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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: )

Pineapple!

Dec. 7th, 2016 12:10 pm
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Here's the finished pineapple bag.

Pineapple Bag

I included my hand for some sense of scale.

Here's the Ravelry page.

Pineapple!

Nov. 23rd, 2016 07:33 am
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I finished knitting the pineapple last night. It's drying now.

Pineapple Bag Blocking

I cut the gold section and the green section each short by one pattern repeat, which gives two rows of points. I felt that the bag was getting too long for the leaves and that I mostly wanted the green at the bottom to be the bottom of the bag. In retrospect, I probably could have shortened the green even further, but it's not bad as it is.

The yellow/gold section is 4" long, and the bag is about 3.25" in diameter. The circumference is about 11.5", measuring loosely around the points.

Now I need to line it and make drawstrings and put little ribbon bits on the bottom. So close!

For Robin

Nov. 21st, 2016 04:59 pm
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Since [livejournal.com profile] sewloud asked, here's a picture of the pineapple with a fork for size reference.


I'm in the office and don't have a lot of good scale stuff handy, but I do have my fork from lunch.
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Another pineapple update.

Pineapple Bag Progress - 11/14/16

I only have about four sets of points (two pattern repeats) left! It's not quite at the can't-put-it-down stage yet, but it will be soon.
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I finished the gold part of my pineapple. After seven repeats of the pattern, I think it's long enough; I don't want the leaves to be dwarfed by the fruit. My current plan is to knit two repeats with the green then start checking length after every half-repeat. I might not end up doing all four repeats of it.

My stockings are coming along nicely. I just hit the 1/5 mark for the first stocking, which is at 132 rows. Someone asked me yesterday how many square centimeters I do per hour. Things you just don't think about...so I worked it out. It's kind of surprising to think that I do about 20 min./sq. in. (3 sq. in./hr) or 3 min./sq. cm (20 sq cm/hr). That makes it sound like I go so much faster than it feels like I do, but maybe that's because I work on it in bits and pieces.
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Life has been busy lately so there hasn't been much sewing lately. Since half of my son's class at school seems to have had their birthdays in the last month and I sometimes run out of reading material on the bus in the afternoons, there has been reasonable knitting progress. The gold part of the pineapple is now 75% complete. In one of my few free evenings lately, I joined on the new spool of cord, which always feels like an accomplishment, particularly when beads need to be transferred from the old spool to the new one.

Pineapple Progress-10/20/16

I'm not sure I'll do the full eight repeats of the pattern. I'm going to evaluate after every half repeat whether I think it's time to switch to the green.

I also decided to redo the pom-poms on the rigolette, and I'm glad I did. It looks tidier now, which would probably be appreciated in the period. No pictures yet, I'm afraid, but I intend to get some soon, and I want to get them on myself rather than a Styrofoam head. Maybe I'll get some free time tonight.

Now that I haven't worked on my 1897 dress in more than a week, I think the odds of finishing it for Dickens on the Strand are dwindling. I began to suspect last week that it wouldn't be finished in time; now I highly doubt that it will be finished in time. I just don't see having time to sew something on the order of forty yards of trim on it, and I found when I last tried it on that the skirt needs to be lined so I have to disassemble the skirt, at least partially. Oh, well, it's not like I don't have other things to wear and won't find something to wear this to eventually.
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Just posting a progress report on the projects I have in hand.

1912 knitted vest: Still on hold pending the purchase of new yarn. It has to go on sale, or I have to have a need for other yarn before I order it. This likely will not happen for a few months considering the pineapple and stockings will keep me occupied for quite awhile.

19th century knitted pineapple bag: I'm halfway through the fifth repeat of eight in the gold part of the bag, but I have been making progress.

Sheer cap: Haven't touched it unless putting other things on top of it counts.

1892 knitted Zouave jacket: I've finished about 3/4 of the knitting. I only work on it while I'm reading at home, and I've been trying to get my reading done on the bus so it's a little slow.

18th century stockings: Almost a tenth of the way through the first stocking! I'm halfway through the decreases for the knee.

1690's/1700's mantua: I still need to put it on and take pictures and set the length on the belt so I can hem the other end of the ribbon. I don't see it happening in the next few days, but perhaps I'll feel like it this weekend.

