Apr. 6th, 2008 09:59 pm
isabelladangelo: (Default)
Mom decided I needed kidnapping today. We took Dad to the airport and then went to Tysons (Corner Mall, 8th biggest mall in the USA). The Hallmark store there was the only store left (that I've found) that has(d) the "New World Candles". It was a group of candles that Yankee Candle brought out in 2007. Mom LOVES the Mediterranean Cypress and I love the Moroccan Rose (It smells like Egypt! Honest.). I also like the Indonesian Ginger (it smells yummy). So, we each bought a ton of candles (Pennsic will smell really nice this year!).
I took Mom around the mall which is always interesting. We went home and I got a bit of sewing in (I brought my 18th c stays with me and worked on those) as well as some knitting (it's looking like a blanket!!!). I also played with the baby and told him all about the contrast and comparisons between the old Charlie and Chocolate Factory and the new one. (Hey, it was on! We must integrate the child into pop culture sooner or later. Who cares if he's only three months old and thinks Aunt Sissy is amusing?)
Also, it looks like I will be teaching a class at Sapphire Joust. This should be will be on early 16th c Italian styles (How they vary from region to region, the variations in the first 30 years or so, how to recreate them, ect...) I'll bring (probably be wearing at least one) a few examples and all..

I've decided that I finally know what I'm going to do with the maroon velvet that I've had for four years or so will be a coat. Specifically, the coat on page 122 of your Janet Arnold book as well as page 174 of your Historical Fashion in Detail book. I have pink silk (somewhere. I think it's in Harry Potter's room.) I have silver lace with spangles (Thank you India! I've gotten some amazing trims from people in India...). All that with the maroon velvet should make for a similar looking garment....
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Mom's coat is looking a lot better. I had to cut out some more inches on the sides but now it should fit properly. I still haven't found the silver buttons but I did find 50 copper buttons that will work a lot better. They have Hadrian on them not that anyone will notice. Mom loves ancient Roman history so these will work a lot better. Not perfect for a 16th c outfit, true, but they are perfect for Mom. Besides, from a foot away all anyone will see are some nice copper buttons with some sort of design. I'm adding the green velvet trim tomorrow night and then the buttons. I should have a picture up Thursday of the coat.

If anyone remembers my hand sewn early 16th c Italian that got watermarked from the Pennsic rains, I finally have a solution. I bought magenta/teal crossweave silk organza to go as an overlayer for the skirt. The dress is a magenta/teal crossweave silk broadcloth so it should mesh nicely. This will hide the watermarks so I can wear the dress again.

Hopefully, the guy with the trailer out in western Maryland will email me back soon. He has a couple of trailers and I'm hoping to get one of them. I found him on craigslist.
isabelladangelo: (Blue Fairy)
I went over to Mom and Dad's this afternoon. Mom tried on the coat. I have to take it in a bit and it should work great. She likes the feel of it so that works well.
After I take the thing in, I'll add the green velvet trim and a bunch of faux pearls. I'll probably end up using some old pearl buttons because the silver buttons have completely disappeared. I found the straw base I want for my Turkish hat but no buttons. It's really odd. Oh well, the pearl buttons will probably work even better than the silver.
I didn't get to work on the chemise for it. I'll work on that tomorrow night.
isabelladangelo: (Default)
and no buttons. They must be in Harry Potter's room...darn it. I really didn't feel like dragging all that out. Hmmm...might check the scarp box first.

Anyway, the Turkish coat looks like a good Italian interpretation of a Turkish coat. :-) Mom hopefully will like it (and get to wear it!). I'll sew up the chemise for it tonight hopefully. I think I might add some simple lace to the sleeves like in the Portrait of a Lady wear the green turkish/italian coat.
isabelladangelo: (Dangerous beauty)
It's sewn up. The lining...I gave up when it go close enough to matching that no one will notice. I might have to take out the hem a bit (I'll probably just cut the thing and re-hem since that's easier than taking out more stitches at this point!) but over all it's pretty much done. I just need to make sure it fits Mom, find those silver buttons, and then sew the button holes and the buttons on. Maybe I'll stop by tomorrow....
isabelladangelo: (Default)
I kinda like this:

I think I know what I'm going to do for the second "fairy" gown..not that it matters much. Although the Fairy fest is two days, I'll only be able to go on one day so I just need one gown. ::sigh::

I've come to the conclusion I need to take the Turkish coat completely apart. This one side is simply *not* lining up like it should and I can't tell if it's simply because I'm accidentally stretching the fabric too much or if it's something with the cut of the gores or what. The other side is perfect, why does this one have to be giving me trouble?

I couldn't find the silver buttons. I have a few more places to check but I did pull out the fake plastic ones that look like pearl and gold just in case. They aren't the best but they look fine from a foot away. I really need to find the silver ones....

More stuff

Mar. 18th, 2008 07:07 pm
isabelladangelo: (Garb)
I started sewing up Mom's Turkish coat. It looks like she is coming after all (Woohoo!). My SIL's sister (following this?) works at a really neat little Irish pub in Bethesda. They've offered to make platters for the baptism. If that happens, then Mom won't have to cook (why she just didn't order the platters from Giant like usual, I'll never know) and then she can come play on Saturday.
The problem is there is something funny going on with the lining of the Turkish coat so I have to take one side of it apart and see what the heck I did wrong. For something that is a relatively simple pattern, it's really giving me a lot of trouble.

For fun and amusement for all:
It's bad baby names. Some of these are just too funny. You have to wonder what the heck the parents were thinking...and whether child services has been called due to "abusive" names.

a SCA rant )


Mar. 17th, 2008 09:22 am
isabelladangelo: (Ireland)
At work. I'm not really sure why I'm here other than I don't have much sick leave left and I don't have a fever anymore. Ugh.

Sewing stuff: I worked a bit on the 18th c stays the other day. I finished the channels for the back of the stays and should have something reasonably resembling stays by the end of the month...I hope. They are red silk on one side and green silk on the other. I'm using the green silk as bias tape around the edges. It should look interesting.
Mom's coat will be done soon soon as I find those darn buttons! I know I have well over 100 somewhere...I just can't remember where. I've been too sick to tear the house apart but I should be able to go through a few things later today. Assuming I don't crash....
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I cut out the bodice for my Elizabethan gown. I need to cut out the lining and finish cutting out the skirt.
I also dragged out the white linen for my Italian chemise. I need to get working on that since I'm hand sewing it.

For the Poe event:
I have a hat. I didn't make it and it's clearly modern materials but the shape is right for the late 1840's/ early 1850's. The reason I bought it (and love it) is because it's all my favorite colors. The hat itself is a deep aqua. It has white "lace" (embroidered poly) on the back and pink flowers on the the front and sides. It's cute even if it's not perfect.

For the gown: I do have a gown from the 1840's. I'm just copying the lines of it, enlarging them, and making a pink silk gown. I could also just do copies of one of Empress Sisi's early gowns. :-) I love 107 on that site. However, she was just barely contemporary with Poe so I don't think it would work.

For the coat, I really want to do this one:

I love the look of the purple coat. I do have a coat from a little bit later that I'll use for a pattern and just edit as necessary. This means I might have to go buy some nice lace. I have green velvet for the coat and I'm not too worried about the lining.

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