No event for me

Sep. 18th, 2017 08:47 am
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Well, all that sewing was for naught, since I work up Saturday morning with a mild migraine. Ugh. I literally haven't had one in years, and now my head decides to be unruly? Turned out it was the prelude to a mild head cold, which I'm still fighting off. Yeesh. It couldn't have waited until Monday?

I spent the majority of Saturday and Sunday in bed. I slept for about 15 hours on Sunday, which seems to have helped. I still have a fever blister on my tongue that is making it really hard to talk, so that's fun.

At least I'm getting to see the photos from the day, which is nice. The costumed turn-out seemed low, but it looked like there were several new people that showed up in civvies to check out the group, so that's good.

Since I don't have to rush anymore, I'm going to go back and rework some things on the sacque that I did sloppily or left off for time's sake. I only had one sleeve ruffle, when I really wanted three, so I'm going to take my sleeves apart and add the other two flounces, and the fit of the CF could be better, so I'm going to tweak that a bit. The petticoat also needs more floof. I'm planning to pick up some paper tape after work today so I can make a new 18thC dress form, which will help with fitting tremendously. I also didn't finish M's waistcoat completely, so I'm going to work on that. Hopefully I'll have enough time to finish everything well before the Georgian Picnic in November, but it's a toss up since my sister's wedding falls right between then and now, and the next few weeks might get eaten up by wedding stuff, and I still have to make my bridesmaid gown. Hopefully I can knock that out this week sometime so I don't have to think about it anymore.

Almost all of my weekends between now and the middle of October are booked. Two weekends are taken up with bridal and wedding showers, then there's a vintage airshow in Dallas, my Mom's birthday, a night at the ballet, and my sister's wedding. 90% of it isn't costume related (I may or may not make something vintage-y to wear to the airshow), with only minimal sewing involved for the bridesmaid dress, so hopefully I can get some costume work done during the week. I've really enjoyed having projects to take with me to work for when it's slow.

Next on the agenda, some clothes for M. The horsehair canvas I ordered should be here by Thursday according to tracking, so that means I can finish his waistcoat properly soon. I picked up some fabulous black brocade (at Walmart!) that he'd been eyeing, so that will become a new coat for the Georgian Picnic. There are two embroidered suit jackets that need to be done. I have the embroidery sketched out and the fabric out of storage for the red suit, so I'll probably work on it first. I have the teal silk for his other suit, I just need to decide on an embroidery pattern so I can get started. His silk embroidered waistcoat needs finishing, too, which will happen once the horsehair is in. I don't have any plans for my own costumes between now and the end of the year, so I'm going to try and focus as much as possible on his wardrobe. He needs some complete outfits!

Crunch time

Sep. 14th, 2017 12:22 pm
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Entering panic mode. So much left to do. How can I give myself so much lead time and still be working down to the wire?!

Halfway there!

Sep. 11th, 2017 05:26 pm
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I finished side one of the waistcoat!


I still need to do the fill pattern on the main body, but the big part is finished. I'll prep the other side tonight so I can do the border tomorrow. Then, hopefully, pocket surround on Wednesday, buttons and fill on side two on Thursday, and assembly Thursday night after work! Huzzah!

Sewing whirlwind

Sep. 11th, 2017 08:16 am
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I pushed to get as much sewing done this weekend as I could. I am so far behind because last week ended up being a flurry of wedding stuff with my sister - I helped her shop for some wedding-appropriate shapewear, her bridal pictures were on Thursday, and Friday was her bachelorette party. All of that stuff took up any free time I had after work last week, so I lost four days of sewing time (M doesn't pick me up until 9 on Tuesdays, so it was a wash, too) and it really set me back.

I managed to get accomplished what I set out to do over the weekend, which was finish the trim on the gown skirts. I was really hoping to get further along than that, like getting the back pleats tacked down, but that was an optimistic stretch goal, and it didn't happen. Adding the blue edging trim really took a lot longer than I expected. It's an elastic trim, so I didn't want to use the machine to stitch it on in fear of it stretching and making things wonky, so I had to hand-sew all of it on, which took forever. But, I do love how the blue makes the gown pop, and I'm glad I got to stick with my original color scheme.

