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I finished M's shift and my chemisette so I am officially finished sewing for San Jacinto next month.

Girl's shift
(I couldn't seem to get a picture that wasn't skewed without getting a big shadow over it.)

1830's Chemisette

While I am officially finished sewing for San Jacinto, I'm debating a little more trim on the bonnet so I may not actually be completely finished. In the meantime, I'm indulging myself in pinball knitting. The boy attended two birthday parties over the weekend, and since he's still at the age where the parents stay for the party, it was really good for my pinball. I'm more than a third of the way through the first side, which is very pleasant for me after having to unravel just about that much last week. I did decide to change directions, and instead of doing the pink flowering branch pinball first, I'm doing the ship with the filled sails instead. I want it finished by June, but as addictive as they are, there's a good chance it will be finished before then. The boy was invited to another birthday party for this Saturday...

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I just wanted to post a status update on my current project list.

18th century cap:
Nope. No progress whatsoever. No progress expected any time soon.

18th century stockings:
Moderate progress. I've done forty-odd rows of the foot. I'm really only working on it while reading right now so it's not expected to go very quickly.

1897 Harper's Bazar dress:
Still on hold. This is waiting until the 1830's dress and bonnet are done.

18th century pinball:
Basically on hold until it's warm enough that I don't want to work on a heavy wool sweater. The cardigan has knitting priority right now.

Aran cardigan:
The back is finished, and I'm about a third of the way through the first front. I just joined in the back of the pocket, which was interesting.

Brown poplin mid-1830's dress:
I cut out a bodice mock-up but haven't gotten around to fitting it yet, but the skirt panels are torn, seamed, faced, and hemmed. As soon as I hem the placket, it will be ready for the waist treatment.

1858 sortie cap:
I started another little knitting project, a sortie cap. It was nice blind knitting, and I did the knitting while reading this week. Wednesday night I raveled out all the stitches, and last night I blocked it. Now I need to do all the making up - it's got more finishing than a lot of knitted items.

Regency shoes:
Last week I dyed some Regency shoes I bought over the summer, and now I want to do a little decorating with ribbons. I want them for a Houston Area Regency Society tea next weekend so they should be done some time this week.

There are rather more projects on hold than I really like to see, but I guess it's not so bad. I'm not quite sure what I'll work on tonight...
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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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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 made a little neck bow to wear with my early 1860's dress. It matches the belt I wear with it when I don't wear my sontag.

Mid-19th Century Neck Bow

I still have enough of this fabric to make a bonnet whenever I get around to it. I keep asking for one of the Timely Tresses kits for Christmas, but needless to say, I don't get it. In the meantime, I have a new rigolette that needs to be worn!

Shoes

Oct. 12th, 2016 12:48 pm
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I finally remembered to take pictures of my early Victorian shoes.

Early Victorian Shoes

Early Victorian Shoes

They're American Duchess Brontes (clearance!) that I dyed green. The dying turned out to be much easier than I had anticipated. It just took me weeks to get around to taking pictures. As others have mentioned, it is hard to take good pictures of your own feet, but I think I managed to get something acceptable. It's nice that the ribbons around the ankles slightly mask the bagginess of the stockings, which are an 1849 pattern.

If I don't make anything else for the San Jacinto battle in April, at least I'll have underwear and be shod!
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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 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 turn-of-the-18th-century smock/shift is approaching completion.

Smock Progress - 7/26/16

The neck ruffle is pieced and hemmed and gathered. The neck band and facing are pieced. I just have to attach the ruffle to the neckband, gather the body, attach it to the neckband, and attach the neckband facing. I'm pretty pleased with it and with how it's coming.

I also started a couple of 1830's petticoats, though they've only had the main seams sewn and the hems pressed up. I wanted something that would move quickly, and running up those seams on the machine hardly took any time at all. Besides, when you're in the mood to work on underwear, you should seize the opportunity! How often does that happen? Two petticoats should be all I need to finish my 1830's underwear, which is definitely worth a little happy dance.

There hasn't been a lot of knitting lately, but I did take a picture of a section of the front piece of my 1860 rigolette, or winter headdress, after I blocked it. I think it's quite pretty.

1860 Knit Rigolette Front Band

I also took a picture of the fichu I made for the Jane Austen Festival since I forgot to take a picture of it on me at the festival itself. (I'm hopeless, am I not?) Sorry about all the creases; I was not interested in ironing it just to take a picture before folding it right back up into the box.

