Thursday, May 31, 2012

To Do List for the rest of 2012

Since we all know how much I love my to do lists, here's what's on my mind lately:

  1. Finishing my 1880s Paris outfit. The bodice is almost done, the main concern now is figuring out the closures.
  2. Finishing my playsuit and making a skirt to wear with it. Or just using one from my closet.
  3. Commission (can't forget that!)
  4. Sundresses! I'm definitely doing one from white eyelet, no idea what else though
  5. Little shorts to wear around the house. I plan to raid my stash for stuff for these.
  6. Keeper of the Keys underbust.
  7. Femme Joker - purple suit, green blouse, orange tie
  8. Suicide Squad Harley Quinn 
  9. Baby quilt for my nephew, currently in uetero
  10. Circle skirt out of Halloween print fabric
  11. Something out of nativity printed fabric for Christmas. Can't decide if I want to do a circle skirt or a dress. I somehow think a dress might be too much...
  12. A quilt for me out of scraps, def a long term project
  13. My AAR blanket from old tshirts
I'd still like to do the following, might these might get pushed off til next year...
  1. 1884 Wash Overskirt.
  2. Sari inspired head to toe Victorian ensemble.
  3. Natural form Victorian costume.
  4. An 18th century costume.
  5. A French Huguenot costume

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

What I did this weekend...

Well, I didn't really end up sewing in the order I thought I would...

I started out working on the playsuit. I took in the non-zipper side. Next up would be a fitting, but it was so hot in the apartment (no AC) that I didn't want to mess with it. So next up is fitting, hemming and zipper-ing. Actually I'll probably baste the zipper in before the fitting...

Then I tackled the vest basque bodice. Which is approaching completion. I finished and attached the collar. Put the sleeves together and attached them to the bodice. Then came the lining, which is going in a little weird... Following the instructions I sewed the lining to the bodice along the front edges, not following the instructions, I then flipped it and basted the bottom edges of the bodice and the lining together. I'm trimming the edges with bias tape cut from the Paris fabric, which is started. I have buttons picked out, I'm thinking they'll be faux with snaps underneath. Or I make it so it closes with a zipper. I haven't full out decided yet. Buttons will be going on the cuffs to tack them in place. I may also add a little bit of black braid to the front... Next: Finish the binding. Figure out the closure. Decide about the braid. Almost there!

The commission wasn't touched.

I also started plans for my first sundress of the summer -- white eyelet skirt gathered to fit the waistband of a bodice made with one of my Retro Buttericks.  I also want to make some little shorts to wear around the house, the stash has not yet been raided for this purpose but that's in the plans!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

April Finished Projects

  1. Roma inspired steampunk crazy quilt skirt.
  2. Petticoat of Doom to be worn under the Roma inspired steampunk crazy quilt skirt.
  3. Decorated a clip on pouch to wear with the Roma inspired steampunk costume.
  4. Mask for the SES masquerade (that I never wore)
  5. Muppets fleece blanket for Nick Wheeler of the All American Rejects (he loved it, btw)

Progress on 2012 sewing goals - May update

Now for the sewing goals -- costuming.
  1. Finish my gypsy steampunk ensemble. DONE
  2. 1875 Square Overskirt (Truly Victorian) in black and silver plaid. DONE.
  3. Pink and black steampunk ensemble. Progress: Overskirt's done. Bodice is about halfway there.
  4. An underbust corset out of left over key print flannel to wear with my Keeper of the Keys skirt and a blouse for steam casual events - Started. If I remember correctly, it's cut out but not assembled
No deadlines:
  1. 1884 Wash Overskirt.
  2. Sari inspired head to toe Victorian ensemble.
  3. Female Joker. Probably going to be a high waisted skirt with a jacket. I think a suit is the best course of action.
  4. Natural form Victorian costume.
  5. An 18th century costume.
  6. A French Huguenot costume
Other sewing goals:
  1. Baby quilt for my new nephew. Deadline: sometime between September and Christmas. The current idea is to make a quilt for Minnow to grow into, so there's no rush to have it done by the due date.
  2. New retro sundresses.
  3. A playsuit with removable skirt - Almost done. Although it currently does not have a matching skirt.
  4. Flannel quilt
  5. I have some Spiderman flannel that wants to be pajama pants. - DONE
  6. Nativity printed cotton dress or skirt
  7. A circle skirt out of Halloween pin up fabric.
  8. A high waisted skirt from my retro jumper pattern. - probably will be combined with the Joker costume mentioned above.

Long time, no post...

Geesh, its been a while hasn't it? Well if you remember, I did have a little bit of a crazy time - April 25th was Pittsburgh for a concert, April 27-29 was the Symposium, May 3-7 was Florida and then May 11-14 I was in Louisville and Cincinnati for concerts. By the way, concert adventures can be found here. Just in case you're curious... With all that over, I've been a bit lazy I admit. Well, not really, my first day off afterwards was spent on chores that needed done. Sewing just hasn't entered the picture in a while. That said, I'm hoping to get some done this weekend.

What's on my project list:
1. Finishing the Paris steampunk (last because I don't really need it for anything...)
2. Finishing the playsuit (this will likely happen first as the thread's still on my machine)
3. Commission for a friend (probably the second project I tackle)

So playsuit (taking in, hemming, zipper), then the commission then finishing the Paris steampunk. The Paris steampunk might move up, but I don't know right now.

Other upcoming projects - Quilt for my nephew who is currently in utero.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Steampunk Empire Symposium

Watermelon Girl. Worn Sunday. My mama took this one.
Premier wearing of gypsy inspired steampunk, worn Saturday. Photo by Sarah Hans.
Steam stripper, with Lisa wearing the bodice I made her a few months ago. Saturday night. I think Betty took this on Lisa's camera.
And ladies and gentlemen, the Airship Archon! Photo by Larry Green.