Sep. 25th, 2017 05:16 pm

But wait!

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I knit a row last night! Goal met!
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Sep. 25th, 2017 01:57 pm

Gah

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Another week between posts. I think between picture posting being difficult, and my not really sewing anything that interesting, I feel like I have nothing really to post.

Anyway, I finished the Halloween skirt I think on Wed of last week. Then I had an etsy order for two Anna playdresses come in, so I made those, and by the time I had finished them, I had another etsy order for a Harry Potter skirt, so I made that. Those have all been shipped off now, and once I finished them, it was back to the bodice commission. I have the jacket all cut out in the velvet, but needed to pick up more satin for the lining, which I did yesterday. I'm hoping between work, grocery shopping, and rehearsal this evening, I'll have time to get the satin cut out, and maybe even to flatline everything. Once this jacket is assembled, I am going to cut out and assemble a mockup of the sleeves, and do the alterations to the other jacket. Assuming that all goes smoothly this week, I have another fitting with my client on Sunday. 

I've decided I should probably hold off on the Regency dress until I finish this commission, so that I know what I actually have time for. I'm also torn, because the blood red silk I had in mind is actually almost five yards, which is probably way more yardage than I need for a Regency dress. It's also so gorgeous that I feel like it's saying it wants to be a bustle gown, but it's totally not enough to make a full bustle gown out of... But it's so pretty! 

Picture dump! My Halloween skirt, the Harry Potter skirt (I'm tempted to make one for myself out of this fabric, even though it's Gryffindor, and I'm a Ravenclaw), and my awesomely awkward puppy trying on Halloween costumes. 


Sep. 24th, 2017 07:18 pm

Hmm...

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No sewing or knitting yet. But I still may knit a row. And it was the perfect post being sick weekend...
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Sep. 24th, 2017 12:05 pm

Finally I made a pair of trousers

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I have had a pir of green cotton twill trousers cut out for at least a decade. The pieces are too big now, but I plan to cut down the pices and make them up soon-ish.
But yesterday I made my first torusers since the 1980s, when I had my mother's help and a store bought pattern. These are based on the shorts pattern I made this summer and I think that they look alright. The fabric is a wool blend remnant I found in my fabric cupboard.

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Sep. 23rd, 2017 03:12 pm

Some hope?

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It's only in the 70s today. We had a sort of sudden drop in temperature. It's supposed to go up to nearly 100 again next week I think it is, but back to the 80s after that.

I am so sick of hot weather. I realize that current temperatures are some places summers, but it's such a relief!
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Sep. 23rd, 2017 09:57 am

Re-making clothes

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Lots of re-making has been going on this week: three skirts and one top.

The top I made as late as April, my first jersey top. But by now it was way too big; I wore it to work yesterday and it just wouldn't look good (it didn't help that the dark blue pencil skirt that I made in spring and has since then taken in is a little loose at the waist. That one looks good enough as it is though, I won't take it in again. All this unpicking of waistbands, zippers, and sometimes pockets is very time consuming.

This was one was made already in January 2007 and much worn, probably the skirt I've made that has seen most use. I took it in on Tuesday and I'm happy to be able to use it again:

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Yesterday I actullay managed to take in two skirts (though I did the unpicking and cutting away of excess fabric on the one to the left on Thursday evening:

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The pink top was also re-made yesterday. It puckers slightly at the armscyes, probably because I use my regular machine, since I don't have an overlock, and because I haven't done much sewing in knits.

I have this big IKEA plastic tub standing by the couch filled with clothes that need to be re-made, and I am very pleased that now you can actually see that it's getting less full.
Sep. 22nd, 2017 05:06 pm

Weekend goal

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Face the bodice.

Or knit.

I can handle that...
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Sep. 21st, 2017 07:13 pm

Mmmmmm

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I am so pleased with how this dress is coming along. Now that it's dark after dinner, I can't get as much done in the evenings as I'd like - I mean, I do have lights, but it's always sort of awkward and shadowy to work by my lamps. But it's good enough to take the sleeve head down about two inches - which looks a bit weird on the sleeve itself, because I haven't cut it yet, but I just made a new paper pattern and it honestly looks fairly normal there.

Written last night, mysteriously not posted until this morning.
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Sep. 21st, 2017 06:23 pm

It's a messssss....

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But I'll make sense of it!

I'm not sure I'm un-foggy enough to work on it, but I'm un-foggy enough to think about it.
Sep. 21st, 2017 08:19 am

Finished with Christmas Sewing

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I finished the children's Christmas ornaments so I am officially finished with Christmas sewing. I can spend November and December making anything I want!

