Friday, April 3, 2015

Miss Wilde's Crazy Project

Once the funeral was over, my sewing mojo came back with a vengeance.  I spent the entire drive back to Columbus from Cincinnati contemplating what I wanted to sew for the International Steampunk Symposium.  Late night drive, because I stayed at home to watch Monday Night Raw with my daddy (yes, I'm a huge wrestling fan, deal with it).

At first, I thought I'd finish a project I started last year in lime green sari brocade and navy chiffon, but that project requires a serger, and I didn't want to deal with having to arrange a visit to a friend's house to use a serger.

So then I remembered some brown silk and cream and brown linen in my stash. And thought about a project I've had in the back of my mind for a while, a nice tailored jacket using Truly Victorian's Riding Habit Jacket pattern along with an 1880s underskirt.  Of course, that also means finally making an actual corset to be worn as an undergarment (which had been started, barely) and a new petticoat (also started, aka cut out).

Corset. Petticoat. Jacket. Skirt.

In three weeks.

Told you it was a crazy project.

So far I have:
  1. Torn apart, recut, rebasted, fitted and basically repeated all those actions for the corset.
  2. It is now what I think is the right size, and interlined, and basted together. 
  3. NEXT STEP: actually sewing it together and checking to see if I have boning and a busk *crosses fingers*
  4. Read over the petticoat instructions
  5. Bleached and washed some white twill I had in my stash that was formerly a pool table cover at my parents' house and thus rather gross
  6. Found some green polished cotton in my stash I'm thinking of using for the jacket lining and maybe trim
I have three weeks from today.  Wish me luck!

Update on Miss Wilde

My, I have been rather remiss with updating my blog, haven't I, dear readers?

Well, you see, my beloved grandmother passed at the end of January.  So really, besides some retail therapy at the fabric store, I've been doing very little that was sewing related.

I did manage to finish a new dress for her funeral (which we just had, she lived out of state so it was cremation with services to follow at some point).  The dress was from a Butterick retro reprint with a matching jacket (that it was too cold to wear).  Butterfly print because she loved butterflies and trimmed and lined in purple because I always wear purple to funerals.  The straps snap instead of tying as called for in the pattern, and there's also a purple belt made with a buckle that Grandma gave me.  For the funeral, which was graveside, I wore a black cardigan, matching purple tights and black flats. 

I feel like I've bought a ton of fabric lately as well.  That aforementioned retail therapy.  (1) Purple butterfly print cotton to make my cousin's little girl a dress.  (2) Pepsi print fabric to make my dad a reversible apron (which is DONE), myself a 1930s skirt (also DONE, but man was it complicated) and now some to make myself a 1960s dress.  (3) Doctor Who fabric, which will probably also be 1960s dresses.  The dalek print one will be definitely.

The 1930s skirt, same pattern as my Star Wars print one just a different version.  The waistband had like four pieces plus the pleats = complicated.  But worth it, I think!
My brain has apparently decided to start planning my summer vacation wardrobe (even though vacation isn't for MONTHS because we go at the end of summer).  I've decided to go for a mostly 1960s vibe, maybe a little 1970s and a little 1950s.

Patterns I picked up recently for said summer vacation wardrobe.
Vintage lace my mom gave me
 Some patterns I might use:

I also have a pencil skirt cut out that I really need to put together because I need it for an event later this month.

And then I decided to take on a crazy project which is going in the next post...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

First projects of 2015!

My birthday / Christmas gift from my brother was 6 yards of Harley Quinn fabric from Spoonflower! His only request was that I make something that he could see me wear, and not just something like pajamas.  So with an upcoming trip to Florida to see my grandmother, I got to work!

I apparently like tight deadlines lol

FABRIC! Which is actually more orange and black than red and black, but at least it's a very red orange.

Trying to decide on a pattern. The left one won!
Starting the bodice!
And the skirt!
 I ended up having to go to the store for a zipper, buttons and facing fabric.

