Unproductive As Usual

November 13, 2011 at 11:42 pm (Uncategorized)

So I can honestly say now that this weekend has been the most unproductive of all of my past weekends. I really haven’t gotten much done. No,  I didn’t even make a new mock up of the camisole to see if my flash of genius was correct or not. I did try my hand at making a mock-up of my ribbon corset but I hit a brain fart and went to see if Youtube could kick start it again. But no such luck.

I feel like I would have gotten a lot more done if I hadn’t gotten hit with a migraine from the depths of Hades.

There is always that urge to say that I will do it tomorrow but I have to realize that tomorrow is Monday [literally typed ‘Sunday’] and I won’t be home until 10 pm thanks to driving school. >.<”

I wish driving shool was like my high school where I could work on various projects during class. I find I learned better when I was knitting and stitching up different things. But I feel that outside of an art school classroom that would be absolutely forbidden. Ugh.


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November 12, 2011 at 11:01 pm (Uncategorized)

So I finally put my costuming hat on and sat down to have a real good, hard think about what the hell is going on with my camisole.

The armhole has been my biggest nemisis thus far and just about a half hour ago I was thinking about how I could go about morphing the 1900s camisole into a late 1800s chemisette as diagramed in Patterns of Fashion by the lovely Ms. Arnold. However, I took a look back at Jenny’s camisole to see the width of the cotton lace trim when I realized exactly where I had gone wrong.

All of this time I had been fighting, and practically just accepting, an armhole that wasn’t comfortable at all when all I had to do was fold the front piece edges down to shorten the side seam. By doing this I can deepen the back armscye!


My forgetfullness drives me crazy sometimes.

Good news is: I know exactly what sort of trim I need and I can finally move forward with this project. But not after I make another toile.

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What Is That I Am Sensing? Oh No…No!

November 12, 2011 at 9:43 pm (General costuming, Updates) (, , , , , )

Not another one! Hide the costume books! Block Amazon! Ebay! Any site that could possibly lead to another….



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The New Addition!

November 11, 2011 at 3:50 am (Uncategorized) (, )

The Classic Iron from Black and Decker. I haven’t tried it out yet but I know I’m going to love it. It’s so heavy and shiny! Squee! Now I can stop sneaking my sister’s mother’s older iron. ^.^

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A Sketch I Think Can Get Behind

November 11, 2011 at 3:38 am (Uncategorized)

Today whilst working I realized that I haven’t sketched out this project like I have all the others. Please keep in mind that I am not an artist. Fashion sketches are beyond me.

I’m feeling pretty productive when it comes to ironing out and finalizing design conflicts.

I know you’re not blind but I just wanted to point out that the top front is sketched twice. I’ve settled on the bottom version of the front because it satisfies my need for an empire waist as well as my need to have some gathering at my lower back to make the skirt more full. I’m sure you’ll agree when I say that having a bunch of gathering several inches below an empire waist would look awkward and unbalanced. If I move the gathering up the robe will look more like a round gown than a kimono. The bottom is also how Jenny closes hers. Coincidence? No, don’t even think that for a second. The copying is quite deliberate here.

I’m also toying with the idea of adding tassles to the edges of my belt to keep with the Titanic original. I have a bunch of gold seed and bugle beads I can play around with and use. They are reserved for my steampunk headdress but that is not getting completed anytime soon. [I really should get on that though. Meh.]

I’m trying to keep this costume as simple and as light as possible and so far it is. Sorta. It would be simpler if I hadn’t added all of the undergarments but I’m dedicated to them now. So if you haven’t been following the layers here they are from the outside to skin:

Over skirt
Petticoat [for warmth?] <– Honestly I think I added the second petticoat because I’m afraid of the hoopskirt lampshade effect.
Corded petticoat
Ribbon corset

As far as the light business goes, I’ve been contemplating keeping the chiffon tricot. It’s a lot lighter than the organza but it’s not as sturdy. In the beginning I liked both but I figured that beading on the organza would be safer. Then again I’m intent on keeping the inside of the sleeves nice and lined so that all of the stitches and tabs don’t show. The organza might be too heavy in combination with the lining for the sleeves to flow properly. Unless, I could somehow cut out hollow cloud shapes and tack them to the inside so that I won’t have to line the hole inside of the sleeve. Hmmmm…

Update 10:30 p.m: I think I can live without the chiffon. I’m pretty sure about this decision.

