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Post  lilibat Sun Sep 14, 2008 7:35 am

So today I was STILL working on the ballgown which I have been neglecting. I spent a few hours making hand beaded fringe. I still have a LOT of beads left and am thinking of going and setting aside the amount necessary for emnergency repairs and doing more of the fringe trim or two more appliques... for what I am not sure.

I am also working on the black velvet roses for the ball gown... I REALLY need to finish the bustle though.

SO CLOSE!
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Post  miimno Mon Sep 15, 2008 7:48 am

The Captain found some outrageous fabric and is quite sure some dungarees are in the works!
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Post  Miss Gaslight Mon Sep 15, 2008 7:56 am

I am working on my stained glass coat for the first time in forever and the lineing is being a prat. If I didn't have this toothache I don't thinkI would be as frutrated but still.
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Post  Zwack Mon Sep 15, 2008 5:28 pm

Not sewing yet, but the next two projects for me are a laptop case (sewing required all over) and a belt which will be for another... These are both in leather so there will be no sewing on the belt... (it's to be a wide belt with studs, and some decorative carving, probably roses, and some basketweave) I think...

I'm sure that there will be pictures when it is complete. I still have to finish putting my "how to carve leather" tutorial together... I have all the pictures and some surprisingly reasonable results not using the proper tools (A fork handle and a utility knife)...

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Post  Guest Tue Sep 16, 2008 8:26 am

I'm getting ready to make a cold weather hat. After that, probably some clothing.

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Post  Gazongola Sat Sep 20, 2008 4:48 am

I have a sewing machine for my birthday, so I can unleash textile devices upon the world!!
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Post  Steamblast Mary Sat Sep 20, 2008 7:15 pm

I'm here as a distraction tactic from finishing a whole heap of projects and repairs that I ought to have done ages ago.

Currently working on a shrug in burgundy taffata to match a skirt I found ages ago in a vintage clothes shop, then if I have time making a corset in the same fabric and voila- my Thursday night outfit for Whitby sorted.

I'm also tempted to give this jacket a go

http://www.butterick.com/item/B4954.htm??tab=costumes&page=2

.. although I'd amend the front hem, possibly into a cut-away front. Has anyone used any of Butterick's Making History patterns before?

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Post  Jemima Annabelle Clough Sat Sep 20, 2008 10:11 pm

Steamblast Mary wrote:
I'm also tempted to give this jacket a go

http://www.butterick.com/item/B4954.htm??tab=costumes&page=2

.. although I'd amend the front hem, possibly into a cut-away front.

That's a lovely jacket, and it'd look superb with a cutaway front.

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Post  Jemima Annabelle Clough Sat Sep 20, 2008 10:18 pm

I'm currently (well, not exactly currently, as I can't sew and type, my arms and/or legs just aren't long enough for one pair to be on another storey to the other) sewing skirts - my beloved bought me an overlocker earlier and I've been getting to grips with it - made a long 6 gore skirt in dark brown cord - but will need to redo it as the tension isn't quite what it should be - the practise pieces were fine though! If I change it from sitting on the waist to sitting on the hip, I can probably get away with just redoing the seams on it. The pattern is the long skirt on the bottom row (http://www.simplicity.com/assets/5469/5469.jpg) - which the aforementioned beloved commented "that's an oldfashioned style" in an approving manner.

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Post  insanity Mon Sep 22, 2008 8:33 pm

I am always currently sewing, not often currently finishing.

I am trying to finish up a coat I drafted almost a year ago, and I also have a pocket-laden belt attachment I'm making up. Mostly so I don't have to risk hearing the phrase "fanny pack" and go on a rampage of fisticuffs, as I am prone to do.
I also have the bottom half of a ball gown almost done, but I doubt if I'll finish the top this year. And I need to make myself some sort of costume to be Oberon by January.

Not all steampunk things, but still some cool stuff if I can actually ever finish any of it.

I think I'll go sew now.
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Post  Jemima Annabelle Clough Fri Sep 26, 2008 11:31 pm

I'm still sewing skirts Smile

Not the same skirt, mind you, but the same pattern.

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Post  Baron Verndorf Sat Sep 27, 2008 8:09 am

Bout to start a waistcoat for myself, and by 'about to start' I mean about to purchase the pattern. The main interest of this project is that A: It will be mostly done by hand, barring divine, sewing machine shaped intervention, and it will be more or less my first attempt at sewing my own clothes.

