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Last minute extensive to-do list

Gah! I only have one day left! Hats may not happen. I'm getting really nervous...

I got home at about 5pm yesterday, and other than a break for dinner, I pretty much sewed until 10:30, when I forced myself to stop so that I could at least get about 6.5 hrs of sleep. I still have so much to do, though! 

You can check out a new pic on my instagram: www.instagram.com/p/BvQnjyzg7PU/

Still to do:
  • Stitch down 6" or so of net trim to FG evening bodice
  • Put 10 bars on the FG evening bodice closure
  • Make and attach the 3 bows that go on the back of the skirt. Actually, I have to cut out half the pieces for these, too.
  • Stitch together/attach the 2 bows that go on the front of the skirt, the 2 bows on the day bodice, and the 1 bow on the evening bodice
  • Bustle tapes for FG overskirt
  • Make a belt for FG including making 1 bow
  • Add decorative buttons to the front of the plaid skirt
  • Decorate a hat to wear with the plaid bustle outfit
  • Re-decorate my old candy bustle hat to wear with FG day bodice
  • If time, make two pink bows to put on shoe clips for Amelie pumps
  • If time, add a dust ruffle (purchased from aliexpress) to back of hem of FG skirt. 
  • Try everything on, do laundry, and pack!
I honestly don't think I'm going to be able to finish that all tonight, and I'm hoping to leave at about 10am tomorrow... At the very least, I need to do the closures, stitch together all the bows (I can always pin them in place if need be), add the bustle tapes for the FG skirt, and add the buttons to the plaid skirt. If I run out of time to do hats, I can always just go hatless, and I suppose I can go without the belt, too. And I guess if there's small hand-sewing things to do, I could do them Friday night once I get there. I just hate sewing at events.

After my gig yesterday evening, I managed to come home and sew for the rest of the night. Actually, I stayed up way too late, and am regretting that today, but I wanted to get to a good stopping point, and apparently that meant sewing until midnight (and I wake up at 6:25). 

Anyway, I managed to knock off a fair amount of my list. I started with the day bodice sleeve trim. At this point, it's almost entirely done. One sleeve is 100% done. The other sleeve just needs the lace ruffle sewn in (it's already pinned in place). I also sewed down the lace trim at the back of the neckline. That means all I have left on the day bodice is the lace sleeve ruffle and making and attaching two bows! 

Then I moved on to the evening bodice. I added the rest of the hooks onto the front closure, so I just need to do bars there. And I figured out my trimming! I took the fine net that is over the sleeves and added a 4" wide ruched section to the bodice front, and then over that is a 2" wide strip that is heavily gathered down the middle. This strip goes all the way around the neckline, curving around to be over the 4" wide net at the bust. This has all been pinned in place, and I started sewing down the 4" strip this morning, though I still have a long way to go on it. Naturally, all of it has to be handsewn. Once that is all done, this bodice just needs a bow at the CF. 

Go to my instagram for a pic of the evening bodice. 

So here's my to-do list now, in the order that I plan to do it. I hope to accomplish at least the first four items today: 

  • Stitch down two layers of net trims to FG evening bodice
  • Stitch the lace to the one sleeve end in FG day bodice
  • Put 10 bars on the FG evening bodice closure
  • Finish the other 12 or so pleat edges on the FG skirt trim
  • Make and attach the 7 bows that go on FG. Plus two for my shoes if time and fabric allows
  • Bustle tapes for FG overskirt
  • Make a belt for FG
  • Add decorative buttons to the front of the plaid skirt
  • Decorate a hat to wear with the plaid bustle outfit
  • Re-decorate my old candy bustle hat to wear with FG day bodice
  • Try everything on and pack!

Oof. This sleeve trim is so fiddly and time-consuming! It's not that it's hard, it's just that it takes forever. I got all the trim (minus the lace ruffle) completely sewn down on one sleeve. I also prepped all the rest of the half bows for the other sleeve, plus prepped, pleated, and pinned on the pleated section, and prepped (but not pinned) the ruffled part of the other sleeve. There are a total of 62 half bows on this dress, by the way, between the day bodice neckline, sleeves, and the front of the skirt. And each one is sewed down (by machine) inside the pleat, and then has the pleat hand-sewn in place over the half-bow. Have I mentioned I'm terribly slow at hand-sewing?

