Monday, June 28, 2010

Bits and Bobs

Didn't do too much actual work on the weekend. I touched up the sewing where the dress and shoulder bands meet up on the Chemise a la Reine and pinned my sleeves in place. Things are actually looking pretty good. Sewing the sleeves in place will be a completely different story, but I'll worry about that a little while later.

I did go shopping for supplies on Saturday. I picked up a cotton/linen blend fabric for a quick shift to go under the Chemise a la Reine. I also picked up some white silk taffeta to dye blue for the sash. I'm hoping to do the dyeing today while the house is clear of people. Heh.

I also picked up some more fabric and fur bits, and ordered some corset supplies online for my Secret Steampunk cosplay. Heh. Afterwards spent a good hour and half in Rona picking up bits and bobs for this one as well. I'm getting excited.

Sewing and dyeing to come, as soon as I finish my maki.

ETA: Dyed the fabric and it looks pretty good. It came out lighter than the intended colour, which is what I was going for. Unfortunately there are a few splotchy spots along the corners. My pot was a little too small for the amount of fabric that needed to be dyed. Sigh. It's not too bad though. I'm going to do my best to avoid using those areas. It's still drying, so I'm hoping it might lighten up a little bit yet. I also managed to handsew on one of the sleeves. Going to definitely sew the other one on before the day is over. I'm going to sew the sleeves on by machine hopefully also today.

ETA: Dyed fabric is dried and pressed. The colour is actually perfect. The white splotchy areas look like cloud streaks, it's actually kind of nice in most areas. I really love the colour. Yay!

ETA: Finished sewing on the second sleeve.

ETA: Pre-washed my cotton/linen fabric for the shift. I'm really excited to make it, I have no idea why.

Friday, June 25, 2010


Made my sleeves. Now I need to attach them. *headdesk*

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Chemise a la Reine Progess Pictures

Did some more work today, and so there are quite a few progress pictures to add. Yay.


The Chemise in Progress

My Jewellery pieces

Next on my to-do list will be the sleeves (I've decided to go with fitted sleeves), neckline and cuff ruffles, the gathers around the waist and, lastly, the hem.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Voila la Voile

Got back to working on the actual dress part of my Chemise a la Reine project today. I'm really aiming to have most of it done this week, which I think is possible. I redid the gathers on the back today and now I am just trying to figure out the best way to attach the shoulder bands to the rest of the dress. Much easier said than done when I'm all by myself trying to figure out if everything is positioned correctly with just quick looks over my shoulder in the mirror. Not very efficient, and for the most part, not really working out too well.

I have everything on the dress form now, if that will help with this at all, but the form is far from my actual size, so I'm weary of trying to fit the gown while it's on there. Sigh. I'll figure it out, but it's taking a little more trial and error than I expected.

Thursday, June 17, 2010


The stays are fully bound! Yay! The tabs looks a little ... iffy. But, it's done. That's what counts right now.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Steppin' Out

Did a little shoe refurb yesterday. So excited!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Feeling a little Frilly

Today I made a delicious little delight of a hat to go with my chemise a la reine. It's a straw hat with the brim turned up at the back (secured with a pin and pearls). Decorated with a cream box pleated ribbon, accented with a thin pink grosgrain ribbon, a white ostrich feather, plump pink peony and brooch of pearls and diamond rhinestones. I think it's glorious and everything was handsewn onto it. I just need to attach some ribbon to hold it onto my head and it is all finished!

Not bad for a hat I picked up from Value Village for $1.99.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Bound Up Some More

I've finished binding both sides of the top of the stays. I'm still only half way through binding the bottom edge, sigh. I'm going to try to do some more work on that some time today though.

Other Updates:
  • I've got a domain for a new costumes site!
  • There is a very promising chance for a paying costume job in the very near future
  • I've got my residence room assignment!
  • But having some trouble signing up for courses, still working through it

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Bound Up

Spent about five hours sewing binding onto the stays. The bad news for me is that I'm still not yet done. Not quite halfway done. I am so slow at handsewing, and those tabs really are a killer. Oi. I may also run out of binding before I finish...

Yesterday, I sewed some blanket binding onto the petticoat. The hem part is done, though I am very unhappy with the result in certain areas. The binding on the waist looks better but is only about a quarter finished.

Thursday, June 3, 2010


Managed a bit of work on my Chemise a la Reine project. All the grommets have been put into the back of the stays, marking the end of my first venture into the world of spiral lacing. There are 17 in total. I still need to put the grommets in the straps.

Overall I'm very happy with the look and fit of it. I do regret not thinking to take a picture of the back though. Next time!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

My Little Quilted Skirt

Today, one short day break after Anime North, I went back to my little Rococo project. Initially I was going to start work on binding the edges of the stays, but I am unhappy with the materials I have for that job. I'm going to need to go pick up something else, but unfortunately I don't know when that will be, hopefully before the weekend.

Anyway, not to let my drive to sew go to waste I decided to start work on the petticoat. I didn't use a pattern, I mostly just followed my memory of a similar skirt that I saw a little while ago. It's not quite finished, but nearly, at this point. I still need to make a hem, which I've decided is probably just going to be serged and bound, because folding up the material makes it WAY too bulky. And I want to put some kind of binding at the waist as well. The latter is more for aesthetics than anything else. It is otherwise serviceable as it is.

And more importantly I think it's cute. If I grow exceptionally intense about this, I may hand dye some appliques or lace to put around the hem, but that will have to wait a while yet, I suspect.