Aug. 15th, 2013 06:31 pm
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I promised pictures of my new crinoline and petticoat, and here they are.

Late 1860s Crinoline Side - LM112

Late 1860s Crinoline Front - LM112

Late 1860s Petticoat Side

I realized as soon as I had finished it that I had pushed the bones out a little too far when trying to make sure there wasn't any slack around the hoop. I'll go back in and pick out the stitches that hold the channels closed and rewire the bones so they're slightly smaller, but I want to finish the dress first, just in case I run out of time.

I like my new hoop.


Aug. 7th, 2013 05:20 am
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I finished the 1868 crinoline last night. Pictures will have to wait until I finish the petticoat. Tonight I should start setting the waist on the petticoat.
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While my late 1860's petticoat didn't see any progress this week, I made good progress on my new crinoline. I would guess that I'm about half-finished with it. If that is true, I should be able to finish it this week.

Then I managed my goal of knitting at least five rows a day on my 18th century stockings so I'm about 85 rows into the second stocking. I really need to post a picture of the first one, but that would necessitate actually taking one. I'll try to get around to that.

Finally, I made good progress on my cross-stitching. For those who are interested, it's "A Summer Stroll" and will eventually be hung on the other side of a window from "In Her Garden." I reached a major milestone: finishing the first quadrant. (Mathematically speaking, it's the third quadrant, but it's the first one I finished, so there.) I also finished her skirt, which is also something of a milestone. Slowly but surely, I'll get there.

This Week

Jul. 27th, 2013 11:19 am
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This week I actually have progress to report since I actually did some sewing. I worked on my 1868 crinoline, though it was mostly non-progress. I've got the pattern in hand (ordered on Tuesday and received on Thursday - I was impressed) and boning on order. I've traced off the pattern pieces so I'm ready to cut it out, maybe I'll be able to do that Monday night. Plus I put together the pattern pieces for the petticoat to go over it, cut it out, and have run up and felled all the seams. I'll get the waistband on it sometime this week but will have to wait until the hoop is ready to hem it.

Then I finished the knitting on my first 18th century stocking. I still need to weave in the ends, but it's a stocking. Now I'm two rows into the second one, and it looks very, very small.

Cross-stitching progresses, but there's really nothing to say about it. It's slow, very slow. And something like 58,000 stitches in the project. One does see progress a lot faster when sewing.

This morning I finally managed to put the cuffs on my print sacque. I made them in June but it took me five or six weeks to get around to pulling the old trim off and putting them on. They're better than the trim.
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While I am confident that I could figure out the hoopskirt, altering the pieces to make them fit, I considered what my limited sewing time is worth to me. I've seen two good examples of what I want made up (one by [ profile] koshka_the_cat and one at Wearing History). They both used the Laughing Moon hoops and bustles pattern. So I've given up my independent "I can figure this out myself" attitude in favor of "Someone else has figured this out for me." It should be faster and easier to achieve the results I want.

Of course this hoop has more bones so now I need to order more boning too. Ah, well.
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I finally put in a little time on my 1868 crinoline last night. I knew it was a little big through the waist, but I didn't realize it was 6" too big and more like 8" too big once I started accounting for being moderately short. Since I still like the circumference of the lowest hoop, I now get to tear out all the seams (thank goodness I was smart enough not do flat-fell the seams!), mark new sewing lines and start all over. Well, not quite all over - I can leave the hem and the bottom few inches in place. I can also leave the center back seam in place since that's the only place it's supposed to be gore to gore. I don't see any way around ripping the whole thing apart to keep the other seams straight to gore.

On seam ripped open, five more to go.

On the other hand, I'm sixty-odd rows into the foot of my first 18th century stocking. That project is going quite well. I have also finished the bottom 2" on my husband's cross-stitched lady. Not very exciting, but for such a slow-moving project, it's a milestone.


Jul. 9th, 2013 06:38 pm
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For the first time in a couple of weeks I actually spent a little time sewing, not knitting or cross-stitching but actually sewing! I had cut out the pieces for my late 1860's crinoline while waiting for the washer repairman a couple of weeks ago and stuffed them in my sewing drawer. Last night I pulled them out, ran up the seams, and put in the hem/bottom bone casing.

From a quick holding it up around my waist, I can tell I'll have to take it in at the waist, but I want to get the bottom bone in there so I can work on leveling it at the same time I take it in. The only times I've seen this pattern made up, the crinoline had a distinct droop at the back, something I want to avoid in my version.

I'm using the pattern for an 1866 crinoline that used to be on the VandE Historic Costuming website but is no longer there. The Dreamstress made one, but that's the only other one I've seen made up. I'm using an 1868 plate from Harper's Bazar that's printed in Reconstruction Era Fashions as inspiration so I'm going to skip all the ruffles and the flounce.

So far it looks like it will go together reasonably well. I hope so because my goal is to finish it and a petticoat by the end of the month while still devoting a lot of time to my husband's cross-stitch picture


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