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I've been obsessing over [livejournal.com profile] padawansguide's sari Regency gown. It's so, so pretty.

Today at the thrift store I found a pale pink silk chiffon sari (? I'm terrible at fabric. It's definitely silk, though), all decorated with silver embroidery, and I bought it. It was $5. There was no way I could have passed that up. I have no idea if the wide border embroidery would be suitable for Regency, but it seems like a pretty traditional Indian design. If I had to guess, I'd say it almost definitely existed in India of the period at the least. And I love it. It's not the paisley - it's the more geometric design. Anyway, even if I decide against using the geometric border, it has a simply lovely silver embroidery throughout the length.

I just need to decide on a dress style. And a when.

After the Mandalorian. Must finish that.
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So, I've cut out the bodice of my bridesmaid dress. I really do love this color. My question, though, is.... Should I make Vee a dress out of the same stuff, and Morgan a skeleton suit, all for the Georgian picnic this fall? Or is that just way too matchy-matchy? /sigh They would be SO CUTE. I don't have my heart set on it, but I think I have enough fabric.

Or I could make Vee a spencer or sash and Morgan's breeches out of it, so as to break all the blue up a little...

I'm even toying with the idea of making matchy doll clothes, LOL. I'm so terrible.

This fabric has a bonus, that while it is indeed bridal satin (boo), it IS machine washable....

It's this stuff from fabric.com and was *almost* a perfect match to the bride's colors, and had her full approval.

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I made a one hour dress in like three hours over three days. Heh. One hour is definitely a misnomer. Sure, the actual dress goes together super quick, but then you need to tweak it a bit to get it looking right (belt, trim, pockets, etc). Anyway, I was too late for Sunday's activities, but at least I will have something for next time. It looks okay still, but needs some finishing touches, like a belt. I have a suitable summer hat and shoes. All I need is a purse, and a summer dress for Vee. Maybe a new outfit for Morgan. He is starting to be interested in going to my dress-up outings, too.

That said, I am so not in love with the way I look in this dress. Oh my heavens, I look so frumpy. Yuck. A big frumpy rectangle. Oh, the things I do for costuming.


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Ok. So, since I have not yet found a fabric match that I like for my bridesmaid dress (still need to go to Fabrique, which I'm planning to do on Saturday or Sunday), I'm moving on to my next project. As Matt has started working on my armor for our June event, I thought it only fair that I begin his Sith.

So, here's where we're starting:

Simplicity pattern 4450:

front


back


Jedi palette


(1) is a mid to heavy weight cotton twill with a little bit of stretch. (2) is a dark red crinkle cotton gauze. (3) is a dark ruddy brown mystery crinkle fabric, probably polyester? (4) is a metric ton of black crinkle cotton gauze.

Sith palette


(1) is the same dark red crinkle cotton gauze. (2) is the same metric ton of black crinkle cotton gauze. (3) is a mystery mid-weight charcoal gray suiting, with some stretch. (4) is a metric ton of black cotton velveteen. (5) is a yard and a half of black vinyl.

I've also dug up two other gray mystery fabric suiting. If we end up buying anything, it'll be fabric for his outer cloak. He wants something that has some nice flow and drape. I imagine he'll be choosing some kind of cotton twill, although if I can find some nice wool, I'll pitch for that, I think.

He also plans to make himself a "breather/face mask," a la Darth Malgus from Star Wars The Old Republic:



His assignment tonight (after he gets home from teaching Irish class) is to choose the fabric for everything except the outer robe. Then I'll measure him and trace the pattern and make him cut out the fabric. LOL I hate that part, so I'm totally shoving it off on him. Luckily for me, he's rather good natured about it all.
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Ok, so generally speaking, I'm not that into Edwardian, except perhaps very late. I don't like those huge puffy sleeves. It's the same reason I don't care for the 'Romantic' era, I think it's called. The 1830s & 1840s? Anyway, due to my general 'eh' feeling for it, I never did see coughing up the cash for a good pattern.

However, am I willing to cough up the cash for a Butterick pattern? You bet! I know Butterick patterns aren't historically accurate, but I really feel that this one captures the over all look well enough for me, especially since I'm not that into this era, anyway! I'm pretty excited about this pattern and will be grabbing one the next time there's a Butterick sale at Hancocks or JoAnns! :D
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I love de Gracieuse. I have wasted like two hours just perusing their 1912. I really, really need to figure out how to use their patterns one day. At least now I have some vague ideas of an over all "look" that I can do modifying my existing patterns.

