Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Whatever shall I wear?

While I have been slowly chugging away on my sewing projects, I have admitted defeat on my Under The Redcoat project. I just don't have time to get it finished. I might get my stays done in time, but there's no way I can get a dress patterned, sewn, and trimmed (with matching hat) in 1.5 weeks. I need to win the lottery so I can devote myself full time to my costumes! :)
My half-boned stays are coming along quite nicely. I have sewn in the lining (I'm loving the blue gingham!!) and gotten the edges partially bound.The top edge is complete, but as these pins prove, I'm still working on finishing up the bottom half. It is, of course, the more difficult half thanks to all the tabs.I did get the eyelets all nicely hand-bound. I found some beautiful silk embroidery floss when I was in Charlottesville a few weeks ago and used it. I still prefer silk buttonhole twist, but since that's not always available the embroidery thread was a nice substitute.Another reason progress has slowed down a bit on my projects is because I'm working on a commission. It's a fully boned pair of 18th century stays. I'll post pictures once I'm finished, but here's a sneak peak. Isn't the color fabulous? I love the gold silk.
I ordered 50 yards of plastic boning for the commission stays. I was really worried that I hadn't ordered enough...but here's what was left in the end. Talk about ordering just the right amount!


Samantha B. said...

the stays are looking great! mine are almost a year old and STILL are unbound along the bottom! :P it's hard getting the leather into those corners...

i hope i get a chance to see you at UTR!

Aalya Rain said...

excuse me, but would you know how to fiber etch by any chance? :)

if so please comment on my blog. :)