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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Just Thinking Not Doing

My Shoulder operation went well. I am in a lot of pain, thank the Gods for pain killers!! I am Still working on the Faire Gown, but no progress as yet, I can't use my right arm.

So off to plan Estrella garb.

I love the Jacobean Jackets.
Like this :

and this is a sample of what I want on the edges & sleeves

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Hats & Skirts

So this was my Saturday and Sunday, we went to the bean festival and that took most of the day and all of my energy!!!! Then I had to go and find a dress to wear to a friend's for dinner, because I gave away all of the clothing in my closet that was a size 20 or above, I had no special clothing to wear at all.

I found this lovely shirt dress in apricot linen and I wore the earrings I made and my necklace I purchased with green beads and an apricot flower, Indian food without the peppers so I could eat the stuff! It was lovely!
So Hat is in need of hand sewing which I can do at work, and I have 216 inches or 6 yards of skirt done, now to put the gaurd on it, I am going to make the linen lining next and then... the gaurd that is my Monday. Monday night I am heading to a friend's to get her to fit my bodice pattern because I lost weight and it is too loose. Then I can cut out the interior and well get everything set up, I might see if I can take off a Thursday so I can have an extra day to finish this and make it perfect for Saturday. I am now waiting for the jewelery to come from Dragonpipes. I don't have anything blue and gold so I ordered a set with a brooch because it was awesome.
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

New Fish Tank!!!

Yeah so we spent on upgrading the freezer and the fish tank! The one we had is 10 gallons and we got a 55 gallon tank and now we get to fill it with new fish along with our old ones!!

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Gown Continued

I have today off, and a good thing since the fog kept flights delayed for up to 3 hours. I was able to sleep which was great, and I got the design of the trim sewn to the forepart, now I have to glue the gems to the little gold squares and then attach them and figure out if I am going to gaurd the bottom with either in the blue velveteen would it look okay since I am guarding the skirt in the same velveteen?

I don't know, but I will do some research and see if I can find another solution to the bottom. I need to back the forepart with the duck cloth which is also in blue.

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Monday, September 6, 2010

Forepart Creating!

This is where I am at now, every single thing you see is from my stash!
I have been collecting for at least 15 years, I go to Gem Shows and well
all sorts of places to find what I need!

This again is the Blue/Gold shot Silk Taffeta, my son almost gave me a heart attack because he was working with bleach cleaning a fish tank, and he casually drops his hands on my fabric! Silk? ! Yikes! Hates bleach! But luckily? He did not have any on his hands, it was just water and it dried without any issues! This is $26.00 a yard fabric and I only had 2 yards of it to begin with.

I had to beg my husband for his math expertise in the diamond design as I had less than 4 yards of the trim to do the forpart, I think with the dark blue velveteen on the bottom it will look smashing together.

Well it is late and I am bushed, I will work on this perhaps Wednesday as I have that day off.

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I haz Sleeves!

Well not competely done, because I decided I needed to pink it so I have been working on that design.

Don't you love the shot Silk Taffeta? It is blue and gold and it shines in the sunlight! I am so glad I found this!

Right now I am working on the forpart, I will have pictures as soon as I can get it, I have less than 4 yards of trim left, which means I have to be very careful in placing the trim so that it will have a good effect and will give me a grand look as well.

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Old and New!

Pretty nifty eh? On the left we have old freezer, really small and hard to get into without taking every single thing out of it and often forgetting what the heck you have at the bottom. For me it was a nightmare. So Hubby got a bonus, not the biggest but hey? It is free money! We were at Best Buy and saw they had a floor model sale. Then I did some research and they were selling new ones online for the same amount! Huh? So I spoke with the manager and he lowered the price another $75.00, and well that brought it down over $250.00 and well it made it worth it, plus with the no intrest on the credit card, we decided it would be a good thing, so I have budgeted 50.00 for the next year to pay this off and we have a new standing freezer that is 20.6 cu feet and well we have space!!! So awesome! We moved everything from the old freezer, well hubby did that in like 30 minutes, we have so much more space!! I bought corn already and some fruits. I plan on getting more and since we have a vacuum sealer, it will be so much fun to get everything in the freezer and well, know we have space!!
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Faire Gown

So I can only hope I can work this out and have it done in 2 weeks. I am using patterns I already have so it should not be too difficult, just sitting and cutting and sewing, which always takes the longest!!! I went to Thai Silks, Gods! The SCA has had a discount with them for many years....many many.... and every time I go to the shop....I have to fight for the discount. I know times are tough but I sometimes spend $200.00 with them and still I have to prove that I know what I am saying is the truth. SIGH

So I picked up 2 yards of Silk Taffeta shot gold and blue, I am going to use the trim on that and pink the sleeves. I should have enough for a pill box hat, I am going to machine embroider a Fleur de lys on the too of the hat (my signature). The fabrics are very dark blue and not black but they are deep. I have some duck canvas I am going to build the forepart with. I have cut this out for the forepart it is 50 inches long and 36 inches wide at the bottom and tapers up to 12 inches at the top. I will see if I have enough of the trim to go a crisscross on the fore part and then I am going to do a stripe with the pinking on the sleeves.

Sleeves- Cut out and add trim
Forepart Cut out and add trim

Work on skirt
I am going to use some linen I have on hand to line the skirt, and I am going to pad the skirt's cartridge pleats so that it will look fuller.

I need to work on getting someone to refit by bodice block as I have lost a bit of weight and so I need to tweak the bodice just a bit. I want someone to help me really make sure my shoulders are fitting proplerly no matter how many times I ask my Mom, she will not fit the dratted thing like a 2nd skin....SIGH I will ask about and see if anyone can drop by and help me out.

Build the Bodice and begin on Lacing Holes.
Add Lacing rings to tie my sleeves on with
Work on hat

Not saying any of these will happen, but I am hoping by putting out the list I shall feel compelled to finish any of these on the days.
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