Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Update!!

Here's where we are at this very moment!

For Costume College:
Watson
  • Combinations
  • Bodice
  • Skirt
  • Figure out hair
  • Overskirt
  • Hat -> Have hat, need to trim
  • Corset -> Done
  • Petticoat - Done
  • Bustle -> Done
  • Shoes ->  Done
  • Get cane -> Done
Iron Man - All Optional
  • Another Petticoat
  • Check trim and sew down
  • MOAR TRIM
  • Fix petticoat -> Done

For the costume trip:
18th century
  • Robe
  • Skirt
  • Pockets -> Maybe borrowing from Claudine?
  • Wig
  • Stays -> Done
  • Chemise -> Done
  • Shoes -> Done
  • Stockings -> Done
  • Pocket Hoops -> Done
 Regency Day
  • Dress -> have online class
  • Spencer -> have online class
  • Hat -> patterns ordered
  • Figure out hair
  • Reticule
  • Corset -> Done
  • Chemise -> Done
  • Petticoat -> Done
  • Shoes -> Done
  • Stockings -> Done
Regency Evening
  • Petticoat
  • Dress -> have online class
  • Pelisse?
  • Shoes
  • Figure out hair
  • Reticule
  • Corset -> Done
  • Chemise -> Done
  • Stockings -> Done 

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Review | Pattern: Laughing Moon #115 and Class: HistoricalSewing.com Regency Corded Corset & Chemise

New Video Alert!!

Herein, I have a review of the Laughing Moon Mercantile #115 Laadie's Regency and Romantic Era Corset, Long and short Versions C 1805 - 1840. I also review the Jennifer Rosbrugh HistoricalSewing.com online class called "Regency Corded Corset and Chemise". I am super happy with the way that both of these items came out! I hope you enjoy this video!

Corded Corset and Chemise are Done!

YAAAY!!!

Here they are:


And here's a Breakdown of the time spent on them:

Corded Corset: 40.5 hours
Mockup - 5 hours
1/26 - 1.5 hours
  • Cut coutile
  • Zig zag coutile
1/28 - 2.5 hours
  • Put gores in coutile
  • Cut lining
  • Zig zag lining
1/29 - 1.5
  • Gores in lining
2/3 - 9.5
  • Sew corset together and insert cording channels
  • Cording balk half
2/4 - 5
  • Sewing cording channels
  • Cording front
  • Grommets
2/5 - 2.5
  • Sewing straps
  • Sewing the corset together
  • Bottom binding
2/6 - 7
  • Bottom binding hand sewing
  • Top binding hand sewing
  • Adjusting boning length
2/7 - 5.5
  • Top binding by hand
2/8 - .5
  • Grommeting the straps
 
Chemise - 8
2/8 - 6
  • Watching instruction videos
  • Cleaning the atilier
  • Cutting out the pattern to my size
  • Sewing garment together
2/9 - 2
  • Bottom hem and binding
 
And for those of you keeping track (probably nobody), here's where we are:

For Costume College:
Watson
  • Corset -> Done
  • Chemise
  • Bodice
  • Skirt
  • Petticoat
  • Bustle
  • Overskirt
  • Shoes ->  I may have some
  • Hat -> Have hat, need to trim
  • Get cane -> Checkbook Engineer this problem
  • Figure out hair
Iron Man - All Optional
  • Fix petticoat -> Done
  • Another Petticoat
  • Check trim and sew down
  • MOAR TRIM

For the costume trip:
18th century
  • Stays -> Done
  • Chemise -> Done
  • Robe
  • Skirt
  • Shoes -> American duchess
  • Stockings -> American duchess
  • Bum pad
  • Pockets -> Maybe borrowing from Claudine?
  • Wig
 Regency Day
  • Corset -> Done
  • Chemise -> Done
  • Petticoat
  • Dress -> have online class
  • Spencer -> have online class
  • Hat -> patterns ordered
  • Shoes -> American duchess
  • Stockings -> American duchess
  • Figure out hair
  • Reticule
Regency Evening
  • Corset -> Done
  • Chemise -> Done
  • Petticoat
  • Dress -> have online class
  • Pelisse?
  • Shoes -> American duchess
  • Figure out hair
  • Reticule
I'll keep lugging along!

Friday, February 8, 2019

Corded Corset Progress

Doing pretty good! I had a solid week of being able to sew in the evenings and I even got some of the evenings I thought I was booked up back, thanks to a horrible stomach bug I have had for the last few days (boo). All I have left to do is to grommet the shoulder straps and we are complete. I am ging to wait to floss the gussets until I have time to practice that and I can do it without making a huge mess.

I vlogged my progress all week, so here's what happpened!

Frilly Things February

So I posted a new sewing Vlog series on my YouTube channel, and last week's also included an announcement of my February goals: Frilly Things February. I am going to try and make 7 undergarments this month, with a stretch goal that would take me to 9... Oy.

Here's the video:

Here's the breakdowns of what I am trying to make: (the regency corsets and chemise will work for both of my regency dresses, so even though they are listed twice, I only need to make one of each.)

Watson
  • Chemise
  • Petticoat
Iron Man - All Optional
  • Another Petticoat
18th century
  • Chemise
  • Bum pad/pocket hoops
 Regency Day
  • Corset
  • Chemise
  • Petticoat
Regency Evening
  • Corset
  • Chemise
  • Petticoat

Oy. Why do I doo this to myself?

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Getting started on the Regency corded corset

Yes! Today was very fruitful! I went and saw @claudine.de.montigny and we determined that the laughing moon regency stays fit me right out of the bag. Great! We talked through more stuff, I drooled over her fabric and parasol collections, and then headed home. 

I had some other things to take care of, but eventually worked my way into my sewing room where I managed to shorten and wash a petticoat that has needed that to happen for about 5 years now. Rad. Then I measured out some coutile, washed it and cut and finished the edges for that layer of the regency corded corset. There was somehow much ironing in there, aaaand I listened to Hamilton whole all that was happening. I managed to figure out what I was missing for most of these projects, and I ordered a bunch of supplies that I will need, and generally figured out a bunch of admin sort of things that need to get done for these projects to move along smoothly as well. That part always takes Kyoko more time than I anticipate.

I feel like I got more done than I expected, so that’s awesome.

Tomorrow is largely taken up with a bunch of social obligations, so I don’t know how much I’ll get done, but I may be able to work on some small stuff. 


I am keeping track of my hours on all of these projects so I know approximately how long it takes me to do stuff in the future. I’ll report back on what those numbers are. I’m pretty slow, largely because I don’t cut corners. I iron at every step, I pin things, I read the directions twice, sometimes more. So, I  don’t have any real expectation of How long everything will take, but it’s good to track. 

Friday, January 25, 2019

My year in Costuming: 2019

Well, really it's more like the next 9 months. Let's just call this my costuming baby. I'm in the first trimester and feeling kind of nauseous about the whole thing. 😋

I woke up this morning and Bernadette has sent me a little present. 250 or so new subscribers appeared on my Costuming YouTube channel, so i figured I had better give them something to watch! I was going to post here about The Plan ™, so I made a video to go along with it. You can watch that here if you like:


But, just so we have it on record, here are all the costumes for the foreseeable future and the elements that go into them that I will need to deal with and where we are with them:

For Costume College:
Watson
  • Corset -> Done
  • Chemise
  • Bodice
  • Skirt
  • Petticoat
  • Bustle
  • Overskirt
  • Shoes ->  I may have some
  • Hat -> Have hat, need to trim
  • Get cane -> Checkbook Engineer this pproblem
  • Figure out hair
Iron Man - All Optional
  • Fix petticoat
  • Another Petticoat
  • Check trim and sew down
  • MOAR TRIM

For the costume trip:
18th century
  • Stays -> Done
  • Chemise
  • Robe
  • Skirt
  • Shoes -> American duchess
  • Stockings -> American duchess
  • Bum pad
  • Pockets -> Maybe borrowing from Claudine?
  • Wig
 Regency Day
  • Corset -> have online class, mock-up done, fitting tomorrow
  • Chemise -> have online class
  • Petticoat
  • Dress -> have online class
  • Spencer -> have online class
  • Hat -> patterns ordered
  • Shoes -> American duchess
  • Stockings -> American duchess
  • Figure out hair
  • Reticule
Regency Evening
  • Corset
  • Chemise
  • Petticoat
  • Dress -> have online class
  • Pelisse?
  • Shoes -> American duchess
  • Figure out hair
  • Reticule
So, NBD right? Sigh. Well, it seem manageable right now. If I start early, I think I have a fiighting chance. Wish me luck!