Wednesday, January 31, 2007
All fittings etc done so final slog over the next two days to finished as much as humanly possible.
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Now the beast AKA industrial sewing machine is skipping stitches. It was fine one minute and skipping the next for no obvious reason. Keep your fingers crossed I sort it out cos I don't want to have to use the domestic machine it's just a lot slower that thankfully the fabrics I'm using arn't to think to do that which isn't always the case.
Friday, January 26, 2007
Yea, boning has turned up !
One set of pocket hoops. the jacket looks a tat silly over the top without the skirt but I couldn't start work on that till i had something to drap it on as I'm guessing the length willl not be the same alround!
It is very strange making a thin man a waistcoat that is bigger in the waist than the chest! To explain one of our friends wears a false stomach as his character, so he goes from a very lith bouncy person to a fat swaggering fop. Fitted it to him this evening.
Need to draft his breeches tomorrow so we can do a test fitting Sataday as they will be a funny shape to fit the stomach. We did joke about making him a wedding stomach ie a smaller one with lacing so he can claim to be wearing a corset :)
It changes his whole way of moving and acting, very effective if a little hot!
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
I have tried to post pics but everything is running slow today so I'll try again later.
We also made two sets of pocket hoops but till the boning turns up they look like piles of calico (for my american friends that is plain unbleached cotton, what you call muslin I believe.. For us muslin is very light weigh loosely weaved cotton you can see through)
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Ok specially for Julie but also so I can log how I get on.
The pattern for half the body is a full width of fabric and only just fits on my table. It comes from Janet Arnolds book.
We have now tested it with the lining, adapted the arm hole to be a little more modern ie less tight and pulling the arms back as I don't think the person who it is for is ready for that amount of historical accuracy and isn't going to be wearing a full corset with a narrow back to force her shoulders back.
Pleating up the main fabric and lining was a long job and I was very glad to have a helper on this. We have finished the body and sleves are ready to go on in the morning. Just deciding on type of flounce for the elbow.
Ordered boning for pocket hoops and bodice as well
Monday, January 22, 2007
Sunday, January 21, 2007
everything is 18th century
We need some liveries
A court dress plus all the underpinnings
Three 18th centtury mens outfits plus an extra waistcoat
A riding jacket and skirt (for me)
Does look like I have aquired a helper though we may need to make her something to wear as well so she doesn't need to go home to get her other outfit!
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Friday, January 12, 2007
Went to a Knit wits meeting on Wednesday with Julie, they seemed a great bunch. I felt slightly like I was gate crashing because about the only fiber arts I don't do are knitting and crochet. Still I took some needle felting and no-one seemed to mind. It was nice to meet a bunch of people who like making things.
I’m slightly lying when I say I don’t knit. I can knit I just haven’t done any in over 20 years so it’s pretty close to not knitting. I can honestly say I have never crocheted though. I can spin, weave, dye and felt wool. I can make lace, needle lace, tablet weaving, have tried tatting (must find the shuttle and do some more) make braids by half a dozen methods and buy yarns and fibers just cos I like them so I suppose adding those two to the list would complete the set. Maybe I just have to be the odd one out!
Partly Mum likes knitting much more than I do so she knits me things and I make other things for her. Though she hasn’t managed to finish the last jumper she promised me, not that I can complain cos I’m worse at not finishing stuff.