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I finished off the petticoats for my 1830's underwear, and I tried it all on last night. Sorry, no pictures. I think the silhouette is pretty good, though I still need to make sleeve puff things before I do the dress. I did find that I need to add just a little boning to my 1820's stays to be able to wear them for the 1830's. They bunch up a bit at the waist, which is fine for the 1820's with its raised waist, but by the time the waist is back to the natural waist (or really close to it) in the 1830's, it's not going to work. Rather than making new stays just for the 1830's, I'm going to add bones at the center back and possibly on the side seams.

Now the big project for the weekend is kitchen painting. We'll see whether I get time to start the turn-of-the-eighteenth-century mantua over the weekend or not.
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Well, I cast on another pair of 18th century stockings. They're yellow fingering weight wool on size 4/0 needles. From what I've read, they should probably be sport weight wool, but I'm making a concession to the Texan climate.

At least as I add this project, I am taking others away. I finished one of my 1830's petticoats a couple of days ago and should finish the second one tonight
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I finished off a crinoline bustle last night.

Crinoline Bustle

It's made following instructions from an 1868 issue of Harper's Bazar. I substituted cotton crinoline for horsehair and a tape at the waist for the cord at the waist, but otherwise I think I followed the instructions pretty well. The HEARTH website has all the instructions online, but they can also be found on page 476 of Reconstruction Era Fashions.

I think my project explosion of a few weeks ago has now been largely resolved. I'm down to the 1912 vest, which is on hold until I order more yarn, the pineapple bag, and a Regency shortgown. It's been nice doing a few quick and easy projects because my next project will be a set of c. 1700 stays.
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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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They were just a little filler project, but I finished knitting a new pair of garters. They're the same old pattern from Godey's that everyone has done (and I've done twice before myself), but it never hurts to have more garters.

1862 Wool Garters

I was sloppy about color changes, but I really don't care. I mean, they're garters.
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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.
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I finished off my 1871 knitted fanchon on Friday and my 1849 stockings last night. Now I'm going to start working on a bonnet. We'll see how far I get in a week.

I'm not really one for setting goals for the new year, but I will say that this year I hope to do more with hair and headwear and do some Victorian costuming now that I'm not in an area where nearly all of my costuming events will be 18th century or Regency. I actually like the Victorian era better than the Georgian era, but you wouldn't know it from my costume collection.
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I finished my combinations this afternoon. I thought I had finished them Saturday until I realized that the reason the sleeves were such a pain to put in is that I had put them in upside down. Now, you wouldn't think you could do that after sewing for 20+ years, but I did it. And I don't know what made me think the concave curve should be the sleeve head and the convex curve should be the hem, but I made the mistake at the beginning of the project and never thought twice. Anyway, new sleeves were made up Sunday, inserted yesterday, and felled today so they're done, for real this time. See, I even have pictures.

1880s Combinations - Front

1880s Combinations - Back

And for good measure, here are the children's Christmas ornaments this year.

2014 Christmas Ornaments

Last night I started a knitted fanchon from a pattern given in the April 8, 1871 issue of Harper's Bazar. I tried it first on size 5-0 needles, but it was turning out too small so I switched to 3-0 needles, and it seems okay after 45 rows. I don't think it will take too long to make up.

I also turned the heel of my 1849 stocking last night, which is an exciting point for me. From here on it's pie, granted between 150 and 200 rows of pie, but pie nonetheless.
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Just a progress report. We goofed off yesterday afternoon, and I spent my time sewing.

1849 stockings: I am happy to report that I have gotten so far in my knitting as to divide for the heel and knit a sixth of the heel flap. It's the little things that are exciting in life.

1890's corset: Done! Well, I still need to make up a second lace for it because I found in trying it on that I don't like the single lace with "handles" at the waist. I like two separate laces.

1880's combinations: I've made good progress. Next up are the buttonholes, which I want to put in before I assemble everything into a full garment. I've skipped sewing the darts for now so I can fit them on myself.

Christmas ornaments: Done! The glue is drying, but they'll be on the tree later today.

Since I spent most of the afternoon sewing, I read before bed and finished up Murder in E Minor. Robert Goldsborough really captures the feel of a Nero Wolfe book, though I was a little disappointed in some of the plot points.
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I just thought I'd post an update on the projects I have in progress.

1849 stockings: I'm a little over halfway through the decreases between calf and ankle. It doesn't sound like much, but I'm thrilled. It takes a long time to knit something twenty rows to the inch, particularly when you really only knit when you're out and about.

1890's corset: I've finished the machine work. I just need to sew down the binding on the inside and finish the flossing, which is about 3/8 finished.

1880's combinations: The first round of seams is finished, and I've started hemming bits and pieces. They're still in their infancy, but progress occurs, even if it's slow.