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Feeling Oh So Unproductive

November 10, 2011 at 2:12 am (Uncategorized)

I came home with a large to-do list that I had compiled at work only to shove it in my purse and get my daily dose of minecraft videos.

I meant to break out my machine and the button hole foot  but I made myself a drink instead. Oh well. It’s only Wednesday. Maybe I’ll get into it tomorrow perhaps. I feel like I may have to switch jobs because all I do is think about all the crafty things I could be doing at home but once I’m home I never want to do any of that. All I want to do is kick off my heels, have a nice cuppa, and zone out to some Tv and Youtube before going to bed promptly at or around 9-10 o’ clock.

But that is a post for another day.

I didn’t manage to call Fabric.com like I wanted to today and I didn’t get around to cutting muslin into 3″ strips like I wanted to as well. What I did do though is think about what the hell I’m going to do about this camisole fabric problem I’ve run into. The broadcloth is too thick, the cotton lawn is just the right weight but the colour is so awful. So while I was supposed to be writing off accounts I took a look at Jenny LaFleur’s vintage camisole page again and realized that she mentioned the camisole was made out of cotton eyelet and linen. How could I have missed that?!

The same way I ordered chiffon tricot instead of organza…

Anyways I’m off to dig around my favorite online linen store. I may stop by ebay to go in search of some nice cotton lace trim.

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4.5 Whole Yards of Disapointment! Yay!

November 9, 2011 at 3:10 am (Dress Diaries, General costuming, Updates) (, , , , )

The fabric I ordered arrived today! [Triple bagged as usual.] And I’m thinking about returning at least half of my order!

I was so excited to finally get to see the fabric my camisole will be made out of as well as the fabric my corset -might- be made out of. It was all really really great until I got to what I thought was going to be the perfect fabric for the ‘windows’ in my robe sleeves as well as the back of my camisole.

I don’t know if there is anything worse than opening up something you expected to be so perfect only to find out it’s not.

Dumb me thought that the nylon chiffon tricot I bought months back was the same as the polyester organza that came with it. I don’t know how I made the mistake. The sticker was still on the piece of organza! Ugh…

The broadcloth I bought is much too thick, a lot thicker than any other ‘brand’ of broadcloth I’ve bought in the past, and the ivory cotton lawn is way too yellow to be considered a match!

Ivory Cotton Lawn – Off white broadcloth – White Eyelet”]And here is a close up of the wonderful eyelet fabric. [This is more to show off the scalloped edge than anything else.]

If there’s anything I’ve learned from this purchase it is that my vision of ivory is more of an off-white than anything and that  I really, really don’t care for the colour ivory.

Oh well…

Now I have to call them  up tomorrow to see if I can return all four and a half yards. This will be my first time returning something to Fabric. com so I’ll let you how that goes. They’ve been pretty good so far. My orders don’t take more than a week to get here, even when I ordered 10 yards on a gigantic roll, which is good when I’m really excited about the project I’m working on.

But other than those few things, the rest of the order is great. I’m really digging the wine-coloured poly/cotton twill I bought for the corset. I would have loved if they had the same colour in a 100% cotton version but this will do. I have to find a coordinating lining for it though which I’m sure will be colour-matching scheme from heck. Or I could just buy another yard and have a thicker ‘ribbon’ corset. Choices. Choices.

Off white broadcloth, white eyelet, Wine poly/cotton twill, ivory cotton lawn”]I won’t bore  you with ranting about the other things I got like a few spools of Coats and Clark thread to match my project and the cutest little flower buttons for the camisole. 

And the following are back up buttons that I bought at Walmart for $0.62 a piece. They’re probably a whole 1/4 inch larger than the flower buttons above.

Within the next couple of days I’ll post  a link to a haul video if I feel like breaking out the tripod for some non-shaky camera work.

