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Totes ma Goats

I've been doing almost zero sewing lately, but I realized I never posted about the project I did last week. We did a secret santa thing in our White Christmas cast, and my person's favorite animal was a goat. That meant I had a reason to finally make the "totes ma goats" bag I've always wanted to make. It didn't turn out exactly as I wanted - I've always pictured it with the stuffed head of a goat peeking out the front of the bag, but alas, goat stuffed animals are relatively hard to come by, and would have made the bag go over the $15 limit. So embroidery to the rescue! I purchased the embroidery pattern on etsy, but all the fabrics came out of my stash (the outer blue is leftover from the Princess Anna skirt I made a few years ago, the inner taffeta is from my robe a la turque, and the flannel goat applique fabric is from the Thumper stuffed animal I made last year). It turned out a little smaller than I would have liked, but I still think it's cute!


I finished all my Silverbells commission sewing last night! It's totally not H/A, and I forgot to get a picture of it, but I think the dress I made from scratch turned out nicely, and fits in well with the carolers' other costumes. 

I decided not to start the Princess Anna bustle this week, which means that I may not even wind up starting it before Christmas. For one thing, I have a non-renewable book due back at the library in less than 2 weeks, and still over 300 pages to go in it, so I've been spending a good bit of my free time from the last two days reading that. And relaxing. And for two, I really ought to make Christmas presents first. I'm making my mom a skirt (she already knows about it, so I can post about it), I'm making a gift for my secret santa person in White Christmas (I'm actually really excited about what I'm making, but on the off-hand chance she reads this, I'm not posting about it until I've given the gift), and I have to figure out what I want to make for my dad, too. So that will be my sewing for the next couple weeks. 

The opening of the show went really well, with three sold-out performances. We're almost sold out for the whole rest of the run, too. I'm just working really hard/stressing out about not forgetting all the dances before Friday! Then next week all the auditions for next year start up, and i go back to having more singing gigs. In the first two weeks of December, I have four auditions, 9 singing gigs, and callbacks. And 9 performances of White Christmas within that time, too. My voice is still not all the way back from getting sick for a month, so I'm definitely nervous about having to do all that. Please keep your fingers crossed for me!

Nov. 21st, 2018

November has been an incredibly slow month for me for sewing, and because I haven't been sewing, I haven't been posting. I did some alterations last week for a Caroling company I've worked with in the past, and started on a new dress for one of the carolers. At this point, it is a waistband-less unhemmed skirt, and cut out bodice pieces. I have to finish the rest of it by Sunday evening, and I also have a couple alterations on a dress for a third caroler.

Most of my time has been spent in rehearsals for White Christmas, which opens on Friday. This has been a tough show! I'm not sure I've ever danced so much (or such complicated dances) in one show, so it's a new and fun challenge for me. 

The nice thing I guess, is that rehearsals are making me really miss sewing for myself, so I'm hoping that next week, since I won't have rehearsals, I'll be able to start on a new project. I think I'm going to do my Princess Anna Once Upon a Bustle group project next. It's a wintery dress, and it will be nice to make it during winter. Of course, it's also the only thing on my to-sew list that I don't have the fabric for, but hopefully it won't be too hard to find. 

Dapper Day!

Fell off the posting (and reading) wagon for a little while. Disneyland was wonderful! I didn't wind up finishing the white cotton blouse for the Disney print jumper, and I didn't make the tam for Merida, but I had alternatives, so it didn't even matter.

My friend Rachel and I flew down early Friday morning, dropped our luggage off at the hotel (the Four Points Sheraton by Disneyland), changed, and headed into the parks. I got sooo many complements on my Disney print jumper. More than I got on anything else all weekend. Not sure if that's because there were only a couple other people dressed up on Friday, or if it was just a bit more special than the other two looks. Anyway, we park-hopped all over on Friday, and actually made it till about 10:30, which is saying something when you wake up at about 4am. 



Saturday, I wore my Anna Disneybound, which was the skirt and hair decoration I made for the actual costume, plus a yellow short-sleeve sweater, navy pin-striped vest, and a green scarf I made out of leftover vest fabric. I'm not sure there were that many adults that knew who I was (though at least Anna recognized it!), but I had multiple little girls yell out Anna at me, so that made it feel like a success. We started in CA Adventure that day, made a detour over to the Dapper Day Expo (which was disappointing - If I go again, I'll definitely skip the expo), and stopped at downtown Disney for dinner since we realized we hadn't eaten anything all day (I had started to feel lightheaded and cranky on top of having no voice and being sick, and didn't realize why). Then we headed to Disneyland park for the rest of the night, and lasted till about 11:15.