I have high hopes for finishing the corset this week, but that depends upon whether I am good about spending the hour every evening that I've allotted myself on a little pre-work cross-stitching for next year's Christmas ornaments.
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I don't have any major milestones to post, though to me it's something of a milestone that my 1849 stocking now has the same number of stitches in a row that I cast on. I've finished narrowing the stitches that were increased for the calf. I've continued to work on cross-stitching a bit and have finished the cat on one of next year's ornaments. Tonight I'll start working on the other of next year's ornaments. I'll do about as much on it as I've done on this one then happily put Christmas needlework away until November.

I also continued working on my 1890's corset until I found I needed a few supplies. And I don't know where to find that stuff locally so I had to place another order, which will possibly arrive tomorrow. Anyway, it's a quarter of the way bound and about three-eighths of the way flossed. It's going pretty well, and I expect good progress once I have my parts.

Yesterday I started drafting a set of combinations out of Bustle Fashions 1885-1887 rather than using the set from Vintage Lingerie. I realized that I didn't really know how much ease there should be in something like this so using the 1880's draft should help establish that. Hopefully, I'll finish drafting the pattern today, but since I'm going to put a coat of paint on my daughter's room today, I don't know that I'll get to it.

I'm not sure that I'm going to keep going on the 1890's setup just at present. I have the fabric for an 1880's dress, and I'm intrigued by the collapsing cage bustles so I think I might switch tacks. I figure the 1880's combinations will suit for the 1890's and the 1890's corset will suit for the 1880's so the only things I've worked on so far are flexible that way. It's been awhile since I started from the skin out in a new era, and there's so much to do to have something you could wear out and about.
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I did a lot of knitting over the Thanksgiving break. Between waiting for the turkey to cook and a drive up to Dallas and back, I knit seventy rows of my 1849 stocking. It doesn't look like much; it's just 3.5" longer. Still, I only have about a dozen more rows until I get to start decreasing, and then the rows will slowly get faster.
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After thirteen months, I've finished my 1868 green silk dress. I put it on to take pictures, though they're not the best because I was using the camera timer and had to do some experimenting to find where to take the pictures.

I love the line of the skirt from the side.
1868 Green Silk Dress - Side

Other pictures and progress behind the cut...

Other pictures and progress behind the cut... )
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I took pictures of my stocking while I had the camera out for other reasons. I'm nearly to the point where I'll start narrowing for the toe, but not just yet.

Here it is on me:
1849 Stocking Progress 9-18

And here it is laid flat:
1849 Stocking Progress 9-18

I had expected the Dutch heel to fit a little closer to my heel, but somehow it doesn't. It's still not as much of a point as a common heel, and it was easier than the three-needle bind-off of a common heel. I haven't been thrilled with this pattern. Even with taking in several stitches, it's still a little baggy through the ankle though the calf and foot fit fine.
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I made really good progress on my 1849 stocking almost two weeks ago. I was on the ninetieth row of the foot. Then I did four rows the following week and have done six rows so far this week. Life has just gotten in the way. I probably have fifteen or twenty rows to go before I start decreasing for the toe, though it could well end up being more. Still, I'm hoping things pick up a bit now.

Sorry, no pictures. I didn't have the camera handy when I tried it on this afternoon...maybe tomorrow. I'll have to have the camera out for something else, so maybe I'll manage then.


Sep. 1st, 2014 06:11 am
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Since my sewing box is currently packed away, and I don't have a big enough needle available to sew the buttons on my knitted corset, the corset is going to stay folded in my knitting bag for a bit longer.

Instead I've been back to work on stockings. I'm not thrilled with the fit through the ankle, but I decided not to rip out a hundred rows again and just started on the heel flap. Anyway, I'm twenty-three rows into the heel flap with thirty-three to go before I start the short rows of the Dutch heel.

I should be back to sewing by the end of the month, and am I looking forward to it! You know you haven't been sewing much when you're glad you get to fix the binding on your son's blanket and the hem on your husband's pants.
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It's very depressing ripping out 150 out of 360 rows of knitting. My stocking got much shorter.

On the other hand, I got the the first bust gore on the current iteration of my 1868 knitted corset today. So far it looks like #3 thread on size 0 needles will work. At least the length seems right. The breadth is yet to be determined.

We should be finished with the house by this time next month, and then I'll have free time again. I hope!
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I haven't been sewing lately, but I have been knitting while riding around in the car. Having ripped apart the 1868 knitted corset I started because the gauge was way off, I have been working on one of a pair of 19th century stockings. I have almost finished the decreases for the leg and tried it on for the first time since I started the decreases. It's too big. I'm going to have to rip out a hundred rows and make more frequent decreases if I don't want really baggy ankles. Urg.

I think I might start take two of the corset while I get up the will to pull apart all that work.


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