In Arrears

Apr. 13th, 2015 11:19 am
atherleisure: (reader)
I'm quite in arrears on pictures. I've finished an 1800's drop-front dress, a 1930's bolero, and a 1950's sundress without taking any pictures of them on me. Saturday, pictures were finally taken of the Regency little white dress. Today I put on a 1930's dress for the sole purpose of finally getting pictures of my bolero. I have to wait for the sunburn I got Saturday to clear up before I take pictures of my 1950's dress. (Yes, I lost track of time on Saturday and am living with the consequences.) I'll write something about the picnic Saturday, but it won't be right now.

Anyway, at least I have bolero pictures.

1930s Bolero 2

1930s Bolero 3

I think it came out nicely, though I had to take a bit out of the sleeve caps so I didn't have the late 1930's linebacker shoulders, and I only pinned the ties on so that I wouldn't always have to have a little bow. Little bows just seem a bit peculiar in 2015.
atherleisure: (reader)
I've been tying up projects lately. My 1950's dress was finished a few weeks ago, my bolero was finished over the weekend, and my pinball was finished last night. I started on a pair of garters over the weekend just so I'd have something to knit while listening to the girls read. Last night I finished the knitting on the first one so tonight I'll be casting on the second one. The only other project I have in the works is an evening bodice to go with my 1868 green silk dress. I worked on the sleeves a bit last night and hope to do some more on them tonight.

But without further ado, here are pictures of the finished pinball, not that it looks much different from the last pictures I posted - all that's new is the ribbon.

18th Century Pinball

18th Century Pinball

I'm going to use it for the Regency picnic this weekend so I'll try to get a costumed picture with it then, though it may look little funny hanging from a high waist instead of the natural waist.
atherleisure: (reader)
Usually as I draw close to the end of a knitting project, I start looking around at patterns to find something for my next project. This time I totally failed at that. Last night I made up my 18th century pinball except for the ribbon because I'm not thrilled with the color choices in my possession, and I finished knitting the 1930's bolero. I still need to press the sleeves and steam the ties and make it up, but there's a good chance I'll have that finished tonight.

Then what? I've got yarn and a pattern for another 1930's/40's short-sleeved sweater, but I'm feeling singularly uninspired about that. After all, I'm just finishing a 1930's short-sleeved, fingering-weight sweater, albeit a different style. Since the costume group that's trying to start up in my area is planning to focus on Regency styles, it would probably be good to do something from that period. I've wanted one of those green silk knitted purses for a bit so maybe that's the direction I'll head. Of course, it requires buying green purse silk which doesn't exist as "purse silk" any more. I'll probably follow [livejournal.com profile] koshka_the_cat's lead and use beading cord. Her projects using it look similar to museum pieces. For a larger project, I'm debating about an 1892 pattern for a knit petticoat that looks pretty. It's made up in strips so I shouldn't end up with any great pile of wool in my lap, if I decide to do it. On the other hand, when am I going to wear it? Decisions, decisions.

In the meantime, I'll leave you with a couple of pictures of my almost-finished pinball.

18th Century Pinball

18th Century Pinball
atherleisure: (reader)
I finished knitting the front of my pinball last night. The front went a lot faster than the back, but I guess that's the definition of learning curve. I'm seriously thinking about doing more of them, just because they're fun, not because I need multiple small knitted pincushions.

18th Century Pinball - Front

I also finally got around to pressing the body of my 1930's bolero and sewed up the side seams and wove in the loose ends. I didn't do the sleeves yet due to pure laziness - I didn't want to dig around and pull out my pressing ham. Maybe I'll pull it out tonight since I'll be pulling out the wool stuffing for my pinball and they should be in about the same place. (No polyester for this!)

Quiet

Mar. 18th, 2015 01:58 pm
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It's been a little quiet on the needlework side around here. I keep looking at my Easter dress, which needs to be taken up in the shoulders, but not wanting to put in the work on it. I've nearly finished my bolero - just half of one side of the front edging and the ties left before I press it and sew it all up. Mostly I'm interested in my pinball right now. I've finished the pattern on the back and just have twenty-three plain rows to finish that half. Then I start over on the front.
atherleisure: (reader)
I don't have any great milestones, but I thought I'd give a general progress report.

