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I used (and abused) the Laughing Moon 126 pattern, with the gathered bib front.


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Now that the event is over, I can show off what I made!


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Someone posted this on Reddit, and I thought my Victorian-loving friends would find it interesting.

National Garment Cutter Book of Diagrams
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As promised, I made it into a PDF! Feel free to download from my website and enjoy!

([ profile] nuranar, the original will be on its way to you shortly!)

Fashion Do's and Don't's by Colette

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Mystery Of Greystone Mansion in LA

I just happened upon this article, and it struck me as a gorgeous place to take costumed photos! Have any of my Los Angeles area friends been here?

(It was an interesting read, btw!) 
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Want to see where I sew? Okay!

When we moved into this house, I totally comandeered the "family room" to be my sewing room.  Painted it Tiffany box blue and everything. These photos make it look so stark and cavernous, but it's not, and the color isn't so garish, either... seriously, the color is so much softer to the eye.  I've spent about 15 years morphing it into what you see now, with a big overhaul in 2011. I love it, it's my happy place. Anyway, since I am taking a hiatus from sewing for the summer, it is unusually clean and tidy-- a state of being that is totally foreign.  It usually looks like a tornado hit it, which is why I've never shown it to anyone online before. It feels so weird and big for it to be so clean! It's weird, I tell you!

Here is the view as you walk in--


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One more long-overdue project off my plate!

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This dress was made for Pam, a lovely lady back east.  She sent me the fabric she wanted her gown to be made from-- and I think it turned out so terrific!  It was an embroidered poly taffeta, and it was very pleasant to work with. The best part was she sent 13 yards, which was juuuuuust  enough! Any less and this gown would have looked very different.  I used up nearly every inch of fabric available!

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I have completed the underskirt for the robe a la Francaise I'm building over that pink lacy monster pannier I made a few weeks ago.  The photos really don't convey how enormous this thing is!  It is so gloriously ginormously gigantic, my client will feel like she should be roaming the rooms of Versailles. Well, that is, if she is able to exit her dressing room. The door is likely too small to allow this awesomeness to pass.

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I love how it turned out, looks like a pretty princess cupcake!

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I have started my next project,  a big ol' grand pannier for a very cool lady who lives on the east coast. Over this pannier will be the next gown I make, which I will start as soon as I'm through here.

She told me she just wanted a plain one, as no one was going to see it, but I started twitching at the mere thought. *plain*does*not*compute*

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I am really surprised at how long it took me to make this gown! In my head everything is so simple, yet the execution took 50 times longer than I ever expected.  Real life constantly interrupts me, and I need to find a way to deal with that effectively. .. and I can't really whine about it, as this is a problem every seamstress in the world shares!  If anyone has any tips-- clue me in!  I am already working on my next project, so this post will be rather prose sparse-- but, as I took photos along the way, I might as well show them!

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If you missed my previous post and would like to see the gown all done, you can go here:

LiveJournal Entry

or here:

Starlight Masquerade Portfolio
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...has finally ended.

I don't even have anything left in the tank to do a proper profanities-laden "how I did it" post. These are the photos I took for my website portfolio, and once again, the fabric was CRAZYPANTS to photograph. It had a neon magenta warp and a canary yellow weft... I'm not kidding. It ended up looking like a pumpkin burgundy type color, but up close and in certain lights, this mother was rather electric looking. This fabric was sent to me to use by my client, and I used every last scrap of it, as I always do, right down to last whispy fraying inch. The fabric was physically lovely to work with, the polyester silky behaved nice and easy... but, mentally, it was a total brain-bender. It had swirly vine embroidery, thick velvet flowers, vertical stripes of baby ruffles and a sheen that had to be matched top to bottom... any pattern piece cut sideways or angled was a completely different color. Yikes. But, I worked it and made it work!

I am so glad to be done!

alisa-robe-a-la-anglaise-212So. Many. Photos. )
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Love! Love! Love!

I have to show everyone what a supreme craftsperson you are-- look at those gorgeous tiny stitches! Look at how adorable this is! I'm not even going to hide them under an LJ cut or make it "friends only.". I want everyone to see how talented you are!

My snail now has a buddy. I love him! I have no idea how you were clued in that I love birds. Maybe the parrot I always mention who is on my shoulder as I type?

THANK YOU!! You totally made my day.




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I have a lovely client named Alisa, from The Ladies of History, and for her next cosplay she would like to be Catherine the Great. She sent me three and a half yards of blue velour upholstery fabric and a vintage fur stole to make the cloak with... Only 3.5 yards? With a nap? For a cloak? That has to go over an 18th century gown? I just about fainted. It couldn't be done! Cloaks need loads of yardage to look nice, a skimpy cloak just looks stupid, especially if you're going to portray a Queen! I had no idea how I was going to make this work.

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Nov. 20th, 2013 03:45 pm
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Thanks to some invaluable advice from photography savvy friends, namely [ profile] jenthompson and [ profile] katexxxxxx, I have managed to take photos of this dress that make it look nice. THANK YOU! (a lot of photos here)

Let me know what you think, now that you can actually see the dress!

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I am so happy to be done with this gown! I think it turned out so pretty, I'm sure my friend Lucia will love it! But, again, I have to reiterate the fact that the roses DO NOT BLARE OUT NEON LIKE THAT. I have no idea why I couldn't photograph them as they actually look. They don't contrast all that much at all, to the eye they match nicely... so, if in your head you are going "what the hell was she thinking??" well, I promise they look smooth together! I couldn't capture it! I really tried!

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