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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.

Corsage-blouse en taffetas, 1895
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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Nazgul-girl is down with a cold and  a fever. I think she's staying home tomorrow. That will somewhat put a damper on sewing things.

Coat #2 has been sent and weather-tested. There are some adjustments to make - including ht efact that for some unknown reason, the coat seems to have grown since the last fitting - or the wearer has lost a lot of weight. Or maybe I was drunk/high on jasmine tea while cutting. No idea, but we're figuring something out. Weird. Not big dal, just... weird.

Olympa has made some progress... and then I ripped the center back seam apart because it was pulling. It's sitting in the time-out corner of my sewing area now, because I'm angry at the dress. I'm thinking about adding a center back gore for more hem width, it might help with the pullign, too.

I have done a good job at adding velvet gore into the black 1890s skirt today. Tomorrow, if Nazgul-girl allows it, I want to add some length at the hem, apply the old pieces on top and sew the panels back together. Alternative plans for the day include finishing the blog post on my corset-cover and doing some painting with the kids - I was thinking about a museum visit first but with a sick kid that's out for this week.

mrs_maupin: (midona)

A- Age: 35 in just a few days
B- Biggest Fear: losing my already bad eyesight.
C- Current Time: 11:02AM
D- Drink you last had: tea. Always tea.
E- Easiest Person to Talk to: the Home Geek <3
F- Favorite Song: Just one ? Just one ? Si je mourrais là-bas, Jean Ferrat singing a poem from Apollinaire. Give me the chills.

G- Ghosts, are they real: define "ghost". Define "real". Mostly, yes.
H- Hometown: born and raised in Bordeaux, settled in Grenoble
I- In love with: the Home Geek <3
J- Jealous of: a lot of artists with way more talent than me - I'm not sure "jealous" really applies to fan-girlish overexcited admiration, though
K- Killed Someone? Do mosquitoes count ? Then I'm all for genocide.
L- Last time you cried? Yesterday evening, Nazgul-girl had been howling for most of the evening because she wanted me to hug her and do nothing else while I had to juggle cooking dinner, bath time, homenal phone calls, after a logn day of trying to meet a deadline and missing. I cry easily when I'm stressed-out and tired, and I was both.
M- Middle Name: Jeanne
N- Number of Siblings: none by blood, two by heart.
O- One Wish: Time, books, fabric, a Tardis. Mostly a Tardis, it would probably solve all the rest.
P- Person who you last called: Lady Darkstone
Q- Question you're always asked: Have you seen xxx ?/Do you know where xxxx is ?
R- Reason to smile: tourtons (fried pasties filled with a mixture of mashed potatoes and cheese, leeks, or something else). Tea, books, friends, art, the viex from my window, my kids, the Home Geek, music, tea, knitting, fashion magazines... I cou dgo on for a while !
S- Song last sang : C'est ta chance, Jean-Jacques Goldman
T- Time you woke up: 7:15
U- Underwear Colour: B&W striped
V- Vacation Destination: Paris - actually, somewhere in the middle of nowhere before, but I'm mostly excited about Paris because a) [ profile] heileen, b)cool museums c) somewhere there WILL be japanese food and dolls, but mostly a) and b), and a)
W- Worst Habit : I'm bad at taking some rest. I work myself to exhaustion and then I lose it.
X- X-Rays you've had: spine, spine, more spine, both feet, left knee, pelvis, chest
Y- Your favorite food: tourtons ! (see a pattern here ?)
Z- Zodiac Sign: Libra

The second coat is done, photographed and sent on its way to its owner. It was a mad rush to finish it. I didn't manage to do it before the pick-up time for parcles yesterday, and I ended up enrollign th eHome Geek to put cordstops in because I was so overtired and emotional I was starting to fear I'd make a huge mistake, and I needed some company for the last strecth. I ended up unpicking a few things this orning because there were a few folds in a seam that drove me mad. Perfectionist me hit again...
But now I'm really proud of the coats, and I see the progress I have made between the two, and it feels good, inspite of the blood, hurt fingers and the burns, and the various hair-pulling and even inspite of zippers. They look really good and there are a million tiny details to them that makes them awesome.

