Time is getting tight for the FR contest entry. I am drowning in a sea of tulle and hav elittle time to catch up. The corset is... sorta okay. There are issues, mostly camouflaged by surface treatment I added. It isn't as perfect as I would hav eliked, but since I didn't have time for a mock-up, I guess it's okay. I will make a mock-up and overbust version at some point, though, because Lady Darkstone's figure is just too damn interesting to use as practive. I made a really nice modesty panel, tough.
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I have a crinoline (hacked from Ikea - the bumpad is nolonger needed actually), but I am starting to doubt I will use it, the tulle is already super-froofy. The chemise-thingie is mostly done - I need to bind the armholes and add trim. Hem is considered to be optional if I want to get the photoshoot done on Saturday.
I have the underlayer and yoke for the tutu. Many, many more layers to cut and gather. And trim.

Happies from the past few days :
1-24 - it's more of a gratitude thing than a happy moment, but I'm really happy with my body. The yoga + ballet combination, + doing some sporty stuff with the family seems to have some effect, I am feeling in better shape, and finding some ease I had as a child while dancing. I still get the occasional aches in the joint,s but my back has calmed down a lot from where it was a few months back, and I feel fitter.
1-25 - the kids had a long debate at lunch about the shape of letters in cursive. It just made me so happy that they have each other, and are not so far apart in age so that they can discover things together. Then the HG went home and announced he managed to get a little something from our insurance. It's about 5% of the actual value that was stolen from our home I think, but only half of what the "expert" evaluated. Still better than nothing.
1-26 - we haven't had confirmation from the insurance yet, but the estimate we got for the car is actually higher than I thought it would be.

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1-10 Snow day ! It snowed the whole day, and there's still a little bit on the ground. Of course, now it's a bit frustrating tthat we're without a car to go up where there is more than half an inch of white stuff on the ground... but still : pretty ! And in the evening something clicked for me in my ballet course, and I was able to feel what I was doing wrong with my dégagé. Yay !

1-11 A hot bath after my morning yoga session. I've been enjoying some healthy me-time int he mornings lately, and today felt heavenly, after really sore legs from yesterday's ballet.


Sewing dreams

I woke up yesterday just after a dream where I was sewing (I was making a completely ridiculous corset with all sorts of embellishments stacked onto it, it was hideous but in my dream I found it beautiful... dreams are weird !), and I got up all motivated, eager to sew and suddenly feeling like my motivation is BACK !
I almost hit a snag right after dropping off the kids at school, though. I had barely poured myself a cup of tea when the phone rang, and I was asked to please come pick up Toad, who wasn't feeling well. She slept on the couch for the whole morning, and was amazingly un-clingy during the whole day. In fact, both kids were adorable and let me work with almost no interruptions. sometimes miracles happen, I guess :)

I zoomed through cutting out and assembling mock-up  #3 for a bride, and the fitting today went perfectly - I am really really proud of how the dress and jacket fit her. Now onto the real fabric - if I could just find a fine, ivory and navy striped charmeuse for the jacket lining that would be perfect.

I also finished altering the pattern for the kid's costume. I'm buying the fabrics tomorrow and I will probably get it done by Monday (no sewing time foreseen on the week-end).

Maybe, just maybe I'll manage to get pictures of myself in the 1895 blouse during the week-end - come to think of it, I will have a period-looking house at hand on Saturday. In the meantime I have taken a few pics on the dress dummy, and I'll do a full write-up in the next few days.

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Now if I'm very good I might find some time to start working on something for me, or some corset stuff before we leave for the holidays.
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Weekly log

... because I didn't mange to type anything for over a week... *sigh* I blame the cold, mostly.

So :

  • the 1895 blouse is done,

  • Diane's bag is done and photographed,

  • the Gold waistcoat has been fitted to the model, altered, and is now finished. Including buttosn and buttonholes (gah, I hate those SO MUCH !)

  • I draped the pattern for Titania's laced bodice, traced and cut it, and even started assembling it - before realizing I had more pressing matters :

  • I have a last minute child's costume order (from the neighbors, yay to a client who litterally lives next door ! Quick trip for fittings !), pattern is done, mock-up is done and fitted

  • after a long search, I think I have found the fabrics for Titania, and those for the kid's costume as well.