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Post  Guest Sun Sep 28, 2008 4:16 am

A new portfolio got started today, as well as a hat.

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Post  ms_boo_dreadful Sun Sep 28, 2008 11:42 am

im currently working on some cuffs so i can use up an old dress,skirt,and slip that have gone bad (moths) and by cuffs i mean some like these: Gothic Cuffs

ill have pics up when they are done. im doing them by hand and i have a bum thumb Razz (cat bit straight through my nail!) so it might take a bit.
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Post  Jemima Annabelle Clough Sun Sep 28, 2008 5:00 pm

ms_boo_dreadful wrote:im currently working on some cuffs so i can use up an old dress,skirt,and slip that have gone bad (moths) and by cuffs i mean some like these: Gothic Cuffs

ill have pics up when they are done. im doing them by hand and i have a bum thumb Razz (cat bit straight through my nail!) so it might take a bit.

I hate clothes moths. Although we appear to have a very modern bunch here - they prefer to lay their eggs in synthetics.

Those cuffs are nice, and the cat bite sounds painful!

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Post  ms_boo_dreadful Sun Sep 28, 2008 7:53 pm

oh yes it was! right through the nail all the way out the pad of my thumb! it is currently covered in two bandaids... makes it kinda hard to type
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Post  Jemima Annabelle Clough Sun Sep 28, 2008 9:37 pm

Ow! Hope it heals quickly.

I think I'm going to take a break from skirts and make a plain corset or two for daily wear - I've become very convinced today that a lot of my headaches are due to bad posture... I wouldn't wear it all day, just for work, when I spend most of my time sitting badly.

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Post  lilibat Wed Oct 01, 2008 11:10 am

Now that the ballgown is complete I need to turn my attention to the outfit for Saturday night and the Abney Park show. I have most of it already, I just need to make the velvet overskirt which will also be worn with a zillion other outfits. I also need to do upgrades on my leather bustle jacket and the leather underskirt.

Then there are the alterations to my husbands stuff.

Too much to do!
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Post  TehZorch Wed Oct 01, 2008 8:21 pm

I'm trying to get the wife to sew me up a vest for the ball Hopefully my coat will be done by then too *fingers crossed*
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Post  lilibat Thu Oct 02, 2008 4:25 am

You could always make it yourself!
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Post  TehZorch Thu Oct 02, 2008 5:41 am

No only am I a complete clutz when it comes to such things, she wouldnt let me NEAR the sewing machine anyway (its her Domain) lol
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Post  Silas Morgan Sat Oct 04, 2008 7:11 am

Right now. I'm most the way through making a frock coat.... drafted the pattern from the Blue Book of men's tailoring...

I have the shell with the pockets, the canvas and the lining done... now I have to add the facings, put everything together, then the sheaves and collar....then finishing touches (button holes and that sorta thing.)

Even part finished, and hanging on a coat hanger; it does look good. it's a muddled grayish wool, with some blue and brown threads mixed in, At first I didn't think it would work, but now the color of the whole thing is starting to grow on me.....(yay.. happy happy joy joy.... oops... that doesn't sound very dignified...)

But I'm happy with how it's progressing.
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Post  Shameri Sat Oct 04, 2008 2:36 pm

Oh, how I envy the talent on this board! I dearly wish I could sew, but all the easy "learn to sew" bags and such are so utterly bland and uninspiring, and I can't bring myself to try my hand at something tricky and fail miserably! *sigh*
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Post  Miss Gaslight Sat Oct 04, 2008 4:30 pm

Insted of the bags why don't you try a staple of the of the steampunk wardrobe, a waistcoat? They are very simple and give you something fun to ware after you are done. Most vest patterns are easy peasy and you can make a practice one out of old ugly sheets. None of us were born with innate sewing knowledge and I can tell you I have messed up plenty of times and continue to do so. There is no better way to learn than trying. If you do mess up we can help get you back on track.

I am currently remaking a chef Halloween costume in to something more mad scientist. I will post pictures when I am done.
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Post  Shameri Sun Oct 05, 2008 7:43 pm

A spiffing idea, thankyou. And I've been looking for an excuse to break my mother's new sewing machine... mwahaha.


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