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Ever since [livejournal.com profile] hruggles mentioned it, I've been toying with the idea of going to October Crown. This would of course necessitate new garb, most likely of the 13th/14th century variety. So, when a friend of mine gave me 31yds of linen, in varying hues at 3yds or more each, my mind started working overtime. Now, I'll be the first to admit that my knowledge of medieval fashion is limited to what I learned in my History of Costume class, so I am by no means an expert here, but I do know what I like.
So, I think I'm going for a fitted dress, probably between 4 and 6 gores, with a cyclas over the top. Haven't decided on colours yet, depends on how much fabric the mock up takes, which I won't know until I actually make the pattern.

E also needs a new frock. Her pink faire frock still fits, I just need to let down the hem, but she nerds a new undergown. I'll most likely use the celery green linen, 'cause, you know, pink and green rock. For the pattern, I'm pretty sure I'll be using a Norse underdress pattern found at silverdor.org. Looks very much like a T-tunic when done. (hruggles has made a couple, so I've seen the pattern in action.)

Before I get started on all these new projects though, I need to finish the paletot. The weather is cool enough in the mornings to be able to enjoy it, and it continues to glare at me from its spot on the dress form.

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It's been a crazy week so far, with more to come this weekend! 

We had E's B-day party on Sunday, and except for the bee sting it went really well.  All the kids had a great time playing in the water.

Monday, I took E over to her school so she could ride her new scooter.  She is really getting the hang of it!  Being that she is balance challenged, we  were a little worried as to how it would go.  While at the school, we were able to visit with her teacher from last year.  I'm hoping to take her over on Friday, so she can see her new teacher before school starts Monday.

Tuesday was her actual Birthday.  She wanted to go to Cattleman's, a local steak house for dinner.  I  called ahead and told them it was her b-day.   We had no idea what a fuss they would make over her.  After dinner, our waitress cme over and asked if she would like to go into the kitchen and make an ice cream sundae.  Do you know any 7 year old who would say no?  Everyone trooped into the back and she made  a huge treat!  When we got back to the table, the whole waitstaff came running over, popped a cowboy hat on her head, and sang her a birthday song.  She was thrilled!

Wednesday, we had E's appointment with the autism Dr.  She has stumped another expert.  Dr. P. still has to write his report, but he told us she has some of the markers for Aspergers, though her social skills are better than the typical child with AS.  He also said she showed some signs of NVLD, as well as some behaviors he didn't know where to place.  So, now we wait to see what happens.

As far as sewing goes, E's smock is almost done.  It just needs a hem.  Once that is done I can hem the pink outer dress and work the eyelets.  I've started the corset cover thingy for the Venetian, just need to finish stitching the voil to the duck.  I need to add hook and bars to the bodice and skirt so I don't get an unsightly gap.  I also need to put one on the corded petticoat.  Then I'm done and ready for faire on Saturday!  Hope I can get it all done. 
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is that when your sick of looking at one, there is always another waiting for you.   So, being sick to death of the trim on the Archery Gown, I picked up E's Faire Frock and got the front facing stitched down.  The fabric is so soft, that the needle slips through like butta, a nice change from the shoe leather bias tape of the Archery.

All that's left to do on the over dress are the eyelets (yes they will be hand worked) and the hem, which has to wait until I get the smock finished.  So, I'm feeling pretty good about this one.
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 Well, thanks to a rip roarin'  headache yesterday, I didn't get much of anything done.  The only thing I did manage was getting the interfacing for the Archery Gown that I cut out Monday, fused to the pink fabric and cut out.  

After doing that, I started to re-think my plan for attaching it to the black velveteen.  I had originally thought to use the machine to satin stitch it down, but now I'm not so sure.  


So far today, i have managed to measure and cut out the smock for E's Faire Frock.  I have to wait to get started on the actual sewing until I measure how wide to make the neck opening.  Because I wasn't thinking when I made the overdress, the neckline will need to be more rounded that is typical, and will most likely need to be laced up the back.

Now, it's off to do the laundry, then a little break before I get back to work!
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We had a very busy weekend!  On saturday we took a drive out the the forest.   We had lunch and went for a nice walk.  E loves to climb into the holes in redwood trees!  But then, so did I when I was a kid.  
Then we had to go grocery shopping.  And of course, had an attack of sticker shock.  It's appalling how much the price of food has gone up.

