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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: )

Hallowe'en

Nov. 1st, 2016 11:53 am
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The children resupplied their candy last night.


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Last night was the Montgomery County Choral Society's first concert of the season. They had so much fun doing their Disney concert last year that they decided to do another one this year. They encouraged children to come in costume, and my father, who is one of their members, wanted my children to help hand out trinkets to the children who attended. They also encouraged choir members to come in costume or Disney paraphernalia. They wanted people to dress up to mingle with the audience during the dinner before the concert too so I volunteered to dress up as Elizabeth Swan from The Pirates of the Caribbean because she was the only character I could think of for whom I had a costume that would answer reasonably well. I wasn't going to make something new for this when there are more historical events to be sewing for!

So my father dressed as a pirate in my husband's pirate costume, E dressed as Sleeping Beauty, M dressed as Pocahontas, and MT dressed as Shere Khan.

Disney concert

I think everyone had lot of fun. The only downside was that they do the fall concert on a Tuesday so that they don't interfere with football, and we didn't get the children to bed until 9:30. I hope they're not too much of a pain today!

I wore the curtain-along sacque and my new shift. I'm not usually into the ruffle showing around the neckline, but it's the way she wore it in the movie so that's what I did. I also did the single curl down the neck, which I wouldn't have done if she hadn't had one in the movie. Still, I'm very pleased with how my hair came out. Maybe I'm starting to become moderately competent with hair-styling.

Hairstyle
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Here's the last of the Hallowe'en costumes. They were all made from the same pattern and were all quite easy. I don't much care for sewing with fleece, and I had to grade the pattern up for the girls, but overall a quick and easy project.

Cheetah
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One of my daughters in her Hallowe'en costume. It really doesn't look like her, but it is indeed she. She's some kind of a jaguar or something; she picked the fabric.

Blue jaguar

Tiger

Aug. 12th, 2016 11:44 am
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There's been a little non-historical sewing around here lately as I try to get the children's Hallowe'en costumes finished before school starts. I just don't know how much time I'll have to sew this fall so I wanted to do them early again this year.

The boy wanted to be a tiger.

Tiger - Front B6995

Tiger - Back B6995

I think it turned out to be very cute, but I have learned that sewing fleece is a bit obnoxious. At least the edges don't have to be finished!
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I've finished the girls' Hallowe'en costumes. They wanted to be rock stars, especially after my mother told them they could spray their hair colors.

They picked all the fabrics. I had nothing to do with it except for banning something that was $25/yd and sewing everything together.

Rock Stars

The boy wanted to be Percy the tank engine, but since my artistic ability approaches zero, I took the easy way out and bought him a costume. There was no way I could make him anything that would look decent, and while there are some interesting tutorials out there for building engines for kids to wear, I'm not crafty. He's cute anyway, and he'll wear jeans for the actual night. Since the girls were having their picture taken, of course, nothing would do but that he put on his costume and have his picture taken too.

Percy

I don't yet know what I'm going to wear, but I've got four new dresses that have never been worn (counting the remodeled dress that hasn't been worn since being remade) so I've got options and lots of time to think about it.
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I've been binding away on my stays and I'm more than half-finished with the tabs. Give me a few more days, and I'll be done with that. Assuming no hiccups, they'll be lined and finished by the end of the week.

I've also been knitting away on my pinball project, and I finished the knitting on the first half. I'm not posting pictures now because I'm making this one as a gift, and I don't want to share until it's in the recipient's hands. I will share later.

I've made lots of progress on the girls' Hallowe'en costumes. They both want to be very gaudy rock stars so the sewing isn't very interesting, but it's going quickly. The tops just need the sleeves set and the armscyes bound (sheer fabrics having a way of being prickly, you know), the skirts still need waistbands and hems, and there's some hemming on other pieces, but at the rate I'm going they'll be finished by the end of the week next week. Then I'll wash the tablecloth that is being inundated with glitter.
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I finally managed to take pictures of my son's complete Hallowe'en costume when the children were playing dress-up the other night. He hates the hat because the base is too small and is tight around his throat, but I convinced him to let me put it on him for a few minutes so I could take pictures. And so I give you Olaf.

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It's hard to photograph because you can either see the boy's face, or you can see the Olaf face, but not both simultaneously.

Done!

Oct. 26th, 2014 08:12 am
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I made the Olaf hat for my son's Hallowe'en costume so I am officially finished with Hallowe'en sewing.

