Monday, July 21, 2014

2014 Finished Projects as of July 21

  • Complete Regency ensemble from the skin out, including a reticule.
  • 18th century stays, bum pad and petticoat
  • Two Clifford the Big Red Dog aprons for my father and brother.
  • Ohio State University pajama pants for my cousin.
  • Commissioned jacket for a friend's Elizabeth from Bioshock cosplay.
  • Edwardian corset, drawers and chemise. Officially finished the corset with some hooks and eyes in early May. Chemise was finished around mid May, and everything was from the stash! Well, kinda, I did buy the batiste for the project but it was purchased ahead of time so...but the lace and pattern were stash.
  • Easter dress
  • Airship Archon uniform corset version 1.0
  • Some repairs: Replaced all the ties in my lobster tail bustle in early May. Fixed my skirt and petticoat for the airship uniform with closures and wrist loops, mid May-ish. Fixed a couple issues with my Governess bodice, mid May.
  • Airship Archon uniform corset version 2.0, finished on May 17th and worn that night to Privateer's Promenade. :) Then replaced all the eyelets in early June.
  • White petticoat, from a stash pattern and left over batiste from the Edwardian underwear project. And some white denim from the stash.
  • Wash overskirt to go with my black, red and silver coordinates. Finished in early June, stash materials.
  • Gold polonaise and matching hat band, finished early June, pretty much purchased everything. And it needs some work before the next event.
  • Steam casual sundress and matching hat band, finished mid July-ish. Stash everything! Although I did buy the sun hat that said hat band is for.
  • Summer scrub top for my mom, finished early to mid July.

Going Blog Quiet

I've decided to attempt to go blog quiet over the next three months until Teslacon. I would like to keep some of my projects to myself for the most part so that it can be all a surprise come November. However, I am trying to take lots of pictures as I go, so the plan is for each new outfit to have it's own post towards the end of the year! :D

Of course, this only applies to the three brand new costumes (rococopunk, swimsuit and sari bustle gown), the little things will likely still get blogged. And I may post a few teaser photos now and then.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Current To Do List - Summer Sewing and Teslacon Prep



As you all know, dear readers, I'm attending Teslacon for the first time this fall.  I'm super excited (and a little nervous to be honest!) so here's what might be an overly ambitious to do list:

1. Steam-casual sundress for Toledo War, which I've already started because it needs to be taken care of and out of the way. Deadline: Oh let's say this coming Sunday, July 6th. It's already cut out and I've started pinning it so hopefully it won't take too long. Although I am going home this weekend and I no longer have a machine there because it's up here so...we'll see. Maybe I can do some hand sewing at home. 

Realization: I need to make my mom a scrub top too...*sigh* One for the summer and one for Halloween time.

2. Victorian swimsuit: I ordered the pattern today, so hopefully that'll get shipped out this week so I can start working on it. I anticipate that there will be some pattern work / sizing involved because the pattern was marked a 'medium' with no measurements included. Once I get that figured out, I can buy the fabric because right now, I have absolutely no idea how much I need. Deadline: August 15th. (hell, if I'm going to be ambitious, might as well go all the way!)

3. Black and Gold Rococo Punk: This is basically gonna be from the skin out -- stays, jacket, bloomers, panniers...You get the picture. Deadline for the stays: September 1st. Deadline for everything else: November 1st.

4. Fixing my gold polonaise: There's one or two fitting issues that need corrected, and then I need to add more black braid. Deadline: September 15th.

5. Green Sari Bustle Gown: This is another skin out outfit. I already have the overskirt cut out, and I have a friend that's letting me trace her copy of a pattern for the bodice, but I also need to make an 1880s petticoat and underskirt. At least I already have the lobster tail bustle, right?! I also need to decide what color underskirt I'm doing, because that may affect what I do with the bodice... I'll probably try to do the petticoat first, then the underskirt and actually work from the skin out. But the overskirt might happen first since it's already cut out and easy to throw together, especially since I've made the pattern before. Deadline: Before I leave for Teslacon

