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More Booties

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If you have been following my blog, you know how I hate hand stitching.  It’s not really hate, but I just don’t do it, nor do I like it. I am too impatient to handstitch. Well yesterday I promised myself to take a day off of sewing and just relax around the house, and that went well until midnight, when I became bored.  My husband was home from work playing on the computer, the tv was on and I needed something to do.  So I decided to make a new pair of booties to match Charlotte’s green velvet dress for faire (even though she is still nice and warm in my tummy).  Here is the dress in case you missed it…

The booties were so simple to make and guess what?  I hand stitched them!  I don’t remember how long it took. From cutting to finish, I think it was about 5-6 music videos plus commercials. So in the span of an hour.  I am so very pleased with these.  At this rate, she will have booties to match every single outfit that she has.

Here is the super easy pattern/tutorial that I used for them :

For mine, I did not line them, so it does not have the contrasting fabric around the top.  And I am going to wait until she is born to see if the shoe is too loose. If it is, I will sew a little tie on ribbon instead of elastic for her.  Now since the pattern file is a .pdf you can scale the image to print. I believe when it comes up (at least for my printer) it was at 130%, I scaled it back to 75% based on newborn foot sizes, hopefully it works for her!  So without further ado…here are her booties!


Now with all this done, I can now give the run down of the completed projects.

My husband
1)Double is nearly done.  I need to place and set the grommets, and add the clasps to the front.  It is up to him if he wants decorative trim, but he is not a real decorative guy, so it all depends.
2) I made him pants out of a light green linen a few days ago. Originally they were practice pants. But the light green actually works pretty well with the hunter green, so he will be wearing those to faire.
3)I was going to make him a new shirt in black.  But I like the white and green contrast, so i think I am going to stick with that.

The Baby Charlotte
1) Her dress and chemise are completely done.
2)Her booties are done
3)I need to make her some kind of head gear.  Either a little muffin cap or bonnet.  Either way, both are super adorable.

1)The only COMPLETE thing I have done is my hat and fabric snood!
2)I am going to eventually purchase white cotton (even if it is a bed sheet-yay for resourcefulness!) to make my partlet blouse plus neck and wrist ruffs
3)I intend to wait until AFTER the birth to start working on my gown.  It is going to be a simple gown, not full noble, but more of upper class merchant. Bodice and skirt.  Still undecided if I want the skirt to be open in the front to show contrasting gold fabric or keep it completely closed. Surprisingly keeping it completely closed is much simpler.  For the trim around the neckline of the bodice I intend to find and buy flat pearl buttons surrounded by rhinestones and sew those along the neckline.  I will be keeping it very, VERY simple.

So wish my luck, and HAPPY SEWING!!!


My Hat!

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Not too much to say in this post. I made a hat, and I love it! Here it is. I also made a gold fabric snood to go with it!



Getting close!

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First, let me say happy 4th of July!  The weather right now is absolutely perfect. So perfect in fact, we don’t even have the air conditioner on.  I have 2 bbq’s to go to, but first I need to stop by the scene of an car accident my grandfather was in to get pictures. Not quite sure how that will work out considering there is TRAFFIC! But hey, my mother requested it, so it will be done.
Moving on, we are T-55 days until Opening Day at the Maryland Renaissance Fair. I am quite excited, as I have been craving for a faire fix lately. And to bide my time, I have been reading books by this great author, Philippa Gregory, who writes fiction in regards to the Tudor family and interesting tales from the 15th-20th centuries. The stories are amazing! I definitely recommend them.  The book I am currently reading is “The Virgins Lover”, which is about Queen Elizabeth and her encounters with her dashing men at court, especially Sir Robert Dudley.  It is quite a book.

So you would think that even with gaining inspiration from reading that I will have finished more projects. NOPE!  You know me, I’m the worlds greatest procrastinator. And this year I said that I will NOT be working on garb the night before faire.  So what is my current workload you ask?  Let’s see:

  • Finish my husbands black and silver doublet-I still need to add clasps and hooks to close it. I also need to add the shoulder flanges, and the peplum tabs at the bottom.
  • Start and finish my husbands purple/blue doublet-As of right now, I only have 1 side of the back piece cut out in the main fabric. I had my best friend come over to help me, and her job was to cut out the pieces, she only managed to do 1.
  • Start and finish 2 new shirts for my husband-1 black and 1 blue
  • Finish my two bodices-The pieces are cut out and bound with bias tape.  I just need to place the boning, add the grommets, and straps
  • Finish my gown-I started making a semi-noble class gown. I have only gotten so far as to cutting out the under layer of the bodice.  I still need to cut the main fabric, add boning, and grommets, pleat the skirt, add skirt to bodice, add trim, and yeah….
  • Start and finish two new skirts-simple enough as it is.  I need two new skirts to wear with my two new bodices.  I need a black skirt, and a dark red skirt.  I’m thinking I can make due with just 1 skirt!
  • Start and finish a pair of wrap pants-I made a pair of wrap pants for myself out of black gauze-so that is what I am wearing to the ren fair when I feel like being a pirate.  My husband wants a pair of wrap pants also.
  • Make accessories-bags, cuffs, etc.  Never can have too many accessories. My husband somehow broke one of my leather skirt hikes, so those are out for the season. Maybe I can find a pair on Etsy.

So yes, my workload is quite full, but I will try my hardest to get it done. Especially to get it done before the eve of opening day.

And since NO LOCAL STORE carries the black grommets that i’m used to using, i’m forced to be resourceful and go to Home Depot and get them.  I am going to pick these up:

They are the General Tools 3/8 grommet kit with refills. Only costs $7.46 and for 24 piece refills, it is $2.96.  Doesn’t sound too bad to me!  The gold color will work well with my green or gold gown (I haven’t decided on the color yet !), but I may need to spray paint them to work with my black and white, and then my black and red brocade bodice.

