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This ended up seeming to be a year of little pieces more than full garments, though I did make costumes from the skin out for the 1690's and 1910's. I did a lot of knitting this year. One of my goals for the year was to do better with my hair for events, and I think I succeeded. There were some hairdos that I was very proud of. I got to go to a lot of events in different periods and had some opportunities to wear things that I had never really gotten to wear. One of the best parts was getting to meet a couple of LJ friends in real life in July.

I finally made the Le Baiser dress I had been planning for years.
Le Baiser

The rest is behind the cut: )
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I can cross a couple off projects off the list. The pineapple is done, and I finished the pair of muffatees I was knitting. The 1912 vest just needs buttons and buttonholes and side seams, and it will be finished. That will leave the stockings as the only current knitting project. Quite satisfactory.

In other news, I had tremendous good luck at the used bookstore the other day. I got a Ngaio Marsh book and four Margery Allingham books, including the first one I haven't read in the series.
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Somehow I got through three weeks of November without remembering that I make each of the children an ornament every year. I have no idea how that happened. Then yesterday I thought I might pull out the cross-stitched Christmas stocking kit my mother got me something like ten years ago and start on that. But on top of the box was the remainder of the set of kitten ornaments I had been working on the last couple of years. Oh, yeah... So I worked on the little kitten last night and made pretty good progress. Thank goodness I had started it last year. That one will be for MT, and the girls will get cute little knit stockings.

So even though the wool to finish my 1912 vest came yesterday along with wool for some fun muffatees, I shall be virtuous and do the little ornaments first. Then I can finish the vest and start the muffatees. The vest has been sitting without progress for an embarrassingly long time.
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I've got all the boning channels sewn in my 1690's/1700's stays!

1690's Stays

Not that you can see it in the picture - white on natural doesn't really show up very well. I machined all the boning channels because I may enjoy hand-sewing, but not enough to do about 200 boning channels that will be sandwiched between an outer fabric and a lining. Nope. Not at all. It took my spare time for most of three days to do it on the machine; I really didn't want to dedicate the next three months to it.

Now I've started boning, and I've got a question for those who have boned stays with reed before. If you break a reed while inserting it, and it breaks off right at the end of the channel, how do you get it back out? [ profile] nuranar? [ profile] koshka_the_cat? I got lots of information from [ profile] nuranar's journal (particularly comments from [ profile] the_aristocat), but I don't remember that being mentioned. I love the way they're looking, but I need to quit for the day; my thumb and forefinger have had enough abuse for one day! Another question is about doing the eyelets. When I put in eyelets, I generally seem to mangle the fabric about when pushing the awl through. Steel and plastic take it in stride, but I'm not sure the reed will. Does anyone have any tips?

In other news, my poor neglected pineapple is growing again, and I'm about half-finished with the leaves. I gave up waiting for knitting inspiration that would require new yarn and ordered more yarn for my 1912 vest. Supposedly, it will arrive this afternoon. On the flip side, the things that I came up with that I'd like to knit next can be made from leftovers from other projects so that's always a bonus. I also ordered some false hair to make a hairpiece with, but it was definitely not the strawberry blonde it claimed to be; dark auburn is more like it. It went back in the mail the same day it arrived.

The final bit of progress was finishing up a fichu that I cut out a few weeks ago. Now I get a break from rolled hems and whipped gathers for a bit. Somehow I seem to keep getting back to those. They may be slow, but they look so nice when they're done. I'll probably pick up the cap next week so it won't be that long a break from rolled hems and whipped gathers.


Jun. 2nd, 2016 05:27 pm
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I just realized I'm halfway through my 1912 knitted vest. I'm still on the first ball of yarn so I only need to buy one more. I'm almost out of the ball, though, so I'm about to run out of knitting on the vest until I order more yarn. For a couple of reasons, I don't really want to do that right now so I'm actually planning to shelve a project for a spell. How unlike me!

This is a problem with using leftover yarn - you probably need more, but shipping becomes ridiculous on one ball of yarn - more than 50% of the cost of the yarn. It's the same thing with a reticule I'm making - I don't want to order ribbon and pay $5 for the ribbon and $5 in shipping, especially when I know an upcoming project may need a flock of ribbon.
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Eight yards of 60" wide rose-colored wool twill has carried me a long way.

First I made stays:
1780 Stays - Front

Then I made a pelisse:
1800's Pelisse - Back with Hood up

Now I've made a skirt:
1900s Sports Clothes - Front

1900s Sports Clothes - Side (2)

1900s Rose Wool Skirt - Back

I still have a piece left that is full width for about 7/8 of a yard and half-width for about another yard so I can probably get a jacket to match the skirt out of it if I have conservative sleeves.

I used the same 1897 Harper's Bazar pattern [ profile] mala_14 used for her recent 1895 ensemble, and, like her, I thought it also would work for the years just after the turn of the century. I had had every intention of interlining the hem with crinoline, but in checking, I found that it didn't seem likely that they were still doing that by c. 1905 so I skipped it. The hem is faced rather than turned up because I was planning to interline it with crinoline. Somehow my cutting got a bit wonky around the side so I wound up with only about an inch to turn up and had to hem it for flat shoes rather than the boots I intended to hem it for. (Note to self: check how much I length I actually need for my white wool 1897 dress so that I can be assured of having enough length to accommodate my boot heels.)

There are tennis fashion plates of c. 1905 that show women with skirts that drag the ground in back. It sounds ridiculously impractical to me, but fashion plates aren't about practicality, and it may well be that women wore their skirts shorter in real life. I found an article that talked about women's golf wear that said that they didn't cut their skirts shorter until more like the early 1910's. I presume that was compared to the length of an ordinary walking skirt, but I don't know that. Anyway, the point is that I probably should have cut the skirt shorter, but it was so pretty as it was that I couldn't bear to. As I said, I'll probably make a jacket to go with it anyway, which would make it useful outside the sports arena.

Incidentally, the only way I've found to keep the belt of the sweater down to a point like the pattern picture shows is to pin it in place. Otherwise, it just rides up to be an ordinary round waist.

In the pictures I'm wearing a chemise, ribbon corset, princess petticoat, waist petticoat trimmed with hand-knit lace, and a tucked waist petticoat. The sweater was knit from a pattern published in 1907 (Ravelry page).


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