Fichu/Neck Handkerchief

I still have to report on our excursion to Jamestown, but I'm going to wait until after all of the CoCo hullaballoo has passed. I hope [livejournal.com profile] starlightmasque will be as kind as she was last year and post frequent pictures to keep those of us who cannot attend involved. It was really great seeing all those pictures last year.
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Saturday I went to the Jane Austen festival in Louisville. It was a lot of fun and would definitely be worth a return trip. With my usual photographic habits, I managed to take exactly two pictures at the festival at Locust Grove, both of them after 4:00, even though I had been there since a few minutes after 10:00. So you don't get pictures. The people I spent most of the day with didn't do much in the way of picture-taking either so I don't have much to share there.

I did manage to get someone to take some pictures of me at the ball in the evening so I do have those. And I sat out one dance so that I could take pictures of the dancers for a friend.

So here are the official pictures of my little evening bodice. Doesn't it look better on a body than spread on a bed?

1800's White Dress with Evening Accessories

1800's Evening Bodice - Back

Jane Austen Festival Ball

I think the neckline and waistline ended up working very well between the bodice and the dress. This was the first time I took the long sleeves out of my dress and wore it as a short-sleeved dress.

The wrapped turban was done following [livejournal.com profile] jenthompson's tutorial. It was so easy that I was able to take the fabric with me and do it in the bathroom before the ball. I was prepared to go straight from the festival to the ball but fortunately didn't have to. I took the long sleeves, neck handkerchief, hat, and pinball off and put the sleeveless bodice and turban on, and I was ready to go.

My hair behaved itself quite nicely, I think. I did small pin curls with setting lotion, and they lasted pretty well despite the humidity. Here's what they looked like after the ball was over and I was back in the hotel room.

After the Ball

Better than all the costuming stuff was getting to meet some people in person - I spent most of the day with [livejournal.com profile] koshka_the_cat, [livejournal.com profile] girliegirl32786, and [livejournal.com profile] gilded_garb. I also saw [livejournal.com profile] grace_lee_19c for the first time since DressU, though I have to admit I didn't recognize her right off, and I met [livejournal.com profile] tayloropolis and Natalie Ferguson of A Frolic through Time. It was fun talking twins with the latter since hers are roughly the same age as mine. I also met a couple of lovely ladies from St. Louis who were quite friendly at the ball.

I'll get around to discussing other aspects of my trip after I figure out what happened to the pictures.
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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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I decided to make cords out of silk sewing thread for the drawstrings on my reticule so it is now finished. It worked out perfectly that I had four tassels leftover from the trim for my spencer earlier in the year.

A Big Reticule or Small Workbag

It's big enough to hold the little evening bodice I finished Saturday along with the things I normally want to carry to an event and possibly my knitting, though I'll have to check it out with purse and keys and phone and the like.

The shape is from a bag in the Met Museum, but I made it larger than the original. I found some fashion plates where the women are carrying bags that are about the length of their forearms so I decided it was feasible.
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I took a couple of pictures of finished items this morning.

First the evening bodice laid flat on the bed because it doesn't even remotely fit on the dummy, and I didn't care to put on stays and a dress.

Regency Evening Bodice

I used ideas from a couple of fashion plates, particularly this one held by the Museum of London


and this one, though I'm not sure where it comes from


Second the petticoat, which does fit on the dummy reasonably well.

Regency Petticoat - Front

Tan Wool Petticoat - Back

The construction for it is based on a riding habit in Patterns of Fashion. It has pocket slits and hooks and eyelets on the left, but the right side is sewn to the little bodice.
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The Houston Area Regency Society met up for a sewing day yesterday, and it was very nice. We had half a dozen women sitting around the table with our handwork. I really meant to take a couple of pictures, but as happens so often, I was caught up in the event and didn't think about it until afterward.

I finished up my little evening bodice and most of a wool petticoat and sewed the drawstring channel in a reticule. Very satisfactory. (Later in the evening I put tassels on the reticule and finished the wool petticoat. I also cut out the crinoline for a bustle.) I was quite pleased with all I accomplished.
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I finished trimming my 1910's corset last night. If I get all my work done today, I'll try to get pictures of it, but first there's laundry and dusting and dishes and whatever else I think of.

In the meantime, I did snap a picture of it laid flat - er, as flat as it gets, that is.

1910's Corset - Laid Flat

I've also been doing a couple of knitting tests. I played with knitting with beads, which turns out to be much easier than I feared it would, and I tested a pattern for openwork stockings. I wasn't sure how it would look from reading the pattern so I tried it out. It turns out to look like a random array of eyelets. That's really not my thing so I need to try another pattern.