I may still buy some other patterns later. There are a few more than I realized - Sensibility.com has a few, and so does a site called Hint of History. I still really like the Laughing Moon pattern. Any way, we'll see.... I mean, I have the January 2013 Titanic museum exhibit event, and I'll probably go another time with family, too, since the exhibit gets here in like September. So I'll need a colder weather outfit, too, that would be totally uncomfortable in April, heh.
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So, the Steampunk tea is coming up and I'm thinking I'm just going to wear what I wore last year to the May Frontier Fort Days. That way I don't have to really think about things. I will probably add an overskirt, as that would take almost no time at all. Matt can wear his British uniform or his Gunslinger/Pinkerton outfit. Vee can wear her 1860s dress. Then all I have to do is throw something together for Morgan. Sweet. To be honest, aside from being relieved that I basically have something for everyone, I am really looking forward to the event. It will be tons of fun.

What I'm really spending time thinking about is the Edwardian Picnic. I need to keep it simple because I'm going to be working on stuff for three people. Not sure if Matt will want to go, but if he does, then I'll come up with something. Luckily, men's fashion is pretty predictable.

So, plans.

I need to come up with a dress for Vee. Once I settle on what I'm going to do, it won't take much time, but I need to find a pattern first. If anyone has any suggestions for a pattern I can do, I would be really grateful. Maybe I'll search de Gracieuse, and enlist some help in enlarging a pattern? That's kind of scary. Fabric wise, I'll probably make hers out of one of the white fabrics below.

I'm going to make a jumpsuit/jumper for Morgan from a pattern that [livejournal.com profile] jenthompson is loaning me (THANK YOU!!!). Probably out of the white/blue stripey stuff below if there's enough.

For myself, I am going to cheat and wear Victorian underthings so I can concentrate on the outfit itself. I am either going to buy the Laughing Moon 1909-1913 Dress, or use the Butterick 1914 blouse and skirt patterns here:






These fabrics are ones that I have in my stash. Since the picnic is in like May, it'll be fairly safe to assume that it will be warm, maybe even hot. Here are some samples of the fabrics I'm thinking about.


I have a TON of this fabric (I used this fabric for my white bustle dress):


I also have a lot of this fabric (I used this fabric for mine and Vee's white regency):


I have six yards of this fabric, which I haven't used in anything yet:



The advantage of the Butterick patterns is that I already have them. That feeds my frugal side and I wouldn't need to wait to get started. The disadvantage is that I have no idea what to do with them. Maybe the skirt with the buttons in the white/blue stripey stuff and a blouse (I like the simple one in the top left) in one of the whites? Or a skirt with overskirt like the two on the right out of all white, with a matching white blouse? Or blouse and skirt out of all stripey stuff? I don't know. I think if I could visualize something, it would be really easy to go from there. As it is, I'm so inexpert in this era that I'm a little at a loss.

That's why the Laughing Moon pattern is so alluring. I could just use the day dress pattern and do the whole thing in the white/blue stripey stuff with a white undershirt. SO straight forward. Downside, of course, is that I have to buy the pattern and then wait for it to get here. The waiting, realistically, isn't that bad, since I tend to procrastinate anyway. I just have to wait for my allowance to cycle, heh.

So anyway, any advice or feedback would be appreciated!











Edit: Here's Vee's other Edwardian dress. If worse comes to worse, I'll just make this one again, and just size it up. And add more buttons, heh. This was from roughly two years ago.

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So, all my costuming friends got to do costuming stuff in, oh, the past three months that I haven't been able to go to for various reasons. That isn't to say I haven't done anything. I haven't done much, true, but I did finish an outfit for both Vee and Morgan. Morgan's isn't anything to write home about, just a very basic 1860 saque coat from adayin1862's pattern and some pants of matching fabric with an elastic waistband. Plus he never even got to wear it and he'll be too big for it next winter. Ah, well.