Putting it all together!
Almost there! Facings, buttons and hem to go!

Just needs buttons!

 Dress was finished in under a week, with time to spare before my trip! Then I wore it to an NXT event...

And met Finn Balor (Prince Devitt), Charlotte, and Hideo Itami (KENTA)!

AND met my FAVORITE!!! Sami Zayn!!

Second 2015 project? Taking in my Sami Zayn shirt so it actually fits:

2015 Sewing Plans - Post the Second

Dear friends, do you ever just not FEEL it? For example, this year's to do list is full of awesome stashbusting, historical sewing! And I feel like doing pretty much NONE of it.

So what's a seamstress to do?

Rewrite the to do list!

I'm pretty sure that what I actually end up sewing will be a mixture of the two, but c'est la vie! So in no particular order:

  1. I do still want to do Civil War, so first up are the undergarments! Corset, hoops, chemise, drawers, and petticoat.
  2. Then I'll tackle the clothes.  Probably the cream plaid dress to start, then maybe a ballgown. Or maybe a Garibaldi blouse and skirt.
  3. Blue leggings that have been started.
  4. A winter dress with sleeves would be nice.
  5. A dress for my little cousin Briella. This should be fun!
  6. I should probably make myself an Easter dress. Maybe from the blue plaid I have in my stash. I was going to do something historical with it but...
  7. 1930s vest to  match my 1930s Star Wars skirt. Probably a nice black cotton, with the Star Wars print as the collar and belt. Yellow lining, and yellow buttons. Or the reverse, yellow vest, black lining and buttons...
  8. I have a yard of a fancy gold fabric, I'm thinking a pencil skirt for SES. It doesn't quite match my airship uniform, but if I wore my black bustle apron...
  9. I really want a new denim skirt.
  10. I have leftover Harley Quinn fabric from another project (posting about that next!) so I'd like a skirt out of that as well. Maybe do another 1930s skirt and vest combo.
  11. I need to work on my quilting. I have two current projects and I'd also like to do some Civil War era blocks. I also have a quilt commission I should work on...
  12. Retro style swimsuit
  13. Winter coat
  14. 1940s blouse and trousers.
  15. New drindl blouse, I'll need that before Oktoberfest.
So a couple major projects, but a lot easier than the previous list. :D

2014 Finished Projects - Final

I'm a little behind but here's what I made last year!

  • 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.
  • White petticoat.
  • Silver, red and black wash overskirt.
  • Gold polonaise and matching hat band. Original and repaired.
  • Steam casual sundress and matching hat band.
  • Summer scrub top for my mom.
  • Several new things for summer vacation: black and red striped wrap circle skirt, train skirt, Audrey Hepburn skirt, funky kimono sleeved dress
  • Halloween scrub top for my mom. Purchased fabric, stash pattern.
  • Victorian swimsuit, purchased everything. Finished before Teslacon.
  • Some improvements to steampunk Harley Quinn pre-Teslacon.
  • Elephant baby quilt for a friend, all purchased.
  • Grey and black plaid jumper, purchased everything.
  • Star Wars print 1930s skirt, purchased everything.
  • Knit tunic, stash pattern, purchased fabric.
  • New Christmas scrub top for my mom, stash pattern, purchased fabric.
  • Repaired another Christmas scrub top for her, purchased fabric.
  • Christmas pajamas for me! Purchased fabric, stash fabric and buttons. 
  • Those darned purple leggings that took me like a year to finish. Stash pattern and elastic, purchased fabric. Finished mid December.
  • Christmas dress and huge 1950s petticoat, purchased zipper, fabric and petticoat netting, stash pattern and thread. Finished mid December.
Less than 40 projects last year, but several of those were pretty involved (Regency ensemble, Victorian swimsuit, Edwardian undergarments, etc).

