jennylafleur: (georgian)
The first panel of the quilted petticoat is done!!! *throws confetti* It's in the wash now, losing it's pencil marks. I'll take pics once it's dry.

Golly that feels good. I'm not going to worry about getting started on the second panel right away... I have other more interesting projects I want to work on now. Once it gets cooler maybe I'll be more interested in the quilting thing. I still feel like I can cross something of my list - yay! :>
jennylafleur: (georgian)
I have 5 more diamonds to go on the petticoat - I will finish tomorrow. I'm so excited. :>
jennylafleur: (georgian costume)
[livejournal.com profile] elizabethdress has asked me a bunch of questions about my quilted petticoat - yay a distraction from the having to go work on the wretched thing some more – and as my answers are lengthy and might be of interest to others I’m posting them here.

yeah did I say lengthy answers? )
jennylafleur: (georgian)

I don't know why I thought I could just blaze away and get my quilted petticoat panel finished today. I am so close!!! No matter what I do though it's a wretchedly slow business, working on the pestilential thing. *razenfrazen*

I finished the "padded" bit and cut off the batting (so that I don't have bulk at the waistline.) I think 2 more rows of diamonds should do it, at least I hope so. My brain is to starting to feel like mush so I'm going to set it aside for a while though.

I don't know how I'm ever going to make it through a whole other panel! *whimpers*
jennylafleur: (georgian)

I re-trimmed my ivory silk hat last night in preparation of putting it on EBay. While I never use the hat, I love the ribbon I originally trimmed it with (it matches the trim on one of my frocks). So I re-trimmed it with a pretty salmon pink that I have not even come close to using in the last year. Hopefully it will find a good home. :>


While I was at it I took pics of the process. I also took a little video of making the box pleating. It came out crappy due to the poor lighting so B was kind enough to let me use her camera (with sound!) to try again this afternoon. YouTube has casued the sound to be a little off, but you get the idea!


B was also kind enough to take some pics of my quilted petticoat as is. Not too much change since the last time you saw it but I assure you progress has been made! It’s the wretched sides. I can’t use the large quilting hoop so at first I tried without a hoop at all - do-able but incredibly slow going and fiddly. I have found a hoop that works, I just have to move it every diamond and a half. Tedious but I am getting through it. If I had to do it over again I would certainly sew all the seams together and then quilt, rather than this quilting then piece method. If I had I’m sure I could have been almost done by now! Oh well.

It makes a rather pretty backdrop for pics anyway. :>
jennylafleur: (georgian costume)
The weather is so strange today! The sun is shining and it is snowing! Not rain, not sleet but snow. Just flurries but in the sunlight it looks like sparkling bits of glass falling to ground. Very pretty if strange!

Still sick, although I’m feeling much better today. I think I may even sing at church tonight since my sore throat has gone away. I really need to get out of the house!!! :>

Edited to add:
I have gotten two quilt signatures done and worked on my quilted petticoat during my illness though.

Speaking of, could someone please remind me why I started that petticoat thing?! Ack! It's going so slowly and the silk is shiny so it's hard to see the markings at night. The markings that are not off (again *grinds teeth*) or worn away because I’ve been working on it so long. And I still have another full panel to do. *chokes*

If it weren't for the vision of me in it at the Underwear Breakfast I would have turned it into a lap blanket by now. Drat my grandiose imagination!

pic update

Oct. 9th, 2006 10:33 am
jennylafleur: (l'duc)

Pic update – yay! We got home from Williamsburg last night and all I felt like doing was quilting, so I did! It’s looking pretty good and I'm pleased with how fast it's going. Some time soon I shall have to do some serious measurements to figure out where the batting needs to end (no batting at the waist line - I have enough bulk thank you! :>) and figure out how many rows of stitching I want at the bottom to I can trim that up.

I’m trying to decide if my originally planned two 45" panel petticoat will be full enough. It doesn’t look like it to me. I don’t want an overly full petticoat but I don’t want it to look wimpy either. I should double check what my current petticoats actually measure around…


And the pocket, I’ve been working on this in fits and starts and then not at all since I started quilting again. I don’t have a pressing need for it (or the supplies from Wooded Hamlet to make it up) so I’m just saving it for those occasions when I can take it traveling. It’s so small and easy to lug around, unlike the petticoat!

Williamsburg was fun, if wet. It bucketed down all day Saturday but Sunday turned out to be a lovely fall day. We never did make it to the historic area but it’s okay. I’m feeling a bit bored with CW at the moment (a terrible thing to say I know) and we will be back (with friends) for the Grand Illumination anyway.
jennylafleur: (1780s)
I just finished two rows of quilted diamonds! It feels so good to be working on this again, I can't believe it took so long to re-mark the pattern so I could carry on.