However, I'm really proud of Vee's dress. I did her dress and bloomers from Elizabeth Stewart Clark's patterns. The dress is completely hand sewn, including the four growth tucks and button holes. It was fun and came together in about a week, interruptions from babies included. Her bloomers were totally machine sewn and have an elastic waist band, as does the petticoat. Heh. Although we haven't gone to any costuming events in for ever, she's worn it to church several times and many, many days at home*. Hooray for effectively timeless girl's dresses! :D

Anyway, here are some basic images of her 1860's dress and undies. I haven't done a chemise for her yet. That's for the near future. She can wear the chemise and bloomers as pajamas, I'm sure.

So here's the front top of the dress:


Back top of the dress (I used snaps at the waist since the hook/eyes kept coming loose. Vee is a very active three year old):


Close-up of the button holes:


Growth tucks:


Bloomers:


The petticoat I found in a box of stuff my mom was keeping for me from one of my relatives. I think maybe my mom's maternal grandmother? I almost felt bad about chopping it up, but I know my very frugal great-grandmother Nina would have approved the re-use of the no longer viable underclothing.

Anyway, petticoat before the make-over:


Petticoat now Vee-sized with about four inches of growth built in:


And once I finally make it to an event in costume, maybe I'll show pictures of my sweet daughter in her dress. It has quite a bit of growth built into it, and she'll probably get three years out of it. I'm sure it'll show up in pictures many, many times in the future. Heh!




*Vee has more than once asked me in the morning: "Mommy, I want to wear my wonderful, beautiful princess dress that you made for me, please!" How can I resist that request?! So she's worn it in daily wear quite often, too. Heh!
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Ok, I just bought the two patterns for Vee's and Morgan's Georgian picnic outfits. I got the Rocking Horse Farms skeleton suit and the portrait dress from Sensibility. I imagine they'll be in the mail and come some time late next week or the week following.

Now, of course, I need to really get cracking on Matt's coat. I did the first fitting and it went well, with only very minor adjustments, I think. I just need to cut out the velveteen. I hate cutting. It's my least favorite part of costuming. If only I could get someone to just cut everything out for me! I don't mind the actual sewing part. :P
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So, what is the etiquette when posting stuff on the interwebs, especially as regarding images found? For example, I have several things from De Gracieuse that I'm really digging. If I start working on a dress diary or what ever and want to show the image, do I need to show the whole, un-cut image, or can I cut out what I want, etc? For example, I have several albums on my picasa web that I've been collecting over time. I have NO idea where I got all these images from, I just have saved the ones that have caught my eye over the years. Is there a propper way to show them or can I just use them as I need? Anyway, just thought I would throw that out there, and see if anyone has any thoughts.

Also, completely off topic, I NEEEED a dress form! Ugh.
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Thanks for suggesting Tissot, [livejournal.com profile] nuranar and [livejournal.com profile] jenthompson!!

Here are the ones that most caught my eye. They're all pretty much the same dress, I think. I'd definitely go powder blue accents rather than yellow. I look better in blue. ^_~ Also, I am going to to ruffles instead of pleats because I do NOT want to iron pleats every time I wear that dress. :P It'll look ok with ruffles I think. I hope.

They look natural form? Or maybe a buslte pad? I kind of did want to do a bustle.... Will have to ponder that. Natural form involves less work since I haven't yet made myself a bustle, heh.







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I posted this on the DFWCG facebook page, but I'm gonna ask it here, too, since there's not total crossover and I would love to hear from yall here.

I'm needing some inspiration - I'm wanting to make a frothy, white Victorian summer dress. I have tons of the perfect fabric and I have some patterns from Truly Victorian to work with as a starting point (early bustle, natural form and late bustle). Does anyone feel like sharing some images from that time period? Portraits or photos are great!
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Alrighty! All done with the maroon Regency except for the sleeve hems. Woot!



I'm wearing it right now, heh. Now to change into street clothes and take my kids to the park.

The picnic to-do list:

Finish the maroon regency
Make Vee's dress
Add maroon ribbons to the brown bonnet and fix pleats
Alter the regency stays
Make a reticule
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I'm doing this one the fast and dirty way since the picnic is on Saturday and I'm still trying to balance infant, toddler and hobbies. Heh. It's coming along quickly, though.