On to 2015!!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Dress

I promised a post on my Christmas dress, so here it is!!! :D

I started with around 5 yards of uncut corduroy.  Not enough for the pattern, but I decided to do a contrast collar and cuffs to cut down on it, and shorten the skirt if I had to. Which I frequently do with my 1950s dresses because they were LONG to allow for the petticoats.  So I start cutting out the bodice. And as I go to cut out the second part, I realize that I'd cut without paying attention to the nap.

*face palm*

Okay, so how do I handle this? Knowing I'm already short on fabric, I decide just to keep the mistake going.  Maybe no one will notice, right? So I finish cutting everything out, including lining for the bodice and interfacing and pack up everything to take home to my parents' house for Thanksgiving.

I start sewing.  I try on the bodice and look down.  You can totally see the nap.  I ask my parents if they can tell, mom can't at first, but dad can.  We decide that I might as well keep going, so I work on the skirt.  After sewing together several panels and putting in the pockets I realize that I only cut two sides instead of four.

*face palm*

At this point, I hate the dress and my mom  pretty much just looked at me and said we're going to the fabric store.

Christmas dress take two:  I bought the right amount of fabric (black crepe) and lining (a pretty black and white houndstooth) as well as a yard of white satin to do the collar and cuffs.

By the way, at this point, I have two weeks to get the dress done to wear to The Nutcracker which is why I started making a new dress for Christmas to begin with. After I got home on Sunday, I cut out the collar and cuffs, to get it out of the way.  So my goal on day one (the Monday after the fabric store) was to get everything cut out.  I got the black cut out, and part of the lining.  The second day, I finished the lining, washed the interfacing (I just used muslin) and started sewing. Day three: finish the bodice, except the collar and cuffs.

Day four: fixed a fitting issue and got the collar on.

Day five: collar and cuffs on and with fancy stitching on the edges. Started pinning all the skirt panels together.

 By the evening of day six, I was working on pinning the lining in place. At that point, all that was left was the zipper, stitching the lining down and then hemming the lining and the dress itself.

On day seven, I hung up the dress to let the skirt settle before hemming.

Day eight, I was really tired and didn't work on my dress.  As of day nine, the dress just needed the lining finished and the both the lining and dress hemmed. The overskirt was underway, but the petticoat hadn't been touched yet.

Day eleven: I finished hemming the overskirt, with a satin stitch. And stopped for the night because if I knew that if I didn't every single seam was going to end up with a satin stitch.  So all that was left was the gathering and the waistband. And the petticoat.

By the Friday before the event (day twelve), all that was left was the petticoat so I spent my Saturday cutting and gathering yards and yards and yards of netting.

But it all got DONE on time!!!

And of course, I ended up deciding not to wear the overskirt. I just liked it better without it. Maybe I'll just use it as a Christmas tree skirt.

Monday, December 8, 2014

What Miss Wilde Wore at Teslacon

Friday during the day: Grey black and red ensemble with the wash overskirt I made for but didn't wear at Steamtopia. Photo by my friend Hanah.

Friday, Opening Ceremonies: Black purchased blouse, tied up black bustle underskirt and my airship corset. Photo by my friend Rachel. Also pictured: The villain of our tale, Dr. Proctocus. (who's sooo dreamy lol)

Another view, also by Rachel.

Saturday, during the day. Steampunk Harley Quinn.  Please note the new lace collar and lace on the sleeves.

Harley, with the red parasol that my best friend bought me as a present. :)
Saturday night, for the ball

Saturday night, another view

See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.
As you can see, rococopunk didn't happen. I wasn't happy with how it looked and it just wasn't worth the stress of trying to fix it days before leaving.  I also wore a lot of leggings with corsets for evening events.  Comfortable, cute and steam casual. And I never got my garrison hat or black bloomers made, c'est la vie, oui?

I enjoyed Teslacon.  I think it'd be fun to be more involved in the immersion if I go again.  I was a little disappointed in both the offered panels and in some of the presentations.  I'm not impressed if all you do is read from a paper while speaking.  I would go again, but next year is the weekend before Thanksgiving so I won't be able to. I refuse to take that much time off work that close together.