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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.
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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.

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Well. Been decidedly not productive lately. Also haven't had access to the home computer. But just figured out I could post via email on my new phone! How cool is that?

I finally got around to drafting another sleeve for the paletot. I've got a pic here somewhere.....I think.

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I've got enough bias strips together to make one long 16yd strip.  And I'm only about 1/2 way there.  *sigh*


Feb. 8th, 2010 10:46 am
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Thinking trim here.  I did a small sample of the trim I have in mind and am not sure where I want to go with it.
trim pics.. )

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Got the bias strips cut out last night.  I used a wave edge rotary cutter, so had to cut a bazillion individual strips.  I'll work on seaming them together and running the ruching today.
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dealt with, though not in the usual way.  Not having enough pink to make a facing (no way was I going to try to fold this up in the usual fashion) I opted for binding.  Once I get the 3+ yds of hem stitched down, I'll then stitch the bound edge down so it has the typical tuck you se in lined jackets.  (not sure that made much sense)
Now it's on to making the bias ruched trim for neckline, cuff, and hem.


Feb. 6th, 2010 08:09 pm
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Was bad and picked up a book, which turned into two, which stalled progress on the paletot.  So.  I've set myself a deadline of Valentine's day to get it done.

Still to do:

Sew down hem facing
Hem lining
Make new sleeve (the original is looking a bit more like a leg 'o mutton than I'd like)
Make and attach bias trim.
Make belt
Tack back pleats down
progress pics so far.... )


Jan. 30th, 2010 08:26 pm
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almost done.  Ben sewing a lot, hope to be done tonight.  Will post more then.
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Maybe.  Long day today, with only about an hour to sew.  Did a little more tweaking to the pattern (more on that in my next post), and got a sleeve sewn up.  Will put in paletot tomorrow and test fit to armscye.  Looks good just pinned on, so, here's hoping....
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The paletot muslin is coming together nicely.   I think my patterning teacher would be appalled if she saw the actual pattern, but the muslin is looking good. 
I got it stitched up and took pics, then realized I forgot to sew up the front darts.  Sooo, back to the machine, and more pics!  Then the Nikon ate some pics, so more pics.

Results of all the picture taking... )
So far, I'm very pleased with how this is coming together.  I'm happy with the fit and am actually diggin' the grapes at the moment.  Perhaps it has something to do with living in wine country....  Whatever, I'm always amazed when I take a tinny 1/8 scale pattern, sized for someone a bit smaller i might add, and turn it into something that fits me!  Boggles my mind every time!  This is why I love sewing!!!  

For tomorrow:  Draft sleeve.  Yikes!  If draft goes smoothly, I'll get the sleeve in and check fit.

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Alright.  that might be a tad strong.  But pleats really annoy me.

I accomplished what I set out to do for today.  Namely trace off patterns, add s.a., and get the paletot cut out I even started stitching the muslin that isn't muslin, and have the back pleats pinned in.  I'll finish basing those suckers down tomorrow, then get the fronts on.
grape plaits! )
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I think.  Through a combination of drafting, flat pattern and draping, I think I've managed to get the paletot patterned.  (Sans sleeve.)  I need to trace off the pattern, and get a muslin sewn up.  Then I'll tackle the sleeve.  Think I'll give Klemm's sleeve draft a try. 

For reference, this is what I'm going for....

April, 1868

I'm toying around with the idea of adding button strips to loop the back and sides up and give it a bustled look.  Might look cute with a pair of jeans.

For Tomorrow :
Trace off pattern
Cut out muslin
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from costume, but not Victorian.  Ever since getting the Grimble books, I've been drooling over the illustration of a Watteau paletot from1868.  I love it so much, I've decided to make it for ever day wear.   So, I spent an hour or so graphing and patterning.  I've got the front scaled up and need to add seam allowances.  Then I'll cut that out, and use it to drape the back, which I think will be easier as it's basically a rectangle with back pleats.  As for the sleeve......well, I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.

So goal for tonight - Add s.a. and cut out front.


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