I did skip out on the drawstring neck and put a temporary elastic neck (yay, safety pins!). I know my historically accurate friends will wince at that, but I have to accomodate a nursing infant, so I want easy access. :P I'll be making an adjustment on my current regency stays for the same reason, but I'll just be taking out one of the gusset seams and adding a loop and button.

Here's a progress picture:



So, the to-do list for this week:

Finish the maroon regency (bodice basically complete)
Alter the regency stays
Fix the brown bonnet pleats and add maroon ribbons
Make Vee's dress
Make Vee's petticoat
Find some ballet slippers for Vee?
Make a reticule
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Ok, I've decided officially I'm doing regency again. I looked at the chemise dress, and while it will be easy enough, there will be a learning curve and mistakes, so I decided to do something I've done before. The drawstring dress Sensibility pattern is so easy and there's no learning curve. Plus I can handsew some while holding the sleeping baby. SO, frantic sewing for the next few days and we'll see what happens. Worse comes to worse, I can wear something I already had, and I'll be ok with that.

I think I'll be able to whip up a dress for Vee, too. Another matching dress, of course. That's one of the lovely parts about having a daugther.

I don't think I'll get anything done for Matt this year, so he'll be stuck in his rigged costume from last year. :-/ I do feel bad about that. I'm pretty sure that some of my other married friends have experienced the same guilt. :P

Next year will be easier to get stuff done with a one year old and a three year old, instead of the newborn and toddler.
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Not sure where I heard this (maybe my Margo's yahoo group?), but I've been going through these articles while my boy is sleeping on my lap.

"From 1 November to 15 December 2010 we are lifting all access restrictions on three years of Costume content to make it available to you completely free of charge. You don't need to register, fill out any forms or even leave your name -- simply click here to link directly to IngentaConnect."

I thought this may be of interest to some of my costuming friends. :) I saved several articles that caught my eye. :D
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Hey [livejournal.com profile] jenthompson, not sure if you were wanting to watch any Victorian costume dramas, but I'm really enjoying the costumes and story from The Buccaneers. Not to mention it has two actresses I really like (Mira Sorvino and Carla Gugino).

Which also reminds me, Mira Sorvino is in another costume drama called The Triumph of Love, and it's 18th Century. I really liked it on an Italian cultural level because it is SO Commedia del'Arte, with Harlequin and everything. Oh, and [livejournal.com profile] ashnimehal, you might like it, because there's some cross-dressing ladies, too. The Princess and her lady in waiting both spend a lot of time in 18th century men's clothes. Great stuff.

Though to be honest, they don't look very much like men to me, heh. Ah, well! Suspension of disbelief! Plus their clothes when they're playing guys is awesome.

Hm. After I finish The Buccaneers, I think I'll watch Triumph of Love again. What a fun romp.




P.S. I'm not a movie critic, just so every one is clear. Movies I like, other people don't always really care for. :P
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Next project, a suffragette outfit for my mom and a suffragette dress for Vee! Whee! One of my DFWCG friends is lending me an outfit she made for herself while she was preggo, so I personally am set (thanks TONS, [livejournal.com profile] jenthompson!).

I have the *perfect* dress pattern for my little V, and it looks super easy, too. I got it way back when [livejournal.com profile] guen_the_cat told me about a site that had an awesome library of patterns open to the public for a limited time:



My mom's is going to be simple thrift store stuff, I think, which will be easy enough to put together. And what we can't find, I'll see what I can throw together quickly. I already have a big tan felt hat she can wear, too.

Also, does anyone have any idea what color the sashes were that these women were wearing?

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So, after a long hiatus, I'm finally sewing again. ^_^ Hooray! Ok, I've been on a long hiatus from both sewing and journalling.

My return to sewing, though, is totally because of the recent and awesome trip to a lingerie factory that was getting rid of a lot of fabric - I came out of it with literally about a hundred yards of fabric. All white cottons in voile, batiste, damask, and some super awesome stripey stuff. I shared some of the voile with the two ladies at the last (very small) costumers' guild meet-up. I'm planning on bringing the voile roll to the next meet-up, too.