1897 Harper's Bazar dress: This is coming along well. I've cut it all out except for the trim and hem facing/ruffle. The skirt is all sewn together and is hanging awaiting a hem and trim. The hem isn't as simple as it sounds since this is 1897, but at least the skirt looks like a skirt and is long enough for me to wear my boots with (as opposed to the rose wool skirt I made earlier this year). The next time I get a chance to sew I'll be running up some bodice and sleeve seams.

Things have gotten busy lately so I don't know whether I'll have all that much time to sew in the next few weeks, but that's why I made the children's Hallowe'en costumes in August so it's not like it's a surprise. My sewing machine has started acting up too. When I run it in reverse, it doesn't want to come out of reverse immediately - the feed dogs keep working backward for a bit before they come right again. I don't know whether it's a connection problem in the switch or the cams are getting stuck or what so I guess I'll have to take it to the shop, but I don't want to do it until I've gotten the bulk of the 1897 dress together. Maybe it's punishing me for doing so much hand-sewing this summer!
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I am now halfway through the gold part of my knit pineapple.

Knitted Pineapple Bag Progress 9/27/16

I am enjoying it, but it's moving quite slowly.

I am also halfway (or better) through cutting out my white wool 1897 dress that I've been planning for years. The lining is all cut, and the wool skirt is cut. I still need to cut the wool bodice and sleeves, but there are a couple of things I need to mock up before I cut those, namely the bloused bodice front and the sleeve ruffles. I also need to cut the satin yoke and all the bias strips for trim. I'm very excited about this dress.

Knitting

Sep. 8th, 2016 11:31 am
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My pineapple is growing very slowly, but I've been working on it when I get the chance. One of those chances was a few free minutes before an appointment last night. I was knitting along and found that my beads were getting into my fingers. There was a knot in the thread that the beads couldn't slide over. Cut thread, restring beads, join in the new piece. That's the second discontinuity I've found in this spool of thread. The one I used for the miser's purse did not have this problem. I hope that's the last of the difficulty.

On another knitting topic, I ran across a knitting stitch I've never seen in a pattern I was reading this morning - knit five together. I'm not quite sure how you would accomplish that. Slip three, knit two together, pass the slipped stitches over?
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I finished the second repeat of the fruit part of my pineapple last night.

Pineapple Progress - 8/21/16

It's very knobby!
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I think I need a to-do list for all the projects that are scattered around here. There are far more UFO's than there probably should be.

1. 1690’s stays: Finish covering, make eyelets for straps, cut and sew in lining
2. 1830’s plain petticoat: Prep waistband and set waist
3. 1830’s tucked petticoat: Prep waistband, finish tucks (4 down/5 to go), and set waist
4. 1610’s petticoat: Reset waist
5. 1950’s turquoise dress: Shorten hem by 9”
6. 18th century cap: Everything – listed more to remember that it’s there than anything else
7. 1860 rigolette: Make 127 ½” pom-pons
8. 1912 vest: Order yarn and finish, but I’m still ignoring it because I’m not ready to order any other yarn at present and refuse to order the yarn and pay shipping for one ball of yarn
9. Pineapple bag: Just keep knitting
10. 1892 Zouave: Cast on so I can have some blind knitting for when I'm reading

Yesterday I tore apart the Tiana dress I made for my daughter a few years ago. I'm saving the other princess costumes (except the first Sleeping Beauty dress that wore out), but they never liked playing with this one because it was a really heavy dress.

S2330 - Tiana

I've always liked the gold sateen in the dress, though, so I tore the dress apart to rescue it. It's earmarked for the outer layer of a two-layer corset whenever I make another Victorian/Edwardian corset. I suppose I should be proud of myself; I also took the trim from a ridiculously heavy corset cover I made in college and recycled it for my 1918 combinations this spring.
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My 1690's/1700's stays are boned. The picture doesn't look much different from last time, but here it is.

1690's Stays - Boned Panels

Next up will be sewing them together, but I think I'll do some more knitting first. I've almost gotten to the point I had to rip back from on my pineapple. Another way to put it is that I've nearly gotten to the point of the first set of knobs.

Success!