So anyway, my to-do list today is not much smaller than yesterday: 
  • Finish prepping and pinning the sleeve trim on the other sleeve, and stitch it all down
  • Add lace to sleeve ends
  • Finish the last 5 mins of stitching the lace on the FG day bodice neckline (already pinned in place)
  • Net trim around the neckline of the FG evening bodice
  • Finish the other 5 hooks and 10 bars on the FG evening bodice closure
  • Finish the other 12 or so pleat edges on the FG skirt trim
  • Bustle tapes for FG overskirt
  • Make a belt for FG
  • Make and attach the 7 bows that go on FG. Plus two for my shoes if time and fabric allows.
  • Make a hat to wear with the FG day bodice
  • Add decorative buttons to the front of the plaid skirt. And probably make a hat for that as well, come to think of it. 
  • Pray that the rain currently forecast for Friday, and especially for Saturday, goes away. FG is too big to fit under an umbrella! (It worked - the forecast is now predicting dry weather all weekend! *knock on wood*)
I have a gig tonight, which will eat out a couple hours of my sewing time, but I still hope to complete all the sleeve trim (including the lace), finish sewing the pleats on the skirt, and finish stitching the neckline lace on the day bodice tonight. 

I'm starting to panic...

Ack! It's really crunch-time now for VicFest sewing, and I still have so much left to do! I got almost no sewing done this weekend, because I spent most of it at Emerald City Comicon. I went the whole day on Friday, leaving the house at about 8:30am, and getting back at about 8:30pm, so I was way too tired to sew after that. Saturday, I spent most of the day cleaning my house, and then had a slightly early birthday party for myself, since I will be in Port Townsend on my actual birthday this Friday. And yesterday I went back to Comicon - mostly for the Rupert Grint panel, but also to take more pictures and see more cosplays (I wore Anna Frozen Fever Friday, and Elizabeth Swann yesterday).

I did get a tiny bit of sewing done this weekend, though. Thursday afternoon, I stitched down I think about half of the pleats over the half-bows on the skirt, and added most of the lace trim to the day bodice neckline. And yesterday, I got 5 out of 10 hooks on the front of the evening bodice (I brought sewing to do while waiting for Rupert Grint's panel), and then when I got home, I managed to get the pleated and ruffled sections prepped and pinned onto one of my sleeves. Of course, since I was already tired at that time, I cut them out totally wrong, but I was able to salvage them with small seam allowances. I'm almost out of the pink fabric now, and still have to cut out all my bows, the belt, plus the half-bows for the sleeves. I hope I can make it!

So here is my updated to-do list. It doesn't look much different from the last one, especially since I forgot some things on the last one!

  • Stitch down pinned-in-place sleeve trim on FG day bodice. 
  • Prep, pin, and stitch the sleeve trim on the other sleeve
  • Make and attach the 16+ half-bows for the sleeves
  • Add lace to sleeve trim
  • Finish the last 5 mins of stitching the lace on the FG day bodice neckline (already pinned in place)
  • Net trim around the neckline of the FG evening bodice
  • Finish the other 5 hooks and 10 bars on the FG evening bodice closure
  • Finish the other 12 or so pleat edges on the FG skirt trim
  • Bustle tapes for FG overskirt
  • Make a belt for FG
  • Make and attach the 7 bows that go on FG. Plus two for my shoes if time and fabric allows.
  • Make a hat to wear with the FG day bodice
  • Add decorative buttons to the front of the plaid skirt. And probably make a hat for that as well, come to think of it. 
  • Pray that the rain currently forecast for Friday, and especially for Saturday, goes away. FG is too big to fit under an umbrella! 

That's a lot to do, and when I type it out it feels even more! Luckily, other than one gig tomorrow night, my evenings are free this week. And I have a feeling I will wind up forgoing the gym on Wed and Thurs, too. My goal for tonight is to completely finish the sleeve trim. Then finish stitching down skirt pleats and the lace trim on the day bodice. I'm exhausted just thinking about it!

Naturally, other than the few that wind up on instagram, pictures from both the Outlander Ball and Comicon will be coming after VicFest is over. 

I've started in on all the hand-sewing I have to do on Fairy Godmother. So far, on the day bodice, I've sewn on all the neckline trim except the lace, plus I did all the hooks and bars. And I finished the sleeve binding on the evening bodice.