Anyway, I have to get hopping so I can finish Vee's and my early Regency dresses for the 18th Century picnic in mid-November. I know, everyone else is going to be in panniers and wigs, but I can't help it. I *love* me some Regency. I do like other 18th Century stuff, it's just that I'm still on my Regency kick. ^_^

I'm giving the Reconstructing History Regency Day/Morning dress pattern a try for my dress:



I'll write a review when I've finished!

I'm thinking I'll try making up my own pattern for Vee's dress based on the image below.... It'll be a first, so everyone cross your fingers that it comes out ok. Luckily for me, early Regency is pretty forgiving!



I'll be making both dresses out of the same fabric, the stripey light-weight white cotton.

Hopefully, Texas weather stays true and we'll have nice, mild weather that day. Otherwise, our coats will ruin the look, because there's no time for me to make two pelisses!
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Lessee, aside from the normal work stuff and week night relaxing, what has been going on?

On the costuming front, I've almost completed the pink regency. The bodice is completely hand sewn and looks great. The fit is pretty good, although the neckline I'm kind of "eh" about. I think the next regency will not be drawstring, although I do adore the wrinkled front effect - I'm so much more fond of early Regency and Directoire than late Regency. I've been working on the dress during my lunch breaks at the University. One of the hugest benefits of working with an office full of politically correct, truly considerate psychologists and counselors is that although they may look at my hobby with curiosity, they are constrained by habit and profession not to judge me on it. Heh. Ok, at least not vocally. ^_~

Plus, when one actually considers the hobby of costuming, it does have a certain degree of artistic mystique. Which is really odd to me since I've never really considered myself an artist. Probably because I don't really come up with any of it on my own - I pretty much always use a pattern. However, on a college campus, costuming is art. Whee!

After the pink regency I think it will be time for me to work on something Victorian again. Well, and finish up the silver 1878 Victorian. It still needs trim and an over-skirt. The next Victorian will be later, like 1885-ish, I think. I fell in love with my sister's bustle when I saw her in it at Candlelight in December. She looked fabulous. So I need to make a bustle, and then of course an outfit to go with it! I've still got tons of that silver, plus a darker, charcoal gray of the same material, so I'll probably go with that stuff. I love it anyway!

Another amusing thing on the work front is that as an office we're participating in the Live Healthy Dallas 100 Day Challenge. We have too many people that wanted to participate so our office has two teams. The most fun part about it are the names we came up with for the two teams: Pink Freud and Jung at Heart. Hehe. I love puns!

So, over all, the new job is going quite well. There is a certain harmony in this office that is unlike anything I ever expected (or experienced, for that matter), and I really like it. We have been having horrendous problems with the network and our main shared hard drive, so much so that it's finally been escalated to the Big Powers That Be, which says a lot since it's a government bureaucracy, heh.

I don't have as much free time as I did at the shop, but there are slow moments from time to time. The only melancholy part of course is how much I miss Miriam. Luckily I've been able to call her occasionally (and need to again soon!), so that tie hasn't been completely lost. Most of the others from the shop I can at least "see" on World of Warcraft, and I get some chatting with them there.

Matt's been really busy lately with helping re-start the Gaelic League here in Dallas. I'm pretty excited, because some of my most fun memories are of the Irish Immersion Weekends that we went to, and the cielis those evenings. So. Much. Fun. So much so that we had the Denton Celtic Dancers come to the party after we got married and teach my family how to dance. Heh. So, now we go to Irish Classes on Saturdays, or at least every other Saturday, at this charming book store near the Tipperary Inn in Dallas. Like we have so much spare time on Saturdays! But it's worth it! :D Of course, Matt volunteered to do the website, I think it's because he just loves doing them, heh.

And in that vein, the DFW Costuming Guild site is back up and has events posted. It's almost completely back to where it was, with the exception of the fact that I need to recover my own photos so that I can get them back up there.

For those of you interested, the steam punk lecture is February 9th at 2PM at the Dallas Public Library. I'll get directions up as the day draws closer. It should be a really fun lecture! I'm totally looking forward to it. ^_^

Oh, and GURPS on 4th Saturdays at my older brother Rob's house has resumed. Hooray! So I get to see at least three of my five siblings once a month again. Annie, if you want, you could totally come and hang out. We don't game the whole time! Come to our house and I'll drive if you don't want to drive the whole way.

Ok, that's pretty much it for now! It got a lot longer than I expected, as usual. ^_^

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