I hope to start working on stuff come this week. I am even going to get my husband in on this. Why do I have to do all the sewing and cutting, especially when I am making stuff for him! So yeah, he will become an assistant, and cut out his own items!!!
For now, I must go, bbq’s await!

Work In Progress: Bodice

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So after last nights fiasco, I took a deep breath, dug out my OWN, trusty & dependable pattern and cut out the pieces.  This time I elongated the waist a bit because since I am tall, I enjoy the look of having my waist elongated.  I used the black and white jacquard print fabric, and binded the edges with the black bias tape.  All that is left to do now is to order the boning to place inside, and order grommets or send it to a shoe repair shop and have them punch the grommets.  Here are a few pictures,

This is what it looks like when it is splayed out.  There are two back pieces and one front piece. The bodice laces up on both sides, and in the center back.  Here are some close ups:

While I’m waiting for the boning and grommets to come in, I am going to start making another bodice.  I am thinking of making a sweetheart type neckline this time.  I have a couple of fabric options to choose from, and I am very undecided.  I have a deep red fabric with red floral print, an off-white fabric with off white swirls, black and magenta brocade, and a brocade of greens and blues.  I’m pushing for the deep red fabric, but at the same time, I’m thinking of the off white fabric-with red bias tape, mainly so I can wear it with this hat (which I have not purchased yet!)

I love that hat so much! A lovely lady I met at the Steampunk Worlds Fair made it, here is her Etsy shop.

I’ve also been busy making wrap pants. I found a pattern, then adjusted it to make my own, and have been off ever since. I have 3 completed pairs, and they are so freaking comfortable.  In a bit, I am going to start making them, but with a pirate/gypsy flair to place in my Etsy shop.  They will be perfect for when you don’t want to wear a skirt but still want that breeze on those HOT summer faire days. Pictures to come later.

Happy sewing!

Edited to add: Pictures of NEW bodice! Magenta and black brocade 🙂

D is for Doublet

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And that is what I made today!  Ever since leaving theSteampunk Fair, I’ve been inspired and antsy to create something new.  Albeit, it won’t be for steampunk, but none the less, the renaissance fair is right around the corner. So why not start now?

I spent about 4 hours working on this doublet for my husband.  It was made from Simplicity pattern 4059.  With a few minor adjustments. I think it has come out pretty well. It’s not completely done though, still need to add the peplum tabs to the bottom (if my husband decides he wants them) and the shoulder flanges. But for four hours of work with minor facebook and snack breaks, I think it came out pretty well.  All he has to do is find some clasps to close the thing.

I’m not going to bore you anymore with my rambling. So here are the pictures!

Now,if you are looking at the fabric, and wondering why it looks so familiar, it is because it is familiar! It is the same fabric (except in a different color) I used to make my underbust corset that was worn to the steampunk fair. And might I add, I looked FABULOUS!

I plan on sitting down one day, and sorting my blog out, categories, subjects etc. But today is not that day! The weather is nice, the sun is out, and it’s time for me to go out and play!

Happy Sewing!

Steampunk World’s Fair 2010

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This weekend was the first ever Steampunk World’s Fair, and to say it was amazing would be an understatement.  It was probably one of the best weekends that I ever had.  It was full of shows, music, awesome clothing, and great people.  I met lots of new friends, and met up with some from the renaissance fair that I have not seen in a while.  Here are a few photos of myself in the outfits that I made, afterall-this is a dress diary :).

The ivory satin top hat, I made. I also made the vest, skirt and the jabot, but obviously you cannot see them in the picture

This is my underbust corset that I made.  It is white and black jacquard design, with plastic boning.  The skirt is a red pin-tucked taffeta, it also has a red taffeta bustle.

Me and Voltaire! If you haven’t heard of him, look his music up.  But this is my underbust corset, lace shirt, and brown moleskin (I believe) riding pants

Underbust corset (the same as above), brown cotton skirt, and lace overskirt. The skirt hikes I brought from a vendor at the fair 😉

So folks that is it for now.  My next projects are ren fair related.  Working on two new doublets for my husband.  A new gown, pirate bodice, and maybe two skirts for myself. Oh! A new cavalier shirt for my husband, and a couple of minor other things.

I will sincerely try my best to keep the blog updated and detailed as my projects come along.

Happy sewing!

New Projects

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So…there are always new projects 🙂  My next project is to recreate something very similar to this:

My next project!

My next project!

I am going to attempt to follow the pattern.  GASP! I know, the dismayer of all patterns, I will actually try to recreate this.  The problem is, I am torn as to which one to do, view A (small inset upper left) or view B.  My goal is to have this gown look so awesome that this will be my final faire gown.  See each year, I get better with my sewing, so the gowns I have worn in the past, I may wear once or twice a season, but it is not something that I will probably wear into next season.  So this gown is really a big project for me, and I have all the way till October to complete it 🙂  The fabric itself is a light blue pattern with goldish accents. It is a really pretty fabric. I can’t wait to use it 🙂

So we may be going to the ren fair again this Sunday-woot!  I love the ren fair, met lots of great people during Rendezvous!  The weather says:

Low: 63 °F
High: 75 °F

So a pretty awesome day-not to cold, not to hot. I’m thinking about adding some straps to my black corset-basically convert it into a bodice

Black and Purple Garb

Black and Purple Garb

so I can wear my black and purple awesome floppy hat, that has awesome feather

purple and black floppy hat

purple and black floppy hat

And if I have time, I may actually add the ruffled skirt floofy thingy to the bottom of the bodice 🙂

But, I will not do ANY of it until I get my sewing area organized! Which is what I am supposed to be doing today.  And when I do, I will take pictures!