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Alrighty. Sewing room finally back in order, and I was able to roll out my photo background and get some more detailed pics of my yellow dress. 

My overall thought about this dress? LOVE LOVE and LOVE some more. I think it turned out so pretty. It was a total pain in the ass, though. Once it was on and I was all trussed up inside, it was excellent to wear. Comfortable and everything (nearly) stayed neatly in place.  I had very little trouble while wearing it at Twelfth Night, and what little things did go wrong, well, it was my own damn fault, not the dress's. Getting into and out of this gown, however, was a complete and total bitch. One must be very very dedicated to wearing a Venetian to wear a Venetian. Plus, being stone cold crazypants helps. I absolutely could NOT get in and out of this gown without my husband's help, and I'm an expert. There is no way I can sell this style gown to the general public. I need to figure out a more user friendly version. 

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I am so glad to be done with these sleeves. They took forever! Not because they were hard, but because I have a cold and everything I do feels like I'm doing it in molasses. Ugh, slow slow slow every stitch was an effort. Plus, that whole Christmastime thingamajig. I'm feeling better now and have already moved on to the main bodice, but wanted to show you the sleeves. I think they are so pretty! I love them! I'm really thrilled that these are actually for ME... I always send away everything pretty I make, but this one gets to stay home! *big stupid happy grin*



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...and there you have it. Now to get that bodice done so I'm not just another topless cookie with fabulous sleeves. 
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I would like to introduce you to the quickest sloppiest crookedest most carelessly created underskirt of all time. Okay, maybe not *the* sloppiest, I’ve certainly made some whoppers in my time, but you get the idea. I gave myself 10 days to create the underskirt and camicia, but I wasted all those days doing nothing.*

*Christmas shopping, acquiring groceries, cleaning dirty house, cooking food so family doesn’t starve, doing 18 million loads of laundry, volunteering at the school, chaperoning a dance, making a Hawaiian Quilt presentation to third graders, making Hawaiian Quilt demo cards from paper, visiting a retirement home, repairing my grandmother's lounge pants because I can't say no, seeing the Hobbit the day before the premiere, getting all sciency at OMSI family night, cheering my son at a swim meet, enjoying two Blazer games, and, and, and SLOTHS! Spending a day cuddling and feeding sloths, fennec  foxes, lemurs, owl monkeys and flying squirrels. So yeah, nothing. 




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Zibellino!

Dec. 14th, 2012 06:06 pm
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So, I had a spur of the moment inspiration to create a zibellino. Okay, so the moment happened many weeks ago while I was in full panic mode getting the Lina Lamont dress done. Isn’t that always the way? Knee deep in a must-get-done-right-now project and you are suddenly inspired to make something completely different? Ah well.

Loads and loads of pics under the cut! )



In the immortal words of [livejournal.com profile] countess_e, "Everybody needs a thoroughly blinged up weasel!"

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You guys are going to looooove this: No more Florentine. I’ve decided to make it a Venetian instead.
 
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OOF. These sleeve tops make me want to fall face first into a chocolate cake.

 

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Hey! Look what I meticulously hand-embroidered* today!
 

 
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I have written up a small blurb about the fan I made, and sent it off to Bella at Realm of Venus for the Idle Hands challenge. I am very proud of what I came up with! I love love love the flag fan. I enjoyed making it so much that I am going to make and sell them on my website. I think after a few more prototypes, fine tuning all the right sizes and tools and methods and timing, I think I can create a quality product pretty efficiently. Stay tuned!

The 31st was so crazy being Halloween and the last day to complete the challenge, I had to turn on the afterburners to get it all done—no time for progress pics. It turned out exactly as planned, oddly enough. It is stiff and solid and doesn’t flop while being waved around, which was a concern. It makes a great breeze and a nice face shade. I’ve been staring at these fans in paintings for years, and the wicker-style types are clearly just woven around the stick… but most of them are just magically stuck to the stick somehow, and it really took me some time to work out how to do it without fancy woodworking saws and yadda yadda. But, I figured out a way that just worked out perfectly. I am so pleased.

Ladies and Gentlemen, my very first flag fan:



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I worked on the skirt, I felt the need to get a large chunk done to feel like I’m getting somewhere.
 

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Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! Too much real life to take care of. BUT, the holiday is over, my son starts back in school tomorrow, my husband is back to work tomorrow, the camping gear is all cleaned and tucked away, my house is tidy enough and I am ready to be sewing full time. I will have about 6 full hours each weekday while everyone is off doing their thing. This will be a time management challenge for me, but the hours are there for me to sew. I’m suddenly not so sure I can complete the dress before Saturday, but I’m going to try.
 
Yesterday all I managed to do on the dress is glance at it on my way to the computer to book my face.
 
Today all I managed was to serge the last open seams of the sleeves, mark where to sew pearls and then sew them on. Really it was about 8 pearls, so it was not an impressive feat. But, it’s done and I have two things that look like sleeves now. I was hoping to actually be done with them, but shoot, being a stay at home mom is really a busy busy busy profession and the work is never ending.
 
So, in a supreme effort to be time management savvy, I really need to map out this dress with a big ol’ daily list, and then work my ass off to get it done. I wish I could hire someone to be my whip cracker. Just stand in my sewing room with an actual whip, and snap it at me any time I veer toward the computer or the exit. Surely someone would like that job. I will pay you in homemade cookies.


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I have returned from the beach, a little sunburned and very happy to have spent 4 days away from it all. It was lovely!

But now, back to the business of completing a dress before September 10th. Can it be done? Not according to my previous track record, but I am super motivated to get it done so my sister-in-law can look spectacular at the Shrewsbury Faire. (Must remember to make myself spectacular as well. Shoot!) I hope the weather this year is nice and cool, slightly overcast, even… we are so miserable when it’s blazing hot and dusty there. We actually haven’t been to that faire in several years just  because of that. They keep promising to move it into the trees where it is nice and shady, but as of yet, no.

Anyway, I was super busy all day, but I was DETERMINED to get some dress done today… so, this evening while I watched a few excellent episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender with my son to wind down, I sewed more pearls onto the other sleeve. (I would show a picture, but camera battery is dead from the beach trip and I forgot to recharge!)   I also rolled right into a Project Runway episode, and may I just say how utterly disappointed I am AGAIN in this show? The last several seasons have just been GARBAGE.  Poor casting, terrible challenges, not enough time to create anything with thought, care and beauty, people who don’t know how to sew and really poor fabric choices. Yeesh. I’m compelled to watch, but I’m about to give up!

I'll be happy if I can get the sleeves done by the end of the weekend. It really is the main wow factor of the gown, and having that out of the way first, it should be less stressful to get the more basic portions done this week.


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Too many things going on today that kept me from doing much sewing, but I managed a little!

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Well, you know that thing called Real Life? Yeah, it got all up in my sewing business today.



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Working on the sleeves today.

Well, that didn’t take long. About 30 minutes, I’d say…

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