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So, Friday. I had a lot packed and basically threw it into the car, leaving around noon or so. basically, I kept forgetting stuff and had to make sure I really did pack everything I needed and wait until store opened to go get emergency supplies (like beading wire) so I left a couple of hours later than I wanted to. The traffic was pretty bad, but more for the terrible accident than for construction.
A tractor-trailer ran off the side of the road and down the embankment (which was more of a cliff given the depth and angle) and caught on fire. The driver was okay (or, at least, I think that was the driver sitting there by the side of the road looking down the embankment with the "Dear God!" look on his face) but it looked pretty bad. That caused everything to be back upped on I-70 for a few miles. The construction? Only took a half hour.

go get something to eat and some tea. This will take a while...a long while )Saturday )Sunday )Monday )
Tuesday )Wednesday )Thursday )
Friday )
Saturday )
Overall, Pennsic was great and I'm sorry I didn't get to see everyone but I am happy that I got to see a lot of you. Feel free to comment with your favorite Pennsic pictures and/or whatever. :-)
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Mom's early 16th C kirtle I based it on the kirtles seen in Henry VIII's Book of Hours. It's green linen with a brown linen blend lining. I didn't iron it prior to trying it on the Anne Boleyn model but I think you can see that the front looks okay.

The problem is in the back. There is a slight gap at the bottom of opening in the back. I'm guessing this might be due to the dress dummy itself and nothing else. However, I'm thinking of maybe adding a gore? Any other ideas? I had to take the stitching out at the bottom of the opening because the opening had to be bigger to fit over the dress dummy. :-)
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The purple Scottish Italian dress is almost done. I finally figured out how to pleat the back without having to cut it up. It looks nice now.

I created a pattern for my Mom's kirtle. It *should* fit her perfectly but I'm making it out of the blue cotton first just to make sure (and so she'll have a nice cool blue Atlantian gown to wear on Sunday of War Week:-) ). She also loves the 12th c ish Green dress from the butterick pattern and really wants that so....[ profile] padawansguide? That's what shall become of the green silk velvet. I promise to take out the princess seams and make it closer to the 12th c...because I just wouldn't be able to stand it otherwise.

Anyway, I cut out the canvas for the bodice of the kirtle. I'm still debating on whether or not to use the purple cotton for lining or just regular old muslin. Given that I think this would be best served as an Atlantian dress, I'm thinking the muslin (that, and it's lighter than the purple cotton for the summer).

I also worked on the pink Eleanor gown. 11 more of those rounded designs to go on the back and the dress is done! I decided to go ahead and make the back match the front and not do the back like the shoulders. Instead, I'll just do one panel for the sleeves that is "embroidered" since that's the way it looks in the painting anyway. I do have pink pearls for the sleeves and I know I have the three strands of black pearls I bought from [ profile] fabricdragon last year in a basket, I think. I need to remember where I put them.

In non-sewing news: I did see Becoming Jane last night. I rather liked it. A couple of things (dresses) made my eyes go "huh?" but all and all it was pretty cute. Then again, I know next to nothing about Jane Austen's life.
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It's finished!

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Mar. 2nd, 2008 06:33 pm
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Pictures! )

The skirt is a lot wider than it looks in the photos. I just really had the pleats almost ironed down giving it a thinner look. The skirt has about 180" so it's not too shabby. I'm working on the sleeves and the entire dress should be done soon.

Next is Mom's dress. It will be of sage green velvet with rosy pink silk for the lining of the sleeves and the underskirt. It will be done in the 1490~1500 Tudor style. (So not bell sleeve but wide sleeve. And not farthingale.)

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I got to dress up the Mommy! Tehehehe! Holiday faire ) So that's my Holiday Faire report for now. Mom loved meeting all these people I talk about so she can put faces to the names now. :-)
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It's ummm..bright? Okay, so it's not neon bright or highlighter bright but it's very very pink. The color is called "azalea" and that's a very proper name for it. I'm hoping I can just wash it and it will fade but I might have to use more drastic measures. Not that it matters; it's project 53 on the list of things to do.
I need to get three (and a half) gowns before the end of the year. (Not to shabby, huh?) One is the Gold court gown from Ever After. I'm kinda thinking that that might be a good one for Holiday Faire. Another is the green Elizabethan...that should be done before Christmas. The third is the pink Venetian I've been playing with since sometime last year. It's pink wool and ummm...yeah. I need to finish that one.
After all that, I can start on Mom's gowns. You see, Mom is coming to Pennsic next year (Woohoo! Play dress up the mommy!). She has a couple of outfits (a linen tunic and pants outfit that needs some embroidery to be passable but it's fine for Pennsic and a green silk late 14th/early 15th c gown.) but she desperately needs more. She is in love with the very early 16th c English style (the really early Tudor gowns) so I'm going to try and make her a couple of those. As long as she has a weeks worth of garb, she'll be fine...well, that, and the fact that they do have washing machines at Pennsic. She was happy about that.


Sep. 22nd, 2007 11:31 am
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My sewing machine is fixed. It works! No more funny sounds. The needle actually goes down and comes back up without help. So it should last me another year and half, right? :-)

Mom loved her apron. Actually, Dad loved it too. He was impressed with it. Dad commented on how it was the perfect size for her and that he likes the colors. The problem Mom (and probably most of us) has with most aprons is that they either come way too low or they don't cover our hips! And considering Mom is a size 6, there is no excuse for not covering hips. The bottom part of Mom's apron covers the entire front and has pockets. She liked the pockets.

So, today I might go in full turkish and prance around for a bit. I'm kinda tired right now after going to work this morning for a couple of hours. Only two other people were there and one was the silly lady. For the love of all that is Holy, pushing the button does NOT make the computer go only makes that annoying beep. Please, stop. Really.

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