Real Talk

Real Talk
Real Talk

Sorry I haven’t posted as much as I’d have liked to in the past, well several years. I have been suffering from depression since about 2007. I’m getting help for it and making great strides, but there are days to weeks where it’s just hard for me to do anything besides exist. I see a lot of other costumers doing so many amazing outfits and I feel like a hack. But I KNOW I can do beautiful, amazing things too. I’ve done them. I have to remind myself that I can do this. That it’s not a contest.

I have a hard time trying to feel like a person, let alone “an amazing costumer”, so, please bear with me while I take a long time to update my pages, and add posts to the blog. I’m trying the best that I can.

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Costume College 2015 Recap

Costume College 2015 Recap
Costume College 2015 Recap

In case you’re unfamiliar with Costume College, it’s an extra long weekend of costuming events, classes and tours put on by the Costumer’s Guild West at the Warner Center Marriott Woodland Hills, CA. Also known as the most wonderful place in the world for one weekend if you’re a costumer. Lots of people attend from all over the world. This year they even had Nina & Jane from the Tudor Tailor giving classes and signing books (Yes, I totally fan-girled and had mine signed at the “Off With Their Hoods” class). They have many tours, and one I got was for the FIDM and a behind the scenes look at various pieces of their collection (which I can’t share).

I got there a day early and stayed with Jane C. and got to meet her fabulous family. I still can’t believe how quickly she put together a beautiful turquoise and purple jacket for the ice cream social.

I stayed at the hotel Thursday until check out on Sunday with Jill, Kate & Carlie. We had a BLAST. They were so much fun. I think Jill and I would be dangerous together in large doses. Much hyperventilating, giggling and CoCo herpies (It’s worse than glitter).

I had pretty low key outfits over the weekend. I wore a green stripe Victorian Bathing Suit to the Pool Party & Frock Flicks podcast recording, my reproduction 60’s wrap dress to the Ice Cream Social, my Mad Sewingtist Labcoat on Saturday, my Princess & the Pea Chemise a la Reine to the Gala, and my 60s-ish shirt dress to the Tea on Sunday.

I taught the Corset Overview class, audited the Death’s Head button class & the flower smocking class. Took the Tudor hair taping class, and the pleater-board making class. Also poked my head into a few others. My head is still swimming.

I also got a ton of patterns, a new book, some coutil, boning caps, power net and a cute corset pin. Shopping is pretty great there.

I got to hang out with people I know from Live Journal, on different facebook groups, and just generally awesome peeps.

Talk about inspiring. Historical, Cosplay, Fantasy, everything is just…open. I need to start saving to go next year.

I’ve got a photo story set up here: https://goo.gl/photos/4L4N396wpXYBuUfAA

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HSM #6 June Out of Your Comfort Zone

HSM #6 June Out of Your Comfort Zone
HSM #6 June Out of Your Comfort Zone

The Challenge: #6 Out of your comfort zone – chemise a la reine / Princess and the Pea
Fabric: cotton batiste, cotton batik, voided cotton
Pattern: Nora Waugh’s “Cut of Women’s Clothes”, Chemise a la Reine
Year: 1790s
Notions: drawstring
How historically accurate is it? 90%
Hours to complete: Waaaay too long
First worn: CoCo 2015 Gala
Total cost:?

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HSM #7 July Accessories

HSM #7 July Accessories
HSM #7 July Accessories

Historical Sew Monthly!
The Challenge: #7 Accessories – 18th Century “Housewife” Sewing Kit
Fabric: Hand printed cotton (2 varieties, 1 modern printed repro), cotton twill tape, twill interfacing, wool blend felt.
Pattern: None, I used this page, and this page as inspiration, though I did not use ANY measurements, I just did it by eye and what would fit in my hand.
Year: Mid 18th Century
Notions: twill tape
How historically accurate is it? Modern construction, period style.
Hours to complete: 2
First worn: Not Yet
Total cost: $? I work at a quilt shop. It went on my tab, the rest was from stash. Plus, I have enough to make several more.F&I

I was not planning on making this, but a week before our anniversary, my husband tells me he wants a new housewife??! Sewing kit. For his French and Indian War reenacting kit. So I made it for him as an anniversary present. He loves it. He’s already got it stuffed with his sewing tools and packed in his hair on sack.

 

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HSM #5 May Challenge: Practicality

HSM #5 May Challenge: Practicality
HSM #5 May Challenge: Practicality

Historical Sew Monthly!

The Challenge: Practicality May 2015 (So late)

Fabric: Linen Cotton Blend

Pattern: Elizabethan Corset Pattern Generator (Modified)

Year: Mid 18th Century.

Notions: grommets

How historically accurate is it? Somewhat, silhouette is correct.

Hours to complete: No idea, way longer than it should have.

First worn: Not Yet

Total cost: $15.00ish

It’s practical because it’s 1/2 boned instead of fully boned for ease of movement. Also because of the dual opening so I can get into and out of it in a tent by myself.

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Hand Made Purse

Hand Made Purse
Hand Made Purse

I just finished this cute purse, because Sewing ADD yo.

IPicsArt_1435079712372 used Yuwa Fashion Designs One for the outside fashion fabric, inside pocket, strap and key wristlet. Lining from Feed Company 5573-14 Aqua Red. Sof shape interfacing only on the fashion fabric. I used 2 Swivel Clip and D Ring Black Nickel (so I can remove the straps for a clutch and I can clip my keys to the purse strap).

The whole thing was inspired by the new Jelly Clip Purse Frames at Material Girls!

Sewing Tips & Colonial Reenactment

Sewing Tips & Colonial Reenactment
Sewing Tips & Colonial Reenactment

Tips - Non slip gripLet me just tell you, the right tool for the job helps make the job easier. A table made for the serger keeps the arm from getting really sore really quickly.

Also that anti-slip cloth used for placemats and keeping dishes from slipping out of the cupboards, that you can pick up at the dollar store, can keep your machine from jiggling off of the table. It can also keep your foot pedal from sliding around the floor.

You might want to have it jut out far enough from under the sewing machine or serger to lay your pin cushion and scissors on, so they don’t go jumping off the table either.

 

Porthuron2015Had a great weekend at Port Huron with the Massachusetts Provincial Battalion at a French & Indian War reenactment.

My husband is now a corporal, and my son and I got to Molly, and bring water to the fallen soldiers on the field. I had lots of fun, especially when I got to grab C2 and run away from the natives “scalping” one of the soldiers.

 

Working on my commission too…

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Busy!

Busy!
Busy!

I’ve been busy lately! I’m working at Material Girls, and the Michigan Opera Theater, plus commissions and my own outfits getting ready for Costume College, and the class I’m going to teach there.

Luckily the Historical Sew Monthly is able to fit in with what I’m making, mostly. I need more hours in the day! :) I kinda like being busy tho.

I post random pix on instagram of my work, and stuff. Check me out there too.