We’re back from 2016’s Weekend at the Asylum in Lincoln. It was our first time, and we had fun, met new friends, hooked up with people I only know from the internet, and were inspired by the astonishing creativity all around us. Here are a few pics of us in our finery, plus a couple of … Continue reading The lunatics have taken over the Asylum!
Late start at work today, but I managed to squeeze in another fitting of the bodice, so that the missus could help by tracing off the style lines for the skirt yoke onto it. I need to put some elastic into the skirt waistband, as it droops a bit when worn with the corset underneath. … Continue reading 6Nap Bodice progress et al
FINALLY managed to get the missus to lace me up, and help out with this ruddy fitting. Best part of a week waiting, this is not funny! Work so far-I’d rough pinned the front darts out, dividing the excess gained from my FBA into three darts, two under the bust either side, one slightly to … Continue reading 6Nap bodice- on with the show!
…which is how Lalume, played by Dolores Grey, is introduced in ‘Kismet’ . Phoo-er, I love that film [as I may have mentioned before], and its fabulously luscious old-Hollywood costumes. We walked down the ‘aisle’ to the wonderful ‘Night of my Nights’. Years later, I went to see a stage production, and was ITCHING to … Continue reading Wife of wives…
Today is Sunday, and on Friday we’re off to Lincoln for the great steampunk Asylum weekend. I’m ridiculously excited. For those who’ve forgotten what steampunk is, here are a few pics from Google of previous years’ fun and games. This is our first time, and I’ve been sewing, as you know, for months. I’m also … Continue reading Bits & bobs, bitty bobs and bobby bits.
The skirt is done, bar the lining, and the jacket is ready for fitting: I’ve sewn up the back panels using the alterations to the pattern as used previously. No fuss. The front panels, where all the fitting takes place, are currently just a calico layer [which should become the underlining. The weird stretchy wet … Continue reading 6Nap skirt: good enough is good enough!
Because I’ve been thinking [and even dreaming] about this while everyone else has cracked on with it. Ruth’s finished hers, and it’s gorgeous. Marijana has completed the bodice but isn’t happy with the skirt [yet] and Kate promises to reveal hers very soon. There are more, but I haven’t tracked all of them down … Continue reading Six Napoleon, the work begins…
I was so determined to finish this bloody silk bodice today. It’s been sitting there, part done, for so ruddy long, making me feel guilty. I just spent the best part of an hour carefully clipping, trimming and pressing all the ruddy princess seams in the silk, and in the coutil lining. I’m all hot … Continue reading AAArrrrggghhh!
Well, one tunic at least. I [almost] highly recommend this pattern: Simplicity 1008. It goes together beautifully, and the finish is fabulous. The instructions..hmm…well… The pattern makes two variations on the dress/tunic, and a rather cute bubble cape, which may feature here eventually. I think that Simplicity were trying to keep the instructions sheets to … Continue reading Tiptoe through the tunics…
Inspiration struck. On the sewing table: the Game of Thrones inspired tunic for dawn, a grey/white steamm powered shirt, and a sleeveless clock print tunic. All good fun. So I decided to start on the ‘simplest’, the GoT tunic. It’s this pattern In these fabrics This morning, I came over all creative [oh dear]. For … Continue reading Tipping the Scales