Saturday, September 25, 2010

Bad blogger! Now post!

Whew I've been neglecting my blogging for the past month. Well last i posted I was waiting to get my new dress form. It arrived. It's perfect.
I don't have any pictures of it without the dress but that's fine. I've decided to name her Clio after the Greek muse of history. Rather fitting I do believe. I have also started and finished an 18th century set of stays, using the Butterick pattern 4254.
I finished the first set after going slightly insane dealing with the friggin tabs on it. After trying to sew the bias tape on with the sewing machine I had to stop rip it all off and sew it by hand. And if I ever do that again I'll buy a thimble and save myself the torture. I also didn't really think about the fact of how i was going to do the boning and i ended up having to put it between the outer layer and the inner layer. Which just doesn't really look good at all. As it turns out I need to make a slightly smaller set so I've already started another set that are plain white with a satin outer layer. The stays are super cut just not as good as they could be.

Once I found out that i had to put my zip ties under the outer layer of fabric I had to figure out how I was going to keep the zip ties from poking through the thin outer layer. So i decided to blunt the tips using my husbands dremel tool and bench grinder.

Innermost layer on the dress form. I'll try to make sure i document this project better than my last and keep up with my posting. Happy sewing! ;)

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Oh the suspense!

Just recently I happened to be in Jo Ann's and they had a sale on for dress forms ($50 off the price) well naturally not owning one myself I wanted one. For weeks now I've been fantasizing about fitting garments on a form and not having to get laced up every time I want to check the fit. But I've also been agonizing about the size. So anyhoo I have my husband with me at the fabric store. A rare event. And he convinces me to "...just buy the darn thing." So I did and *sigh* I get it home and I've purchased the wrong size. So the very next day I take it back and I go through returning it. But as luck would have it I found the particular brand in the "Deluxe" model on for less than a base model of the same brand. So now I'm congratulating myself on my super shopper savvy seeing as how i got a deal and it was on sale plus everything on there ships for under $3. Point to me ;) But now the waiting starts and this perfectly good three day weekend is going to be without any dress sewing but that's alright I spent exorbitant amounts on flowers and feathers for the Hat Extravaganza! As in a previous post I'd mentioned I'd like to make a beret and I'll be trying for a Great Hat. But more on that later here's a pic of my soon to be best friend.

Happy sewing.