These are quite possibly the glitziest felt applique ornaments ever.
2017 Christmas Ornaments

This weekend I'll get to start putting Hallowe'en costumes together, but in the meantime, I think I'll just read.
Sep. 21st, 2017 09:41 am

Official weigh-in 170921

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 Since I'm part of a research project on weight loss and psoriatic arthritis I get to see a dietitian every month or so (don't remember the exact space between the appointments) where you get weighed on the hospital's more exact scales. My own scales show lower figures, so the official weigh-ins feel important to me, as a kind of confirmation that it's working, that I'm not gaining weight again.

Today's weight was 59,3 kgs (130.7 lb), which is 700 grams (a bit more than a pound) less than last weigh-in. That is still just a small variation, but the important thing is that I don't gain weight again. And that seems to be working, despite the fact that a busy work schedule gives less time for long walks, and a tendency to snack.

This means that I have now officially lost 39,2 kilos (86.4 pounds)  since Christmas, and I've kept my new weight, and even lost a little, since I got back on normal food again full time in the beginning of June.
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Sep. 20th, 2017 04:17 pm

Still a good excuse!

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Stupid cold.

But at least I feel ok enough to go back to work tomorrow. And I'm proud of myself for taking two days off instead of pushing myself to go back in one.

But no sewing. I might feel ok enough to knit tonight...
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Sep. 19th, 2017 06:45 pm

At least it's a good excuse...

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Instead of not working on my dress just because, I'm not working on it because of a cold. Boo...
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Sep. 19th, 2017 03:47 pm

Whoops.

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I'm still trying to catch up on all the posts I've missed over the last two weeks. I had no idea it had been so long since I last logged on! 

Sewing-wise, Titanic has been finished for quite some time. And in fact, on Friday, I went to a pop-up Vintage/costume store that I had found some vintage buckles at last year, and they miraculously had two buckles with a 2.5" opening! One was a vintage green plastic in a semi-rectangular (but more decorative) shape. Unfortunately, when I got it home, I noticed that the middle bar was broken. However, I managed to super-glue it back in, and I'm hoping it will hold. I painted the plastic, and it looks quite nice! The other is a gold-ish metal, but the oval is quite plain. However, it will work if the green one winds up breaking again. 

Once I finished that, I made a fun overskirt to wear with some of my medium-length modern skirts for the Halloween season. It is a black mesh with flocked bats that I splurged on at Joanns. I have another Halloween skirt which is currently in progress. At this point, it just needs the waistband finished and to be hemmed, both of which I'm hoping to do tonight. 


In between the two skirts, I also did a mockup for the commission I'm working on for two Victorian jackets. I did the fitting for them on Sunday, so my next step is to cut out the one jacket I'm making in the velvet and lining (which I have to pick up tomorrow from Joanns), and to cut out the pieces I need to alter the other jacket. My goal is to finish both of those to the point of the next fitting by this weekend, so that I can go back to sewing for myself. 

I'm going to a Regency ball at the beginning of November, and I've decided I need a new dress, since I've been wearing my first LWD for practically everything Regency for the last 5 years. Still not sure yet exactly what I want, but hopefully I'll figure that out soon - probably something early-to-mid 1820s. I'm hoping I can squeak it out of the 3+ yards of blood-red silk in my stash.

In sewing-related news, I did another portrait session on Friday, and this time, there was a sculptor there! I've never been sculpted before, but it was really cool to see her progress (and she's really good!)
 
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Sep. 19th, 2017 09:43 pm

Instead of text

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A bunch of photos:

Today's outfit: A 2nd hand linen blouse, trousers from Heyday inherited from Anna's sister. They were given to Valeria when Sara (the sister) grew out of them, but I nicked them today (with Valeria's consent), a ten year old cardigan that I think was from H&M. The checked jacket I made this spring, the cap is knitted by me some years ago.

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The cardigan is now way too big, so I have to tied it in front if I want to use it.
Since I have short legs the trousers are too long, but they fit Valeria as they are so I won't shorten them.

My latest article arrived in the mail yesterday. There's some very interesting other articles in this, the 2nd issue of 2017, of Costume too.
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And I got the best idea for the first slide on a power point presentation for my lecture of fashion, body and gender through history:
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Other updates: Berlin was nice, though I didn't get to see much of the actual city since I arrived late on Wednesday, spent two days indoors at the Kunstgewerbemuseum, from 10  am to 6 pm and caught the train back 7 am on Saturday. Being environmentally responsible means 12-13 hours of traveling instead of 1,5. But apart from sleeping too little the nights before traveling, and worrying about delays, since I had to change three times on the way,  I actually enjoyed the train trip.
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Sep. 18th, 2017 11:30 am

Thinking about time...

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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...
Sep. 17th, 2017 06:00 pm

Hmph.

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Every weekend should be a three day weekend...
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Sep. 16th, 2017 07:25 pm

Daunting

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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...
Sep. 16th, 2017 06:57 am

Done!

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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.
Sep. 15th, 2017 11:44 am

Futzy stuff

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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 :)

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