So here's my current to-do list for Port Townsend:
  • Sleeve trim on FG day bodice
  • Lace at neckline on FG day bodice
  • Net trim around neckline of FG evening bodice
  • Hooks and bars for closure of FG evening bodice
  • Stitch down pleat edges on FG skirt trim
  • Bustle tapes for FG overskirt
  • Bows! I need one for day bodice back, one fo day bodice front, three for the skirt, and one for the evening bodice front. 
  • Make a hat to go with the FG day bodice
  • Add decorative buttons to the front of the plaid skirt (redoing the front panel will have to wait, since I'm running out of time)

I also have to fix or remake my hairpiece for Anna Frozen Fever for Emerald City Comicon tomorrow, because I'm pretty sure my hair is lighter than that hairpiece right now, despite using the same hair dye. I also need to press my skirt. And Rupert Grint was supposed to be at the con tomorrow, but his panel has been moved to Sunday, so I may attend Sunday as well (for just his panel and possibly a photoshoot). If I do, I'm thinking about wearing Mary Poppins, but that needs a few repairs. Or I might do Elizabeth Swann, since that's ready to go - it's just a harder costume to wear and less recognizable. 

Fairy Godmother progress

I had a busy weekend, but a lot of that busy-ness was caused by sewing! Yay! 

My Thursday and Friday gigs went well. I think I am mostly over the bug from last week, but my throat still feels a little swollen, so hopefully today's gig will go well, too. 

I sewed a little bit before the show I went to on Thursday night, sewed some more on Friday before and after my gig, and sewed a tiny bit Saturday morning. Then I attended an 18th c Outlander themed ball! I wore my old courtgown, and it was much fun. I already have a few pictures up on instagram, but will do a ball post on here in the next couple days as well. I'm still editing all the pictures, and want to post them to facebook first, though. 

Then Sunday, I got to stay home all day! A lot of it was spent sewing, though I did also spend a couple hours on yard work. I now have most of the giant shrub gone, which I'm super proud of. I think 1-2 more yard waste bins will take care of what's left, other than the trunk/thick branches, which are too thick for me to get out on my own. 

I managed a little sewing after work, a callback, and an audition yesterday, too. 

So, what all did I do, sewing-wise? Well, for one thing, I figured out how to mostly put the pleats and half-bows on by machine! I sewed across each pleat, but under the fold of the pleat, so that the machine sewing is all hidden by the fold and the bow. Then I stitched the end of the half-bow down, again under the pleat fold. Now, I'm sewing just the fold of the pleat to the top of the half-bow by hand. All of the skirt and neckline machine sewing is complete, and I already did half the hand-sewing on the neckline pleats. So for now, that means 34 to go, plus however many are on the sleeves. I have not yet started the sleeve decoration on the day bodice at all. 

To be honest, that's most of what I did. I also cut/sewed/attached the sleeves on the evening bodice. They just need the other side of the sleeve hem binding hand-sewn. My hooks and bars finally arrived yesterday, so I need to put those on, too. So much hand-sewing! And I have to add the lace to the day bodice neckline, and some net trim to the neckline of the evening bodice. And put some bustle tapes inside the back skirt drape, so I don't pick up all the dirt in Port Townsend with my skirt. 

So basically, I'm getting close, but I have so much fiddly stuff left to do! There's pics on my instagram - I'm too lazy to put them into the post here. 

Mar. 7th, 2019

Well, once again, I made it to bed on time, but not early. Oh well. Hopefully today's gig will go okay!

I pleated up the lower tier for the skirt, and I made all the little half-bows that go into each pleat.


So now I just need to figure out how to attach it. I'd really rather do it by machine, but obviously then there will be visible stitching, so I may have to do it by hand. :(  I also sewed the two layers of the top tier together, but have not yet turned/pressed/pleated it. I did get the bias on the ballgown neckline, though.

I don't think I'll really have sewing time tonight, because I'm seeing several friends in a show, but I'm hoping that I might have a little time tomorrow. I'd really love to have time to actually put my corset on and try out the sleeve mockup on the evening bodice. And probably redo it a whole bunch of times, as is so apt to happen when dealing with sleeve mockups. VicFest is only two weeks from tomorrow, and I'm really starting to feel the crunch!
Weird - I don't know why the picture in yesterday's post isn't showing. When I go to edit the post, it shows up fine. Anyway...

I wound up not having much time for sewing yesterday, since I was trying to go to bed early (I wound up failing the early part, but at least was on time, which is rare for me). I did, however, finish sewing the binding on the day bodice sleeve hems, and cut the bias strips for the evening bodice binding. And I sewed together, turned, and pressed one of the skirt pleated panels. I was trying to sew just while in the commercials of Jeopardy, so while the show was on, I also pressed my overskirt for Saturday's ball. I still need to press at least the front panel of the petticoat, and figure out my hair, but otherwise I'm set for Saturday. 