Jul. 12th, 2016 08:41 am
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I did it! I worked back to the first row of the yellow! There are a couple of rough spots where I dropped stitches into the leaves and did an imperfect job picking them back up, but it's not too noticeable so I'm not going to go back any further. Can I tell you how glad I am that the first yellow row is a plain row?

19th century knit pineapple bag leaves
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I thought I was doing so well on my pineapple. I finished the leaves and then started the fruit. I wasn't quite sure I was doing it right, but I figured I needed to do a bit to be sure. It was wrong so now I get to pick back to the first row after the color change. Not fun. And it's hard to pick up dropped stitches with the beading cord that likes to split and 5-0 needles.

Not fun at all.

In more fun news, I finished a little late 17th century knit purse. It will be good to go with my mantua, and I'm going to use it with my early 17th century stuff until I have better information.

Late 17th Century Purse

The most fun part is that the gauge came out to what the pattern called for when I picked my needles for the way I wanted my stitches to look rather than any kind of measurement. I didn't even check the gauge until the bag was finished. It's the perfect size for driver's license and credit card and cash folded in half.
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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? [livejournal.com profile] nuranar? [livejournal.com profile] koshka_the_cat? I got lots of information from [livejournal.com profile] nuranar's journal (particularly comments from [livejournal.com 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.
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When I bought my ticket to the DFWCG's Costumers' Lost Weekend, I was expecting something like a smaller version of Dress U since that's what it looked like it has been in the past. They changed the format up this year, and it was basically sewing time. I think there was a theme of "Undressed," but I'm not sure how much the theme was followed, and that includes by me.

So I tried to think about what good projects would be and came up with these goals for the weekend.
1. Get a pattern fitted for c. 1700 stays.
2. Get a pattern fitted for the bodice of my 1897 Harper's Bazar dress.
3. Possibly cut out my 1897 dress.
4. Work on my pineapple.

The results of the weekend were
1. I have a fitted pattern for c. 1700 stays.
2. I have a fitted pattern for the 1897 dress' bodice and sleeve linings.
3. I knit a couple of rows of the pineapple.
4. I made all of a little Regency shortgown except for setting half a sleeve.

Needless to say, I finished up the last bit of the shortgown last night so it's off the list. Now I'll need to get worked up enough to put on stays and things to take pictures of the shortgown and petticoat. I also need to take pictures of the 1916 dress so I'm a bit in arrears on pictures.

Now I'll probably spend the next week working on a little project for an aunt and knitting on my pineapple. I think I'm going to focus on it until the leaves are finished. Then I can start on the stays in earnest.

So Close

May. 28th, 2016 03:59 pm
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I think I just have two snaps, one hook and eye, and seven flowers left to finish my 1916 dress. It should be done before the end of the holiday weekend. Then I think I'll have time to put together a crinoline bustle before CLW, which should pack much more nicely than my petticoat with steels and be more appropriate for the Le Baiser dress anyway.

In other updates, the shorts I was making are finished, and I've made progress on the Regency evening bodice. I had to rip out the pineapple and start over - I twisted the stitches when I joined the round so I went to four needles when I cast on again and am much happier about it. At least the second time casting on was rather faster than the first time. My 1912 knit vest is 1.25" short of finishing the back.

We got tons of rain yesterday and Thursday (when I say tons, I mean roads under water and everything), but now the weather seems to have decided it should behave itself for the holiday weekend. It's bright sunshine and 91F.

Next weekend we have a HARS sewing day so that should be fun. We haven't gotten together since the beginning of March due to one thing and another.
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I found something for rings so I'm calling my purse finished. I'm still going to keep my eyes open for better rings. Someone on the Sewing Academy said that the Button Baron carries purse rings so I might check that out.

Shamrock Purse

Shamrock Purse

The Ravelry page is here.

I started my pineapple bag last night. It took two hours or more to cast on and knit the first row. Casting on with beads is definitely not fast. I'm sure it will be much faster after this.
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There's good news and bad news.

Good news: I finished the tassel on my miser's purse!

Shamrock Purse Tassel

Bad news: The rings I ordered are much too big. I tried cutting one down and ruined it. (It turns out the raised decoration is only tack welded at the ends.)

Good news: I have thread and beads for a pineapple bag!

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