Sunday was the actual Dapper Day. Everyone looked amazing! I wore my Merida dapper Disneybound. While I feel like it was the least flashy outfit of the weekend, I could tell that most people knew what I was bounding (I saw a few other Meridas all in similar greens and plaids), and I accessorized it well. We took tons of pictures all over Disneyland in between riding rides, then headed to CA Adventure for our Radiator Springs fastpass, lunch, and coffee. We met up with a couple of my friends back in Disneyland, and stayed there for the rest of the night, closing out the park after midnight. 




One tip for anyone who is planning a trip to Disneyland - get the MaxPass! It was $10/day, and it gives you unlimited downloads of all your photopass pictures (since we were dressed nicely, we took full advantage of that), and it also allows you to make fastpass reservations through the app, meaning that I could make a fastpass for a ride in CA Adventure from Disneyland, which was brilliant.

Anyway, despite being sick and having no voice the entire time, it was still a great weekend. I'm hoping to be able to get to Disney World next fall, but I'm not sure when I'll be back at Disneyland. 


Anna Frozen Fever

I finished everything for Anna in time (and with some to spare!). Thursday night, I brought the bodice with me to rehearsal and finished stitching down all the binding. Friday, I finished the blouse, and brought the hooks and eyes at the neck to do backstage at the show. Saturday, I brought the skirt with me to the show, and had assistance picking off all the stabilizer from the back, plus I did the hooks and eyes at the waist. I wore it on Sunday to our cast party, since we decided we would all wear our Halloween costumes. 

Here's some pictures!



Overnight Sunday, I came down with a hugely swollen sore throat, so I decided to stay home from work on Monday. I was originally thinking I would rest a bit and then try to run errands, clean the house, prep food for my Halloween party, and sew. My body had other ideas, and instead gave me aches, sensitive skin, chills, and extreme exhaustion. I made it off the couch long enough to run to the grocery store and go to rehearsal, since I had already missed so many dance rehearsals and didn't want to miss any more. 

The aches and chills and such subsided by Monday night, but the sore throat remained and was joined by congestion, so I decided to stay home Tuesday and sleep a bit more as well. But I'm really not that good at resting, so after getting a couple extra hours of sleep, I cleaned the house, made food for my party (don't worry, I washed my hands a ton!), did laundry, and started packing for Disney. And went to rehearsal. Unfortunately, the sewing did not happen, so that means no new blouse for Disney on Friday, since I'm out of time at this point. Also no tam for Merida, though I think I will take bit of the plaid and make a hat decoration for a basic brown vintage hat I have. 

I'm at work today, but still with a very sore throat, congestion, and almost no voice, so I had to cancel the gig I was supposed to do today. I am dressed up in my Anna costume, though! And I took a bit of time out this morning and went to the doctor to see if it was strep throat. It's not, just a viral infection, so there's nothing I can do but hope that it goes away by the time I get to Disneyland on Friday! I'm having a Halloween party tonight, so after work, I'll be frosting cupcakes, and doing a little bit of last minute set-up. I also plan to serge the edges of some of the leftover Anna vest fabric to make a scarf for the Anna bound (wearing the vest at the park I think pushes it into costume-land). I also need to do most of the rest of my packing tonight, since I'll have almost no time to do it tomorrow with work and rehearsal. Then I head to the airport at 5:30am on Friday! 

Anna Embroidery

I changed my plans slightly from what I wrote yesterday. The weather forecast was predicting rain for Friday, so I decided to decorate yesterday instead. I put up lights around the garage, my front tree, my door, and my walkway, added a couple of tombstones to the lawn, and put a giant (like 2.5ft tall) skull in the garden. I also hung up some lights and wall decor inside, and took Lion for a walk. Then I started in on the last two embroidery motifs. While those were going, I ate dinner and started on the Anna blouse. 

