I do! I finished all of the fabric buttons for Dennis' orange under doublet. I learned this technique from the amazing Noelle of Adventures of a Wanna-be Seamstress and this is the first time I've used it. I got lots of practice, too since I made 25 buttons to go down the front of the doublet! I almost made 30, but I think 25 is enough. I can always make more later if necessary. These were fun and shockingly simple. It only took me a few hours total to do them all.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Lacing strips for orange doublet
Find beads for the brown doublet (and if I have to order them on the internet, order stuff for a belt, too)
Start the embroidery on the brown doublet (as soon as I have beads)
Start blackwork for shirt
Test Dennis' pants pattern
Construct Dennis' hose
Make my underskirt, I need at least one new one for this gown
If I get all of that done I'm going to try to finish the pink and lavendar kirtles that I didn't finish for Uprising. The pink one just needs some form of attachment down the front. The lavendar one needs the skirt attached and then lacing rings on the side backs. I'm hoping that one works out...it's sort of a test run for the kirtle I want to make out of the gorgeous purple linen I recently acquired.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Quick formula/breastfeeding disclaimer. I don't have a problem with formula, I know it's the perfect option for a lot of families...I just didn't want to deal with it. My not wanting to give Malcolm formula is all about my own personal goals, and having done it for a few days I can say that for my situation it was a MUCH bigger pain in the rear end than breastfeeding.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
IRCC goals for the week:
Assemble Orange slashy doubletThis is taken off my list because I somehow forgot that I needed to make lacing strips for the waist and arms before I could assemble the doublet, therefore: Start lacing strips for orange slashy doublet Cut out brown doublet I haven't chosen the lining, yet...I'm thinking of maybe tea dying some linen, but I want to do some subtle embroidery on the velvet so I got the important part cut out
- Purchase/find in stash orange embroidery thread (I haven't found anything I love so this may be deferred to Uprising where hopefully I can find something wonderful)
- Test Dennis's pants pattern
Start Orange fabric buttons(ohhh Noelle, do you have a magic trick for cutting these out? Thank you Noelle!) Test version of partletPost with pictures to come
Other sewing goals this week:
Assemble and attach to skirt new version of pink linen bodice (which is also a test run of my IRCC bodice)
Assemble purple kirtle
One more other undecided kirtle
New whites for everyone
Two pairs pants for the tiny one
Doublet for the tiny one
Finish black doublet
You can't tell that it's the week before Uprising, can you? My to-do list difficulty is being compounded by my darling mini. He is not gaining weight as fast as the pediatrician would like, so we're back to nursing every two hours (measured from start of session to start of session) during the day, he nurses for 30-60 minutes each time, so that means everything has to be done in hour long chunks. However, the alternative is not one I'm willing to face without exhausting all other options.
Yesterday I spent baking and not touching a piece of fabric at all. There is a couple that we met through church who has become good friends with my entire family. The husband's health has been poor the entire time we've known them. His goal had been to make it to his 90th birthday next week. Unfortunately he passed away in his sleep last week. His wife asked me to make a birthday cake to celebrate his life for the reception yesterday. A 90th birthday deserves an awesome cake.
On top of the top tier it says "Happy 90th birthday Stan". The paw print is for his dog who adored him. She was so loyal to him that during a recent, unexpected hospital stay she chewed her way out of her crate so she could go look for him. On the bottom tier is a blue star for his 40 years of service in the US Air Force and a red maple leaf for his years in the Canadian Air Force. On the middle tier is a heart with their anniversary in it and around the top it says "I'll always remember I love you". Stan was in the hospital once and was very disoriented, he couldn't remember any of the standard questions (name, date, where are you). His wife asked what he DID remember and he said "I remember that I love you." After that he told her every night when they went to bed that he would always remember that he loved her.
Happy birthday Stan. We'll miss you.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
I finished all of the slashes on my husband's under-doublet. Now I just need to decide what to line it with. It is a lovely burnt orange silk and the over-doublet will be brown velvet. I can go the subtle route and do a tea dyed linen or I can line it in white so that you get little white flashes everywhere. Decisions, decisions!