Sunday, we headed over to Marine World.  Again.  E's best friend's b-day is coming next Sunday, and we wanted to pick up a few gifts for her.   She wants a "soft shark" and "soft dolphin" (plush), so we got those, as well as a shirt and a necklace with a dolphin charm that has her name on it.  We had a lot of fun.  The weather was nice, and the lines were short, for the most part.  

E started camp yesterday.  She is very excited to be spending the next two weeks with her best friend!

After taking the car in for service, I thought I would have the whole day to sew.  Didn't happen.  I got a call from my sister, saying my aunt was at her house and wanted to see me.  So, I went over there, and now have even more sewing added to my list of already epic proportions!

On the sewing front:

On Saturday, I only got around to sewing the bodice lining down on E's Faire Frock.  Sunday I was to tired to do anything.  So we watched a movie.  (side note:  If you have not seen 'There Will Be Blood' don't.  D and I couldn't see what all the hype was about.)  Yesterday,  I spent what little time I had in the afternoon futzing around with Gemma.  She was still a bit bigger than me in all the places that matter.  I got her down to a more reasonable size and added soutache braid to all the seam lines.  The lines on the cover are not quite as accurate as I would like, especially the side seams.   I also re-worked the pattern and cut out the interfacing for the trim on the Archery Gown.



 
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Once bitten by the sewing bug, I couldn't not do something about it.  With D turning in early last night, all I had room for was cutting out/marking the corset.  So I did!  Yay!  the first sewing related thing I've done in months, and it feels good.  Tonight I plan on getting started on E's faire frock.  That really must come first, as She will need it in the next month.  Hopefully I will now be able to find the will to finish the Archery gown.  It looks so forlorn, hanging on Gemma, just wanting the finishing touches.
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Now that E is back to her usual happy self, I have gotten back to sewing.  Last night I started draping the skirt for the  Archery gown.  I think I have the front the way I want it but am not sure about the back.  Because E was sick on Thursday, I missed my class, and so missed the demo/lecture on this type of skirt.  So, I'm just winging it.  I can't go much further with it anyways, I have to do some of it in class.
It was only 9:00 when I decided I'd taken that as far as I should, so I decided to get a start on my Modern Regency dress.   I'm using the Sense and Sensibility pattern for this one.I've not made this dress before and so need to do a mock up.  I had a few yards of black cotton hanging around that I decided to use for the toil.  If it works out, and fits properly, I'll add some pink trim and have a bonus dress!  I might even have it ready by to wear when I go with friends to see the J.C.'s production of  "Pride and Prejudice", How fun would that be?  I prepped the pattern and cut and marked everything, so tonight I will stitch it together.  Maybe I'll have progress pics tomorrow.
I've also made progress on the patterning for E's Faire Frock.  I thing I'm going to add curved side back seams to make it look a little more period.
That pretty much sums it up for now

Spring!

Apr. 14th, 2008 03:56 pm
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Ahhh, spring is here.  In my small corner of the world we have been having the most glorious weather!  And the roses are in bloom.  Even on my sickly little bush!

 

As far as sewing goes,   I think I'll spend tonight working on the pattern for E's fair frock.  I'd love to be working on the Archery dress, but alas, I forgot to take the bodice mock up to class last week.  And as this is a school project, I have to drape some of it in class.  I suppose I could start cutting out the bodice, but I think I'll wait until I have the skirt finalized, just to be sure I have enough fabric.
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The scanner is alive and well.  So, as promised here is my lame sketch of what I plan on making E to wear to faire this summer.

As you can see, I am leaning toward a very simple kirtle over a smock.  She still loves to get down in the dirt and play, so I don't want to go with anything fancy.  Also, given that she has a tendency to fall, I want something she won't have to worry about ruining.  I've seen this style worn at faire, and as we are only play-trons it should be ok.
ON TO THE ARCHERY GOWN
I took my 2nd toil to class last night and had JJ (my instructor) check the fit.  It has been given the green light.  Now I just have to find an appropriate fabric!  The original is in wool, but I'm not sure I want to go that route.  I've been trolling the "internets" for weeks and have found nothing I like, guess I have to break down and make that trip into the city.

 

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