I'd forgotten how similar to crack quilting is though; once I start I can't seem to put it away and stop. It probably doesn't help that it's cold, rainy and gloomy out and I'm a bit headachy. All I really want to do is curl up in a fluffy sweater, drink hot apple cider and quilt. I must possess some self discipline as I haven't spent my whole day doing just that... just most of it. *grin*

I'm going to have to stop soon though - I have everyday clothes sewing that I need to finish before I go to Myrtle Beach next weekend! Oh yeah, packing for Williamsburg is probably a good idea too.
jennylafleur: (georgian)
Good grief this week has been insane! Ack - my life is not supposed to be this crazy until the holiday season hits.

It's all been good though, and I've managed to stretch out my birthday to a full 5 days of celebrating. That has to be a record or something. :> You’ all already know about my main gift, registration for CC (specking of I should call them to see if I got in). other sewing related loot includes a travel carrying case for my sewing machine (in case I ever actually get to quilting fellowship again!) and reprint of the 1611 King James Bible (which calls for a pretty embroidered cover) and something else which I have forgotten. And of course lots of cards and good wishes from friends (thanks Jenni, it arrived right on time!).

Tuesday I went to Mary Doering's lecture at Sully, which was excellent. Between traffic and getting lost once we ended up almost an hour late but it was still well worth the effort to attend. After a slide show and basic overview of the period, Mary began pulling things off racks and holding them up for us to see, noting details and telling stories. She even passed things around for us to look at (but not touch of course). She had things from the late 1780s to the 1820s, all of which were wonderful to look at.

It's funny, I feel like just examining those few dresses (in my favorite style) was more helpful than all the research I've done in books and online. I suddenly get it, or at least I feel like I finally do. We'll find out the next time I go to make a frock. :>

After all the running around and business I was feeling a little run-down so I decided to take a “personal day” today. I stayed up late last night watching movies, slept in super late, spend the afternoon re-marking and pinning my quilted petticoat and went out to dinner with a friend. A very nice day indeed!

This weekend we are off to Williamsburg, where it is supposed to rain the whole time. Oh well, a stop at Trellis is planned so it shall be worth it anyway! :>
jennylafleur: (l'duc)
I took my Costume College paperwork to the post office first thing this morning. So my CC fate is now out of my hands. Somehow that makes me happy - no more thinking, just curiosity to see what the results are. :>

I signed up for the metal thread embroidery, tambour work, fingerless mitts and glove making. I also signed up for the Sally Queen and fabric tour, although I’m not entirely sure I really want to do the tour. Not that I don’t want to go just I’m not sure I’ll be able to bring enough spending money to make it worth the effort. I would love to find some decent trims and laces though; my stash is getting depressingly low.

That will also make for 5 full days of costuming intake – that might be a little much for my first time. I would imagine costume info overload isn’t a terribly pretty sight. *hee hee*


In other news I finally got around to un-pinning and washing the marks off my Quilted petticoat. If you will recall I found as I was working that the diamond shapes were way off on one end so I have to re do them. The washable pencil marks wouldn’t come off with a wet rag so I ended up throwing the whole thing in the washer for a rinse cycle. I’ve hung it up to dry so I can work on that this weekend.

worked on my bee embroidery a bit tonight. It’s coming along okay. I guess. I mean everyone looks at it and gushes but my perfectionism is rearing it’s ugly head once again. I can’t get my stitches to come out evenly or the design for that matter. Part of that is the nature of the silk I’m using (so slippery) but the lack of control and consistency is bugging me. The chain stitched scrolls are turning out to be very time consuming as well – I should have used a different stitch. I may change it when I get to the hem.

I keep telling myself that the over-all effect is what matters and no one will ever look that closely or judge as harshly as I do but I must admit it’s combining to make the project a bit of a drag.

Why do I do these things to myself?!
jennylafleur: (l'duc)

I got discouraging little done this weekend. I hoped to work on the butterfly dress a bit but it never happened. Lots of headaches these days – stupid weather! I did work on my quilt a bit though. Not as much as I’d like of course but still - it's progress.

Thanks to your comments and advice I’m mush more reconciled to the Allendale pattern at the bottom. It’s definitely growing on me. :>

quilting

Jan. 27th, 2006 12:18 am
jennylafleur: (georgian)

Progress pics! I spent my evening working on this project again. As you can see I’ve done enough to have to move the hoop. :>

I also started a bit on the diamond pattern tonight. It turns out to be quite fun to work, simple as it is. It’s nice to have something so straight forward after all those curly-cues. :>

edit:
I don't know. Now that I have most of the bottom design done I don't know that I really like it. Maybe I should just have a simple diamond-patterned petticoat and save the fancy bottom for a later project - when I have time to do what I really want (something more intricate)... ummm.

quilting

Jan. 23rd, 2006 10:49 pm
jennylafleur: (Default)
I didn't feel like doing anything else this evening so I quilted. I got quite a bit done actually - I'm really whaling on this project. If I can keep the momentum up I'll have it finished in no time!

*ha*

It won't happen but it's a nice thought, yes? :>

quilting

Jan. 23rd, 2006 11:58 am
jennylafleur: (georgian)

Okay so I lied – I did work on my petticoat a bit more last night. I rested my eyes for a bit and then couldn’t stand it any more!

