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Catching Up

14 Jan

So to play a little catch up of what happened between Costume College and December…

After Costume College, I was very inspired but not very motivated. I don’t think I did any sewing in the rest of August. Frankly I had neglected household responsibilities so it wasn’t a bad thing. In late August I hosted a lavish tea party with my close friends. My grandmother had gifted me her tea set some time ago and it was my first chance to use it. We went all out! Cream puffs, scones, Devonshire cream, chocolate mousse cups, cookies, tea sandwiches and sushi. My husband makes very yummy sushi. We dressed up bit not costumes. Frankly the idea of eating all that in a costume seems overwhelming.

In September I did a little bit of sewing. I started a bib front regency dress with the black Swiss dot. I wish I had bought more. I am a little shy and I discovered I really like the fabric. I will post about it once the dress is finished. Otherwise sewing was minimal – mending and an apron.

OctTitus totoroober is an insane month around our house. It is our wedding anniversary and our son’s birthday in the first half of the month. So no sewing. However I did end up teaching two panels at Geek Girl Con – The Corset: Object of Propriety or Liberation and Costuming for Every Body. I have really come to enjoy speaking about costuming in any format but I especially love Geek Girl Con. It is a very welcoming environment. The Corset panel went so-so. I did an intro to corset history that turned into a way too long lecture. In the end we didn’t get to cover any of the topics I intended to cover because we ran out of time. I felt terrible because it was all my fault for rambling on about history for so long. The Costuming for Every Body went a bit better. We had some short presentations and then questions for the last half of the hour. I hope that we got some info out to those who needed it and seem to have positive responses. I dearly wish I had blogged about Geek Girl Con at the time because I would have so much more to say. It has become my favorite local con and something I am greatly looking forward to this year. 

The second half of October was all about Halloween. This was the first year the monster has been old enough to go trick or treating. Previously he was to little and we lived in a terrible neighborhood. It took awhile to get him to decide on a costume. Finally he settled on Totoro from his favorite movie, My Neighbor Totoro. It was a very simple costume and took less than 8 hours spread over a couple days. I used an old animal jump suit pattern from my collection and a couple yards of fleece. Super easy. He loved it and anyone who recognized him loved it. I just wish I had better pictures.

Next up, the Super Secret Christmas Dress and Sharon’s Natural Form Dress.

I’m a Bad Blogger

8 Jan

Since Costume College my motivation has been lax. The last half of the year moved quickly and the blog fell to the side. Its amazing how much time writing these posts take especially when you would rather be sewing.

So I am going to finish up a few half started posts and then start fresh with my goals and projects for 2015. Lets try this again and see if I can make it thru the year. Stay tuned.

Sewing room tour

16 Jun

First off this is a test to see how bad the formatting is when I use the mobile app. Bear with me.

I LOVE  seeing pictures of people’s studios. It has always fascinated me how people work and the materials they use. All the trinkets, supplies, inspiration images and yes mess. So many artist I speak to are embarrassed by their messy studios but really those are the best ones.

On the flip side I am also a surprisingly organized person. I like to call my style organized chaos. Everything has a place but it’s not always in its place. I am always looking for creative organization ideas and how to cram as much stuff as possible into a small space.

Givin that I love to peek at other people’s studios I thought it only fair I share mine. Let the photo tour begin!

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This is the print that greets you as you walk in. I got it a couple years ago at SEAF. I couldn’t pass it up!

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Next we have my pattern storage. Up top are hand drafted or highly altered patterns. Below we have commercial patterns. There are vintage ones mixed in. Some day (after CoCo) I will organize these a little better.

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Next up we have the ironing area. For Christmas I got a gravity feed semi – industrial iron. Behind the iron is the costume closet. Its full and messy and thus not part of the tour.

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To the left of the iron is the ironing acessories. Not very exciting. Above that however is a nice fashion plate I picked up a few months ago.

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This is my sewing table. Organized chaos. It is surprisingly functional and big.

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This is my primary machine, Mary Ann. I name my machines after their previous owners. I absolutely LOVE my machine! It’s consistant, heavy and easy to use. Some day I will cut the table so the machine sits flush. Right now that is my only complaint – it’s too high.

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This is the over flow messy corner. It’s a pile of fabric to sort, papers to sort and the only place my grand bustle can live when I need it handy but not on my dress form. So there is a bit of necessary chaos.

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No sewing room is complete without a media center of sorts. I watch a lot of Star Trek and Harry Potter here. Under the computer is a treedle machine. I have yet to use it due to a broken belt but I am sure I will need to in the next year. You also can see my project boards. I just got them so they are under used at the moment. The idea is to have my sketches, research and to do lists easily visable.

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Next we have my main work space – the cutting table. This corner is where I sit to draw, draft, cut and do some hand sewing. This area also houses a lot of trim, notions and tools.

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I love my little wooden drawers! Here you can see my rulers, manuals and empty pattern envelopes next the main tool drawer.

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Big cutting table!

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An interesting completely useless piece – a silver bowl given to my great aunt from her local Gilbert and Sullivan Society. She was their costumer for many years.

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My favorite part of the sewing room – half decoration, half storage. Sometimes i just stand in front of it staring.

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It’s amazing how much stuff I’ve crammed on here.

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Lastly behind the door is a little hanging storage for projects in process or mending.

So that’s it. It’s a good sized room but of course like most sewing rooms completely over flowing.