[sticky post]Obligatory sticky entry saying "Yes, I really do still update this."
bookworm
motorharp
Hello, people.

Due to life circumstances, my journal now mostly consists of monthly summary posts, which I don't make public.  You can, however, respond to this post if you want to be included in the group people who can read my "friends only" entries.  Just let me know how found my journal.

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Things to do when it's too hot to move
bookworm
motorharp
The mid-90° weather is suppose to last through next Thursday, so I'm going to commit a list of things to do that don't require a lot of movement to lj, so that when I feel I'm too hot to do anything but sit at my computer and drool into my cereal bowl, I'll have an immediate reminder1:

- quarterly planning
- putting quarterly planning on calendar
- knitting (did quite a bit yesterday)
- hand sewing rolled hem on scarf
- take apart Chinese frogs to see how they're made
- shop for new camera, dangit

1 And keep the list around for the 2nd (currently), and, I'm assuming, 3rd and 4th heat waves.
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Adorably cute dress model
bookworm
motorharp
I stayed up late taping this together:

Reeeally need to get a new camera


It made me giggle.

Next up is drawing the style lines on the dress and cutting it back apart to get a sense of what the pattern pieces will look like, as well as where the seamlines will be so I can figure out how to arrange the fabric design.

The pattern is Vogue 9712 and includes a petticoat pattern.
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Frankendress Round 2
bookworm
motorharp
Ok, the special collar looked horrible.Collapse )
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Frankendressing
bookworm
motorharp
Laying in bed this morning, I started to think about another dress to try, which got me out of bed early1.  I really like the fabric I found at Mill End2:



The fabric is a pretty thick brocade, which would work really well for the skirt on this lucluc skater dress, which is made out of a very thick polyester - it almost looks like a sports/performance/polypropylene fabric3.

I don't want a sleeveless chicken-wing dress, so I was thinking what I could do differently with the bodice.  A cheongsam top might look ok, and doesn't have the set-in sleeves that would cut into my shoulders, but I couldn't fit them together well in my mind, and making the sleeves longer à la the 40s dress I just tried didn't thrill me, either.  I looked at some of my dress idea images this morning, and liked the neckline on this one:


I think the neckline could work really well with that skirt. And I could probably change the sleeves if necessary. And I could possibly add the pockets on the curved waistline and delineate everything with some sort of contrasting trim 4.

Now I just need to draw this and croquis it!

1. Yay!
2. Which will, of course, probably be gone by the time I get there.
3. I also found it interesting that the red and black versions have a completely different waistlines.
4. The double bias tape on cheongsams?

How Chinese Frogs are made
bookworm
motorharp
Since my camera is broken, I'm going to try to use my words to make pictures. ha.

I took apart two different frogs - one that I ordered off the web and arrived from China (black), and one I took off a cheongsam dress (black and green).

The black one was made of single fold satin bias tape and copper wire that looked to be about 22-24 gauge, but was much stiffer than the silver wire I use to make jewelry.  The decorative part (flower) was bent into shape and the loop and ball part were completely separate and hand sewn onto the ends of the flower, kind of sandwiched in between the two sides of the bias. The loop and ball did not contain the wire.  It was a single length of bias tape, the wire in the fold and the turned-under edges stitched together.  The center folds/points of the flower were stitched together to draw them tightly together.

The black and green had similar construction, but used two lengths of satin bias tape - the green was single fold, and the black was simply a strip folded in half with raw edges.  They were also glued/starched to be even more stiff.  I don't know if the bias tapes were starched and dried, or starched and folded when wet.  The green tape only was used to make the ball and loop, and was an extension of the flower, so only one raw edge of the ball/loop was attached to the flower and sandwiched between the bias tape.

I'd be interested in making my own designs - it seems pretty easy.

Fabric choice
bookworm
motorharp
I like this jaquard fabric from BigZFabric on etsy - it seems like it would drape well as it's "lightweight". But I need to croquis it to see if it would work on me.
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More dress ideas
bookworm
motorharp
Here's an idea for a black and gold dress to match my harp:


Anthropologie dress by Beth Bowley



The style of dress on the left would be a good choice for not having my arms bare.
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Mad Max
bookworm
motorharp
Mad Max Fury Road is a beautiful, beautiful film.

The sets (The attention to detail was amazing! I want a hand-built motorcycle with tapestry covered gas tank!), the clothes (I want Furiosa's pants!), and the cinematography (I kind of want to go through a sandstorm now).

Just "wow".

Like G.R.R. Martin said (much better, of course) though, I missed the usual voice-over at the end. For me, it would have given the movie that tiny bit of poignancy that would have pushed it over the edge into a truly complete work of art.

ETA: And while looking through images (this car is REAL) from the film I learned George Miller filmed Mad Max: Furiosa at the same time as Fury Road. What, what, what?!?
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Cynthia Rowley denim dress
bookworm
motorharp
I found another dress I like - this one is a little more casual and would work for daytime gigs.

Although it's sleeveless, I like the line of this dress.  I think cap sleeves could be added and still look good.

I can't figure out what kind of mesh they are using. Or how the denim is attached to the mesh. However, it looks like the stretch denim is cut on the bias. It also doesn't look like they used darts to shape it, which would make sense if the whole thing was very stretchy.

This fabric-making technique would maybe work well in other styles of dresses, as seen here in EvaDress's 1939 gown. A blog post about the original dress that inspired her, as well as how she made the fabric is here.

ETA Oh! And Lorelai's dress from "They Shoot Gilmores, Don't They?" dance marathon:


I should look through my vintage patterns to see if this would work for any patterns I already have.  Another thing to add to the to do list.  Or the TADA! list. :)
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