Costume college has been a completely different experience so far this year for me. Mostly good, some bad, but definitely different. The good will get a complete rundown in my CoCo wrap up, the bad... Well who cares really, except one because I must know if anyone else feels the same. It's hot!!!!! Except in my room in the wee hours of the morning it's hot everywhere. Ugh. Because of that I decided not to wear my Victorian Explorer. It's a heavy costume, it's hot, I want to have fun tonight at the Gala. Which means no costume today, which will keep me charged to play tonight.
And speaking of the Gala. The beading on the front of my dress is complete and attached. *squee*
I have a hat!!!! I have to admit, I LOVE it!!!!! It's my.... Second? Third? Hat from a buckram base, so it's not perfect... A tad bit lumpy. Which you have to be close to see. And the inside is not finished. It's finish or study and I am sad to say studying will win. But it'll be on my head so it's okay. ;) YAY!!!
I won't get anything else done before CoCo but it can all come with me. I have one leg of the beaded strip still to attach, and the front seams and trim on the waistcoat. Nice hand sewing projects. ;)
Now to finish packing and to kick 2 final's butts!!!!
Stress levels are pretty high. I didn't finish attaching the beading strips to the dress. I was fighting my perfectionism all day. I want it to lie perfectly but I keep getting bunching parts. You can't see them from the front but I can see under the lining and it's driving me crazy. I've had to walk away several times today.
I think I need to change my plans a little. I want CoCo to be fun. I'm a walking ball of anxiety anyway, I don't need to set myself up for more. So I'm going to....
Give up on finishing the black kirtle and wear the Autumn dress' kirtle. Yes, the black will match the waistcoat soooo much better but there's quite a bit more to do and a good part of that is by hand. I'm a slow hand sewer and time is precious. If for some reason everything clicks and I have extra time I'll try to go for it again but I need to put it aside now. It'll drive me to tears if I don't because I will feel like I failed.
Work on the headgear for the Gala gown. Everything else can be hand sewn in the room. That can't. Plus I suck at hair so I NEED this done.
After that's done if I have anytime left over time after studying, I will work on getting the beading attached. I can bring this with me. I had already planned to bring hand sewing anyway. It's probably an hour or two more of work at my current pace, so I need to convince myself not to worry about it getting done before I leave.
I'm almost completely packed which helps because studying will take up 90% of the time between now and then. I have a test in Math Tuesday. Final in Art History Wednesday, and Math Final Thursday. I can't wait for it to be 1005 on Thursday. Then no matter how bad or well I did I will be done and on my way to Coco.
I tried really hard to be done with the dress today but at 4 am I have to call it quits. I must confess though I am loving it!!!! I feared I wouldn't. With the dropped waist not being the most flattering on me, it being my first of a new era, (usually doesn't end well) and a general lack of frills and fluff, I really thought I would just be 'eh about it. I like feeling like a pretty pretty princess at the Gala. After seeing the beading done and pinned into the dress, I don't have to worry about not feeling pretty.
My Gala dress is to stage one! Which means I have a pretty (IMHO) plain dress. Snaps are in and I did a blind hand hem stitch to hem it. I have sooo much respect for you all that do most of your sewing by hand. That took me forever!!!!! I kept telling myself that by doing it by hand and the near invisible hem would take it up a level. So if you come up to me that night and say my hem looks great I'll probably hug you!
I have three more 'feathers' to bead and the beading for the front is done. Unfortunately it's outside the hoop so it's going so much slower and my wrist has started to protest. my plan is to break up the beading into chunks despite being so close to done. If my wrist goes everything will stop.
Left to do before coco.
- finish beading
- attach beading to gown
- bead pearl border onto gown
- make and trim the evening cloche
- eyelets on the kirtle
- whip stitch shoulder straps down to proper length
- attach skirts to kirtle bodice
- hem kirtle
- sew fronts closed on waistcoat
- attach trim to waistcoat.
- Adjust tie backs on the Victorian
Ack.... That seems like so much all typed out!
Taking a small break to give my back a rest and then make dinner. I only have one more 'feather' to bead and then the hoop comes off. I'm getting there!!!! I took a pic I wanted to share. It's a close up and it shows the variation in the bead colors better. I don't think it captures it quite as well as my eyes do, but they don't read as solid black. Under the cut so I could still keep it big but not to mess up your page.
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Our teacher gave out grades in class today, because today was the last day to drop. I may feel like I drowning but more then I think must be sticking. I have a 85% in the class. Not the A I wanted but not as bad as I thought either. 2 weeks, 2 quizzes, 1 test, and the final. That's all that's left. *big breath* I can do this....
I'm taking a small break online. For me anxiety and depression go hand in hand and I have both in spades right now. I hope to be able to post the mundane Monday because I missed it this last Monday and feel horrible. I also want to update on CoCo progress because it one of the things that is keeping me happy but I don't want the negativity to sneak past. Basically I don't want everybody to get sick of woe is me and I hate math updates. I figure a way to get past this is to just update with pictures. So if you see lots of pics and few words, that's why.
I have a question for the LJ hive mind. Painting my shoes. On the hook side of the strap closure there is elastic. Should I paint it? Would you paint it. I'm torn. I want to because I'm afraid the white will clash. But I'm hesitate because elastic stretches and the paint may flake. Without doing it I won't know for sure if it will or not. I am using lumiere paint if this helps anyone.
The anxiety dreams have begun in Ernest. They're split between CoCo and Math.
Last night's dream I was trying to solve for x and just couldn't figure it out. Once I solved it I could go to CoCo but I just wasn't getting it. Hours later, I finally Did and had to rush home, pack in less then 5 mins and go. All I had for my Gala gown was the mock up in pieces. My last ditch plan was to finish it in my room. But when I got to my room at the hotel I realized I had forgotten everything but the mock up top. No fabric, no beads, not even the mock up bottom. Ack. :(
Hopefully this scenario won't even be an option after today. I am still doing homework, I didn't realize she had assigned over 80 problems in the last two sections. But I decided to not try and finish it all at once. Once brain turns to mush I stop. So goal for the weekend is Gala gown to stage one!
I had the bright idea that I would trim and bore the holes of all the beetle wings I got, so they would already be done for future projects not just my current one. I didn't realize I had 218 of them.... I trimmed 144 in 3 hours, but had to throw in the towel and get back to Math.
I have three more sections that I hope to finish in the morning before our BBQ. Then after the BBQ sew sew sew!!!! I'll have to dedicate a couple hours Sunday night to studying for the test though. :( I hope to get a lot done but Math has to be finished first. Crossing my finger the last few chapters suddenly click so I can breeze through the home work. A gal can dream right?