I'm hoping to actually go to bed early tonight (I'm fighting a cold, and I have a singing gig both tomorrow and Friday), so unfortunately may not get much done today either. My goal is to sew and turn the other panel, plus maybe pleat them both, and to get the pink bias binding on the evening bodice neckline. It's a reasonably small enough goal that I think I may actually be able to accomplish it!

Mar. 5th, 2019

My extra fabric arrived! I didn't have enough of the blue silk for Fairy Godmother to complete the skirt trim, but luckily, Val is awesome, and picked some up for me when she visited the fabric district last week. And since the 2 yds showed up yesterday, I decided I may as well work on the skirt trim. The other part of that was, I wanted to do the binding for the evening bodice neckline, but before I cut anything on the bias, I needed to know how much of the pink fabric the skirt trim would require. Luckily, I did all the math on the trim a while ago (hopefully it's accurate), so I was able to just rip/cut strips of the blue and of the pink (the blue is backed with the pink. I sewed each color together to get the right length, and pinned the blue to the pink, so that's ready to be sewn, turned, and pressed, before I can pleat it all up. Then I have to make all the little pink fan bits that go inside the pleats.

I'm not sure yet how the pleated panels are sewn to the skirt, but will probably wind up having to figure that out by tonight. There's no visible stitching!



I've finished the binding on both bodice hems, and I think if I have some time for hand-sewing today, I might start on the hooks for the closures, even though I have to wait for the bars (and I called yesterday, and they're backordered another week! Grr). Because I also sewed in the evening bodice sleeve mockup yesterday, and though I have not tried it on yet, it looks totally wrong! Sigh. I'm hoping it just needs to be turned forward in the armseye, but I guess I'll have to wait till I try it on to find out. 

I was wrong when I posted last week about what I thought I had already accomplished on the Fairy Godmother bodices. I had only done the day bodice neckline and part of the hem, and nothing else. Whoops. But last night, I finished the day bodice hem and started on the evening bodice hem, and I'm hoping to finish all that handsewing today. I still haven't tested the evening sleeve mockup either. 

Honestly, I didn't wind up with much sewing time at all this weekend, because I had a lot of house and yardwork to do. The fascia on three corners of my house has started to rot (or two are rotten, one the paint has been peeling on), and I talked to a handyman on Saturday, and he suggested what I could do to protect/fix it, at least for now. So Saturday, I sanded down the fascia in those areas, got rid of the soft wood, and put Minwax wood hardener on them. I also took down all the Christmas lights, and cleaned my front gutter. And had the last performance of my show in the evening. Then yesterday, I put wood filler over all the areas that needed it on the fascia, and managed to clear out about half of a huge shrub that ran the entire length and width of the side of my house, and has been preventing me from doing any maintenance over there at all, including cleaning my gutter. I'm hoping that I can get the rest of it out before more rain comes and before spider season comes, but I filled up my yard waste bin for this week, so it will have to wait till there's more room. And then I went to Applebees and (finally) saw the new How to Train Your Dragon, which left very little time for sewing. 

What little sewing I did do this weekend was actually mostly spent on altering my 18th c court gown. I haven't worn it since CoCo 2014, because a) there's not much that calls for an 18th c court gown, and b) it's so large that I would have to get dressed at the venue. But luckily, there is going to be an Outlander-themed 18th c ball this Saturday at a country club with dressing rooms! And also luckily, I pulled it out a week ahead of time to make sure that it still fit. Because... it didn't. Although I was eventually able to lace my stays tightly enough to get it closed, it was so tight that I had a minor panic attack when I tried to get out of it (the hooks and eyes refused to unhook, and I wound up literally removing three of the hooks with my seam ripper to get out of it). It was much more comfortable when it opened up to about 2.5" or so at the bust (the waist still fits, oddly enough). Luckily, it's the 18th c, so I decided I would just add a stomacher to make it work, and also luckily, I pretty much had just enough fabric left to make one. So Friday and Saturday's little bit of sewing time was spent making a boned stomacher with four frilly bows, which will pin in to the bodice to close it. Success! Now all I'll have to do is press the whole gown, and figure out my hair (my wig is way too uncomfortable to wear again). 

Here's a link to my instagram to see pictures of the court gown alterations: www.instagram.com/p/BuhPRWfAXzZ/

Thankfully, my evenings this week are fairly open, so I think I should be able to both a) go to the gym multiple times, and b) knock out a bunch on the Fairy Godmother bodices. Though at this point, I don't think there's enough time left to squeeze in the Daniel Deronda riding habit before VicFest, too!

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