6. Make a garrison hat for my black and gold airship uniform

7. Revamp my steampunk Harley Quinn a little

All that in a little over four months. Why do I do this to myself? Oh, because I like it! lol

Monday, June 30, 2014

Thoughts on Remaining HSF Challenges

  • #13: Under $10 – due Tue 14 July.  : I think I'm skipping this one. It's too soon, and I have no idea how much I paid for the majority of my fabric so...
  • #14: Paisley & Plaid – due Fri 1 August.  : I'll probably skip this one too, mainly because of how much work the next challenge is going to be.
  • #15: The Great Outdoors – due Fri 15 August.  : Victorian swimsuit! Wow that's soon, guess I better order that pattern...
  • #16: Terminology – due Mon 1 September.  : Not really sure if I'll do anything for this one. Everything that I was already thinking of has been pushed back to next year so...Maybe my new stays?
  • #17: Yellow - due Mon 15 September.  : I think this is going to be my gold polonaise, after I fix a couple fitting issues and add more braid.
  • #18: Poetry in Motion - due Wed 1 October  Still no idea.
  • #19: HSF Inspiration - due Wed 15 October.  : I need to look back over last year's entries as well as this year's to see if anything inspires me.
  • #20: Alternative Universe – due Sat 1 November.  : Rococopunk!
  • #21: Re-do – due Sat 15 November.  : I don't know whether it's strictly allowed or not, but there was a green challenge last year and my sari bustle gown that's on my to do list is green...
  • #22: Fort-nightliers Choice – due Mon 1 December.  : This one hasn't been determined yet.
  • #23: Modern History – due Mon 15 December.  : Hooded blouse and trousers from an Eva Dress pattern. Kinda excited about this one actually.
  • #24: All that Glitters – due Thur 1 January.  : No clue.

Revisiting Goals and Wishlists - 2014 Sewing

Back in January, I posted about my goals and some wishlist items for this year. Since I'm taking a look back over what I wanted to accomplish this year as means of at least attempting to make my Teslacon sewing in line with said goals, and since it's been six months and is thus the perfect time for a check in, here's a little revisit to that post with what I've done so far this year:

On the projects I'd like to finish front:

Grey / silver, red and black bustle gown: 
I said that I needed a wash overskirt. And I made it! So that's DONE.
There's still the long term goals of a new bodice and a parasol.

Sari Bustle Gown: I haven't done anything but I think this is going on my Teslacon to do list

Now for my 2014 goals:

Regency Ballgown: I finished what I needed! DONE!
There's still the long term needs: A spencer or pelisse and chemisette so I can wear the dress as a day dress as well. (This may also go on the Teslacon to do list)

Eighteenth Century Jacket and Petticoat
I have finished: the stays (which don't fit very well), the bum pad and the under petticoat.
I still need: An accurate chemise. Jacket using a pattern from Nehelenia (I think, not 100% sure). Petticoat. And a hat, probably a bergére. But this may mostly get pushed back til a later date. The black linen petticoat might happen to go with a rococopunk outfit I'm planning for Teslacon.

Civil War Day Dress - Haven't done any of this!
What I have: Nothing.
What I need: Chemise (can use Regency one if I need to). Drawers. Corset. Hoops. Petticoat. Skirt and bodice, or a dress. Maybe a Swiss waist.

And my Wishlist projects

1890s Gown based on a photograph of my great great grandmother - Haven't done any of this!
What I have: nothing
What I need: Corset. Chemise and drawers. Petticoat. Bodice and skirt.

Civil War Ballgown - Or this!
What I have: Well, as long as I finish the above Civil War goal, I'll have all the undergarments.
What I need: A ballgown. Or maybe just a ballgown bodice to wear with my day dress skirt. And probably a head dress of some sort.

Edwardian underthings - But these are DONE!


I could be doing better, but I think that I'm doing relatively well. With Teslacon happening this year, I'm pretty sure that the Civil War sewing along with the wishlist 1890s project are going to get pushed to next year.