Even though the pattern only went up to two sizes smaller than what I normally make, I wound up only having to make a couple of modifications to the pattern. I used a .5" seam allowance instead of 5/8", so that there would be more room in the bust, and I added 1" to the hips at the side seam of each pattern piece. I also wound up moving the darts way lower, though I unfortunately wasted time in sewing the original ones in the pattern at first. So anyway, the body of the shirt is now together, but I still have to do sleeves, collar, and embellishment. 

I also finished the skirt embroidery yesterday, including the little pieces of yellow that connect the 16 motifs to each other. I still have to put hooks and eyes at the waist and finish picking away the stabilizer inside, but otherwise it's done! Here's a couple pictures: 




Oh, and at lunch yesterday, I managed to do a bunch of the bodice binding. I think I have a little over 1/3 of the bottom binding left, but that's it. 

I think I'll have about an hour or so between work and rehearsal to sew today. I'd like to dye my tights and work out either the sleeves or the collar during that time. 

Oct. 24th, 2018

Come From Away was perfection. I implore you, if you have a chance to see this show, you must see it. It was so perfectly crafted and performed - really remarkable. 

As far as sewing goes, I had enough time between work and the show last night to finish the binding on the neckline and most of one armseye. I've decided that I'm going to keep handsewing the rest of the binding. It will allow it to be portable, so I can take it with me to work on at lunch at work, or backstage at the show this weekend. If for some reason I don't finish it by Sunday, then I'll do the rest by machine, but I don't think that will be an issue. 

That means that today, since I don't have rehearsal, I can work on the blouse. I'm kind of cobbling together two patterns (one with the collar, one with the rest of the blouse). Hopefully they'll go together easily. I have about 4-5 hours tonight, plus about 5 hours on Friday, left to sew (though I might scrounge up an hour or so in between work and rehearsal or before shows etc over the next couple of days).

Ideally, I would love to make the whole Anna blouse today, plus finish the embroidery on the skirt, make the two embroidered motifs for my shoes, and dye my Anna tights, and then I could make the blouse for the Disney jumper tomorrow, plus finish decorating for Halloween. That will allow me to use those couple of hours here and there for cleaning, assembling a hairpiece for Anna's crown braid and bangs, repairing my Merida belt, and making a tam to wear with Merida. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

Almost there!

15/16 flowers down, 1 to go! I managed to do two flower sections and one stem section yesterday, despite rehearsal. I also got one side of the bias binding sewed on the bodice. I realized that I have about 1.5 hrs to kill this afternoon before I see Come From Away (I am sooo excited to see it), so I may as well sew the other side by hand. It will probably turn out easier than trying to do it by machine, anyway. Though I might save whatever is left over after today for the machine. We'll see. I really want to get started on the blouse as well. But at least I know that the embroidery will be done tomorrow! 

Anna progress

My embroidery is zipping along. I think I'm about 85% done at this point. I have three flower sections and two stem/leaf sections left, and I'm hoping I'll be able to complete 1-2 of those today. The bodice is also ready for binding. I finished sewing it all together yesterday, and after a couple fitting tweaks (I wound up taking it in about 1.75" in the waist and about .75" at the top of the CB), I think it fits quite nicely! Not sure I'll get all the binding done today, but I might at least be able to start it between work and rehearsal. 

The shirt is my stand-in shirt I found at the thrift store, which I will use if I run out of time for the actual shirt. I still want to make the Anna shirt, the blouse to go with the Disney jumper, a tam for Merida, and ideally, a costume for Lion for Halloween. And I need to clean my house and finish decorating for Halloween. But I don't think I have time for all that, unfortunately. 

Anyway, here are some pictures! Naturally, I tried it on with the skirt take 1 I made, so that I could keep embroidering on the actual skirt while I tried things on. Not sure what my plans are for this skirt... 


 

My new stabilizer arrived yesterday, but I unfortunately wound up ordering the wrong kind. Because there's not time to order more, and it's way more expensive when you buy it from Joanns, I decided to do a stem motif between work and rehearsal yesterday, and it seemed to go okay. Hopefully it can handle the flower section, too. It's very slightly stretchy, and not as papery as what I've always used. It's still Pellon tearaway, but it's EZ Tear instead of Stitch N Tear... I didn't realize there were two kinds. Whoops! Hopefully I might have a chance to test it on a flower on Saturday morning. And by test, I still mean doing it directly on the skirt. I don't have time for anything else! 

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