I’m very pleased with how quickly this is going. Quilting is so relaxing and brainless. It’s a good thing because although it’s simple and goes quickly I have a lot of surface area to cover – this panel is one of two remember! :> The petticoat is looking so cool though – I can’t wait to wear it! :>

Thank you so much for all your kind comments on this project. You guys are so sweet! :>
jennylafleur: (l'duc)

I took a break from the butterfly dress to work my quilted petticoat tonight. Because you can never have just one project at a time, right? :>

I basted all the layers together with safety pins and started on the quilting. I starting to find my stride but I think I’m going to quit for the evening. The silk is lovely but it creates glare that makes the washable pencil hard to see. I need to try and work on this mostly in the day time I think. :>
jennylafleur: (Default)
Despite my silence here I have been doing a bit of costuming this week. I’ve been trying to get my quilted petticoat started. I’m a bit scared, I haven’t started stitching and this outfit is turning out to be a huge pain in the butt. Could this project be cursed like the Pirate *looks tempted to run screaming into the night*

I whacked my back out don’t it but I have one panel all traced out in washable pencil. Now I need to sandwich the layers together and baste with safety pins. If and when I ever get that far *rolls eyes*, I’ll post some piccies.

In other news... I have an announcement to make for those invitees of our Twelfth Night fetes (you know who you are!). After much thought and chatting, Bridget & I have decided that the next Twelfth Night (Jan 2007) will be our last Twelfth Night party.
Twelfth Night plans )

The Updated 2006 Obligatory List Of Doom: )
jennylafleur: (georgian)
Yay! The quilted petticoat design is finished!! The finial version of the sucker is printing out as I type. Now I just need to transfer it to the fabric and I'm ready to start stitching.

Other than that I haven't gotten much done, mostly snacking on holiday goodies and napping. So much for my holiday sewing marathon. *moo* I feel too ghastly to feel much guilt at the moment but I'm really going to regret this wasted time in a few weeks. Still, I've lost my voice and am so tired all the time - what is a girl to do?

I did work on the pirate stays a bit last night. I have to pin and baste all the seams before I can even think about machine-stitching the panels together (wretched napped fabric) so that is what I worked on. So my project today is to finish up that handwork at the very least. I'm not sure I will get to the machining (that would require cleaning off my desk which I'm not sure I'm up to) but I'm going to try.
jennylafleur: (georgian)
The question of the hour...

Lets say you were making an 18th century petticoat out of silk with cotton batting (and you are too cheap to use linen) what would you use to line it? And how exactly would you hem the bottom?

*think, think, think*
jennylafleur: (georgian)
You may want to sit down for this one…

I actually started one of my projects tonight! Aren’t you’all proud of me? *heehee* Actually I was going to work on my website tonight but the internet has been slow if up at all today *wretchedAdelphiagrumblegrumble*, so I decided to work on my quilted petticoat pattern instead.


I ended up using one of the tracings [livejournal.com profile] joysdaughter was kind enough to send me earlier this year, the one labeled “Allandale feather”. I haven’t decided what to do at the top (diamonds, hatching, ziz-zags) but I figure I’ll get the bottom started and worry about it later. :P So the bottom design is all ready to go now; all finialiazed, tweaked and re-sized. Now I’m off to measure and prep the skirt panels. I’m not sure if I’ll finish all the prepping on them tonight – I may work on the measurements and pattern for my muff instead. I may as well cut that while I have the green silk out, right? *wicked grin*

I’m so excited to be finally starting this project!
jennylafleur: (georgian)

Wow, it’s been a crazy few days, what with Harry Potter, a career change (more on that later), RCHS planning meetings and some serious house cleaning. All in all I haven’t had much time to work on costuming.

What time I’ve had I’ve been using to work on the design for my quilted petticoat. I’ve been trying to come up with a design ditty similar to the one on pg 24 of Costume in Detail. I wanted something like it to fill in my main feather design. I’m a bit discouraged about the whole idea now as I don’t really like anything I’ve come up with so far. Blah I say!

Since I’m having such bad design-block I think I’m just going to set the whole thing aside for a while. To be honest I’m getting less and less enthused over the whole project. Part of it is that there is slim chance that I will finish it in time for the ball (the original concept). I was thinking I would try having it done for the Christmas season but at the moment there are other projects I’d rather be working on. Maybe I should just save it for later or make it one of those no-deadline leisurely-pace type things.


I am pretty motivated to try and get that cream jacket done for September though. I was originally going to be a servant at the RCHS fall tea, but now I’ll be a table hostess. This means I can wear something nice instead of a lower-sorts type outfit. *wicked grin* I’m really thinking a 1770s jacket with an embroidered stomacher (red roses and bees in crewel) is in order, don’t you? :>

I’ve been scheming about this project for a few weeks now (could you tell? *hee hee*) but I’ve made the command decision that I won’t start it until I’ve got the pirate stays mocked up and ready to be made. It’s not that I don’t have anything to wear (can’t use that excuse any more!) and it will be the motivation to work on B’s costume which I seem to require these days. :> So no guarantees on this one!

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