Very tired still, or again. We put up the Christmas tree on Saturday, and all I can say is that decorating with a headache of doom is not very enjoyable. I am feeling a teeny tiny bit more festive now, though. The headache is coming and going.
Toad dragged us to the ice rink yesterday, and it was not a complete failure. Two anxiety attacks but I somehow survived, the kids were ecstatic, even Heimlich wants to go back. Maybe next time I can actually enjoy myself slightly.

Christmas shopping, sort of

I have sewn two seams. And that's that. Fought with the online groceries shopping platform, managed to get the newsletter out, zoned out, drank tea, spent the afternoon with Lady darkstone and replenished the tea stash.
On the way I managed to score a Ravencaw t-shirt, which makes me ridiculously happy.
I completely forgot to visit the games shop, though. Good thing I can order from them online. We have two new board games we want to add to our ever growing collection, and Heimlich asked for one for Christmas, too.
For now, the kids have mostly managed to keep their holiday wishes on the "reasonable, not too big, useful" side of things - we're running out of space to store toys they don't really use. I hope the Home Geek's parents keep it that way, too. No more doll house or giant wood castle, please. And as much as Heimlich (and Toad, to a lesser degree) love dolls, we already have an army of them.


No museum yesterday - Heimlich is prtty tired and has a mild cold, so we stayed home. Toad caught the cold, as well, and passed it on to me. I have a sore throat and feel a little cottony. I'm going to bed early today.

The sleeves are in. In fact it just needs buttons and subsequent buttonholes. But despite my big box of buttons, I have nothing that works for this blouse. And I really don't want to recover ten to fifteen buttons in stiff taffetas. For now the blous eis on hold, I don't think I'll be able to buy buttons tomorrow.

I have started the petticoat for Chardon, though. A simple crinoline petticoat in very light cotton, it should be done pretty quickly.


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I have added all closures to the 1895 blouse. That took well longer than it should have - I'm always slow when adding closures perhand. The sleeves are almost done. They need a small buttoning band added at the wrist, buttons and buttonholes obviously, then they can be put in place and the blouse is done.

I made five more turbans for Mom. I'd have liekd to make more but couldn't find many nice knits at the fabric store.

We're probably going to the museum thsi afternoon. There's Kandinsky exhibition and my daughter has been pestering me to go for almost two weeks now. I can't really complain :)



This Saturday and my hopes for doing Fun Stuff and Being Creative ? Well, funny stomach bug came and said NO. And then proceeded to ruin Heimlich's evening after keeping me in bed for the day.

I shoudl probably start looking into decorating and christmas stuff, but I really just don't feel the holiday feels yet. I feel like my Fall season somehow didn't happen yet, there's just this weird blur between September and last week, it's hard to adjust back to the actual time of the year.


1895 progress

I managed to blog my 1895 bathing suit. totally weather- and season-appropriate, of course. and I noticed after uploading the post I have forgotten (and likely lost) the black bow that's supposed to go at the neck. Oops.
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Anyway, the post is up there, with more pictures, and the Flickr album is here.

That took most of my morning, but I managed to make a good dent in my to-do list. I did not venture into the workshop today, though, which is always a bit frustrating. Maybe I'll get around to play a bit with fabric this week-end...
As of now, my 1895 blouse like this - no closures yet except for the hooks and eyes that keep the lining shut, no sleeves,, and still missing the piece that craps around the lower back and probably something to spice up the collar. But all edges on the body of the blouse are finished in neat, invisible handstitches.


Ugh, traffic

Not a very productive day. I dug out the 1895 taffetas blouse and fiddled with the front pleats until I got something satisfying. It's not perfect, but it isn't too bulky and looks reasonably good. Not much else got accomplished - I had to run some errands and spend half an hour cleaning my workspace. The cat managed to puke on my new sewing machine feet AND inside a box of pins. Cats make life sooo much more interesting.

We ate at Lady Darkstone's, and the kids had fun in the garden while we chatted and drank tea. The only downside were the two hours stuck in traffic, instead of the usual 40 minutes. I feel drained and cranky now. I think I am going to start Christmas shopping to cheer me up. Or maybe I'll just crash in bed early.