I need to pick up the fabric for the skirt facings so I can get that sewn in, and then I can finally attach the skirt to the bodice. I still need to cut out sleeves, flounces, stomacher, and robings, but I'm in the home stretch now. I am debating on whether or not to add a flounce to the petticoat, above the serpentine trimmings, but I'll only do that if I have time once the gown is finished. I'll have some late nights finishing everything up before the event, either way.

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I have M's waistcoat with me to embroider today, and I'm hoping to finish all the decorative work on it by Wednesday so I can assemble it on Thursday. No new coat for him, though, so I'm going to try and make him a new pair of breeches to go with his burgundy coat. ~sigh~ At least he'll have a new shirt and waistcoat.

After this, I'll have to make my bridesmaids dress, then I want to finish the Great Pumpkin for the Georgian Picnic. I draped a new bodice for it while I was draping the lining for this sacque dress, so the hard part is over. My stays need some adjustment under the arms, though, as they cut a little high into my armpits. Not comfy. No time to fix that before Casanova, though, so it'll have to wait until after my sister's wedding. So much to do!

lazy Sunday

Sep. 10th, 2017 10:59 pm
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 I've enjoyed a marvelously lazy Sunday. I puttered and cleaned the kitchen this morning, made apple sauce and a chocolate cake. Then Rob and I vegged and watched football. I passed out with my head in his lap. The Packers won (woohoo) the Eagles won (yay I guess? Rob cares). I got out my dress for the battle of brandywine and put gussets in the underarms. I had ripped them out at Ft. Washington playing exuberant graces.

In other news I have started looking seriously for another job. Don't get me wrong I like my job, but...what I'm doing does not further my nursing skills and frankly I make half what i would most other places. And I'm tired of financially barely making it. and lately not making it :-/ Rob just hasn't been holding his end of this financial deal. So my options are push a man with a mental illness who shuts down OR find something that pays me more.  My major criteria at the moment are 1. a raise, a significant raise. Laura just took an offer elsewhere and got her salary doubled. 2. tuition assistance. The end goal is my NP. That has really solidified in my mind and I just cannot do that on my current salary. Laura gave me the contact info for her recruiter so I emailed them, and applied to a job at CHOP's specialty clinic. So I've started the poking process. Think good thoughts for me.

It's funny I was SO resistant to accepting that I needed to move on, and now that I have decided it's time I have this great NEED to move on to new challenges. I need something that pushes my nursing skills farther. I'm ready to further develop my assessment skills. 

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Sep. 8th, 2017 09:51 am
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Didn't get anything done on the waistcoat or the dress yesterday. I had everything with me, but I got totally sidetracked planning stuff for the Paris trip next year. I found a nice little flat right across from the palace gates, which I'm planning to book with my next paycheck. Then it will really be real! I'll have the first part BOOKED.

We'll have three days in Versailles, one for jetlag recovery and exploring the town, one for touring Versailles and the for the Ball, and another for Ball recovery and repacking, and then four in Paris itself. I found a studio flat for rent on AirB&B, right down the street from the Louvre. I'm still planning the itinerary for Paris, but so far I know I want to hit the Louvre and the Catacombs. I'd love to do Monet's garden, but it's a bit out of the way. There's plenty to see within walking distance of our flat. I sort of hate leaving things up to chance, especially with such a short time frame to do everything in. I need schedules and pre-purchased tickets! M is totally one of those "let's just walk around town and eat a bunch of stuff" travelers, while I'm the "We have a tour at 10, followed by lunch at X, then a tour at 2, with tea at X afterward..." sort of traveler.

The Germany leg of the trip is a little more up in the air right now. I had originally planned for us to head to Ludwigslust and stay there, but I found an absolutely beautiful bed & breakfast in Emmendorf, which is just up the road from where my grandparents used to live in the north.

Soooo preeeetty. I was planning for us to rent a car up there anyway, so it doesn't really matter where we stay. I'm also drawn to the Strampenhof in Bad Bavensen since it's right in the middle of town and the grounds are really pretty. But, there's a huge price difference between it and the place in Emmendorf, and my wallet usually has final say.

