Sewing Room

Jan. 9th, 2010 09:45 pm
isabelladangelo: (18th c)
Realizing a while ago that my sewing room had been taken over by fabric and had ZERO organization (there were two paths in the room. One to get to the dress dummy, another to get to the sewing machine), I went to IKEA today given the sale. Yes, it was crowded but everyone was nice so it wasn't horrible.

No, really, it gave whole new meanings to disaster )
isabelladangelo: (Fabric)
Pink Italian, 1500's style, in linen with black couching trim around the neckline.

Brown Tudor a la Anne of the Thousand Days

Finish the Elizabethan surcote - It's not completely H/A but I loved the fabric too much and needed to show it off.

Denim bustle skirt - Serious question: Anyone have old blue jeans that they are going to throw away? I want to cut up a bunch of jeans and use that for the skirt. It's for something steampunk.

1650's Pink Bodice

Pink and Silver steampunk ball gown

Repair the dresses I have

Sell the dresses that don't fit anymore (anyone need a nice linen Turkish coat?)

Just Breath Gown - will probably be moved around a lot in the list until I get a trim I love

Bella's Wedding Gown - Yes, that Bella. I just...have to.

Cullen Crest heraldic Tudor gown because, again, I have to. Don't worry, it will be for Renn Faire only...I think. Well, maybe Pennsic.


Oct. 3rd, 2008 09:26 am
isabelladangelo: (Elizabethan-esque)
I forgot my embroidery bag at the hotel in Hampton. Eek! Luckily, they found it and are mailing it up today.

I have 1/4 of a blanket done. I'm knitting the tye-dye wool I got at Jamestown 2007. It's really gorgeous stuff and I wish I had gotten a lot more but it was hand spun, dyed, and cost about $20 a skien so... I need to get some blue-green wool yarn to finish another 1/4 or maybe some pink. Etsy, here I come!

I'll need to finish cleaning up my house tonight and then go to the renn fest with one of my very good friends tomorrow, hopefully. I'll probably work on a couple of projects tonight (hopefully not start anymore!) and post pictures!
isabelladangelo: (Mary of Modena)
So, the restoration gown project. Yes, I know this is not until 2009 and I have at least five other projects I need to finish before I even begin this one but....

blah blah blah )

So, stuff

Aug. 12th, 2008 01:21 pm
isabelladangelo: (Default)
Well, I'm doing slightly better today. I called up Mom at lunch and she went to visit the puppy at my house. (This means I don't have to come home to Ginsie having gone through the trash and having that scattered all over the floor because I forgot to put the trash can up again. Mom got it.) I'm still not sure what to do about the truck though. Should I get it fixed and then just trade it in Jan to get the truck I want? Or trade it in now and get a car that I will just sell in a year anyway?

In sewing stuff, I really REALLY want the box I left in my car. Partly because it has candles that are probably just puddles of wax by now but also because it had all my new silk thread in it. I have an idea for something for next Pennsic and I want to get started on it now. In the mean time, I'm thinking the black wool working class Italian.

I'll post pictures of the finished Eleanora gown in a couple of days hopefully. It's done. I just need to take the pictures.
isabelladangelo: (blue waterhouse)
I'll try to finish up the sleeves tomorrow. I forgot something and need it before I start the beading to the sleeves.

I'm almost finished with a corset I started tonight. I decided during the middle of House that I just needed a new corset. I would have finished it if it were for the bobbin running out of thread. I'll probably finish it in the morning.

I'm going to have a lot of simple handsewing projects I'll finish at Pennsic. Almost all of it is just eyelets which is why I'm holding off on those. Eyelets can be done at Pennsic. Resizing and adding various trims can't. Or at least not as easily as eyelets can be added.

I finished 7 or so more Atlantian Mullets tonight. Woohoo!
isabelladangelo: (blue waterhouse)
Why are you trying to be everyone's friend? It's admirable that you want people to like you, but it is simply not practical. Sometimes, people get on your nerves, and sometimes (believe it or not), you get on theirs. It's not the end of the world. Conflicts, arguments and tension do not mean the end of a relationship. You need to start rolling with the punches and understand that sometimes going through rough patches makes you appreciate the smooth road all the more.

Sewing Update: I made another passable chemise for me. It's out of crinkle cotton and is done with the whole drawstring method. I want to make another out of muslin given the temps this year. I need to cut out a far more accurate chemise out of the linen/cotton next. Then, I should be okay with renaissance underwear. Tomorrow, shopping for more gold cord so I can finish the sleeves.
isabelladangelo: (Garb)
1) There is a joke in here somewhere:
text of article )

2)Ginsie seems to be okay this morning. I called up Mom and told her about the seizure. Mom wants to take Ginsie for the week next week. As much as I hate not having my pup around, I also know that staying at home all day while I'm at work, after she's had a seizure like that isn't good either. If she has another seizure, it's typically a few days later (like 4~6 days), which would put it in the middle of next week. So, she'll probably be over at Mom & Dad's next week.

