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Halloween costumes will probably be restrained slightly. I came home with a bad cold and have not been very productive today. The Nazgul-girl has a bodice sans buttonholes or buttons. The Troll has a cape that needs a collar and something to tie it shut. Both have shoes and accessories. I should have tomorrow's afternoon mostly to myself - my MIL is here and can look after the kids. Crossing fingers I get the bulk of the costumes done by then.

I cancelled today's appointment witht eh model because I was just feeling to icky and tired to drive. I did finish Olympe enough for tomorrow's fitting. I'll mark the hem and back closure on the model, and the dress is scheduled for a photosoot in a little over two weeks. Crossign fingers everything runs smoothly and the stays fit the model right.

mrs_maupin: (midona)

I have finished mocking up the "Olympe" dress, and cut out most of it. I ended up havign to do a second, full length sleeve mock-up, and then cutting out all four layers of left + right sleeve + lining in duchess satin kinda killed my hands. The duchess satin seemed lighter on the roll, but it does have a good body when I want to cut it ! It's not silk (display item meant to be ahuled around various displays + photoshot in the woods = needs to be very washable), but it's still very pretty. Especially when the rool unrolls itself on the floor and the workshop gets a temporary shiny blue floor covering.

No pictures yet because it doesn't look like anything yet, really.

I added a few more pictures (with description, that's actually what takes up most of the time) to the 1894 FlickR album. I also uploaded a bunch of older pictures - as in 2006-old. I needed them available online to plan a photoshoot. The photographer came today to have a look at what I had and we're probably going to work with the two late bustle dresses I made. They need some minor repairs and alterations - I'm waiting until I have a firm yes from the models to really look into it.

I have done all the front eyelets on the corset cover, marked those in the back and started on them. Not counting yet because that would only be depressing :p

mrs_maupin: (midona)

The blog post is slowly taking shape. It should be done by tomorrow.

The Oympe dress (modern evening/bridal wear for my protfolio) is mocked-up except for sleeves, which are partly mocked-up. I want to avoid making a full mock-up if at all possible. The skirt part should be fairly straightforward - simple angled panels for fullness. I'm running short on musling for mock-ups, I should probably pick some up before the kids come back, but I don't want to brave Ikea just yet.

Since I was good today I gave myself some time to play and scanned a bunch of pictures from my magazines collection. All of them from La Famille, January 1894. I'm putting them on FlickR for now, because my website is awaiting a complete overhaul and I don't want to upload things there until it is done. (BTW, I also worked with the Home Geek on the website, I'm waiting for him to arrange a few technical things and then I can get going on updating it for good. One more thing accomplished !)
Just a small selection of the pictures below :
28 janvier 1894, La Famille Toilette habillée Robe de deuil Jaquette de demi-saison Robe de soirée ou de grand dîner

I am trying to be good but there are a couple volumes on eBay that are calling my name right now. Not that I have scanned more than a teeny-tiny part of the whole collection, mind you. Today I have moved a few of the books, and I had to take some upstairs because they no longer fit in the downstairs shelves. Or maybe I should put the comic books upstairs and leave the living-room shelves for costume books + board games (another thing that we have an ever-increasing number of and tha I  have no intention of trimming).

I might also have spent a good part of my work breaks dreaming about 1790s riding habits. I might be thinking about a Théroigne de Méricourt inspired costume. What is sure is that right now I don't have the time for this, nor the occasion... But dreams of costume ar sweet dreams.

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