The next few months

Not hectic, but a lot of planning 🙂 And not in order of importance.

!) Spanish work. I have texts and physical costume to finish. They are both at the personally satisfying stage but not at all ready for public viewing. But the two have been working together. And I do now have my physical project stored in a way I can work on what needs to be worked on.

2) Cleves/Cologne wardrobe. Finally got my “sunt” kirtle made. This is so that I can do all the finishing work on my gown and accessories while I work on the undergarments proper. I know I am bang on in fit and contruction of my outer gear (making a new heuke though) but the undergarments are taking a little more time.

3) Marie Antoinette. This is possibly my last media recreation costume for a while, so it’s going to be a delicate but ultimately workable project. There are elements I can bang out quickly, there are going to be small hand worked elements. And I finally decided how to tackle the lace. It’s not the first time I have hunted for real metal lace so I know how and where to look.

4) Mina. I need that corset made.

5) Maleficent. The gown is fitted and assembled, I need to figure out the machine sewing stage as pressure and thread and everything will affect the hang of the seams. Hand sewing might be my best bet. This is bias cutting and it is only mildly less difficult than with charmeuse satin.

6) Sunburst. It’s been ridiculously long time coming, and I am still not sure I have enough supplies. I think I missed out on the last lot of beads that match so I’m going to have to carry a swatch with me.

7) Workshops- waiting to hear back what is going to be the best match. But I now have a frame work to make these totally portable. But I also have to make it clear I do not do easy techniques, they are not shortcuts, what I teach is a way to look at a project with a different eye. I do teach some basic principles but they are not easy. Once you get it though, oh it makes everything else make sense.

8) Showcase. Yep I’m having a showcase of my work, and so I need to tailor that to the audience, so I will be promoting that as soon as it pops up.

9) Other workshops. These are going to be limited and I am struggling with the self promotion aspect. Had way too many knocks. Not valid ones, they come from misunderstanding but it still has decentered me enough to not be in marketing headspace. Marketing is not about being self assured it’s about promotion. I don’t do that!

10) children’s charity events- got a few planned. I need to confirm a few.

11) Elsa. I need a new cape. My cape is literally too beautiful for this world- it’s so delicate that I want to preserve it. This is not a flaw, this is me making art in a format that is not really intended for durability. Oh it’s going strong, but repeatedly handling it is going to break it down eventually.

12) Website. It’s 13 years since I self hosted so maybe this year is just feeling worse because of that number. I don’t believe it is unlucky, but rather it was Friday the 13th that we had the house fire, so it’s just there in my mind. So coincidences stand out. Confirmation bias or whatever, I still just feel the need to do better.

And my site has really changed from what I wanted due to interference of others, but I do need to play catch up and do this asap. My archive of what I have done has been lost and it’s no use me saying “but I did that in year x” if I don’t have my work up then it’s meaningless.

I think that’s it. Enough to try and get a handle on anyway 🙂

 

Today is tidying up after the sewing and organising so it’s going to be a day of rest, then tidy, rest, then tidy.

Saya

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Looks not as sparkly here as in real life but that trim… it is seriously outstanding. I will be unraveling some of the trim into the componant strips to fill in gaps where needed. I think I have enough of the narrower trim to put around the skirt hem (my original trim is 5 strands the new is 4) as I am about 2m short of the wider stuff.
I can multistrand plait easily:
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Even with single strnads of beads, double cut bugles at that… and 1.5m long… But the trim is three threads per strand that need to be kep flat… I may though just have to unravel some to complete the skirt properly.

Saya progress

Just the Saya at the moment. So guess who busted out her linen thread, beeswax and silver bullion trim of epic weight?
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80 minutes for just one row. It’s not too bad but I can’t do more than that once every two days or so.

And finally because he demands his own blog:
http://mrbunnyboy.tumblr.com/
I am surprised this was not already taken. I was tempted to go for mrfluffbutt but that was a little mean.

New year, new list.

So I feel I may have overcommitted myself again this year. Okay not so much committed but for Wanting All the Things again. This is what happens after two years of absolutely dreadful side effects of medicine and coming off medicine and trying monoclonal antibodies…

Yes… the wonder drugs are either engineered proteins or monoclonal antibodies. It’s a bit like being a petri dish after doing a bio degree with a heavy emphasis on proteins, genetics and immuno9logy…

So, I currently want to finish the following:
Fairy Frau
Saya y galerilla y jubon
Liara (Lair of the Shadowbroker outfit)
Glinda Bubble Dress
Worth Sunburst
And a group project for AuckGeddon.

But I need to finish the upgrades to Shae (new greaves and thigh pieces) and Shaak Ti (hammering leather, sigh. Oh I have no photos of the progress so far…
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All the cutting was done in about an hour. Luckily my hands are so crap I was able to cut and not risk cutting through the leather!
I need to pick up some dye, though I am really tempted to try to make my own natural dyes. Black is easy: take some old nails and vinegar:
http://www.marariley.net/leatherwork/snapsack.htm
http://www.elizabethancostume.net/dyes/segreti.htm

inspiration list

I am finally able to indulge in a spot of inspiration/wishlisting so here are my costume plans for next year:

Lilac kampfrau. My lilac wool needs to be used and this would be the ideal use. It’ll be lined in the baby pink linen I bought around the same time so I can wear it in summer and winter 😉 Cunning.
I have a few options for what to trim it with, black velvet would be most sensible but I also have some burgundy velvet which could be tasty.
White silk brocade 1600 gown. I’m still deciding between Italian or Spanish but it is half cut out already and will be of the ropa y saya variety as worn by Isabella Clara here.
Finish my new suit of ruffs. Sigh. And partlet and apron and headdress from linen.

Finish my Victorian sportswear, I will redo the bodice the way I’m happiest in this style (flatlined with facings) and that will make it sit nicely. I have gold buttons galore for it still as well.
Worth Ballgown. I will see if I can decolour the silk today, massive headache of epic doom so I may need a rest first. Lots of fluids!

Catwoman, who doesn’t want a shiny pvc corset??? 😉
Silk Spectre II. I really would suit SSI better but everyone wants to make that and I am obstinant and have no shame 😉 Shiny latex/pvc (haven’t decided whether to tackle latex though I am confident enough to try now- it’s a cost thing).
Silly project may or may not happen. A few options here.

As usual this is a fluid list and I may decide I do have shame after all and change my mind.

Ummm… I have another cunning plan. I will probably be doing my Worth Gown this year. *hangs head* But I know now how quickly I can pearl so it shouldn’t be too bad. As a refresher:
http://costumes.glittersweet.com/historical/sunburst.htm Direct to the actual dress: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/haut/hob_C.I.49.3.25a,b.htm

I actually have just over 6m of the silk faced satin which will be pleanty as I can top and tail the skirt sections, the bodice has no shoulders or peplum or sleeves so I shoould be able to get the train out of it as well.

Help. *is obsessed*

Oh further to the Operation Clean Up, the soot is proving stubborn in the sleeve linings so I may wind up replacing them with silk charmeuse I bought for an Ever After gown. It’s currently a very pale pink but I may get more colour out with another round of Dye-Gon (previously known as Pre-Dye) and so be able to use that without an interlining.

Do I now unpick the sleeves from my Cleves gown? And maybe the lining? I was shaking quite hard as I was unpicking the valois sleeves as it was. This is rather a bigger step so I’m not sure how I’ll do. So I was right in making something new for Coronation. It was stressful but the stresses were indirectly related to the fire. Unpicking past work and confronting the very direct effects of the fire would just have been too much at that time. It’s hard enough now. But I can do it.