3) I played with the embroidery program last night. That was interesting. I'm going to play with it more tonight and then attempt to sewing something else on that machine...while doing my sleeve, of course.
isabelladangelo: (Default)
Mom has three chemises, three finished gowns, and a third gown that I'm going to take over this evening to fit her. I also made these sleeves for the front opening Italian gown. The sleeves have five gold ribbons going down them and look really neat with the dress.

I've been working on my sleeves as well. I might have one done by tomorrow if I take it with me to work so I can work on it on the metro.

I'm ignoring all other projects until I get these sleeves embroidered/couched!
isabelladangelo: (Default)
I was going through my fabric stash last night. I wanted to see if I had enough of the black wool I made the sleeves of my very mis-matched doublet to make a jacket out of. Turns out there isn't enough for a full jacket but there is enough for a pair of bodies...
In going through that, I also found my so-dark-blue-it's-black wool. I have 4 yards left and it's tropical weight. I'm thinking late Italian working woman, with red velvet trim? And a red wool jacket?

I also need to get started on the Bellatrix LeStrange outfit before September. So, the second I get back from Pennsic, I need to make that outfit.

And, of course, there is the 12th Night gown. I think I have enough dead rabbits (old fur coats, most of them look 1960's) to make the lining for the Catherine Parr/Jane Grey dress. I have the rest of the's just a matter of me sewing up dead rabbits to make the dress. (This way, no need for a cloak! Yes, it might get hot inside wearing all of that but that's why God invented the farthingale. Plus, I'll just wear my corset underneath. If it gets too hot, I'll just take the darned dress off!)
isabelladangelo: (Default)
So I went through my gowns because I know there are a few that need to be repaired prior to Pennsic. A couple I can just repair at Pennsic, if necessary, like my Gothic Fitted Gown (I need to move the buttons since I lost a bit of weight since I made the thing). Most I need to do a repairs here. So, repair gowns!

Peacock Venetian - I'm working on that now. I want to wear it to Novice given the theme is "birds". What better than peacock feather brocade sleeves to match my changeable fabric that goes from blue to green to purple (ignore the fact it's poly taffeta. Yes, I'll be carefully about hydration) with my peacock fan? Hmm...I wonder if I can get a pair of blue Mary Janes and add a peacock feather to the tops of them....I have peacock feather earrings! ...Oh...and I bet I can finish up that beaded snood and use that....hmmm...

The Florentine gown - I need to replace the lining on it. The jacquard is fine but the lining has had it. Oh the fun of picking out eyelets....

Red/Gold Venetian- I still need to piece it back together. This means re-pleat the skirt.

Mom's Turkish - I'm not sure if I'll bother taking the gores out and moving them up or not quite yet. It depends on how much time I end up having a week or so before Pennsic.

Green Venetian - Not sure if I'll bother with this either given it's a "winter" gown and not meant for summer wear. However, I do need to take it apart and re do the straps and the pleats on the skirt.

I can probably get each of these done in an afternoon. However, I still need to finish the sleeves on the Eleanor gown, make Mom at least another outfit or two, make us both more chemises (6 for her, 1 or 2 for me), and do all this before the end of the month! Yeap, I'm busy. I so will be sewing all day at Novice. If I'm not sewing for more than 30 minutes and it's not feast? Yell at me, please.
isabelladangelo: (Default)
I have a few pictures up. The dress embroidery/couching is done, thank God. It's not perfect but I don't think it looks bad either.

The front of the dress I haven't finished adding pearls to the partlet and I haven't added the eyelets to the back of the dress either. I should have the pearls added by the end of the week, hopefully. I'm starting on the sleeves tomorrow.

Back of dress Like I said, I haven't put the eyelets in so hence major gaping and ripples. I was more focused on getting the couching done then worrying about eyelets (which I can probably sew in the dark. in the night. with no one else around. not for miles....).

There are couple more pictures up on my flickr account if you want to take a look. Please, comments/suggestions/ect are really helpful. I'm still willing to take things apart to get this dress looking correct!
isabelladangelo: (Default)
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.
isabelladangelo: (blue waterhouse)
It's a problem with the BIOS. I know that much. How to fix the thing and whether to bother to fix, that is the question. Whether it tis nobler in the day to suffer the financial loss of buying a new computer, or to call up the India help desk and, by non-understandable phone calls, end this? To call, to scream, to fix no more. Perchance to email again; ah there's the rub. For in calling it is since I cannot email any more
when my computer has shuffled off it's mortal coil
and restarts itself every 15 seconds.
That makes calamity of a rebuilt computer;
For who would deal with outdated micro-processors
Bill Gate's XP, the over-heated fan,
The pangs of a constant restart, the wireless delay,
The overflowing email lists and the forums
The patient merit of calling India Help Desks,
When she herself cannot make understable
what "Mike" might say? who would these troubles bear.
to scream and cry under a weary call,
But the dread of finacial loss after bought,
the undiscover'd Vista from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
and makes us rather bear those ills we have
than fly to others that we know not of?