The openwork stocking idea isn't really exciting me right now so that one might get pushed off. Size 30 cotton knits up into a very stiff fabric so I might want to go with wool on these for comfort. I don't want to make more stockings out of the laceweight merino I've been using because I know it really won't hold up in the long term. I might test a couple more patterns, but right now I'm really attracted by the idea of a pineapple reticule, if I like knitting the miser's purse or long purse, whichever term you prefer. The beading cord (thanks, [livejournal.com profile] koshka_the_cat, for recommending it as a substitute for purse twist) is on its way so I'll probably get to start that this week. I guess I should figure out what pattern I'm going to use...
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I feel that I have accomplished quite a bit lately.

I've functionally finished my 1910's corset and am almost halfway through knitting the lace for it. I've nearly finished a petticoat using instructions from a dressmaking book published in 1916. It just needs a hem, which I'm hoping to get to tonight. Then I'll just want one more petticoat to finish the undergarments for my 1916 dress.

I've selected a dress that I want to make for the 1910's event this summer. It's the pink evening dress, but mine will be green. (I'm sure that's the shock of a lifetime.) I've done a little thinking about construction, and I'll probably post my thoughts later as a sanity check.



I've finished knitting one 18th century mitt and cast on the second. They're such completely mindless knitting, and it's always good to have mindless knitting on hand.

I've even managed to do a couple of alterations that I've been meaning to for at least a year now. I cut down the neck on my robe a la piemontaise and cut down the top of my mid-19th century corset. I hate altering things that are finished so this is quite an accomplishment.

Yes, I meant to start every paragraph the same way.
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1. I finished my bonnet for the tea Saturday. It came out well, and I'm going to ask Kaycee to take pictures of it at the tea. She's usually quite obliging, and she takes excellent pictures.

2. Speaking of excellent pictures, I'm very lucky to know people who are willing to take good pictures of my work since I'm a lousy photographer. So thanks to [livejournal.com profile] jenthompson, Kaycee, and Liz. Speaking of Liz, I've got some pictures she took the last time we were in Williamsburg that I want to share. They're the first good pictures of my curtain-along sacque.

3. I made an adjustment to the ribbon corset mock-up, and I'm happy with it. I have all the materials so I'm ready to go with it. I don't think it will be my next project, but it needs to stay near the top of the list.

4. Last night I made the changes to the paper pattern for the 1910's corset pattern that I mocked up a bit ago. I have all the materials for it so I should be starting on it shortly. (Unless it counts as already started because I've already knit a few inches of lace for it!)

5. I've scaled up a pattern draft from 1918 for combination underwear so I'll probably work on that in parallel with the 1910's corset.

6. My new 18th century mitts are progressing. I've gotten to the wrist of the first one and have started widening for the hand.

7. I still haven't gotten around to taking pictures of the petticoat with the knitted lace or the 1870's dress. I have high hopes of doing so this weekend.

Tonight is the girls' school program so I don't know whether I'll get much time to sew, but I'm hoping to find time to cut out the combinations and block the lace I've knit so far. Then I'll be able to estimate how many pattern repeats of lace I'll need for the corset.
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I have three yards of hand-knit lace!

1880's Lace

It took 82 repeats of the pattern and something on the order of 500 yards of thread.

Now I guess I'll have to make up the flounce for the petticoat so I can finish my oldest UFO (started in August).

In other news, I started knitting new 18th century mitts and found that I apparently didn't fix the pattern the first time I made them. They were awfully big, even going down a couple of needle sizes so I ripped it all out and started over again. I guess I should fix that pattern...

And my 1870-ish dress is finished except for the collar and cuffs. It will take awhile to do all the rolled hems, but I'm pretty happy with how it's coming out. No, you don't get pictures because I don't feel like getting all dressed up. (More accurately, things have been very busy so I haven't had time to get all dressed up.)
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I've finished 73 repeats of my petticoat lace. When I blocked a big chunk last month, it came out to 1.5yd for 40 repeats so 80 repeats should give me 3yd. I'll finish knitting 80 and block it before I bind off just to make sure I've got the whole 3yd. I've definitely gotten faster than one repeat per hour and now know the pattern so well that I can read a book while knitting except that I have to look for the k2t and psso bits.

It sounds like I'll be swatching those new mitts quite soon!

I have the ribbon for my hood so I should be able to finish it tonight. And my dress is close to done except for the collar and cuffs. I have half the trim sewn on and half of it pinned on. The collar and cuffs will take awhile since they have to have rolled hems, and I don't do those quickly. Then I baste the skirt to the bodice and put on a few hooks and thread eyes and tack up the skirt draping, and it will be done. It will take awhile, but it feels like it's nearly finished.

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