There's a bullet train to the south that will take us to Kirchheim unter Teck, where my family lives, and we'll spend the last four days of our trip there. I want to hit Lichtenstein castle, Ludwigsburg palace, and the reconstructed Roman villa/open air museum since late antiquity is M's chosen field. I also want to take a day trip into Tubingen to show him where we would have been living if I'd done grad school there. Most of those trips will take the entire day, but we can definitely stop at places to and from each of those destinations, so more planning is in order.

I want to squeeze in at least two visits every day, which I think is doable without getting overwhelmed. Maybe a couple of days we can squeeze in three or four stops if we stay in the same town, but I don't want to come back from vacation exhausted. XP

In totally unrelated news, the trim for the gown finally arrived after being detoured a dozen times over. I'm trying to decide which one to use now. I have a narrow blue trim, and a peach colored lace I could dye, but I also realized that I'm running low on time now, and I'm wary of taking time to dye something that might not turn out. ~bites nails~ Even though everyone that commented on it overwhelmingly liked the peach trim better, I think I'll do the blue. Ugh. I hate that I'm working down to the wire on this again.

Thankfully, I have the house to myself this weekend, so I'm going to really run hard at getting the dress finished so I can work on M's suit over the rest of the week. It's definitely crunch time now, and I can't afford to lose another minute.

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Sep. 6th, 2017 08:51 am
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Another late night last night, waiting for M to get out of class. I had my embroidery with me, but ran out of floss before I could finish the first side of the waistcoat. Still, I'm really happy with how it's looking.


Thinking back on it, I should have brought the other side to prep for embroidery, but I was so incredibly sluggish this morning that it just didn't occur to me. Ah, well. I'm still pretty confident that I'll have it done by the event, so I'm not overly worried about missing a day.

I do need to start on his coat and breeches soon, so I'll probably take a stab at those tomorrow night. No time to embroider those, though, so they'll just be plain. I'll have to dig through the storage unit to find my purple satin, but I know it's in there somewhere.

My trim seems to be bouncing between distribution centers. It was in the Fort Worth distribution center yesterday, and I just checked on it and for some unknown reason, it was sent to Austin. WTF, postal service? That's the wrong way! Ugh. Getting antsy about finishing the dress. There's still a lot to do.

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Sep. 5th, 2017 08:40 am
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This past weekend was my birthday weekend, but it really did not feel celebratory. M and I had been planning to road trip up to West Virginia since it was a long holiday weekend, but those plans were dashed when the car was wrecked, so pretty much nothing happened. I worked the day of my birthday, and then hung out with my sister after work, eating fried chicken and watching Titanic. She was the only person who got me a birthday gift, too, and she did a good job of it, buying me some shoe buckles from Fugawee. :D They look great with my blue shoes.


The rest of the weekend was a sewing storm. I wanted to get as much done on the sacque dress as possible since it's not easily portable and can't take it to work with me, so I assembled the petticoat (even thought I'm not done trimming it), cut out all the gown pieces, and started futzing with the gown itself. I cut out my first gown back too short, so I had to recut it, which cost me some time. Thankfully, I could still use the other back piece to cut out the strips for the ruched trimmings, so it didn't go to waste.

So now, the gown back is pleated and pinned while I decide whether I like the way the pleats are arranged right now. I'll probably mess with them a little bit before I'm satisfied.


I started trimming the front skirt gown panels, too. I was hoping to have the wider strip tacked down on both sides by the end of the day, but my back was killing me by 5, so I didn't push to do any more.


I do have the strips cut out for the other side, and they are serged and ready to sew together and gather, so I can get that done tomorrow after work, maybe. Tonight is a bust since M doesn't get out of class until 9 and he's my ride, and tomorrow I'm supposed to help my sister with wedding shopping after work, so I don't know how much time I'll have once I actually get home. There's only two weeks left, and I still have a ton of sewing to do, so I need to be stitching in every spare moment I have.

The trim I ordered is supposed to arrive today, so hopefully something in that selection works for the gown, because Zod help me, I am NOT ordering another batch of trim!

Also, a bit of a bummer, but my sister's bridal shower ended up being scheduled on the day of the Edwardian house tour, so I'm going to have to miss it. I'm still going to make the red and white dress, though, because it's too fabulous and I already have all the materials, I just won't have anything to wear it to for a while. Hopefully there's something Edwardian at Christmas time.


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