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Morning Madness

November 8, 2011 at 12:06 pm (Uncategorized)

All last night I was bugged by the fact that I had been too lazy to rip out a seam and resew the strap further in. So this morning I did just that and tried it on. A 6″ strap just isn’t enough. Longer straps would solve a lot of my fitting problems. The armsyce for one and the obstacle of the front not being low enough [didn’t I just say something in the last post about modesty?]. I don’t have much time to recut the straps this morning as I have to get to work but I’ll probably do it when I get home from work if I don’t get all comfortable first.

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Tonight’s Progress

November 8, 2011 at 2:22 am (Uncategorized)

I instantly got to work on another mock-up of the camisole as soon as I got home from work. If I didn’t I knew I would have put it off to tomorrow. So I fought with my brain and my sewing machine for about an hour and this is the result:

I tried to put it on but I realized that in all of my ‘precise’ haste I put the straps on a diagonal slant which means that one armhole is much smaller than the other. With the mock up half on, half off I deduced that the straps need to be placed correctly [duh], they also need to be longer, and the armhole needs to be lowered. It’s comfortable but it is very close to the joint.

The back, from what I can tell, is all right. The neckline is much higher, thank goodness, and therefore a lot more comfortable and modest. And this time I actually remembered to put in the button placket! Yay! Anyways. I’m tired and my eloquency is dying if not already dead.

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Is the Block Really Over?

November 6, 2011 at 8:44 pm (Uncategorized)

So after all this time I’ve decided to update my blog again. I just haven’t been motivated to actually sit down and type up a post about what I’ve been doing. I have this borderline irrational fear that my personal life will somehow seep into my post and take it over. That has happened a few times and I’m determined to squash the habit. So without further ado I’m going to talk about what I’ve been up to this Sunday afternoon besides planting boxwood trimmings.

I’ve decided to start again on the early 19th century kimono project. The dust was kicked up when I watched the movie ‘Jane Eyre’ and saw the pretty corded petticoat in one of the scenes. It wasn’t just the corded petticoat that I really caught my eye but it was the only thing that I deemed ‘doable’.  Then I wondered if that’s what I could possibly make as the petticoat to go under my kimono. It would give it just enough poof if I cord it to the near top. It’s a little late in terms of the period but since this is a costume that isn’t being restricted by a timeline I think it will be all right.

So this morning I planted a few of my boxwood trimmings and went on to draft the camisole. It’s based heavily off of Jenny LaFleur’s vintage camisole.  I did a bit of free-hand mock up drafting because I wanted to see how well I could do without basing it off of an actual pattern. That and I wanted to use my new Simplicity pattern board that I bought from Walmart for about $5. I’ve been wanting one for awhile now and haven’t had the money to buy one of the more advanced boards from Joanns. When I first used it I had one of those cliche  ‘Where have you been all my life?!’ moments.

My first attempt the night before wasn’t bad. It was horrible. Mainly because I ruined my iron by putting the temperature up too high and then attempting to rake off some of this red crusty stuff by dragging the iron over felt. Silly me forgot that manufactured felt is, in actuallity, fluffed up plastic fibers.  Another reason why it was so horrible was that in all my haste I made some really bad measurement decisions and couldn’t properly visualize what the piece was supposed to look like.

I tried again shortly after noon and came out with mediocre results. I learned from my previous mistakes and made a few adjustments here and there.  I’m having a bit of trouble with the armhole and getting the back pieces exactly right. The good news is, I know just how much yardage I’m going to need even though I ordered my fabric a few days ago.  I also know what other adjustments I need to do and what pieces I had forgotten. The sad thing is, I forgot to put in the button placket so I practically got stuck when I tried it on. I also forgot the straps. How could I have forgotten these two important things I don’t think I’ll ever know.

So I ironed it out, sewed a piece of paper into the middle of it and marked all over it with sharpie:

The laundry list of things to do are as follows:

1. Widen Front

2. Flat Fell side seams

3. Widen back panels

4. Add button placket [should solve issues with the back panels]

5. Curve/Bring up neckline

6. Neckline is too deep

7. Front strap placements

8. Add seam allowance to back armscye

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