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I took pictures of my Regency shortgown and petticoat yesterday afternoon. They're both completely hand-sewn and completely from supplies I already had. The main fabrics for each are not only from the stash, they're leftovers from previous projects, which is a kind of double bonus.

Without further ado, here are the pictures.

1800's Shortgown and Petticoat

More pictures under the cut )
While I was getting dressed up, I tried on my 1790's stays with a couple of different things to see what I need to do to make a dress with the right neckline for them. It looks like the pattern that fits with my 1780's stays has the right neckline for the 1790's stays so that will give me a starting place when I decide to make a 1790's dress. I really don't know when I'm going to do that, but at least I have the information I need to make a first swipe at that project when I am ready for it.
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1. The front of my 1930's sweater is finished! I'm not going to post a picture because it looks just like the back except that the neck is lower.

2. If you like pork, apples, and pie, you should try this recipe for Cheshire Pork Pie. It's really good. (It doesn't reheat all that well, but that's because of the crust - no pie reheats very well.) It's also pretty easy. When I do it again, I'll cut the pork into bite-size pieces instead of slices because eating a pie with a knife and fork is a bit weird. I'll also skip the olive oil, which is an alteration to the Williamsburg recipe. I really didn't need two tablespoons of butter/oil to brown the pork. I couldn't find any McIntosh apples at the store so I did three Granny Smiths but could have stood to do four. I don't have a sensitive enough sense of taste to tell the difference. I don't tend to rave about food, but this was really, really good.

3. My current pinball project has been slowly idling along, but I'm halfway finished with the second side. If I do it at night, I'll have it finished before Christmas, which I've kind of set as a goal. After all, I've been working on it a little at a time since August.

4. I finally bought false hair to work with for historical events. One of my goals for the year was to get better with hair. I've done a bit throughout the year, and [livejournal.com profile] jenthompson helped me figure out what color I needed so now I've got something to work with.

5. My white Regency dress doesn't fit over my 1790's stays. The stays are too high in the back for it. I had hoped...oh, well, I guess I can't retire the silly ones just yet.

6. I took pictures of my new spencer today, but I'll post about it separately in a bit (or tomorrow or whenever I get a chance).

7. Kaycee has posted lots of events for the Houston Area Regency Society. If anyone wants to come play with us, check out the Facebook page. I would particularly like to draw your attention to the archery event on 4/23 since it seems to have been really popular last March with the DFWCG.
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My new stays are finished. I used a pattern from Corsets and Crinolines that's dated to the late 1790's. They're mostly hand-sewn, but I'll admit to doing the boning channels and seaming the lining panels to each other by machine. I've made 100% hand-sewn stays and can say that all that back-stitching for the channels just isn't my thing when the lock-stitch pretty much looks the same from the right side. Unless I don't have a machine available, then I don't care.

They're two layers of cotton twill boned with a combination of duct ties and flat steel and lined with muslin.

1790s Stays - Front

1790s Stays - Back

1790s Stays - Side

The silhouette definitely is 18th century, just shorter - as though I were wearing stays originally intended for someone three and a half feet tall.

Sorry they're kind of hard to see with all the white stays on white shift.
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I've been binding away on my stays and I'm more than half-finished with the tabs. Give me a few more days, and I'll be done with that. Assuming no hiccups, they'll be lined and finished by the end of the week.

I've also been knitting away on my pinball project, and I finished the knitting on the first half. I'm not posting pictures now because I'm making this one as a gift, and I don't want to share until it's in the recipient's hands. I will share later.

I've made lots of progress on the girls' Hallowe'en costumes. They both want to be very gaudy rock stars so the sewing isn't very interesting, but it's going quickly. The tops just need the sleeves set and the armscyes bound (sheer fabrics having a way of being prickly, you know), the skirts still need waistbands and hems, and there's some hemming on other pieces, but at the rate I'm going they'll be finished by the end of the week next week. Then I'll wash the tablecloth that is being inundated with glitter.
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The Houston Area Regency Society had a sewing day on Saturday. It wasn't well-attended, but those who did attend made reasonable progress on projects and watched Tom Jones and had a tasty, though not fancy, lunch. We also talked about plans for upcoming events, and we settled on sometime in the latter part of September for an archery event. It will be in Conroe, which is about as far north on I-45 as you can go without leaving the Houston area so if any DFW people are interested in attending, it's about 3.5 hours from the Ft. Worth Botanical Gardens and about 3.5 hours from where the Wylie archery event was held and about 3.5 hours from the North Dallas/Plano line. We haven't worked out all the details yet, but that too shall come.

I had my stays ready to bind in time for the sewing day so I worked on them. Now the armscyes and the neckline are bound, and I've got the bottom still to do. Of course, that involves binding tabs so it will probably take just as long as the other three sections combined. And I can only work on it so long before my fingers start hurting so I abandon it and work on other things.

Speaking of other things, I finished the patterned section on my pinball project and just have eighteen plain rows left to finish this side. I also started working on the girls' Hallowe'en costumes since I don't know whether I'll get much time to sew after school starts.

Half-Stays

Jul. 23rd, 2015 01:50 pm
atherleisure: (reader)
My 1790's stays are about half-complete. The eyelets and boning are finished, and I've sewn the pieces together on one side. I might finish assembling the pieces on the other side tonight, or I might give my fingers a break and cut the shorts for my playsuit and the lining for these stays tonight. We'll see. The goal is to be binding them at the Regency Society's sewing day on Saturday.

1790's Stays Half Assembled

I'm also making good progress on my latest pinball project - I'm more than halfway through the first side. Not bad, considering I only started it on Saturday.
atherleisure: (reader)
Bits and bobs and odds and ends pretty well describes what I've done with my needlework this week.

I've blocked and seamed the remaining strips and hemmed and made up the yoke for my knitted petticoat (and hope to have it finished by the end of the night). I've whipped all the interlining pieces to the outer layer pieces of my 1790's stays and have sewn the boning channels. The boning channels were machine-sewn, but they'll probably be the only thing machine-sewn on these stays. I just can't get worked up about sewing a bunch of back-stitched straight lines that look like lock-stitch from the outside. I've separated threads from embroidery floss for another knitted pinball. I've traced off three 1940's patterns, including a pattern that I'll use to make the shorts for my 1940's playsuit. I've knit about half of a muffatee.

As I say, it's a little here and a little there, but I'm pleased that everything is making progress.
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Six panels made a good width for a warm under-petticoat so I am really close to finishing my knitted petticoat. The panels are all seamed together and hemmed. All that's left is making up the yoke and attaching the petticoat to it. It shouldn't take too long to get that done. I doubt I'll work on it tonight since I have pattern tracing planned and will probably work on my 1790's stays after I finish that. I just don't have the sense of urgency around a woolen petticoat in the middle of July that I might have at other times. It's probably safe to say that it will be finished by the end of next week, though. Can't have a UFO sitting around too long!
atherleisure: (reader)
1790's stays? Patterned and cut.
1892 petticoat? Four panels finished, fifth in progress.
Pinball? Fewer than thirty rows left to knit.

I really need to sew together the panels of the petticoat that are finished so I can determine exactly how many panels I need. My original plan was eight, but I think I might be able to get away with seven, though probably not six. But the idea of all that wool in my lap isn't so pleasant. It's been...warm lately.

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