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Easy commute this morning – yay!
Got in early, but can’t leave early – boo!

Wednesday we have people coming over besides the usual A’s sister for dinner. Must do cleaning when I get home tomorrow.

I spent Saturday afternoon trapped. Backups all day in both directions on our stretch of 95 forcibly canceled my planned trip to the fabric store (or frankly, anywhere else) for muslin and sundries. So I stayed in and worked on my bustle overlay – which is taking much longer than I expected. Mostly because of the 16yd long piece of fabric that needed to be hemmed (boring) and cut into pieces and gathered (also boring) and stitched in place. The bones for the bustle and the skirt patterns arrived Friday (yay!). I’m still not sure what to use for the pretty fabrics yet. Monday was more work on the bustle. I put in the bones (!@$^#$#! and owie) and I’ve almost got the overlay finished. I pinned the overlay onto the bustle to see how long it was and how it lay (conclusion – it does need that last ruffle – back to hemming and gathering) and the first thing I noticed was that it’s heavy now. Or at least, much heavier than you’d expect. I should be able to finish it soon and get you all pictures.

Except that tonight I’m with J, Wednesday we have people over and cleaning to do, Thursday I work late, Friday I work and then we’re in the weekend and have stuff to do every day. Have I mentioned that I’m a lot more tired after my 4-day weekend than I was before it (lessee: stayed up till 3am, stayed up till 3am, stayed up till 12:30am, stayed up till midnight)?

Date: 2005-07-05 06:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] megasus4.livejournal.com
Well gee, with 16 yards of fabric, *I'd* expect it to be heavy! Yikes!

Date: 2005-07-05 06:23 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fireandearth
Well, it's not the full width of the fabric...it really ends up just being about 9 yards if you count the full width. (just. teehee.)

Date: 2005-07-05 01:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] megasus4.livejournal.com
Tcha! *only* nine yards of fabric! And all located in an unbalanced part...and if I'm reading correctly, that's not all of it...yikes!

Date: 2005-07-05 06:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mgs-naughtycat.livejournal.com
I am now the proud owner of a bolt of muslin. What do I plan on doing with it? Making curtains and backdrops. :P
Someday I'll get around to making clothes I swear... Wish you were closer and could help me learn :(

Date: 2005-07-05 06:50 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fireandearth
My advice to most people who want to learn to sew is to let Simplicity teach you. Each of the major pattern companies has patterns that are designed to be, and are marked, "easy". Buy a couple and put them together. They really are designed for beginner sewers. Then buy some harder patterns, and so on. Follow the directions, follow the fabric recommendations. Then start not following them. :) This is how I learned to sew, though afterward a costume construction class help me make my work more polished and precise and trained me out of some of the lazy shortcuts I'd been taking.

Date: 2005-07-05 06:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mgs-naughtycat.livejournal.com
I have a pattern I was supposed to complete for Master but I just haven't done it *sighs* I think I'm afraid to do a pattern, because I could fuck up. I can't fuck up something I don't have a pattern for (well I cant, but you know what I mean...)

Date: 2005-07-05 07:10 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fireandearth
That can't change until you let it. Even my presence wouldn't make everything perfect. :) But I do understand. That's what kept me from trying to make complicated thing like corsets and bustle dresses for so long. If I don't try, I can't fail. But look what happened when I finally tried. My first efforts were not so fabulous, but I'm getting better. It's not that you can't fail if you don't try, it's that you can't succeed if you don't try. You've already got many of the skills that you need. It'll be easier for you than for most. Okay, pep talk over now. ^_^

Date: 2005-07-05 07:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mgs-naughtycat.livejournal.com
You're right. I should see if I can get that together for him for the Renn fair. I want to go in costume, but I don't have anything to wear (nor does he!) so maybe I'll have enough time after we get back from California to be able to make at least a shirt for him, and something for me to wear. I alredy have a cincher that will do well, so I'm one step ahead, I just need the undershirt and a skirt...

But being able to sew with someone would be comforting and helpful (if not annoying for them what do i do next what do i do next!!!)

Date: 2005-07-05 07:48 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fireandearth
Don't get too ambitious right off the bat. That leads to frustration. So do deadlines. :S

Date: 2005-07-05 07:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mgs-naughtycat.livejournal.com
You're right on that too... lol.
Hopefully the shirt will be easy and I'll do fine with it.
I *do* need to get a few more things before I attempt to do something like that, like a mat to work on the floor with, whatever those are called. My kitchen table is too small, so I have no where to cut out the fabric, and carpet is difficult...


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