Thursday, August 28, 2014

Renn Fest Prep

It's that time of year again - I usually try and pretend I'm doing something sort of historically accurate - but this year, nothing doing.    This year, I'm screwing around.

The nonsense started with a masking tape double.  I didn't feel like fitting a corset properly, so I popped on a trashbag and made Greg run around me a zillion times and did the fitting the lazy way.

After I'd been extricated, I drew the shape I wanted, front and back,  cut them out (and folded down the bust to get the right, flat, "historical" shape, and blamo!   Corset pattern.   The boning will take up just enough space, so that with the lacing it will be skin tight, but not actually compressive.  

As of writing, the shirt is also finished (no pictures yet) and the skirt is in progress.   One of the pattern weights was very helpfully holding it down for me.

(Oddly enough, she is the 'helpful' one.   Goshu likes to pull the pins out...)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Amanda's Moneta

I've been bad about posting lately....  (I can't even blame this one on the move.   Although having a parking lot rather than a garden outside my back door does cut down a bit on easy photo ops)   Anyhow - here is Amanda's Moneta.

For her wedding present, she specifically requested a jersey-dress with a gathered skirt, a sweetheart neck and pockets.  The next week the Moneta came out and I managed to get it all in except the sweetheart.   They jersey stretched weirdly and lacking proper stretchy interfacing, I went with the scoop.   

She picked out the fabrics - not a combination I ever would have come up with, but I really liked how it turned out.  Also at her request - festive pockets!   (with skirt fabric facing, so they are stealth)  Although the brown / pink color combo means that when looked at from the right angle, with all the folds, they end up looking a lot like labias. (not pictured, I have faith in your imaginations)  Which really just made the whole thing more entertaining.

Anyhow, now that I've distracted you - BEHOLD THE PRINT MATCHING.  Those stripes have about 6 different patterns going on, which I only notices at the last possible moment.  

So huzzah for Amanda and huzzah for her taking her own initiative to do a photo shoot and send me pretty pictures to put on the blog.  (Also, we're gearing up for RennFest.  More on that later!)  

Sunday, August 10, 2014

my sewing hallway

I don't think it quite counts as a room - but it works for me.

Everything on the left is my stash.   Not pictured are the three large bins which make up the rest of the stash.  As of this moment, I am officially going on a fabric fast (minus things needed for presents or for costumes.  Halloween is very important around these parts.   I won first place at the costume contest last year and have a reputation to maintain.)  
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