Thinking about time...

Sep. 18th, 2017 11:30 am
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Two months until Gettysburg. If I plan a month a dress, that's two dresses. I want three.

Obviously, I need to work. I don't need a month for an 1860s dress.

But I currently have a cold. I wish there was a cold shot like a flu shot. I was very happy with my flu shot last year...

No event for me

Sep. 18th, 2017 08:47 am
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Well, all that sewing was for naught, since I work up Saturday morning with a mild migraine. Ugh. I literally haven't had one in years, and now my head decides to be unruly? Turned out it was the prelude to a mild head cold, which I'm still fighting off. Yeesh. It couldn't have waited until Monday?

I spent the majority of Saturday and Sunday in bed. I slept for about 15 hours on Sunday, which seems to have helped. I still have a fever blister on my tongue that is making it really hard to talk, so that's fun.

At least I'm getting to see the photos from the day, which is nice. The costumed turn-out seemed low, but it looked like there were several new people that showed up in civvies to check out the group, so that's good.

Since I don't have to rush anymore, I'm going to go back and rework some things on the sacque that I did sloppily or left off for time's sake. I only had one sleeve ruffle, when I really wanted three, so I'm going to take my sleeves apart and add the other two flounces, and the fit of the CF could be better, so I'm going to tweak that a bit. The petticoat also needs more floof. I'm planning to pick up some paper tape after work today so I can make a new 18thC dress form, which will help with fitting tremendously. I also didn't finish M's waistcoat completely, so I'm going to work on that. Hopefully I'll have enough time to finish everything well before the Georgian Picnic in November, but it's a toss up since my sister's wedding falls right between then and now, and the next few weeks might get eaten up by wedding stuff, and I still have to make my bridesmaid gown. Hopefully I can knock that out this week sometime so I don't have to think about it anymore.

Almost all of my weekends between now and the middle of October are booked. Two weekends are taken up with bridal and wedding showers, then there's a vintage airshow in Dallas, my Mom's birthday, a night at the ballet, and my sister's wedding. 90% of it isn't costume related (I may or may not make something vintage-y to wear to the airshow), with only minimal sewing involved for the bridesmaid dress, so hopefully I can get some costume work done during the week. I've really enjoyed having projects to take with me to work for when it's slow.

Next on the agenda, some clothes for M. The horsehair canvas I ordered should be here by Thursday according to tracking, so that means I can finish his waistcoat properly soon. I picked up some fabulous black brocade (at Walmart!) that he'd been eyeing, so that will become a new coat for the Georgian Picnic. There are two embroidered suit jackets that need to be done. I have the embroidery sketched out and the fabric out of storage for the red suit, so I'll probably work on it first. I have the teal silk for his other suit, I just need to decide on an embroidery pattern so I can get started. His silk embroidered waistcoat needs finishing, too, which will happen once the horsehair is in. I don't have any plans for my own costumes between now and the end of the year, so I'm going to try and focus as much as possible on his wardrobe. He needs some complete outfits!

Hmph.

Sep. 17th, 2017 06:00 pm
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Every weekend should be a three day weekend...

Daunting

Sep. 16th, 2017 07:25 pm
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There's so much weird pinning on the checked bodice that it's a little daunting to work on.

Or I'm just lazy...

Done!

Sep. 16th, 2017 06:57 am
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I finished my cross-stitching project last night.

Windswept Santa

It probably has more detail stitching and outlining than any other picture I've made in the last 25 years. And so many French knots. So many. I'm not crazy about French knots, but at least I don't hate them I like I used to. This is the first cross-stitching piece that calls for lazy daisies as part of the details too.

This project went really, really fast. I've had a fair bit of free time lately.

Since I still have a week before I'll have access to a sewing machine, I'll keep working on Christmas ornaments for the children. This year they're very shiny.

Futzy stuff

Sep. 15th, 2017 11:44 am
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Last night out of nowhere I tried the checked bodice on and pinned the hems and neckline and fronts. I hate that part. I think (I keep saying I think) I'm happy with it. The front basque folds a bit at the waistline, but I'm fine with that. I have to take in the back basque a bit. It's a little too full.

One of my favorite things about hand sewing is that seams are finished securely and don't pop doing things like this. So of course side seam popped. Oops :)

An idea

Sep. 14th, 2017 05:00 pm
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I really hate making back closing bodices. When I was marking the darts on the current dress, I realized I could make the storm cloud fancy dress a little later 1860s and do a front closing bodice, like the fuschia dress and slightly later spotty evening dress. And that works well for an overskirt too. That sounds so much less daunting.

I reeeeaaaaallly need to get going with all this...

Crunch time

Sep. 14th, 2017 12:22 pm
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Entering panic mode. So much left to do. How can I give myself so much lead time and still be working down to the wire?!