Now I've got two princess dresses to finish in two weeks for my daughters' birthday. Fortunately, one is well under way. I bought fabric for the other yesterday. With all the people making Frozen costumes for Hallowe'en, the only blue satin that JoAnn's had was navy or turquoise. Neither was suitable for Sleeping Beauty so she's getting a new pink one instead of the blue one she asked for. Her old pink one is in sad shape, and pink is her favorite color so I doubt she'll be all broken up.
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I have finished the body of the Olaf costume for my son. I think it's pretty decent. Of course, there's still the head to do...

Olaf before head

I played hooky a little this morning and laid out the navy blue parts of a Merida dress for one of my daughters for her birthday. I cut out the ivory parts last week, but I modified the petticoat from the one given in the pattern (Simplicity 1557). I just couldn't see cutting a gored petticoat for a historical-type costume so I tore two full-width panels for the body of the petticoat and four full-width strips for the ruffle around the hem. I am continuing the elastic waist because, after all, it is for a rapidly-growing child, not to mention the lack of hips at that age.
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You know you do more historical sewing than modern sewing when you decide that the best way to proceed with a 3-year-old's snowman costume is with a spaced backstitch, pleating down the fabric from the outside.
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I finished the girls' mermaid costumes yesterday. They're an almost un-altered size 5/6 from McCall's 5498. I had read reviews that indicated that it was the mermaid costume pattern with the best design for walking.

I forgot to buy crinoline when I was initially purchasing fabric, and JoAnn's is a bit out of the way so I stopped at Hobby Lobby one day looking for crinoline. They didn't have any so I decided to try out buckram. It made nice, stiff fins, but it also means that the costumes won't be washable. Since I used pretty junky satin for them, I don't think they'll hold up like the others have, but the girls don't wander around all day in costumes like they used to either.

The only other change I made was taking about 2" tuck in the skirt so that the fins wouldn't drag the ground.

Without further ado, here they are in their costumes.

Mermaids

Beached Mermaids

They insisted that I take the second picture where they are posed as mermaids really would be.

Now I've started the boy's Olaf costume. This one will require a little more creativity because there isn't a pattern for a snowman that I've found. So I'm using the tunic from Simplicity 5520 as a base that I'll build something around. (There's nothing particularly special about that pattern; it's just one I already had.) I'm making legs by using the pants from the vampire view of Simplicity 2571, again because I had had it lying around. I've started a hood from the 5520, but I think I saw an Olaf winter hat somewhere that would probably be a lot easier and not terribly expensive...plus it could come in handy this winter, if it gets cold enough.

I'm hoping Olaf won't take too long because the girls' birthday is coming up, and they want some new princess dresses.
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While I've had the fabrics for a couple of weeks, I finally got the pattern for the girls' Hallowe'en costumes on Sunday afternoon. I spent the next three evenings cutting everything out and started sewing last night. Now I've got two partial bodices and a partial skirt and a whole pile that only has pinned darts so far. There are a lot of little darts in the costumes this year!

The good news is that I figured out how to set up the TV for the channels here. The bad news is that sound travels much better in this house and the children don't want to go to bed so they complain about any noise I make right after they go to bed. Okay for reading or hand-sewing, not so great for machine-sewing.
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My sewing hiatus is officially over. I've started back to work on my 1868 green silk dress and am just waiting for the pattern to start the girls' Hallowe'en costumes.

It is not outside the realm of possibility that I might finish my dress tonight. It's really sad to think that I started it over a year ago. I had meant to wear it for last Hallowe'en.
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The end of my sewing hiatus approaches. I still have about another week before I can start sewing again, but I bought fabrics for the girls' Hallowe'en costumes today so I'm heading that way. Since they didn't have the pattern in the right size, I'll probably get to finish my dress first. It's so close to finished - just one more row of trim and basting the bodice to the skirt. I've even already got the collar and cuffs basted in.
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I took pictures of the girls' Hallowe'en costumes tonight.

Little Witch

Pink Fairy

The girls are pleased with how they came out, and so am I.
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The Hallowe'en costumes are finished! I put in the last stitch and immediately turned around to work on the 18th century bodice pattern Carrie Midura draped on me at Dress U. It hasn't been touched since we returned from Dress U four months ago. I've got a muslin cut out and plans to do any refinement of fit with a friend on Sunday.

I made the decision to leave my 1868 dress on hold a little longer while I finish up my husband's cross-stitched lady and make a 1780's jacket. I want the jacket for Holidays at Smithfield and the 1868 dress couldn't possibly be done by Hallowe'en so reprioritization time again. I really don't usually keep rearranging my sewing plans like this, but sometimes things happen.

Now what to do tonight? I can either work on cross-stitching or start doing more quilting on my 1780's bum pad that I made this summer that just doesn't have the oomph I wanted out of it. I'm hoping that more quilting and possibly resetting the waist will help.

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