Apr. 13th, 2008 12:40 am
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I finished my chemise and made my partlet tonight.  Hand hemmed everything and my hands hurt now, especially my right hand which runs the cash register all day.  But it all looks nice. :)  I skipped the collar and just whip stitched my ruff onto it.  It won't stay that way forever, but for now it will definitely work.  I also finished assembling my sleeves by machine.  Now I just need to put the lining in and finish them off.  I have time tonight, but I think my hands need a break.  I am on schedule, so that's a good sign. 

Still have lots to do. 

a poll

Apr. 12th, 2008 08:06 pm
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If (and it's still and IF) I decide to do the historical masquerade at Costume Con, which outfit should I enter?

The Red Venetian?
Which is definitely more flashy, but rather hard to document since the construction is mostly speculation.  It's also made from decidedly non period materials - it is all polyester and cotton.  And it's "old" to me, and thus not as exciting to wear.

The Doublet Outfit?
Which is not nearly as flashy but easier to document.  Except for the petticoat with the shaped waistband (done out of necessity, but not my favorite feature).  It's made of period materials -  silk taffeta, wool, and a linen silk blend.  It's also new and I am excited about it. 

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The doublet is done, except for the buttons and buttonholes.  I tested a buttonhole and I think I actually can do them by hand, but I'm going to wait until I get the other big things done before I try that. 

Of course this looks way better in person.  The doublet is not crooked or wobbly, just pinned shut.  My only problem with it is that the collar is a bit tight, but I probably won't wear it closed most of the time anyway.  The sleeve is a patterned velvet in black and dark brown on a black background or I might do poofy white sleeves.  I can't decide what I like better.  Currently (in person not in the picture) I like the dark sleeves.  And they are already cut out so they would be really easy to finish. ;)

No more pictures of the whole thing until Costume Con.  :)
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I managed to focus myself and I finished trimming the rest of the tabs (like 15 of them).  I had just enough cord, thank god.  I still need to finish the ends and attach them to the doublet, but I feel like I made some major progress.  I could probably work a little bit more tonight, but my hands are tired and verging on achey, so they will get the rest of the night off.  (Aside from the typing...)

I still have a TON to do.  Finishing my tabs (actually they are loops...but I started calling them tabs and now I can't seem to break the habit) and attaching them to the shoulders and waist.  I need to do the buttonholes and sew on the buttons.  I am going to cheat and do the holes by machine.  It will be the only machine stitching on the doublet, but I don't have the time to acquire the necessary button hole skills to do it by hand.  Considering my eyelets still sucks and I've practiced those waaay more.  I need to repleat my petticoats and put some eyelets in the waistbands and in the corset to hold them up.  I need a partlet and a new chemise.  And a hat.  



Mar. 5th, 2008 11:06 pm
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I have declared March to be my personal Costume Finishing Month, but I've barely done any sewing.  Today I was fairly productive on "life" stuff so hopefully that will leave more time for sewing this weekend.  I want the doublet outfit 100% finished by the end of the month, down to undergarments and accessories so I really need to get moving.  

So next I need to bind the armseyes (boooring) and then do a billion tabs.  And figure out what I'm going to do for sleeves.
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 The first toile I didn't take any pictures of.  It was sort of a wreck to look it, but it got me here. 

So I think I'm ready to move on to trying this in interlining.  One more chance to tweak before I cut my wool!


Jan. 12th, 2008 07:55 pm
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Do I need to put boning in my doublet?  If so, won't that make wearing it open rather difficult?  
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I started working on the doublet tonight after I adjust the cover of my dress form - the shoulders were much too big compared to mine.  But the corset fits on the form now, so I think that problem is mostly solved. 

Anyway, I decided to drape the doublet because I wasn't in the mood to draw out a flat pattern and then have to mess with it.  Draping seems so much more efficient to me.  So here are the results.  

So that's my work for the evening.  Thoughts on the fit before I make the mock up?

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