Right now I'm working on the Teslacon to do list, because I only have FOUR months to get ready! Eeep!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Teslacon Musings

For years, I've been saying "I can't go this year, but next year I'll go to Teslacon, I promise." But that hasn't managed to happen. So this year, I basically said screw it, I'm going even if I have to take unpaid vacation time from work. I talked to my boss last week, and emailed him a formal request off which he approved. I immediately bought tickets, then managed to arrange a room share with some friends, so now all that's left is a carpool. Unless I can manage to get a cheap flight because if I can, screw it I'm flying.

So, now that I'm thinking about my first Teslacon, my first trip to an award winning convention and pretty much the premier convention for at least half of the US, I'm understandably a bit nervous. What do I take? What new pretties do I make? What improvements do I make to the pretties I already have?

Here's what I'm thinking so far:
- The black underskirt goes, obviously
- The new gold polonaise, which needs some more braid added and a couple fitting issues fixed
- The naturalformesque airship uniform goes because I need to represent, I need to make a hat
- All of my grey / red / black things because I can mix and match them
- Harley Quinn probably, but I'd like to revamp it
- Maybes: Airship Stewardess. Time Traveler. Roma. Pink Paris.

So the to do list:
- fix and improve the gold polonaise
- hat for my uniform
- Victorian swimsuit (if I can ever pick a pattern!)
- black and gold rococo punk with Dixie
- maybe my green and white bustle dress
- maybe a brown silk underskirt with something to go with it
- maybe something in the YARDS of pink stripe I have
- maybe my green sari overskirt that I cut out but never finished and a bodice to go with it

Of course, this is all just musings, so we'll see what happens! I do after all have around four months or so until the event.

Current sewing plans? A steam casual travel themed sundress for Toledo War!

Steamtopia: The Reaction

I had meant to wait a few days for pictures to show up and for the convention to sink in and then I realized today, over a week later, that I *still* had not posted! Shame on me!

So, here it is!

Even though I had a good time, there were a lot of issues with the convention and it's organization. That out of the way, I had a blast! My panels went well, even if they were much more poorly attended than I'm used to, and it was great to see all of my friends! That said, on to the important part: What Miss Wilde Wore!

Thursday night: Even though there was kinda nothing going on (except for my friends Ozzy and Aaron's steamdrunk cocktails panel), I put on a little casual outfit: red and black plaid shorts, heavy lace tights, black lace blouse, burgundy bodice. And boots of course. Then I went and got in the hot tub with the Captain and Sarah, then put on a tank and my clockwork pajama pants to go see if there was anything going on. Ended up at a room party and stayed up too late hanging out with people. Because I only ever see my out of town friends at conventions!

Most of Friday: I decided that I wanted to wear my new pretty, so I got dressed in my gold polonaise with a black skirt, white petticoat and black tank top. And my top hat of course.

Friday night: Changed into my black and gold corset with the burgundy bustle that I wore to Promenade. If I remember rightly, I just wore black on black striped thigh highs... And again, I was up too late.

Saturday morning / early afternoon: Since we were doing Mentioning Unmentionables, I wore my Edwardian undergarments, with my new chemise and white stockings. I kept this on thru Aaron's steampunk cooking panel because I didn't have time to change and I seriously FROZE. Remind me to pack warm clothes the next time I go to Michigan.

Saturday afternoon / evening: I ran around for six hours I think in my steampunk Harley Quinn, which pretty much everyone loved. I definitely was ready to get out of it though: that costume is SO heavy!

Then I went to the hot tub again and somehow ended up running around the convention in my bikini...I wanted to show off my ink :)

Saturday night: I put on a black tank and booty shorts with my gold lace bustle and a black corset and a black lace jacket with black lace knee highs and boots. Repeat the up too late comment.

Sunday: I actually did NOT costume. I wanted to try on corsets from my friend Jessica's booth (Ties that Bynde) so I just wore jeans, tank top and a tshirt. I spend a couple hours wearing my tank with my new corset before changing back to the tshirt for the drive home.

As you can see I did NOT wear several things, most notably my natural form esque airship uniform, even though I did wear the corset, and my new wash overskirt. But fear not because it has been determined that Miss Wilde will be attending Teslacon!

Let the convention planning begin. lol