1890's petticoat: I've put four tucks in so it's a better length now. It could still stand to go a touch shorter so I'm going to put in another tuck or two.

1950's sun dress: The bulk of it is together, but I still need to do the bodice facing, bind the neck and armscyes, do the buttons and bound buttonholes, sew up the front skirt seam, put in the last layer of the skirt, and hem it. It's a fair bit left, but it's coming along nicely.

1930's knit bolero: I'm about halfway through knitting my first sleeve. The bulk of the body is knitted, but I still have to knit the ribbed trim at the center fronts, which I'm avoiding because I hate picking up stitches along a finished edge.

18th century pinball: I finally pulled it back out and have knit four rows on it. I still find 6-0 needles a little difficult to work with, but it's better than it was a year and a half ago when I started it.

Once I finish off the petticoat and do the buttonholes on the 1950's dress, I intend to do a couple of small Regency things before finishing the sundress.

Done!

Feb. 6th, 2015 07:43 am
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I basted in the long sleeves of my little white dress last night so that dress is done unless I decide to shorten it a bit. I need to wander around in it for awhile to decide. I'm not going to bother taking pictures of it yet since I'm hoping someone will be willing at the archery event. But I do have a picture of it flat on the bed as proof that it exists.

1800s Little White Dress

And I took a closer shot of the bib front, which I think came out satisfactorily. I definitely see more tambour embroidery in my future.

1800s Little White Dress Bib Front

Last night I also finished cutting out the lawn layers of my 1950's dress, and I made it with a few inches to spare and some pieces to cut bias binding from. So my ten yards (plus any generosity on the part of fabric.com) was enough for a set of 1880's combinations, a 1950's dress with two layers of skirt, and an 1800's bib-front dress with no piecing in any of it. Not bad, if I do say so myself.

I also picked up my sewing machine yesterday so now I can sew up my 1890's petticoat. That shouldn't take much time at all, other than the bit about flat-felled seams being a pain. It's just going to be plain, and I'll starch it. No fancy insertions or embroideries on it. I will also start work on an 1800's bonnet shortly so that I can get away without wearing a cap to the archery event. I'm not very fond of my cap...

As a final note, I'm nearly to the armscye on the second front of my 1930's bolero.
atherleisure: (reader)
I've been working on my Regency little white dress and making pretty good progress. I've finished assembling the bodice, less the drop front section, and made up and set the sleeves. The skirt is made up so now it's ready to be gathered and pleated to the bodice and front tie. As soon as I cut out the rest of the sleeves (the optional long sleeves) and the bodice front, I can finish cutting out the 1950's dress I started cutting a couple of weeks ago.

My 1930's bolero is progressing slowly, but I'm about halfway through the first side of the front.
atherleisure: (reader)
I finished my 1770's dress remake, though I have yet to put it on to take pictures. I'm going to try to get my husband to take them because it's so much faster having a photographer. I'm definitely not an expert with the timer.

Then I started a new dress. I was cutting out a 1950's dress that's going to be a blue-flowered silk/cotton voile flat-lined with lawn when I decided I needed a plain white drop-front Regency dress. So I started that. Now I've made up the bodice and cut the skirt panels and cut a muslin test sleeve. I intend the whole thing to be hand-sewn, and I'm hoping to have it finished within a couple of weeks. I'm debating trying to embroider the bodice front but thought I'd put the rest of the dress together first and see what I thought.

My 1930's bolero is coming along, though I haven't worked on it much the last couple of days. But the back is finished until the shoulder seams are done and the yoke can be knit, and I'm through the first two lace pattern repeats of the first front. Satisfactory.
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I tore apart my 1770's green-striped dress that was poorly made and too long in the waist and started putting it back together again. Now I've got the bodice finished except for the shoulder pieces, which wait until the sleeves are in. I'm hoping to get the skirt pleated tonight. Then I could sew it down tomorrow and work on sleeves over the weekend. We'll see how it goes.

I've also started a 1930's bolero as my new knitting project. So far it looks like the given needle sizes are good, though I think I'll only be sure of that when I finish knitting the back and give it a light pressing. I've managed a lace pattern repeat each night since I started it, working while listening to the girls read.

I hope mine comes out looking like the pattern photo.
Lacy Bolero

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