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After much cursing of the lining that isn't pink, I managed to get the sleeve lining sewn together.  I need to hand stitch it in today, then I can call the blasted sleeves done.  Except for the hemming and trimming of course. 

And speaking of trimming, I've decided to go with virginiadear 's most excellent suggestion of jet beads.  Faux in this case.  So the plan is to get all the ruffles on, putting it in a wearable state, then start adding the beads.

As the rest of the work on this is all hand work, it'll become my carry along project.  A mom's gotta have something productive to do while her daughter is at therapy.   Also good for sitting in front of the t.v. and watching Project Runway. 

I also worked on, wait for it.....the corset.  *gasp*  I know, it's been ages since I touched it.  Poor thing has been gazing forlornly at me from the corner of my sewing table for months.  I got 4 more boning channels sewn on, I'll do some more tonight.  I'd like to get this done by the 15th.  Compleatly doable if I work on it every night.  then I can get started on my long planned 1893 Empire.

Ah ha!

Mar. 29th, 2010 08:16 pm
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I HAVE SLEEVES!  There are actually sleeves on my paletot.  I still need to add lining to the sleeves, but, I HAVE SLEEVES!  And even a little trim.  Pics tomorrow, when I;ll hopefully have a little sunlight.  The rain is back.  *sigh*
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and I finally have a sleeve for the paleto.  I've lost track of how many times I've redrafted the little blighter, but I'm finally satisfied. 


The Muslin, basted in.  It took three tries to get it positioned so that there is no pulling to cause unsightly wrinkles.

Now, of course, I've got to cut it in the velveteen and pink satin.  I feel like I  can see the light at the end of the tunnel on this one.
Here's what's left:
cut and insert sleeves
add rouched trim
add belt
 
I think I can make my deadline of the end of this month now.  Then it's on to finish the Victorian corset.  (after 2 years of putting it off)
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I think I've got the sleeve for the paletot worked out.  I sewed the latest draft up, an it looks pretty good.  I'll need to shorten it by 1/2" at the elbow, and widen it an inch from the elbow down.   It's got a nice bit of ease from the elbow up, which is what I want in a jacket, but it's fairly tight once it passes the elbow.  It would be uncomfortable worn over long sleeves.   Of course, this meens another muslin to check everything.   I'll do the patterning tonight, then get the muslin taken care of tomorrow.   Wish me luck!
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The sleeve has been traced and cut. Tomorrow for the sewing.

Night.
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Granted,it's not much, but it's something.
I bring you the finished chemise..... )
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Kinda.
Tonight was my last class, and I presented the Archery gown as my final project.  It's not completely done, but I could wear it, and J was able to see where I am headed.  And I got an A+!  Yippee!
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 Well, I didn't get as much done last night as I had hoped.  
So here is where I stand....
Skirt attached.
Neck line trim stitched down.
Sleeve trim in the process of being stitched down.
To do tonight:
Hem skirt and apply trim.
Tomorrow:
Finish lower sleeve.  (Got frustrated with them today)
Finish stitching sleeve trim.

I've cheated on closures.  For now I am using snaps.  They will eventually be changed to hook & eye, but the snaps were faster.  And right now It's all about speed!

Ive also decided to go ahead and make the lower sleeve detachable.  I foresee wearing this in late Sept.  Around here you never know if your going to be baking or freezing in Sept.  So this gives me options.

Pics to come soon! 

*Edit*  
Also need to apply the ribbon at waist seam.
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As of right now I have 2 days and three nights to finish the Archery Gown! 
Still to do:
Attach skirt.  
  I plan on doing this tonight.
Make lower sleeve. 
  also tonight if time
Finish trim for skirt.
  probably tomorrow
Bind lower edge of upper sleeve.
  Tonight
Stitch down trim on bodice and sleeves.
  hand sewing when ever possible.
Mark hem and apply binding.
  Wednesday (I hope)

Now what I have been doing the last two days.

Gotta go feed the kid now, then it's back to work!


   

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 I have indeed been working on the Archery gown.  When last I wrote, I had everything cut out and had made the trim.
I now have actual sewing progress, and even a few pics to prove it!
Now, It's off to get ready for a birthday party!
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I was able to get most of the Archery gown pinned and cut last night.  I have only to  cut the back skirt.  I also decided I didn't have enough trim, so spent about an hour working on that. 
 
I did realize while cutting that I don't have any ribbon to cover the empire seam like they have in the original.  Guess that means a trip to the fabric store.  I also realized I have not made the pattern for the trim on the bottom.  I'm still trying to decide how wide I want it.  I think I'll pin the skirt to Gemma and try out different widths.

So, some progress, but nothing worth hauling the camera out for.

(It's May and it's going to be 97 deg. today.  I hate the heat!)
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After an hour and a half of pinning, sewing, and pressing, I have trim!

 
Now I can move on to the good stuff!
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 Have I ever mentioned how much I *HATE* making bias binding?   Well, I do.  I spent 2 hours last night fiddling with the stuff and it's still not done.  *sigh*

At Last!

Apr. 13th, 2008 09:32 am
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After an exhaustive search of the internets, and fabric stores, I have found the main fabric for the Archery gown!  The search started in Jan., when I first decided to make the gown and ended yesterday at 4:45pm at Stone Mountain Daughter .  

 
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But I have actually been sewing, and even made some progress on the Archery dress.  And I even have photographic evidence!
I finely got around to pulling a pattern off the drape of the bodice and even got that cut out and stitched together.  I'm pretty happy with how it turned out and will only be making a couple of small changes.
I was a little concerned that it would fit strangely as Gemma is a little larger than me and the drape looked horrific on me.  But it looks like we are about the same proportion after all.  I guess breathing in all that foam dist was worth it.

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