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21 September 2012 @ 04:51 pm
I will be moving to blogger for my sewing journal. One of the many reasons (of course the most prominent being I must ACTUALLY sew something) I haven't put anything up is my computer just doesn't like live journal. It runs really slow and for me and is just hard to manage. You can find the new blog here http://mrslovettstailor.blogspot.com/ but I will still throw up a link here when there are any important updates :)
30 April 2012 @ 12:04 pm
 Here are some pictures of my daughters Halloween Costume I had Elaina try on the other day for my mother. The pics are not very good, and look very blown out from the camera I was using, but it at least shows the shape of it. I will get better pics of the details up soon. This is actually a rich brown and green with dark trims across the bodice front. The forepart is an off-white quilted tapestry that my mother hand pearled.

Current Mood: busybusy
29 April 2012 @ 06:01 pm
Quite a while ago I had relocated my lost corset pieces and had planned to put them together but when I finally went to do so I found they were WAAAAYYYY to short! I had used a commercial pattern and didn't mess with the sizing/fitting before cutting (I know, dumb) as I am very short so I never dreamed that the waistline would be off by almost 4 inches! Irritated, this one was tossed in the to-sew-or-figure-out-what-to-do-with-it-someday box and I went in search of other fabric but found nothing I liked as much as what I had planned on using originally. I was going to just resign myself to the standard cream corset when I found this really interesting fabric at Jo Ann's. It is an upholstery weight duck cloth with this really cool print that sort of reminds me of a stained-glass window, in these sort of fleshy pink and brown tones. I know it is not accurate but I wanted something kind of fun and that I could use to wear as an outergarment whenever I felt like it. I am prepared for the fact I will get some grief from people over the pink color but I am in love with it anyway :) 

I have the entire corset cut out and will be marking the channels and stuff tomorrow so I can start on it. Will put up pics of the fabric here soon.
Current Mood: creativecreative
29 April 2012 @ 05:48 pm
WOW! I went back and read some old posts and stuff and cannot believe i have had this journal for about 2 years and have barely posted anything! Also, even more ridiculous, is the things I have intended to make and gotten nowhere near for some reason or another. "Sigh". Okay now, its time to sew stuff! YES!! I feel stoked!!!
Current Mood: determineddetermined
18 November 2011 @ 02:52 pm
fried my hand on what was SUPPOSED to be a microwave safe mug! had that horrid moment of`holding it before brain registered the pain! i am soooo mad! my palm and 3 `fingers are trying to blister and have to keep it wrapped in ice.great timing with 3 dresses to finish by sunday, 2 i havent eveb cut yet, a 5 page research paper `for my Am. Lit. class as well as 4 assigments and test for compositions class all due by sunday and am typing right now with one finger... dammit!
Current Mood: angryangry
15 November 2011 @ 03:17 pm
I was not horribly pleased with my Victorian Undies when I cut them out but figured hey, its a pile of white fabric one cannot really judge at this point. I picked a pattern out of Period Costume for Stage and screen which is quite fitted to go under the more svelte bustle but after I watched Moulin Rouge last night,  (while I was cutting out something else) I am completely disappointed. I REALLY want that SEXY FULLNESS in the drawers to contrast with the tightness of the corset when its on. And yes, I AM planning for someone to see them ;)  (I figure my husband won't complain about the time I spend on this stuff if he gets some benefit from it as well). So I am thinking about getting different fabric and recutting them...I have a bed sheet that is just calling out to be sacrificed!
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
13 November 2011 @ 09:04 pm
I am ashamed to say that these are from last summer's trip to Washington State! The two near the water we taken out at the beach at LaPush and the other one (deer) was in the Hoh RainForest.

13 November 2011 @ 08:46 pm
Here are a few more pics for the "Alice" debacle. Not at all what we wanted but bad hair and makeup and 3 tornados later we were lucky to get anything!

13 November 2011 @ 09:56 am

My mother was doing her usual auctioning for material goodies and came across this FABULOUS PIECE! It is a wonderful Indian  Crewel worked cotton and is so much more lovely up close than in the picture. I absolutely love it and decided I am going to make myself something from it :) Problem is I cannot decide what. It is a little over a yard but issue is that they cut a big chunk out of it. With the shape and the width I could do one of these without too much problem :

#1: Forepart to a skirt and stomacher piece for an Elizabethan gown. I am only 5' tall so I can squeeze out the part for the skirt and then there would be just enough for the center bodice.

#2:  Partlet A' la Shakespeare In Love. I really loved the heavily embroidered partlet she wears with her riding costume as she goes to church to pray for Will when she thinks he died. It shows it quite well when they are sitting together down by the river after she learns it was not him who was killed. This would leave me fabric for something else too but i don't know what. My only worry is that the pattern on it is just too large. I could possibly squeeze this out of scraps using the smaller prints after I made something else as well depends on what is left over.

#3: Elizabethan Jacket from Janet Arnold's patterns of fashion. I have looked at this over the years but always thought it was sort of frmpy. It is the one described as "being tied with silk ribbons", but having been watching the Tudors alot lately (I am in one of those moods) I notice this is the jacket, pink silk ribbons and all, we see fleetingly in the opening sequence. It is a brief shot with the wearer untying it to take it off (yeah, its showtime) and it actually is rather sexy. Perhaps this is just because she is taking it off lol but I rather like it :) I THINK I could squeeze this out as I can arrange the pieces around the large hole in the middle and I am very intriqued by this.

Let me know what you think :)
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative