • Deal with Wig situation - Have a solution, need to order wig and do work on it
  • Figure out makeup - Sahrye is on this one, but we will do tests to see
So that's where we are now. I'll keep you posted.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

It's tactics time.

This is sort of my construction-intentions post as I think you can get the gist of what I am going to do from the list below. I'm taking a page from Cathy Hay's lecture on large, intimidating projects lecture (which this is for me): Break it down into tiny pieces and then only focus on the piece that you have to do right now so you don't get freaked out by the bigger picture. This is the perfect solution to the complete overwhelmed paralysis I get when I am working on stuff like this.

Here's my to-do list:
  • Cut corset - DONE
  • Sew base corset
  • Grommet corset
  • Drape wings on corset
  • Cut out underskirt
  • Make under skirt
  • Dye petticoats - DONE
  • Franken petticoats onto skirt
  • Cut out wings
  • Fray check wings
  • Interface wings 
  • Make wings double-sided
  • Attach wings to skirt
  • Deal with Wig situation
  • Figure out makeup
Looks do-able. It is a LOT of work and I don't actually have much time between now and when I go to the party thanks to a bunch of stuff I already had planned, including a week in Cabo that essentially takes up 2 weekends, and a romantic getaway with my husband (poor me, right?). I will keep updating this list as I go so we know where we are. I wonder if I can make a side bar item for it.... hmmmmm.

RIT Dye FTW!

Yay! The petticoat color issue seems to be solved!


This is very close to what they looked like before:
I can't find a picture of this same one in the right color, but it was essentially this:
Thank God for RIT Dyes!

In which I am given some setbacks

So...

A number if disappointing things have happened.

I had originally ordered 3 petticoats (reasons for which will be explained later when i do a construction blog): one black, one orange, and one in the light apple green family. Three Petticoats showed up. They were black (yay!), Neon Yellow, and even more Neon Green.

I also ordered 8 yards of my awesome wing material, at a pretty hefty cost:



The wing material showed up today. Not so awesome. It is sort of impressionistic and pixelated looking (technically, this is a part of the vectorization process).  I specifically chose this wing, rather than one I liked more, because the sample image didn't show this sort of effect. Here are some images:


Warning: Rant ahead. (I did name this blog "Costuming Drama", what did you expect?)

Now, before you all go and tell me that it will be fine and no one will care and blah blah blah, let me just stop you.  I don't actually care if anyone else thinks it is ugly or cool, I REALLY don't; I only care that *I* don't like it and it wasn't what I was expecting, and now I will have sunk several hundred dollars, and ungodly amounts of time, making a dress that I am not actually that into.

So that sucks.

End Rant.

Re: the issue with the petticoats - I am currently attempting to Rit Dye the yellow one to a Tangerine Color:
and then I will see if I can get the green one to be more like this:
Hopefully that will go well. I will report back once I know.

Editor's note: I just went and checked and it does look like it is taking, at least somewhat - anything will be better than Neon Yellow. Yay.

Re: The wings of impressionism - There's not really anything I can do, but soldier on. Spoonflower isn't responsible for the image itself, since it was uploaded by a user, and they didn't actually do anything wrong (in fact, it is beautifully printed), so I would not try and return the fabric as it is a custom printed item.

So, I learn to live with it.

It will look fine from 10 feet away and in the pictures and I will be the only one that hates it. I just hate that I will hate it, you know?

Saturday, April 6, 2013

153 years of women's fashion in 8 minutes


The world should apologize for 1834 - that was just not awesome.

I do very much enjoy the Mr. Rogers music though.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Tales of Utah

So I got back on Monday from visiting other Noelle. Usually, when I go there, we work like 10 year olds in a sweatshop, and we want to die when it is over. Thankfully we didn't do that this time. We spent a lot of time with friends, watched Game of Thrones and the Walking Dead, played a really obscene amount of video games (Ticket to Ride and Bioshock Infinite), and went and saw the Evil Dead musical in zombie makeup.  Here's my proof:

We didn't completely blow off sewing though! I got 3 main things accomplished:

1) I sorted out my Victorian corset pattern, got it affixed to freezer paper, and cut out the corset for the butterfly dress (I HATE cutting, so this is a big deal).

2) We mocked up and fitted sleeves for 2 of my patterns, which I may use if I do get around to making a bustle dress this year. This part of the process requires 2 people and is my least favorite part, but with Noelle, it was super easy.

3) We used her crazy pinking-and-strip-making-machine-of-magical-voodoo to make me not have a million hours of work to cut up 4 yards of fabric into a million miles of different sized strips so that I can someday finish my polonaise outfit. I can finally trim the skirt and the jacket and the hat the way I want to! Huzzah! Here's Noelle, being the awesome stripper... er, strip maker that she is:

Bonus: I also talked through my construction plan with Noelle for my Butterfly dress and it now has the Double Noelle Seal of Approval™.

Next up, construction plans, most likely!