So...

Sep. 13th, 2017 05:50 pm
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Instead of the darts, I entered grades for five hours last night. Oy.

Tonight's goal? Don't pass out before bedtime...

Two darts!

Sep. 12th, 2017 11:38 am
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I sewed two darts yesterday, so two more today, I hope.

Slowly, it'll get started, then hopefully I'll be myself and quickly get it done!

Tonight's goal...

Sep. 11th, 2017 05:00 pm
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Sew one dart. That's not the least bit daunting!

Except, I really just want to drink lattes and do nothing...

Also, note goals tag. I figured it'd be easier to find posts about a dress if every other post wasn't I'm going to thread a needle!

Halfway there!

Sep. 11th, 2017 05:26 pm
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I finished side one of the waistcoat!

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I still need to do the fill pattern on the main body, but the big part is finished. I'll prep the other side tonight so I can do the border tomorrow. Then, hopefully, pocket surround on Wednesday, buttons and fill on side two on Thursday, and assembly Thursday night after work! Huzzah!

Sewing whirlwind

Sep. 11th, 2017 08:16 am
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I pushed to get as much sewing done this weekend as I could. I am so far behind because last week ended up being a flurry of wedding stuff with my sister - I helped her shop for some wedding-appropriate shapewear, her bridal pictures were on Thursday, and Friday was her bachelorette party. All of that stuff took up any free time I had after work last week, so I lost four days of sewing time (M doesn't pick me up until 9 on Tuesdays, so it was a wash, too) and it really set me back.

I managed to get accomplished what I set out to do over the weekend, which was finish the trim on the gown skirts. I was really hoping to get further along than that, like getting the back pleats tacked down, but that was an optimistic stretch goal, and it didn't happen. Adding the blue edging trim really took a lot longer than I expected. It's an elastic trim, so I didn't want to use the machine to stitch it on in fear of it stretching and making things wonky, so I had to hand-sew all of it on, which took forever. But, I do love how the blue makes the gown pop, and I'm glad I got to stick with my original color scheme.

I need to pick up the fabric for the skirt facings so I can get that sewn in, and then I can finally attach the skirt to the bodice. I still need to cut out sleeves, flounces, stomacher, and robings, but I'm in the home stretch now. I am debating on whether or not to add a flounce to the petticoat, above the serpentine trimmings, but I'll only do that if I have time once the gown is finished. I'll have some late nights finishing everything up before the event, either way.

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I have M's waistcoat with me to embroider today, and I'm hoping to finish all the decorative work on it by Wednesday so I can assemble it on Thursday. No new coat for him, though, so I'm going to try and make him a new pair of breeches to go with his burgundy coat. ~sigh~ At least he'll have a new shirt and waistcoat.

After this, I'll have to make my bridesmaids dress, then I want to finish the Great Pumpkin for the Georgian Picnic. I draped a new bodice for it while I was draping the lining for this sacque dress, so the hard part is over. My stays need some adjustment under the arms, though, as they cut a little high into my armpits. Not comfy. No time to fix that before Casanova, though, so it'll have to wait until after my sister's wedding. So much to do!

Another Week of Cross-Stitching

Sep. 11th, 2017 07:22 am
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I know these posts are boring, but I do like to post every week. Since this is what I'm doing, this is what you get to read.

Here was the state of the picture last week:
Windswept Santa-week 5

Here it is this week:
Windswept Santa - week 6

I finished the cross-stitches and half cross-stitches yesterday and did a fair bit of the backstitching and French knots and the like that the instructions call "details" and I call "outlining." There's a lot left on the outlining, but I'm pleased with how it looks so far. It's amazing how much better it looks with the edges outlined.

Beside cross-stitching, I've been working on Hallowe'en costumes for the children. Since I'm just at the cutting stage, there's nothing to show. I also started a Christmas ornament for one of the girls while I was at a needlework circle on Saturday. It was a lot more portable than the floor stand I'm using for the cross-stitching. I've knit a few rows of my miser's purse too.

lazy Sunday

Sep. 10th, 2017 10:59 pm
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 I've enjoyed a marvelously lazy Sunday. I puttered and cleaned the kitchen this morning, made apple sauce and a chocolate cake. Then Rob and I vegged and watched football. I passed out with my head in his lap. The Packers won (woohoo) the Eagles won (yay I guess? Rob cares). I got out my dress for the battle of brandywine and put gussets in the underarms. I had ripped them out at Ft. Washington playing exuberant graces.

