Yay !

Mar. 14th, 2006 10:32 am
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Bodice finished !! No pix yet, I'm too in a hurry.

Skirt half-made.

Pantalonette half-made.

Petticoat half-made.

Only four evenings left to work on it. No, wait... only three evening left ! My parents arrive Friday ! They just choose the worst moment to call !!!!


Hurrah !

Mar. 1st, 2006 10:05 am
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It fits !!!! With absolutely no ease, but who cares : it fits !!!!!

Now, I can close the back, but I still have to wait for the eyelets to be done to know if I will need an inner lapel or not. Sewing and fitting alone really suck.
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Tonight, I'mdoing the final fitting in corset. Meaning, if it does not fit, now that i spen 10 days sewing it all by had, even pipping, I jus have to kill myself.

No, I don't have a gift for meloooooodrama...
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Just to assure you I'm not dead, killed by a sudden revolt of my bent, lost, or broken needles.

And the pieces of my bodice are all sewn ! Yeah ! I'm putting the bonning, I will have to put the eyelets, and then off to the sleeves and the bertha. And no, I still haven't begun the skirt, the petticoat ant the pantalonnettes.

What the hell make you think I'm LATE ?
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You have the right to think there's a curse on your head when :

- you find out that the bias color you searched in three different shops and didn't found out and thought didn't exist and replaced with a contrasting color (marron glacé) actually exists in the only shop you didn't looked at. Now I have weightned my budget, and I just have to found a marroun project to use my marroun bias. And killed myself, for, of course, I found out the right color of bias only after I've finished sewing all my pippings.

- you walk round all Paris to find the only existing rufflette in this f***ing country that have wide enough holes for my steels. Ouch, my feet!

- you finally recieve your steels for the cage to find out that none of yours cutting tools actually cut steel : what the purpose of a cutting plier if not to cut steel ?!! With my tools, it took me 15 minutes to cut a segment and I shouldn't say cut, but rather breake. Ugh ! fortunately I needed only four steels.

- oh, yes ! you managed to cut one steel to the wrong length.

- you can't laced correctly your corset to save your life.

- you made plans to work on three different parts of your dress in the course of the week-end and up only doing your cage, because, it is not that difficult, but it's long, and boring, and never quite work the way you expected.

Anyway, I have a cage crinoline !! It needs some finitions (the boring ones), but nothing that I can't do while working on the rest of the dress. Hurrah ! Pictures, soon, I hope. If I found out how the timer work on my camera.
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My bonings for cage crino and bodice are not here yet, while i've send my payement on week ago (I'm manage to make a mistake in simple order... so typical).

I'm just so not into the mood for doing my pipping.

And cutting fabric is evil.

To make long story short, I have not yet begin my ballgown .
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(beware, black lines are no seams)

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I just have a problem with the the shoulder seams (can't find were they should be -- I will find out on the definitive bodice) and the back closure, that I can't really fit correctly alone, but I will cheat, and do a lapel underneath.
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I'm doing a 1850s dress with a heavily flowered fabric. I'm thinking of maybe doing two to three flounces on my skirt. Do I really have to use the same fabric for the skirt (under the flounces) or can I cheat, and use a red fabric (my fabric is red) ?

I mean, if I dance in a flounced dress, one is going to see under the flounces, right ?

That means a great difference in the amound of fabric I need.

This is just a so bloody expensive hobby we have...


Jan. 30th, 2006 11:02 am
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So, wether I will go to the Carnet de Bal event (an Imperial Bal, to "celebrate" the birth of the son of Napoleon III, and that will be feathured in a TV documentary) is still nebulous, the price of this thing being absolutly indecent, but I've already more or less planned how my dress will be, and make a first (successful) toile for my bodice. My greatest concern, was about my fabric : will it do for a ballgow ?

I photoshopped very very quickly (i'm just so numb with photo-editing) something out of the dress that serves as my main reference and so far I'm loving it. What about you ?

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(Here the version with the horrible bertha design I did, but I was too ashamed to repost it directly.)
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Well, I still have my eyes on the mauve fabric, but as it is some sort of dévoré vevet, I'm afraid it would be heavy and very unperiod, so I went shopping, and I fall totally in love with this fabric :
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It's 100 per cent silk. Original is a lot less shiny, but colors are true. My only fear is that, although it's period, it maybe doesn't ring evening dress to every one. The idea is to have a crinoline evening gown, between this one and this one, with that kind of bertha. I also want the seams piped. Do you think it would work, or just hurt the eye ?

I only took a meter of it to try doing a bodice, as is a little bit expensive for me (but not really expensive, actually).
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I've maybe found the fabric for my 1840s/1850s dress : http://cgi.ebay.fr/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=8245430631&fromMakeTrack=true

It looks like those wonderfully ugly fabrics they used in the 1840s. My only concern is wether it's in silk, and are the stripes really red, like the seller pretends, or pink as I saw them. I don't want to wear pink...

EDIT : of course, the fabric is poly, and I want to avoid polyester and acetate.

Proof that I do not so much hate pink, this vieux-rose silk is nice : http://cgi.ebay.fr/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=8255191753&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&rd=1

And this time, I'm sure it's natural.

I above all, it has a pattern, and the idea of having a fabric with a pattern nearly totaly won me over...


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