Poe Event

Jan. 21st, 2008 08:35 pm
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It was a blast! [livejournal.com profile] padawansguide and I carpooled up to Baltimore. Although I think we hit every red light on the way through Baltimore, we did not get lost and we did get there 15 minutes ahead of time. This despite the fact Miss Ginsie had to take herself on an excursion through the woods before we left. One of my neighbors helped by getting a piece of bologna to bribe the pup out of the woods. It worked. Climbing over thorns and sticks in a silk gown is interesting.

At a gorgeous Victorian tea house in Baltimore, we met up with [livejournal.com profile] bauhausfrau, [livejournal.com profile] jehanni, [livejournal.com profile] jennylafleur, [livejournal.com profile] girliegirl32786, Marilee and George. We had our own special room upstairs (it's a very good thing we didn't do 1860's. Hoops and the staircase would NOT have mixed) that was beautifully decorated. If it weren't for the huge 30 some inch tv, I think it would have really felt like we had been transported to 1849.

We each ordered our own pot of tea. I have gingerbread which was yummy. There was so much food! The biscuits, scones, sandwhiches, and cheesecake were all delicious. Everyone kept pulling out their digital cameras and taking tons of pictures of the room and each other. :-) I took a few and they are up at my flickr account. If the link doesn't work, my account name is JubileeL_insaneone.

The play was Murder on the Rue Morgue. It was great to watch that and then the various acts that followed. An actress playing the part of Sarah Whitman talked in character regarding her remembrances of Poe. She was quite amazing. Of course, all I could do for a couple of minutes is think "Is that taffeta and black lace in her skirt?" but that's me. :-)
After here performance an actor playing the part of Edgar Allen Poe spoke which was also fun.

When all the performances concluded, we started on the picture taking again. :-) Which also involved other people taking pictures of all of us in out 19th c finery. The curator of the Poe House would like us to take part in the celebrations next year (200th birthday celebration!) which is supposed to have many VIPs. It really sounds like a great celebration and I can't wait!

I will have a new dress next year. Yes, I know, the dress isn't as bad as I think it is. Mom saw this picture and said "That's the dress you thought was horrible?!?" Yes, I didn't like it. It just didn't come out the way I wanted it too. It looks odd to me at least and it's not up to my usual standards so...I don't like it. I didn't hide beneath my coat the entire time (although it was tempting since it was 15 f outside!).

I thought up a couple of ways to "improve" it but I think I'm just going back to my original idea for the dress and get some nice cotton that I like...about 8 yards of it, and play. Until I find the fabric however, I'm going to work on an 18th c gown. I was going to work on Mom's gown but she can't decide on a lining so I'm going to put that on the back burner with about 12 other projects....
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If anyone would like to carpool, please email me at JubileeL at excite dot com. I live in Greenbelt, MD so I'm pretty much halfway between Baltimore and DC. I can fit 3 other people comfortably (4 squishingly) in my car. There is plenty of room for parasols, extra bags, ect in the trunk of my truck. If you want to drive to my house first and then up to B'more in my car, that's fine too. I have plenty of parking.

I should probably add that the weather reports state 27 as a high right now. I have a couple of extra capes for anyone that would like to borrow one.

Poe Dress

Jan. 15th, 2008 11:01 pm
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Picture )

The coat I'm really happy about so far. I'll post pictures of that later. I might just hide beneath that the entire time. :-)

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The bodice is done! I need to finish up the sleeves but other than that, it's done. I'll attach the skirt tomorrow. I was going to take pictures but I left the camera over at my parents' house.

Poe Dress

Jan. 13th, 2008 01:23 am
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After fooling around with the bodice for the past few hours, I figured out what was wrong. Unfortunately, there is little I can do about it without the bodice looking really funky. So, instead, I'm using the now old bodice front as a top gathering and cutting out a new bodice front to make the blue rose dress style. You can see the style again here with roses. Maybe I should go buy black roses for the gown? That might be interesting.

If nothing else, the dress will look okay now. The cut I had done was simply not working the way I wanted it too. Oh well, this style will be fine. I might even do the short sleeves with the shirt beneath it too. :-)
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Well...it's interesting. I think I might have to hand sew the front of the bodice to get the pleats exactly right. Which is fine. The rest of the dress is done to the point that, once I sew the pleats on the front of the bodice, it shouldn't take more than a half hour to finish.
The front of the bodice is just giving me problems though. I tried pinning the pleats and machine sewing them and ummm...no. I'm going to take those out and just take a few hours tomorrow to sew the thing while watching a movie. Maybe Jane Eyre?

I did try to put my hair up last night the way I want and it really looked awesome. I'm going to have to make sure my hair is perfectly straight before the event to get the desired look but it will work which is far better than the bodice right now. And yes, the hair fits under the hat which is the most important part. :-) I might make a bonnet as well but right now? The bodice it the top priority.

I'm going to Joanns in a few minutes to pick up some cotton for the shirt. The underskirts are done. The coat is cut out but that's about it. It shouldn't be too hard to sew up since I've done similar coats in the past. I probably won't be able to do the cording I wanted to on it though. I'll just stick with the original lace idea.

If the bodice takes too long and I can't get to the coat, I do have a cape (or three) that I can use. I also have how many shawls? :-) So, focusing on the bodice and then worry about everything else.
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I finally got around to taking the skirt off the Elizabethan. I think I'm just going to make it more mid 16th c Italian now that it's in pieces. I still need to cut the skirt up and then resew the entire thing. That, hopefully, won't take too long tonight.

Poe Dress: In pieces as well. :-) Although I did go last night to Joann's and get the flannel backed satin [livejournal.com profile] attack_laurel suggested. It still seemed a bit thin so I'm creating an inner layer of the super thin fleece. That should make it warm. The fleece is grey, the satin is black, and the coat is black velvet. I'm thinking of adding some of the lilac cording I've had since 2003 to the sleeves of the coat around the cuffs. I saw a pattern I liked...just need to find the thing again...eh, that's what's work is for! Looking for random things no one else can find or remember!

...I'm so bringing my muff to this....

18th c gown: Yes, I'm making plans for this now. I figure I'll make one out of the 7+ yards of brown cord I have lying about. That with some sort of pink fabric (velvet?) should look okay. I'll make a second one after I figure out the problems with the first. Which is why I want to use the $1 yard cord I got ummm...three years ago? first. I have patterns for it, I think I'll go with the later 1760's early 1770's style for now but we'll see....
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I found where I had stored my 1840's dress. It's most likely from the earlier half of the decade than the later half. However, I found a few interesting sewing techniques that I rather like and will probably use in my own gown.

First, the dress is very light weight silk brocade in a pretty gold color. Pictures! )

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