I want to work on something else today just for a change, but that might not happen. I'm so tired I will probably just spend a quiet afternoon with the kids. I promised them we'd bake a cake and watch a movie at home. It's cold and rainy, so it seems like the perfect program.
When I brought the parcle to the post office I had the good surprise to discover there's a market on Wednesdays in frotn of the PO, with stuff we don't find at our usual farmer's market, like candied orange peels, saucisson and tourtons. I stocked up on tourtons for lunch (no need to cook, yay !) and on saucisson. I will probably start shopping here now and then - there's also a yummy italian fresh pasta booth that was VERY hard to resist. Tired me has cravings for carbs, fat, and salt ! ^^ I did take 4 spinach tourtons, so there will be a tiny little bit of veggies today, too.

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And so, by chance, I discovered that the current state of the website remodel doesn't allow me to easily link to a picture hosted on my own website.
Option one was find another plug-in and a way to go around the limitations of the current template. Estimated time to understand and fiw the issue : two weeks. Option two : just move everything I can to FlickR.
Guess where my fashion plates will reside in the future ?...  Sometimes, it's just not worth my time when I have a simpler option.

One hiking coat is done-ish. It should have been delivered yesteday but the train didn't cooperate, so I still have the coat and E. is hiking in the woods with her old one. Which means I have time to fiw the small things I couldn't do before, like ordering the right cordstops and adding grosgrain loops at the hem.

The corset cover is also done, I'll try to take pictures on Monday.

I have started takign apart my old black skirt to upgrade it into a better mid-1890s piece. It was a quick and dirty job and served me well, but I can do better now. Plus, it's too small in the waist now..The plan is to take it apart entirely, see if I can piece some fullness to the back from the fabric I have, and add gores of black velvet between panels. I have a few reference images of that, and it seems like a period-correct approach to altering a garment. It uses up fabric from the stash ; and they *loved* using velvet as a trim.

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Ok, I think I'm done with the phone and emails for the moring...

Checked some details for the latest commissions by email.
Contacted models for the runway project.
Organized one hair-dresser, possibly another make-up artist.
Invited them to next week's prep reunion.
Organized my participation in a group exhibition in two weeks.
Finished the blog posts about my 1780s stays. I still have a bunch of pictures to edit but I have enough to make the post.

Shooting corset rococo Corset années 1780 en brocard

Blog post to be found here.

On the sewing side, the corset cover is done and awaiting the right ribbon.
With some help from the Home Geek I tamed the zippers for the hiking coat, and I'm now back to sewing them in place. Still scared of zippers, but at least now the sliders can't zip off on their own anymore.

mrs_maupin: (midona)

One hiking coat is coming along nicely, mostly sewn togather now.

After dinner I switched to the "free time" project, aka corset coveR. It is done... mostly. Mostly because I don't have the right ribbon to thread through the eyelets, I haven't tried it over the corset, and I swed the last button on th wrong side of the fabric. I'm taking this as a sign I should Go. To. BeD. Now.

So good night word !

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So the fabric for the hiking gear came yesterday, and I sent the first batch through pre-wash as soon as I was semi-functional. It dries very quickly but tonight I still have one length hanging in the staircase, because my machine had a hard time actually washing it. Naturally water-proof fabric is a little TOO waterproof for its taste.
I thought I'd be all cut out by tonight but most of the day was spent ironing (yay...), re-rolling, then planning out the steps to actually sew the whole thing. So many tiny details I'm really not used to. This is way way waaaay out of my comfort zone ! I actually made written list of all the steps and how I should do them. That's a first.
I have started laying things out on the fabric for one coat, but I'm not done yet. I hope I can finish tracing all pieces before the kids rampage through the living-room tomorrow. the cat has already found the fabric, but she's an old lady now, she just quietly sits on it and won't cause much damage.

Down to 15 eyelets to make on the corset cover, due to a few small breaks here and there and nighttime sewing yesterday. I'd really much like to get it done for the photoshoot on Thursday. I haven't yet decided on the lace I am going to use. I have the lace I used for my chemise and matching drawers, but only the fake (and a little scratchy Valenciennes, there's no more of the whitework. I'm considering only using whitework, I think I have enough in the stash of a scalloped something.

Aug. 16th, 2015 11:13 pm

Sore legs

mrs_maupin: (midona)
We went for a hike with little brother, and ouch ! My legs hurt. My knees and hips that have been quite unpleasant over winter are getting better, but I still had to walk down really slowly with lots of breaks.  I got some nice pictures on the way.
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