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Jul. 27th, 2017 09:50 pm
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Im having terrible wifi issues at CoCo D: my first class was great and then i spent 4 hours watching forensic files and sewing. I left the hemmed ruffle for the cap at home so im just ruffleless.

Anyway ive seen most of you but my anxiety is in overdrive and im terrified to say hello :/

LA is too damn hot!! I got a sunburn on my first day too.

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Jul. 26th, 2017 05:18 am
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Lord, this is a time that no one should be awake at. But i am, and im off to Costume College! See you there!

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Jul. 24th, 2017 08:59 pm
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Ack. After all yhe time i spent hand sewing the habit shirt, i sewed the neck gussests and collar on inside out. Plus one cuff is much too loose, its actually too short (probably) and the collar is chokingly tight. Sigh. Guess im leaving that one at home.

I packed my suitcase with all of my 18th c stuff and the 1840s gown and tea gown, corset amd stays, 1 pair of shoes and a couple little extras. Its only 27 lbs but it also doesn't fit anything else. Not my sewing kit, my regular clothes, shower kit, nothing.

Lord... Just too much to do. Slow down brain!

Can we panic NOW?

Jul. 23rd, 2017 07:35 pm
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I'm sitting here mostly paralysed with indecision. Now that I don't know what to do with my Saturday plans, I can't make a plan at the moment. The reason I wouldn't bring Jareth is because I need an hour or so to do the makeup, plus a bunch of jewels are still falling off and I haven't had/made opportunity to fix that. So now what?? I still want to keep my packing light. So that means bringing more 18th c. stuff, since all of my other Victorian needs a bustle and I don't want to bring it. But all of the 18th c. stuff was fitted over my other stays. I don't have extra shifts (unless I bring the Regency one). I planned the white dress as day wear so it has no trimming. I really DO NOT have time to make something else. Maybe the best option would be to bring the Regency gown and vest as I think it would be relatively easy to manipulate my hair into a 'do for that, but the dress has light uneven staining that won't come out. Plus extra undergarments. So... what do?

I got the skant mostly together, and all it needs right now is hems. Of course while I was sewing it, my machine started acting up and now it's making a terrible clunking noise. it does not fit especially well, even after letting out as many seams as I could. I'm not sure how to adjust the fit for my belly, and I definitely don't have time to do so right now.

I need to move forward, NOW, and I wish I knew what steps to take!

ETA: One of my companions is only bringing two costumes and spending the rest of the time in civvies, and I'm starting to think that's a good idea. Of course I still have so much hand work to do (the rest of the habit shirt and the bits for the white gown) that makes it especially appealing.

Mini "emergency"?

Jul. 23rd, 2017 04:42 pm
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My partner in crime has decided to muggle it up at coco so now im wondering if i want to bring Jareth at all D: but then ig i do my white gown as the evening option, what do i wear during the day?

Updated to-do list

Jul. 20th, 2017 08:38 pm
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Or, as I like to think of it, it's the perfect time to panic!

White gown:
  • piece in the front bit that's missing, then hem. I think i will leave the length. the length got tweaked just a bit.
  • trim and stitch up CF And waist
  • sleeve ruffles
  • hem petticoat
  • future: add a ruffle to petticoat, some sort of neckline decoration? None of the extants i looked at had any
  • cap
  • neckerchief (in progress)
  • loops and ties to bustle up the skirt

  • trace the pattern (in progress; the cat likes to try to "help")
  • make a mockup? Won't have time!
  • need fabric and braid
  • convince nicole to make me a badge
  • sew!

Habit shirt:
  • collar
  • ruffle
  • button/holes

Once most of that is done:
  • rehem curtainalong petticoat Not happening.
  • hem curtainalong gown Also not happening.
  • add ruffle to white taffeta petticoat
  • make a white underpetticoat (the blue one doesnt show through at least)

Still so much to do...

Also so many things I just won't get to :( I won't have a pool party outfit ready unless its very last-minute. I won't have a social outfit if I don't get the skant done. I still don't know what I'm wearing on Friday (maybe victorian... I have some things sort of done already), I really should have a petticoat ready for the habit class, and then I thought yesterday that maybe I should bring some Regency stuff? I don't want to pack different eras for every day! (oh i could bring the Game of Thrones outfits, those are nice and also - already done)

I'm also looking at my timing. Like, tonight and tomorrow I have for sewing, Saturday-day I'm going to see my gramma, saturday night I could do stuff but I might be too tired, Sunday is the DO ALL THE THINGS day... laundry, probably jewel-gluing, it's the planned day for K-days... Monday might be the laundry and gluing day instead. Tuesday I will pick up my cat-sitter and get some groceries for them, and of course pack. At some point I need to clean my apartment.

Maybe I shouldn't have written this list lol. I felt more in control before I did.

White dress is done!

Jul. 18th, 2017 11:54 pm
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All i need is sleeve fluffage :D its all hemmed and ready amd holy shit i cant believe i made this beautiful thing thats decorating Josephine.

Tomorrow I'll start on the accessories!

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Jul. 18th, 2017 07:28 pm
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One crucial task i forgot was the need to bind the stays... Especially since i went and bought tape for the straps. (i dont haaaaaaave to right? Just secure the ends of the channels?

Gown got hemmed last night, and i think ill do the petticoat tonight. Then maybe the CF and try yo make a decision about the sleeve. What the heck is a round cuff, anyway.
anxietyyyyy )

I better get back to it. Its not gonna hem itself!

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Jul. 17th, 2017 03:21 pm
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I sort of took yesterday off from sewing. I was going to my mum's to play board games so i sat down to watch youtube videos to refresh my memory on how to play them, and then thought that i really should sew while i watched. Two hours later i had the second sleeve attached to my habit shirt. When i got home i did hems and the shoulder inserts. All i have left is the collar and a ruffle and button/holes.

So there is... 9 nights before i leave. One of those is gaming and one is probably kdays. I have to spend at least one regluing jewels to Jareth, and one packing. So 5 days, most likely. I wrote my to-do list down and it probably looks more intimidating than it is D:

White gown:
-piece in the front bit that's missing, then hem. I think i will leave the length.
-trim and stitch up CF And waist
-sleeve ruffles
-hem petticoat
-future: add a ruffle to petticoat, some sort of neckline decoration? None of the extants i looked at had any
-loops and ties to bustle up the skirt

-trace the pattern
-make a mockup?
-need fabric and braid
-convince nicole to make me a badge

Habit shirt:

Once most of that is done:
-rehem curtainalong petticoat
-hem curtainalong gown
-add ruffle to white taffeta petticoat
-make a white underpetticoat (the blue one doesnt show through at least)

*heart eyes*

Jul. 15th, 2017 05:55 pm
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My fingers are sore but SO WORTH IT

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Jul. 15th, 2017 04:06 pm
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Sewing sewing sewing. It occured to me just today that if you have a nice selvege on the front edge you don't need to hem it. Booooring! But im getting through DS9 (doesnt everyone watch sci fi while sewing historic?) and finally getting to the fun part - pleating!

How do i always roll my needle into my cuticle and draw blood? Ouch.

I wanted this done today but it'll probably be tomorrow or Monday, if i include hemming. Then i gotta get back to the habit shirt.

And i printed the skant pattern, but it printed double sided. Gonna have to spend time tracing and lining it up. Some day I'll be prepared fpr a con, but today is not that day.


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