....Can't tell whether I'm thinking of bother to fix the freaking computer again or buying a new one, can ya? :-) Or that I'm working on SCA projects at the same time? hehehehe....

Purple dress is almost done. It will be done tomorrow with pictures to follow. I promise! (Dad's computer likes my camera even if my own computer is on a constant restart and hated my camera before that...)
isabelladangelo: (pink 18th c)
What happened was Mom told me Dad wanted to go see the "caber tossing" this weekend and I figured that spending the weekend with my Dad on Father's Day weekend was probably a far better way to go. After all, the hassle just to get to Hagerstown, only spend a couple of hours, maybe 3, and then have to go home because I need to let Miss Ginsie out? It's just not fair to Ginsie when I could take her and spend the day with my family while listening to great music. And then there is the whole paying versus non-paying thing I mentioned.... That just keeps getting me more and more angry.
So, Potomac Celtic Festival it is. I should have the purple linen Italian Scottish gown done in time (hehehe) for that. I did work on the partlet for the Eleanor gown. I need more trim. I think I've already used about 20 yards or so. I didn't really count. I have plenty, I just need to make more by sewing the ribbons together.
After I get the partlet trim done, I'll sew up the Italian Scottish gown. That won't take long at all since that doesn't require much handsewing at all; only the eyelets. The rest will all be machine.
After all of that is done (this week), I'll get back to the 18th c stuff that seriously needs to get done next week. I might make a 1790's gown first out of this red and white striped cotton I bought a couple of years ago just for a late 18th c gown. I have 13 yards of it so I know I have more than enough and considering it's July, a 1790's "patriotic" gown would work well...
isabelladangelo: (Default)
So, I took the gold couching that I did backwards off the Eleanor gown. I need to get busy on that.
I also started to take apart my red/gold 1560's Italian. The bust is okay but the wait on it need to be expanded. It turns out I made the waist at 26" and I do not have a 26" waist. :-) It doesn't need to be let out much but I just hated the very unsightly fold at the waist that kept creeping up.

After that, I'll working on the fairy gown and then finish up the hood for the Gothic Fitted Gown. :-) Pennsic Panic!!!
isabelladangelo: (blue waterhouse)
I still have no idea when I'll be teaching this weekend but I will be teaching about 16th c Italian dress (and outfits!) at Sapphire. My guess is Sunday (hopefully) but I really don't know. Feel free to come, sit in, and point and laugh with your sewing/knitting needle. :-)

I took the knitting pouch partially apart. The Greek key is still very much there. I added a couple of rows of white and I'm starting on Spike in blue. I just really don't want to run out of yarn and since I have a ton more of the white (I swear, this is the endless white yarn!), I want to go with a white background instead of the blue.

I worked on the dress and the partlet last night. I need a lot more gold ribbon for the partlet so I'm going to Michael's. The scary Joann's didn't have any. I might try Wally World as well. I need food anyway and that's the only place that sells the 100 calorie Reeses' snacks. :-)

Anyone else watch NCIS last night?!?
isabelladangelo: (Default)
I started sewing the partlet. I really did. It took a bloody hour to get one inch of the ribbon sewn on correctly. Um...yeah, no. That's when I came up with plan B. Here is a picture of plan b. What exactly is plan B?
Plan b is, rather than sewing the edges of the blue ribbon down with gold thread to mimic the look in the portrait, I took a wider, flat, gold woven ribbon and sewed the blue ribbon on top of it making....trim! What I want to do is sort of pin the woven pattern of "trim" down on to the partlet and then sew the pearls on top of the cross sections which will secure the trim to the partlet, not ruin the silk nearly as much (holes! all sorts of horrible holes in the organza from trying to sew that bit on). This lovely plan also takes a LOT less time. I think I can be finished with the partlet by late tomorrow night if I'm good.
Plan B is so much simpler than evil plan A. Plan A was just evil...

Quick note

May. 11th, 2008 09:34 pm
isabelladangelo: (Default)
I think "awl" is really the Elizabethan pronunciation of "ow". I decided to not work on the couching because I've seen a couple of portraits that make me think my placement of the embroidery and the actual placement are two different things. So I decided to work on the 56 eyelets. I've gotten through 22 of them. Ouch. My fingers do not like me right now.
isabelladangelo: (Default)
It's not THAT pink and the skirt is sticking out funny because I pulled it that way. I wanted to show that it wasn't a pencil skirt. My dress dummy doesn't have hips and everything falls perfectly straight down on her. I have hips. Things do not fall straight down on me.

True color pink. This is the back of the dress. It's pretty voluminous in the back but I think it's supposed to look that way.

I didn't sew up the inside when I took these pictures. I just don't have the time right now.

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