In other news I have started looking seriously for another job. Don't get me wrong I like my job, but...what I'm doing does not further my nursing skills and frankly I make half what i would most other places. And I'm tired of financially barely making it. and lately not making it :-/ Rob just hasn't been holding his end of this financial deal. So my options are push a man with a mental illness who shuts down OR find something that pays me more.  My major criteria at the moment are 1. a raise, a significant raise. Laura just took an offer elsewhere and got her salary doubled. 2. tuition assistance. The end goal is my NP. That has really solidified in my mind and I just cannot do that on my current salary. Laura gave me the contact info for her recruiter so I emailed them, and applied to a job at CHOP's specialty clinic. So I've started the poking process. Think good thoughts for me.

It's funny I was SO resistant to accepting that I needed to move on, and now that I have decided it's time I have this great NEED to move on to new challenges. I need something that pushes my nursing skills farther. I'm ready to further develop my assessment skills. 

What? Real stuff?

Sep. 10th, 2017 06:12 pm
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I marked the darts on the checked dress!

The back waist might be a little too high. But better than too short, and there will be a cartridge pleated skirt underneath it. But it's finally in that looking like something phase.

And once the neckline is finished, I can start the collar. Hooray, for busy work! It's points with eyelet embroidery. Well within my skills :)

Weekend goal met!

Sep. 9th, 2017 09:23 am
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I knit a row last night!

11 rows of green left, then 19-28 more rows depending on how many repeats of yellow I decide on, then leaves :)

Weekend goals...

Sep. 8th, 2017 04:58 pm
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Knit some.

I can do that...

And maybe mark the darts Sunday, but we're not going as far as counting that as a goal.

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Sep. 8th, 2017 09:51 am
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Didn't get anything done on the waistcoat or the dress yesterday. I had everything with me, but I got totally sidetracked planning stuff for the Paris trip next year. I found a nice little flat right across from the palace gates, which I'm planning to book with my next paycheck. Then it will really be real! I'll have the first part BOOKED.

We'll have three days in Versailles, one for jetlag recovery and exploring the town, one for touring Versailles and the for the Ball, and another for Ball recovery and repacking, and then four in Paris itself. I found a studio flat for rent on AirB&B, right down the street from the Louvre. I'm still planning the itinerary for Paris, but so far I know I want to hit the Louvre and the Catacombs. I'd love to do Monet's garden, but it's a bit out of the way. There's plenty to see within walking distance of our flat. I sort of hate leaving things up to chance, especially with such a short time frame to do everything in. I need schedules and pre-purchased tickets! M is totally one of those "let's just walk around town and eat a bunch of stuff" travelers, while I'm the "We have a tour at 10, followed by lunch at X, then a tour at 2, with tea at X afterward..." sort of traveler.

The Germany leg of the trip is a little more up in the air right now. I had originally planned for us to head to Ludwigslust and stay there, but I found an absolutely beautiful bed & breakfast in Emmendorf, which is just up the road from where my grandparents used to live in the north.

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/19216037?wl_source=list&wl_id=234528902&role=wishlist_owner&adults=1&children=0&infants=0

Soooo preeeetty. I was planning for us to rent a car up there anyway, so it doesn't really matter where we stay. I'm also drawn to the Strampenhof in Bad Bavensen since it's right in the middle of town and the grounds are really pretty. But, there's a huge price difference between it and the place in Emmendorf, and my wallet usually has final say.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g198601-d620997-Reviews-Strampenhof-Bad_Bevensen_Lower_Saxony.html

There's a bullet train to the south that will take us to Kirchheim unter Teck, where my family lives, and we'll spend the last four days of our trip there. I want to hit Lichtenstein castle, Ludwigsburg palace, and the reconstructed Roman villa/open air museum since late antiquity is M's chosen field. I also want to take a day trip into Tubingen to show him where we would have been living if I'd done grad school there. Most of those trips will take the entire day, but we can definitely stop at places to and from each of those destinations, so more planning is in order.

I want to squeeze in at least two visits every day, which I think is doable without getting overwhelmed. Maybe a couple of days we can squeeze in three or four stops if we stay in the same town, but I don't want to come back from vacation exhausted. XP

In totally unrelated news, the trim for the gown finally arrived after being detoured a dozen times over. I'm trying to decide which one to use now. I have a narrow blue trim, and a peach colored lace I could dye, but I also realized that I'm running low on time now, and I'm wary of taking time to dye something that might not turn out. ~bites nails~ Even though everyone that commented on it overwhelmingly liked the peach trim better, I think I'll do the blue. Ugh. I hate that I'm working down to the wire on this again.

Thankfully, I have the house to myself this weekend, so I'm going to really run hard at getting the dress finished so I can work on M's suit over the rest of the week. It's definitely crunch time now, and I can't afford to lose another minute.

Knitting Resources

Sep. 7th, 2017 06:45 pm
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This is a fabulous list of period knitting books. http://bookworm1860.blogspot.com/2012/02/19th-century-knitting-sources-online.html?fref=gc&dti=176034119267057

I will look forward to poking around in it.

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