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Well, at least I haven't been as slack on the sewing as I have been on the posting about my sewing...

I ran into some trouble when I decided that, really, I wanted to totally finish the underskirt before I started the overskirt. Finished things are good, I thought. Not almost-finishing things is even better. So, I wandered out to buy some black velvet ribbon to trim with... Only to discover that, apparently, no one stocks much velvet ribbon anymore. o_O I went everywhere. Most of them, I went to twice. I finally found the right width and colour at the Goldings on Lambton Quay (the other branch wasn't helpful), but they didn't have as much as I needed. However, the very lovely woman I spoke to offered to order some in, and was basically incredibly helpful. So, I finally have my ribbon - it just took forever to get it.

The underskirt is all finished, except for that ribbon trim. ^^

photo-cut! )

Since I couldn't continue with my skirt until I got the ribbon, I did two small projects instead to fill in time.

Project one - The Fuzzy Crown Of Darkness. XD

My good friend Gwennie's birthday was a little while ago, and she inconveniently quit one of the online games we both play not long before her birthday. I'd been planning to spend real money on virtual stuff on there for her, but instead, I had to come up with a new plan. I went shopping with the vague target of 'cutely evil things' in mind, but came up empty handed. So, I moved to plan two - make something cutely evil myself. :D

I've made these little beanie hats a few times already - they're from a very basic Simplicity pattern to which I just add whatever silly additions I feel they require. I've made kitty-hat, bunny-hat, unintentional-goblin-hat (don't ask), and now, chibi-batwing-hat. Chibi bat wings hat may be my favourite so far, and it's not even mine to wear! I came very close to keeping it, srsly.

Photo cut Two )

At the point at which I was half way through the above hat - which is to say, at a point where I really had to have a sewing machine to use - Jenni had a craft day at her place. I like craft days. Going and chatting while doing handwork is so nice, but I seriously envy all those girls who knit, rather than sew! Their craft is so very much more portable than mine. But since I don't really enjoy knitting, I ended up working on this little flower-gift-bag thing from a book called Omiyage. The bag in question is the one pictured on the cover.

I'd started it before, made one small error, and (foolishly, as it turned out) presumed that was why it looked like my flower had no chance of looking like hers. So, I started over, since the error in question couldn't really be undone. But, the finished bag doesn't look like hers either. After pouring over the (poorly written, and inadequately illustrated) instructions two or three times, I've had to face the facts - the bag has been photographed misleadingly. Suck.

I ended up tweaking the bag I made a bit to make it look a bit less like a dried-up starfish instead of a flower, adding a little stuffing to the petals. I'm sort of happy with it... And sort of not at all. Still at least it's done.

Photo cut three )
eviefae: (chibi-kao by Freesong)
That wasn’t actually the silence of me not doing any sewing – I got plenty done over Easter, and I even wrote a post about it. I just didn’t post it, because I wrote it at work, and my photos were at home. Thinking I’d post it from home, though, clearly didn’t work out. Might as well just post it now…


Once I’d finished getting my pleats pinned in place, I had a quick experiment with what setting method would make the nicest pleats on this fabric. Four wee samples later, I had two samples with very nice pleats, and a decision that I spent a few days being annoyingly indecisive over. I ended up going for the more crisp-but-fluid, rather than crisp-but-slightly-stiff pleat – I can always attack it again if I change my mind when more of the outfit is finished. I sewed the waistband in a few nights ago, and the pleated ruffle last night.

The underskirt now only needs a fastener at the waist, the ties for the skirt, and the velvet ribbon trim, and it’s finished. I’m going to abandon it for a bit now, though, and start work on the overskirt instead. Which, from past experience, should be strangely fast for such a complicated looking beastie – with the exception of even more pleating! XD 
 
I'll post the photos seperately, when I remember. ^^
eviefae: (chibi-kao by Freesong)
Of course, when I said I didn't know how to figure out how much fabric I need for ruffles, what I meant was, I don't have all the numbers I need to figure out how much fabric I need for ruffles. I know how, of course.

I started cutting out my underskirt last night. I started out by blithely assuming that the skirt would be the right size, because they're the same pattern pieces I traced off for my CU gown, and it fit. Also, I couldn't immediately spot where I'd written sizes on the pieces, so I didn't know what size they were anyway. Temporary blindness, as I spotted after cutting out three panels. It was, in fact, a large (which astonishes me - I don't see how, looking at my CU pics, I could be defined as large). I whipped out my tape measure, whipped out my corset for good measure, and discovered that I should have been cutting out a medium, corsetted or not. oops?

Luckily, what I had cut out was easily cut down by a size. It did mean, though, that I didn't finish cutting it all out, and the rest is folded on a chair in the sewing room. And then I decided that I wanted the bottom ruffle to be pleated, not gathered, and I wanted it much denser than it was in my CU gown... Poor Jarratt became my math-assistant, who noted lengths down and did math for me while I set about determining whether I had enough fabric to make the ruffle MUCH longer than the pattern had allowed for it to be. I do, I'm pleased to say. I'd rather be at home continuing work on this than here at work! More tonight, I think. ^__^

Sketchey

Mar. 17th, 2008 07:53 pm
eviefae: (Corset)
Just some pictures, no real progress since Saturday. My garden has been calling me instead!

Sketch and fabric )
eviefae: (Pooka - serious)
I have had a productive day, I think. ^^

I finished off cutting out the pjs for Jarratt that I started cutting on Thursday (my bad arm decided to go shaky and weak with two pattern pieces to go, on Thursday night, which put paid to cutting in a straight line). Dropped the pieces off to my Mama who kindly volunteered to make them a while ago. Her arthritis doesn't really let her cut fabric out anymore, but she does make very nice jammies. ^^

On the way to Mama's Jarratt and I went to Spotlight, which, I discovered, had one, srsly, one roll of anything close to a plain taffeta. In a shot grey. Not really what I need for Victorian-inspired Uber-Gothness. So, we gave that up, and went to the Fabric Warehouse instead. I picked up oodles of plain black taffeta, and 2m of this very nice purple taffeta they had, to make myself trim out of. I'm really not convinced I bought enough of the purple, though...

I was meant to be going to a party tonight, but I found myself feeling about rooms full of people, pretty much like I feel about rooms full of spiders, so I spent the evening looking at Victorian fashion plates, and sketching my plan for how I'm going to trim my outfit. I'm using Truly Victorian patterns I bought a while ago, so I know the bones of the outfit, but I'm really pleased because now I know the detail as well. I would have held off buying until after I'd planned better, but we were already out - well, it seemed like a good idea. XD
I'll scan in my sketches, and take a photo of the oodles of taffeta tomorrow.

The plan now is to make the skirts up really quickly, before both the rolls of that purple taffeta get a chance to sell out - that way, I'll know if I need a whole lot more of it. I've never made a pleated ruffle trim like this before, so I have no clue how to estimate amounts for it...

*bounce* I'm in excited pre-sewing mode, though. This is fun!

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